Confession time: After about six years of not being able to dye my hair when I was still flying as an SQ girl, I went into overdrive mode after clipping my wings. Simply put, I don’t think anyone has actually seen my natural hair colour since I left Singapore Airlines.
After countless colour changes and bleaching sessions, it’s safe to say I know exactly what to look out for when it comes to crazy hair colours. Some of us are still stuck in the “bleach now, treat later” mentality with hair colouring, but that’s all in the past – protecting while you colour should be what you’re looking out for.
Step 1: Additive
The first step of Smartbond is an additive that goes into the chemicals like dye or bleach. It coats the hair strands to form a protective layer and strengthens the bonds in hair follicles so that they are more resilient against chemical damage.
Step 2: Pre-shampoo
A pre-shampoo is then applied to hair after the chemicals have been rinsed off. It ensures that there are no chemical residue left behind, while protecting the weaker bonds from breaking.
Step 3: Conditioner
The final step is a conditioner that can be used as the final step after rinsing off the chemical, as well as at home. Used once a week after shampooing, the conditioner further strengthens hair to ensure that it stays soft and smooth.
An alternative to Smartbond is OLAPLEX, with a similar three-step system that works to protect hair during the bleaching or dyeing process.
Both systems are available in professional salons only, which means you might want to hold off the idea of DIY hair dye jobs and actually get your hair done in a salon to ensure the best results for your hair. Gorgeous pastel hair colours can finally be yours with less damage to the hair.