It’s A (3 Minute) Miracle! Pantene’s 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle ConditionerThe beautiful bellas over at were being their usual thoughtful selves and sent me a sample of Pantene’s new 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner* last week. I wasn’t expecting it at all, but that was fine because it was my favourite kind of surprise–the useful and well-timed kind. My hair always sucks after the holidays because of constant heat styling. It’s dry, dull, and sad. This miracle conditioner promises to “smoothen 3 months of damage in three minutes” — perfect! While I incurred my major hair damage over the span of just a month, I’d say this is just about as damaged as it gets in the year so it was the perfect time to test it out. P1170626I don’t think I had ever used a Pantene product before trying this one, and I must say I was impressed overall. The first thing I noticed was the super sweet strawberry scent–kind of like Skittles. If you like smelling of candy, you will adore this. I was impartial, although I must say that having sweaty hair in yoga is now not so unpleasant–it seems to release the scent even more, lol.

As for effectivity (the most important part), I give it 4/5 stars. My hair feels softer after just one use and it becomes especially shiny when I take the time to blow dry or flat iron it. I do have a problem with it being an everyday-use conditioner though, as I don’t think deep conditioning daily is healthy for your scalp. I think I’ll be using this not every day, but on nights when I know I have to look extra good the next day. This practically assures you a good hair day, and all girls know that a good hair day is like a magical, steroidal confidence-booster.

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My Favourite Hair Oils: Kérastase & L’Oreal (Plus one to avoid!)

It’s not often that I talk about hair products. I just… am not terribly interested in them. I do however recognise the value of a good haircut and the tremendous blessing that is a good hair day. That said, I do invest in my hair in certain ways. I might not curl my hair, style it with tons of product, or even colour it, but I do make it a point to do the following things:

  1. Remain faithful to my amazing stylist, Alex Carbonell.
  2. Use as little heat on my hair as possible even though I love straight-ironing with my GHD.
  3. Deep condition my hair once or twice a week.
  4. Use hair oils.

There was a time when I was on board the whole must-use-only-sulfate-free-shampoos-and-conditioners thing, but I have not been able to stick with it. I have been thinking about testing some more of those, but for now my deep conditioner and hair oils have been keeping me happy.
P1160440These are the two best hair oils I have ever tried: Kérastase Nutrtive Oléo-Relax (1,500.00 Php) and L’Oreal Mythic Oil (approx. 900.00 Php). Since L’Oreal owns Kérastase, these are essentially by/from the same company. I use them both in the same way: rubbed into my hands and then brushed through my hair with my fingers, from ear-length down. The Oléo-Relax is for dry and rebellious hair, while the Mythic Oil is for all hair types. They both work on my normal to dry hair and I pick which one to use based on how damaged and/or dry my hair is on a particular day.

I’ve had the Oléo-Relax for ages now and this happens to be my second bottle of the stuff. You can see that I’m nearly done with it and I will be repurchasing. As it’s meant for dry hair, it’s the heavier of the two oils. Still, it doesn’t leave the hair looking oily or feeling weighed down. My hair sops this up very quickly and I’m left with manageable and healthy-looking ends. One bottle lasts for about 6 months with daily use and I need one pump per day.

The Mythic Oil is new to me but already I’m wondering why I didn’t pick this up sooner. I got it for around 800Php in Singapore, but locally I believe it sells for 950-ish. That’s definitely more affordable than the 1,500 you have to drop for the Kérastase Oléo-Relax oil. Both bottles contain 125ml of product. The Miracle Oil is more lightweight because it’s geared toward normal hair types, but I don’t find that it makes the oil any less nourishing. It also has a different scent from the Oléo-Relax, which smells light and powdery. The Mythic Oil has a light floral fragrance. Both smell great to me and are not overwhelming on that front.

L’Oreal does another hair oil that I will warn you to steer clear of: 

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PSA: TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray FINALLY Available in Manila

THTInterrupting your regular old Wednesday night with a quick public service announcement:

The TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray is FINALLY Available in Manila

The Thermal Creations line hit stores some time in the fourth quarter of 2013, but the heat tamer spray was not part of it for some odd reason. I even contacted the brand to ask for it and they actually responded, saying that they were working on getting all of the products into the country. I have no idea why things work that way sometimes–perhaps it’s to do with the ingredients? Regardless, it’s finally in local supermarkets for only 299.00 Php and I couldn’t be happier!

This is the only heat protectant spray that actually works (it protects up to 450 F deg. Fahrenheit, too). If you blow dry or flat iron your hair at all, you need this in your life.

* quick edit: I’m considering doing a full review on this product, but I’ll just say a bit about why this is the best heat protectant I’ve tried. I have used Fuwarie, Citre Shine, and Bed Head heat protectants in the past. I can say at least one negative thing about each of those sprays. The TRESemmé Heat Tamer spray  on the other hand does the exact opposite of those negative things. It doesn’t weigh my hair down, it protects and nourishes at the same time, it smells good, it’s affordable, and it coats my hair evenly. :) It leaves me wanting nothing more of a heat protectant, pretty much!

And that’s it! You’re welcome in advance! Haha ;) If you’d like to see the ingredients list, click through:

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Chop Chop Success!

ShortHairI did it! I chopped my long hair off and I love it.  :) Had it done last Saturday at Studio Fix salon in Greenbelt 5. my stylist was Alex Carbonell who is the head stylist there and is also the creative director of all Bench salons if I’m not mistaken. He’s a super talented guy with a passion for what he does. I can always feel the excitement in him when he’s working on my hair and that energy always passes on to me! It’s one of the most amazing things to see someone who loves their job at work and Alex definitely found his calling.

On Saturday I had my hair finished in messy curls but of course I didn’t take a photo. Hehe. I’m trying to find ways to get more texture into my hair without making it look like a mess. I also hate it when the bottom part of my hair kicks out because I look like a child when it does that! Haha. I am really loving it though. So much less weight on my head and I don’t need to use as much shampoo or wait for my hair to dry for two long hours.

Have you guys done anything drastic with your look lately? :) Because yes, this counts as drastic for me! Hehe. Do share! :)

Chop Chop?

SHIt’s a strange time to be craving for a shorter cut (usually happens in summer, no?) but my hair is so damaged and it’s really been a pain in the butt of late. Can’t hurt that Karlie looks so amazing with that wavy bob. Anne Hathaway looks pretty good too, and that last one on the lower right is the bob I will never have because my hair isn’t straight…

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