We all need that turnaround point after hair has withered beneath the surfactants of shampoos and styling products. Wazzat? I heard “Hair is dead…” from somewhere in the back. I never said we needed to treat it with pity, but we sure do need to treat the surface (as we would a cuticle) it if you want to look good. Let’s be honest though…clarifying shampoos and treatments add significantly to cost. “Hair masques” or in our language “deep conditioners” can be expensive, but I’ve just tried a combination that I wouldn’t say is a “miracle tandem” but is quite effective and not too weighty on the wallet either. One of them is a brand new product I was sent.
Organix Moroccan Argan Creme Sheer Opulence Hair Masque, Human Nature 100% Natural Clarifying Shampoo
Key Ingredient Sources: Water, Coconut, Aloe, Sugarcane, Sugarbeet, Rice, Anise, NO SLS/SLES, ALS/ALES, PEGs, parabens, synthetic fragrances silicones or harmful chemicals PHP149.75
Who wouldn’t want to try a clarifying shampoo offering by Human Nature? The livelihood boosting brand has made a heartwarming footprint in the beauty industry delivering naturally derived, mild yet effective locally made products to people’s doorsteps. Their products are also available in select groceries like Rustan’s Fresh and in their various Human Nature outlets nationwide. They’ve now brought out a lovely clarifying shampoo free of nasties. I think it still contains some naturally derived sulfates so will have to double check if it is safe for colored hair, though I do almost believe it is because no SLS/SLES or ALS/ALES. I also think given the absence of nasties it would make a great children’s shampoo though it would be good to double check if it stings the eyes, it didn’t enter mine when I was showering, it might be a different case with long hair.
Available from SM Watsons for Php449.50
This Argan Creme Sheer Opulence Masque by Organix is a good, rich, deep conditioner. The name is undeniably decadent but I think it was a bit of a stretch to call it a hair masque. Although Php450 is far from the price hike of a balmy Kerastase masque I still really wish this was a lot more like a masque (because it’s labeled as one) and a lot less like a conditioner. Human Nature do a nice avocado hair masque which I reviewed before and that really was what I expected it to be. I’m not completely let down with this though…it smells nice, mildly perfumed like sunny holiday with a non-sickly hint of coconut. I expect anything called a masque to be pasty thick, almost like body scrubs or an alternative example being gelato which forms peaks from density. It isn’t as thick like that…it’s got the soufflé texture of a local Cream Silk conditioner. It is a nice, nourishing Argan formula similar to the Delon conditioner I use daily, but a little more rich than that. This together with the Human Nature shampoo have given me a good hair reboot for the long weekend plus they don’t break the bank.
BHLDN.com is a European bridal site that offers editorial picks on everything bridal for your wedding day, kind of like an online “bridalzine” if that is a word. My cousin Paolo Valenciano’s fiancee, Sam, messaged me this morning encouraging me to do video tutorials inspired by these ones she saw on BHLDN which actually stands for BEHOLDEN from the Dutch word “to keep” or “preserve”. I’ll embed the Romantic video look below, but you’ll have to check the rest on BHLDN.COM or directly at these links which are the Lady look, Bohemian look, and the Muse look.
Sam worked with me on my first studio folio shots as a makeup artist and actually helped launch my professional career and next year she’s getting married to Paolo <3. I wanted to share these with you because these simple hair and makeup how-tos by BHLDN are nothing short of exquisite. Note to those who’d like to follow these looks, no foundation was used apparently in most of them, just skincare, a bit of unmentioned concealer maybe and pressed powder, I’ll include the list of products they used as shared on their site.
- Prep hair with Redken Smooth Lock Shampoo & Conditioner
- Comb Redken Full Frame Protective Volumizing Mousse through hair with fingers
- Gather hair and tie into a topknot; let sit for 20 minutes
- Release hair; fluff with fingers while blow drying to add volume
- Part hair on right side
- Begin French braiding hair along the hairline until you reach the back of your left ear; fasten with a small elastic
- Starting from the right side of your part, French braid toward your right ear; do not fasten
- Gather all loose hair together and backcomb to add volume
- Begin folding hair under and pinning to create a pretty shape a the nape
- Place tiara directly behind the main braid on top of your head
- Start pulling at braids carefully; release a few pieces to create airier look
- Oribe Super Fine Hairspray!
- Prep skin with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, Facial Toner, and finally Facial Cream
- Lightly apply Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Primer over entire face
- Tap on matte pressed powder to set
- Brush Smashbox Softbox Eye Shadow in ‘Fizz’ across your entire lid, including the inner corners of your eyes
- Curl lashes and brush on black mascara
- Fill in eyebrows following your natural arc with a like-colored pencil
- Rub Smashbox Cream Cheek Trio in ‘Show Biz’ on the apples of your cheeks
- Apply the same hue to your lips, and voilà!
- NAILS: OPI Nail Lacquer in ‘Heartthrob’
Throughout a huge chunk of my life my hair, more often than not, has been long and very feminine and worn down like this with the natural waves towards the end. I do almost wish I could exude the same “Stare if I care” aura everywhere I went as the girl does in this photo LOL.
Then there was that sly bit of self that’s nagged me my whole life with the yearning to be edgier and STRIKING rather than cute in a sense. Tonight I was searching for shorter hair options because alas I have hairfall, and I think my hair problem has less to do with age and more to do with my past life as a post production artist. I’ve just come out of a steady, not very alarming, but constant stream of hair loss that now flows into my freelance life. I probably have only slightly more than half of the hair density I used to have and the hair loss has nothing to do with recoloring. Before cannonballing into the millions of available hairstyle images online I defined my search making sure my facial shape and huge forehead were factored in. What surprised me was among the many photos that surfaced in results I actually found a “petite” model with similar body physique and an overall cheeky facial shape/structure almost identical to mine.
This model’s hair taunts me no end and gives me one of those “I-wish-I-had-straight-thick-hair” moments. However, I know for certain that because of our identical physique and facial shape this insanely high-maintenance hairstyle would most certainly suit me well but would also most certainly be a pain to achieve on a daily basis. Once upon a time before puberty, my locks were this straight in grade school, life was so much easier that way. It was quite easy to fix my hair, all I had to do was comb through and leave it down. This is Sucker Punch’s Emily Browning (who actually turned down the role of Bella Swan for Twilight). Her hair here is styled straight but if I’m not mistaken it’s naturally wavy just as mine is today.
When I turned 13 my straight smooth locks became a thing of the past and suddenly out came these huge burdensome waves that hadn’t yet fully formed into the lovely twists they turned into later on in my life, the new waves made my hair look lopsided at times. It was really hard getting my new wavy hair to work with me back then. During the 90s in Manila it was all about super straight,smooth, bouncy hair, with split-free ends that turned inward as inspired by Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel in the hit TV Show, Friends. So in high-school I hated my wavy hair, but warping back to now I have come to appreciate my natural beach waves. Read more to get the full post and the revelation of a personal hair inclination.