Hair Chronicles: Going Purple with Manic Panic Ultra Violet

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After you hit that follow button, here’s the story on how random I pick colors to wear… just like how you choose what dress to wear today: I got my second Manic Panic jar from a physical store of an online shop, well because my first choice isn’t available. I don’t have that much money to buy a few jars in one go (plus I don’t like wearing multiple colors on my hair at the same time — except for faulty, uneven bleaching, I’m sorry).

Look at this beautiful and mad Violet. It has a blue undertone – not Red – one of the reasons why I picked this rather than other shade of Purple.

But of course if it’s too dark for your taste, you could always add a white base – conditioner! I’ve read that you shouldn’t use an anti-dandruff shampoo and/or conditioner IF you don’t want to fade out your the dye on your hair just yet. (I’m still going to read about anti-dandruff shampoos and try it out first.) I added just a spoonful of conditioner to the dye and directly slapped it on my hair.

Photo below was taken at my dentist’s clinic and I just had my first dental braces adjustment so I really can’t smile just yet, but hey I’m loving my hair color.

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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 Chronicles: Employed!

I started working on the 4th day of August… And I’ve never been shut down to social media like this before.

So, two weeks on the firm and I’m still sporting my very porous shoulder-length hair that I decided to get the Pixie cut. Ta-da:

  
   
*Please do note that I am fond of using filters on my photos (specifically VSCOcam’s Film Preset, HB2) but still trying my best not to alter the colors that much or to get the colors as close to what and how it is in person.

Bleach bathed my hair once before I slapped on Manic Panic’s Ultra Violet on it. 

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.

Hair Chronicles: Graduation Hair + Fading

Of course after bleaching it — big time, I decided that brassy ratchet hair isn’t the one I would like to see on my investiture photos. And so I used the Semon Hair Color I recently bought to give my hair a shade of blue.

But since my hair is all yellow-y, it turned out to be more green than blue (and patches of silver, too.)
After a day or two (three days prior to graduation day), I mixed the Semon Blue with a black hair dye (the cheap ones in satchet form) and turned my hair into a deep blue black. But I guess, because of the additional conditioner in the solution caused it to banish the black shade quickly; thus my graduation hair color:
 Two days after that, we had our block outing. Photo below shows my hair going to the venue.

…and here’s my hair completely faded out after a two weeks:

After letting it rest for three weeks:

Hair Chronicles: Bleaching Hair for the nth Time Around

Hair Chronicles: Bleaching Hair for the nth Time Around

Here I am again… Hope ma momma won’t nag me coz o’ this.

First bleach! Using Hortaleza Professional hair bleach powder and 12% (Vol. 40) Oxidizing Lotion:Got these from HBC Robinsons Imus. The sale attendant says that you need 2 packets of bleach per bottle of the oxidizing lotion… which I don’t believe. It’s usually 1 bleach: 2 oxidant. But I just ended up using 1.25 bottle(s) of oxidizing lotion on a single packet. I got all of these for PhP 160.00. So expensive. 

Photos of my hair before first bleaching:    Just a little story behind this: so I was cramming all the boards I need for my thesis presentation and I’m working at someone else’s place. Now, I’ve got only a few days left before the day of presentation and I need to color my hair back to BLACK because I was given a warning from the dean’s office (or our SWDB) that I may not be allowed to defend my work if I have the unnatural hair color I am sporting, because it’s against the hair color policy. I need to drop by my place in Cavite (from Quezon City — thank you to my wonderful someone who drove me to and back from Cavite!) to fetch the things I need for the thesis presentation.

I asked my sister to buy me the cheapest Black hair dye she could find at the drugstore. And what she got is this Henna hair coloring powder that made my hair extremely dry. Halfway through the process (I colored my hair right away when we got back) I realized that 2 packets is not enough to cover my entire head. I had no choice but to let the remaining dye work which smells really awful, by the way, like fish. That incident left sections of brown hair on the left part of my head. That was in April 5, ~1.5 months ago.

Anyway, I haven’t washed my hair with shampoo for 2 days in preparation for the first bleaching.  Put on vaseline around my face, behind the ears, and the nape. Some of the bleach went the wrong way and dripped off my back — it stings. Left it on my hair for about 30 minutes.

Here’s a lot of selfies:   
        

Side by side comparison:I was itching to bleach my hair right after the first one because I have ratchet hair!

Aaaaaaaaaaand so I did, the next day: Using Cruset Hair Colouring Cream in Golden Blonde. The box doesn’t contain a leaflet, although the instructions are the box. It comes with the hair colour tube, 12% (Vol. 40) Developer, and gloves.     Poured in all the contents of the tube and developer in the bowl. Mixed it well and asked my cousin to slap it on my head, concentrating on the darker parts first.

After about 35 minutes:It made my hair lighter, but not lifted it that much. Maybe because it’s Golden Blond, and it has a pigment in it, I’m not sure. Thanks to the one who helped me with this, my hair became more even.

And, of course, here’s a side-by-side comparison:At this point, I’ve got massive breakage at the ends of my hair. I gave it a rest for 5 days, with deep conditioning, Olive Oil, and no shampoo.