On 5 September, I embarked on an exciting new hair chapter of my life <3
J&J Hair Identity Organic Salon is located on the second floor of the new Katong Square. The salon is peaceful and tranquil, and the place is absolutely beautiful.
If you're area the area and looking for a hair salon in Katong, it's strongly recommended! If you're not in the area, head over and give organic hair products a try anyway. Organic hair dye and hair care salons are very rare, and it's something life-changing.
Images from J&J Hair Identity Organic Salon, and my own,
J&J uses premium organic hair products. Natulique carries a range of professional organic salon hair colors with certified organic ingredients, and is ECOCERT certified.
Find out about the shades that Natulique has here.
My hair was actually bleached twice.
I had a lot of concerns, as the last time I bleached my hair it felt like the hair got "stripped" and became straw-like. It was saved a little after olaplex treatments, and even so it remained dry for a long period of time despite daily conditioning, treatments, and serum/hair oils.
Me being the mountain tortoise, I didn't know that there could actually be organic bleach. The video (top left) is after the first round of bleaching, and the second (top right) shows how the hair is still soft. I was extremely thankful that my hair wasn't damaged. For people who has very thin, fine, and flat hair like mine, you'd know that our hall tangles easily and falls often.
Hair Color-Change Journey
I've literally had an encounter before where the color "fell" and disappeared almost entirely after 3 days. This time at J&J, my hair was dyed so nicely I could see different shades of blue/green/grey from day 1. The number of people who exclaimed at how pretty the color is made me slightly guilty for attracting so much attention, and they were really shocked when they touched my hair and found it soft (because naturally, the first thing people asked is whether I had to bleach my hair to get the color).
BEST PART: The color fades gradually, looks interestingly different under different lightings, and someone just commented yesterday that the color has faded gorgeously. In fact his actual words were "Your hair color was gorgeous when you first dyed it, but I like the hair color even more now. It has been interesting watching your hair color change." <- Humbled ^^.
You don't have to worry about your hair turning a sickly shade of green or a washed out color because the products used at J&J Hair Identity are of very good quality, and the price is totally reasonable!
Beyond the videos and photographs here (they're really unedited, other than the video), check out other reviews of J&J Hair Identity at SampleStore.
J&J Hair Identity has an array of promotions, they are very modern and you can enjoy 10% off when you secure your booking online.
LA VIDA Deluxe Creative Brows Embroidery Service
Time is precious.
People always look shocked when I tell them that my alarm is set for 5.45am on most days, and I leave home by 6.15am. The worst part is I regularly sleep at 2 or 3am, and my fatalistic dark eye circles means I never leave home without makeup on... except when I go to the gym.
It also means I battle with drawing my brows on a daily basis (no easy feat in a very limited amount of time), and regularly smudge it when I swipe at my face with tissue during the course of the day.
I regularly walk past the LA VIDA outlet at AMK Hub. It's hard to miss, they're directly on the right of the entrance, and business always looks bustling. So I thought I'd save myself the suffering every morning and give eyebrow embroidery a try. On hindsight, best decision ever.
Numbing Cream + Consultation Process
Shaping the brows
I always had the problem of balancing my brows, and I never knew why. I simply attributed it to my lack of talent and time. I'm sure you understand :) Some days are good makeup days, some days are bad.
Selina explained that it was because my brow bone was slightly uneven. The worst part is I'm expressive, so I end up exclaiming and frowning a lot. I tried that out every single time, and even when I thought the brows drawn were nice enough, Selina's pride in her work basically kept her at fine-tuning the design until she felt it was perfect. Her focus and pursuit of excellence made me feel assured and well taken care of.
The slideshow shows the eight different times we stopped and assessed the brow design.
Voila! The actual embroidery only took about 30 minutes.
A micro-blade is used to make small incisions along the brow line to mimic existing eyebrow hairs. They carefully “outline” the confirmed brow designs you want, and then carefully fill in your brows with individual strokes to create a natural look. The colours used are industry-leading natural pigments, so you won’t have to worry that your eyebrows will turn green like the old-school eyebrow embroideries.
It feels like a blade scraping your skin. I was actually pretty touched when Selina said that the skin over my brows are quite thin, and that she took that into account when gauging the depth of the incisions. She wasn’t just doing her job but was doing what she could to ensure that I was comfortable throughout the entire experience, and I’ll still end up with pretty brows!
Pain level was around one or two on a scale of ten? If you’re afraid of pain you could also ask to have the numbing cream applied more liberally and left on for a longer period of time.
Selina gently applied a thin layer of the gel ointment on my brows that helped with skin healing, but its barely visible. Also, after the session, my brows were just slightly red and it subsided after around 30 minutes. From there I rushed off to a project group meeting where my mates didn’t even realise I came from an eyebrow embroidery session :D No downtime at all.
I was provided a tube of the gel ointment, as well as a care instructions sheet such as not going swimming, prevent overexposure to sunlight, basically how to keep good care of your brows. It also has some information about eyebrow embroidery that you can read up on.
By Day 7, the peeling was completely gone, and the shade was lighter and very natural looking.
The embroidery can last for 18 – 24 months so it’s goodbye to fretting over drawing eyebrows and hello to longer beauty sleep!
Don't let yourself miss this promotion!
The current promotion that LA VIDA has for the Deluxe Creative Brows embroidery service is at an attractive price of $398 plus a complimentary touch up session (U.P$1369.60), to all first time customers. That's almost a thousand dollars off, and an extremely good offer.
Also, make an appointment (by SMS/WhatsApp at 87976271) and quote "Mori398".
On top of enjoying the special promotion, you will receive a COMPLIMENTARY facial treatment (U.P. $204). You won't be sorry ;)