Have Dry, Frizzy Hair? Try These!

Beach trips, the summer heat-slash-humidity, and blowdrying your strands can leave your hair dry, unmanageable, and unhealthy. I know this, because it’s the current state of my hair right now (*cries*).

Who can relate??

Can anyone else relate to this beauty dilemma??

Since I don’t have time to hit the salon for a treatment just yet, these are the hair products that I’m currently using to replenish my hair’s moisture. Most of them are drugstore finds, too! Take a look:

1. Dove Intense Repair Shampoo & Daily Treatment Conditioner

Think of it as hair therapy for split ends and damage!

Think of it as hair therapy for split ends and damage! It has repair technology that contains fiber actives to reconstruct hair from deep inside.

It’s designed to strengthen the current condition of your hair and make it resilient to future damage. I love the powdery-sweet, refreshing scent and the fact that my strands are less tangled after I shower.

So basically, if the ends of your hair feel like rough bristles, this sudser set might be for you!

So basically, if the ends of your hair feel like rough bristles, this sudser set might be for you!

2. Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Brilliance Shampoo & Phytobaume Express Conditioner

These are a little pricier, but they're sulfate-free options!

These are a little pricier, but they’re sulfate-free options for those who have colored hair or just want to use products with less chemicals.

This doesn’t weigh hair down and it rehydrates with jojoba oil, cornflower, and mallow extracts. I adored the coconut scent (it’s perfect for getting in the mood for summer!) and liked that it cleansed my scalp well even without the usual suds. As for the Phytobaume, it did smoothen my strands, but moisture-wise, I wish I could’ve done more. The bottomline? The shampoo is excellent, but you can pass on the mask.

If you blowdry your hair a lot or use hot tools, keep reading! The next sudser set helps protect against styling damage. Continue reading

Freebie Friday: TRESemmé Holiday Kit

Beauty-wise, I actually get more stressed when my hair doesn’t look fixed—especially in photos! And with the crazy traffic and the holiday season being so busy, I don’t really have time to go to the salon anymore.

Yay! THREE lucky winners can take home this holiday treat from Tresemmé!!

And because I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, I wanted to give THREE of my readers a chance to score salon-gorgeous hair with this holiday treat from Tresemmé!

Everything from the line is great, but I think the mask (it’s safe for colored hair!) and the heat protector are my favorites. The protector is really a must, because it helps reverse the styling damage whenever I curl my hair and it gives my strands a sleeker, polished finish.

The heat-activated treatment and hair mask are my favorites! I always curl my hair, so these help reverse the styling damage.

These will save me from feeling guilty whenever I style my strands! Hehe!

Take a closer look at all the TRESemmé goodies you can win and find out how you can also get a chance to score a 5K shopping spree from Zalora after the jump! 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