We had the great chance to interview Associate Director of Chez Vous Hair Salon, Shawn Chia who answered all our questions related to hair coloring.
Tell us about Chez Vous Hair Salon.
Chez Vous – currently one of the most positively reviewed salon online and still a leading luxury salon after 23 years of operations in Singapore. It’s pioneering spirit and in-depth expertise has resulted in many first-to-market innovations such as the Chez Vous Trilogy Hair Care System, Hair Botox + Fillers Therapy and the ground-breaking launch of #RightColourMatters diagnosis methodology.
Since its inception in 1995, Chez Vous has distinguished itself with its top-notch, dedicated service, bespoke hair treatments and an unparalleled level of professional expertise, courtesy of its “Only Hair Directors Allowed” policy. Over the years, the brand has also been recognised with multiple hair awards such Best Salons for Haircut, Best Colour Customisation, Best Hair Treatments for Damaged Hair by various prestigious media outlets.
391 Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City #05-05, 238872
Your salon is among the top hair colouring salons in Singapore, what makes it so different?
We don’t think we are better than the other salons, but two things that distinguish us from the rest is our refusal to take risk (i.e. over compromising the hair’s quality) and insisting on customising colours to suit one’s skin tone instead of blindly following trends – which we felt have paid off over the years.
What are the changes that we go through after colouring our hair for the first time?
Your hair will be damaged. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Yes, it is true that Bond Repairing Concentrates such as Olaplex, Cureplex, Bond Pro, do help to reduce damage caused to hair during colouring. However, they do NOT eliminate damage completely.
There are so many different type of colours available in the market – ammonia free, with ammonia etc. What is the difference and is there any brand that you would recommend?
Ammonia in hair colours act as an agent that swells (opens) the hair so that colour pigments can be deposited inside the hair. As ammonia’s molecule is very small, it evaporates quickly causing an odour. Whereas Ammonia-free colours uses an ammonia alternative called MEA, an oil-based delivery system to swell the hair to deposit the colour pigments.
Both technologies have advanced tremendously over the years. I don’t know if the product companies will hate us for saying this, but we have tested the current technologies and we felt that the end result is almost comparable after 10 washes. The only difference is the odour and of course, customers perception that ammonia-free colours are less damaging (which in our opinion, isn’t always true).
For colours, we will definitely go with Goldwell due to its gentleness to hair, thanks to its patented Coenzyme & IntraLipid technology. The best part, it contains a CoolProtect technology that slows down the rate of hair turning brassy better than other brands, in our opinion.
Can we reuse a previously opened hair color for the next touch up?
Only if the peroxide / developer has not been mixed into it, otherwise the colour will start oxidising and it won’t work after 45 minutes.
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How can we prevent our hair colour from fading so fast?
Using a Colour Shampoo or Conditioner won’t work, at least in our opinion, effectively. Colour Shampoo and Conditioner are gentle to hair and reduces swelling – causing lesser colour pigments to prematurely fade. However, given the choice of colours customers are opting for, such as Rose Brown, Rose Gold, Ash Brown, Ash Grey, and Pastels, these colours will still fade even with the use of Colour Series homecare. The best way, use a Colour DEPOSITING Shampoo and Conditioner. Unlike ordinary colour series, Colour Depositing homecare actually deposits colour pigments into your hair and this’ll reduce fading effectively. The most important thing to note is that customers will have to leave either the shampoo or conditioner on for 7 – 10 minutes for them to work. Lastly, avoid heat styling tools such as flat irons and curling tongs, these causes hair colours to fade faster than anything else. Yes, even with heat protection serums, sprays or oils.
How to maintain hair lusture and health after colouring hair?
In-salons treatments and homecare are equally important.
For homecare, the fastest way to improves hair’s elasticity, increase the moisture of your hair and promote shine, is to mix 2 – 4 pumps of your unused oil serums into a protein-rich masque (such as Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus Masque) and use it as a daily conditioner post shampoo.
Why protein-rich masque? It’s because such masque is less heavy than moisture-rich masque, hence can be used daily. Moreover, the strengthening properties are higher than usual conditioner. The oil in masque technique will help to detangle your hair very quickly so that the products can be distributed evenly using the least amount of time and effort. At times, it’s not just about the brand of products you use or the time you leave them on, but how you use them. To ensure that your masque works optimally, always massage the masque onto your hair in downward motions and do it till the hair is completely smooth and detangled.
For in-salon treatments, alternate between a moisture rich therapy with a protein-rich one. Ideally, a treatment should be comprehensive enough to contain both, such as Tokio Inkarami Hair Treatment. Alternatively, the fastest and most long-lasting way to achieve good hair after colour is to undergo a K-Gloss treatment, which contains optimal amount of reparative and moisturising ingredients.
How to get the maximum gray hair coverage?
As of now given the current technology, pastel or desaturated colours such as fashion shades are unable to provide maximum grey hair coverage. Stick to basic dark colours will still be the best option. Alternatively, always mix in base colours with these fashion shades.
What if I decide to not to colour my hair anymore, can we just stop colouring like that?
Technically speaking, you can. But the problem is the transition period where one has to “suffer” from overgrown roots that looks different from the hair ends colours; or faded hair colour. We will suggest for customers to go for Melted Balayage or Melted Hair Colours so that when they intend to stop colouring their hair, the hair colour transition will be more gradual and seamless as your roots grow.
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