How To Maintain Colored Hair in the Middle East (and Where To Acquire Hair Products in Qatar)

Phew — It has been ages since I posted something related to hair! I’m keeping a hair-related blog, right. Anyway, I hope you do enjoy looking at my candy subscription boxes this past few months.

Before anything else, I would like to remind you about my disclaimer notes that are posted here and here. This post might also contain some affiliate links and/or codes where you can get discounts from partner websites and I will also get a small amount in return.

Finally — I found time to think about what subject it is to share with you with regards to hair – and what I thought might be interesting to discuss is what I’m recently facing: As you might know, year 2017, I had moved to the middle east to work and being the person I used to be, I know that the first thing that comes to mind to most people when they hear middle east is the sand; desert; camels…?; heat!

Well, you are right about that. Except that it gets colder during winter down to 9~10°C. But for half a year, you have to deal with the other side: 31~42°C, sometimes up to 49°C. What to do by then?

  • Store water in pails to cool it down for bathing
    During summer at peak hours of heat, you can almost boil an egg if you turn on the tap and put it in the running water. I kid you not. I cannot wash my hands directly from the tap during summer. Although, this is not always the case; this mostly happens to buildings or villas that store their water on the roof. Most high-rise buildings and hotels have cold water any time of the day and heaters are always available. So, one thing to be reminded of if you happen to stay at a place in the middle east, or eventually live in it, is to store cool water for bathing during summer because hot water for hair is a big NO.
  • Get under the shade; avoid walking under the sun
    Much like your skin, hair (and your scalp) might be well exposed to UV rays from mister sun. Good (or bad) thing about the middle east is you get access to air-conditioned rooms every where you go, even some bus stops has AC. If you find yourself needing to walk under the extreme heat, better be prepared with caps or scarfs. Fun trivia: if you are a Southeast Asian, chances are you have your umbrella with you, but will not see anyone else using it in the middle east. Nobody prohibits you using such, you just might notice that you are the only one (like what happened to me.) If you feel more comfortable with umbrellas in tow, go ahead!
  • Do not shampoo your hair everyday
    This is a general reminder to all kinds of hair. For dyed hair though, applying shampoo to hair will speed up fading the color. Downside is you might be uncomfortable with the greasy feeling, and if that’s your concern, you can use an alternative shampoo such as Dry Shampoo. You can find different types of Dry Shampoo in Qatar; powder type No Drought dry shampoo from LUSH Cosmetics, who has branches across big malls inside Doha; or spray cans like the famous Batiste that you can find in almost all grocery stores, common scents that I see are Original, Cherry, Floral, and Blush.
  • Use oil treatments once or twice a week
    Oils are great recharge for your hair. You strip them off, you put them back! You can find them at all grocery stores in different types, shapes, and color.
  • Use damage repair treatments as often as instructed
    I personally recommend Olaplex No. 3 for bleached hair. I bought mine locally from Nazih, a hair and beauty products supply store who has a number of branches in Doha. You can also try Some By Mi’s MIRACLE Repair Treatment, that I have yet to try, which I bought from YesStyle — you will also get EXTRA discount when you type in the promo code: YES5NIKITA at checkout!

Now that you are ready for the heat… Do you want to hear about the places you can visit here in Qatar? Let me know by commenting below.

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Tokyo Treat Subscription Box: September 2019 (Fresh n’ Tasty)

September Tokyo Treat box! I was so excited with the Gudetama Custard Chocolates (you can check my opinion about it below) and the Pocky Choco Mint flavor for this month!

They are still in to fruits, though. Good thing that October’s coming and that would be the time to own up with the word “treat” on their box.

Tokyo Treat recently announced about replacing the share packs into a number of single treats to make room for more snacks that you can try outside of Japan. Also for this month’s box, a mystery item is included — might be a new snack or one that has been included on their previous boxes. I got the share pack chips that I honestly do not like that much before, until this box, but having a Japanese Mayo dip with it makes it good. Included in this box, too, is the Melon pan snack that I had tried with another subscription box a few months ago.

Also, I noticed all the items are facing the back of the box when I opened it that I have to turn each item over for the unboxing snippets and photos. (I’m just nitpicking—but it’s the first time that it happened to me; after six months.)

Overview of September 2019 Tokyo Treat Box

Some items had melted (actually, all items that has tendency of melting) and they’re not in a great shape when I opened it; probably with the handling here in Doha, as the temperature is still quite high, but it had never happened before. Especially for the Pocky as it was supposed to be consumed by sticks: the mint melted and sticked to each other and formed a block of Choco Mint flavored Pocky (Sandwich? Wafer?) that when you try to pull them apart, it will snap into crumbs, which is quite disappointing because I am expecting to enjoy its flavor, stick by stick! The Gudetama chocolates has all been deformed and I’m still looking for a few good ones to take a photo of.

TOKYO TREAT Subscription Box: AUGUST 2019 (Slice of Summer)

August 2019 Tokyo Treat Box

Summer is not yet over with Tokyo Treat — ’cause they’re giving out slices of it! I received mine 9 days before August and I have a load of sweets yet to consume since June.

Having been subscribed for half a year already and so far my experience has been pleasant, aside from a snack or two in each box that I am totally fine not receiving.

August 2019 – Snack Menu

The treats that I’m most excited about are the Tohato Caramel Corn Cider and the Lemon & Salt flavor KitKat. (See the snack reviews at the end of this post) While I am not sure what to feel about the beverage for this month, which is the Pepsi Cola Refresh Shot.

Below is a quick overview / unboxing in stills:

SNACK REVIEW

  • Tohato Caramel Corn – Cider Flavour
    My ultimate favorite in this box! It’s sweet good that I ate all of it in one sitting — I just can’t stop.
  • Salt & Lemon KitKat
    I remember a certain biscuit with filling in the Philippines with this flavour (if you know Rebisco Cream) which is one of my favorite merienda when I was a kid.
  • Lucky Corn
    I love this snack. Reminds me of a childhood snack called Sweet Corn – but more tasty.

TOKYO TREAT Subscription Box: JUNE 2019 (Hanami Picnic)

Into my 4th box, I’ve discovered that I’m pretty much still looking forward to each content of this subscription box. I have also decided to subscribe to Japan Crate: another candy subscription box for this month. Why? Just to weigh my options (– and more sugar intake.)

This box is filled with pink stuff! Of course, there’s a theme for it: Hanami Picnic — Cherry Blossoms! I wanted to go back to Japan just to experience this season by preparing a bento box whilst sitting and appreciating the beauty of the blooming Sakura.

Here’s a quick overview for this month’s box:

SNACK REVIEW

  • (Beverage) Lipton Sakura Tea Flavour
    This is a beverage I appreciate as it is a break from all the sugary beverages that comes in monthly. Also, you can enjoy it at a minimum 12 times and not in one sitting.

TOKYO TREAT Subscription Box: MAY 2019 (Tutti Fruity)

May Tokyo Treat Box arrived! I was kind of worried about this month’s box arriving late because I was notified of early shipment than the previous month’s box which took me less than 3 weeks to lay hands on it.

Anyways, here’s a quick overview of layered Tutti Fruity goodness:

I’m already on my third (3rd) box of Tokyo Treat and I haven’t even finished my April box! The box for June was shipped today, by the way. I can’t wait for it because I’m expecting a lot from a Hanami theme!

SNACK REVIEW

  • Kitkat Sakura Japanese Sake
    this was the item I was most excited about the May box but I can now say that I am not a fan of this one. Something went wrong on the mix.
  • Tohato Caramel Corn
    boy, this brand’s products are just A+ that I finished every pack (two, in one event) in one sitting.
  • Calbee Chips (Original Flavour)
    the box came with the note saying that everyone’s box should be having this Pizza flavoured chips and since it may contain meat products that are prohibited in some countries (totally understandable as I am currently residing in Middle East) and is going to be replaced by either the Wasabi or Original Salted flavour, and I got the latter which is quite disappointing because you are paying for this box that you are expecting to receive items that’s more on the Japanese side; youkknowwhatimsayin’
  • Matcha Chips
    sponge nibbles! Like your fellow Oishi Sponge Crunch but in Matcha flavour, (and in star shape!) which is good; not to strong and not so sweet. It’s soft and creamy.
  • Strawberry Rusk
    I like this strawberry-coated crunchy toast! I actually received a chocolate version of it from another box.
  • Fanta Banana Drink
    Sweet and weird. Tastes like medicine but bearable; just not the one I would pick in an instant when given the choice.

TOKYO TREAT Subscription Box: APRIL 2019 (Easter Surprise)

TOKYO TREAT Subscription Box: APRIL 2019 (Easter Surprise)
Redbone the cat is excited to see what’s inside and kept on sniffing it.
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At Qatar Post — Joyce’s first box from Tokyo Treat.

The April box arrived early! I got my box by 25th of March (they shipped it the same day they did a month ago for the previous box — March 12, 2019) which I did not quite expect, which is a good thing! See my first box from Tokyo Treat here.

One of my friends here in Qatar also subscribed to Tokyo Treat a few days earlier before my account was debited for this month’s box. Qatar Post did messaged her a few days earlier than me and we claimed the boxes together at the same day.

Here comes my second box from Tokyo Treat: We have an Easter-themed box for April! Very timely.

Joyce and I both got the Pepsi J-Cola Sakura (I’ve been wishing to get the Sakura Cola though) — which they replaced the Fanta Banana Yogurt with, that is supposed to come with this month’s box.

Here’s a visual overview of this month’s box:

Kind of disappointed with the shrimp chips.

For the month of April, the box comes with the Futura Egg Chocolate and TT announced it’s monthly contest to be where you should decorate the egg-shaped snack container with festive colors to celebrate Easter. Of course, I’m in to the contest. You can check and see my entry below.

Update: 10 May 2019
I did not make it to the contest but I still had fun doing it (… for the ‘gram. Kidding!)

SNACK REVIEW:

Kit-Kat Banana is good that I kind of regret sharing it with my office mates. Tohato Caramel Corn is one of my favorites. If you know the Filipino snack Sweet Corn, that is what the Corn Potage snack tastes like.

Can’t wait for the May 2019 box to arrive. It should’ve been here by now since I was notified that my box was shipped 10th of April…