Thursday, 17 October 2013

Just got Famous-ed!

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If there’s one word that my hair and my current physical state share at the moment, it would be the word unhealthy. So many things have happened in the past weeks and I can’t believe that in a few months I’ll be leaving college and will be entering a whole new chapter in my life! But before I get carried away (I have my tendencies LOL) let me tell you about an adventure I had some days ago! Last Tuesday, I got invited to go and check out Folded and Hung Famous Salon’s newest branch in Glorietta 5. Usually, I reserve all my blog related activities for the weekends, or if not, weeknights, but since I had PM duty scheduled for that day, I decided to go for it, thinking it was better to do it now while I was still just imagining that my hair had a life of its own begging me to find the time and have it treated rather than face the flip side of the coin. Haha!

So anyway, let me now take you through what happened in photos and captions!

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Here’s a panoramic shot of the front part of the salon. I’ve always been a fan of wide, open spaces with lots of good light and Famous Salon is exactly that. Everything just looks so clean and organized, don’t you think? :)

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This is the area where they wash your hair! This is totally unrelated but the colors in this photo makes me think of Halloween! Haha!

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Huge posters of local celebrities…

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…and awesome collages of international icons! I love this wall so much I wanted to take a part of it home. LOL!

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Fellow bloggers and real-life couple, Gerd and Angel, getting famous-ed! Hi guys! :)

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So anyhow, let us now talk about my experience! We were told that we can have anything done to our hair, but since I was in a bit of a rush and had only an hour to spare, I opted for a reparative treatment instead.

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I had no idea what service to get, so as per Marquee’s suggestion, I got the Cera-Vital Repair Moisturizing Treatment and deep smoothing masque. It’s basically just a strengthening and hydrating treatment great for overworked tresses (AKA my hair!) I kind of regret not being able to take before and after shots to share with you guys though, but rest assure that the result was amazing! After an hour, I ended with thicker, smoother, split end free (although I don’t really have a lot in the first place) hair. It smelled really nice after too! And as if that wasn’t enough, Marquee and Hazel styled my hair into these gorgeous curls also! My hair has never looked and felt this beautiful!

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With the fabulous Marquee Alonsabe, who I got to work with sometime last year for my shoot with Jellybean. Hello Marquee! Thank you for always doing a fantastic job! It was nice seeing you again! :)

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Marquee, me and Rain. Thank you so much for having me! I love my ‘famous’ hair! :)

Folded & Hung Famous Salon is located at the second Floor, Glorietta 5, near Gerry’s Grill. They also have a branch on the third floor, Adriatico Wing of Robinsons Place Manila and on the ground floor, Connecticut Arcade, Greenhills Shopping Center.

For more promos and updates, visit their website. Please also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram!

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Friday, 27 September 2013

Making waves: Digital perms vs. Curling irons

Let me tell you a bit about my hair story. I’ve always had super straight, black, virgin hair. Two years back though, I finally decided to change my look, and that is where my love affair with digitally permed hair started. I’ve had digitally permed hair for almost two years now. Prior to that, I used curling irons to get my desired locks.

For those of you that are not aware, a digital perm (also called ‘hot perm’) is a perm that uses hot rods with the temperature regulated by a machine. The other one, which is pretty self-explanatory, is getting curls with the use of curling irons. So how do you know which method works for you?

What kind of girl are you (consider your hair type, too!)

Different hair types call for different styling methods. People with fine hair generally cannot be candidates for digital perming. This goes the same to people who have had multiple bleaching and hair coloring. Curling with irons, then, becomes a safer option, though not so if it is done on an everyday basis. In the context of lifestyle, if you’re a slasher like me who has more important things to think about other than her hair for the day, digital perming is for you. The best part of this I think is that you never have to comb again (or not as usual as you did before).

Time and Styling

Digital perming has saved me countless hours that would have been used on hair styling alone. After showering, all you have to do is to part your hair into sections, form twists and let it air dry. I also found that putting your hair up in a bun for at least two hours will enhance your curls. Since I have my hair up in a bun all day for school, I do not have to worry about styling it for say, an event I have to attend after. Curling with an iron, on the other hand, presents you with a whole variety of hairstyle choices, because you have control on how you want the curls to look like.

Here’s a Romantic Curls Tutorial

Price and longevity

Curling irons are definitely cheaper (in the short run) because all you need is your equipment. This does not include the price you pay for electricity and other hair products though! Prior to my perm, curls made using curling irons will usually last for a maximum of three hours, which won’t really be a problem if you only need styled hair occasionally. I got my first digiperm from AZTA Urban Salon in Katipunan and the second one from Soiree Salon and Spa, also located in Katipunan. I was so lucky that both digiperm sessions were sponsored. Digital perming usually costs around P3500 and up, depending on the salon. During the two sessions, my hair falls mid-length, in between my shoulders and my waist. Note that the curls will last for at least four to six months, depending on how you maintain it.

Maintenance

Now as you remember, I have pretty low maintenance hair, and I don’t really use tons of products but since we’re on the topic, here are some of the few I use personally:

TRESemme Salon Finish extra hold hairspray

I love using TRESemme’s Hairspray especially back when my hair still wasn’t permed because unlike other hairsprays that will leave you with card stiff hair, TRESemme’s special formulation leaves hair tidy but still flexible. Not to mention the way it holds is amazing.

TRESemme Salon Finish extra control mousse

I rarely style my hair anymore after getting a digiperm but when I do, I always make sure to add in a dollop or two of TRESemme’s extra control mousse. This doesn’t add only volume but also tames stray hair. The best part? You won’t feel any sticky residue after.

Whether you choose the curling iron or the hot seat of the digital perm, what matters is that you’re happy with whatever the end result may be. They say the cheapest accessory is a smile, after all!

All products mentioned are available in Watsons and SM Stores.

Link to the article on Beauty Book PH here.

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