How to deal with bad-hair daysBy Anna Go Chia
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Naturally beautiful hair has always been a frustration of mine. Born with hair that is greatly affected by humidity and the weather, it almost always looks like it’s been through a static attack.
Technological advancements in hair products and treatments put effortless-looking hair well within our reach. There are thousands of products out there that are built to target our bad-hair days. What is important to understand is that we need to find what is hiyang, or what suits our hair the most.
Parallel to having a daily skincare regimen, we must also have a hair-care routine. While genes and a good diet play a huge role in keeping up with a healthy head of hair, there’s nothing like taking good care of it to maintain your overall beauty routine.
While some wash their hair every other day (so as not to strip natural oils from your scalp), most women shampoo every day. Kérastase is a favorite brand for many, and its wide variety of formulas has won various international awards. A current favorite is the Kérastase Elixir Ultime Cleansing Oil shampoo. With the amount of products I put on my hair, and because I’ve colored it many times over, I feel like this shampoo is light and healthy for me. The infusion of maize oil, argan oil and pracaxi oil has certainly done wonders for my usually feeble hair.
For a more organic option, there is Ilog Maria’s Honey & Propolis Shampoo. Handmade and all-natural, its ingredients contain propolis and raw honey. Many have sworn that the shampoo has helped their scalp health, and increased hair growth.
The right hair treatment can make a big impact on the overall health of your hair. The Kérastase Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil Masque is a deep infusion of precious oils for that instant moisture boost. I have noticed in the past that, sometimes, treating your hair can leave it flat, making it look limp and thin. The Kérastase Elixir Masque is fantastic because it did the exact opposite—it added volume but still kept my hair straight and healthy-looking even without having to blow-dry. Used weekly, this special masque addressed my split ends, and made my hair stronger and supple in every sense of the word.
Very recently, I’ve discovered this new hair wonder—the Kérastase Initialiste Hair Serum. This advanced scalp and hair concentrate is a leave-on product applied directly on your scalp after washing your hair. The Kérastase Initialiste utilizes the regenerative power found in native plant stem cells and this miracle serum acts on your hair from within. The result is softer, shinier hair, fewer split ends and volumized but manageable hair. This special formula for stronger and healthier hair has merited great reviews for the product as many have sworn to having thicker hair from consistent use.
Kérastase offers a variety of nourishing oils that can be applied to hair before (or after) using any of your daily heating tools. By so doing, we lessen the breakage and damage on hair, and offer protection and even UV defense for your hair. The Elixir Ultime Imperial is a nourishing oil for color-treated hair that might be worth considering if you’re a heated tool addict like I am.