My previous black-red-violet hair color faded after a month, so I paid a visit to my favorite hair salon for a quick retouch!
Chose a same-ish color as last time because my hair extensions are freshly-dyed, and I don’t all the effort they put into putting subtle pink and purple streaks on them to go to waste!
From black-red-violet, my hair color turned into dark brown. Not bad at all, but I just miss the subtle red and violet shine whenever I’m under the sun.
A lot of people think it’s hard to pull off red and violet, but it can actually be quite classy if you choose the right shade, and stay away from anything too cartoon-y (unless your personal style is just as bold).
Shampoo time a.k.a. nap time.
I don’t miss my light hair at all. Seems like I’ll keep the dark hair color for a while!
If you want a bright red-violet, make sure you pre-lighten your hair first so the color would show better. I just wanted something dark and subtle this time, so there was no need for any pre-lightening process versus that time when I went from dark red-violet to ash brown. That took ages!
You could see here that my roots have faded to brown already.
Waiting for the dye to seep in!
The most exciting part - the big reveal after washing off the dye. They used a special keratin shampoo on me because I didn’t have time to get a proper treatment, and the Status Salon staff are so protective of my hair, haha.
Yay! My hair is a little more red again! It looks quite bright in this backlit shot, but it’s definitely more natural under normal lighting. It’s been a few days since this dye job, and even if I already shampooed a number of times, the red tinge is still there! So happy!
Look for Jon at Status Hair Premier Salon Acropolis/C5 if you want the same color!
Before anything else, let me congratulate myself for resisting the urge to dye my hair these last 3 months! I fell in love with dark hair again, and wouldn’t mind keeping it for the rest of the year if I didn’t have a salon sponsor. Thanks to Status Salon, I can experiment whenever I want!
Last week, I was stressing out so much that I wanted to do something different. Of course, my hair was my first target. I think I let my hair get enough rest!
And besides, my hair was starting to fade from black-brown to simply dark brown.
It took me about 15 minutes to decide what I wanted to do with my hair. Before going into the salon, I already set my mind to the same bright red that I did last year. However, Status Hair Premier Salon (formerly Louis Philip Kee) C5/Acropolis had a new hair color chart, and the red-violet tones were glorious!
So I went with the darkest red-violet that they had. Because we were dyeing it over dark hair, the result would be super subtle and not at all loud. YASSS. JUST WHAT I WANTED! I’m still not over dark hair, so this was perfect.
If you put this color over bleached hair or light brown hair, the results would definitely be more striking, though I’m not sure if it’ll fade back to brown in a few days/weeks. Red dye washes out so easily!
Baby dye dye dye! I was so excited because it’s been a while since I last changed my hair color.
They let the dye rest on my hair for about 30 minutes.
Roots took about 15 minutes.
Dun dun dun. Before the reveal.
At this point, I couldn’t wait for my hair to dry already! (Hair looks darker when it’s wet.)
With Roseann, one of the owners of Status Salon! Love her ash brown pixie cut!
Finally! Hair that’s dark when it needs to be dark, but red-violet under certain lighting. Since the salon had yellow lighting, I couldn’t really see much difference.
I only got to properly see the result when I took photos the next day. This was what the color looked like under natural lighting. I dub thee my best hair color of the year. It’s perfect! Subtle edginess! It’s still dark so it won’t look gross even if my roots grow out.
If it’s not directly hit by sun/light, it looks black. If I take photos under the sun or if there’s a huge light source in front of me/behind me, it’s red-violet.
Want the same hair color? Just look for Jon of Status Hair Premier Salon C5/Acropolis! As of this writing, he’s working on my hair extensions so I can still enjoy my long hair look whenever I want. I asked him to add a few bright purple streaks since it’s not my own hair that’s going to be bleached anyway. Can’t wait!
If anyone’s wondering, Louis Phillip Kee C5/Acropolis is now called Status Hair Premier Salon. But it’s still owned by the same owners and the branch still has the same hairstylists. The rates are a little more affordable now though! Yay! :)
If you dye and style your hair as often as I do, you’ll totally need a moisturizing hair treatment. I try to have treatments for dry hair at least once a month so I can restore my hair quality back to its healthy, shiny state. I can feel the difference if I don’t get to do this because it becomes a lot more difficult to comb and style my hair.
Freshly shampooed hair! I had a conversation with the Status Salon Tomas Morato people about haircare in different countries. Because we live in a humid, tropical country, it’s totally understandable for us Filipinos to wash our hair everyday, unlike those in other countries who only wash their hair every other day (or even only once/twice a week - yikes!). Just don’t overdo it by shampooing a million times and using insane amounts of shampoo every single time. I learned that it’s better to dilute your shampoo with water so you just get the right amount! Too much would remove the moisture in your hair completely.
It’s these little things that make such a huge difference!
Treatment time! The one for dry hair has aloe vera extract in it for “healing” purposes.
Free scalp massage too - yay!
They wrapped my hair and let the treatment set for 20 minutes before washing it off.
Voila! Healthy hair! I resisted the urge to cut and dye my hair this month because I feel like my hair needs to rest.
Based on my own personal experience, I don’t recommend drastically changing hair color every month (unless you’re going to do your roots only). However, if you really have to, drop by Status Salon and get a moisturizing treatment as often as you can!
My usual stylist Jimmy wasn’t available the day I visited so here’s Mr. Orlan helping me out with some fresh clip-on extensions to match my dark hair color!
The extensions they offer at Status Salon are 100% human hair so you can style them with heat and hair products as you would your real hair.
Long, dark hair is in! Thanks to Status Salon for taking care of me, as usual!
Let’s take a break from all the Japan posts and focus on my hair!
I just woke up one day and decided that I couldn’t stand my current hair color anymore. I’ve always dyed my hair a light ash brown shade, but now that it’s the end of summer here in Manila, I figured it’s the perfect time to retire the look.
Unfortunately, my previous attempt to dye my hair darker didn’t last too long. During my Japan and US trips, it went back to its previous shade (probably because I washed my hair too often), and I hated it so much because I was so psyched to sport dark hair already. My hair color changed so much on its own within the last month. I didn’t want that kind of reality, huhu. As soon as I got back from the US, I was determined to darken my hair again.
Yesterday, I went to Louis Phillip Kee C5 Acropolis branch for my monthly hair pampering session! My usual stylist Ariel wasn’t available, but Jon, another hairstylist, was around to supervise my rainy season hair transformation.
My previous hair color! Dark brown that turned into light ash brown/blonde. It was such an in-between shade and I wanted something that had more contrast against my skin! My only choices were to either go super light or super dark. I don’t want to bleach my hair anymore, so I chose the latter option.
Time to dye! I have no idea what exact shade or brand they used to get the color that I wanted (I just told Jon that I wanted something drastically darker) but we just ended up calling it “dark roast coffee brown” because it’s dark, but not quite black? It can look black indoors/from afar, but it can also look chocolate brown under the sun.
If it washes out to something lighter after several shampoos, at least it’s not going to be as light/blonde as my previous hair color! Crossing my fingers this color sticks around, or else I won’t know what to do with my life anymore!
Next up was my favorite keratin treatment! I almost forgot how good this treatment was. The last time I had keratin treatment was January, and I was so happy to hear that I was up for another one this month (they recommend getting a keratin treatment every 6 months). My mom swears by this treatment to keep her wavy hair in place!
After they applied the keratin treatment, they blowdried my hair before…
…using a straightening iron to lock all the treatment in.
No more rebellious strands! Keratin treatment always smoothens out all my frizzy ends.
The result! Natural dark brown healthy hair! Jon used a blowdryer to achieve this effect, lololol I love him! Go visit Louis Phillip Kee C5 Acropolis / Libis branch for the perfect rainy season makeover!
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!
I’m sure you guys are all tired of me saying how much I miss my long hair. It’s at a really awkward length now where it’s not short but not long either. I hate having such an in-between length, so I usually just resort to my dye-friendly human hair extensions from my hair sponsor, Status Salon.
However, since they’re human hair, it takes a number of clip-ons, and a whole lot of maintenance as well. They’re just like normal hair, so the curls disappear after every shampoo. I’m far from “I woke up like this.”, lol. It always takes so much work to do my hair and make-up!
Anyhow, Tokyo Posh has always caught my eye for their synthetic hair clip-ons. Some of them already come curly or wavy, and they don’t straighten out after washing. So convenient for those who don’t have the luxury of time to style their hair in the morning. You can’t style them with heat or even dye them though!
I visited their new store in Megamall to try some of their extensions out! I figured I can match the color of their lightest extensions already since I dyed my hair a bit darker… but my hair still proved to be too light. This only means that I must have my hair dyed darker again next month! My hair refuses to un-blondify itself~ T_T
With Tokyo Posh shop staff Julie! Best ever!
Individual clip-ons for those who are into kawaii, Harajuku style!
They have a brochure that shows what each of their extensions would look like when worn. Is it possible for me to achieve Ellen Adarna’s face tho?? Lol
Tokyo Posh is famous for their celebrity clientele! A lot of local celebs visit for tape extensions and the like. Tokyo Posh is really the secret to big, voluminous celebrity hair!
My turn! Here I’m wearing their oh-so-famous “Blair” extensions! Sadly, my hair was still too light! But I could totally understand because there are more girls with darker, warmer, brown hair than light, pale ash brown hair.
Wearing clip-on bangs! It’s so weird to see myself with bangs now. I’m actually glad that I’ve finally managed to grow them out! It’d be cool try these out first if you’re contemplating on whether to cut your bangs or not!
How the Blair looks like when styled differently. Instant glam hair! (Also, the reverse ombre effect where it’s darker on the ends looks a little bit better here~)
Wearing their half wig called Ebi-chan! I don’t know if they named it after Ebihara Yuri, but it really does remind me of her hair!
You just have to hide where the half wig starts by putting your bangs up like this.
The Blair extensions are so thick and pretty! It only took me and Julie a few seconds to put them on. <3 Thanks to Denise (the woman behind Tokyo Posh) for bringing these extensions to the Philippines! She actually studied in Bunka University in Tokyo, and was inspired by Japanese girls when she decided to create Tokyo Posh.
I’ll try to match my hair color to their extensions next time! I need these time-saving life hacks in my life. Hopefully they can come out with lighter shades in the future too!
You can visit Tokyo Posh at R2 Level, Power Plant Mall, 3rd floor Eastwood Mall, or 5th floor Mega Fashion Hall.
It’s that time of the month again! Status Salon time!
My old hair color turned blonde (so stubborn), so I opted for something much darker for a change! I brought my hair extensions with me as well so they can dye them and try to match the result of this particular dye session.
Went to Status Salon Tomas Morato again for my hairstylist Jimmy!
I’m not sure what he picked and ended up using, but I told him to keep the ash that I already have. It was hard to achieve so dyeing my hair red brown at this point would be such a waste!
Getting prepped for another hair color.
Time to dye!
I was so giddy when I saw my hair gradually getting darker. My roots were starting to look horrible!
They washed the dye out before they put some sort of treatment for colored hair. I was thisclose to skipping the treatment but I think I badly needed it, seeing how I’ve been dyeing my hair so frequently recently!
Ta-dah! Natural ash brown.
No more ugly roots and no more blonde hair!
They finished dyeing my extensions after my treatment. I need my hair to grow this long right now! I miss it badly!
A better photo taken with natural light and minimal filter.
Thanks to Status Salon Tomas Morato for taking care of me once more!