This article was first published on 10 January 2022.
We can't deny that K-pop stars have been a big reason why trendy hair colours have steadily risen in popularity. In the K-pop industry, an idol changing their hair colour often comes hand-in-hand with a new song or album. The style is meant to fit its mood, as shared by NCT's Taeyong in an interview with Allure. Because it's such a frequent occurrence in the media, out-of-the-box hair colours (from pale pastel hues to bold neons) have become more accepted as a means of self-expression in our society.
But while our fave Korean idols call on professionals to switch up their hair colours, regular folks like us can turn to dyeing our strands at home to get a similar effect. For that, we've rounded up the best home hair dye kits in Singapore that will help us all achieve the latest hair colour trends popularised by our favourite artists.
REVLON Colorsilk (SGD4) is one of the most affordable options when it comes to at-home hair dyes. But just because it's budget-friendly doesn't mean that it compromises performance. You'd be glad to know that this gentle, ammonia-free hair colour has rich pigments and is enriched with keratin and silk amino acids that also moisturise your hair.
Get the look: Girls' Generation's Taeyeon's blonde locks.
April Skin's Turn-Up Color Creams (SGD12.48) have hydrolyzed silk and keratin to minimise hair damage while the blend of camellia, coconut, jojoba seed, and evening primrose oils nourish the hair strands to a gleaming glory.
Do note that you'd probably need to bleach or lighten your hair to get the maximum effect of their its dyes, which are known for their vivid colours. As a rule of thumb, we recommend leaving the bleaching to the pros. But, luckily, these dyes are still impactful when applied to unbleached hair.
Get the look: Lee Su Hyun's fresh mint-coloured hair.
Beautylabo Whip Hair Color (SGD13.50) makes hair dyeing at home extra fun and exciting. The kit contains a cute bottle that will serve as the mixer where you will pour in the developer and colourant. Shake well and you'll get a whipped foam that's ready to be massaged into your locks.
Get the look: TWICE’s Momo's ashy hairdo.
Cielo Designing Color (SGD15.90) guarantees to effectively cover sprinkles of grey locks while brightening up your hair with a variety of fashionable colours like Mermaid Pink and Chic Greige. The hair dye is also infused with shea butter, jojoba oil and olive oil for a soft finish.
Get the look: Dreamcatcher's Gahyeon and her ethereal pink hair.
If you're looking for a temporary hair dye option, then Sephora Collection Colour Blush 1-Day Hair Colour (SGD16) might interest you. These hair colour sprays bring all of the fun in trying new hair colours without lasting commitment. The formula easily comes off in the shower with some shampoo, so these are good for special events or photoshoots.
Get the look: (G)I-DLE's Minnie's strawberry pink-coloured locks.
If you feel like trying out unique but more subtle colours like Milk Tea Brown and Mint Ash, Liese's Creamy Bubble Color (SGD16.90) has both and more. Don't worry about dry locks as these hair dyes contain lanolin acid, which protects and moisturises the hair throughout the dyeing process.
Get the look: Girls' Generation's Hyoyeon's buttery "milk tea" blonde hair.
Mise En Scène, a popular K-beauty brand endorsed by BLACKPINK, released the Hello Bubble x BLACKPINK Foam Color (SGD18.90) in Singapore with six shades: Dusty Ash, Khaki Ash, Metallic Ash, Choco Brown, Matte Gold and Rose Gold. This is an at-home bubble hair dye kit, meaning instead of the usual paste, the hair dyes are a shampoo-like foam.
Get the look: BLACKPINK Rosé's iconic rose gold hair.
Few brands have made a name for themselves in the at-home hair dye market quite like L'Oréal. To this day, its tried-and-tested kits still deliver great results. The pigments and colour brilliance of L'Oréal Paris Excellence Fashion Permanent Hair Color (SGD19.90) will transform your hair from drab to fab.
Get the look: Hyun Ah's signature red hair.
Looking for a plant-based dye option? PHYTO COLOR (SGD29.90) is up for the job. This premium at-home hair dye boasts an advanced technology that blends botanical pigments to create a gentle formula that produces intense colours. Application is easy; you just need to put it on unwashed, dry hair and rinse.
Get the look: BLACKPINK Lisa's brown highlights.
Christophe Robin Temporary Colour Gel (SGD54) offers super easy application. The product's unique gel formula keeps things from being messy.
92% of its ingredients are derived from natural materials which will give your hair a fresh look without irritating the scalp. After five to seven shampoo sessions, the temporary hue will fade — great for when you want to come back to your old look quick.
Get the look: TWICE's Sana's caramel-coloured hair.
If you're looking for a plant-based home hair dye kit, look to the SVA Raatrani Plant-Based Hair Dye Kit (SGD33.30). It uses two types of natural dyes — henna (yes, like the tattoo!) and indigo powder — to naturally cover any existing grey hairs and turn them into jet-black sexiness.
Get the look: LE SSERAFIM's Sakura sultry black 'do.
This ammonia-free kit (SGD18.65) makes DIY hair-dying more fun. It features a gel-type formula that creates professional-looking results. However, you may need to bleach your hair first to get the full saturation you want. No worries! The dye is infused with natural extracts, camellia oil, olive oil, and avocado oil for some extra nourishment and to counter the bleach's drying effect.
Get the look: Kep1er Yeseo's youthful and sweet peony pink hair colour.
With the Bigen Powder Hair Dye (SGD5.10), you just have to add water and mix to create the perfect hair dye paste! It doesn't have any ammonia, so it won't create that harsh odour we typically associate with the product. It also leaves a lasting, natural-looking colour.
Get the look: Aespa Winter's brown-black 'do.
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