The Style Mermaid by Kisty Mea

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Hair Chameleon: Mint Green
Going mint green, without having any idea if it’ll suit me, is a pretty risky move. Green is not a color for everyone, I believe. But since almost everyone is sporting pink or blue hair, I wanted to be different. And I’m glad because it turned out great. I love it!
How To Achieve Mint Green:
I used Manic Panic Atomic Turquoise (Amplified) mixed with tons of conditioner, particularly the green bottle from Dove. It works best if your hair is in a pale yellow shade.
This photo was taken in Macau, by the way. JP’s family and I were visiting the house-museums in Taipa Village and all of them are painted mint green. JP thought it’d be really cool to have a photo against the wall. It’s currently my favorite portraiture of myself.

Hair Chameleon: Mint Green

Going mint green, without having any idea if it’ll suit me, is a pretty risky move. Green is not a color for everyone, I believe. But since almost everyone is sporting pink or blue hair, I wanted to be different. And I’m glad because it turned out great. I love it!

How To Achieve Mint Green:

I used Manic Panic Atomic Turquoise (Amplified) mixed with tons of conditioner, particularly the green bottle from Dove. It works best if your hair is in a pale yellow shade.

This photo was taken in Macau, by the way. JP’s family and I were visiting the house-museums in Taipa Village and all of them are painted mint green. JP thought it’d be really cool to have a photo against the wall. It’s currently my favorite portraiture of myself.

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 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!