My Teal hair has been on the loose for two months already and my jar of Enchanted Forest™ is running out so I figured it’s time to try yet another Manic Panic shade. I was really opting for Pretty Flamingo™, but my sources (which are local online shops) ceased getting stocks for that specific shade from Manic Panic, (but I will figure out a way to achieve that coral hair color this year, for sure.)
WHO WANTS ASH BLONDE HAIR?
It’s my second time to use Palty hair color and hey, can I just say that I love Japanese products (everything Japan are accurate and neat). With that said, of course, it never failed my expectation/s. This would be a long post containing product review and step-by-step, a bit of WHYs and HOWs, and sure, photos.
How I discovered Palty? This was the very first hair brand that desalinized my hair. This time, it’s a hair dye, not hair bleach. I’ve seen the foam type hair dye line before, online before it was available here in the Philippines.
And a side-by-side comparison of BEFORE (left) and AFTER BLEACHING (Right): The freshly bleached hair is actually lighter in person, about level 7. I just waited for about an hour after towel drying until damp… also to let my hair rest and breathe for a little while before toning using Palty foam hair dye in Cinnamon Churros. Bought this at the nearest drugstore for 50% off its original price and I have this on store for a while because I’m kind of afraid that my “hair color goal” with this particular product will not be as I expected.
There’s a wider selection of colors from this line from Palty but only few selected colors are available right now inside the country. (The list is pictured above.)
For my hands are as small as your cat, it’s kinda big for my palm and it contains the following:
MANUAL/instruction leaflet comes together with a pair of gloves and after-color conditioner.
Mixing spatula with weird holes
Hair color in tube form
I am really aiming for Steel Grey so I left it for another 10 minutes.
After you hit that follow button, here’s the story on how random I pick colors to wear… just like how you choose what dress to wear today: I got my second Manic Panic jar from a physical store of an online shop, well because my first choice isn’t available. I don’t have that much money to buy a few jars in one go (plus I don’t like wearing multiple colors on my hair at the same time — except for faulty, uneven bleaching, I’m sorry).
But of course if it’s too dark for your taste, you could always add a white base – conditioner! I’ve read that you shouldn’t use an anti-dandruff shampoo and/or conditioner IF you don’t want to fade out your the dye on your hair just yet. (I’m still going to read about anti-dandruff shampoos and try it out first.) I added just a spoonful of conditioner to the dye and directly slapped it on my hair.
Maintenance. Although this type of product falls under the sub-header of: Comfort. You wouldn’t actually need this if you have bleached hair. The purpose of this is written at the (pretty) can itself: Refresh & Revive hair without water.
It is written in the holy book of dos-and-don’ts that you shouldn’t shampoo your hair daily or every three days (or a week. Damn.) so you could help your hair to regenerate after bleaching thru building up the natural oils of your head and also maintain your hair color, specially for semi-permanent dyes — which, again, fades through [shampoo] washes.
BUT we are all well aware of the discomfort of feeling and looking like we bathed in baby oil and everybody knows (or at least has an idea) that you didn’t wash your hair for days. So they invented this. And we invest on this. Dry Shampoo.
This is my first ever dry shampoo that I got from the beauty section of a department store. Beside this is Tressemé’s. The only two brands I found at the shelf. (Merchandising employees should work on their research.) I have no other dry shampoos to compare this to, so I’ll just tell you the feels of it.
I wash my hair everyday with conditioner and every 3-4 days with shampoo. Tried spraying this product directly on my roots with 4 days worth of accumulated oils and dirt. It didn’t remove or absorb the oils that much.
Update 04 11 2015
With generous amount of spray, oils are absorbed BUT it makes my hair stiff. Doesn’t feel like hair, but broom as hair —
I started working on the 4th day of August… And I’ve never been shut down to social media like this before.
So, two weeks on the firm and I’m still sporting my very porous shoulder-length hair that I decided to get the Pixie cut. Ta-da:
*Please do note that I am fond of using filters on my photos (specifically VSCOcam’s Film Preset, HB2) but still trying my best not to alter the colors that much or to get the colors as close to what and how it is in person.
Bleach bathed my hair once before I slapped on Manic Panic’s Ultra Violet on it.
Of course, with all the frying that my hair had undergone, I need to heal it so I can brush it without the strands breaking at the middle.
Whilst waiting for the Habibi to arrive at the meeting place for our photowalk at Intramuros, I wandered around the mall and hopped to several boutiques including Snoë, which I’ve been following on Instagram for months already, because I like their concept of organic ingredients… plus it’s a local brand!
The sales person was very nice and she suggested products for my hair problems without being pushy. I am left with three choices that time: the other two was their dry shampoo (perfect for bleach blonds/ crazy-colored hair, for in-between washes, a.k.a. “No ligo” days), and hair treatment for bleach processed hair. I don’t know why I picked this one, though I am really satisfied with this. She also gave me a few soap samples (which, also smells and feels good.)
I tried leaving it overnight (covered it with shower cap so it wouldn’t dry up) and rinsed it the following day before going out and my hair felt so soft the whole day. However, I have to constantly use it to maintain the softness it gives me. I think that the continuous use of this “intense” conditioner will give your hair permanent results over time, given that you don’t do anything else harsh to your hair.
I will use up this bottle but not sure if I would repurchase, but I’m eyeing their dry shampoo (tried it, also smells nice.) I would definitely recommend this to people with frizzy hair but not to those processing their hair constantly — like me.