Mirror mirror, on the wall, who’s got the thickest hair, of them all?
Guilty. I have such thick hair ( I got it from my dad ), that it would have been just glorious if it were shiny black, and bouncy, just like the models that are shown on TV commercials. Even if it is unhealthy to want to look like a model, I am somehow obsessed with their hair. Downside is, my hair is naturally frizzy. Well, just can’t have them all.
Or can’t I?
Last year was the best year of my life as I had my hair rebonded at Tony & Jackey, a Korean salon located in Manila ( Malate, to be exact ). Koreans are well known for their expertise in styling hair, and I was really happy with Kenny’s job in doing my hair last year. My thick, puffy hair was transformed into sleek, shiny long hair, and he just had this technique of making my hair thin ( the layers were shorter “inside” than on the exterior ). It was amazing. Kenny had to go back to Korea for a surgery and never went back – it definitely left his clients devastated.
A year after, and my hair is back to its normal state again. The ends of my hair are still really nice and sleek, the regrowth pretty decent, but I just wanted to have it done really nice again just as it was last year. I walked in the salon on a Sunday morning to have my hair rebonded again, plus a hair manicure.
Jasmine is my new stylist, and she cuts pretty well. She recommended me to have a hair manicure after my hair rebonding to make the hair more shiny, less prone to damage from the rebonding treatment, and cover up some of my grey strands ( yes, I am few of the unfortunate ones with genes like these ). Hair manicure sounds a whole lot like hair cellophane because they’re both coating and coloring procedures to make hair shine more and are less damaging than normal colorants.
As we started, my below the bra-line hair wasn’t cut. I asked them why they wouldn’t trim it to save on chemicals, but the assistants told me that sometimes, results may turn out bad if hair is cut before rebonded. I just nodded, and cooperated. They applied a solution on me, and it was left on for about twenty minutes being heated in a machine , then my hair was rinsed, and the assistants starting using hair iron to style my hair. It took a long time and alot of effort since my hair was ultra long , to the point that there were two of them doing the procedure! After, a thick, white cream was applied on my hair, and as they finished applying it, I was told, “Don’t move!”.
I waited for not – so – a – few minutes again until it was time to rinse again. After that, the rebonding procedure was done- but for me, not quite. My new locks would have to wait – for the hair manicure procedure was just about to start. They applied the solution for it, and as I waited before the heating machine would say “the procedure is finished” ( or whatever it was saying , it’s in Korean! ), I was imagining on what my hair would look like.
At long last, after 5 grueling hours, my hair was finally done! Jasmine cut my hair shorter, but wouldn’t dare cut it too short. I was pleading them to cut it shorter, because my hair was already getting too heavy for me, but all I had was about 2 inches cut. My hair is just coinciding with my bra-line now, and I still loved my long-straight-hair look. I was advised ( or rather, mandated ) not to wash my hair for 72 hours, not to tuck my hair behind my ears, nor tie it up ) I think that I got really really tired, but it was very gratifying! I walked in 10:30 am, and everything was finished at around 3 pm. I didn’t even get to eat lunch! But really, it was all worth it! I loved how my hair look! Let me just share to you a snapshot of how my hair looks like today.
This is day 2.
Overall, I got to spend about $100 for everything – a rebonding procedure ( $ 60 ), hair manicure using L’Oreal Professionel products- a discounted price from $50, it was around $40 already. In Manila, it’s not too expensive, and not too cheap already. Let me just take this chance to warn everyone not too have their hair chemically treated , may it be perm, or rebonding, at salons with really low prices. I’ve watched a TV show, and found out that someone got bald just because she wanted to save. With Tony & Jackey, the price was already reasonable because they have a flat rate for those services mentioned, whereas in other salons, my hair would cost around $100 to $ 175, just for rebonding alone, because of the length. With Tony & Jackey’s pricing scheme, I don’t have to sacrifice some of my hair just to avail of that wonderful service.
Going back to my hair, the great thing about it is that even if you have it rebonded, it doesn’t come out stick-straight. I guess that’s just an advantage of having thick hair! Now, my hair is chemically treated, again, I would be needing some splendid hair care to spoil it and keep it looking pretty. An obligatory deep conditioner a day ( Sunsilk Damage Repair ) and a weekly luxury hair treatment ( Kerastase Oleo Relax Masque ) would just do the trick.
Oooh, I’m just so happy now! Here’s to low-maintenance great hair days!