Hair bleaching

Quiapo Finds: Colisi Hair Bleach and Lan.Caress Developer

People living in Metro Manila knows where/what Quiapo is, for those who, I’m afraid, does not, it is a home for every product you need, with of course, a reasonable price.

We were originally looking for Instax Films for my friend, Winona (after we’ve left my prescription eyeglasses, for a while, for replacing its lens with the graded ones — you can buy cheap eyeglass frames and prescription ones at Paterno street). We swept the whole Hidalgo street looking for the cheapest film for their trip to Beijing. It is when we stumbled upon a shop filled with hair-related products.

I haven’t had the time to take note of the shop’s name, but it was just along Hidalgo street, along with the photography-stuff shops; this one’s near the plaza already. It has shelves and shelves of large bottles and tubs for hair care and some cosmetics and nail polishes along the aisle. But long story short, I picked out a hair bleach and a developer. After-all, I was planning to buy and use Hydrogen Peroxide to lighten my hair by summer, hence my plan of a blue/pink hair by that time.

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This is LAN.CARESS Create Perfect “Fashion Professional Peroxides Milk” which is a Volume 30 (9%) Oxidizer — which I got for only Eighty-five pesos (85 Php) only!!! That’s for a Thousand milliliters (1000 mL) already!

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I was thinking about getting a 6% oxidizer, unlike the last ones that I have been using, which is a 60mL Volume 30 (9%) Oxiding Emulsion Cream by Mondes Professional — which, by the way, I got from a Hortaleza branch at a nearby mall for about Twenty pesos (20PHP) — because I wanted to try a less damaging bleaching process, which can be achieved by choosing the lesser percentage…

But I ended up buying a 9% anyway. I’m afraid 6% will not work its magic on my hair.

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It has a nose for its opening and has a poorly printed Manufacturing/Expiry date at the bottom of the [big] bottle, that I cannot even read it, much less guess the date, but most probably this’ll be good for 3 years after its manufacturing year, 2013… I don’t know if that’s September.

I’ll just probably use it all up — or share it with a friend — before 2015 ends. Anyway, in estimate: 1000mL / 60mL = 16.66 bottles, rounding it off to, say 16, which costs around x 18Php/each = that is 300 Pesos for a thousand mL. I get to save 200+ in my pocket.

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And this is so much steal! Colisi Hair Bleaching Powder, 450~500 grams for only Seventy-Five  Pesos (75 PHP)!

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I looked up the brand’s name on the internet – just now – because I’m not quite sure if it’s ‘Colisi’ or ‘Coilsi’, and found out that this is made by Sophia Marie — I haven’t had a thorough review on their products but I will make my own, anytime soon.DSC_0148 DSC_0149

I know you have this idea that both products are China-made. We both know it. All of the things we own are Made In China, but you can check out the ingredients on both products, printed and labeled. I don’t know with Colisi, but it has different languages on it, Chinese isn’t one. The Manufacture/expiry date are clear on this one, at the bottom of the tub.

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The powder is sealed inside a plastic bag with a “bread ring” as I call it (an easily-fold-able metallic wire wrapped in a Gold-colored plastic material) just like so in the photos.

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It is Blue in color, just like the ones I’m using to bleach my hair. Can you believe that I am buying that exact same thing before for Ninety Pesos (9o Php) for only a hundred grams (100 g)?

Both products just made me look at my friend, mouthing the words “score!” For these are bulk products, which I strongly think is being used at local salons, the amount I got for a little amount of money is way too exciting but maybe you’re thinking quality-wise, I’m going to try it on myself and make a documentation about it soon.

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Dyeing Accessories

Drugstore find: Watsons Tinting Set

For the new year, 3 months before my planned bleaching and dyeing (summer) I bought a tinting set for myself — because I never used a proper [or legit] one.

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It comes with a tinting brush, and a mixing bowl.

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It’s very cheap (PhP 79.75/set) and looks like a legit mixing bowl for hair dyes.

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I don’t know if this brush would serve me well, but better than dyeing my hair using only my hands, right? (I use plastic gloves, alone, alright.)

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The bowl has a nose (or handle) that you can hold unto while mixing your chemicals.

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The mixing bowl has 3 measurement types (?) — one’s in ounce (oz.) and the other, I think is in milliliters (mL), both are located at the inner sides of the bowl; the third one’s at the inner base, I don’t know why it’s there, and I don’t know how it works… yet.

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Just a few thoughts — it’s black. I’ve seen a clear one used by someone online, but I doubt it’s available here in our country. Yes, it’s for tinting, usually using Black or Brown hair colorants because people here are only fond of dyeing their hair in natural-looking hair colors, although there’s more of US now: but I hope Watson’s would produce a clear one, so as we can also see the measurements outside, even if it got stained (from, like, the inside.)

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Second, the usual brush I see comes with a comb — back-to-back with the brush — but, I think that’s not  that necessary (just buy a cheap, plastic comb in BLACK so it matches the set, and so your set can stay uniformly Black when you dye your hair in different colors — wait, maybe that’s the reason why the bowl is Black…)

Anyway, you don’t really have to buy a “mixing bowl” to dye your hair, any PLASTIC container will do, as long as it’s clean and large enough for the amount of dye you need. 

Rememberuse plastic (or ceramic or glass) for mixing dyes and other chemicals that you’re planning to put on your hair, most especially bleach — because using metallic containers in contact with the hair dye chemicals will result in a chemical reaction that we don’t like to happen. That’s the reason why you should always remove your earrings before, during and quite after bleaching or dyeing your hair.

 

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Welcome

Welcome 2014!

 2014 is here, and I hope you have good year ahead but… Now, for a change, I made this new (another) blog because of my plans to kill dye my hair.

I’m sorry that I can’t settle down on a single blog name, let alone a single topic to write about. My mind keeps on wandering around different things at different times — it focuses on one thing this time, then one moment, in the other. Anyway, I had this idea of dyeing my hair, this summer, with bright, bright colors. (I know it’ll wait for 3 months, but then, you will see.)

I have touched my hair a several times before and I promise you I will share about my experiences (as an amateur hair murderer) from the very first time where I took its virginity… Along with tips and reviews — speaking as a consumer, and a friend — I will give my personal recommendations to products I’ve tried, and also heard about. And oh, did I tell you why I have to wait for summer? Because of. My. College. Department. The college of Architecture denies you of the privilege of expression. (Or right to freedom of expression.) most especially to your hair, may it be crazy colours, shade of blonde, or even highlights. It is as if physical appearances affect a person’s performance and identity — but that’s another issue, and I’m going to cut it right there.

In case I cannot fulfill my promise on dyeing my hair on summer [with bright, annoying colors], I will disregard this blog.

But I think that will not happen because I’m really getting fired up about this. This’ll be a hairy blog.

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