I am tempted to dye my hair again. Some people have been telling me that a reddish color would be cool but to me there are only two options: either to take it even blonder or just dye it back to my natural dark color. There's simply no middle ground.
A while ago someone requested me to do a post on my current hair care routine, so here it is. I would love to be able to do thorough reviews on each one of these products but I guess this should do for now. I often switch up hair products anyway and my current shampoo is also almost finished so I'm currently on the look out for a good replacement.
Pureology Serious Colour Care Pure Volume Shampoo
Totally bought this on a whim when it was on sale for 10 bucks on StrawberryNet.com. Did I regret it? Kind of. Apparently Pureology came up with a new formula for this shampoo and the glowing reviews I read about this product were all of the old formula. Since then I found a couple of reviews on the new formula and I agree with both of them; it. sucks. balls. It doesn't lather well so unless you've got the pixie cut, this stuff won't last you very long. It also makes my hair knotty while washing which I find pretty bizarre; I've never experienced that with any other shampoos before. For such a hefty price tag (normal price is $27/250 ml at ULTA) I'd say this is a mediocre product. It doesn't even volumize my hair; it just makes the texture of my hair straw-like. The only good thing about it is that it's sulfate free. I notice that my scalp is now less troublesome and I don't have to wash my hair everyday anymore. I wonder if there's a cheaper alternative to a sulfate-free shampoo.
Aveda Volumizing Tonic
Another not-so-cheap product that is just ok for me. I guess this does lift my roots a little bit and make my hair bouncier, but nothing mind-blowing. Maybe it's just my fine hair and this humid tropical weather? A little goes a long way, though. I'm surprised that it's not even half empty even though I've been using this at least 3 times a week for the past 4 months. Sometimes I even use too much that my roots become slightly "crisp". I usually spray it on my roots/scalp, massage it for two minutes, then blow dry my hair.
Rudy Hadisuwarno Hair Intense Repair Serum
I have tried a lot of local hair care products before but this serum stands out most. It only costs about $5 and the box contains six vials of serum (9 ml each). I've been using it intermittently the past three months and I am now on my last vial. I use this on my hair before blow drying and/or styling and it definitely helps eliminate frizz while also makes my hair look shinier. The texture is similar to CHI Silk Infusion albeit with less dimethicone feel. Also, I think it smells better than Silk Infusion (the male species seem to like it as I always get compliments from them whenever I use this stuff). If you're looking for an affordable hair serum and/or heat protector I think this would do just fine.
Lucido L Hair Perm Water (Soft Wave)
The first Japanese hair styling product that I've ever tried and unfortunately, it didn't work for me. I tried using this before/after using my curling iron and it just doesn't keep my curls/waves intact. For some reason this just doesn't pair well with heated tools. So now I only use this before I tie my hair into a bun; when I finally undo my hair I get myself this cute, wavy 'do that lasts until the next day. It also smells quite fresh and pleasant.
Lucido L Hair Powder (Airy)
This one's supposed to add volume to your hair. I use it only when my hair is dry; typically after the gym, when I don't get the chance to shower before going grocery shopping. Ha. Just can't risk getting caught with limp, greasy hair. You never know who you might bump into at the supermarket. Anyway, this works okay. If you use too much it definitely will weigh down your hair and makes it look crisp and unnatural, so use it sparingly. I wouldn't repurchase as I might try dry shampoo instead next time.
Natrol Biotin 5000 mcg
I started taking Biotin supplement about 2 weeks ago. I really, really want to grow my hair longer but at the same time I want my hair to be healthy and strong. I hope taking Biotin supplement helps... at least I haven't had breakouts or weird reactions to it or anything (like some people out there experienced). I heard it also helps strengthening the nails so that's also a plus. Has anyone tried taking biotin supplements as well? I'd love to hear other people's stories.
What I'm gonna try next:
CAVIAR Anti-Aging Omega+ Nourishing Hair Oil
Purchased it on Sephora online. Can't. Freaking. Wait.