My hair used to be really thick and wavy. In my early elementary years, mama would do tight pigtails and ponytails with my hair and I hated it so much because my scalp would hurt after. When I reached 6th grade, I told her I wanted to have it straightened, which was then called “hair rebonding“. When I went to college, I had it permed. My hair became dry and brittle and no matter how many straightening process it went through, it never looked healthy. Apparently, I did not know how to take good care of my crowning glory.

I also remember a couple of months back, I really REALLY wanted to get my hair permed. Again. But through digital perming. Styling my hair through a flat or curling iron is fun but there were days that I wanted it nakalugay, or to put it in a bun instead even if it was dripping wet. I’m very, very good (haha) at doing my hair a bun but that actually made me want to have my hair permed. Doing hair bun was what I would go for every single day, to school (and work, after college).  It got boring na.

And just when I wanted to have it permed, my natural waves (or curls) appeared like magic. 😀

Last year, my fellow blogger Ria recommended me Buddy Congson, a hair stylist and colorist in Manila and Davao. I messaged him privately about my hair’s history and which color I wanted.  During our first appointment, I told him about my desire before to have my hair permed at a Korean hair salon. He advised me to having it permed first before coloring. Thinking how much of a hassle I would have to go through, I opted to just have my hair colored (bleached, in fact) by him right then and there and maybe have it permed next time.

Buddy is the second person to bleach my mane and he does it carefully and perfectly every time. Quick story: I had a bad experience with a hair colorist from L’Oreal before. He had to bleach my hair to Goldilocks yellow to achieve ash blonde like Barbie’s for L’Oreal spring-summer fashion show the next day. I actually loved it when styled! But I believe my hair did not get the proper treatment that time as it became more damaged and more drying. And there were few times while I was washing it, the color/bleach would transfer to my hair towel and to my all white uniform. And that was AFTER I let them color my hair to auburn. I tried to go back to the salon but they were already permanently closed. Moving on… Buddy did not only bleached my hair but also performed balayage, which I never heard of before.

Balayage is French word meaning to sweep or to paint. It allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks. (source)

I also like that he always makes sure to use olaplex treatment during the bleaching process. That way, he takes care of my mane from the strong chemicals that go to and potentially damage my mane.

Olaplex claims to “reconnect broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair.” The treatment is labelled a “bond multiplier”, which limits damage to hair during or after colouring. A lot of people with damaged hair have managed to get amazing results from Olaplex.

Before “painting” my hair, Buddy’s assistant did cut it first and did to what they call layering. When I got home and few days after I washed my mane, let it dry and left it as is (I did not brush it coz hassle pa talaga), VOILA! I could see my curls appear. Actually they were just big wavy strands of hair at first. It’s funny how it happened whenever I think bout it and I’m mighty glad it did because now, I don’t have to spend thousands of peso anymore to achieve what I wanted! 😛 Buddy said it probably was because of the layered cut that the hair cutter did.

So yeah, that’s the story of how I got my locks back. Now, I am really so happy with my hair and its color. Many thanks to Buddy! I get a lot of compliments on my hair and also questions whether my curls are natural or not. 😀

How about you? Is your hair naturally wavy/curly or straight? Have you ever tried doing hair balayage?




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