The Korean Hair Routine for Kulot Girls You Need to Know About
We know you've heard of the 10-step Korean skin care routine, but did you know that Koreans take hair care just as seriously? Yup, Korean hair care routines are no joke. They have a ton of products and serums that help them achieve beautiful, healthy hair. Although it may seem intimidating at first, lucky for you, we're here to guide you through it all.
Use a scalp scaler or scalp shampoo.
Before anything else, the first step to beautiful hair for any hair type is scalp scaler or shampoo. These products are specifically designed to exfoliate and remove excess oil, product build-up, and dead skin on your scalp.
Once a week, apply this before taking a shower. Part your hair in different sections and apply the product directly onto the scalp not the hair. If you're using a scalp shampoo, you can use water mists to dampen the area, but if you're using a scalp scaler, most of the time, you can put it directly on a dry scalp. Let the product sit for around 15 minutes or as directed and rinse before shampooing.
Shampoo, shampoo, shampoo!
Before you stress about having to swap your regular shampoos for a Korean version, don't stress, Candy Girls because you can totes stick to your go-to shampoos for this step!
After cleansing your hair, add one part water to one part vinegar, mix it together, and soak your hair with it. Leave it for a few minutes then rinse for added shine!
Time for conditioner! Look for one with argan oil as it helps lock in moisture, promote hair growth, and mend split ends. Since girls with curly hair tend to tangle easily, rake your conditioner through your hair with your fingers to detangle and evenly distribute the conditioner.
Use a hair mask.
Yup, hair masks are a thing and you need to try them out now. To be used once a week, hair masks are rich with nutrients and oils that help hair grow stronger and healthier. Leave for 5-15 minutes then rinse off after.
Apply a volumizing essence.
With curly hair, sometimes the longer it grows, the more weighed down it looks. To fix this, try using a volume essence mist to give your hair a major volume boost and make it look bouncier and fresher in a snap. Apply volumizing essence after your shower and massage it on your scalp area rather than on your hair as most volumizing essences also contain helpful plant extracts that keep the scalp healthy.
Grab a leave-in fluid.
Don't worry, we're almost there! The next step is leave-in fluid, which helps moisturize the hair and make it crazy soft. Remember that when you're applying the leave-in product, you have to get it everywhere on your hair and not the scalp. Otherwise the sections of hair without leave-in might frizz, ruining your curl definition. For girls with denser curls, go for a leave-in that's thicker and richer since a formula that's too light might not work.
Use a styler/gel.
You don't really have to do this step, but putting on a styler or gel can help in defining your curls and creating an anti-frizz barrier from the humidity (super useful when in the Philippines!). Remember that when you apply gel to not rake it through your hair as this will separate curls into single strands and make your hair look stringy. Rather, smooth the gel over your hair and then scrunch with a microfiber towel to soak up excess product. This should help define your curls more.
Apply a smoothing serum.
Last but definitely not least is smoothing serum. Get an oil-based serum that can gently coat damaged and frizzy hair to make it softer and shinier. Smoothing serume also helps protect hair from heat damage. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone!
We know you've tried different K-beauty trends—from skin care to makeup. Now, are you willing to try their take on hair care, too?
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"Today, I Won"
I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.
When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.
For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.
After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.
It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.
To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.
Why our high school barkada is the best?
Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.
Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:
1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.
2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.
3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.
4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.
5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.
6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.
7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.
You're gonna bend and break and then at some point in your life, you feel like you don't want to fall in love again.
Not because you're no longer capable of loving but because you're so afraid to get hurt again that you don't want to take a risk anymore. And you're gonna wake up one day and realize that you're not the same person as you were yesterday. The heart aches, heartbreaks, frustration, you'll see, those will transform your whole being into something better.
Honey, move forward. Let go off all the things that are not meant for you. Let go of all the people who hurt you and take you for granted. Don't be stuck feeling miserable.
And don't turn that love into hate when you resent someone for hurting you or for breaking your heart. Just wish them well and let them go. Welcome the possibility of a beautiful love that will come your way. You're worthy of love that you keep on giving to other people. Keep that in mind.
I wish you well and all the happiness. You deserve it.
Here we are — with rough hands entwined, damned hearts at peace, broken souls resting with ease —savoring each passing moment before we part ways...hoping things will turn out to be okay. Here we are — standing still, keeping our earnest desire and ardent passion for each other at bay — hoping the Universe will finally grant us of the day that we no longer have to pretend... that things will no longer have to end.
Here we are — with crooked smiles, lingering touch that will last for a while -- gathering all the remaining courage to set each other free. Wishing for the day that our hearts will no longer have to worry. Here we are letting each other go. Even though we both know that the future is uncertain. Even though we're unsure if our paths will cross once again.