A few hours to go and it's officially Christmas! I love Pinoy celebrations but I wish you the best whichever part of the world you're in. I hope you spend this special season with your family, friends and loved ones!
Anyhoo, time to do some serious blogging while waiting for the clock to strike 12 midnight so I can open my gifts. In the meantime, I would like to share something very close to my heart: Coloured Hair. If you often change your hair color, then it's a must to know how to properly care for your chemically abused hair, too! Coloured hair tend to be more dry, brittle and coarse so be ready to add extra care to your mane.
Here are some tips for red heads, blondes, brunettes and ombres out there.
- Get a regular trim. Trimming your hair and taking care of the ends will add to overall health of your hair. Healthier hair means longer lasting color. You can trim your hair every six weeks or so.
- Protect your hair from the sun. Your hair needs protection from harmful UV rays as much as your skin does. Don't stay under the sun for too long or use hair products with sunscreen to keep your hair color from fading away so soon.
- Use the right type of shampoo. There's a plethora of shampoos made specifically for coloured hair, so find one that fits your need and budget. They contain precious oils and minerals specifically needed by color-treated hair. Other more advanced shampoos also contain anti-fading agents to make your hair color last longer. I personally use Pureology Serious Colour Care Shampoo with anti-fade complex and except for the smell, I'm very happy with it. It makes my hair color alive and vivid, and I get compliments on how shiny my locks are. You can also try Herbal Essences Colour Me Happy. Smells super yummy but the color care effect is less stellar.
- Go for hair repair conditioner. Coloured hair is prone to some serious damage, so do your hair a favor and use a repairing conditioner. I personally recommend Dove Intense Repair Conditioner. Of all the local conditioners available, I have to say this is the best. My hair stays strong yet soft and manageable and the effect stays the whole day! Super clean smelling, too. :)
- It deserves some TLC. Get hair treatments at least once a month. You don't have to break the bank and spend so much on salons every time. There are a lot of over-the-counter, do-it-yourself hair treatments available in drugstores and groceries. From hot oil creams, to intense repair serums. You can even go for all natural by using 100% pure Virgin Coconut Oil. Apply on damp hair, massage on your scalp for a few minutes, wrap in a towel and shower cap for another 30 minutes and you get yourself an organic hot oil treatment. Trust me, I've been a fan of coconut oil way before VCO became so famous. My cousins and I used to extract coconut milk (manually!) and use it as hot oil when we were teenagers! Highly effective, tipid pa. :) If you have some spare cash, or going somewhere special, then go for professional salon treatments once in a while. Creations by Lourd Ramos in Glorietta 5 is a good place to consider.
Taking care of coloured hair may require a bit more effort from your end. But you have to agree with me that good hair colour can brighten up your aura, can compliment your skin tone and can even give you a fresher, younger look. So the extra work is worth it.
Here's a recent photo of me with my coloured hair while channeling Ginger Spice. Red is really fantastic!
And yup, that's an overly happy photo with my wacky team, with some really shiny hair to boot. :D
Now time to wish you a very Merry Christmas! My prayers and well wishes of love, content and positivity are on your way. Thanks for reading! :D
From the Nook on Christmas Eve,