After months and years of dyeing, perming, and tonging my hair, about six months ago, my hair became so damaged that when I tried to curl it with heat, the end would actually sizzle, and.. get this.. fall off.
It was so bad that it looked worse than hay. I would trim off all the frizz, only for another layer of frizz to appear. Short of cutting my hair super short, I couldn’t think of what to do to fix the condition. I could use up to 1/2 a bottle of hair serum every week just making it look manageable and the serum spam ended up making the rest of my hair oily really quickly too.
Anyway, two weeks ago was the worst my hair has ever been. I kept it up all the time in a bun or pony tail cos the damage was so bad that even when I did home treatments in the shower EVERY DAY there was barely any improvement.
I went my my hairdresser, Uncle Lawrence, who has been doing my hair since I was three years old. He used to operate his own hair salon at the top floor of Lucky Plaza and run a team of about four hairdressers – business was super duper good but he always found time to trim my hair and offer us all a lollipop while we wheeled around the salon waiting for my Mom to be done.
After he was diagnosed with thyroid, he had to close his salon down. He was told to cut his workload by 80 per cent or risk being fatally exhausted, so he became a sort of ‘freelance’ hair dresser at another, 3x more run down salon at another floor in Lucky Plaza.
Over the years, I’ve gone to many other salons to get my hair done .. you know, trendy ones featured by bloggers etc but I’ve found that at the end of the day, Uncle Lawrence knows my hair best and gives me the most amazing “student” prices even though I am very clearly no longer in school. -_-
This time, he told me he could save my hair length by layering it very carefully and would be doing the Japanese Mucota treatment on my hair.
When he said Mucota, I baulked. Mucota is like the most popular and well-reviewed salon hair treatment in Seoul and Tokyo right now, and I heard that it was incredibly effective in turning even the most super damaged hair soft and silky for over a month. In fact, I wanted to try it in Seoul but they were charging SGD$300 (!!!!) just for the treatment.
Back in Singapore, salons were still charging at least $250 for Mucota, not including cut, blow and wash. I already spend cray amounts on facials, mani and pedis and all the money is locked up in packages so I really just bit the bullet and decided I might have to live with my terrible hair until the top grew out long enough.
ANYWAY I DIGRESS.
Uncle Lawrence cut my hair AND did the Mucota treatment. The total amount? Less than $150. And when he was done with my hair, I nearly wept in the mirror.
It was soft, fluffy – and my hair looked even more amazing than it did after I finished my extremely expensive Volume Magic Perm in Juno Hair, Seoul.
The layers in fact added more dimension and volume to the top of my hair and makes it such a breeze to style. But best of all, my hair quality has improved by leaps and bounds. The ends were smooth, not a split in sight and the effects have lasted a good two weeks without any deterioration at all.
I can’t promise that he will charge you the same but it will definitely be less than whatever other salons are charging out there. He only cuts hair by appointment so please e-mail me if you want his contact or leave a comment and I will get back to you 🙂
Some insta-dump snaps this week !
Trying out new styles, both make up and fashion.
For the face makeup, I tried ‘winging’ the liner out less and instead drawing it down for the doe-eyed Ulzzang effect. What do you guys think?
Fashion wise, actually it was practicality that won out. My office is sub-zero and I can’t wear a dress without getting numb limbs so oversized tops and my faithful pairs of skirt leggings always save the day !
Top: Polo Ralph Lauren nautical striped top from the USA
Skirt Leggings in Charcoal from Seoul
Bag: Balenciaga, large studs in silver (anthracite)
Pumps – Nude-Beige Ferragamos
Another quick 15-minute recipe for busy girls who want to eat healthy:
Avocado Salsa and Toasted Baguette
Salsa: Chopped Tomatoes, Sliced Ripe Hass Avocados, Chopped Garlic (one small clove), Chopped Coriander, good quality Cold Pressed Olive Oil, Maldon Sea Salt, and generous grating of Black Pepper.
So easy, but so refreshing and light with creaminess from the avocado (my favourite fruit!)
But a girl’s gotta have a cakes.
I can’t give up 12 cupcakes’ Red Velvet – they are my cupcake kryptonite and K keeps buying them !! /wrists
Hope you guys had an awesome weekend !