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A makeover for the new year? Sure!
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Located on the third floor of Pacific Plaza on Scotts Road (the building between Shaw and DFS), Koinonia has an unassuming shopfront. Clean and professional, just what I was expecting after reading a few reviews online.
(And for a long while after, I thought Koinonia was actually Koinon’a :D)
She may look intimidating, but have a chat with her and you’ll soon find out she’s a friendly lady who knows what she’s doing! I don’t go to salons too often and I’m not one to fret too much over my hair. But like most girls, there are times when I walk into a salon and fret the whole time I’m in the chair because I don’t feel too secure with the person handling my hair. No such problem with Cynthia!
And that’s when I got the bad news. I had gone in with the intention to get my current hair color lightened, but was told that lighter colors were not possible for organic dyes, unless you have light coloured hair to begin with. The organic dye apparently doesn’t go well with bleached hair, so bleaching my hair first to get it lighter was not an option.
You can tell from the pictures that my hair before the dye was a light orange sort of brown (if that makes sense :P). Going darker than that wasn’t too appealing, but I was told that the lightest I could go with the organic dye was shade 6 (refer to color chart above).
So in keeping with wanting a makeover (i.e. a change), I decided to go jet black. I figured, since I couldn’t get the change I wanted, getting a change is better than getting a color that was almost the same as my original!
For starters, Cynthia gave me a quick trim to get the rough shape of my to-be cut. Boy was she quick! I was talking to the representative from Beauty Undercover, and didn’t even notice Cynthia busy at work until I looked in the mirror.
Then Gino, the technician, set about getting me ready for the dye. I was given a gown to put on, a cover for my shoulders, and another towel for extra measure. Gino also applied petroleum jelly on my hairline to prevent the dye from staining my skin. 100 points for thoughtfulness!
* no ammonia (no strong smell!)
* low levels of hydrogen peroxide
* doesn’t sting the scalp
This means the dye is less damaging to hair and can be applied straight to the roots.
About 30 minutes or so later, it was time for the dye to come off. Trusty Gino asked about the water temperature several times, and quickly adjusted the water when I asked for it to be cooler. He was very gentle when washing, shampooing and conditioning my hair. I swear I could have fallen asleep if I wasn’t busy examining the ceiling. Talk about relaxing!
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Experience at Koinonia: 9/10
The friendly and thoughtful staff made the whole process comfortable and enjoyable. They all knew what they were doing, and did it well!
Organic hair dye: 6/10
The dye is gentle on the hair and scalp, and my frizzy hair (the result of many at-home hair dye sessions) definitely felt smoother after the organic hair dye. According to the information sheet I was given, Color Herbe (the organic hair dye used at Koinonia) is a “safer, more pleasant” hair dye that “results in no structural damage to the hair shaft”.
Unfortunately, this apparently also means Color Herbe is not for those who want bright, fashionable colors. This organic dye is more suitable for those who want natural hair colors (i.e. black, dark brown).
I don’t know what the reason could be, but the color transferred from my wet hair to my shirt collar.
Happy Source: Beauty Undercover + Koinonia, Singapore