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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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.

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.

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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.

Welcome 2014!

 2014 is here, and I hope you have good year ahead but… Now, for a change, I made this new (another) blog because of my plans to kill dye my hair.

I’m sorry that I can’t settle down on a single blog name, let alone a single topic to write about. My mind keeps on wandering around different things at different times — it focuses on one thing this time, then one moment, in the other. Anyway, I had this idea of dyeing my hair, this summer, with bright, bright colors. (I know it’ll wait for 3 months, but then, you will see.)

I have touched my hair a several times before and I promise you I will share about my experiences (as an amateur hair murderer) from the very first time where I took its virginity… Along with tips and reviews — speaking as a consumer, and a friend — I will give my personal recommendations to products I’ve tried, and also heard about. And oh, did I tell you why I have to wait for summer? Because of. My. College. Department. The college of Architecture denies you of the privilege of expression. (Or right to freedom of expression.) most especially to your hair, may it be crazy colours, shade of blonde, or even highlights. It is as if physical appearances affect a person’s performance and identity — but that’s another issue, and I’m going to cut it right there.

In case I cannot fulfill my promise on dyeing my hair on summer [with bright, annoying colors], I will disregard this blog.

But I think that will not happen because I’m really getting fired up about this. This’ll be a hairy blog.