DIY Hair

All in a day's work!

All in a day’s work!


I’ve been dyeing my hair since 2006 or so, and I usually go to X’pect Studio next to Lido. However, recently I’ve been looking to grow out my hair after I snipped it all off a couple of years ago (it’s taking a while, because I’m not really committed to having long hair again, so I keep going for cuts and trims and stuff) so I haven’t been needing to go to a salon to cut.

I have to admit that the bleached portions of my hair were done by X’pect and Assort (Tokyo, Japan) so that saved me a lot of time. X’pect did 2 segments on my left and 1 segment on my right a couple of years ago, and Assort did the entire lower 1/4 of my hair 2 months ago.

In the past year, I’ve been to Salon Vim (Bugis, Singapore) where I got a hot pink on my X’pect bleached segments and a dark brown base, then I had a friend do blue and purple when the pink faded.

So, if you’re interested in taking a look at the changes my hair has gone through, here are a few shots :

horrible photos incoming alert.

Early 2009

Early 2009, After my first bleach and dye. It was a bright blue, but faded to blonde here.

February 2009

February 2009, Did whole head reddish purple colour

October 2009

October 2009, Did sections of blue/purple

March 2011

March 2011, let it grow through 2010 til mid 2011.

October 2011

October 2011, I chose a striking purple.

November 2011

November 2011, the purple is starting to fade…

April 2012

April 2012, Did a schwarzkopf hair show, and went from waist length to above ear. Had yellow and copper.

August 2012

August 2012, Got the asymmetrical bits chopped off and went dark brown.

May 2013

May 2013, let it grow, let it grow!

August 2013

August 2013, Had ash and brown done in segments. the colour of the photo doesn’t show it too well.  I actually loved this cut done at X’pect Studio.


August 2013, this pic you can see the colours better, but the cut doesn’t look as nice.

October 2013

October 2013, had the bright pink put in at Salon Vim.

April 2014 (Before Assort)

April 2014 (Before Assort), This was in Japan, after my friend did purple and blue on the parts that were pink in the previous picture. It started fading a little, which made the blue look nicer.

April 2014 (After Japan)

April 2014 (After Japan), and this is the same blue, now greenish after being in contact with the chemicals during my session at Assort. The purple bits on the lower 1/4 of my hair were bleached twice and dyed.

May 2014

May 2014, SO FADED!!! That’s why I decided to just pluck my lazy bum off my bench and re-colour it myself.


Of course, it was inspired by my friend who did her own hair recently, with dye that I bought for her from Japan!

hair 1


She did this for her friend the day after. Don’t expect to achieve this yourself, the colours look like that only because her friend is an 2



I decided to pick out a fuchsia, something like the colour I did at Salon Vim, for the inner 1/4 that was previously purple. I figured the colour will be able to cover, yet blend nicely with the previous shade.

So I picked this one called HB Jewellise by Napla. It’s a fairly large sized tube, and I think I got it for around 15-20USD at a shop in Shinjuku called Okadaya.

Pink dye

Pink dye

So I struggled through one round, trying to do so using a plastic bag around my hands instead of a proper glove.
Lesson 1 : Get a proper glove.
Lesson 2 : if it wasn’t evident enough, you should use a ratty old tshirt that you don’t mind getting hair dye stains on.

Tip 1 : it’s best if you can coat it layer by layer, instead of what I did to save time – I simply tied the 2 portions into pony tails and slapped on as much hair dye as I could.
It came out unevenly coloured and some parts were quite weak.

This was taken after my very unglamorous 1st dyeing session.

This was taken after my very unglamorous 1st dyeing session.

SO, I did a second round.
This time, I hunted down one glove, for my right hand and I did little sections of hair at a time, instead of one chunk of pony tail.
Then, I clipped it up neatly with the little clip you see in the picture below. I separated the unbleached hair earlier by tying it up with a rubber band.

After applying the second coat of dye

After applying the second coat of dye

The colours came out much better!
The right side of my hair is bleached to white, which is why I think the colour came out really really bright pink.

Right side

Right side

The left side isn’t as white as the right side, so you can still see the brownish shade and the purple tone near the roots.
I was fading at the tips, the bits nearer the roots were still quite purple.

Left side

Left side

After this, I let down the hair that was tied away with the elastic band, and tahdah! Suddenly I became a kawaii japanese chiobu with pouffy ringlets sitting on top of my coloured inner layer.

kawaii japanese look

kawaii japanese look

Anyway, on to the next part, which is to colour the faded 3 segments on the upper 2/3 of my hair.
I chose purple, because the other colours I have right now are yellow, orange, green and red. I thought that red would probably look too close to the pink, and the rest would be kinda clashing.

I used a gel type hair dye, and this one made my eye sting when it got too close. The pink one either didn’t get to close to my eyes, or it doesn’t sting.
This one is by Iriya Cosmetics, Two Way Colour Coat

Purple gel based dye

Purple gel based dye

Clipping all my little hair segments up after plastering the purple dye on them.

Clipping all my little hair segments up after plastering the purple dye on them.


The purple segment on the right side. You can see the pink peeping out from below!


Held my hair back so I could take a picture of the colours mingling with each other.


and a macro shot of the purple


All in all, I’d say I’m pretty satisfied with both dyes. They coloured on quite well, (I put the first application of pink failing down to my incompetency) and were as fuss free as it gets. I’m pretty sure it would be even easier if there was someone else who had a paint brush thingy to apply it on for you.

One thing you do need to look out for is that you should try not to let it dry out after you apply the dye on your hair. Usually, salon’s will wrap it up in foil or glad wrap, but I was too lazy to do that today. Salons also will heat it up for a few minutes to help the colour penetrate better, or make the chemicals work better. I didn’t wrap it, but I did heat it a little with my hairdryer (which made it dry out faster). But I left it in quite long, roughly half an hour, so I think that made up for it.

I’ll probably post a nicely groomed shot of myself somewhere, but right now, after washing out my hair like… 4 times, I’M A LITTLE LAZY!

Lord of the Steakzzz

People want coffee breaks in their work, I want line breaks in my previews.

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The thing about previews is that I usually take about 5 sentences before I even remotely hint at what I’m going to talk about. Because rather than be direct, I like to use my new-found expressive power (THANK YOU, WORLD WIDE WEB) to rant about my world view. Then lead into any points.

One of the things about having a smartphone is that I read a lot more. Unfortunately, I don’t have a subscription to the economist, and smartphone reading is really only restricted to short articles (unless you can read like, really quickly). The whole point of this sentence is to tell you that “once in a while I read”, which isn’t something anyone needs to justify. It’s neither outrageous, interesting, nor does it carry much social stigma (unlike, say, “once in a while I put on a dress and dance to Village People”, (which I don’t)).

I love it when anyone talks about the Singaporean gaming scene, because I can go “look! Someone cares about something I care about as well!” It’s like if you were a lonely angler fish enthusiast and suddenly found another angler fish enthusiast. Imagine the joy.

The beautiful exotic exquisite angler fish

You can’t, because it’s impossible to imagine someone who loves angler fishes.

Anyway, I came across this article, with the title “A Look into the Singaporean Scene” (with respect to DotA). Here’s the TL;DR version (while it’s not my style to give TL;DRs, I recognize that I need to save my reader valuable time so that he has more time to spare on my long ramblings!):

Singapore once in a while makes a peck at the DotA scene, but then fizzles. National Service (NS) contributes to the high attrition rate, and so does the lack of support from pretty much anywhere. Thus the current Singaporean stars are inexperienced and unable to perform (I infer, by virtue of everyone older quitting or moving elsewhere, both literally and metaphorically).

Personally, I think it’s a Lord of the Flies (LotF) problem.

It’s safe to refer to Lord of the Flies (LotF) here, because I think more people have read it than Harry Potter. It’s not safe because so many people have read it that I’m bound to be caught getting my facts wrong.

Here’s a brief synopsis of LotF, with a liberal shift in emphasis. A bunch of kids end up on an island with no adults. They try to self-govern and have some sort of order, but end up fucking shit up and fucking up everything and doing fucked up things. The end.

The parallels between LotF and SG team e-sports? If you empower a bunch of kids, they’re mostly going to fuck stuff up. EVEN IF SOME OF THEM TRY TO DO GOOD, they end up getting squelched by the majority.

Unlike LotF, some of the fortunate minority can live long enough on the island to be rescued from it, away from the governance of the little kids who create rituals for killing pigs, vie for power within themselves, and shun anyone who disagrees with them.

Occasionally, an adult comes in and tries to do some good. Sometimes he tries really hard. But he soon realizes that childish innocence does not even begin to compensate for childish ignorance. This, of course, doesn’t happen in the book, because the one adult that does show up just looks around, goes “WTF THIS IS FUCKED UP”, and is wise enough to not bother trying (that one adult also has far more power than any of the kids, having a ship and all).

And while this is happening, Piggy is running around trying to do good but being scapegoated for all the horrible things that happen. Eventually someone has enough of him and pushes him off a cliff. Poor piggy. And Simon, in all his holiness, gets beaten to death. Because they’re kids and just want to do whatever they want to do.

PIGGY! And his glasses.

Too cryptic?

Yes, NS is disruptive and all, but it all boils down to that one point. The politically correct phrasing is “most of the talent is inexperienced.” The actual point is “the people with the power to do anything are kids.” One kid in a world of adults can be guided and channeled (Ender’s Game, anyone?). Kids banding together to govern themselves turns into a pretty horrible LotF-esque show.

That’s the LotF problem. Leave a bunch of kids to be stuck on an island to govern themselves, and they’re going to mess things up. To accomplish anything, the one sensible kid learns to become a hermit, sit on his own island in the middle of the lake, and eventually hop on the first boat he sees and sails away.

I could talk about demographics, and theorize about cultures and systems, but I’ll leave that for another day (IN OTHER WORDS, I PROBABLY NEVER WILL WRITE IT DOWN – but it’s a rant I’ve given verbally far too many times).


p.s. if you didn’t get the “Steakzzz” reference, which you probably didn’t, Steakzzz was Tofuboi’s old nick. Tofuboi was a rather influential figure in the SG DotA and then LoL scene. A lot of parallels can be drawn (the most obvious one being physical appearance) between him and the LotF character Piggy (the other less-than-obvious ones, much like contemporary art, require huge amounts of context, so I’ll leave them as an inside joke).

p.p.s. so I got news that SG LoL player Xinglei (interesting anecdote: at the start of SG LoL, Tofu dubbed him “definitely the best LoL player in SG”) has moved on to TPA (a Taiwanese team). This was after I started writing this post, and does seem like great timing.


p.p.p.s. there’s this category called “iceiceice” that I’m tempted to put this into, but that’s too much of a leap to make.