5 Reasons Why I Love Tsubaki Oil

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Tsubaki oil comes from the seeds of the Camellia Oliefera plant or tree that grows in the high mountains of Asia and Japan. It is rich in oleic acid and vitamins A, B, D and E as well as nourishing Omega 3, 6 and 9 and has been widely used by Geishas in Japan over the years for great looking skin and hair.

Knowing how amazing Tsubaki Oil, I got so excited when my favorite hair and skin care brand Hairfood Co. launched Tsubaki Oil among their line of essential oils perfect for the Asian beauties.

Hairfood Co. Tsubaki Oil

Here are 5 reasons why I super love it!

    1. Non Greasy Feel! The molecular weight of the oil is an almost identical match for skin that I absolutely love it when I apply it on my face as it does not leave me feeling greasy nor does it feel heavy after application. It is full of essential fatty acids and lipids that are similar to those that you find in your skin so definitely it is perfect. It absorbs into the skin just about as fast as water making it great for all Skin Types so whether your skin is Normal, Oily, Combination, Dry, or Sensitive, you won’t go wrong with Tsubaki Oil.  Use it also for stretch marks, and lines too. It gets right down into your elastin and collagen of your skin and helps to keep your skin looking healthy. Simply massage 3 to 4 drops on the area.
    2. Hair Care – Just like the top layers of the skin, the hair is made up of similar protein, keratin. So therefore Tsubaki Oil is perfect for the hair because its lipid structure is recognized by the hair. Put on Tsubaki Oil on hair after wash preferably from the middle down to the ends and leave it on. OR you may want to massage it into your scalp and hair and leave it on for half an hour and then rinse it off.
    3. Makeup Remover – another thing I love with my Tsubaki Oil is it makes removing my makeup super easy especially my eye makeup (talk about eyeliner!). Simply apply a small amount of oil and use a cotton to remove the makeup! Seriously easy plus it does not irritate
    4. Great for Body Care – Tsubaki Oil is a nutrient and antioxidant-rich skin moisturizer and softener and its fatty acids contain powerful agents for retention and enhancement of skin moisture. Since it is fast absorbing, it penetrates deep into the lower layers of skin enhancing natural cell growth. Apply it on damp skin preferably after shower to get the following skin benefits;
      • Moisturizes, nourishes and softens skin
      • Restores elasticity
      • Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles
      • Repairs stretch marks such as in after pregnancy
      • Heals minor acne scars
    5. Nails and Cuticle Care – yes! This is how versatile Tsubaki Oil is! For softer, smoother, and healthier nails and cuticles, put in few drops of tsubaki oil on a cotton and wipe to nails and cuticles. Best to do this after shower. This softens dry or brittle nails and rough cuticles, Keeps nails nourished, smooth and shiny, and helps alleviate discomfort from dry skin under.
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Hairfood Co. BlogCon Meet-up

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Hairfood Co., Philippines’ fast growing hair care brand recently held a blog conference in Cagayan de Oro to share the brand’s mission to the bloggers who attended the mini conference.

Though I have been using the products (Shampoo, Conditioner, essential oils such as the argan, rosehip, sunflower, and the weekend oil), I didn’t want to let the opportunity of hearing what they have to share about the brand so I was definitely grateful to have been invited to the event. It was such an eye opener and we all went home filled with knowledge about the brand and most of all, the chemicals we unknowingly put onto our hair/body that actually harms us, jeopardizing our health. Interesting!

Because hairfood co is focused on producing haircare products that does not result to eventual hair damage and health hazzards, I think it was great that they went their way to educating us about the main contents of the hair products we commonly use. I wasn’t really big in checking what’s in the hair products I use but after the blogcon, I realized I should be more vigilant to every product’s content regardless if it’s food or personal effects. It’s alarming how naive most of us are, and how we unconsciously put our health to peril by using  hair products that contains Paraben and Sulfates.

Paraben and Sulfates? WTH are those? Well, to help you understand better, Here’s a short info about them.

The Truth About Paraben and Sulfates

What is Sulfate?

When you wash your hair with most shampoos, you will most likely work up a thick lather (love it! right?). This thick lather that many of us love to see or feel, is actually produced by the sodium lauryl sulfate placed in the shampoo. Sodium lauryl is a detergent and crystalline salt of sulfated lauryl alcohol. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a sulfactant; a sulfactant is a product that reduces surface tension between a liquid and a solid. This reduction in surface tension is what produces the rich lather. Once surface tension is removed, the barrier between your hair and the shampoo is eliminated, enabling the sodium lauryl sulfate to rid the hair of oil and dirt.

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NOVUHAIR’S INFORMATIVE TRUTH ON HAIR CHEMICALS

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We may not be aware that we are unknowingly putting harmful chemicals on our hair thus resulting to general conditions such as migraine, nausea and skin rashes. The symptoms may be quickly attributed to stress but if you look closer to that hair product you’re using, you’ll be surprise to find the culprit.

Popularity does not equate to safety, some popular brands sold in the market are loaded with mildly toxic chemicals that may be harmful in prolonged use.

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Novuhair, Nature’s answer to hair loss, gives you the lowdown on these chemicals to help you with your choices.

Myth: Shampoo must produce lots of lather in order to properly clean your hair.

Truth: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a compound that helps shampoo and other cleaning product in producing foam and bubbles. Though it may effectively remove hair build-up, it can also strip off essential oils that is needed to keep your hair healthy.

Myth: Parabens has an anti-bacterial compound benefits that outweighs the harm.

Truth: Parabens are basically used to prolong the shelf life of hair and cosmetic products mostly for its antibacterial purpose. Symptoms that are related to over exposure to parabens are Atopic Dermatitis and Rosacea. Further studies also show that use of products with parabens accelerate skin damage and aging related to sun exposure.

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Myth: My hair smells terrific! I love the perfume scent on my hair product.

Truth: A nice whiff of perfume might not be harmful but the fragrance that is mixed in your hair product might have come from harmful substances from highly toxic ingredients which can lead to Allergic reactions and mood swings. That perfume is better off somewhere else.

Myth: Hair products that promise straightening and smoothening effect use non-toxic Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate as a natural preservative.

Truth: Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate is a substance used in making your hair soft and bouncy, although it is considered natural preservative, also releases formaldehyde which can lead to skin and eye irritations. Prolonged use may also affect your immune system.

Use of some of these chemicals combined may also result to hair loss and other hair problems, thus, it is important to be an informed consumer. A lot of new products have saturated the market hence, read the labels for fine prints before buying.

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Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss is made of 19 Natural ingredients which includes herbal components such as moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint. Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide. For more information visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural and on Instagram @novuhairofficial. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and regaloservice.com.

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All Natural Hair and Skin Care Line by HairFood Co

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With all the hair trends women, even men are getting into these days, it is not surprising that a lot have suffered to many hair problems as a result to a lot of treatment such as dry and dull hair, frizzy, unmanageable, and the worst for me is the hair loss resulting to the thinning of hair (seriously scary!). While there are a LOT of natural remedies we can find online, let’s admit it, more often than not, these natural remedies can be tedious. I’m glad that I was introduced to a company that makes products that addresses common hair problems, even the serious ones.

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HairFood Co.is an all natural hair care line whose main advocacy is to permanently stop hair loss problem and promote a manageable, soft, and shiny hair that withstands all the brushing and even the styling. The brand carries lines of shampoos, conditioners and tonics that are free from sulfates, parabens, and colorants and is composed of herbal extracts that are known to support hair growth by nourishing the hair follicles and compensating the insufficiency of nutrients in our common traditional diets.

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Got myself this on my first visit. Because my hair is heavily colored (I can’t remember when was the last time I had it in its natural color!), my hair feels so dull and dry every after shampoo. I am definitely inlove with Hairfood Co.’s Awesome Volume Conditioner as it brought back my hair’s moisture, making it very easy to comb and it added volume to my dull colored hair. This is Paraben-free (Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products use extend the shelf life of products and prevent growth of bacteria and fungi. It has been linked to breast cancer – you may google it for further information). It’s high-fat content of Avocados makes the  hair less dry and less prone to breakage. I definitely recommend this especially those with thin hair and feels like it’s lifeless, limp, and flat!

I also got more goodies from them that are great for both skin and the hair. Oil essentials such Argan oil, Rosehip oil, and Sunflower oil. I will be sharing more of them on a later post as I am using them mostly for my skin and I am excited to see their result!

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Hairfood Co. Cagayan de Oro – Ground Floor Centrio Ayala Mall (Corrales Entrance). Thank you to these very accommodating Hairfood Co. representatives in CDO for the assistance and for answering all my questions

So anyway, check out the Hairfood Co. branches and head to the branch nearest you and go pamper your crowning glory with haircare products it truly deserve.

Branches: SM City General Santos, SM City Davao Ecoland, SM Lanang Premier, Centrio Ayala CDO, and KCC Mall de Zamboanga, Abreeza Ayala Davao, SM City Cebu, SM Seaside Cebu, SM City Bacolod.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Hairfoodco

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If you are a fan of online shopping and wants to save time, Hairfood Co. products are also available online! Go check them out at Lazada.

Sooooo! Do you have your Hairfood Co.  #HealthyHairDays experience? Please share your experience or your favorite products in the comment section below! 🙂

-xoxo-

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How To Take Care of Your Colored Hair

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I am quite amused to see that everywhere I look, more and more women are getting into colored locks. Truly time has evolved and women are becoming bold with their beauty choices and fashion sense. Well it’s a good thing! I love to see women exploring and becoming more confident with themselves.

Let’s face it ladies, our hair is our crowning glory and it brings us so much confidence so it is important that we give it the best care possible. A lot of women as I mentioned earlier do color their hair (I am no exception) nowadays. Doesn’t matter if we did it by ourselves or if we paid a couple of bucks to get it done. A hair fresh from the salon, all rich and shiny feels so great and we want that experience to last for a long time. So to help us get the most out of that fresh from the salon experience, I’ve put together some simple tips to keep that coloured treated hair last longer.

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Don’t Drown It

Avoid excessive rinsing in the shower “Once you’ve shampooed and conditioned, don’t tilt your head back and let the water just run over it for several minutes,” says Teca Gil-lespie, a scientist with P&G. And if you like to wake up under the faucet in the morning, try to spare your hair.

Shampoo & Conditioning

Use hair color protecting shampoo. I highly recommend Tresemmé Color Revitalize Shampoo as it is specifically formulated to be both gentle and protective for colored hair. Since your hair has been treated with chemicals like ammonia, it is important to always use a “colour protecting conditioner”. Conditioning your hair keeps its moisture balance.

Tip: For deep hair conditioning, try going back to the old but ever effective method in deep conditioning. Use olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil to deep condition the hair.

Read about: Top 10 Hair Dying Mistakes Here

Avoid Blow Drying

Let your hair dry naturally. If you really have to, switch to cool setting and use a heat protective spray on my hair prior to blow drying and styling.

Swim with Caution

If you must go swimming (I assume not when your hair is newly dyed), always wear a swimming cap before you take a dip. Chlorine is very harmful for coloured hair and leads to faded color fast. Apply a strengthening conditioner or olive oil before taking the plunge.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

What you eat also dictates the health of your hair as the nutrients of the food you eat provides the energy that fuels hair growth and luster. Eat foods that contains iron-rich protein such as lean meat, fish, low-fat cheeses, egg whites, spinach and soy to keep your color-treated hair looking its best. These types of food feed your scalp and hair by building strong keratin, the protein that strengthens hair, improves texture and stimulates growth.

I hope this helps! If you have more tips on maintaining that colored hair or in keeping the hair healthy please share it with us by leaving a comment below :).

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Mustache Grooming

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Facial hair is now in fashion more than it has been since the 1970s. However, if you are going to walk around in public with a beard, mustache, sideburns or a goatee, you will need to make sure that you are properly groomed. This is especially true if you work in an office. Constantly grooming your facial hair will require the right tools. The better tools you have, the better you will look. Having the best razors will make it easier to sculpt your facial hair in exactly the way that you want it to look. Therefore, you will need to search for a place to replenish your supply of various male grooming products when you are running low. Here is how you can locate the best places to buy male grooming products.

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Ask your male friends and relatives

Every man needs to shave and groom themselves periodically. Therefore, you should be able to get some solid references on where to buy mustache grooming products from every guy you know. Ideally, you want to find a place that offers good deals. Specifically, try to find a place that offers a discount if you buy items in bulk. You will be shaving for the rest of your life, so no matter how many razors and how much aftershave and shaving cream you buy, you are going to use it at some point. If it will save you some money, simply stockpile these items and use them as needed.

Perform a Google search

Another route you can choose to take in your quest for male grooming products is to try Google. Simply type in the specific items you are looking for and take a look at the results. No matter what items you need, you should be able to find a wide variety of places that sell it. However, the prices at these online stores will probably vary greatly, so take it slow and shop around. It is in your best interest to compare as many price as you can. You should also do some shopping after Christmas, when many stores have their sales.

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Alopecia – Hair Loss

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Alopecia is the thinning of the hair of any extent up to total baldness. It is normal to men and part of the ageing process in males; though it is not an illness. The rate at which men become bald, if indeed they lose their hair at all, is likely to be down to their genes. Typical male hair loss is also permanent.

In females, hair also becomes thinner as they age, although there should be no actual baldness. Baldness may also be caused by various diseases, maybe a side effect of some drug treatments or by hormonal disorders and occasionally after childbirth and traumatic experiences, such as bereavement or terror.

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Here are some ‘male pattern alopecia‘ signs:

  • Hair recedes from the forehead and temples
  • Hair becomes progressively thinner on the crown
  • These areas of recession become larger and join up until hair remains on the sides and back of the head
  • Alopecia can also affect body hair including that in the private part

So Are the Treatment Options for Hair Loss?
For pattern baldness or hair loss resulting due to hereditary reasons, Rogaine (topical minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride) are the only FDA approved drugs to treat such issue.

Read on How to Avoid Hair Loss here

However, don’t fret as permanent hair loss can also be treated by hair replacement procedures, such as hair transplant. The procedure can be micro-grafting, slit grafting, punch grafting, depending on the circumstances and option of the patient.

If you are a men with male-pattern baldness, or a woman with female-pattern (hair loss due to genetics reasons), or perhaps a person who has lost some but not all hair as a result of burns or other scalp injuries, a hair replacement procedure may just be for you. Just make sure that you have it in trusted clinics with properly trained people and adequate facilities. Do take note though that Alopecia and Alopecia areata are two different conditions.

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I Had a Hair Brazilian Blowout

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Well at least that’s what the salon representative said it was. Anyway, my good friend have told me about this hair straightening process few months back and it was only recently that I finally decided to try it out – perfect way to start 2015. I originally wanted to have my hair colored but after seeing that the salon I went to actually offered Brazilian blowout, I decided to give it a try. The good thing is I can do both, color my hair and do the blowout afterwards.

So what is a Brazilian Blowout?

It’s a keratin-based hair-smoothing treatment leaving the hair smooth and totally soft and full of life! It’s a straightening treatment that actually locks in keratins inside your hair to make it smooth and healthy, instead of all frizzy and curly. The product used for this treatment gets its protein from a blend of amino acids and the results are incredible. These treatments bond protein to the outer layer of the hair, which help smooth, protect, soften, and relax the hair. The bonding process takes place once a flat iron is applied. After the treatment, the hair is expected to be soft and straighten without causing any damage to the hair follicles.

Check out my post on How to Rebond Hair the Cheapest Way at Home

Honestly, Unlike Hair Rebonding, I was totally clueless on how a brazilian blowout is done but I trusted the salon representative that she knows what she is doing — in fact, I let her choose the color that’s to be applied on my hair since she disapproved of my Cinnamon shade choice telling me that it won’t look good later on as it will turn into rusty-ish color and will not be flattering.

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That face – hoping and praying everything will turn out great! 😡

So anyway, she did the hair color first before the Brazilian blowout. She chose chestnut brown for my hair but made sure that it didn’t stay long in my hair as she didn’t want a drastic change of hair color to which I agree. I don’t want to have the shock of my life this early of the year. LoL! Turned out just fine.

So after rinsing my hair, Brazilian Blowout is next. Process below in case you are planning to do this at home:

  • Shampoo the hair and carefully dry it out leaving a  small amount of moisture
  • Section hair and apply the keratin treatment evenly
  • After the application, leave it on hair for 20-30 minutes
  • Blow dry hair and iron thin sections using a flat iron until everything is covered and ironed

After this, leave the hair as it is and rinse after three (3) days.

brazilian blowout result

Before and after result. My hair is not naturally curly, it looked curly because I braid it before I went to the salon.  I loved the result! My hair is smooth and soft and I know it is not damaged.

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A day after the treatment which by the way took me 2 and a half hours including the hair coloring process. I am loving the hair color, it’s not fully chestnut brown because she rinsed it earlier than the prescribed time. I am definitely rocking it!

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So should I recommend Brazilian blowout or Keratin treatment, absolutely yes! Just please make sure that have your hair done by someone who really know this process. Anyone can claim they know how to do this but just to make sure, do your research and ask questions to whoever will do your hair, if you are satisfied and confident with his/her knowledge (base on how she/he responds to your inquiries), then by all means go ahead!

Do share your results in the comment box!

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Pixie Perfect

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Heard the latest buzz? If you are a fan of Hunger Games, you probably know that Hunger Games:Catching Fire has recently been released. I am just as excited as you are! I can’t wait to see the beautiful Jennifer Lawrence again! Talking about Jennifer Lawrence, she created a buzz recently (in a good way) that is. The gorgeous Hunger Game actress surprised fans with her shorter ‘do.

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The cutting of the hair may be a drastic change but I am loving it! She definitely look so chic in that asymmetrical cut with bangs parted to the side.

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Elegant and Sleek Bun using a Sock

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Hello pretty ladies! Who among you loves some beautiful and sexy curls for a party or just to look fabulous on any given day? (me raising my two hands). I love having my hair curled! It adds up to my confidence knowing how sexy it looks :P. Normally we use electric curling iron or the curlers to achieve the sexy curl. Too bad though that I don’t always have the luxury of time to do all those. So what I did, if I decide to be curly the next day or hours later for something special, I do the doughnut bun magic! It’s pretty elegant actually – Audrey Hepburn-ish I must say. The curls afterwards is just an added bunos. You can either stay with the elegant bun or undo it later on for fabulous curls! Either way, you will definitely look regal and sexy!

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Doughnut bun – check out below for a short tutorial on how to do it. Putting those unused socks to use. This looks tedious but trust me! It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

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