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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Get That Blue Hair for Less than 100 Pesos

Backstory

I stocked up for my hair color supply needs from Quiapo. As per usual: I dropped by so I could get cheaper products that works just the same.

My hair has been through a lot and currently washed out from my previous Manic Panic© Cotton Candy Pink™ (it lasted only for about 2 weeks) over a bleached hair at about level 8 blonde.

I decided to try the color that I’ve long been planning to wear, which is Blue-blue. From experience, these color tubes (which costs around 35-45 pesos/piece) would do the trick. It always depends, of course, on your hair situation!

The process

I just want to warn you about its difference with semi-pemanent jar dyes, which you can put on directly to your hair; because these color tubes similar to these requires developer to process, and developers are oxidizers, and oxidizing damages your hair. Also, developers contain ammonia: it smells so bad that you should work with your hair in open air.

Prepare your tools. Find a well-ventilated room. Call a friend!

Mix 1 part dye with 1 part developer. (1:1) I used 9% (30 Vol.) developer.

    
  

This certain color develops so fast that it will turn Royal Blue before you get to the next section.

After applying it, I let it sat for about 15 minutes and washed it with shampoo (to thoroughly remove excess chemicals, I wanted to fade it out a bit, anyway) and lots of conditioner.

  
  
Because of the yellow-ish blonde color I had beforehand, it turned out to be this wondeful shade of Teal (— I’m wearing teal again) which is similar to Manic Panic©’s Enchanted Forest™ after a few washes.
 

Lush Daddy-O: Review

I went to the mall this morning and happened to peek inside LUSH. I have been seeing this product when I was searching for purple shampoos for blonde hair.

Well, lucky me that got surprised that it’s available in our country. I managed to get my hands (or hair) on it for 899 PHP (~17 USD) for 250g. Plus a sample of their Marilyn Hair Treatment.

I can’t tell if the Marilyn Hair treatment really works — because it’s just a sampler to the heavily damaged and porous hair of mine; but it smells good, (– everything smells good in LUSH, though) and I would like to try the full product soon since I’ve searched and read good reviews about it.

LUSH Daddy-O smells so gooooood! It smells through the entire room – not kidding! It is really deep purple in color and, of course, organic.

I tried it a few times by now and so far, I’ve been loving the subtle results — which is good for maintaining the neutral blonde hair or keeping off the “brassiness.” You can always leave it longer on your hair if you wanted more purple pigment to seep through and hold unto your hair; or if you wanted to go metal silver, why not!

9/10 would buy again!

What I think about: Dove Dry Shampoo (or any Dry Shampoo Right Now)

 Being a person with unnatural hair color will cost you… A lot. But hey, each of us has his own hobby to mind.

Maintenance. Although this type of product falls under the sub-header of: Comfort. You wouldn’t actually need this if you have bleached hair. The purpose of this is written at the (pretty) can itself: Refresh & Revive hair without water.

It is written in the holy book of dos-and-don’ts that you shouldn’t shampoo your hair daily or every three days (or a week. Damn.) so you could help your hair to regenerate after bleaching thru building up the natural oils of your head and also maintain your hair color, specially for semi-permanent dyes — which, again, fades through [shampoo] washes.

BUT we are all well aware of the discomfort of feeling and looking like we bathed in baby oil and everybody knows (or at least has an idea) that you didn’t wash your hair for days. So they invented this. And we invest on this. Dry Shampoo.

This is my first ever dry shampoo that I got from the beauty section of a department store. Beside this is Tressemé’s. The only two brands I found at the shelf. (Merchandising employees should work on their research.) I have no other dry shampoos to compare this to, so I’ll just tell you the feels of it.

I wash my hair everyday with conditioner and every 3-4 days with shampoo. Tried spraying this product directly on my roots with 4 days worth of accumulated oils and dirt. It didn’t remove or absorb the oils that much.

Update 04 11 2015

With generous amount of spray, oils are absorbed BUT it makes my hair stiff. Doesn’t feel like hair, but broom as hair —

Hair Care + Review: Snoë Hair Heroes “Intense” Conditioner

Of course, with all the frying that my hair had undergone, I need to heal it so I can brush it without the strands breaking at the middle.

Whilst waiting for the Habibi to arrive at the meeting place for our photowalk at Intramuros, I wandered around the mall and hopped to several boutiques including Snoë, which I’ve been following on Instagram for months already, because I like their concept of organic ingredients… plus it’s a local brand!
 The sales person was very nice and she suggested products for my hair problems without being pushy. I am left with three choices that time: the other two was their dry shampoo (perfect for bleach blonds/ crazy-colored hair, for in-between washes, a.k.a. “No ligo” days), and hair treatment for bleach processed hair. I don’t know why I picked this one, though I am really satisfied with this. She also gave me a few soap samples (which, also smells and feels good.)

I tried leaving it overnight (covered it with shower cap so it wouldn’t dry up) and rinsed it the following day before going out and my hair felt so soft the whole day. However, I have to constantly use it to maintain the softness it gives me.  I think that the continuous use of this “intense” conditioner will give your hair permanent results over time, given that you don’t do anything else harsh to your hair.

I will use up this bottle but not sure if I would repurchase, but I’m eyeing their dry shampoo (tried it, also smells nice.) I would definitely recommend this to people with frizzy hair but not to those processing their hair constantly — like me.