Hair Chronicles: Bleached to Steel-Whatever to Ash Blonde with Palty Foam Hair Dye in Cinnamon Churros

WHO WANTS ASH BLONDE HAIR?

It’s my second time to use Palty hair color and hey, can I just say that I love Japanese products (everything Japan are accurate and neat). With that said, of course, it never failed my expectation/s. This would be a long post containing product review and step-by-step, a bit of WHYs and HOWs, and sure, photos.

How I discovered Palty? This was the very first hair brand that desalinized my hair. This time, it’s a hair dye, not hair bleach. I’ve seen the foam type hair dye line before, online before it was available here in the Philippines.

These are some BEFORE photos under different lighting for ya’ll:   

    
And a side-by-side comparison of BEFORE (left) and AFTER BLEACHING (Right): The freshly bleached hair is actually lighter in person, about level 7. I just waited for about an hour after towel drying until damp… also to let my hair rest and breathe for a little while before  toning using Palty foam hair dye in Cinnamon Churros. Bought this at the nearest drugstore for 50% off its original price and I have this on store for a while because I’m kind of afraid that my “hair color goal” with this particular product will not be as I expected. 

 Finally took the courage to try it out (because I remembered I trust Japan!)

There’s a wider selection of colors from this line from Palty but only few selected colors are available right now inside the country. (The list is pictured above.)

BOX CONTENTS

For my hands are as small as your cat, it’s kinda big for my palm and it contains the following:

MANUAL/instruction leaflet comes together with a pair of gloves and after-color conditioner.

Mixing spatula with weird holes

Mixing cup

Hair color in tube form

Hair color developer/oxide (I’m assuming it’s 9%)    

I am really aiming for Steel Grey so I left it for another 10 minutes.

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Watsons 50% Off Hair Haul

50% OFFI was at SM North EDSA yesterday because I watched Pitch Perfect 2. (It was fine.) I checked out Lolane’s “Headzone” or their free hair color application booth at The Block, I scanned the shelves that had been set up there… And they don’t have P38. So, uh… Why is it all hair brands are limiting their options when they export here in PH? (Luckily we have our trusty online shops to provide us with crazy hair colors.)

Anywaaay, on the way to the booth, I eyed 50% off at this drugstore… And Palty was on display! But then I have to tame my urge to peek at the available shades because I don’t want to bore the guy I’m with. And I’m limiting my expense that day.

Today, I dropped by Robinson’s Imus to finally check out the shades at Watson’s. (Yes, they have Watson’s inside Robinsons.) I WAS SO THANKFUL TO LAY MY HANDS ON PALTY in Cinnamon Churros for only… PhP 249.75! That’s down from PhP 499.75/box! And I bought this CRUSET in A911 Golden Blond for only PhP 94.75 (which is also 50% off from PhP 190~) to lift my hair color because…

I’m going Blonde again!

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?