Third time’s the charm! It’s only April and I’ve already dyed my hair 3 different colors this year. I solemnly swear to keep my new color longer now that maintenance is much, much easier.
As for my previous color, the ash washed off easily. I take all the blame because I absolutely cannot stand not washing my hair for long periods of time (I know some people don’t shampoo for more than 5 days but umm, no) and I was left with this shade of blonde that I hated with a passion.
My trip to Tokyo was also quite detrimental to my hair because I didn’t bring any of my existing haircare products with me in my luggage. Because SHOPPING! /priorities
Some of the ash remained, making my hair a bit decent-looking in photos. IRL, however, the color looked so uneven that I had to do something about it asap.
These ugly roots. Kill them before they lay eggs.
I asked my hairstylist Jimmy of Status Salon Tomas Morato to choose a healthier, darker shade of brown that is easy to maintain.
We dubbed it as “golden coffee brown”.
While waiting, I had my nails done too. Fell in love with this light lavender (ORLY Bon Bon).
After washing the dye off, they put some sort of treatment on my hair to make it smooth and shiny. Best part = free head and shoulder massage!
Time to blowdry!
OBSESSED! I love my current new hair color because it’s such a perfect in-between shade. Not so light yet not so dark.
Jimmy recommended that I get a trim but I decided not to. I really, really, REALLY miss my long hair and I’d do anything to get the best of both worlds right now. A trim is something that is unimaginable at the moment.
Good thing Status Salon offers human hair extensions! These are only clip-ons so you can always opt to keep your short-medium length hair on off-days.
They dyed the extensions the same color as my hair. You can save a lot of time if you have black hair because they don’t need to dye the extensions anymore.
So happy with the result! Now I can go out with either medium length hair or long hair depending on my outfit or mood.
The extensions look so much better when they’re curled but this photo is only to show how many inches I was able to add to my current hair length.
SNSD Mr. Mr. dreams achieved! I couldn’t watch any of their performances without wanting to have hair as long and shiny as theirs. Now, with Status Salon extensions, I can have more hairstyling options!
Thanks Status Salon Tomas Morato branch for the transformation!
Ugly roots forced me to go to the salon last week despite my hectic schedule. Last time I had my hair dyed was first week of January? I can’t believe I let 2 months pass without doing anything to my hair. Not even a treatment. My old self would have been very disappointed in my present self, lol.
I used to panic at the sight of regrowth, but now that I’m older, the health of my hair and scalp is fast becoming my top priority. I can’t just keep dyeing my hair every month like I used to! Such a bad practice. True enough, 2 months without any chemicals did my hair some good.
I figured I should lighten my hair a bit now that summer is fast approaching. Lighter hair makes me look tanner, and it’s an effective way to cheat that fresh-from-the-beach look without having to go to the beach. Pale is the last look I want to sport in the next few months.
Look at that monstrosity!
Time to lighten my roots before applying dye. This is not bleach, btw! My hair can’t take bleach anymore so my hairstylist Ariel used a lightening alternative.
I was blonde for a few minutes! Very 2011!
Had my nails done too because I knew the process of achieving the color that I wanted would take some time.
ORLY Kiss The Bride.
They put light ash brown on my roots first before dyeing the rest of my hair.
My mom also dropped by to have her roots retouched and nails done! I chose Country Club Khaki for her nails.
Blowdrying time! My hair ended up much, much lighter than my previous color and it looks blonde under the sun! Much love! I missed having hair this light, especially since I’ve been sporting dark hair since October 2013.
First time to have hair this light too and not have bangs at the same time! Fortunately my bangs have grown long enough to tuck behind my ears. Mission accomplished!
Fresh out of the salon hair! Light ash brown c/o Ariel Alicarte of Louis Phillip Kee C5/Libis. You can text him at 09068725321 if you’re interested in getting the same hair color! Mondays are his off days but he’s pretty much available the rest of the week.
OT, but thanks HotMessPH for my top!
My Keratin treatment from last January also kept my hair in good condition in those 2 months I let my hair rest.
No more ugly roots!
Louis Phillip Kee Premier Salon can be found at The Fort (856-3388), Midori (553-4551) C5/Libis/Acropolis (638-4001) and Banawe (288-9758). You can set up an appointment or inquire about specific locations and prices by calling them. They’ll gladly be of service!
Got rid of my strawberry blonde hair. Bleaching my hair the first time a few months ago was worth it, after seeing the results today. My hairstylist gave me a gray dye swatch earlier, and I wanted to get rid of the blonde so passionately that I didn’t even bother asking him about specifics. “I just want ash.”, and ash I really got.
What do you think?
There’s always something about dyeing hair that makes me feel like a brand new person again.
Before anything else, I apologize for all the mirror shots!
Last photo I took of myself before I went blonde.
Finally gave in to bleaching my hair after years of contemplation. I’m sure, at one point in time, if you’ve seen me in person or have spent a lot of time with me outside the Internet, we’ve already had some sort of “Gosh, your hair is so light!” + “Oh yeah? Thanks, but it’s not light enough for me!” conversation.
I have a collection of blonde wigs in different lengths to temporarily satisfy my frustrations, but nothing beats having actual blonde hair!
I was luckily born with naturally straight, fine, thick-ish Asian-black hair (My mom has fine, straight hair while my dad has the typical thick, straight Chinese hair). I managed to put up with it until highschool, but I totes had a dyeing spree once I reached college. I gradually lightened my hair through the years without bleaching, mostly because I was so afraid of the damage bleaching entailed. I’ve always had a fascination with light hair ever since I could remember, really. My chronic bitch face paired with my natural black hair never meshed well together (had that “snob appeal” formula down pat), and I found it way more interesting to experiment with make-up and different hairstyles with lighter hair.
Throughout college I almost never took care of my then-super-long hair properly - I would only use random brands to wash and condition my hair, and I would curl and style it without heat-protecting products. This went on until early this year… until I decided to cut 5 inches off my hair all at once. The ends of my hair looked so damaged that I couldn’t go out without having to curl them (thus, damaging my hair even more) or putting my hair up in a bun to hide the ends.
I guess hair care was something I took for granted, because when I still had virgin hair, I never had to comb or condition so often because my hair was so naturally healthy and dead-straight. Sadly, it took a toll on my hair in the long run. :(
After cutting my hair last May, I became keen on starting anew. I took care of my hair obsessively by using the right products and having regular hair treatments. Even if my hair dye was relatively lighter than my college color, my hair has never been healthier in years.
Perfect time to go blonde, I thought. And so I finally went for it!
Can’t believe I subjected my hair to this purple gunk you see right here. :) Funny that the bleach didn’t sting my scalp at all! And to think I was deathly afraid moments before they applied it to my hair. They were saying that it was good that I had years of dye experience before subjecting myself to bleach because during the whole process, I didn’t seem too surprised with the smell and the sensation of it all.
What a sight! Five people were working on my hair simultaneously to get an even color. They advised against bleaching your own hair, because they said it would be immensely risky (harsh chemicals and all) and some parts of your hair might end up lighter than the others depending on the time of application. But then again, sometimes that’s just what some people exactly want.
After washing the bleach off, I ended up with this:
Even if I know a lot of people settle for this kind of blonde, I found it so awkward on me. Nice color for Halloween though. I think I could go as Sailor Moon with this yellow.
BRB, off to find a sailor outfit.
And so they proceeded with applying tone-on-tone coloration to kill the intense yellow. I didn’t want to subject my hair to so many things at once so I’ll probably have to go to the salon again for a permanent hair dye once the toner washes off.
My hair looked a little green for a while, but I’m happy I ended up with something a little less intense:
Me with the lovely people at Indigo Salon which you can find along Temple Drive, near White Plains and Corinthian Hills. Jun Sollano (second from left) has been cutting and dyeing my hair since 2009.
Going blonde is such a life changer, especially now that I can’t apply make-up the same way as before. I could seriously go out with no make-up at all with darker hair, but I don’t know if I could still do that now without looking freakishly washed out. It’s fun in other ways though, like blue and gray contact lenses and baby pink make-up suit me better now!
To give you an idea, the box on the left is the toner that they used to make my hair shinier and less yellow. The green bottles are my new purchases to maintain my current color. Pureology is pretty much a miracle for people with dyed hair. <3
Inspirations for going blonde: Japanese gals Tsubasa Masuwaka, Chinatsu Wakatsuki, Nanase Kubo and K-pop idols CL from 2NE1, Nana from After School and GorJessica from SNSD. <3 (Not in collage: Hyuna from 4minute, Sunny and Hyoyeon from SNSD, Gyuri from Kara, Hyosung and Zinger from Secret, Nana Suzuki, Kana Nishino, Koda Kumi)