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

Beauty Cheat: How To Fake A Short Bob

Guess who cut her hair???

New highlights = yes! New cut = nope! It's just a fakeover, not a makeover!

New highlights = yes! New cut = nope! It’s just a fakeover, not a makeover!

There’s no doubt that the bob is the style of the season (check out my guide to finding the right one for you on cosmo.ph). But if you don’t want to cut your hair or commit to a shorter ’do, here’s an easy way to fake it:

 
Want a closer look at my faux bob tutorial? It’s really an awesome way to experiment with your look!Click, click! Continue reading

So I Gave Myself A Makeover…

You have to start with yourself, right? Since I’m in the business of giving makeovers (find out more here), I put my skills to the ultimate test…by giving myself one! I actually did this about a month ago and was surprised that I felt sad about letting go of my long hair. I didn’t think I was that attached. But it was was time for a change, so I dove in and scheduled an appointment at the Jing Monis Salon in Greenbelt 1.

Once there, Jing and I discussed what I wanted: something much shorter and modern, but still feminine. He’d just arrived from studying bobs in London, so I was eager to let him play around with that style. Here’s a photo diary of the process:

The obligatory before shot! No makeup (lipstick doesn't count as makeup in my book).

The obligatory before shot! No makeup (well, lipstick doesn’t count as makeup in my book).

Want to see what my makeover looks like? Click, click, click! Continue reading

Work Life: TRESemmé Advertorial Shoot

Last September, my former editor, Zo, commissioned me to write press releases and advertorials for the haircare brand TRESemmé. It’s always exciting to write for a brand, because the energy is so different from editorial shoots. It’s a bit more serious and there’s more pressure, because well, they really mean business. I mean, just look at this set:

We shot at DPI XL Studio in Makati. Photo Marc Nicdao is crouching at the bottom, setting up a playlist to amp up the vibe.

We shot at DPI XL Studio in Makati. That’s photog Marc Nicdao crouching down at the bottom. I think he’s setting up a playlist to crank up the vibe.

A few minutes later, model Kelly Misa stepped in—and things got pretty busy from there.

A few minutes later, model Kelly Misa steps in—and things get pretty busy from there.

I wish I brought a real camera, but didn’t really think to since I was there to work. Fortunately though, I was able to take a few behind-the-scenes shots of some of the TRESemmé Tres Setters with my iPhone. Read on for quick sound bites from my interviews—they shared some pretty interesting tips and insights about hair.

Kelly's one of the nicest gals in the biz. One of my first editorial gigs was to write a cover story about her for Seventeen magazine.

Kelly’s one of the nicest gals in the biz. One of my first editorial gigs was to write a cover story about her for Seventeen magazine. Check out her blog, kellymisa.com.

The Tres Setter: Kelly Misa, model, beauty editor, and columnist
Her Hair Quip: “You can’t really be stylish with messy hair. Hair makes you beautiful and when it’s fixed in a way that you like, you feel more confident. It’s really the final accessory that you need for your outfit.”

Ooh, he's cute! And during the interview, I found out that he's such a smart cookie, too.

Gosh, he’s cute! And during the interview, I discovered that he’s one smart cookie, too.

The Tres Setter: Raymond Gutierrez, style editor and TV host
His Hair Quip: “I think [braids] are what all the cool girl are doing right now. You see it on the street style blogs and models who are off-duty. It’s probably the easiest hairstyle for girls on the go.”

Read more from the rest of the TRESemmé Tres Setters—Liz Uy, Jing Monis, and Joey Mead—after the jump! Continue reading

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