HOW TO: Color Your Own Hair (Dr. Hortaleza Products)

Hey everyone!! I am back with another blog post! This time its about coloring your own hair. The products that will be featured here are all from Dr. Hortaleza, Philippines. These were not sponsored and everything that will be posted here are all based on my personal opinion about the product. Just going to throw that in before anyone asks. 🙂

With that said, let’s move on now to the tutorial, shall we? 🙂

LIST OF THINGS THAT YOU’LL NEED:

HORTALEZA

  • Hair Coloring Cream
  • Oxidizing Lotion (for the hair)
  • Hair Color Applicator
  • Big Tooth Comb
  • Hair Color Container
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Big Hair Clip
  • Hair Treatment

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Dr. Hortaleza Hair Color Cream (Low Ammonia) in 8/33 Medium Golden
  • Dr. Hortaleza 12% Oxidizing Cream
  • MengDie Hair Mask bought from Dr. Hortaleza

INSTRUCTIONS:

HAIR COLOR 101

  1. Prepare all of the things listed above prior to doing anything so you won’t be going back and forth looking for the materials you’ll need to color your hair.
  2.  Empty the hair color product onto the hair color container. Make sure to use only what you’ll need depending on your hair length.
  3. Mix the product together with the oxidizing lotion all into a paste and make sure there are no lumps. Make sure that you will use approximately 1/2 cup of oxidizing lotion, again depending on your hair length and how you want your hair to be like (lighter or darker). Take note that the oxidizing lotion serves as your hair color developer. The Dr. Hortaleza offers 3 variations of these: (1) 6% for white hair, (2) 9% for 3-4 lifts and (3) 12% for 4-6 lifts.
  4. Next, apply the product evenly on damp hair. Not entirely wet or dry, just the right dampness of hair would do. You can opt to shampoo your hair first and towel-dry it in the process.  Make sure to also separate strips of hair and clip them in place after you are done with one side or the other. Its best to part your hair in the middle, and clip the left and right side in place then start at the back portion of your hair and work your way up. Another reminder for this process is to always apply starting from about 4-5cm away from the roots until the tips. The Big Tooth Comb will help you in applying the hair color product evenly by combing your hair after applying the product.
  5. After applying the hair color, make sure to clip the hair into place and leave it to develop for about 30-45 minutes depending on how light or dark you want your hair to be. While doing this, it is advisable to do a 10 minute checkup on a strip of hair to see how the color is developing for you to reach your desired outcome.
  6. After you have reached your desired outcome, thoroughly wash the hair color product off until the water runs clear and then shampoo it afterwards.
  7. Apply any hair treatment product or conditioner of your choice and give your hair back the moisture it needs. I personally like to apply a hair treatment because I find that it helps my hair survive all the damage that it’s been through. I suggest you read my previous blog posts to understand why I am telling you this. Well, that’s if you want to, if not, it’s okay. Hehe.
  8. Lastly, after you have conditioned your hair accordingly, you can now blowdry or just style your hair the way you want to and enjoy the results of this tutorial.

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TIPS FOR FIRST TIMERS OR WHAT NOT:

  • Make sure to wear plastic gloves the entire time you’re coloring your hair.
  • Its best to wash your hair and dry it out before applying the hair color. This will remove all the accumulated dirt and other hair products that you have used all throughout the day.
  • Only color your hair the same or change it when the roots have grown about an inch or two already. Don’t just color and color for it will just damage your hair in the long run. Trust me, I have been there and it’s not a good place to be in.
  • Always do a skin test before applying any hair coloring product.
  • Do a strand test to see how many times you have to color your hair again or if you can achieve your desired color with just one session. Also, this will enable you to determine what kind of oxidizing lotion to use on your next hair coloring experience.
  • Condition your hair daily and use Keratin or Protein Rich conditioners once a week to maintain the luster and reduce the damage brought about by coloring it often.
  • If your hair is damaged or dry, please refrain from coloring your hair often. Trim the damaged portion first from time to time as you let your hair grow back to its usual and natural color. This will inevitably give you better results in the future.

Well, that’s about it. I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial. If you have anymore questions, feel free to comment down below. The comments are subject to approval because I tend to overlook them at times. So I had to use that setting for me to keep track of who commented on any of my posts. I hope you guys understand. Thank you so much and have a great day/night/afternoon wherever you are! God bless you always! 🙂

TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!

Xoxo,

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist ♥

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan,
Freelance Aspiring Professional
Makeup Artist ♥

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My Take on Hair Extensions (Human Hair vs. Synthetic Hair)

Hey everyone! I know I haven’t been blogging in forever simply because I have too much going on with my life these days. SORRY FOR THAT!!! So now that I am back, I can show you what I have been up to lately. As for this blogpost, I will be talking hair extensions because I just got my first real human hair extensions. If you have been following me on Twitter and you’re a contact of mine on Facebook; I have been rambling about this for ages. I’ve been wanting to get long hair for the longest time but since I had so much hair color treatment and what not, I just can’t grow it to become healthy and strong.

To be very honest, I had to cut the ends from time to time because my split ends were growing faster than my hair and that sucks. I even went to the extent of getting a Brazilian Blowdry Treatment from a local salon near my school simply to just heal my hair. Nonetheless, I admit that I am at fault for this. I’m guessing that if you guys have read my previous blogs; I wrote about my DIY Hair Dye Remover Experience which I do not regret doing since it is the one basically responsible for my hair color as of the moment. Just to explain what happened, I kind of stripped down the color some more to make my hair light again after getting highlights for Christmas. Yup, I know you’re probably thinking to yourself, “what the hell does she want to do with her hair?” Hm, let’s just say that I am one person who likes changing up my look from time to time and that is through my hair. I consider it as one of my assets, that’s why.

Just so you could understand what was going on, I will be posting a few pictures below. In the photos, you’ll see how damaged my hair became after all that coloring and what not.

My hair with highlights. I got this after Christmas Season when I went on a vacation far far away. :)

My hair with highlights. I got this after Christmas Season when I went on a vacation far far away. 🙂

This was my hair after I did about 3-4 DIY Hair Dye Remover Solution. As you can see, its really damaged and frizzy. So again, if you are attempting to do this DIY Hair Remover Solution, you must treat your hair from time to time. My hair became this damaged because of the highlights I got last Christmas. To be honest, I regret getting highlights because it honestly slipped my mind that the hair with highlights on was going to get lightened as well. I know, that was extremely stupid on my part but I will again, just charge it on to experience.

This was my hair after I did about 3-4 DIY Hair Dye Remover Solution. As you can see, its really damaged and frizzy. So again, if you are attempting to do this DIY Hair Remover Solution, you must treat your hair from time to time. My hair became this damaged because of the highlights I got last Christmas. To be honest, I regret getting highlights because it honestly slipped my mind that the hair with highlights on was going to get lightened as well. I know, that was extremely stupid on my part but I will again, just charge it on to experience.

This was how my hair looked like when I tried Cesh Pilar's Synthetic Hair  Extensions. As you can see, its not really a match to my own hair. Basically, this was because of the highlights and the DIY Hair Dye Remover Solution that I did.

This was how my hair looked like when I tried Cesh Pilar’s Synthetic Hair Extensions. As you can see, its not really a match to my own hair. Basically, this was because of the highlights and the DIY Hair Dye Remover Solution that I did.

Moving on, I got my first hair extensions from a girl I met at Sulit.com.ph. Her name is Cesh Pilar. I met up with her a few months back at SM Manila to get my Wavy Blonde Clip-on Synthetic Hair Extensions for only Php 280. It was a pretty cheap deal and up to now, I still do not regret getting it. However, my problem was since I started out with a black hair color and based from my explanation above, it wasn’t really an exact match to my hair. Hence, I had to again, color my hair just so that I could match the extensions. I think you’d know what the aftermath led to, and that is none other than damaged hair. EXTREMELY DAMAGED RUBBERY HAIR THAT LED ME TO HAVE A BRAZILIAN BLOWDRY TREATMENT. I blame myself for that because I have already started out with blonde hair to begin with but whatever, I’ll just charge it to experience anyway.

My hair after I got the Brazilian Blowdry Treatment. As you can see, it became straight and healthy. However, this didn't last very long. I guess after a month, my hair was starting to get frizzy and that is when my hair coloring agendas came into the picture once again.

My hair after I got the Brazilian Blowdry Treatment. As you can see, it became straight and healthy. However, this didn’t last very long. I guess after a month, my hair was starting to get frizzy and that is when my hair coloring agendas came into the picture once again.

Since I wasn’t happy with that, I didn’t wear the extensions for quite sometime. Mainly because they were wavy and my hair was straight. So it wasn’t until the Brazilian Blowdry Treatment wore off, and with basically 3 layers of hair color to somewhat get the desired color that I wanted as of the moment, that I have gotten a chance to wear them again. (YAY) The photo below was how I looked liked wearing them.

My hair with the clip-on extensions. I was able to somewhat kind of match it with my hair color. However, my hair was still too dark so its really not a complete match. *sighs*

My hair with the clip-on extensions. I was able to somewhat kind of match it with my hair color. However, my hair was still too dark so its really not a complete match. *sighs*

As you can see in the photo above, it is still not quite a match with my real hair. Hence, I kinda just gave up on it. So as time passed by, I was treating my hair with a few products that I will be posting down below just to get it back into shape; which it did happen actually. I mean, I was honesty shocked by how effective these inexpensive products are when used everyday. You’ll definitely like them if you’re a hair fanatic like me who has severely damaged hair. To be very specific, I was even able to had my hair colored at a salon (courtesy of my brother because he hated what my hair looks like) without it dying. So its a pretty good deal actually.

So these have been the products that I'm using to treat and maintain my hair. :)

So these have been the products that I’m using to treat and maintain my hair. 🙂

Products that I use to treat my hair:

  • Glam Hair Luxe Intensive Care Hair Treatment
  • Fabulouz Gems Keratin Hot Oil
  • Ashley Shine Keratin Hair Reconstruction Cream with Mangosteen Extract

I will write a different blogpost on that as soon as I replenish my stocks and use it for a longer period of time. So going back, after I had my hair done, I decided that it was time for me to get permanent Human Hair Extensions and take care of my hair with it once and for all. Yeah, I know that I have probably taken a while to get this idea to sink into my head. HAHAHAHA. Oh well, as I have said earlier, I will just have to charge it to experience. So basically, I went online again to Sulit.com.ph to find hair extensions. I met a girl named, Nikka Yamanouchi who offered me a pretty good deal on Human Hair Extensions which was Php 40 per strand of 28 inches, and so I went for it. My good friend, Zharmaine Arjinal whom I have mentioned in most of my blogs, accompanied me there. We took a jeep going there since my car was coding and got soaking wet in the rain. We also got flooded too because of the awful drainage system in Manila. Anyways, so once we got there, Nikka placed on my hair extensions. I was pretty happy with it because it was a complete match to my hair color which I wasn’t really expecting. Plus, the hair she gave me was in pretty good shape. I guess, if you were in my shoes, you’d be as happy as I was.

Since the hair was long, I had to get it trimmed. It felt weird though, asking someone to cut your extensions. HAHAHA. Okay, that was so random. After a few days of wearing it, I felt as if the extensions were not as adhesive enough on my hair. Consequently, I had to seek the help of another person that I found also at Sulit.com.ph. Man, is this site awesome or what? You can find loads of pretty good deals in there. Yeah, okay so what I did was to contact Syra Davies who happens to offer hair extensions at a lower price which is Php 25 for 20 inches hair and Php 30 for 28 inches of hair. They actually offer out a promo which is Php 5000 for 100 strands for braided hair extensions with two micro-rings attached. So I went to her place in Pasig and got my hair done. True enough, the extensions that Nikka placed were already coming off. So what Syra did was to braid my hair and attach the extensions and secure them with micro-rings. After a few days of wearing them, I can say that I am really impressed because now, I can wash my hair and even apply treatment without worrying that it will come off or what. To be very specific, we should not actually leave the treatment on to our scalp since it can be a cause of dandruff, so I prefer placing it on the ends of my hair and only applying a few on my scalp.

My hair after I got the extensions trimmed because they were 28 inches long. This were the hair extensions done by Nikka Yamanouchi. :)

My hair after I got the extensions trimmed because they were 28 inches long. This were the hair extensions done by Nikka Yamanouchi. 🙂

This is how the hair from Nikka Yamanouchi's Hair Extensions looked like when curled. :) As you can see, we can really style the hair in whatever way we want it to look like.

This is how the hair from Nikka Yamanouchi’s Hair Extensions looked like when curled. 🙂 As you can see, we can really style the hair in whatever way we want it to look like.

This was my hair after getting it redone by Syra Davies. Hands down, its easier to style and I love it. :)

This was my hair after getting it redone by Syra Davies. Hands down, its easier to style and I love it. 🙂

In summary, I will list down a few pros and cons I had with hair extensions per se so you guys could understand my plight.

So when it comes to Clip-on Hair Extensions that are synthetic, the few pros would be:

  • It is easy to remove when you don’t want to wear them anymore
  • You can wash them like normal hair
  • You don’t need to worry about its style and texture since it doesn’t change no matter what you do to it

As for the cons I had with it:

  • It is hard to match it with your real hair color
  • You cannot color nor style it in accordance to what you want it to look like (Believe me, I have tried)
  • It kind of comes off from time to time so you have to really secure it so it will be like your real hair.

I know that some of you will argue that there are also Human Hair extensions that are clip-ons as well. However, I find that if I just get them attached to my hair, it would be easier to style it. This is because some extensions come in like pieces of hair and some are like one big piece. Plus, it is really heavy and painful to wear at times. Well, that is just my verdict on that. It really depends on what you prefer.

As for the pros and cons of Permanent (until the hair grows out, of course) Human Hair Extensions, the pros would be:

  • You can easily color and match it to your real hair
  • It is easier to style since you won’t have to detach it or what not anymore
  • It is really like real hair when worn

The few cons would include:

  • You have to really be careful in styling it because once you pull it, the extensions or maybe even your real hair will come off as well
  • You have to make sure that you don’t apply that much conditioning treatment on the upper layers because it can loosen the micro-rings attached to it (although this is something that should also be done with real hair as well)
  • It is kind of hard to hide it when you style it so you have to really be careful and of course, get an experienced person to teach you how to style and take care of it
  • Also, if your hair is curly or wavy, you really have to get a human hair that actually matches the texture of your hair

So those are my opinions on hair extensions per se. I hope you enjoyed reading my blog. If you have any questions, feel free to comment down below. I will address you as soon as possible from this time on. Thank you so so very much and I’ll see you hopefully on YouTube if I decide making videos again or just here on my blog. Take care and to God be the glory. 🙂

And this has mostly been the hairstyle I do after I had my extensions redone by Syra Davies. She also taught me how to curl and style it this way so I'm really happy with it. Thank you very much! :)

And this has mostly been the hairstyle I do after I had my extensions redone by Syra Davies. She also taught me how to curl and style it this way so I’m really happy with it. Thank you very much! 🙂

For those who are interested to buy or get hair extensions as well; here in the Philippines, these are the contact numbers of the people whom I got these from:

P.S.:

I made a bargain with regard to the prices of my extensions from these people and in return, I wanted to advertise them. I just wrote this, just so you know. Thank you so so much!!

Xoxo,

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist ♥

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan,
Freelance Aspiring Professional
Makeup Artist ♥