I’m quite obsessed when it comes to exploring hairstyles – hair cuts, the length of hair, straight or curly kind of hairstyle and most specifically when dye-ing hair. I tried them all because there’s a saying that “If you’re really beautiful, any length of your hair or haircut you chose, it shall fit on you and remain beautiful”. Haha! That’s hilarious but yeah, sometimes I took that as a challenge!Hehe #SorryNotSorry (:
So in this article, allow me to share you the journey of my hair, some tips, and treatments that I use. I hope, you’ll find it helpful when deciding or planning to change yours.
1. Hair Cut
We have a lot of options when it comes to this. There are lots of magazines or pictures of your favorite artists on the net that modeling their beautiful hairdo. And when you saw it was good to them, you wanted to follow or mimic it right away. It’s good and there’s nothing wrong about that. You can pick any hairstyle or haircut that you want to but take note that we have the differences. The good may look bad on you or vice versa. Here are some of the things to consider before you proceed with hair cutting.
A.) First thing first! Determine the shape of your face!
Referring to that picture, I have an either oblong or oval shape of a face. I tried almost all kinds of haircut with its different hair lengths – from super short or the barbers cut, short hair to medium length to long hair – except being bald. I would say that I perfectly fit with medium length because I like to maintain that volume or a bouncy kind of hair. And in terms of the haircut, I usually pick the Layered cut – V-shape or U-shape and/or octopus haircut – because the hair volume compliments my long-shaped-face. I sometimes neglect to comb my hair ’cause I really don’t want to have that fair and super straight hair. I wanted it to somehow look like wavy or curly one.
B.) Secondly, Know the type of your hair!
Four (4) Basic Types of Hair
StraightHair– The hair shaft is round and the cuticles (or layers) are smooth, so it reflects light well and has a lot of shine. Because it doesn’t have bends in the strands, scalp oils can move easily down the strand, giving this hair type a tendency to appear oily if not washed regularly.
Wavy Hair – A relatively unusual type of hair. It tends to be coarse, with a definite “S” pattern to it. That means the wave forms throughout the hair in the shape of the letter “S”. Your hair is wavy if it curves in the “S” shape while laying flat against the scalp. This type of hair is very easy to handle, blowing out into a straighter style or taking on curlier look will relative ease.
Curly Hair – With curly hair, there is a definite loopy “S” pattern. If you pluck out a hair and stretch it out, it looks like a stretched-out Slinky. Most people think curly hair is coarse, but actually, it is usually baby soft and very fine in texture – there’s just a lot of it.Because the cuticle layers don’t like as flat, curly hair isn’t shiny as straight or wavy hair. The hair doesn’t reflect off of it as much. When curly hair is wet, is usually straightens out. As it dries, it absorbs the water and contrasts to its curliest state.
Kinky Hair – Hair is very tightly curled. This texture does not exhibit the shine or silkiness of looser type curls but instead has a sheen, and soft, almost cotton-like feel. It looks tough and durable, but it is the most fragile hair around. Because this type of hair has fewer cuticle layers than any other, which means that it has less natural protection from the damage from combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying and straightening it. The more cuticle layers in a single strand of hair, the more protection it has from damage.
When you figured out the shape of your face then the type of your hair strands, you may now proceed in selecting the best hair cut that matches your type. And be confident on your chopped and new hairdo afterward!
2. Hair Dye
Two-toned hair (Highlights + Light Blonde)
Ube or Dark Violet Hair
Pink or Red Violet Hair
Hair coloring, or hair dyeing, is the practice of changing the hair color. The main reason for this is cosmetic – to cover gray or white hair, to change to a color regarded as more fashionable or desirable, to restore the original hair color after it has been discolored by hairdressing processes or sun bleaching. This can be done professionally by a hairdresser or independently at home.
Today, hair coloring is very popular and I’m somewhat addicted of trying new trends. I started to dye my hair since I entered college. I started it with a burgundy or the reddish one. Until I switched to different shades of brown from darkest to lightest. When I graduated, I am even more aggressive to change the natural hair color (which is brown) to a different and a solid one – which are red, or violet or the lightest hair color because of the bleaching process. Until now, hair dyeing is part of my routine. I change my hair color or just retouch it every quarter or at least twice a year.
The last time I dyed my hair was last January, I changed it lately from blonde to Ash white.
If you’re planning to change yours, be furious and confident whatever might happen! Hahaha. Because some of the self-application of hair dye-ing won’t be successful or your stylist might ruin your hair or don’t really know how to achieve your goal. All I’m saying is, try to embrace it instead and live on it!
PS. I still wanted to try the solid colors like gray, green, blue-ish or lavender-ish, but I have to consider my work too. So maybe, in the future, if I’ll be a successful blogger or freelancer I’ll be able to achieve and try them on. Let’s just see! Haha
3. Hair Treatment
Every once in a while it’s necessary to treat yourself, whether it’s indulging in the chocolate-encrusted doughnut you cut out of your diet months ago or spending a luxurious day at the spa. Yet when we pamper ourselves, a hair treatment isn’t always top of mind. We often forget about our poor hair, which we subject to heat styling, hair dye and other chemical-laden products. Let me mind you that dry, damaged hair needs a serious TLC (Tender-Loving-Care).
A lot of people asked me why my hair’s not (so) dry or didn’t turned frizzy after I dyed it for couple times. So now, I want to personally share you my hair secrets (not so secret Lol). I have these two hair treatments that I usually do or use:
A. Keratin Treatment
Keratin is a protein that’s naturally in our hair. If you are longing for a straight and smoother hair, this treatment applies on you. You have an option to have this treatment on a salon (which is the easiest thing to do and the most popular) or do it on yourself at home. If you’re on a budget, I would suggest to do it na lang on your own. Just buy that Keratin cream worth P200-400 (available at mall or watsons) and you can already use them for months.
Wet your hair with water then put the cream on. Cover it with a shower cap or just a normal plastic then leave it for 30mins to 1hr (covering them is like using a steaming machine from a salon). Then after that, rinse it well and you’ll see the difference. Your hair will be softer and even smoother (:
Expect the result of this treatment to last two to 2 1/2 months.
B. Hair Conditioner
Conditioner is a hair care product that changes the texture and appearance of hair. It is often a viscous liquid that is applied and massaged into the hair after shampooing. Hair conditioners may contain moisturizers, oils and sunscreen, and it is the easiest usual thing we do for treating a hair. Conditioners will constantly make your hair soft on a daily basis. So add this on your daily routine!