A Hair Cut Before Chinese New Year Can Bring Good Luck!

A friend of my mentioned this little superstition to me, so I thought it would be a good time to post about my mini makeover with celebrity hairstylist, Jing Monis.

The obligatory before shot!

The obligatory before shot!

At this point, it had been about 7 months since my last hair cut and over a year since my last hair color. OMG, I was ready (but nervous!) for the change.

The regrowth (and my white hair!) is no joke, guys.

The regrowth (and my white hair!) is no joke, guys. Look how black my hair really is!

I usually have a peg for Jing to follow, but this time around, I just let him do his thing. I just told him that I wanted a cut that fell above my shoulders, color that can help camouflage my greys, and highlights that’ll add more depth to my strands.

Mixing, mixing! Let the coloring process begin!

Mixing, mixing! Let the coloring process begin!

Since I don’t like having my hair color retouched too often, Jing gave me a chestnut brown base so the re-growth won’t be too obvious and opted to use a tone down-slash-balayage technique for my highlights.

The waiting game! The whole cut-and-color process took about 4 hours.

The waiting game! The whole cut-and-color process took about 4 hours (I also had a treatment to help reverse some of the chemical damage).

After they were rinsed my hair, I noticed that my highlights were really light. I asked why and they said it was because they used the toning down process to lighten my hair color. Hmm…I think for next time, I will opt the usual foil and balayage painting technique though. I feel like that technique blends more naturally with my strands, but if you’re going for a more blonde effect, then the toning down process will probably be better for you.  Continue reading

4 Hair Strategies For Modern, Cool Girl Waves

Remember when I cut my hair? Well, I was kinda stressing over the weekend because I couldn’t figure out how to style it. But after a lot of IG stalking, I think I finally got it!!

Yessssss!!! I finally figured out the winning hair formula!

Yessssss!!! I finally figured out the winning hair formula!

Unfortunately, the stylist usually gets the blame when a cut doesn’t turn out as expected. But since I super love + trust mine (read about him here), I knew that it was a “user error” and just had to adjust my hair game. Here’s how I did it:

Mane Strategy #1: Prep with the right product.

After drying my hair, I scrunched a blob of Ouai Finishing Crème, US$24, into my strands.

After drying my hair, I scrunched a blob of Ouai Finishing Crème, US$24, into my strands.

Guys, this product is such a game changer and it protects you from heat styling, too! It really was love at first scrunch, because it gave me the grit and hold I wanted. I asked my sister to buy this for me when she was in the US and it’s sooo worth it, but I’ll have to save my review for another post! For now, let’s go back to my mane strategies! You won’t want to miss #3—it’s the real secret to nailing this look! Continue reading

I Tried Kim Kardashian’s Hair Treatment

I had an impromptu salon day at Jing Monis Bellevue Alabang with the girls a few days ago and it gave me a chance to try this!

The Olaplex treatment! It's Kim Kardashian's secret to healthy hair.

The Olaplex treatment! It’s Kim Kardashian’s secret to healthy hair.

During her master makeup class last year, Kim revealed that she uses this treatment and even sleeps with it on. It’s apparently the reason she can go from brunette to blonde without worrying about her strands breaking off. So if you want to bleach your hair or even just color it, make sure you use this to prevent damage (more technical deets about it here).

I tried Olaplex No. 1 and No. 2 to repair breakage and prep my hair for color.

I tried Olaplex No. 1 and No. 2 to repair breakage and prep my hair for color.

The No. 3 bottle is suppose to be something you use at home, but I didn’t get to do so. Hmm, I will ask why the next time I visit. My first impressions: my hair became immediately became softer after the treatment and I like that I can use this to prep my strands pre-color. With the amount of styling I do, I really need something like this!

More on Olaplex and check out my new cut (it’s shorter!) after the jump! Continue reading

New Hair…Kinda!

After waiting for months, I finally got an appointment with my love, Jing Monis. Oh my gosh, he’s so in demand—but always sooo worth the wait! I’ve been itching to cut my hair because the length was just too much for me to handle already. Guess I’m really a short hair kinda girl now.

The peg: a toned-down version of Khloe's light brown, ombré style for summer! My hair won't look like this yet, but that's what we're planning on doing—if I don't get tempted to cut it short again. Haha!

This was supposed to be my hair peg for the summer, but it’s way too hot in Manila—and I don’t have the time to blow dry my hair every day! Read about my past cut and coloring adventure here.

So...snip-snip! Into the stylist's chair I go. I'm so happy!

So…snip-snip! Into the stylist’s chair I go. I’m so happy!

Now here’s the struggle for gals with colored hair: maintenance! My color turned a bit brassy and the ends were super dry. I’d stay away from chemical treatments at this point to help my hair recover, but I have lots of big events coming up. To lessen the damage, I just had my roots retouched…but Jing had a better idea.

"After leaving the color on the roots for 10 minutes, I comb through to spread it until the ends," explains Jing. "This allows it to blend beautifully with your old color while removing any rusty tones. The best part? It's less damaging on your strands."

“After leaving the color on the roots for 10 minutes, I comb through to spread it until the ends,” explains Jing. “This allows it to blend beautifully with your old color while removing any rusty tones. The best part is, it’s less damaging on your strands.”

After any chemical processing, I always make time for a treatment. Tried the Keratin Infusion Treatment (starts at P1,550) and my hair feels much softer now.

After any chemical processing, I always make time for a treatment. Tried the Keratin Infusion Treatment (starts at P1,550) and my hair feels much softer now. Yay!

And now for the big reveal…Clickity-click to check out my (kinda) new ’do and see how it compares to my old cut! Continue reading

My 2014 Hair-volution!

Happy New Year, my pretty readers! Gosh, 2014 went by so fast! As I was sifting through my old photos, it feels like I was a completely different person. So many changes, so many ups and downs—thank God it was all good!

When you look back at your photos, what do you feel? Beauty-wise, I can’t believe I changed my hair so much over the past 12 months! Just take a look:

I think this was taken on the first day of 2014! Around the time when my love affair with the modern bob began!

I think this was taken on the first day of 2014! Around the time when my love affair with the modern bob (and Jing Monis!) began.

20140514-213327.jpg

After a few months, I felt brave enough to go a wee bit shorter. Debuted this style at the Philosophy launch and I think I kinda miss my black, virgin hair! Haha!

Ahh, the growing out stage! I wanted to try a longer ’do, so kept tying my hair first.

Ahh, the growing out stage! I wanted to try a longer ’do, so kept tying my hair first.

20140514-212454.jpg

Finally colored my hair! Here, Jing shaped my hair long-ish bob with one goal: for it to look like Taylor Swift’s chic shag!

Ta-daaa!! My take on Taylor Swift's beatnik look.

Ta-daaa!! My hair grows pretty fast! In a few weeks, I was able to copy Taylor Swift’s beatnik look. My color is still a bit on the dark brown side here.

Want to see more of my hair-volution and find out how I can help you with yours? Clickity-click! Continue reading

12