My First Up-do for a client!

Hey there, everyone! I am back with another quick update and this is about my first ever up-do for a client. As you all know, hair is not really my forte that is why I normally get my friends who are experts in hair care to do this for me. However, on the day that they were not really available to do hair, I had to do it by myself. 😦

At first, I felt really bad because I could not say no to a client, especially if its a relative of mine. Thus, I really had to Google some of the hairstyles on the internet just to have a background about Hair and how to style it. To cut the long story short, I was able to learn how to do an up-do that will surely match the makeup and outfit of my cousin, Dr. Cusi. Hence, I came up with this one (see picture below).

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And the picture below is the final output! 🙂
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I know its not really much of a big deal to some of you guys, but to me it wasn’t as easy as it looks to some who are already experts in this field. That is why I opt to study hair styling soon. I do hope that by doing so, I can maximize my skills in the health, beauty and wellness industry. Therefore, helping Women all around the world to be confident of who they are and to be able to bring out the true beauty in them. Sounds cliche, right? But that’s just how it is. 🙂

Well, I hope you like this quick update of mine! I will post more blogposts soon! Talk to you soon! Take care and God bless! 🙂 ❤️

#TOGODBEALLTHEGLORY

Xoxo,

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

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

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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:

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  • 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 ♥

MY DIY Hair Dye Remover Experience

Ola! I haven’t really been updating my blog for quite some time now. I guess my only excuse for such is my broken heart, or maybe not. I just really don’t know what to write. Sorry about that. I’ll be sure to update my blog every now and then so we can all share different beauty tips and such. 🙂

Basically, this blog post is about the wonders that the DIY (Do It Yourself) Hair Dye Remover did to my almost jet black hair that I claimed to be dark brown. Just a disclaimer though; the top portion of my hair is lighter than the rest because of the numerous hair coloring techniques that I did to somewhat try and get the blackness out of my hair. If you follow me on twitter, you’ll see that I keep on tweeting about how I try to make my hair look brown again, but then again, it doesn’t work for my hair. That’s why I resulted to doing this DIY thing.

So here is how the story goes: the first thing I did a month after dying my Golden Blonde hair to “Dark Brown” was to get it colored again. So I went to see my hairdresser and ask if he could color it. He said he could but the roots would be light. At first, I didn’t believe him even though he was a professional because I was so damn desperate to get the black hair out. To my dismay, he was right. Only the roots were the ones that got light. The only suggestion he could give was to bleach my hair so that he can color everything out evenly. Inevitably, I’d say no because I’m too afraid to bleach my hair again. It already caused so much damaged that’s why I colored it dark brown that went on to being this disgusting jet black colored hair.

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My hair only looks brown because of the Instagram setting but if you look closely, the roots are so much lighter than the rest of my hair.

Again, if you look more closely, you can see that the roots are so much lighter than the rest of hair.

And since I am naturally hard headed when it comes to these things, I decided to experiment on my hair. And so I bought two boxes of Kolours Permanent Hair Color in Caramel Brown and used it on my hair a week after coloring it. The reason why I bought two was because I was hoping that when I dye it two times in a row, it will magically remove the blackness of my hair. Yes, I was this desperate to get it out. However, in the end, it still didn’t do anything but furthermore lighten the roots of my hair. Though it somewhat lifted the jet black like color and made it to black. I guess it wasn’t that black anymore, but its still dark that’s why I gave up on it after attempts on making it lighter. I also had to rest my hair in the process because it was starting to be brittle in texture because of the chemicals.

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Unfortunately, its starting to get to me and so I searched the internet on ways of making it lighter. I came across several bloggers saying that blonde hair color can somewhat lift the blackness. So I went ahead and bought Etude House’s Golden Blonde Hair Color. I even took a train the first time to SM Megamall to get this because the one in North Avenue was out of stock. Yeah, I know, that’s how desperate I am to get rid of it. I also bought the Hortaleza Medium Blonde hair color to somewhat correct the color in case it comes off too light. So what happened to my hair when I tried the Etude House Golden Blonde? Well, the black did turn into reddish brown, however my roots were like orange already since the color was about two shades lighter than black before I colored it. I already assumed that this would happen so I bought the Hortaleza Medium Blonde. To my effin dismay once again, the reddish brown didn’t turn into brown or any shade lighter than that. The Medium Blonde mixed with the 12% Oxidizing Lotion just made it worse. Also, the roots were still lighter than usual.

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As you can see, my roots are really light and the rest of the hair is brownish black when it hits natural lighting.

I was really disappointed with the results because no matter what I do, the color is still dark. That’s why I decided to buy a box of Hortaleza Permanent Hair Color in Light brown to somewhat correct the mistake since the lady in the store recommended it to me. I think you can guess what happened this time? It again didn’t help because the roots were really light. So when you see my hair, its two-toned. The roots are 2-3 shades lighter than the rest of my hair. Plus, my hair was still black.

With all that said, I searched the web for ways to lighten my hair without using any hair color ingredient because it did nothing but worsen the texture and color of my hair. So while I was scrolling down, I came across a video of this girl from Youtube whose username is CoachByNicole. In the video, she demonstrated how Vitamin C together with Shampoo and Virgin Coconut oil lightens hair. At first, I doubted if this was entirely true so I spent about 2 hours searching the world wide web with facts pertaining to this.

According to Brenna Davis, an Ehow Contributor, “Vitamin C can be used directly on the hair to improve hair health. Add a teaspoon of Vitamin C powder (available at health food stores) to hair dye before placing it on your hair. The Vitamin C will act as a buffer and prevent the color from heavily damaging your hair. Similarly, Vitamin C can be used to help remove hair color.”

As for coconut oil, I have read from http://www.gnet.org that it overall helps to lessen the damage done on your hair. Some sites and forums claim that it lightens hair overtime, but I haven’t really gotten any decent proof to that. However, what I can say about it is that it really does wonders to the hair in the most effective and inexpensive manner. So if you’re trying to treat your damaged hair, I would definitely recommend using coconut oil. Its inexpensive and very very effective. Just make sure you wash your hair thoroughly after applying because based from experience, it really does leave on a greasy texture and weird smell when its not properly washed off.

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Going back to what this blog is about, this is basically what I did to my hair. 🙂

Things you’ll need:

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  • Hair Color Applicator
  • Hair Color Container
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Shower Cap
  • Big Hair Clip

Ingredients:

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  • 40 tablets of Vitamin C crushed into dust
  • 3 pumps of Shampoo
  • 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Coconut oil

Instructions:

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  1. Pour the Vitamin C into any bowl, together with the shampoo and coconut oil.
  2.  Mix the product into a paste and make sure there are no lumps.
  3.  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)
  4. Clip the hair into place and cover it with a shower cap.
  5. Leave the product on from 30 mins to 2 hours depending on how dark your hair is.
  6. Shampoo out the mask and condition your hair accordingly.
  7. Blowdry or just style your hair in any way you want.
TADAAAAA!

THANK YOU, VITAMIN C! Who knew that you were the only solution?

Honestly, after trying this method, I feel really really stupid that I wasted so much money trying to get rid of it using hair coloring products. I should have just done this in the first place. 😦 Oh well, at least my hair is less damaged and it was lightened naturally. As you can see in the picture above, my roots are still lighter but the overall color of my hair is medium brown. I will keep on repeating this process until my hair is light and healthy enough to match my roots. Its quite alright to have the roots at a lighter tone this time because according to my hairdresser, its easier to be colored to match with the rest of the hair since its already my natural hair that was covered by the chemicals. What’s important is I wash out the “dark brown” or shall I say, “black” hair dye on my hair. 🙂

So for all the people who have tried this and had amazing results, feel free to comment down below. I’d be happy to hear what results other people will have once they try this DIY Hair Dye Remover. Thank you for reading and best of luck to you and your hair! 🙂

Just another disclaimer before ending this blog: THIS WILL ONLY WORK FOR CHEMICALLY COLOR TREATED HAIR. IT WON’T WORK ON NATURAL HAIR. 🙂

Xoxo,

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