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.

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Manic Panic® Enchanted Forest™

Dang! It’s been already 1.5 weeks since I dyed my hair with Manic Panic® Enchanted Forest™. Here’s my Instagram photo updates for the meantime:

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ImageManic Panic® Enchanted Forest™ under daylight.I’ll get back to you — and update this post — once I finish all requirements needed for my trip out of the country. Hopefully I can share my experience with Manic Panic® in detail by then. Have a nice day!

Updated today, April 16, 2014.

I’ve got a shitty day and I have nothing left to do so might as well update this post about my hair — which has gained a lot (a lot, really) of compliments every time I go out.

I dyed my hair with Manic Panic® Enchanted Forest™ a week ago, April 6, and after 10 days, it haven’t faded that much. Remember that my hair is pre-lightened to about Level 7 or 8 by bleaching. The color turned out to be the color I expected — Teal, though color Green overpowered the Blue overtime.

Any issues encountered using Manic Panic® hair dyes? It’s my first time to dye my hair with a bright color, and using Manic Panic, the only dissatisfaction it brought to me was… it just stains too much, on my skin, on my clothes — and my pillow case and bed sheet; plus my friend’s, too. Other than staining, I have no other complaints. I love how the color stays, yes, on my hair (not on my skin.)

How am I maintaining it? I just rinse my hair with cold water. I remember using shampoo just once, after 4 days. The next day, I poured vinegar (local ones – the only available vinegar we have here, mixed with water) all over my head. Don’t worry, after air drying your hair, it shouldn’t smell.

I cannot compare Enchanted Forest™ with any other Manic Panic® hair dye colors, because I haven’t tried the others — yet. I hope I get more breaks to try and dye my hair in different colors.

Drugstore Find: Sasha Professional Hair Colorant

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Hi again! This is my first hair color post! Technically, Hair dying, yes. I want to share my hair dying obsession with you, specifically the Red color. But you have to take note that I am not a professional, but I know quite a lot about hair bleaching and dying, through research – based on internet, other blogs – and from my own experience.

You might get confused about the results from this hair dye, or any hair dye in general, and since this is a bit tricky and risky thing to do to your hair, so I have to be clear about my hair history…

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I desalinized my hair year 2011, start of summer or end of school year, yes, first year in college’s done. In time to my trip to UAE to visit my parents and stayed there for two months.

I bleached my hair using a…

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How to: Bleach your hair + Colisi Bleaching Powder and Lan.Caress Developer Review

Here’s a review on my Quiapo finds last, last month; at the same time, this would be a tutorial/photo diary on how to mix these chemicals or how to bleach your own hair.

DO NOT TAKE A BATH AT LEAST 2 DAYS BEFORE BLEACHING.

Clean your body, except your head. (I’ve tried 5 days.) This is for letting the natural oils of your scalp spread around your head, the natural oils will help lessen the damage that bleaching will give your hair.

You can add in VCO or olive oil, too.

Get your tools:

  • Non-metallic bowl (for mixing chemicals)
  • Tinting brush
  • Gloves!
  • Vaseline/ lotion
  • Hair clips (large mouth clips)
  • Measuring cup (optional, you can use any non-metallic scoop)
  • Bleaching powder
  • Bleaching oxidant or developer (30/40 vol.)
  • Hair toner (you will need developers for some toners, or click here for an alternative)
  • Hair treatment creams

Before bleaching:

  1. Prepare all the tools you need.
  2. Set-up your space; make sure the room’s ventilated because the smell would be strong and it can sting your eyes. Use old newspapers to cover up the floor, table or desk, whatsoever around you.
  3. Wear an old shirt or top that you don’t care about staining.
  4. Remove your earrings and other metallic accessories that you’re wearing.
  5. Put a generous amount of vaseline or lotion around your face, behind the ears (and your ears, themselves), the nape, and upper part of your back, (especially when you have long hair.)
  6. Mix it uppp! Ratio is 1 part bleach powder:2 parts developer

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Get a pinch-sized section of your hair and, using your brush, start at the roots, all the way down to the tips of your hair. This is for an equal distribution of hair bleach on all your hair that will result in even lightening.

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Work on the next parting, going up. When you’re done — make sure you did not miss a spot — you can cover your hair with a shower cap to lock-in the heat on your head.

Leave it on for 20-40 minutes maximum. Clean up the mess while waiting!

Rinse it out with running freezing cold water, avoid eye contact, use shampoo (to remove bleach residues on your head) then conditioner. 

Hair is already damaged, do not blow dry. Use deep conditioning for the next 2 months. Do not bleach your hair twice within 2 months — one month, tops. Unless you want to go bald.

Hair Timeline: The Beginnings

Starting from my Virgin Jet Black hair — the common color we, Asians, have.

I remembered just now, when I was little and saw my mom tinting her hair Black (because her white hair is becoming all dominant because of age,) I insisted she tint my hair too — c’mon, I was a kid, like about 9 years old — and she did. And after that, when ever she tints her hair, she does mine, too. I think, a couple of times.

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

FRONT. Photo not mine.
BACK. Photo not mine.

This is way back in Summer of 2011. I did not took a photo of it, (I think I did, but cannot find it anymore,) but I remembered quite well how it works for me. This quick review would

ON PALTY HAIRDYE SPARKLING BLONDE:

It contains a bottle + comb-like end (where you mix all chemicals you find inside the box, except the sachet of conditioner — time to be a chemist — ) Bleaching Powder sachet (where the magic comes from, together with the…) developer, conditioning shampoo, instructions/manual and gloves.

NOT Sparkling blonde, but Mecha Flash Bleaching Kit — yet similar to the contents of Sparkling blonde. Photo not mine.

It’s made for teenagers, just like me, aged 16 (turning 17) that time. It does not smell bad — or strong, like your usual hair dyes that stings. It does not leave your hair damaged! You have that small packet of Conditioning liquid after-all.

I left it for about 40 minutes. I followed the instructions, yes — which, by the way, is in Japanese (Nihonggo characters), but you can settle with the drawings, which is easier in any way. It left my hair undamaged, like I said. Quite soft afterwards, actually.

April 2011 – Abu Dhabi, UAE

I bleached my hair a few days before our flight to UAE, and knowing that its in the Middle East, it’s normally hot all. the. time. Which may cause the fading of the color right away, but my mom bought me a L’oreal Shampoo and Conditioner for colored hair, that help in maintaining the color of my hair until I went back to the PH.

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