Limiting your trips to the salon and maintaining a beautifully-colored mane aren't mutually exclusive. You can absolutely do both, given that you choose the right hue for the cause. And we know that's easier said than done, so we sought help from some of the best hairstylists and colorists in Manila, asking them to reveal their picks for the best low-maintenance dye jobs. Scroll ahead to see their answers!
Best Low-Maintenance Hair Colors According to Hairstylists
1. Alex Carbonell of Studio Fix by Alex Carbonell
"1) Choose a color close to your natural hair color. If your hair is a dark brown, try lifting up to light brown so you won't have a hard time maintaining it. Less color demarcation, the nicer it cascades. 2) Highlights [look] luxurious, and should be fine and seamless as it will blend with your natural color. You may decide on going either four to five shades lighter. Avoid bleach as it fades fast. When color fades, it tends to look tacky. Hence, not the look we are aiming for. 3) Balayage or color paint: This is the most ideal as it maintains darker roots then colors cascade to ash blondes or warm browns. Even if you grow your hair till six months later, your balayage will still look perfect.
To book an appointment at Studio Fix by Alex Carbonell, contact cel. no. 0997 170 4863 (Greenbelt 5, Shangri-La at the Fort) or cel. no. 0917 681 4617 (Century City Mall).
2. Maté Grafl of Toni & Guy
"Definitely a classic one color tint [like] chocolate mahogany, red, or warm or ash brown tone that can give you shine and an expensive look that's closer to your own hair depth color. Also if you're battling with white hair, it would be recommended to introduce soft T-section highlights or hidden partial lights to give texture to the hair color. And also to blend your white hair, the very popular Parisian balayage on natural a base color, which helps to create a long lasting hair color with low maintenance."
To book an appointment with Maté at Toni & Guy SM Aura, contact cel. no. 0915 484 7080.
3. Suyen Salazar
"I suggest getting rooted highlights for an easy grow out. This way the hair will have a diffused look while it’s growing out without any harsh lines. Sticking to an all over one color will automatically make your growout much more visible."
To book an appointment and/or consultation with Suyen, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Rose Velasco of JuRo Salon
"For post-quarantine, low-maintenance hair colors, [I] recommend the following: A) French balayage color techniques in subtle, complementary colors; B) Subtle highlights; C) For those with white/gray Asian hair, colors in complementary natural brown tones. Once again, the key words here are French balayage, subtle, complementary and natural because you will not see any, or see less color demarkation as your hair grows out, but it has to be expertly down."
5. Fendi George of Koop Studio
"Natural colors with soft highlights (ash, beige, caramel) and different blending shades can look great for at least 3 months for your next salon visit. A blunt collarbone cut with a chocolate color or soft balayaged ash highlights looks awesome. Another cut and color combo I [like] is the French girl bob in dark brown, medium ash brown, balayage ombre dark brown, to soft light blonde. These colors are low-maintenence yet trendy and fashionable! Lastly, my favorite is fashion hair colors! As we can see on social media, celebrities are going for pink, blue, and silver. These are really easy to maintain if you have the right products like purple shampoo, and toning shampoo (depending on your color). These are easy to use and the color can stay vibrant and stunning!"
To book an appointment with Fendi, contact tel. no. 0916 766 6429.
6. Mark Rosales of Marqed Salon
"If you still want to look trendy and fashionable, get a sombré color, Its the same with ombré but colors are subtle. The roots will usually keep your natural color so no need to worry for your regrowth. For a full head color, choose a caramel brown or chestnut brown. This shade is beautiful on everyone regardless of your skin tone. It's a great option for the most low-maintanance hair color. It also minimizes your touch-up time.
"I don't recommend dyeing your hair black. Black is the strongest hair color, and once you dye it in that shade, it will be hard to lighten it again, if ever you decide to get your hair colored in the future. It's nearly impossible to make super light again."
To book an appointment at Marqed Salon, contact cel. no. 0917 117 7647.
7. Joe Almakdesi of Basement Salon
"Stay away from a big color change because it's a commitment. I recommend going for natural colors like light brown or a brown hair color that's something close to your natural hair so when you have the regrowth it gives more of a sunkissed effect."
To book an appointment with Joe at Basement Salon Rockwell, contact cel. nos. 0917 819 2222 or 0939 915 1923.
8. Junie Sierra of The Bloc by Junie Sierra & Co.
"My most recommended post-quarantine low-maintenance hair colors are neutral hair colors. These are single pigment colors that have no other reflect, such as dark brown, light brown, and dark blonde. All hair color products have a neutral base to begin with, and an advantage is that these shades complement all skin tones. And as we embark on this new normal, it's better if we have hair color that's easy-to-find over-the-counter so you'll able to DIY root touch-ups at home well. This way, it will be easy for stylists to adjust their color next time you visit the salon."
To book an appointment at The Bloc by Junie Sierra & Co., contact tel. no. 8403 2033, cel.no. 0917 565 0676, or email email@example.com.
9. Lourd Ramos of Creations by Lourd Ramos
"I would recommend a full base color such as browns, blondes, or reds. Blonding or highlighting your hair is also a classy, easy-to-manage suggestion that gives character and a positive vibe to a person's look."
To book an appointment at Creations by Lourd Ramos, contact tel. no. 8551 7491 (Makati) or tel. no. 8358 3783 (BF Homes).