The 30-year old is no stranger when it comes to creating tasteful, experimental and cool hairstyles for fashion editorials in magazines, what with a decade’s worth of experience in the industry. Besides gaining the trust of beauty and fashion editors for his artistic edge, he has also built a loyal fanbase of clients who he sees via appointments only at Evolve Hair Salon in Great World City.
What else is the hair whizz into lately? Loke is also an aspiring – and self-taught – filmmaker who shoots and edits alt-cool montages and vignettes of models that happen to include muse-slash-client Mae Tan (peruse his Instagram page @junzloke for more).
Naturally, we turned to the fashion-loving hair pro for some fuss-free tips to maintain presentable tresses while working from home and being camera-ready for those video calls with your colleagues and bosses. Here, he shares in detail how to care for coloured locks and tresses that have gone out of shape during this prolonged period of being at home.
For Colour-Treated Hair
#1: Consider washing your hair less
Junz Loke (JL): “Washing your hair on a daily basis is something you should avoid if you plan on having your hair colour last longer. Not only are you washing away the natural oils that moisturise and keep the colour looking fresh, you will also be rinsing off your hair dye every time you wash your hair. Try washing your hair every other day or even two to three times a week to keep the colour looking vibrant for as long as possible.”
#2: Use a dry shampoo
JL: “Instead of washing our hair daily to get rid of the oils, opt for a dry shampoo instead. Moreover, it helps to keep colour-treated hair looking fresh. To apply, flip your hair over and spray some dry shampoo on the roots, allowing it to absorb the excess oil and sebum.”
#3: Lower the temperature of water when shampooing
JL: “If you wash your locks with hot water, your hair cuticles are likely to be opened, allowing the colour to be easily washed out during shampooing and conditioning. To prevent that, try shampooing with slightly warm water before rinsing with cold water after conditioning. The warm water will allow the shampoo and conditioner to penetrate and cleanse more efficiently, while the cold water will help seal in the moisture from your conditioner. Plus, it also prevents the colour from fading as the cold water helps to seal the cuticles.”
#4: Apply a hair mask twice a week
JL: “Applying conditioner might not be sufficient when it comes to ensuring well-moisturised and nourished hair. Besides conditioner, it may be time to add a hair mask to your routine (I recommend the Kevin Murphy Hydrate-Me Masque). Apply it to freshly-washed tresses and massage into your hair and scalp for five to 10 minutes to allow the product to be fully absorbed. Follow with a refreshing rinse and you’re done.”
For Hairstyles That Have Grown Out Of Shape
#5: If you’re having a bad hair day, throw on a headband
JL: “With the circuit-breaker measures in place, many of us are staying in and are likely to only leave our homes to run essential errands. As such, getting a haircut – or your monthly hair treatment – may not be feasible. To tame tresses that are out of shape, simply throw on a headband. It’s fuss-free, effortless and ups your cool factor too.”