The Style Mermaid by Kisty Mea

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Hair Care Diaries: Blonde Essentials
One of the most common remarks I get in person is how healthy my blonde hair is. When you go blonde, your hair will experience irrevocable damage — something a lot of people would expect to see when I go out of the house. Nothing in this world can really save chemically-treated hair, unless you cut it, but finding the right products can help minimize the appearance of the damage. And after countless of hours researching and trying different products, I’m lucky that I have found my essentials.
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CLEANSE: Human Heart Nature Strengthening Shampoo. An organic made that’s made with love in the Philippines. This shampoo cleanses your hair minus the harsh chemicals because it doesn’t contain any chemical surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). Selected Human Heart Nature products are available online, Rustan’s Supermarket (Shangri-la Plaza), and Landmark (TriNoma). 
For those who live in the UK, I highly recommend DGJ Organics HairJuice Shampoo. It’s an organic shampoo with the best scent ever!
CONDITION: Suave Daily Clarifying Conditioner. I like to try all kinds of brands and variants but if you’ve got oily scalp, you’ve got to try this! It’s the only oil-free conditioner I can find locally.
TONE: Clairol Shimmer Lights. This is a purple shampoo that I use to tone my hair. It keeps the brassiness at bay, and transforms pale blonde into white or silver hair. This shampoo can be very drying though, so make sure you condition your hair after each use. Clairol Shimmer Lights is not available locally, but you can order from eBay, Amazon or from Funky Streaks.
TREAT: Joico K-PAL Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor. Helga highly recommends this miracle treatment and I can see why. This product does wonder to bleached/damaged hair, and I only have to leave it for 15-30 minutes. Joico products are not available locally, so I often order mine from eBay or Amazon. WORTH. THE. INVESTMENT.
SHINE: L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil. A 5-in-1 lightweight oil that make your hair look shiny. It can also serve as a heat protectant serum. If you’re not going out for the whole day, saturate your hair with Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO). 

So there you have it! My list of coveted hair products of the moment. If you have other hair care products you’d like me to try or you think is worth the rave, please let me know by leaving a comment below! :) 

Hair Care Diaries: Blonde Essentials

One of the most common remarks I get in person is how healthy my blonde hair is. When you go blonde, your hair will experience irrevocable damage — something a lot of people would expect to see when I go out of the house. Nothing in this world can really save chemically-treated hair, unless you cut it, but finding the right products can help minimize the appearance of the damage. And after countless of hours researching and trying different products, I’m lucky that I have found my essentials.

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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 Care Diaries: Current Favorites
Sharing to you my current hair care favorites. I’ve been using these for several months now and they all make my hair feel and look great! :) 
Human Heart Natural Strengthening Shampoo — Because DGJ Organics is not locally available, I switched to Human Heart Nature, a Pro-Pinoy organic brand. I can’t explain how or why but I think this shampoo makes my hair grow faster. 
Stieprox Liquid — This is a medicated shampoo that I use to regulate my oily scalp. I only use this once or twice a week. 
Alberto VO5 Clarifying Conditioner — I noticed that regular conditioners tend to be heavier and bad for my oily scalp, but I need and love conditioner! So I switched to something lighter but provides the same amount of moisture: a clarifying conditioner! I like this conditioner but it’s a bit runny (watery). I’m still looking for an alternative that has lesser ingredients though.
Suave Professionals Moroccan Argan Styling Oil — I love this serum because it isn’t too heavy or greasy, and gives my hair that temporary shine. I got this from the $10 gift pack I ordered from Amazon and how I wish it’s locally available.
How about you? What are your hair care favorites? :)

Hair Care Diaries: Current Favorites

Sharing to you my current hair care favorites. I’ve been using these for several months now and they all make my hair feel and look great! :) 

Human Heart Natural Strengthening Shampoo — Because DGJ Organics is not locally available, I switched to Human Heart Nature, a Pro-Pinoy organic brand. I can’t explain how or why but I think this shampoo makes my hair grow faster. 

Stieprox Liquid — This is a medicated shampoo that I use to regulate my oily scalp. I only use this once or twice a week. 

Alberto VO5 Clarifying Conditioner — I noticed that regular conditioners tend to be heavier and bad for my oily scalp, but I need and love conditioner! So I switched to something lighter but provides the same amount of moisture: a clarifying conditioner! I like this conditioner but it’s a bit runny (watery). I’m still looking for an alternative that has lesser ingredients though.

Suave Professionals Moroccan Argan Styling Oil — I love this serum because it isn’t too heavy or greasy, and gives my hair that temporary shine. I got this from the $10 gift pack I ordered from Amazon and how I wish it’s locally available.

How about you? What are your hair care favorites? :)

Hair Care Diaries: Vidal Sassoon Premium Base Care Treatment 

This Vidal Sassoon product is the first item I ‘purchased’ from Sample Room, the Philippines’ first ever beauty and lifestyle sampling website. And because the website is giving me a sample to try before I buy, I expected that I’ll only receive a sample size of the product but I was surprised that the Vidal Sassoon came in its full 169ml glory. The package also came with a small bottle of Celeteque DermoScience Advanced Anti-Aging Anti-Wrinkle Ultra-Hydrating Cleansing Oil (wow what a mouthful) as a freebie. 

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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • DGJ Organics Hair Care Review
Visiting England did not only change my perspective, but also the way I take care of my hair. Did you know that those stuff they put on regular shampoo and conditioner can actually do more damage than help your hair? When I found out about this, I immediately bid goodbye to salon-based products and their evil silicones, and said hello to organic and hair care products that actually works! <3
I would like to introduce the DGJ Organics, an organic hair care developed by celebrity hairdresser and colourist Daniel Galvin Junior. I honestly never heard of the brand before but it was organic and only cost £5.99 (PHP380) per (250ml) bottle. I thought that was pretty cheap for a UK product that claims to be organic and SLS-free. 
[[MORE]]For the duration of my BBE trip, I used the DGJ HairJuice Honeydewmelon Shampoo and DGJ Glossy Brunettes Conditioner.

DGJ HairJuice Honeydewmelon ShampooFor an organic product, this shampoo lathers really well. I don’t even have to apply water for it to lather. But what I really love about this shampoo is the smell. It has this citrus melon scent that’s not too overpowering. <3
This shampoo is created for everyday use, but it’s not that drying… unless you keep it for more than 3-5 minutes. It will clean your hair but it’s not powerful enough the remove the excess oil on my scalp. :( This is my first time to switch to organic products, and I have to say my hair looks a lot healthier after 3 weeks of usage. 
DGJ HairJuice Honeydewmelon Conditioner I used this conditioner when I came home from the BBE. To be honest, there’s nothing special with this conditioner. No magic powers or whatsoever. It will basically just condition your hair, provided you leave it for 3-5 minutes. I guess this conditioner is ideal for people who are neither brunettes or blondes.  

DGJ Glossy Brunettes Conditioner I purchased this conditioner for two reasons: The HairJuice Conditioner was out of stock on my first night in London, and I couldn’t leave the shower without applying conditioner. I wasn’t interested if it’ll improve the color of my hair, since that’s usually bullsh*t.
But this product made me a believer!
The product contains Cocoa Bean and Walnut that will help develop and enhance depth of color and shine in dark and auburn tones. And after two weeks, my brown hair became more and more noticeable. 
Note to Self: When I go blonde next year, I need a bottle of their Glossy Blonde collection. 


DGJ Hangover Care The aim of the product was to transform tired and dull hair into glossy tresses that look and smell fabulous. A perfect remedy for your hung-over locks that have been through a hard day’s work and a long night partying. 
The shampoo works like a charm, only it has lavender scent. In my opinion, the scent smells like it’s medicated but relaxing nonetheless. Due to my recent scalp condition, the conditioner and treatment is giving some serious build-up. But does wonders to the rest of my hair. 
VERDICT
PROS: It’s an affordable organic product. The HairJuice Shampoo smells sooooo nice, even my boyfriend likes it! The Glossy Brunette Conditioner works, at least, for my dyed hair. My hair looks a lot healthier! <3
CONS: The accessibility of this product. You can only order this through Waitrose or their online website, and it is certainly not on Amazon, Ebay or HQHair. May not work for people with oily scalp.
I really wish there’s another way to repurchase because I would really want to try their Argan Oil Collection (a new release!). 

DGJ Organics Hair Care Review

Visiting England did not only change my perspective, but also the way I take care of my hair. Did you know that those stuff they put on regular shampoo and conditioner can actually do more damage than help your hair? When I found out about this, I immediately bid goodbye to salon-based products and their evil silicones, and said hello to organic and hair care products that actually works! <3

I would like to introduce the DGJ Organics, an organic hair care developed by celebrity hairdresser and colourist Daniel Galvin Junior. I honestly never heard of the brand before but it was organic and only cost £5.99 (PHP380) per (250ml) bottle. I thought that was pretty cheap for a UK product that claims to be organic and SLS-free. 

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