Monday, April 22, 2019

Focus Hairdressing - Mucota Algana Straightening Treatment with C-curls

Had the opportunity to fix my tresses with Ken from Focus Hairdressing (Chinatown Point) last week.

It is a small unassuming salon in Chinatown Point (beside Din Tai Fung) Level 2.

My friends probably can testify that I have very frizzy and unruly hair. Just take a look at my hair condition before starting.


I mean, I always thought I looked ok from the front, but WTF. I didn't know it was that bad from the back.

So my hair can be best treated with the new Mucota Algana Straightening Treatment. Think of it as 80% treatment and 20% straightening.

Benefits of this treatment:
  • Softer, smoother hair with a healthy shine
  • More natural looking, not the usual rebonding flat and straight type of hair
  • No harsh chemicals
  • Tames frizzy hair
  • Lasts up to 6 months or longer

I wanted to add C-curls at the ends because I was very afraid of straight hair. But not everyone was suitable to do a perm. Ken was being very honest by telling me that he needed to check my hair condition to see if it is healthy enough for a perm. He was really very patient in explaining the treatment, and answering all my queries.

So Ken started with washing my hair, and proceeded to check if my hair is suitable for perm while it is wet. Alas, he said my hair is a bit dry, but still healthy enough for a perm. Yay!

In summary, these were the steps to my Mucota Algana Straightening Treatment with C-curls:
  1. Wash
  2. Snipping off 2 inches (because a shorter hair length is more suitable for C-curls)
  3. Blow dry 
  4. Apply the treatment prep cream
  5. Leave the cream on for 20 minutes
  6. Wash and blow dry
  7. Straighten hair with flat iron
  8. Put on curlers at the hair ends
  9. Perm the hair ends for 20 minutes
  10. Apply a cream/liquid to finish off the straightening treatment and set hair
  11. Leave them on (cream version for top and liquid version for hair ends) for 10 minutes
  12. Wash and blow dry




So this is how my hair looked like at the end of almost 3.5 hours in the salon.


A side by side comparison:

You know how we always look so good after stepping out from the salon, but hair looks like shit the moment we wash and style our hair the next day without any help from the hairstylists?

I DO NOT HAVE THAT PROBLEM ANYMORE.

The photo on the left below was immediately after my session with Ken. 
The one on the right was 1 week later, where I did not bother to blow dry after washing.


I assure you if you do blow dry your hair properly with the right curling cream, it would look as good as the photo on the left. Even if you don't, it still looks so good too, and VERY manageable.

Increases your chance of 回头率 hahaha.

Nonetheless, my hair is looking on point, all day, every day, thanks to the Mucota Algana Straightening Treatment.

Much thanks to Ken for the wonderful hair session!

The price of this Straightening Treatment is about SGD 250-300 depending on hair length.
The C-curls are an additional SGD 60.

Have already gotten a lot of compliments from my friends after my hair session with Ken. (and my boss actually told me very honestly that my hair condition was really bad last time and was so glad I got my hair done, like say whut?)

Ok guys, if you have the same hair problems as me, I highly recommend this salon, and Ken, for the Mucota Algana Straightening Treatment.

For more information, feel free to check out their Facebook and Instagram.

Focus Hairdressing
133 New Bridge Road #02-03
Chinatown Point Singapore 059413
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Saturday, March 30, 2019

HERA Cell Essence Review



Tried the HERA Cell Essence I got from Sample Store for 6 days already and I'm loving the results so far.

HERA is the leading luxury K-Beauty brand which aims to spread the special unique charm of modern Korean women. The brand is fronted by Korean actress Gianna Jun, and Jennie Kim from Blackpink!

So what is the HERA Cell Essence?

  • A pre- water essence that prevents “skin desertification” and moisturises skin for a bright, dewy complexion, also know as the “Glass Skin”
  • For all skin types
  • Contains Cell-Bio Fluid Sync™ 2.0
    • A “Body Fluid Planting System” that fills and locks in body fluid
    • Strong skin-activating ingredients that reinforce skin’s sources
    • A further upgraded version from Cell-Bio Fluid Sync™ featuring more innovative technology that enables maintenance and activation energy in skin
  • 8 Skin Cell Activators
    • Reinforce the underlying power of skin
    • Skin nutrition to prevent skin desertification
    • Essence contains 8 essential vital nutrients in body fluid composition

What is skin desertification?

As we age, we experience a number of skin aging problems including dry, tight, and rough skin with gradual buildup of dead skin cells. This is not just a simple dryness in skin, but the aging of skin’s constitution. It expands from one area to the entire face, and is call “Skin Desertification”.

Many people have misconceptions when it comes to dry skin. Simple dry skin lacks water; the solution is to provide water. Desertified skin on the other hand, does not lack water but the “power to hold water”; that is when irrigation facilities play a big part.

How to know if you have desertified skin? Here’s a checklist:
  • Your skin used to be fine even when nothing was applied after washing, but now it feels very dry
  • Slept soundly but skin still feels rough
  • Skin damaged from sleeping late or staying up all night does not heal back like before
  • You’ve been applying anything and everything you could but skin still looks bad
  • Makeup looks bad and flaky, does not apply well
  • Your skin still looks dull and dark despite applying makeup

Here's the ingredient list:
WATER, PROPANEDIOL, NIACINAMIDE,GLYCERIN. GLYCERETH-26, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM EXTRACT, TRIETHYLHEXANOIN SQUALANE, DIMETHICONE, PEG-60 GLYCERYLI RATE, CETEARYLALCOHOL, PEG-20 GLYCERYLISOSTEARATE.STEARIC ACID PALMITIC ACID, ADENOSINE, LYSINE, ALCOHOL, ARGININE, HISTIDINE, POTASS- IUM HYDROXIDE, GLUCOSE, XYLOSE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, PRUNUSPERSI- CA (PEACH) LEAF EXTRACT, MANNOSE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, LECITHIN, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, COPPER TRIPEPTIDE-1, FUCOSE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE COPOLYMER, METHOXY PEG-114/PO- LYEPSILON CAPROLACTONE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, PO- TASSIUM PHOSPHATE, PCA, LACTIC ACID, GLYCINE, MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE, CALCIUMCHLORIDE, UREA, SODIUM GLYCEROPHOSPHATE, SERINE, GLUTAMIC ACID, POTASSIUM MAGNESIUM ASPARTATE, ASPARTIC ACID, HYDROLYZED MILLET, LEUCINE, ALANINE, MAGNESIUM GLUCONATE, CALCIUM GLUCONATE TYROSINE, PHENYLALANINE, VALINE, PROLINE, THREONINE, ISOLEUCINE, CIT- RIC ACID, CYSTEINE, ACETYL GLUCOSAMINE, URIC ACID, CREATINE, METHION- INE, PENTYLENEGLYCOL, HYDROGENATED PHOSPHATIDYLCHOLINE, CHOLE STEROL, HYDROLYZED HIBISCUS ESCULENTUS EXTRACT, ACRYLATES/STEARYL ISOSTEARATE


Directions:
After washing the face in the morning/evening, gently apply 2.5ml of Cell Essence using the hands or cotton pad. If using your hands, apply all over the face using the palms and gently pat the face with the fingertips to help the skin fully absorb.

The box I had also contains HERA's Double Effect Cotton Pad. 
This is the recommended routine:
  • Morning: Awaken the rhythm by tapping skin lightly with your hands
  • Evening: Carefully clean your face using HERA’s Double-Effect Facial Cotton Pad
    • Wave-patterned side is soft and gentle; use when you want to keep your skin clean along with skin texture
    • Mesh-patterned side helps remove dead skin and dirt accumulated over the day

 

I felt that the HERA Cell Essence provided hydration and my skin felt more supple than before. 


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Monday, March 25, 2019

Bee Choo Origin - Review


Had the chance to try 4 sessions of scalp treatment at Bee Choo Origin - Bedok outlet.

The thing about my hair is that it gets really oily at the end of the day, and I realised that I am starting to bald at the sides of my head due to frequent tying of hair.

Bee Choo Origin focuses on using the Bee Choo Origin Herbal Paste during treatment to help solve hair loss problems.

Here's a summary of the treatment process:

Step 1: Application of ginger hair tonic on the scalp to better absorb the treatment

Step 2: Application of olive oil at hair ends to protect hair

Step 3: Application of the herbal paste (consists of lingzhi, heshouwu etc, and no chemicals or preservatives)

Step 4: Steam hair for 45min to help open up scalp pores in absorbing the nutrients from the herbal paste

Step 5: Wash and blow

Before treatment:

Hair colour was at a light brown

Can't really tell if u are not a professional, but pores would be clogged if u do not wash your hair properly

After treatment:

Hair was slightly darker with a reddish tone

Can see that the inpurities were pushed out of the pores and now on my hair strands. I am now able to wash them out with a few more washes. Don't worry about that blob of brown there, it is the residue of the herbal paste and will be gone in a few washes.

In a whole, I felt a reduction in oily scalp after my sessions. But of course, it is a long term journey if you want to combat hair loss using all natural herbal ingredients as opposed to chemicals. My personal opinion would be to go for these treatments regularly to ensure the best results.

Some things to take note of: 
  • Expect slightly brown waters from the first few washes after your treatment
  • Place a cloth on your pillow for the first week after treatment so as to prevent the brown colour from transferring onto your pillowcase
  • If you have coloured hair, you may experience a change in hair colour after the treatment session due to natural herbs coloring at play (pure natural ingredients are used, hence they cannot control the density of the color)
  • Herbal smell from treatment may linger for a few days after the session


They also do sell hair and scalp care products.

I got this travel kit which consists of a shampoo, conditioner, damaged hair rebuilder and hair tonic. 
Good to know that the product was packed by trainees from CPAS too.

For more information, do check out:

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Bangkok 2018: VLOG

Part 2 of my Thailand trip. And because all photos are gone, I only have the vlog below!


Friday, January 04, 2019

Phuket 2018: VLOG

Went on numerous work trips to Phuket and Bangkok in Mar-Apr last year. And what better way than to document down those moments in a VLOG!

Stayed at The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa 3 times during my work trip, twice in the villa and once in the Superior room. It is an amazing place for guests who want to chill and relax with sea view and wind in your hair.

Also visited beach clubs and very lovely restaurants in Phuket.


This is my second VLOG ever done, so let me know if any suggestions in the comments below!


updates: I wanted to do some blog posts on the Thai trips but the hard disk got corrupted, which means, ALL PHOTOS ARE GONE! arghh.