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The benefit of a body wave for the more problematic Asian hair types is that it opens the cuticle layer and allows some friction between the hair strands, allowing you to style the hair with traditional techniques to better results. Most stylists find that a body wave will allow them to heat style and roller set Asian hair that previously wouldn’t hold curl for longer than several minutes.
In cases where chemical services aren’t necessary, the texture of Asian hair may require you to use higher heat settings to get the same results. Furthermore, if the hair is also thick, be sure to avoid overloading your appliance. Instead, work with small segments of the hair to ensure full heat penetration, and allow the hair to cool completely before further manipulation.
Coloring Asian hair presents its own special challenges, because the natural color of virtually every Asian hair type is the darkest possible level and hue. In order to get any other color in Asian hair you nearly always must lighten the natural color first. This can be extremely damaging to the hair’s integrity if not done carefully.
Asian woman with short red hair It has been theorized that the uniformity of Asian hair color and the difficulties inherent in changing the color is the reason for the prevalence of brightly-colored hair in Asian animated characters. However, in most cases, live individuals who have hair of similar color have employed hairpieces, or undergone very stringent color processing in order to achieve the colors.
For instance, the young Asian woman who wants her hair to be a bubblegum pink must first bleach the hair to lift the color to as pale as possible before applying the shade of pink desired. Given the amount of color that must be dispersed in this lightening process there is a strong risk of losing sufficient protein in the hair structure that the new color won’t hold (and won’t last long if it does take). In these cases, the use of protein additives are needed and can help achieve the color desired.
Of course, a lot of women of Asian descent (not to mention others with equally dark hair types) have taken to wearing a color tinting process that gives their hair a reflection of a specific color. In other words, the hair is colored without lightening and given a glossing treatment, so that when the light shines on the hair, the glints of reflected light shine with the desired color. I’ve seen burgundy reds, magenta, lavender, and even bold blue. These color treatments are subtle, yet effective, and are great for those who must maintain a professional image but want some personality reflected in their look.
This is also a great use for color panels where only targeted color panels are created – usually in the interior of the hair – so that only a small portion of the has to undergo drastic lightening and coloring processes and the color panel can be exposed in various styles, hidden when desired, or allowed to “peek” out when the hair is worn loosely. Other targeted color applications are used, too, among those not wishing to expose their entire head of hair to drastic processing.
These can include techniques in which merely the ends of the hair are bleached and colored, streaks, and even the currently popular Ombre effect where the hair is lightened gradually so that it becomes lighter as you approach the ends of the hair shaft furthest from the scalp. Finally, for those who don’t wish to lighten the hair at all, and who want color application that is temporary and can be removed with a shampoo, many are using the technique called “chalking” where actual chalk is used to apply an opaque color to the hair. In some cases oil pastels are used as they provide a bolder hue (but may need a clarifying shampoo to remove easily).
The chalk/pastel stick is simply rubbed along the length of the hair you wish to color. Because the color is opaque, you can use it without needing to lighten the hair (though the color will be brighter on lighter hair) and because it is only on the surface of the hair shaft, the color can be easily removed by shampooing.
{Pro Tip: If you want the color to stand out more on darker shades of natural color, try spraying the hair with hairspray and allowing the hairspray to dry fully before applying the chalk/pastel color. You may want to give two or three hairspray applications in light misting to avoid clumping, as opposed to saturating the hair with hairspray in one application. The hairspray will act as a sealant and keep the chalk/pastel strictly on the surface of the hair (and allow for easier removal. Furthermore, it will give the hair a texture that the chalk/pastel can adhere to more readily, providing better results.}
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