As your ever-dependable fashion & beauty boy on duty, I am often compelled by the moral obligation to be more outgoing not only in matters of fashion (for that please search #jedcandyootd on Instagram for your entertainment), but of course beauty as well. So last week, I went to Mon Pallera at Azta Urban Salon to get my hair dyed—*drumroll*—gray!

I have dutifully documented my hair makeover below for those of you who might be interested in trying out a light hair color.

1 pre-color

fig 1. Me, before it all happened

2 bleach

fig 2. Left: my hair at first bleaching; right: second bleaching

To achieve the color (or lack of it) I wanted, my hair had to be bleached twice. After two rounds of bleaching, I was Dragon Ball Z-levels blonde!

3 blonde

fig 3. A brief period of blondeness

4 ash dye

fig 4. Final step: The gray dye is in

before-after

fig 5. Before… After! How do I look?

What do you think? I love how it turned out!

It’s funny how this past week, I’ve been asked countless times if bleaching is painful. The simple answer to that is yes, it hurts! But I think we all have different thresholds for pain, and some people are generally whinier than others. Bleaching stings but it doesn’t compare to, say, a nightmarish toothache.

Dryness is also a natural consequence of bleaching. Now as hair care regimen, I use L’Occitane’s repairing shampoo, which is mild and has five essential oils that help repair chemically-treated hair. At night I massage a few drops of Snoe’s 100% pure argan oil on my hair and scalp as an overnight moisturizing treatment. In the morning before going out, I use Hortaleza Professional’s Luminux hair varnish fluid gel (which has vitamin E and sunscreen) just to make my hair generally more manageable; otherwise it tends to be frizzy and stiff when left on its own.

I’ll be back to Azta in about a month and a half’s time for my retouch. Until then, prodigious hair care is in order!

Are you contemplating on a hair makeover this long weekend? Tell me about it!

Jed

Azta has branches in Robinsons Pioneer, SM San Lazaro, Eastwood, Katipunan, Alabang Town Center, and Robinsons Metroeast. Visit Facebook.com/AztaUrbanSalon for rates, promos, and other information.

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