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Coloured the hair again!

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This post is going to be short. Just a quick update of what I did to my hair colour.

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As you can see, I have nearly 4 inches hair in black and the touch-up costs $$$ in salon, they charge by inches. Hey, why not DIY again? After all I found dying hair with Liese is quite fun.

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===..===     Colour in different lightings  ===..===

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Technically I need brown colour and Marshmallow Brown seems to be ideal match.

Besides Kao Liese has changed their packaging, the internal kit is almost identical. The revamped Marshmallow Brown – a warm, light brown that gives hair a soft look.

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Liese Marshmallow Brown2

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I was very tied up lately, didn’t take more pictures this time. However, you can see more details of Liese in my previous review.

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I was pretty worried what if I get the colour wrong? What if the result is uneven? But then I always have adventurous spirit, just do it!

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Inevitably I couldn’t just colour the upper part, you can still see the brown and dark shades clearly.

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See. The result was satisfied and the colour seemed matching. Though the overall effect wasn’t really even but the two layers weren’t obvious now. Overall, I’m happy (“ V). Should try Liese again.

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I love multi-purpose oil. For body skin, I tend to be bias and ignorant that I don’t use premium product as though I use for facial skincare. Budget or medium priced body massage oil had satisfied my need. Today I am going to briefly share two body massage oils from Thailand, both of them are spa product and sold at Bangkok Suvarnambhumi Airport duty free too.

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 Pranali Cellulite Body Massage Oil (THB445/100ml at BKK duty free)

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This has very sweet citrus scent, in fact it’s too sweet for me. The oil is as oily as my kitchen oil, easily smooth on skin but very greasy, perhaps best for very dry skin type. My tips is, use mineral mist (or watery lotion) spraying on the skin prior to applying the body oil helped to reduce the greasy touch. I sleep in mild air-conditioning room (26~28°C) and wearing pyjama so basically I’ve no much worries of the greasy touch. Occasionally, I also mix this with body moisturizer for less heavy taste.

 

Direction:

Pour a small amount of oil in your palm, rub both palms together to generate heat before applying the massage oil on your skin. Massage with upward circular strokes until the oil is absorbed on the part of your body where cellulite tissues form.

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Because I wasn’t discipline to use this diligently thus I can’t comment whether it really helped improving cellulite. I was kind of realistic and never believe cosmetic product can eliminate cellulite but however, in my experience I must say thick oil works much better than light oil to smooth the body skin texture. Moreover, it serves as a good medium to facilitate body massage.

Ingredients:

Vitus Vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Golden) Oil, Prunus Armericana (Apricot) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Sweet Basil) Essential Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Orange Sweet) Essential Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.

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Divana Sweet Rose Melody Body Massage Oil (THB775/100ml at BKK duty free)

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I love this oil has very pleasantly refreshing, like a mixture notes of rose and fresh lime/lemongrass. The aroma evaporates after a while but mild scent remained when you closely sniff the skin. According to Divana, Bulgarian rose is selected to ensure the most purified properties. Rose fragrance also delights your senses, boosts up confidence and soothes anxiety.

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I prefer this one than Pranali Cellulite Body Massage Oil for body moisturizing but this Divana Body Massage Oil on the other hand is way too lightweight to facilitate body massage in my opinion. I normally take it for my hair and body (the areas that don’t have cellulite, haha).

Ingredients:

Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, EPO (Evening Primrose) Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Essential Oil (Rose tea, Sandalwood)

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As summary, I am satisfied with these two body oils, both smells good, natural, non-expensive and very lasting usage. Rant their orifice reducers though. The orifice reducer of Pranali oil didn’t work properly and the one with Divina oil isn’t user-friendly that I got to shake the glass bottle many times (no kidding, 20~30 times) just to get a small amount for each application, trainning my arm muscles every night.

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Hi all, I just said bye to my long hair recently. I got exactly airy, pear-shape, medium-length hair as shown in above picture now!

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Hmn… a little bit too short than I expected. My new hair stylist moved his scissor before we finalized the length (!!), surely I got to be more alert and well communicated with him next time.

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In order to create the “bob” and light effects, I had Japanese perm (梨花烫) at hair tail and coloured the hair to brunette. Surprisingly my SO liked my new hairstyle very much, though I personally still preferring long hair (“b). Only thing is that this new hairstyle did require proper makeup to compliment the overall look, so basically I forced to have proper eye makeup on when I stepped out the house.

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My hair stylist taught me step-by-step how to blow my hair (after shower) at home, hence I can easily create the volume and thickness in just 10 minutes, with just a hair dryer and my fingers! It was pretty easy to manage I must say and the hair didn’t get tangled in strong wind too (haha).  However, the hair did get slightly flattened after an overnight sleep. Dampen the hair a little bit and take a quick blow normally can fix the issue and restore the fullness. Besides, I noticed the hairstylist applied a little bit baby powder (talc) onto my hair when he blew my hair to dry at salon, it gave the hair more volume but in the meantime, my non-oily hair got more drying. Good tips for greasy hair but definitely I won’t do that for my hair.

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         (Left: Haha, I can still tie up the hair!)

(Right: hair is slightly flattened when woke up in morning)


This new hairstyle can last for 6 months, so my hairstyle may be re-styling in this way (as shown in below picture).

Wanted to share a little bit trivia about my new hair stylist here. He is recommended by my sister (he is my sister’s hair stylist too), owned his own salon in a residential area and constantly upgrading his skill by attending various hair courses. During the four hours’ time spent in his neighborhood hair studio, I asked him a lot of questions and here are some interesting info that I got to know from him. Be warned, I didn’t study and verify the info with trusty source particularly in more detailed chemical explanation, hence welcome to leave a comment if you obtain different opinion from your hairstylist or you think his answer is untrue. (“v)


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Hair is dead tissue?

I read somewhere before that our hair is dead tissue, that sounds really odd actually. According to him (the hair stylist), it was correct for rebonding hair only because the extreme heat to straighten the hair had destroyed the inner hair structure, hence rebonding hair looked like “paralyzed” and remaining absolutely straight and flat in all circumstances, until you cut it off. Colouring, perming, curling, styling don’t change the inner hair structure, so these hair are still alive!  (Glad to know my hair is not dead tissue!)

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Oily hair and dry hair, which is better?

I saw few whitish flakes came off from hair scalp and he told me they were dead cells of hair scalp, which normally happen to dry hair scalp. Oily hair scalp tends to loss hair compared with dry hair scalp. According to him, the most troublesome and tricky hair work was always associated with boldness because it was very difficult to create a nice hairstyle for the customers who have boldness issue. (My goodness! I haven’t thought of boldness yet…)


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Is hair treatment necessary?

I believe all hair stylists would tell hair treatment is necessary. With no exception, he said it was worth to invest in periodical hair treatment for healthy balanced hair scalp. Hydrate the hair with nano-technology product and seal in the moisture with oil or silicone based product. We can DIY at home but hair salon has proper equipment, hence the result may be varied. (So we still can have treatment done at home with good product …)


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Silicone bad for hair?

He also advised me try to avoid silicone-based product if possible because silicone builds up and accumulates on hair over the time (silicone has ability to bond to hair), which resulting limp hair and might obstruct treatment ingredients to be absorbed in hair. Moreover, a new hair colour won’t be easily pigmented on hair (Does this means silicone also prevents bad ingredients to be absorbed by hair then??).  Generally silicone-based product is helpful to keep the hair more manageable. (I actually pondered if this was the reason why my normal drugstore hair care lost their softening effect after using for a while as most budget drugstore hair conditioner/mask were heavy silicone-based)


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Should I wash my hair everyday?

I asked him this question because I was a little bit worry if I over-cleansed my hair since I shampooed my hair every day. He told me to wash the hair everyday to prevent oily scalp in tropical climate and also remove the silicone build up from hair styling product and conditioner. Nevertheless,  he told not to leave on the shampoo on hair scalp for too long because the detergent wasn’t good for hair scalp. He/the assistant actually washed my hair in quicker way comparing to other hair salon, no 3-step washing (shampoo, conditioner, treatment) and no head massage too. (Ya… I always not shampoo my hair more than a minute because I wasn’t a miner worked in mines)


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Dying the coloured hair?

I just dyed my long hair at home with Garnier kits nearly 3 months ago,  of course the dying was uneven and not even meet a professional hair-colouring standard. Ehm… my main intention was to hide the grey hair, after all not many (any??) women can tolerate grey hair despite the hair stylist said I don’t have to worry about my minimal grey hair yet. Forget the harmful hair bleaching, professional hair stylist with hair-olouring qualification able to work with colour system and mixed a custom-blended colour. That means, in order to create the colour C as end result, the new custom-blended colour A will mix/swatch with customer existing hair colour B then come out the desired colour C. As this was my first-time dying the hair in hair salon, so I never knew hair stylist needs to have special qualification for this. I think next time I should just leave the hair colouring to my hairstylist if I wasn’t sure the end-result of DIY hair dying.  (Or I just stick with the DIY hair-colouring kit that worked fine for me)


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Treatment is essential after hair colouring?

I always thought treatment after hair colouring was aimed to repair & strengthen the coloured hair or to protect the new colour. However, he only used a lightweight ampoule to massage on my hair scalp after hair colouring. He told me the ampoule aimed to balance the alkaline pH from hair colouring chemical in order to maintain healthy growing environment for hair root. (When I DIY at home, I always avoid the dye chemical contacted with  hair scalp)


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What is the difference between normal shampoo and shampoo for coloured hair?

Interestingly he said the only major difference between normal shampoo and shampoo for coloured hair was the pH. According to him, shampoo for coloured hair was non-alkaline or less alkaline than normal shampoo because alkaline-pH cleansing product has stronger cleansing power which wasn’t good for maintaining hair colour. As conclusion, using pH gentle hair care can prolong the hair colour, not necessary must grab a shampoo for coloured hair. (So we should question what is the “special ingredient” next time when product marketing department told us their shampoo has “special ingredient” to protect the colour treated hair)

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How long the colour will fade?

Among the colour base, red, purple and blue colours were the easier to colour fading. So if you want to have long-lasting hair colour, avoid these three colours series. Colour fading doesn’t mean to reveal the original hair pigment because the original hair pigment had been changed during irreversible chemical reaction of hair colouring. In fact the fading dye will look dull and less attractive.  (I see…let’s wait and see what happen to my brown shade after few months)


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At the end of the chatting with my hair stylist, I found there was a lot of similarity between hair care and skin care, after all the main component of our hair, skin and nail were protein. At this moment I was still using normal drugstore shampoo because that was what I can afford but I started adhering to natural botanical-based conditioner/hair treatment since several months ago because I had seen the difference. The bottom line is, when you are the user for 365 days per year, you can speak from your own experience what is good for your hair.

~ Have a nice day ~

 

 

I was into natural skin care lately. I bought some Pranali home spa products while strolling at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. Besides international beauty brand, several local spa product counters are stationed at departure hall. Although their prices are rather steep but most of them are natural based and I adore the aromatherapy of Thai natural skin care. In fact, I was quite impressed with Pranali natural skin care value of –

  •   No SLS or SLES
  •   No Dimethicone
  •   No Petroleum base
  •   No artificial preservative
  •   No artificial Color
  •   No artificial fragrance
  •   No Propylene Glycol
  •   No tested on animal

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I love Asian herb and tropical botanical ingredient  in Thai natural skin care, which make their products uniquely scented and remind you the laid back lazy day you spent in tropical island resort. May be. you will only find Sinin rice skin care in Thailand.

Sinin rice, also called Rice Berry due to its natural black-purple colour. It is a combination of Hom Nin Rice (Black Rice) with antioxidant properties and Thai Hom Mali Rice (Jasmine/Fragrant Rice). Containing special traits of higher minerals and antioxidants, Sinin rice can reduce the risk of diabetes. As Sinin rice inherited the characteristics of Hom Mali rice, hence it is delicately scented when cooked but I found it a little hard to chew. (source)

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I bought the travel pack for THB795, including a travel size product of shampoo, hair conditioner, shower gel, body milk, body scrub and bath salt.

The Sinin Rice Restoring Hair Shampoo gel didn’t foam very well and I always ended up using more for my long hair. However I need less amount of it now as I had trimmed my hair recently. The very soft and smooth effects were lovely on initial usage but after using it for a short period, the great effect went off like other shampoo. Comparing to using normal drugstore chemical loaded shampoo, I must say natural formulated shampoo making my hair softer especially the hair tail, the effect was obvious but my hair might still look frizzy.

Ingredients (Sinin Rice Restoring Hair Shampoo):

Coconut Fatty-Acid and Glycine (Amilite GCK-12), Aqua, Sodium Chloride (NaCI), Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Extract, Asiatic Pennywort (Centella Asiatica) Extract, Abelmoschus Esculentus (Okra) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Mill (Aloe Vera) Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerine, Butylene Glycol, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil, Michelia Alba (Champaca) Oil, Phenoxyethanol.

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Sinin Enriching Hair Conditioning is very light weight as HABA squalane conditioner, it “melts” upon applying on hair and I got to use more because of the light consistency. It might not be moisturizing enough for very dry hair but still very helpful to keep my dry hair manageable.

Ingredients (Sinin Enriching Hair Conditioning):

Aqua, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Prunus Duclis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Extract, Clitorea Tematea (Butterfly Pea) Extract, Citrus Hystrix (Thai Bergamot) Extract, Polysorbate 60 (Montanox60), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Acrylate/Acrylamide Copolymer and Polyisobutene and Polysorbate 20 (Sepiplus), Michelia Alba (Champaca) Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil, Phenoxyethanol.

Sinin Reviving Shower Gel has gel consistency as per the name called, not very foaming but it left skin feeling refreshing and no greasy residue. It has the identical scent with Sinin Rice Restoring Hair Shampoo, which have mild oriental herbal scent, if you are familiar with Asian natural medication balm, then you might guess the scent right.

Ingredients (Sinin Reviving Shower Gel):

Anionic Coconut Fatty-Acid and Glycine (Amilite GCK-12), Aqua, Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Extract, Sodium Chloride (NaCI), Ananas Comosus (Pineapple) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Mill (Aloe Vera) Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica (Emblic) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Michelia Alba (Champaca) Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

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In both humid and dry climates, Sinin Body Moisturizing Milk was moisturizing and just absorbed by skin in few minutes. Non-greasy but considering a little bit too emollient for non-drying skin in humid environment. It served me well in air-conditioned room in tropical country but not sufficient when I used in central heating room in Spring. It has similar natural pleasant scent like Sinin Enriching Hair Conditioning.

Ingredients (Sinin Body Moisturizing Milk):

Aqua, Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Extract, Prunus Duclis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil, C13-14 Isoparaffin and Isostearyl Isostearate and Sodium Polyacrylate and Polyacrylamide Polysorbate 60 (Sepigel), Polysorbate 60 (Montanov 60), Carica Papaya (Papaya) Extract, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Silk Protein, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Glycine Max (Soya Bean Protein Hydrolysed), Squalane, Michelia Alba (Champaca) Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil, Phenoxyethanol.

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I liked Sinin Rice Purifying Body Scrub is an effective, gentle and moisturizing scrub but the strong alcoholic smell is annoying me. Although I did not get drunk after shower but I probably smelled like a drunk.

Ingredients (Sinin Rice Purifying Body Scrub):

Aqua, Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Scrub, Zea Mays Linn (Corn) Scrub, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil, Prunus Duclis (Sweet Almond) Oil, C13-14 Isoparaffin and Isostearyl Isostearate and Sodium Polyacrylate and Polyacrylamide Polysorbate 60 (Sepigel), Cetearyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Glucoside (Montanov 68), Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine Oil Soluble) Extract, Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phyllanthus Emblica (Emblic) Extract, Glycine Max (Soya Bean Protein Hydrolyzed), Silk Protein, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Michelia Alba (Champaca) Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil.

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I loved bath soak in cold weather to keep the body warm, the Himalayan Bath Salt smelled relaxing and refreshing but the rocky salt did not dissolve easily in warm water (~34 °C) even after stirring. Hoping the bath salt can be slightly smaller so I can jump in the bath tub quicker.

Ingredients (Himalayan Bath Salt):

Himalayan Salt (Sodium Chloride), Dried Lemongrass, Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Flexuosus) Essential Oil, Kaffir Lime (Citrus Hystrix) Essential Oil, Plai (Zingiber Cassmuna L.) Essential Oil.

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Pranali Natural Soap Bars

THB140 (~USD4.60) for a 100g natural soap is pricey, I am talking the local standard because most natural handmade soap I saw in Thailand is below THB100. Anyway, I thought to get them as gift for my oversea friend but I did not manage to meet her, so I got the soaps for myself in the end. (“b) The packaging is simple and classy, soaps are totally sealed by a plastic film inside so I could not smell the fragrance during purchase.

Harmony

Sandalwood


I have Harmony and Sandalwood, both performed similarly.  Harmony has small grains and distinct refreshing scent, where Sandalwood felt slightly more moisturizing and  has plain oil smell. Foaming easily and non-drying for body skin, but is drying for facial skin and  the Harmony caused irritation to eyes. The soap melt quicker when used for body showering since soap dissolved faster in running water comparing to adding a little bit of water to foam in hands for facial wash. A soap did not last more than a month for body wash purpose, but there is no problem to last for 2~3 months for facial wash only.

Ingredients (Harmony):

Aqua (Water), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guinnesis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Elaeis Guinnesis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Orange) Peel, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud.

Ingredients (Sandalwood):

Aqua (Water), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guinnesis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Elaeis Guinnesis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Cedrus Atlanticus (Sandalwood) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Styrax Benzoin (Benzoin) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E).

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~~(ᶿᵜᶿ)~~ Cleansing Power Indicator  ~~(ᶿᵜᶿ)~~

Cleanse the shimmering lipstick and Diorshow mascara as if washing face, it has fairly good cleansing power.


Generally I am pleased with Pranali natural skin care products but still, I will search for inexpensive option in Thailand. Not a difficult task since homemade/small natural skin care entrepreneur is quite common here. (“v)

I believe no short-cut to beautiful skin, as well as beautiful hair. When I continued neglecting my hair and did not even bother to moisturize my hair, it really looked like straw. I found  oil-type hair serum is best for my dry, frizzy and wavy hair.

After using DHC After Bath Hair Treatment Oil for nearly 3 years, it seemed losing its effect to my hair or simply I get bored. Time to move on to a new hair serum (what a reason ̑ ر ̑ ), I was totally attracted by this colourful hair cocktail!

As you can see, this is bi-phase hair serum. The nourishing water is on bottom layer and anti-frizz oil on the upper layer. Shake before use. The mixture turns milky upon shaking, squirt out the serum and then apply to bottom half of hair.

It is lightly scented with refreshing tropical fruity scent, can be used on damp or dry hair. Filling with peach leaf extract and prune essence, this rich serum is suitable for extremely dry and damaged hair according to Kao Japan. The green-colour that I had is the light-version, where the orange-colour is moist-version. In fact I wanted to purchase the orange-colour in the beginning since I always thought my hair was terribly dry, (I shampooed my hair everyday) unfortunately the orange-colour was out of stock at that point of time so I just grabbed this light-version.

(Before) Frizz and straw like

(After) Smooth hair (for may be half an hour in dry season)

It has strong, refreshing peachy scent, leaving no greasy touch on hair. Based on my experience, I think it was easier to be absorbed on damp hair. When I spent long time in air-conditioned environment, it did not save my stiff hair, my hair looked frizzy in short time after the application.  Nevertheless, the  hair was softer with this on when I used hair conditioner daily. When the weather turned humid, my bare hair was much moisturized and this Hair Cocktail did the job (lightly moisturizes) without weighted the hair volume down.

I got this in last year, paid RM32/120ml in Watsons pharmacy. It indeed looked attractive, but probably more suitable for the oilier/moisturized hair or when the weather around is very humid. For me, this alone failed to be an effective frizz-fighter, a botanical oil works thousand times better.

Rating: ….)))    So-so. Will not buy again.

Ingredients:

Isododecane, Water, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Lactic Acid, Glycerin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Malic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, C12-14 Sec-Pareth-9, Steartrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Sodium Stearoxy PG-Hydroxyethylcelluloseulfonate, Disodium EDTA, Benzophenone-9, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Prunus Domestica, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, CI47005.

 

Unlike how I was treating my facial care, I normally spend less for drugstore budget shampoo and conditioner, and I would just stick to the product until it didn’t work for me anymore. HABA Squalane Shampoo and Conditioner (both natural and Lavender) are retailing S$42/500ml or S$38 for 480ml refill in Singapore, they are relatively pricey and I have no idea what is the benefit of including platinum powder, may be adding more shine to hair? I have some samples with purchase and here is my brief review.

 

 

The shampoo has clear gel consistency and foams up quickly, as I have long hair, thus one sample pack (10ml) only enough for one application. Guess what happen, I totally love the mild aroma of the shampoo. The scent is quite different with the scent of pure Lavender essential oil that I am familiar with, it smelt relaxingly and seemed to have mixing notes of other essential oils.

 

 

The Squalane conditioner has lighter gel-cream texture compared to normal drugstore conditioner. Again, one sample pack (10 ml) was merely sufficient for my long hair, perhaps I need a little bit more to cover from root to tail because the lightweight texture seemed very unlikely to contribute oily scalp. Need not to repeat, I love my hair is being feathery soft while rinsing off the conditioner. Besides, both shampoo and conditioner have mild minty feel on scalp.

 

Using both shampoo and conditioner, my “naked” hair remained soft after spending overnight in air-conditioned room. I didn’t use any hair oil/treatment nor styled my hair, only normal combing.

 

Using both items together, I have only three words in my mind, LIGHT, SOFT and AIRY. Love touching the hair and that feeling just reminded me of stroking fluffy fur of noble cat. Only thing is that the airy effect is considering quite frizzy for my frizzy-prone wavy hair, although no tangled hair and it’s still very soft touching. Later I tried using them separately and did not applying any hair oil afterwards, more drying hair with the Squalane shampoo, soft and slightly frizzy hair with Squalane conditioner.

 

 

My SO had tried the shampoo as well and he commented it was drying (but soft! Weird.). For me, hair care is alike facial care, even though I use a very moisturizing facial cleanser, I can’t expect my easily dehydrated skin remains moisture all day long without applying moisturizer. Same for my dry hair, although the shampoo and conditioner were doing well to keep my hair being soft and easily manageable, I need hair oil to combat the frizzy appearance still.

 

Interestingly, the great effect started wearing off when I continued using them, they just weren’t as impressive as the first application. In fact, this actually happen to most hair products that I have used. I am not sure if anyone of you having the same issue with me but I certainly curious how does it compared with natural & organic hair care in long term.

 

Ingredients (Squalane Shampoo lavender):

Water, Potassium Soap Base, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Platinum Powder, Squalane, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Sericin, Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia) Oil, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-10, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phenoxyethanol.

Ingredients (Squalane Conditioner lavender):

Water, Squalane, Glycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Butylene Glycol, Platinum Powder, Hydrolyzed Sesme Protein PG-Propyl, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Sericin ,Glutamic Acid, Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia) Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyquaternium-10, Phenoxyethanol.

 

As I was moving concurrently in between several countries in past several months, hence I just purchased drugstore body lotions/oils at the local supermarkets. Even in tropical humid climate, my skin was strugglingly calling for moisture in air-conditioned environment, body lotion is must-have else my skin would be uncomfortably taut and dehydrated, sometimes it flaked a little bit due to dryness. Following items were some of those that I discovered, thought of sharing them briefly here. (Click the pictures to enlarge)

 

1. Eversoft Organic Olive Oil (RM8.20/100ml)

When you see an organic skin care with unbelievable low price, do double check the full ingredient list. It actually consists of mineral oil, organic olive oil, vitamins and fragrance. The multipurpose oil can be used for hair, body and lips but I tried it for hair and body only. Surprisingly it was lightweight but a little bit greasy until it fully dried out on my combination + easily dehydrated skin. It moisturized my body skin decently but not sufficient for very dry skin like hand. However, my nail looked pretty healthy and nice. In addition, it did a great job to de-frizz my hair. While I thought this was a good value product, unfortunately it seemed to exacerbate my skin rash, stopped using it for body thereafter.

 

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2. SPS Olive Oil (RM4.90/120ml)

I need a makeup remover when I was in rural area in Malaysia, looking an olive cooking oil (to remove my makeup) in rural supermarket was kind of impossible task. That was fully justified because imported cooking oil wasn’t affordable to most villagers in developing countries, even myself only use local produced sunflower oil or soy bean oil for cooking. Anyhow, I still managed to spot this. Although it named “Pure Olive Oil”, it wasn’t as pure as I understood, it consisted of artificial fragrance at least. The oil consistency was fairy lightweight, definitely differ from Extra Light Olive Oil, I wasn’t sure if any other stuff added because no ingredient listed on packaging. However, the packaging did say this was suitable for makeup removal, protecting skin against UV and for hair moisturizing. So, did it remove makeup? Yes, it did remove my light makeup (brow makeup, sunscreen and makeup premier /BB cream) easily and I just used it for removing makeup only.

 

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3. Dream Whitening Lotion with Papaya Enzyme (Rp28000/200ml)

I bought this and used in Indonesia, it smelled nicely and easily settled onto skin without greasiness. That was the problem for me, too refreshing and too lightweight that didn’t moisturize my skin sufficiently overnight. It said to be suitable for normal skin but I think it best for oily-normal skin in hot weather. Overall this is pleasant to use but the fresh citrus scent sometimes made me feeling nausea, I am the minority who is sensitive to some perfume, including many modern perfumes.

 

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 4. Johnson’s Bady Lotion with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E (Rp153000/200ml)

Johnson’s Aloe Vera lotion used to be my school time favorite, so when I saw this similar version, I thought nothing can go wrong. I immediately grabbed one without hesitant, realized later it wasn’t moisturized sufficiently overnight for my skin, imagine I used this up in just 3 weeks. It has signature scent of Johnson’s Body Lotion and suitable to those want light moisturizing.

 

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5. The Aromatherapy Company Hand Therapy (150ml/<A$10)

I liked this natural product, made with 100% pure and natural essential oils. It smoothed on and settled on easily, no greasy touch. It has subtle natural lemongrass scent and meant to repair dry and cracked skin. The creamy texture wasn’t heavy so I used it like body lotion too. It helped to soften minor cracked heel but didn’t remove it, it helped to moisturize heavy-work hand but wasn’t sufficient to prevent hard spot. Overall, I like this.

 

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6. Advanced and Leimei Lotions (150g/<A$10)

They were given by my mum whose travel to Australia every year during summer or fall. Both contain fragrance that smell like baby powder and the lotions settled on fairly quickly. No greasy touch and very nice for humid weather, enough for cozy temperature in Australia too.  

 


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