Headlines Hair – Back to Healthy (Looking) Locks!

I think that this is going to be one of my quickest hair posts ever because… it’s really straightforward: I’m going darker and darker with my hair starting to feel healthier and healthier!

It’s funny how it only takes one day, or rather one hair session, to destroy your hair and a whole year after to try and fix it…

As much as I love bleached tones, funky colors and fun stuff on my hair, it’s the simple joy of being able to be fuss-free with your hair that I really miss. I could go without combing my hair, ever. Even when it was at almost-waist length! I do miss that healthiness.

While it was all fun and games, my current modus operandi is to nurse my hair back to health!

I want long and healthy locks that I can hopefully, in future, perm into pretty curls. I definitely can’t do that with my bleached out hair, that’s for sure!

So anyway…

Here’s the belovedly faded purple-ish hair. Byebye, my dear purple ‘do~

On the face:

Lancôme Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation, Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, Naked 3, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved, Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara, Lancôme Blush Subtil in 032 Rouge in Love, Tom Ford Lip color Sheer in Sweet Spot

Time to slather on the darkness and faux healthiness, heh.

Hello you, hidden purple!

Because my hair is a little tricky – the bottom being bleached and a little more stubborn with keeping color, while the top is freshly grown hair and takes / keeps color well, Jerry had to use 2 different tones on my hair to give it a more even look.

This also allowed him to play around with the tones a little even though we’re going dark.

Who said dark had to be boring, yeah?

It starts with applying color to the root-portion first since those require more time to develop.

Followed by the ends!

While waiting for my whole head of color to develop, let’s take a quick commercial break and shift the focus to Hubs who popped by during my visit and got his hair trimmed / shaped by Jerry in the meanwhile.

The Hubs Intermission

The hubs had gone back to black, which he ultimately feels is the easiest even though he admitted the colorful days were a fun experience.

So while hair color is the least of his concerns now, he wanted a little help with the floppy mop his hair had grown out to be. Thus he requested for Jerry to give him a specific sleek ‘do, something similar to what Jerry had styled his own hair to be as well.

Since it was a trim and shape, it was super quick and in no time, Jerry had his hair cut and styled even!

And here I was still sitting with dye in my hair, ha!

The hubs is into this while Brit-inspired (in some semblance) slicked back hair phase and I think it’s quite neat on him.

It actually makes him look his age. I don’t think I revealed this but Hubs is actually nearing 30, nobody seems to believe me when I tell them that…

So anyway, it’s back to me!

After hubs was done, it was my turn to wash out my hair and that’s pretty much it for the whole transformation aspect of things.

Though to continue on the route of hair repair and recovery, I did a quick hair nourishing session which included a hair mask and the cool sci-fi head-steaming machine again.

After all that, ready to see how ‘healthy’ and ‘normal’ my hair has become?

Well, I’ve already disclosed it on instagram so no point throwing suspense on here, tada~

On a side-note, my hair is pretty long now! Objectively speaking, that is…

Jerry suggested to trim it a little but I told him to hold it off, at least until after the Japan trip. I think this current length is most candid-appropriate without much styling fuss required, most ideal for a holiday!

Which would mean I could be getting a fresh chop next visit since… if I can’t play with color, why not play with cut, yes?

Here’s how my hair looks in indoor-lighting:

My hair, while dark, is a mix of 2 colors and intensities.

Instead of the usual of ombre-hocuspocus of having a darker base color and lighter ends, I have mind done the reversed way with darker ends for a more voluminous look, along with a warmer mocha tone closer to the roots to add some highlight and shine to the ‘do.

Onward to the sun, shall we?

In t
he sun, the lower portions aren’t as deep and dark. I also like how the bright sun rays bring out the ashy-green undertones of the deeper color. Jerry specifically went the ashy-green-brown way to try and eliminate what was left of the fading purple bits.

Yes, the wind still wasn’t letting up this time around. I think it’s this particular photo-spot of mine that is exceptionally windy but what can I do, it’s a nice quiet area with good sun (and annoying wind).

All in all, I never thought I would be this happy about ‘normal’ hair again but I am. And a part of me is anticipating the ends to fade a little to leave an odd (yet interesting) ashy highlight running through my hair.

If you have gone through your bout of crazy hair colors and would like to revisit some normalcy, go look Jerry up and I’m sure he can whip up a little something for you!

18 Cross Street, #01-15
China Square Central

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday 10.30am – 8.30pm
Saturday 10.30am – 7pm
Sunday & Public Holidays 10.30am – 5pm

Jerry is personally off on Tuesdays.

Do call +65 6221 6866 to book an appointment as their schedule can be quite packed!

Also, check out their Facebook Page for more of their ‘works’!

Quote ‘SARA’ at the salon for a 15% discount!
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Thanks for reading!

Hair Refresh: Keeping it Purple – Same, Same but Different!

Hello everybody!

I know, I’m slacking on the promptness of this post, my bad, and most of you would have probably caught a glimpse of my refreshed do if you follow me on instagram.

Nonetheless, here it is in a long essay, if you’re interested to know!

While I can easily plop on the end-product and showcase a couple of posey snaps because, frankly speaking, that’s what everyone fast forwards to anyway, I like to ramble, be thorough and share my thoughts.

While not everyone is interested to know, those here for the end-look can simply scroll straight down, skipping everything else. Though for those who are intrigued about the process, they can catch a glimpse of what to expect and read about how I felt through it… it’s a personal preference really, because when I scout blogs for reviews, that is what I look out for – the process more than the end product alone.

So, I figured I would share my thoughts that same way!

Long story short, that is the reason for my rambles. Though the one that I just plopped out is uncalled for, oops.

Let’s get on to the actual entry now, shall we?

With this visit, I had no idea what I wanted Jerry to do because… I still loved my hair! Faded and all, I loved the whole ashy-purple ‘do and I didn’t know what else could be done with it.

Thankfully Jerry had the same sentiment and the only thing that irked him was the faded ‘washed out’ bits – at the bleached-beyond-repair portions.

So the master plan really was just to touch up my base color and leave the purple bits alone to do their thanggg till they faded away.

The Touching Up –

The arduous task of segmenting… Since the base had to be colored and the purple portions left alone.

Jerry kept mum about what he had planned and all this while I assumed he was just touching it up to the same dark black-like ash shade. Though as it turns out, he had a little ‘twist’ in stored!

Stay till the end to see how he refreshed the look and gave it a different spin without doing too much!

How’s this for some side-swept hair? Ha.

After the base color was smeared on, I sat around for a bit letting the color do its thing. I know, I’m letting a lot of things / people ‘do their thing‘, heh.

A Quick Treatment –

After the quick coloring session, Jerry scheduled me for some hair pampering with the Mucota SCENA Treatment. He seems pretty bent on getting my hair back on track and as healthy as possible again!

I know my hair still doesn’t look like much but wait for the end where it’s all blown out and dried!

p.s. I have on my lips (in this whole set of photos) YSL’s Glossy Stain in Bourgogne Artistique and Tom Ford’s Cocoa Mirage on my eyes.

The treatment part isn’t much to look at, I know and essentially what happened the whole way was: Application – steaming my head – wash, repeat.

I wasn’t keeping track of what was going on, occasionally looking up to snap a pic but I believe I did a hair mask before the Mucota SCENA Treatment.

Maybe my hair needed extra extra care this time but whatever it was, my hair was left ultra soft and smooth, to the point that my colleage (who is a Headlines Hairdressing convert – no kidding) was itching to book another hair appointment.

I know blow drying helps but look at how sleek it is, I love! Why can’t my hair look like this every day?

Alrightey, so now with the ‘process’ part done, it’s face-spam time!

Not that I haven’t been spamming my face already but here it is preened and posey!

The Reveal –

Firstly in indoor light!

It is a rather dark shade indoors but unlike before, it doesn’t look mainly black and has a tinge of red-ness / maroon running through it. according to Jerry he injected a bit of purple into the ashy base for a twist to the hair color.

Thus when the purple ends start to fade, the whole look tends to ‘blend’ together a lot better. Forward-thinking, me likes!

The bits that were previously a strange ashy-blue that came out of nowhere is now an ashy purple!

That’s that for how it looks indoors where it’s a lot darker, sleeker and more understated.

Outdoors, the reddish hues are far more obvious and the whole look takes on a more ‘summery’ vibe, I feel!

The wind was going crazy while I snapped these so, don’t mind the mad hair! Though it does help with showing the layers and hidden colors.

I didn’t think that I could love my hair anymore than I already do but apparently it is possible – I love this refresh variant of my purple ‘do and can’t wait for it to fade and transform to all sorts of ashy goodness!

18 Cross Street, #01-15
China Square Central

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday 10.30am – 8.30pm
Saturday 10.30am – 7pm
Sunday & Public Holidays 10.30am – 5pm

Jerry is personally off on Tuesdays.

Do call +65 6221 6866 to book an appointment as their schedule can be quite packed!

Also, check out their Facebook Page for more of their ‘works’!

Quote ‘SARA’ at the salon for a 15% discount!
*not applicable for promotions

Thank you again to Jerry for his magical hands and thank you all for reading!

New Year, New Hair: HIS – Matchy Matchy Purple!

Much of the new year has gone by and while I had intended to post up the HIS part of this Headlines Makeover – His & Hers Edition, life caught up and I am only about to draft this up well after Chinese New Year is over.


Though to squeeze it into another theme of some sort, Valentines’ Day had just zoomed by and if you’re still in the spirit of love, here’s a look at the ‘couple pur-pleee hair‘ that we had for the past 3 months.

Hub’s hair had grown out from his last visit and the red faded off to what I term the ‘ah beng hair’, ha! So boy was he glad to be able to fix that head of gold and get a good trim as well.

In case you’re wondering why am I typing up Hub’s entry instead of him, he really wanted to but given how men have a lack of words (“I don’t have much to say about my hair again..”) and how he’s been so busy, I decided to take over the reigns from him, else this post would only be up this December!

The Cut –

First thing Jerry did was to shape the hair, giving Hubs a new cut but something similar to what he had before since Hubs prefers that style for now.

Bleaching it up! –

After the trim, Jerry went ahead to give hubs a good coat of bleach just to get all his hair ‘on the same page’.

The thing about Hub’s hair is that it hates color, it doesn’t take it well and the only way to smack a shade on and have it stay on is to give the hair a good walloping with bleach.

Even when it comes to bleach, his hair is still a little slow on accepting it and be stripped of color so hubs seems to sit with bleach on his hair for twice as long as I would.

Maybe it’s quite a good thing that he doesn’t mind black hair since it’s so hard to color his!

Super stylish hair do, no?

Slappin’ the Color On –

After the bleaching business was done, it’s on to the color!

Hubs and I were suppose to have the same shade of purple on (just done differently) though one look at how ultraviolet it looked in the pot, he decided its way too loud and preferred a more subtle look.

So here’s his subtle but still purple color.

Jerry added a bit of maroon / red to it so it’s a tiny but more acceptable / wearable a color.

Again, we wait!

As I said, hub’s hair doesn’t take color very well so a little extra help had to be wheeled out to speed the process up. Else we would have sat at the salon till their closing hours again!

After all that waiting it was finally off to the wash!

While it seems quick in pictures, I swear we sat around for quite awhile, him and me included (for my own hair).

After all that, here’s a first look at that magnificent purple head of hair!

If mine was spunky, his is kinda regal – the color I mean. I actually like the purple he had and wouldn’t even mind having a whole head of that eggplant!

The Final Look!

Styling is very important to bring out the best of a look, especially so for guys! How you work the textures and layers in your hair for a look that best suits your attire is key which is why even the most fuss-free guy I know (not hubs, for sure) spends a little time on his hair.

While the look may seem similar to what Hubs had before, Jerry had actually put a different spin on.

The previous cut was ‘skinnier’ and focussed more on the faux-hawk while this cut is choppier and gives a more volumized look. According to hubs, this is also trickier to style and required a little more effort, along with my hair curler, for the best effect.

Eitherways, I like how pouffy and volumized this look is and while it’s a fun and funky purple, somehow it seems to look very professional too – by professional I mean the funky artsy creative industry sort of professional. ha!

Indoors –

Indoors it’s quite a dark inky shade that is still prominently purple when it hits the light.

Outdoors, that is where this color really shines (in a relatively subdued manner).

Outdoors –

Look at the different textures and layers!

The volume and textures really do bring out the varying tones of purple so that Hub’s head of hair looks dimensional instead of just a flat slap pf purple, a very gorgeous color if I may say so myself. I would really love a purple like that for myself too!

Of course, to complete the His & Hers entries, here’s a couple shot with our (somewhat) matchy matchy purples!

If you’re up to give your special someone a make over (or if you are a guy chancing upon this), head over to Headlines Hairdressing and look for Jerry! He really knows his stuff be it locks or chops!

18 Cross Street, #01-15
China Square Central

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday 10.30am – 8.30pm
Saturday 10.30am – 7pm
Sunday & Public Holidays 10.30am – 5pm

Jerry is personally off on Tuesdays.

Do call +65 6221 6866 to book an appointment as their schedule can be quite packed!

Also, check out their Facebook Page for more of their ‘works’!

Quote ‘SARA’ at the salon for a 15% discount!
*not applicable for promotions

Thanks for reading! If you haven’t seen my hair makeover, head over here to read all about it!

New Year, New Hair: HERS – Purple? Pshh, Ultraviolet.

It’s the new year and I had been so caught up slogging the last of my 2013 away, along with errands and catchups that came along, that in November, I skipped my monthly visit to Headlines Hairdressing.

Thus, this now overgrown and also faded mop of mine needed extra fixing and magic to whip it back in shape for more upcoming festivities – Chinese New Year, groan.

In the spirit of the new year, I’ve got a special hair makeover entry – a His & Hers edition!

Be it if you are looking for some change (hair-wise) this year or in need of a good refresh for Chinese New Year, stay tuned to see the magic that Jerry had worked on my hair (and my hubs) to make us look all presentable and proper once more!

From the title you could probably tell that this post is going to be all about my hair first since I think us girls require more time to ponder the hair options available.

I’ll talk about hub’s hair revamp shortly if you’re looking to convince your significant other about a new year, new change. For now, ladies first!

A last look at the outgrown and affectionately labelled seaweed hair.

I had a rough idea of what I wanted in mind – to try purple because it is a color I haven’t conquered. On top of that I wanted it to be fun yet conservative enough for Chinese New Year, aka no weird stares and comments from the elderly folks. Hence a whole head of bright bold purple is a no-go.

After the discussion, Jerry shared that he too had a mind to try purple on me. With that, I left everything in his hands and just waited to see the end result.

1. Sectioning – What Goes Up, What Goes Down.

Jerry’s vision for my hair includes sectioning the upper and lower portion so the tedious task of deciding what goes up / down happens first.

Sectioning is actually a lot more important than it sounds because it decides how the color flows through your hair and how it will peeks out under the layers.

2. Bleaching it Even

After deciding what goes where, the under layers were treated to a round of bleaching.

Most of my hair had been subjected to a good amount of bleach (except for new growth) so this step is simply to strip away the mess of colors so the purple has a fresh canvas to adhere to.

This reduces unncessary color mishaps from happening too!

Since there was a good amount of sitting around while waiting for the bleach to work, I got a little bored and amused myself at the tuft of hair sticking up.

After washing the bleach off, I thought the mid-way-there hair looked pretty cool – in its own way of course.

Very scenekid-inspired and the old 18 year old me would be dying to have something like this back in the day.

The tedious task of sectioning continues after my hair was blown dry.

3. Pilin’ on the Purple!

Here comes the fun part, check out the madness that is about to be plopped on the lower section of my hair!

It’s so bold and bright that even my camera was going crazy trying to capture it right. It’s the sort of blue-purple that looks a certain way in person and photographs a whole different way depending on your camera (and setting).

I can’t tell you how excited I was the whole time I saw a section of my hair getting slathered with this ultraviolet shade.

And we’re done with the purple so… we wait again!

Here’s the hubs and I getting our hair worked on at Headlines Hairdressing. What you don’t see within the picture was how busy and crowded the salon actually is!

Hubs turned to me a couple of times and said, “Wow they’re so busy today” and it’s true! I guess everyone was getting their hair done for the New Year!

5. The Rest of It.

Now that the ‘star of the show’, the purple, is taken care of it’s time to deal with the rest of my hair – the upper section.

To create a subtle yet sleek look, Jerry decided to do a dark dark violet ash shade to cover up the mishmash of colors and to allow the purple to stand out. Not that the purple needs much help.

It hardly looks like much but when left to develop…

It becomes a little something like this and yes, this is going on top of my head. Though I assure you, I’m not going to turn out to be a walking eggplant.

The bold purple portion was foiled up to prevent color transfer though the foil didn’t hold up with me turning and fidgeting all over the place. Oops.

With this visit I didn’t have to do any wrapping and ‘microwaving’ of my head, thankfully, and I allowed the color to develop over time while Jerry busied about with hubs and his numerous other customers.

If anything this is a sure sign that if you want to get your hair done here before Chinese New Year swings about – book fast!

6. Wash and Trim

I was buzzing with anticipation when I was motioned to the wash area to rinse my hair.

Knowing how unexpected my hair can be in the face of color (these days), I’ve learnt not to expect too much and always prepare for any odd colors that may come about due to my hair rebeling after being subjected to so much ‘abuse’ before.

I’m not going to reveal it yet but here’s a peek!

Can you spot the purplish hue? It’s like my hair is on fire – the blue flame sort of fire. Woots!

After the color, Jerry did a little cleaning up by trimming and shaping my hair and voila, we’re all set.

Are you ready to see my final outcome?

I can’t tell you how much I love it.

Though it’s a tad darker than I’m used to (after the light stints)


Okay enough suspense.


First, unveiling how it looks under indoor lighting.

As I’ve said, this blue-purple (blupple?) has a tendency to shift and appear more blue or more purple depending on the lighting and camera.


Under indoor lighting the base color (by base I really mean the color on the top) looks almost-black and the blupple gives a stark contrast without being a light (in tone) color.

It has this almost gothic vibe to it which quite a reversal considering we’re moving out of the gloomy Fall / Winter into a brighter cheery spring but… I love it and that’s what matters!

Now that you’ve seen how it looks indoors, lets take it outdoors under bright sunlight where you’ll get to see the colors come to live!


You’ll notice that the black isn’t all quite black and amidst it, there are streaks of bluish grey along with a hint of violet nearing the scalp / root. It’s a sleek mishmash of colors in its own way yet everything just works!

I simply cannot stop raving about how much I love my new hair – how bold and striking the purple is (and what a perfect shade it is) along with how it is just understated enough to prevent strange stares from coming my way.

Most that have seen my hair have expressed that they really like it and they would attempt it if they feel up to it.

I haven’t had dark hair in a good while and while the base color is a rather deeper ashy shade, I feel it balances the look out enough that I don’t have to worry too much about coordinating my makeup, lipstick, or clothes to my hair.

It’s bright yet dark, bold yet understated.

I think you get it, I really love it so here are more pictures. Heh!

The wind was a little crazy when I was outdoor trying to get snaps of my hair.

A glimpse of the POW WOW ultraviolet, purple, blupple, whichever, hidden under the layers of ash.

Now you see it, now you don’t!

Okay you’re probably sick of seeing my face now so… one last picture before I wrap this up and leave you with details on how you can head over to Headlines Hairdressing if you are eyeing something similar!

If you have salon-phobia during the Chinese New Year period because of their insane price hikes and whatnot, you would be pleased to know that prices are as per usual over at Headlines Hairdressing and last discussed, the discount is still valid when you quote my name!

18 Cross Street, #01-15
China Square Central

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday 10.30am – 8.30pm
Saturday 10.30am – 7pm
Sunday & Public Holidays 10.30am – 5pm

Jerry is personally off on Tuesdays.

Do call +65 6221 6866 to bo
ok an appointment as their schedule can be quite packed!

Also, check out their Facebook Page for more of their ‘works’!

Quote ‘SARA’ at the salon for a 15% discount!
*not applicable for promotions

A huge thank you again to Jerry for this awesome ‘do that I love to bits. And thank you all for reading!