K-pop is often known for its amazing vocals, synchronized dancing, flawless visuals and brightly colored hair! From red, green, blue, pink, purple and all the colors of the rainbow, it’s pretty safe to say that K-pop idols have had basically any hair color imaginable.
However, to constantly change your hair colour without either frying your hair or having it all fall out is quite an effort. So if you’re at home, hoping to achieve the same hair colors, you might need a steep wallet and a whole lot of patience. Without further ado, this is how you can achieve K-pop idol hair without ending up bald.
- Go to a Professional Hair Colorist
If you have dark hair and you’re hoping to have super super light, pastel hair, going to a professional hair colourist is essential. Make sure you go to someone who does colour day in, day out instead of just your local hairdresser. Professional hair colorists will be able to give you a realistic expectation of what the end result will look like while minimizing damage and breakage of your hair. Hair colorists will know exactly what to do with your hair and how much to bleach it in order to reach the desired color. Make sure to ask your hair colorist for Olaplex if you want to absolutely minimize breakage!
- Don’t Use Permanent Hair Dye
Permanent hair dye is a nightmare to bleach, as the bleached hair often turns patchy and prevents your hair from becoming that clean canvas for even color application. Permanent hair dye will usually require a color correction, which is a lot more work for your hair colorist, and will unfortunately result in a pricier session. Box hair dye is an absolute no-go if you’re hoping to bleach your hair to a very light blonde. The reality is that if you have box dye in your hair, not only will it be more expensive, you likely will only be able to achieve darker colors. With that being said, if you have virgin hair, or hair that has not been bleached or dyed, your hair coloring experience should be comparatively shorter and more affordable. Unless you’re hoping to achieve a darker brown and you don’t plan on bleaching your hair anytime soon, box dye may not be the best idea.
- Moisturize Your Hair
After bleaching your hair, your hair will become super dry so it is very important that you make an effort to put moisture back into your hair. To moisturize your hair, you can use a range of different hair treatments. Hair treatments should always be used on wet hair and used around once or twice a week depending on how damaged your hair is. Hair oils and leave-in conditioners are also great for dry hair and should be used after you wash and condition your hair. With bleached hair, you should aim to only wash your hair around once or twice a week. This may sound a little unhygienic to those who wash their hair daily, but washing your hair every day is actually doing more harm than good to your hair! In case you really can’t stand the feeling of dirty hair, dry shampoo is your new best friend.
- Use Color Treatments
Color treatments are an amazing way to maintain the health of your hair while still frequently changing up your hair. Colour treatments usually fade after a few washes, so they are perfect for those who fear commitment or are super indecisive. These are a fun way to moisturize your hair, and can even be purchased from a range of your favorite K-beauty brands! They’re an inexpensive way to spice up your hair and most importantly, your hair will look and feel amazing afterward.
Now, with your newly acquired K-pop idol hair knowledge, you can bleach and dye your hair until your heart's content without absolutely frying and damaging your hair!
Which hair color would you like to try most?
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Cover Image: Red Velvet (SM Entertainment)
Written by Stephanie Leung