I seriously have a love-hate relationship with my hair. Who else can relate to this? Yes, I’m sure you can. Why oh why can’t we have that salon-perfect coif all day every day? Blast this darned humidity!!!
One of my weaknesses is having my hair shampooed at a salon. Mmmm, head massage, clean scalp, shiny bouncy hair and a blowout so sexy you can’t stop touching your own hair. :)))))))) How indulgent! Sai tau FTW!!! ^^
Conversely, I can’t stand shampooing my hair at home. The primary reason is the amount of tugging and pulling involved when handling my damaged dry hair, resulting in the a lot of hair on the bathroom floor always. So much so that the drain gets clogged up. :[ Visually it’s very disturbing (like a scene straight outta a horror movie) and in turn, it makes me feel frustrated and irritated. This is NOT doing my psyche any good, to be experiencing this negativity every three days.
Being in the shower, experiencing the sensation of abundant water, sweet-smelling shampoo, lathery body soap… these are all supposed to promote positive happy feelings. Like, wouldn’t it be great if we can use these ten fifteen minutes in private, in all of our full glorious nudity, and have a positive meditative experience of cleansing ourselves (body and soul)? I try to do that whenever I shower. Shut the world out, hum a song, let the mind wander idly and enjoy the feeling of water caressing skin. BUT! Shampooing is the total opposite experience for me and I seriously detest it.
I suppose I only have myself to blame, because back in 2008, I color-blocked my hair with ultra gorgeous purple highlights. I loved loved loved it a lot. Not just the color, but the funky placement of these purple chunks all over my hair. Come, come, I show you pix.
There I was, with my dear pal angeliatay.
I had these fat purple highlights placed here and there, in uneven placements. I had color-blocked my hair, before I even knew hair color-blocking was gonna be trendy! My hairstylist in Taipei was a psychic genius. ;p
With another gal pal, Wendy. *Spasming* over the pretty color of my own hair. (Heh, please indulge me because it doesn’t appear that I will ever have hair that color again…. *bitter sweet nostalgia*)
I luuuuuurrrrrrvvvv my purple hair so much that I kept it for almost two years, until the hair finally ‘died’ on me. You see, in order to have that color, I had my hair bleached in all these random places to produce the cool funky color-blocking effect. *wince* And because the purple would fade into a dusty pink, I had to redo the color very often and when the color failed to stick after a while, I had to re-bleach the bleached parts. *amplified wince*
Yeah…. sadly, my hair ‘died’ a slow but sure death because the bleached + double-bleached parts started breaking. It didn’t even bother splitting at the ends, it just broke straight across the middle. It was über cool to have color-blocked hair. Definitely NOT nearly as cool to have breakage in all these random blocks. :”( *MOURNING*
It’s taken me a long time (and a lot of money) to finally grow my hair back into a semblance of healthy hair. There’s been plentyyyyyyy of gradually trimming off the damaged bleached parts and avoiding aggressive colors. But I also have been subjecting my hair to extensions, straightening tongs and curling irons too so …… :X *guilty look* My hair ends are still dry and I can’t go to the hair salon for treatments as frequently as I wish I can because hair salons in SG are crazy expensive! Now if only I can extend the maintenance of my hair at home…
Lo and behold, the hair gods must’ve taken pity on my damaged hair because my prayers were answered in the form of an invitation to a workshop where top international beauty blogger Melissa Hoyer would be sharing tips on how to re-ignite that first romance with hair through the fine art of ritual at home.
Let’s read that again slowly word by word:
How to re-ignite the first romance with hair through the fine art of ritual at home.
Keywords: Romance. Hair. Ritual. Home.
HOLY HAIRINESS, SIGN ME UP YO. I RSVP-ed my attendance pronto!!!
The products that were showcased at the workshop included this set of Vidal Sassoon Color Care products. As the name suggests, this series is aimed towards the care of colored hair (extending its color and maintaining shine).
This H&S Head Spa Moisture line was also introduced at the workshop. I’ve personally begun to use this as these products look after scalp health. Healthy hair begins at (from? with?) a healthy scalp so I’m committed to starting at (from? with?) the root of my hair issues. :p
The third group of products is the Clinicare Full & Thick series from Pantene. These ought to come in handy for volumizing, because I find that thinning hair is part of aging hair. *raising hand eagerly* Yes, Imma need this too!
With those three separate sets of wonderful hair products, I hope I will be sporting healthy hair the next time I hang out with x-wen from Fash-Eccentric again. :)
At the workshop, Melissa (this woman is beautiful!) and the team of scientists from P&G Beauty and Grooming department enlightened us on the importance of having a hair ritual at home. After all, we put on facial masks, get manicured and pedicured, so why should hair be any less pampered, right?
Like I have written above, I think it’s nice to claim the ten fifteen minutes it takes in the shower as “ME” time and make it into a mini personal retreat of the mental realm. Ohhhmmmmmmmmmmm~~~~~~
One last picture of my freshly-colored hair (which I did a couple weeks ago), before it fades. You know I had to begggggg to have this strawberry shade put on my hair because I was so bored from the dark brown shade that I had to endure in the last year or so. Hairstylist was hesitant about adding any bright color as my hair condition’s still tipping towards the damaged end (pardon the pun). He indulged me only because it’s my birthday month. :P Even so, this strawberry shade was temporary because red always fades very quickly no matter what.
Ugh. Love-hate relationship, I tell you.
Last but not least…… Hmmm, now that hair color-blocking is trendy, I’m soooooooooo tempted to do it again. But er, we’ll see. This hair maintenance bizniz has cost me a lotta moolah in the last few years. :
✎ Question for readers: How often do you shampoo your hair?