Hair Timeline: The Beginnings

Here’s what tipped the curiosity into dyeing my hair in different colors. As an asian, I have naturally black hair — Jet Black may be the right term —

I just remembered how when I was little and saw my mom applying some Black stuff (which is a cheap tinting dye from China that is common in the Philippines) because her white hair is showing up due to age, I insisted she tint my hair too — remember that I was a kid, around nine (9) years old — and she did; and after that, at times when she does it on her hair, she does mine, too.

I really have no idea about hair dyes, colors, application, the chemicals, etc. the first time I did it. I’ve just been looking up on the internet on how to “lighten” my hair and with a very little research and impatience, I ended up purchasing Dariya Palty Hairdye in Mecha Flash Bleach Sparkling Blonde from an online shop selling Japanese products based in the Philippines.

Dariya Palty Hairdye in Mecha Flash Bleach Sparkling Blonde – Front Packaging
Dariya Palty Hairdye in Mecha Flash Bleach Sparkling Blonde – Rear-side Packaging

This was way back April of 2011. I did not took a photo of it, as I do not have all the resources during that time, but I remembered quite well how it worked for me. (Well, goodbye, virgin hair!)

*Update as of February 2019:
They have re-branded the Bleach lineup. Check it here.

THOUGHTS ON PALTY SPARKLING BLONDE:

The box contains the bleaching powder sachet, developer, conditioning shampoo (or hair treatment formulated by Dariya,) instructions/manual (which is in Japanese characters,) plastic bottle, screw-type comb-like plastic, and plastic disposable gloves.

Sparkling Blonde Bleaching Kit contents – Photo c/o Google Images

I followed the instructions which is in Japanese – Hiragana & Katakana characters – but you can surely comprehend and follow the illustrations, anyway.

Mix up the bleach powder and developer cream (tube) well inside the provided plastic bottle, then attach the plastic comb at the mouth of the bottle. Put on your gloves. Apply to your hair as evenly as possible. I left it for about 40 minutes. Washed with shampoo, then the small packet of conditioner or after-dye hair treatment.

It did lighten my hair, NOT sparkling blonde light, but halfway there. It left my hair undamaged. Quite soft afterwards, actually.

My hair color, April 2011 / Abu Dhabi, UAE
April 2011 / Abu Dhabi, UAE

It is claimed to be made for teenagers; or their target market are girls like me, aged 16 at that time. It does not smell bad — or strong, like your usual hair dyes that stings. It does not leave your hair damaged!

P.S. I bleached my hair a few days before our flight to UAE, and knowing that it’s the Middle East during summer, it’s extremely hot. Direct exposure to sunlight, aside from damaging your hair and skin, may cause the fading of the color right away, so my mother bought me a L’oreal Shampoo and Conditioner for colored hair (which is quite funny because she was against the act of my bleaching my hair,) that was supposed to help in maintaining the color of my hair until I went back to the Philippines. I think it barely did a thing.

That’s it for my first time. Mind telling me your history?

Quiapo Finds: Colisi Hair Bleach and Lan.Caress Developer

People living in Metro Manila knows where/what Quiapo is, for those who, I’m afraid, does not, it is a home for every product you need, with of course, a reasonable price.

We were originally looking for Instax Films for my friend, Winona (after we’ve left my prescription eyeglasses, for a while, for replacing its lens with the graded ones — you can buy cheap eyeglass frames and prescription ones at Paterno street). We swept the whole Hidalgo street looking for the cheapest film for their trip to Beijing. It is when we stumbled upon a shop filled with hair-related products.

I haven’t had the time to take note of the shop’s name, but it was just along Hidalgo street, along with the photography-stuff shops; this one’s near the plaza already. It has shelves and shelves of large bottles and tubs for hair care and some cosmetics and nail polishes along the aisle. But long story short, I picked out a hair bleach and a developer. After-all, I was planning to buy and use Hydrogen Peroxide to lighten my hair by summer, hence my plan of a blue/pink hair by that time.

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This is LAN.CARESS Create Perfect “Fashion Professional Peroxides Milk” which is a Volume 30 (9%) Oxidizer — which I got for only Eighty-five pesos (85 Php) only!!! That’s for a Thousand milliliters (1000 mL) already!

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I was thinking about getting a 6% oxidizer, unlike the last ones that I have been using, which is a 60mL Volume 30 (9%) Oxiding Emulsion Cream by Mondes Professional — which, by the way, I got from a Hortaleza branch at a nearby mall for about Twenty pesos (20PHP) — because I wanted to try a less damaging bleaching process, which can be achieved by choosing the lesser percentage…

But I ended up buying a 9% anyway. I’m afraid 6% will not work its magic on my hair.

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It has a nose for its opening and has a poorly printed Manufacturing/Expiry date at the bottom of the [big] bottle, that I cannot even read it, much less guess the date, but most probably this’ll be good for 3 years after its manufacturing year, 2013… I don’t know if that’s September.

I’ll just probably use it all up — or share it with a friend — before 2015 ends. Anyway, in estimate: 1000mL / 60mL = 16.66 bottles, rounding it off to, say 16, which costs around x 18Php/each = that is 300 Pesos for a thousand mL. I get to save 200+ in my pocket.

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And this is so much steal! Colisi Hair Bleaching Powder, 450~500 grams for only Seventy-Five  Pesos (75 PHP)!

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I looked up the brand’s name on the internet – just now – because I’m not quite sure if it’s ‘Colisi’ or ‘Coilsi’, and found out that this is made by Sophia Marie — I haven’t had a thorough review on their products but I will make my own, anytime soon.DSC_0148 DSC_0149

I know you have this idea that both products are China-made. We both know it. All of the things we own are Made In China, but you can check out the ingredients on both products, printed and labeled. I don’t know with Colisi, but it has different languages on it, Chinese isn’t one. The Manufacture/expiry date are clear on this one, at the bottom of the tub.

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The powder is sealed inside a plastic bag with a “bread ring” as I call it (an easily-fold-able metallic wire wrapped in a Gold-colored plastic material) just like so in the photos.

Bleach Powder

It is Blue in color, just like the ones I’m using to bleach my hair. Can you believe that I am buying that exact same thing before for Ninety Pesos (9o Php) for only a hundred grams (100 g)?

Both products just made me look at my friend, mouthing the words “score!” For these are bulk products, which I strongly think is being used at local salons, the amount I got for a little amount of money is way too exciting but maybe you’re thinking quality-wise, I’m going to try it on myself and make a documentation about it soon.