The girls of Blackpink need no introduction as they’ve taken over the world by storm, and rightfully so. Since their debut in 2016, Jisoo, Jennie, Rose and Lisa have gone on to dominate the fashion scene—in becoming global brand ambassadors for giants like Chanel, Dior, YSL and Celine. It seems as if anything the girls are up to immediately becomes a worldwide trend. Not too long ago, fans were sent into a frenzy as Y2K cargo pants made a comeback in full swing when Jennie was spotted in them at Coachella. Just yesterday, Lisa also made waves in a bright yellow set alongside Anne Hathaway and Priyanka Chopra at the Bulgari high jewellery presentation in Paris.
With recent news of a comeback in the works, fans have been dying for any information regarding the much anticipated reunion, since their last comeback which was almost 2 years ago. Waiting in hopes of seeing the girls perform live, Blinks are already speculating what looks the members will be sporting for their upcoming release. Will Rosé keep her iconic platinum blonde hair? Or will they be breaking the Internet with a surprise launch of drastically different styles?
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For now, there hasn’t been a dramatic transformation. However, their most recent appearance at the British Embassy celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was truly a feast for the eyes. The girls showed up in classy ensembles with utmost grace, all rocking different hair colours. A contrast from her previous fiery locks, Jennie came in natural milk tea brown waves, while Lisa and Rosé were in their usual shades of blondes. Leader Jisoo was poised in her classic jet black tresses. Colour us intrigued, indeed—as we narrow in on Blackpink’s hair variations, well before they switch things up again.
Issac Nag, senior director stylist at the renowned Korean celebrity stylist salon You Are My Sunshine, who have worked on the manes of Lady Gaga and Paris Hilton, talks everything about Blackpink’s hair colours—from bleaching to maintenance.
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On Lisa's pinkish blonde locks
“Since Lisa’s hair colour only has a hint of a pale pink tint, it easily fades away. Therefore, regular touch-ups every 2 weeks are a must. To address bleach damage, you can look into reparative treatments like the Botanical Repair Treatment at You Are My Sunshine Salon, which is a custom treatment that’s personalised to each individual client based on their current hair needs.”
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Maintaining icy platinum hair like Rosé
“Much like Lisa’s blonde hair, maintaining Rosé’s platinum blonde hair would require a trip to the salon every 2 weeks for a toning session to prevent her blonde hair from turning yellow.”
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Getting Jennie's milk tea brown hair
“Looking at Jennie’s Instagram posts, her new light brown colour is likely a result of a faded orange copper dye overlaid with a milky light ash brown colour.”
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The morning hair routine to get Jisoo's sleek and silky look
“Besides following the 5-step haircare routine 2 to 3 times a week, apply a lightweight hair oil to your ends and re-apply your leave-in conditioner throughout your mids in the morning to get Jisoo’s beautiful straight locks.”
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Touching up colour
“For one tone hair colours, I recommend getting touch-ups every 6 weeks to cover the roots and re-dye the hair if you want your colour to be more vibrant.”
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The bad news about bleach
“Bleaching practically breaks down the entire hair shaft by penetrating the hair cuticle and dissolving the natural pigment of the hair. When you bleach your hair, it should be expected that you will have to live with damaged hair, albeit there are ways to manage it. There are various levels of bleaching lightness and each level differs by intensity of colour—the lowest level having the least lightness, hence less contact time with the bleach, therefore less damage.
The process can vary between different hair conditions; some hair types lift colour faster than others and vice versa. Understanding this can help minimise the damage brought on by bleaching since now you can gauge the amount of damage your hair will go through depending on the lightness level you want to achieve.”
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If you're looking for something a little more low maintenance
“Colour styles like subtle balayage can be designed in a way that blends a seamless transition from your natural root colour so even if you don’t visit the salon for months, your hair colour can still look intentional and not unmaintained.”
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On building the optimal hair routine
“No matter the hair type; curly, straight, frizzy, or damaged—I always recommend the 5 step hair routine.
It’s important to use a shampoo formulated specifically for your hair type. Generally, it’s best to stay away from drugstore or supermarket brands because cheap shampoos are too harsh for your hair and scalp and aren’t effective enough in removing product buildup. Try not to wash more than 3 times a week if you have dyed hair, and be sure to select a conditioner for your hair type and hair goals.
Apply leave-in conditioner right out of the shower to seal all the moisture in your hair, and more importantly, to stop the hydration from evaporating from your hair. Heat protectant is essential for blow drying and styling. This step is an absolute must as heat styling is where the hair gets the most damage. And finally, a weekly conditioning treatment to give your hair extra TLC that will leave you with extra silky, shiny, healthy hair.“
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Finding your best colour
“Just like anything that the colour theory can be applied to, you have to consider complementary colours when choosing a hair colour if you want to find one that suits your skin tone best. For example, if your skin has olive undertones, a slightly warm brown hue paired with purple toner will certainly complement your skin tone. In the colour wheel, olive corresponds to neutral violets, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to dye your whole head purple. We play around with the subtleties of the tones, like using purple toner as a way to make it work with a modest, everyday brown hair colour.”
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Issac's colour recommendations based on skin tone
If you have pale or light-tan, cool-toned skin, go for blonde.
If you have light to medium tan, warm-toned skin, go for light brown.
If you have pale, neutral-toned skin, go for platinum blonde.
As for sporting black locks, it’s suitable for everyone.