This one’s for all of you who have fussed about the hottest hair colour to get, and have wondered how your favourite oppa manages to change his hair colour once every fortnightly while keeping his mane smooth and healthy.
Korean brand, AprilSkin has recently launched the Turn-Up Color Treatment to solve first-world vanity problems by offering a selection of temporary hair tints that double as hair treatments.
The colour treatment promises to fade in two to three weeks, while leaving you with nourished hair as the colour pigment does not penetrate into the follicles.
It is made with 20 herb extracts including rosemary, lavender, sage, and jojoba seed oil.
The packaging came smaller than the usual sizes seen on our local shelves, and consisted of a tube of hair dye, a pair of disposable hand gloves, and a small gown to be worn over the shoulders.
It comes in colours of Red, Orange, Peach Pink, Pink, Green Blue, and Burgundy — we ordered the Green Blue colour online (the only current mode of purchase in Singapore), as it seemed the most unique pre-mixed colour combination of the lot.
One tube should suffice for tresses in short to medium length, and two to three tubes for longer and more voluminous hair.
For the adventurous, you can always mix up the colours that are available and create a shade that’s uniquely yours.
The dye works best on pre-dyed hair, and better on bleached ones.
Start by washing your hair with shampoo and lightly drying it out after, but remember to leave out the conditioner since this is supposed to be a hair treatment. If you’d like a stronger tint, you may start the process on dry hair.
The tint was paste-like, and unlike the bubble shampoo dyes that we’re used to, you’ll have to portion out your hair, just as a hairdresser would before coating a section of your hair with the colour paste.
The tint smelt fruity and was pleasantly void of the choking chemical odours, making the tinting process pretty enjoyable and refreshing.
Even though it was smooth upon application, we found it difficult to ensure that the tint was applied evenly as it adhered to the hair rather quickly, leaving us with sporadic dark and light patches. It would have been even better if it came with some sort of applicator.
When applied, the tint turned a lighter shade, with the green shining through more than the initial blue, which appeared stronger at the ends of the ombre-bleached hair.
I can’t help but to think that the hair colour took on a shade closer to pandan leaves (haha), rather than the ”mysterious blue marine colour” that it’s said to produce on the website.
Colour aside, the hair was much smoother to comb through after, and had little to no frizz and tangle.
We left it on for about 20 minutes, but if you’d like the colour to stand out even more, I’d suggest leaving it on for longer.
Once you’re done with the Turn-up Colour Treatment, rinse only with water, then dry it out. Voila, the hair appears to be smoother and softer.
Unlike permanent dyes, the colour did not run in the shower, neither did it stain the towel or clothes. So, there’s no need to avoid wearing lighter-coloured clothes.
A week after, and the tint still proved to be vibrant, fading a little to reveal a lighter more prominent shade, which we grew to love.
At the end of two weeks, the colour was only slightly visible at the ends. If you’re thinking of trying it out, do buffer in at least three weeks for your hair to revert to its former colour.
We can’t wait to try out the other colours, and hopefully they’ll start selling it in stores across Singapore so we don’t have to ship it over.
Price: From US$9.90 (approx. S$13.73) per tube
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