Top Tips When Getting Highlights For Dark Asian Hair | Clozette

If you're like me and most Asian girls, the hair you're born with is either very dark brown or black. As a child (or perhaps until now), you've received much praise on how long, straight, and silky your hair is. You take pride in it and love your “cultural roots,” but you also sigh at Gigi Hadid's blonde babylights or Jennifer Lawrence's golden lob.

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While we know that blondes don't actually have more fun (they just have more options), light-colored strands make the perfect canvas for letting almost any shade pop. Meanwhile, dark-haired girls have to set the stage through a rigorous bleaching process.

Bleach is not a temporary pigment that latches onto our hair; it strips away our hair's natural dark color and it's a permanent treatment. 

It's comforting to know that many light-haired girls covet how black hair makes the skin look fairer and more luminous, frames the face more dramatically, and highlights the eyes. Yet the grass is greener on the other side, and don't we girls know that in so many ways? 

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Since there's no stopping you from coloring your hair, here are helpful insights.

Protect your hair

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Bleach and color as far away from the roots as possible. Ask your colorist for a balayage (a French highlighting technique where hair is parted in small triangles and wrapped in foil, making the transition from dark to light look very natural). Hair upkeep is better when you don't have to worry about the solid line between where you bleached and where your hair grows in.


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Thin ribbons of a lighter hue make dark hair look vibrant. Look for a colorist who knows the veining technique. Don't hesitate to ask your friends for referrals or check sample work. Otherwise, you will end up with thick patches and look like a calico cat (like I did at one point).

Colour matters

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Choose your shade well; just one to two shades lighter so it won't clash with your dark hair and look fake or forced. Great highlights should look like the sun is shining its light on your hair.

Also, consider your skin tone and the colour of your eyebrows when choosing your colour. Celebrity colourist Rita Hazan says, “The lighter your skin tone, the paler you can go with your hair.” For fair skin, you can go platinum. For darker skin, go for golden with cream and butter balayage highlights. Check out people with your physical profile and see what color works.

Temporary options

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Perhaps you aren't ready to go down that road yet or just want highlights for one occasion. Instantly add color to your dark hair without the commitment with hair extensions. Tape-in hair extensions are the most popular way to do so as they are extremely comfortable, last up to two months, and can be worn even while living an active lifestyle. When choosing hair extensions, stick with 100% human hair. These are best for Asian hair as they are thick. Aside from hair colour, you can discreetly add volume and length with hair extensions for a fresh new look.

Make hair extensions the best accessory you'll ever own to perk up your healthy dark locks damage-free.

Gymallie Jean Gubalane writes on behalf of Human Hair Extensions Online, the leading one-stop online hair extension shop in Australia. She has long been a hair enthusiast and wants to share her knowledge about hair health in order to help people achieve healthy gorgeous locks and fight against all sorts of hair problems. If you want to gain more ideas on how to take better care of your much loved tresses and get beautiful locks without hassle, check out more of her articles at

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It's undeniable that we live in one of the most exciting times for the beauty industry. It seems like every week there's a new skincare or makeup item on the market. Nowadays, brands are not just competing for their product's effectiveness and advance formulation but, also the packaging.

Lately, the trendiest aesthetic is minimalist chic. And this renowned Japanese holistic skincare and makeup brand called THREE has the vibe down pat. That's why we're so excited that it's coming to Singapore.

THREE's holistic regimen is based on their philosophy that the mind, body and skin are inseparable. All their products are supercharged with potent essential oils that are naturally derived from plants known for their ingredients that help our skin become healthy. By the use of these essential oils, your beauty routine becomes an experience where the mind is relaxed with its aroma, while the body is being pampered. Some of their key essential oils are frankincense oil (Balancing Line), neroli oil (Conditioning Line), fennel oil and rose oil (Anti-Ageing line), eucalyptus radiata oil (Acne Care Line), and niaouli oil (Definitive Line).

THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil

We also heard that their Balancing Cleansing Oil is the one product that we shouldn't miss. It claims to remove makeup thoroughly, while healing damaged skin over time.

THREE Cosmetics Flawless Ethereal Fluid Foundation

Aside from skincare products, THREE is also known for their 'skincare-like' makeup. It's because the formulation of their cosmetics also includes the essential oils present in their well-loved skincare lines. Some of their best-selling makeup are the Flawless Ethereal Fluid FoundationWhisper Gloss for Eye, and Velvet Lust Lipstick, which are all formulated with skin-enhancing, anti-oxidant rich essential oils. 

THREE cosmetics will be debuting in Singapore this September with its first store at TANGS at Tang Plaza Level 4.