Last weekend, I finally got my hair digitally permed at Beauty Brick Salon. I was so happy about how beautifully my perm turned out, and even happier to know that my stylist Mr. Shin gave me low-maintenance curls. All I need to do to maintain their curl and bounce is to apply hair product after I shower; I don’t even need to use special shampoo or anything! But just the same, I thought it might be a good idea to invest in hair products especially made for curly or wavy hair.
First on my shopping list was mousse to keep the curls in place all day. Mr. Shin told me that I can just use Gatsby hair wax, but I thought I’d try a tried-and-tested product like Vo5 Curvaceous Curls Styling Mousse. This morning I finally shampooed my hair and applied the mousse once it had dried. I have never used mousse in my life and applied such a big clump at first, several small strands stuck together and hardened. But when applied in small amounts, it doesn’t feel like there’s any product at all. I got my bottle of Vo5 mousse for P210 at Watson’s.
Then there’s the matter of shampoo and conditioner. I’m such a huge fan of the revamped Herbal Essences products; they no longer look like the kind of shampoo you’d find in your grandmother’s shower, but at the same time they’re more than just pretty packaging. I’ve tried the Long Term Relationship and Hello Hydration lines, and I must say that the Hello Hydration shampoo is the best I’ve ever tried. It does such an excellent job of keeping my hair soft and hydrated, I don’t need to use conditioner anymore! I love the coconutty smell too. For my new curly hair I decided to try the Totally Twisted shampoo and conditioner, which contains French lavender and jade extracts. I don’t remember how much I paid for them, but a bottle of each didn’t cost me more than P250. You can find Herbal Essences products at most leading supermarkets.
According to my research, digital perming tends to make hair feel a little dry. To nourish my hair, I intend to use the Body Recipe Hair Treatment Creme from HBC once a week. It did such a great job of keeping my formerly straight hair soft and silky, I wonder if it’ll do the same for my curls. Hopefully the cream won’t end up unraveling them!
I actually kind of wish I didn’t get too excited buying hair care products as soon as I got out of the salon. After reading the book Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry by Stacy Malkan and finding out about the harmful effects of chemicals in cosmetics, I’ve been trying to cut down on the amount of beauty products I use (which isn’t much to begin with). But I guess using more cosmetics can’t be avoided now that I have digipermed hair to maintain. If only I found out about Human Nature last weekend, I could have saved myself a trip to the mall and avoided all those crazy chemicals in the mousse. Anyone would expect organic products to be more expensive than their chemically-infused counterparts, because it’s cheaper to use synthetic chemicals and preservatives than organic ones. However, Human Nature believes that organic cosmetics should be affordable and accessible to all Filipinos. Their organic shampoo line looks really promising, and they even have a yummy mango-based styling cream that I can probably use instead of mousse. I’m definitely buying from Human Nature once my products run out.