The Style Mermaid by Kisty Mea

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Brazilian Blowout Experience
My hair, despite all the bleach jobs it went through, can still appear healthy even without using any styling tools but it’s better if I do because the ends give away the illusion. Now, I’m quite blessed that I was given such strong hair but that doesn’t mean I should constantly push my crowning glory to the limit. After several bleach jobs, my hair is just thirsty for an intense TLC. 
So despite the lack of funds, I took the plunge and had my first ever and definitely certified Brazilian Blowout treatment at Envy Me Salon. It’s my first time to avail a service in their salon, and given how meticulous I am with my hair, I’m glad that they’re knowledgeable with what they’re selling. 
The Process
The first thing they did was shampoo my hair to remove any dirt and residue. This is to help my hair receive optimal smoothing result. Then they started dividing my hair into sections and applied the treatment from root to tip. Once they’re done, they let the solution be saturated to my hair for 15 minutes. 
The next thing they did was blow-dry my hair without rinsing the treatment off. There was no visible steam or smoke but the product did sting my eyes. :(
Then they straightened my hair using an iron to further seal the product in. During this time, I wondered what’s the difference between the blow dry and hair iron. So I’ve touched both areas, and the iron made my hair look shinier and it really did felt smooth and softer. For a split second, I really felt like I was one of those hair models on TV! 
At this point, they were supposed to rinse my hair and apply a 60-second masque to further seal the treatment but I said I had to leave for an appointment. The stylist said it was okay, and just recommended that I wash my hair the next day instead. They did, however, applied the smoothing serum to detangle and add shine to my hair prior to the final blow-dry. :)
It’s been almost a week since I had my treatment and I’ve got to say that my hair did improve a bit. First of all, it was so much easier to detangle my hair! And my hair is sooooo softer now. :) I highly recommend this kind of treatment to anyone who needs to pamper their crowning glory!
Things To Know
The difference between a Keratin treatment and a Brazilian Blowout are the procedure and products being used. I honestly prefer Keratherapy than iCure for keratin treatments, because I think Keratherapy is safer and ideal for girls with curly hair. (Google iCure Keratin and you can barely find any information, just links to deal sites!). 
A Brazilian Blowout is smoothing hair treatment. It will straighten your hair for a couple of weeks or months only, depending on how you take good care of it. If you’re interested in getting a Brazilian Blowout, check if your salon or stylist is certified. The should be using the Acai Professional Line (bronze color bottle) and not iCure or Keratherapy. And the procedure should follow what’s stated on Brazilian Blowout website.
Envy Me Salon is located at the 3/F West Wing of Robinson’s Galleria. If you’re interested to get a treatment, please call them at (02) 576 4716

Brazilian Blowout Experience

My hair, despite all the bleach jobs it went through, can still appear healthy even without using any styling tools but it’s better if I do because the ends give away the illusion. Now, I’m quite blessed that I was given such strong hair but that doesn’t mean I should constantly push my crowning glory to the limit. After several bleach jobs, my hair is just thirsty for an intense TLC. 

So despite the lack of funds, I took the plunge and had my first ever and definitely certified Brazilian Blowout treatment at Envy Me Salon. It’s my first time to avail a service in their salon, and given how meticulous I am with my hair, I’m glad that they’re knowledgeable with what they’re selling. 

The Process

The first thing they did was shampoo my hair to remove any dirt and residue. This is to help my hair receive optimal smoothing result. Then they started dividing my hair into sections and applied the treatment from root to tip. Once they’re done, they let the solution be saturated to my hair for 15 minutes. 

The next thing they did was blow-dry my hair without rinsing the treatment off. There was no visible steam or smoke but the product did sting my eyes. :(

Then they straightened my hair using an iron to further seal the product in. During this time, I wondered what’s the difference between the blow dry and hair iron. So I’ve touched both areas, and the iron made my hair look shinier and it really did felt smooth and softer. For a split second, I really felt like I was one of those hair models on TV! 

At this point, they were supposed to rinse my hair and apply a 60-second masque to further seal the treatment but I said I had to leave for an appointment. The stylist said it was okay, and just recommended that I wash my hair the next day instead. They did, however, applied the smoothing serum to detangle and add shine to my hair prior to the final blow-dry. :)

It’s been almost a week since I had my treatment and I’ve got to say that my hair did improve a bit. First of all, it was so much easier to detangle my hair! And my hair is sooooo softer now. :) I highly recommend this kind of treatment to anyone who needs to pamper their crowning glory!

Things To Know

The difference between a Keratin treatment and a Brazilian Blowout are the procedure and products being used. I honestly prefer Keratherapy than iCure for keratin treatments, because I think Keratherapy is safer and ideal for girls with curly hair. (Google iCure Keratin and you can barely find any information, just links to deal sites!). 

A Brazilian Blowout is smoothing hair treatment. It will straighten your hair for a couple of weeks or months only, depending on how you take good care of it. If you’re interested in getting a Brazilian Blowout, check if your salon or stylist is certified. The should be using the Acai Professional Line (bronze color bottle) and not iCure or Keratherapy. And the procedure should follow what’s stated on Brazilian Blowout website.

Envy Me Salon is located at the 3/F West Wing of Robinson’s Galleria. If you’re interested to get a treatment, please call them at (02) 576 4716

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Hair Chameleon: Platinum Ombré
Two weeks in Europe, and what do I get? Lighter hair and sunkissed skin (or face, cause it got the most exposure). Most Europeans enjoy the sight of the sun. Some of them would even sunbathe along the River Seine. I, on the other hand, was thankful for the weather but wish it was a little cloudy cause now I look like I went to the beach. Malibu Barbie, anyone? 
Going platinum was never my plan, btw. It was a result of my lack of DIY bleaching skills, lol. It’s hard to do my roots on my own, okay! But I still like it anyway. For anyone who wants to go blonde, don’t bleach your hair at home, unless you’re 200% sure you know what you’re doing because you don’t want your hair to be falling off like crazy.
Ok, that’s all for now. JP and I are going out for our usual Saturday night date. :) Hope you’re all having a great weekend!

Hair Chameleon: Platinum Ombré

Two weeks in Europe, and what do I get? Lighter hair and sunkissed skin (or face, cause it got the most exposure). Most Europeans enjoy the sight of the sun. Some of them would even sunbathe along the River Seine. I, on the other hand, was thankful for the weather but wish it was a little cloudy cause now I look like I went to the beach. Malibu Barbie, anyone? 

Going platinum was never my plan, btw. It was a result of my lack of DIY bleaching skills, lol. It’s hard to do my roots on my own, okay! But I still like it anyway. For anyone who wants to go blonde, don’t bleach your hair at home, unless you’re 200% sure you know what you’re doing because you don’t want your hair to be falling off like crazy.

Ok, that’s all for now. JP and I are going out for our usual Saturday night date. :) Hope you’re all having a great weekend!

Hair Chameleon: Goldilocks Hair!

I finally took the plunge and went blonde! Say hello to my light golden blonde aka goldilocks hair! :) To go blonde and not have any idea if it’ll look good on you is nerve-wracking! But I’m glad the color turned out okay. In fact, I’ve been getting lots of compliments (and perks!) ever since I’ve became blondie.

My hair, even before the bleach, is beyond dry and damaged, but thanks to the highlift process, my hair doesn’t look so fried. What’s a highlift, you say? It’s another means to lighten your hair, like a hair color dye with lightener ingredients in it. Anyway, I’m really happy with my new hair color and I’ll definitely keep this for a while! :D 

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • John Frieda Luminous Glaze Review
With the current state of my hair, shiny hair sounds impossible. Cellophane treatments, unfortunately, are too expensive here in Singapore so I Googled for alternatives. The Luminous Glaze is John Frieda’s is a hair glaze and a home solution for salons’ expensive cellophane treatments. The bottle cost $7.99 + shipping, which I think is a bit expensive but $140 cheaper than salons. Oh, for the pursuit of better hair!
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Anyway, the glaze comes in brunette and clear shine formulation, and I chose the latter because I have blonde highlights (that you can barely distinguish sometimes). The glaze promise to make my hair shiny without damaging my hair. In fact, the product claims that it is ammonia, dye and peroxide free. And that formulation will not damage or change the hair color. Hmm, interesting.  
Here’s the list of ingredients for your reference: 

Water, Propylene Carbonate, Alcohol Denat., Citric Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Xanthan Gum, Dimethiconol, Malic Acid, Tourmaline, Citrine, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol, Tea-Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Ext. Violet 2.

I never had a chance to research on the ingredients but I know that Sodium Hydroxide is some sort of hair relaxer (not ideal for curly-hair).
You can also apply the method in two ways:
Wet Method: After your usual shampoo/conditioner routine, just apply the shiny gunk all over your hair for three minutes then rinse. 
Dry Method: Apply generously over dry hair and let it stay there for 20 minutes. The bottle said you have to saturate the hair completely. Rinse and style as desired. 
I tried both methods for one week. Maybe one week is too short to make a verdict, but I should see some slight difference at least after the 5th application, right? 
But I did not see any difference. Not one bit. 

If you look at the photo above, the hair shine of my hair did not change. At least, I did not see any difference.
My hair became less frizzy, but I am not 100% sure if the glaze was responsible for this. Maybe one week is too short to see any changes, but the box did claim that the shine should intensify every time I use it. And I’ve used it for five times. 

John Frieda Luminous Glaze Review

With the current state of my hair, shiny hair sounds impossible. Cellophane treatments, unfortunately, are too expensive here in Singapore so I Googled for alternatives. The Luminous Glaze is John Frieda’s is a hair glaze and a home solution for salons’ expensive cellophane treatments. The bottle cost $7.99 + shipping, which I think is a bit expensive but $140 cheaper than salons. Oh, for the pursuit of better hair!

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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Wear Your Color Proud Experience
L’Oreal Professionnel Philippines, the world leader in beauty and #1 provider of hair products and color dyes in the hairdressing industry, has launched a campaign called Wear Your Color Proud with an aim to help Filipinas find the color that suits them best.
Because of this, they’ve invited me and my blog reader, Nadine, to join the color revolution at Philippe Tordjman Le Salon, in Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.
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Nadine requested for a color that’s not noticeable enough to get her in trouble because her school is pretty strict with these things. So what they did to her hair was tone it with something, so it would look reddish brown against the sun. I can’t remember what they told me exactly but it’s like cellophane without any peroxide.
As for me, I don’t really have anything in mind so the salon suggested that I should do blonde highlights to emphasize my natural curls. 
Nadine and I spent about three hours just tweeting and talking about blog stuff (normally, you’re supposed to talk boys and love life but this is the age of social media). I love it when I get to interact with blog readers! :)

Truth be told, I wasn’t expecting a lot of people would go to hotel salons since they’re always considered pricey but it looks like that they’re highly sought after. Philippe Tordjman, the owner of the salon, was also funny and very accommodating. Overall, we were satisfied with the work they’ve done. :) 
Anyway, now you have the chance to join the color revolution yourself! L’Oreal Professional has made an awesome offer for you and your buddy. From November 11 – November 15, if you avail of one hair color session with any of the partner salons listed below, you’ll get another session for a friend absolutely FREE! 
The partner salons for this campaign: 

Bench Fix SalonBangs’ Tony & JackeyHenri Calayag SalonPhilippe Tordjman Le SalonRegine’s Salon

For more details about this campaign, please check out L’Oreal Professionnel Philippines on Facebook. 

Wear Your Color Proud Experience

L’Oreal Professionnel Philippines, the world leader in beauty and #1 provider of hair products and color dyes in the hairdressing industry, has launched a campaign called Wear Your Color Proud with an aim to help Filipinas find the color that suits them best.

Because of this, they’ve invited me and my blog reader, Nadine, to join the color revolution at Philippe Tordjman Le Salon, in Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

Here’s a few snaps from the hair color experience:

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