Tag: Hair

Philips Easy Natural Curler BHH777/03 – Claims vs. Truth

1 Comment

Hair styling is one of the aspect that I fail miserably. I don’t even know how to braid my own hair. I used to ask my bestie to braid my hair everyday when I was in secondary school.

Philips Easy Natural Curler BHH777/03 Packaging

Philips Easy Natural Curler BHH777/03 Packaging

And then I received this for hair styling purpose – Philips Easy Natural Curler. I was skeptical at first: Is it really as easy to use as claimed? What if I failed? I guess they’ll need to pass a noobie’s test in order to qualify as “easy to use”.

I remember the last time I used a hair curler. It was a nightmare! I burnt my hair 2 days before my wedding ceremony. Luckily I managed to recover it using hair mask.

Philips Easy Natural Curler BHH777/03

Philips Easy Natural Curler BHH777/03

First impression: The tulip shaped Philips Easy Natural Curler in purple/black scheme color is lightweight and compact, making it suitable for travelling. Its unique design enclosed the plates inside to protect against accidental burns.

Hold the buttons to keep the curler in opened position

Hold the buttons to keep the curler in opened position

Unique Tulip shape for creating stylish, natural curls

Unique Tulip shape for creating stylish, natural curls

There are two buttons on the sides for you to push to open the curler, revealing the plates. Release the buttons to close it back. This automatic clip mechanism makes it easier and more convenient to hold the hair strand while styling, with just one hand especially at the back of your hair.

Philips Easy Natural Curler - On/Off Switch. There will be a yellow light when turned on

Philips Easy Natural Curler – On/Off Switch.
There will be a yellow light when turned on

Now, let’s put Philips Easy Natural Curler to the test to see if it works as claimed.
Philips Easy Natural Curler: *Challenge accepted!*

Before: My hair is naturally curly a bit so it's kinda unappealing

Before: My hair is naturally curly a bit so it’s kinda unappealing

Step-by-step tutorial for romantic soft curls

  1. Connect Philips Easy Natural Curler to the power supply socket. Push the on/off switch to turn it on. If you see a yellow light, that indicates it’s on. It will be ready to use after 30 seconds.
  2. Select and divide a strand of hair not wider than 2.5 cm.

    Select and divide a strand of hair not wider than 2.5 cm.

    Select and divide a strand of hair not wider than 2.5 cm.

  3. Press and hold the lock/unlock buttons to open the plates.

    Press and hold the lock/unlock buttons to open the plates.

    Press and hold the lock/unlock buttons to open the plates.

  4. Place the hair strand between the plates and release the buttons. The plates will hold the hair strand firmly.

    Place the hair strand between the plates and release the buttons. The plates will hold the hair strand firmly.

    Place the hair strand between the plates and release the buttons. The plates will hold the hair strand firmly.

  5. If you want to create inward curls, rotate/roll the device towards your head.
    If you prefer outwards curls, rotate/roll the device away from your head.
    For romantic soft curls, I’m doing the inward curls. You can also mix the two types of the curls for a more natural and modern style.

    If you want to create inward curls, rotate/roll the device towards your head.

    If you want to create inward curls, rotate/roll the device towards your head.

  6. Pull down the curler slowly and continuously until the end. Use fingers to hold and shape the curls before it cools down. For longer lasting result, use hair mousse to fix it.

    Pull down the curler slowly and continuously until the end.

    Pull down the curler slowly and continuously until the end.

Final result: Ta-dah!!! Hair didn’t end up burnt thanks to the protective ceramic coating!

After: Romantic, soft and natural curls achieved!

After: Romantic, soft and natural curls achieved!

Conclusion: Daebak! Philips Easy Natural Curler has successfully passed the challenge! I never thought it would be this easy to create soft curls for my hair. This is by far the easiest hair curler I’ve ever used without needing to worry about accidental burns because I didn’t even feel the heat. Plus, the automatic clip mechanism cleverly prevents my arm from feeling tired for constantly holding the clip. It’s my new best friend now!!

Rating: ★★★★★

Price: RM 169

Where to buy: Philips Online Store | Major supermarkets/hypermarkets | Electrical retailers

Warranty period: 2 years

Technical specification
Temperature: 200 °C
Plate size: 20X70 mm
Cord length: 1.8 m
Heating time: 30 sec
Heater type: PTC
Voltage: 110-240 V
Frequency: 50-60 Hz

Do follow me via Twitter (@pualiping) and like my Facebook page to get latest blog updates first hand!

Review: Tsubaki Shining Hair Care Range

10 Comments

Maintaining my hair has always been a hassle because I just have frizzy and dull looking hair even though I rarely do chemical service. Nevertheless, I’m constantly searching for ways to revive my hair and bring back the shine. To be honest, people do judge. When they see you with frizzy and unmanageable hair, they will label you as “messy”. In order to get rid of this label, I decided to try something new – Tsubaki Shining Hair Care range. Tsubaki has been in Malaysia for 2 years and I’m sure you have chanced upon their products in pharmacies and supermarkets while shopping for hair care products. But unlike many brands in the market, Tsubaki is actually a premium hair care brand in Japan under Shiseido group.

Tsubaki Shining Hair Care Range

Tsubaki Shining Hair Care Range

Tsubaki Shining Hair Care Range

Tsubaki stands for Camellia in Japanese, the main and signature ingredient in their hair care products. Carefully selected Camellia Oil is responsible to envelop hair for shine while Camellia Leaf Essence delivers moisture into hair shaft, repairing it from within. Tsubaki’s Camellia is sourced from Japan as they have been producing the finest Camelia for 140 years.

Review: Tsubaki Shining Hair Care Range 1

Tsubaki’s new formulation now includes a new key ingredient – Arginine, a semi-essential amino acid that is crucial to repair melanin holes caused by UV light and heat whilst restoring the inner structure of the hair fibre that enables light to be reflected from every angle, revealing lustrous and shiny hair.

Tsubaki Shining Shampoo

Tsubaki Shining Shampoo

As soon as I pumped Tsubaki Shining shampoo out, the light scent from a unique blend of flowers and fruits captured my heart. Ahhh… this is what you should use if you want a guy to keep sniffing your hair… The shampoo has a creamy texture and lathers easily so I only needed 1 pump or 1.5 pump for my whole scalp. Just like how I usually wash my hair, I gently massaged the shampoo onto my scalp with fingertips. Remember not to scratch too hard or you’ll hurt your scalp!

Tsubaki Shining Conditioner

Tsubaki Shining Conditioner

After rinsing off the shampoo thoroughly, I tried to get as much water out from my hair as possible before applying Tsubaki Shining conditioner to make sure it stays on my hair.

Tip: Make sure to apply conditioner onto the ends of your hair. Avoid the root and scalp area to prevent from getting oily scalp.

Tsubaki Shining Hair Mask

Tsubaki Shining Hair Mask

Tsubaki Shining Hair Mask Texture

Tsubaki Shining Hair Mask Texture

In order to maintain a lustrous shiny hair, use the hair mask twice a week! Just need to leave it on for 5 minutes after shampooing my hair.

I’m surprised that there is an immediate difference after using it.  It felt as if I’ve done a spa hair treatment at a fraction of the time normally used. I noticed my hair is softer and smoother to touch and looks shinier as if it has been enveloped by a protective layer. Totally loving Tsubaki’s products!! Say bye-bye to dry and frizzy hair! Hello to shiny, manageable hair with mild floral scent!

Before – Frizzy, dry and unmanageable hair:
Review: Tsubaki Shining Hair Care Range 2

After – Shinier and tamer hair, smoother to touch and doesn’t look messy:
Review: Tsubaki Shining Hair Care Range 3

Review: Tsubaki Shining Hair Care Range 4

With Tsubaki Shining range, internal shininess is restored with Arginine that repairs melanin hole to allow light to be reflected evenly while external shininess is achieved with Camillia oil’s shine sensor mechanism that protects and coats hair, thus dramatically enhances shine level and smoothness.

Restore your confidence and shine from every angle!

Tsubaki Shining Shampoo 550ml (Price: RM 38.90)
Tsubaki Shining Conditioner 550ml (Price: RM 38.90)
Tsubaki Shining Shampoo 220ml (Price: RM 18.90)
Tsubaki Shining Conditioner 220ml (Price: RM 18.90)
Tsubaki Shining Hair Mask (Price: RM 44.90)

For more information and updates on Tsubaki Malaysia, follow them at https://www.facebook.com/tsubaki.my.

Do follow me via Twitter (@pualiping) and like my Facebook page to get latest blog updates first hand!

Review: Ultrasonic Premium Treatment @ Number76 Hair Salon, Starhill Gallery

No comments yet

One of my new year resolutions is to have a healthy looking hair in 2015. Imagine how thrilled I was when Sue Ann contacted me to review number76’s hair services on Christmas Eve. BEST SURPRISE CHRISTMAS GIFT EVAR!!

Number76 @ Starhill Gallery

Number76 @ Starhill Gallery

So after my long Penang trip early of the month, I made an appointment to visit Number76 @ Starhill Gallery (finallyyyyy!!). The moment I stepped into Starhill Gallery, I felt intimidated seeing so many men clad in black suit like bodyguards. I assume they’re Starhill Gallery’s staffs but my confidence is super low because of my frizzy and dry hair.

Cozy vintage feel

Cozy vintage feel

Upon reaching Pamper floor, I can immediately spot the strategically located Number76 Salon. I was greeted in Japanese by the staffs there as soon as I entered. Felt so welcomed by the VIP treatment! They let me use the VIP area which is also open to Muslim customers for more privacy. Kudos to them for being sensitive towards Muslimah’s needs.

But first let me take a selfie

But first let me take a selfie

My stylist for the day was Xuan, a Senior Hairstylist who has more than 10 years experience. I totally let her in-charge of taking care my hair today ^_^

A cup of tea and biscotti as snack

A cup of tea and biscotti as snack

I was being served a cup of tea and biscotti as soon as I sat down. They also handed me a few magazines just in case I feel bored during the session.

My hair condition before Ultrasonic Premium Treatment

My hair condition before Ultrasonic Premium Treatment

A close-up on my dry, frizzy hair

A close-up on my dry, frizzy hair

I was supposed to do Ultrasonic Iron Treatment initially but after Xuan inspected my hair condition, she said that I needed a more powerful treatment and hence, the Ultrasonic Premium Treatment. Before the treatment started, I was given a relaxing hair wash to cleanse my hair and scalp thoroughly to ensure that the nutrients from the treatment can be absorbed as well as possible.

After hair wash - Punjabi look

After hair wash – Punjabi look

I totally love the hair wash experience. The guy who helped wash my hair kept on asking whether I’m feeling comfortable, how was the water heat, etc. He even gave me a scalp massage. They also put a fleece blanket on my lap so I wouldn’t feel cold and eye pad to relax better. So attentive and soooo comfy until it gave me goose bumps LOL!

Getting my hair treated at Number76 like a boss

Getting my hair treated at Number76 like a boss

After the hair wash, Xuan and her colleague helped me to apply the treatment cream onto my hair section by section. Then, she used the Ultrasonic Iron device to iron my hair. From the first impression, it looked as if the device is going to feel hot but it’s totally opposite! I was misled by the red light. Apparently, the device will not emit heat and it will produce some kind of mist when in contact with water and turn to blue light.

Ultrasonic Premium Treatment in progress

Ultrasonic Premium Treatment in progress

The iron has enhanced effect on all chemicals such as hair color, perm lotion and hair treatment that are applied to your hair. It vibrates at 37,000 beats per second, separates particle of protein, water and oil in hair treatment to penetrate deep inside your hair. According to Xuan, Ultrasonic Iron Treatment is number76’s signature treatment and is highly recommended to those who have dry, frizzy hair and damaged hair due to frequent coloring, perm or rebonding.

So what’s the difference between Ultrasonic Iron Treatment vs. Ultrasonic Premium Treatment? For the premium version, they will do the process for twice. Which means after ironing my hair, it needs to be rinsed again and then the treatment cream was applied to my hair and ironed.

Thanks Xuan, for the awesome service and hairdo!

Thanks Xuan, for the awesome service and hairdo!

Ta-dah!! So here I am, transformed from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan (tak tau malu la I). Hehe… anyways, I was really satisfied with the treatment’s outcome. My hair feels soft, smooth and nice! Confidence leveled up and I walked out of Starhill Gallery #likeataitai XD

Result after Ultrasonic Premium Treatment

Result after Ultrasonic Premium Treatment

AWESOME NEWS! Number76 has officially announced that there will be no price increase during Chinese New Year period! YAY!!!

Totally love it I can't stop taking selfies =p

Totally love it I can’t stop taking selfies =p

Address:
Number76 Starhill Gallery
S4, Pamper Floor, Starhill Gallery,
Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2141 6676 / 03-2141 7076

Business hours: Daily 10am – 10pm

Other branches: Mid Valley, Bangsar 1, Bangsar 2, Tokyo

Website: https://www.number76.com (you can make booking online too!)

Price:
Ultrasonic Iron Treatment – RM 250
Ultrasonic Premium Treatment – RM 350 (PROMOTION: RM 280 only from 18 Jan 2015 to 18 Feb 2015)

Do follow me via Twitter (@pualiping) and like my Facebook page to get latest blog updates first hand!