Hair Rebonding

Hey everyone!

So I’m not sure how much I’ve written about my hair in previous posts, but I don’t think I’ve ever told you that much, apart from the fact that it’s somewhere between wavy and curly, is quite dry and I often flat iron it! Actually, my hair has changed a lot throughout my life, it started out curly until I was about 2, then it started straightening out (completely naturally) and only had ringlets at the bottom until about summer 2012  when I was 13 and it started getting curlier. I almost feel like one day I washed my hair and I woke up the next day with curly hair but it was probably a lot more progressive than that.

About a month after my hair started getting curly, I got a cheap flat iron just to try it out before investing in an expensive one from Sephora or something, Then, in November 2012, my friends got me the Amika flat iron for my birthday (I reviewed it here) and I used that on most mornings for almost two years. Needless to say, that really damaged my already fine, dry hair. I had been thinking about rebonding my hair for a while, probably over a year, but never did it because it’s quite expensive, damaging, and permanent. Then finally, about a month ago, I talked to my mom about it and I decided to get it done, because the maintenance of my curly hair was getting to be too much, straightening it took up a lot of time and damaged it, and taking care of the curls for them to look good was too much of a hassle.

That’s when I started looking for a good place to get it done, that wasn’t too expensive and didn’t have bad reviews. I asked a couple of friends who’d had their hair rebonded and did a lot of googling, and finally found a place that was decently priced, had plenty of rave reviews and no bad ones I could find, InVogue Hair Salon. I was still somewhat nervous about my hair being ruined, but decided to just go for it and made an appointment. I have medium-long hair and it cost about SGD $350 for the rebonding, a moisturising treatment and a free trim, the treatment is optional but I recommend it because that’s what makes your hair soft and shiny!

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I’m not going to go into the details of the procedure (e-mail me – glitterandbeauty.blog@gmail.com – if you want the full details), but they basically put in the chemical, let it sit, washed it out, blow dried my hair, put more chemical in and so on, and I was there for a total of 6 hours and left with super soft, perfectly straight hair. The people there were all really nice and patient and they really adapted the treatment to my hair type which I love. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier!

It’s been a little over a month since I’ve gotten it done, so it’s not as soft as when I first got it done, and since I do gymnastics and have my hair tied tight for that, it’s not perfectly straight and has a couple of kinks, but I am still really happy with it and it feels so light and soft and smooth. I was going to write about my entire hair care routine but I feel like that would just make this post really long so that’ll probably be in one of the next few posts!

I am really happy with my hair rebonding experience and if you are in Singapore and looking to rebond you hair, I recommend InVogue Hair Salon, I think the price is reasonable given the results and how long they last. Is it “The Best Rebonding in Singapore” like they say? I wouldn’t know, I haven’t been anywhere else, but it is definitely really good!

See you in the next post! ♥

P.S.: This post is not sponsored by InVogue in any way, they don’t even know I’m writing it!

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Amika Flat Iron Review

Hey everyone!

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So I have curly hair but I love having it straight so I’ve tried a couple of different straighteners in my life and I recently purchased the Amika flat iron so I’ve decided to review it here.

What it claims:

-ceramic plates for shiny finish

-floating plates for no tugging

-variable temperature (80C – 230C)

-can create straight, wavy & curly style

-quick heating time

Esthetic features:

Ok, so first of all, it comes in about 5 different designs, (all beautiful), I got the colorful “Obliphica” one which I love because it’s so bright and colourful, the other design I had my eye on was the “Sultry Lace” one but it was out of stock and I didn’t want to wait and I really like this design as well so I really didn’t mind!

What I think:

When I use it, it doesn’t seem to especially dry out my hair but doesn’t make it that shiny either so I usually use some kind of shine serum, aside from that, I really like the result, it makes my hair stick straight which I love and it doesn’t take me long to do all of my hair. Then I wanted to experiment a little to see if I could curl my hair with it, that didn’t work so well but that’s probably because I didn’t have the right technique, if you have any tips on how to curl hair with a flat iron, I would love to know! I also love that the temperature is adjustable, usually I set it to about 200-230˚C when I first straighten it (from curly to straight) then I lower the temperature for touch-ups and second day hair (from slightly wavy to straight).

Final opinion:

This is a great flat iron as far as straightening goes, curling I’m not so sure though, but I do really love it. I get a nice effect using it and I don’t think it’s too damaging but I still use heat protectant spray every time I use it.

Would i repurchase this?

Although I love it, I probably wouldn’t repurchase it because if I need to get a new flat iron, it would mean that this one broke so I wouldn’t want to get it again if it stopped working, but I would recommend this to a friend or get it as a gift for someone because I really love it!

Let me know it the comments below what heat styling tools you use.

See you in the next post! ♥

Top 5 Hair Products

Hey everyone!

So my hair isn’t exactly perfect, it’s frizzy, dry and damaged because of heat styling, so I’m always looking for new products to keep it tame. I have tried so many hair products, some I loved, others were just average and a few, I hated. Here are my top 5 hair products, but as I said, I’m always happy to try new things so let me know what you love for your hair.

1-  The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum, I’ve had this for so long and I love it so much. It smells good and makes my hair soft and shiny, my hair is quite dry and I use half a pump to one pump but if you hair is on the oilier side, this may not be for you. I use this last, after I’ve straightened my hair, just to give it a bit of shine.

2- L’Occitane Smoothing Gloss, with 5 essential oils. I’m not sure how to describe this, it kind of reminds me of some sort of gel (in terms of consistency) or a thick serum. I really love the way it makes my hair look and feel, like the serum above, it makes it shop and shiny and a bit thicker but I can’t love it completely because of the smell, it is just awful, I can’t really describe it but it’s quite strong so I can’t use that much at a time and I have to use another product after to mask the smell. I’m kind of surprised that l’Occitane made a product that smells this bad because they have so many products that smell great. If you are very sensitive to smell you should definitely sniff it in a store before purchasing but either way, the result is great!

3- Tres Semme Heat Tamer Protective Spray, I have mentioned this before and I love it, I heat style my hair every day (often just straightening) so I have to make sure I protect it and this works really well for that. It sprays in a nice even mist so it doesn’t get one patch really wet and not protect the rest. There isn’t much to say about this but if you are looking for a heat protection spray, this one is great!

4- Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturising Styling gel. I have quite curly hair but I prefer it straight so I straighten it every day but obviously it’s really damaging so I’ve been wearing it curly but because it’s frizzy and dry, I have to put something in it to make the curls more defined and for it to be nice and smooth, the curl quencher gel is the best solution. My sister and a friend who both have curly hair love this as well, so that’s 3 opinions!

5- Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-in Conditioner. This is my holy grail hair product, it is really moisturising, makes my hair really soft, smells nice and makes my hair seem a bit thicker, when I use it after the l’Occitane Smoothing Gloss, my hair is as perfect as it can be after straightening it. It actually works well on both curly and straight hair in my opinion, when I use it in curly hair, I spread it evenly on my hair from ears down and don’t touch it or brush it after and my curls are nice and bouncy. I definitely recommend this!

Those were my top 5 hair products, as I said, I’m always looking for new ones to try so let me know in the comments below what your favourite hair products are so I can try them out!

See you in the next post! ♥