Saving my hair after it was damaged by bleaching

I mentioned in my previous post that ruining my hair and scalp is something that I didn’t want to do.

Unfortunately I was feeling rather adventurous this week and I did exactly that.

I’ve been thinking to lighten my hair for the past 2 weeks now because I’m planning to henna my hair again. My hair is growing rather fast and so I can see the roots of my white hair.

I checked YouTube for videos on how to do that and also recipes via internet articles.

Lightening the colour of hair is essentially the same as bleaching the hair.

Using an oxidising agent on the hair so it can break down the coloured pigments of the hair, leaving the hair colour lighter.

I tried it and it was a disaster for me.

My hair became extremely dry, brittle and coarse. My hair was badly damaged, my ear and scalp was burnt and my whole head smells like bleach even after I washed with shampoo and conditioner. When I was combing my hair, I could hear this weird sound coming from my hair!

I panicked when I realized that the result didn’t turn out as I had hoped.

I quickly applied the body oil that I had use before onto my scalp and hair and an hour later I noticed there was very little change as if the body oil wasn’t enough to fix my hair.

Fortunately, I had HHB’s (Hair Henna Brunei) moisturising hair oil delivered home the next day and I went for it.

First thing that I did was I cleansed my scalp and hair with clarifying shampoo. I wanted to get rid of any left over chemicals from the bleach off my head. After I was done, I towel dry my hair.

Then I apply HHB’s moisturising hair oil, gently massage the oil onto my scalp and once that was done, I massage the oil onto my hair.

Since I did this in the evening, I decided to sleep with it.

The HHB’s moisturising hair oil is rather thick unlike the body oil and so I was informed best to cover my head with shower cap if I was going to sleep with it.

And so I slept with my hair soaked with the HHB’s moisturising hair oil in a shower cap.

The next morning, I washed my hair with shampoo and conditioner.

Originally I planned to just shampoo my hair without conditioner but after I was done with shampooing my hair, I could still feel the heaviness of the oil weighing on my hair and so I conditioned my hair.

It was after I washed the conditioner off my hair that I could feel my hair was so freaking soft! I don’t ever recall my hair was ever that soft in my life!

I towel dry my hair afterwards. My hair felt so silky and so so smooth (Thank God!!!)

I was just so relieved that I could save my hair.

I’ve got HHB’s moisturising hair oil to thank for my soft and also silky hair!

Was bleaching my hair during the week day and my hair was ruined because of it! The damaged done was insane! My hair became extremely dry, they felt pretty much like straw, my ear and scalp was burnt and my whole head smells like bleach! Even after washing with shampoo and conditioner. I got panicked. I applied the usual hair oil that I've been using and it wasn't enough to fix my hair. So I turned to @hairhennabrunei and used their moisturising hair oil last night and really hoping it could help my hair. This morning I shampooed and conditioned my hair and to my surprise, my hair was a lot softer and felt silkier than before. I'm so freaking relief! Love the feel of my new hair and will be using it to restore my hair. Won't be bleaching my hair for a while now. Owh pictures were taken using natural lighting and no filters. #hairhennabrunei #moisturisinghairoil

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If you’d like to have more info of the HHB’s moisturising hair oil, click here. I also have shared with HHB the steps that I had taken using their hair oil to save my ruined and damaged hair. You can also visit their instagram.

Will use their hair oil to restore my hair.

To having soft and silky hair,

 

 

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Soft Hair Treatment

Ever since I use henna to colour my hair, I’ve obsessed with wanting to have soft hair.

At the time of writing this post, I’ve tried a couple of things suggested by YouTubers and their recipes on how they are able to achieve their soft hair.

So far none of their recipes work on my hair. I also understand that I may need to repeat the hair treatments several times to achieve the desired results.

So imagine my disappointment when the hair treatments that I had tried didn’t work for me.

The one good thing about those hair treatments is they don’t cost a lot. I’ve used eggs, honey, coconut oils and the like. Ingredients used are relatively cheap and so I’ve tried several hair treatments.

Unfortunately my hair was still dry, puffy and unmanageable.

After several recipes and treatments, I concluded that the issue with my hair is that my hair is dry and positively damaged from the sun, over exposure to chlorine in swimming pool and sea water from the ocean.

I would have thought that using conditioner would help with the dryness but the ones that I have aren’t enough to provide moisture for my hair.

After reading internet articles, I decided to give oil treatment to my hair.

My first try was using coconut oil. The brand that I was using mentioned that it’s 100% pure, natural and unrefined coconut oil.

Not sure whether it’s the quality of the oil or is it my hair that doesn’t like it. The oil just sits on top of my hair. The oil wasn’t absorbed by my hair and my hair felt super greasy.

I tried another hair oil and the result was similar to the coconut oil.

My third try was using a bunch of mixed oils that is advertised as body oil. The only reason I was brave enough to put this oil on my hair is because it says 100% natural ingredients. Of course I double check with the ingredients stated on the label.

I massaged this oil onto my scalp making sure that I didn’t miss any spot. I also massage the oil onto my hair. To my surprise, an hour later my hair became softer. My hair was a lot less puffy!

The after pictures were taken after I left the oil on my scalp and hair for 20 hours.

This mixed oils isn’t greasy as the previous oils that I had tried. It was light and apparently my hair loves it!

Interested to know what body oil is it?

Check this link and look for their Oily Love.

Oily Love is made from coconut, macadamia, olive, jojoba and grapeseed oils, which are proven to improve overall skin quality while hydrating, nourishing, diminishing dryness, reducing wrinkles and easing irritation.

The cool thing about buying Oily Love is you get to choose whether to buy it for one time purchase or by subscription (more discount for you!).

If you want to give it a try and not want to commit then one time purchase would be the option for you. If however, you’ve tried it and you like/love it and want to have constant supply of it then go for the subscription.

If your concern is the shipping cost then they have 2 options for you, free shipping (no tracking Number) and paid shipping (with tracking number) and they ship worldwide.

I’m going to be honest about the using ofbody oil. It was my first time using it and I don’t know what other benefits/pitfalls of using it on my scalp and hair. I’ve been using it on my skin since I bought it. And since it works on providing moisture for my hair, I will continue to use it on my hair. Hopefully with more application, I get to see more benefits with prolong usage.

I will share my future update on this page.

To having soft hair,

 

 

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Say hello to my new hair!

It was after I got married that I noticed I had lots of white hair.

Some people had noticed and they had a nick name for me. They called me Rogue from X-Men because we had a section of white hair on our front side.

I was disturbed by having them at first especially at 27 years old. I considered myself to be still young at that age and therefore I thought I should not have any white or grey hair.

Years had come and there was no reduction on the white hair instead I had more.

I had considered to dye my hair at hair saloon but when I thought of the maintenance and the cost of the whole treatments, it had put me off. Not to mention that they will most likely ruin my hair and possibly my scalp. That is something that I don’t want to compromise.

So I let them be and I watched as they multiply with age.

At some point in my life, I decided to no longer be bothered by them and I truly didn’t. I accepted them.

This year’s Ramadhan, my sister was sharing that she dyed her hair with henna.

I was intrigued.

I was interested but resisted the idea of dying my own hair considering the amount of work that I may need to put in.

I even asked her if the henna dye that she used was safe.

I googled the ingredients and looks like the ingredients are plant based with the exception of red clay.

The henna dye stated that it’s chemical free, PPD free, metallic salts free, ammonia free, pesticides free, peroxides free, preservatives free and also cruelty free.

Finally I decided to give it a try after my husband agreed to assist me.

Before henna application

My first try was on the 29th day of Ramadhan. Unfortunately, due to our first time with limited skills and knowledge, it didn’t come out as I had hope.

I hadn’t consider that my hair is thick and therefore needed more henna powder to completely covered my hair. I only used half of the packet which was mistake on my part. I should have used the whole packet. Another mistake that we did was we didn’t cover each strand completely with the paste. We took it for granted that the henna would work it’s magic. The result would have been so much better when all strand of hair were covered with the paste.

The third mistake was we left the paste dry on my head. We should have make sure that the paste was moist before covering my head with shower cap.

After the first henna application

My second try was on the final day of Ramadhan. It took 3 hours just working to cover each strand of hair with the henna paste. But the painstaking effort so worth the effort as all my white hair finally adopted the new colour, wine red.

After the second henna application

My henna hair and how they look like under the sun

I got to enjoy my new hair for a couple of days until I noticed the colour especially close to the roots started to become orangegy.

Another concern that I have is that the colour bleeds every time I shampoo my hair. The colour stains my palms and also my fingers. The instruction clearly stated to only shampoo hair after 24-48hrs after application and to shampoo for 3 consecutive days after that. And with this colour wine red, it tends to bleed.

I looked and searched why the colour bleeds and how I can minimise it.

A few sources mentioned that if the colour bleeds for weeks then it’s considered not normal. And since it’s been 5 days, I don’t have to worry. But oh boy I’m worried!

Because, colour bleeds could either be because of the henna dye or it’s the hair.

If it’s the nature of the henna dye then fine. But if it’s the hair then I have my hair to worry about. One source stated that damaged hair tends to bleed.

Well, I do swim in swimming pool a lot since 2015. Since then I’ve been losing a lot of hair. The amount of hair loss that I currently experience is worrisome.

I do use clarifying shampoo to get rid of chlorine and whatever pool pollutants there are in the pool water.I am guessing if my hair is damaged then it’s most likely from chlorine and other pollutants in public pools.

I read a lot of internet articles and some mentioned that the benefits of dying hair with henna is it could repair damaged hair. And so I’m counting on henna’s ability to heal my damaged hair.

I so love my new henna hair and I feel like I could never get enough of it.

If you are interested to give henna a try, look for them at Hair Henna Brunei or check their instagram.

The ones that I personally have tried is from the henna guys and also light mountain.

I look forward to another henna treatment for my hair.

To having henna hair,

 

 

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Any action you take upon the information on this website is strictly at your own risk, and none of the authors, contributors, administrators or anyone else connected with this website in any way whatsoever, can be responsible for your use of the information contained in or linked from this website.

Why I do intermittent fasting?

It was Bobby who stumbled upon intermittent fasting last year in 2016.

Since he shared with me that was gonna do it, I was interested to give it a try. My purpose for doing it was to control weight gain that was most likely to happen during the Hari Raya celebration.

I’ve watched the videos by Dr Jason Fung on his research on obesity.

He mentioned a lot of research and a few things that he shared have stuck with me since.

  1. The reason why people put on weight is because certain food activates the release of insulin and the insulin converts glucose to glycogen and then to fats.
  2. The timing and frequency of eating activates the release of frequency of insulin.
  3. The more frequent insulin are released into the body, the higher the chance of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can caused diabetes and that will mostly lead to various complicated diseases.

Intermittent fasting works to either control weight gain or weight loss because when the body is fasting, there isn’t any insulin that are released into the body. When there’s no insulin therefore there isn’t glucose​ to be converted to fat. Since there isn’t any food being consumed by the body during the fasted period then the body burns fats for energy.

The best thing that come out of fasting or intermittent fasting is it can potentially reverse type 2 diabetes.

He also shared that the best intermittent fast is best done in 18-24hrs. This gives the body time to make use of fats as fuel for the body.

I personally subscribe to this. With Ramadhan it’s so easy for me to fast for 20-23hrs. I break my fast at 6.30pm and finish my meal at 7.30pm and that’s it, I’m done for the day. I don’t wake up early at 4am to have another meal, instead I just drink water if I do wake up.

In 2016, I was able to maintain my weight at 67kg during the whole raya month. It did go up by 2kg at the end of certain days due to non-stop eating at people’s open houses but it stabilised at 67kg.

Since then based on my own experience, I understand why it’s important for the body to be free of insulin. When I’m fasting, what I’m doing is I let my body to be free of insulin for most of the time. Since the body is free of any food due to fasting, insulin won’t be released and the body will be using up the fat reserves for energy.

This is why I started intermittent fasting. Fast for the whole day and just have 1 meal a day.

During normal days, I rarely have breakfast, sometimes I have lunch at 2pm or 3pm and dinner is at 6pm and then continue to fast until the next day.

If I decided to have lunch, I do so at 2pm or 3pm. This is because I want to make sure that when I eat, my next meal should be in within 4 to 6 hours window. The smaller the time window the better to maximise the fast to burn more fats.

I did this before I started juicing and had been practicing it for about a year now.

I was chubbier about a year ago as you could see from my instagram picture below. This picture was taken on my day one of intermittent fasting.

The picture below is taken today, the same day as I posted this post.

Me! Getting ready to meet my cuz for our breakfast. Excited 😍😉😏 #selfie

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My weight has dropped from 67kg to 62kg. I have to admit not all of it is because of just intermittent fasting since last year. It’s a combination of being active exercising since January 2017 and also juicing since late April 2017.

I will continue to practice intermittent fasting despite me juicing and all. I view this as I’m training my body to access its fats reserves effectively. I kinda appreciate that my body is using its fats reserves when I’m fasting.

To more burning fats!

My third SUP lesson

Woke up early. Checked the weather and it looked like it was going to be a hot day. Originally I had planned on wearing a bikini top but decided to wear my 2 piece swimwear instead. I put on sunscreen generously all over my body so I wouldn’t get sunburnt.

Arrived at the beach early. This time we started from Tungku Beach. Water was so so calm with no waves at all. Such a perfect condition for an open water swim or SUP session.

The session started with light stretches before we hit the water.

I started my watch after I got onto my board. Hopefully this time, since I enabled the heart rate monitor, it can tell me the amount of calories that I burn from SUP.

I put to practice on what I’ve learnt about the 3P’s last week. I made sure that I didn’t bend my arms and my back when I paddled and I surprised myself when I noticed it was so easy to paddle this time.

Stephen was sharing about wind shadow and how to spot wind shadow during paddling.

We paddled across river mouth and continued until we reached a bay.

From here we stopped and brought our boards to the shore.

We practiced falling onto the water. This was first done without a board. Basically we just jumped on our feet and fell on our back and then on our front. I made sure that my arms were spread wide when I did this. I had no issue with falling on my back but after I did on my front, water got into my nose and it stings.

After we got the hang of falling, Stephen asked us to do drills. He demonstrated first on what he wanted us to do.

Leah started to practice with her board first. She practiced the 3 drills that Stephen asked of us.

After Leah was done, it was my turn.

After I was done then Stephen showed us how stable the boards are.

Then we paddled next to the rocks and we got to see corals! Some are blue and some are green.

We continued to paddle to the next bay.

On our way, I just couldn’t resist the clear green water. So I slowly got off the board and took a dip in the water. Leah and Stephen did the same.

I even swam breaststroke just for a bit. Then I got onto my board. It was such a relaxing morning that I decided to just sit as relaxed as I could.

I noticed that this time I was able to manouver the board so much better than my previous sessions. I already know how to slow myself down and also how to prevent my board from hitting others.

We slowed down as we got closer to the rocks and this time both Leah and I saw fishes! They’re black with yellow stripes. This is when I wished that I had brought my goggles and also my waterproof camera!

From here Stephen showed us how to do pivot turn. When I tried to do it, I fell into the water. I think I fell several times because I lost my balance. Stephen made a joke about me wanting to practice my fall. LOL 😬 I admit that it’s kinda fun now falling into the water because I now know how to get on my board.

To be honest, I find it interesting that once I knew how to get on the board, my fear of being on the water had disappeared. Because I no longer worried about me falling into the water, I got to enjoy what I was doing. I focused better on my paddling and where I was going.

It was a really peaceful morning. There were no boats in sight and the calm water helps with the forward movement of my board. I paddled so much better, I watched my posture and I had gain so much confidence in my own ability to SUP.

We headed back to where we left off and when I got off the board and turned off my watch. I was excited to see how many kilometers we paddled and of course the calories burn.

I was so surprised and disappointed that the watch didn’t record the GPS but fortunately it recorded the calories burn.

This got me frustrated. I’m like “what the hell did I do wrong this time!”. On my way home I checked my phone and apparently my GPS tracker on my watch was turned off. I truly don’t know how that happened. Last session, the GPS was working fine but the heart rate monitor wasn’t.

However, I received this image from Stephen that shows the GPS of our activity.

On the next session, I will make sure that both the GPS and the heart rate monitor are enabled before the start of my session.

Unfortunately there won’t be any lesson next week. The final session for us might be sometime in July. I guess I’m going to rest my skin from the sun for some time.

SUP images and videos are by Stephen from Surfskime.

Click here for my first SUP lesson.

Click here for my second SUP lesson.

Until the next SUP session,

My second SUP lesson

I had the second session of the beginner SUP lesson this morning.

I woke up early, I checked the weather and decided to double up my sunscreen because it was a bright day. I made sure that I applied sunscreen generously all over my body. I prefer not to get sunburnt this time.

Because of the bright day, I decided to wear my long sleeves one piece swimsuit​. I was hoping that the material could shield UV rays from my skin. Surprisingly it did! I’m only more tan on the exposed areas like my face, neck, hands and legs.

Arrived 20 minutes before session starts. Lesson begun with Stephen asked us questions about the paddle and the board.

Then we carried the board into the water after we put on the leg leash.

This time it was just Leah and me in the session.

Today’s lesson was a bit harder for me.

We paddled further and practiced paddling.

At we started going out, I somehow lost my balance and I fell into the water. I remembered Stephen mentioned in the previous lesson, if we fall, make sure that we spread our hands wide and so we don’t fall deep into the water. I did spread my hands but my body didn’t fall straight, instead my butt hit the water first. I did sink into the water for a bit. Then I came to the surface and swam to the nose of the board and tried to get hold on of the board. I didn’t manage to and the board moved further away from me and I was still in the water. The second time I tried, I successfully got onto my board.

I was soaking wet obviously from the water. Thank God that my cap was stuck onto my hair and my sunglasses was still on my face. Water went into both my ears and nose.

Minutes after that Leah fell into the water and she was quick to recover and got onto her board.

I was like what the hell happened to us?! LOL 😂

Then I remembered to start my watch to record my activity.

And so we carried on paddling and crossing a river bank to go to the bay next to Pantai Jerudong.

As I was paddling, I noticed that my arms begun to fatigue and my back started to hurt.

I tried to remember what I had learnt​ in session one and applied it. Unfortunately I felt tired from straining my back.

After we arrived at the bay next to Pantai Jerudong, Stephen started to give us instructions on proper paddling.

A few things to keep in mind are keep both arms straight when paddling, make sure the paddle is vertical when paddling forward and keep the body straight, refrain from twisting the body.

Now I see why my arms were fatigue when I paddled. It was because I was relying on the power of my arms instead of my core to move forward.

That back pain was because I was twisting my body instead of keeping my body and arms straight.

Also I noticed often when I paddled, sometimes I went off course (Stephen sometimes making jokes about this, saying that I’m going to Labuan), this was caused by paddling the paddle at an angle. The moment I practiced putting the paddle vertically into the water, I moved straight forward instead of moving at a slight turn.

Those three really made a huge difference in the way I paddled. Not only I got more power, it was a lot less strenuous on my body.

We were practicing and focusing on paddling for quite sometime. Then Stephen asked both of us to race each other and to add more power to our paddling.

We did and Leah was faster than me.

I realised that I lack power when compared to Leah. I’m guessing my core is weak for now.

We also learnt how to know the direction of the wind, SUP etiquettes and the 3 Ps.

This time, I can feel that I’m better at back paddling and I know how to break as well. I now know what to do to prevent my board from hitting other boards.

However, I still need to work on my sweep turn because it took me longer to do it. I gotta learn to relax and soften my knees. Would you believe me if I told you that I lost the feeling in my feet while standing on the board? Stephen kept reminding us to wiggle our toes once in a while.

By the time we were heading back to the starting area, Leah saw a baby jellyfish while paddling, I saw a fish jumped out of the water and skirted his way away from us and Stephen decided to take a dip in the ocean because it was so so freaking hot!

After 2 hours, I felt exhausted and I wished I went home to catch up on my sleep but I didn’t. Went to watch a movie instead. I was lucky I didn’t fall asleep at all. I was also so tempted to break my fast with water because I was so thirsty. Apparently the amount of water that I drank in the wee morning wasn’t enough to hydrate myself. Bobby managed to convince me to just continue with my fast and I did.

In my previous lesson, I didn’t track my SUP activity because I thought my watch Suunto Ambit3 Sport doesn’t track the sport. I found out a few days ago that it can and I was wearing my heart rate monitor hoping to find out the amount of calories that I burnt from SUP. I was disappointed because it didn’t show the calories. Just the distance, time and average speed and also the GPS location. Turns out, the heart rate monitor was disabled. So in next session, I will enable it and see if the watch records the calories burnt.

However, I did sync my workout with Endomondo and it shows the amount of calories burnt. Although there is one minor discrepancy, it recorded 1hr 40mins workout instead of 1hr 57mins.

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And below is the recorded GPS of our session.

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SUP images are by Stephen from Surfskime.

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To more SUP sessions,

How do I eat 10% of my daily calories from refined carbs

If you’ve read my DNAFit Diet Pro report, I mentioned somewhere in that post that I found it’s tricky to consume a maximum of 10% of my daily calories through refined carbs. I said that because I don’t really count my calories.

Well, since some of the nutritional guides based on my DNAFit Diet Pro report are based on certain percentages of my daily calories then I thought why not I give this a try.

I found an accurate calculation of calories/day for basal metabolic rate or BMR.

Basal metabolic rate is the amount of energy expressed in calories that a person needs to keep the body functioning at rest.

My understanding of this is BMR indicates the minimum amount of energy needed to keep the body functioning at rest. Obviously, this doesn’t include when the person is exercising.

The accurate formula for calculating BMR is the Mifflin-St Jeor Equation (calories/day):

Male: 9.99 x weight + 6.25 x height – 4.92 x age + 5
Female: 9.99 x weight + 6.25 x height – 4.92 x age – 161
weight in kilograms, height in centimeters, age in years

Let’s work out my own BMR.

My current weight (at the time of writing this post): 64kg. My height is 149cm. My current age is 35yrs old.

My BMR is 1,237.41 calories/day.

😮😮😮

That number doesn’t seem a lot does it. I’m also surprised considering I thought my BMR would be close to or more than 1500 calories/day.

Now that I’ve got my number and clarity of how much calories I need on my rest day, it’s safe to say that I can consume a maximum of 124 calories​per day from refine carbs.

And so, let’s say that I want to eat tortilla wrap (which is mostly from plain flour and therefore refined carbohydrate) and depending on the brand and their calories, how many tortilla wraps that I can eat, considering the cap of 124 calories?

If you can see the nutritional content of this tortillas’ brand, it says each tortilla contains 118 calories. Using Maths to calculate, I can have 1 and 1/20 tortillas.

Let’s look at a different brand.

With this brand, per serving is 2 tortillas and contain 150 calories. I can have 1 and 13/20 tortillas.

It seems depressing that I only limit myself to less than 2 tortilla wraps per day.

I get it that this is just a guideline. And so, it’s not that all depressing for me anyway.

The maximum 124 calories from refined carbs is necessary for me to watch my weight and especially when I’m not active doing any sports. And if I desire to eat more tortilla wraps, then what I can do is exercise for an hour or two then I can have more if I wish.

I love tortillas!

And if any of you are interested in getting tortilla wraps, I remember seeing both brands at Supa Save. My favourite tortillas would be my own home made chicken tortillas using either one of the wraps.

Now, it’s easy to calculate how much refined carbohydrate to have if I have the info of the nutritional content of each food that I eat. Not so much when the info is missing or unavailable. When that is the case it’s either I avoid the food all together or I took a third or half of the served portion and when it comes to having buffet, I usually take one small scoop of the refined carbs.

I do enjoy having refined carbohydrates once in a while and especially when I have my cravings. Other than that I’m happy to indulge myself with my favourite fruits, oranges, pineapple and mangoes!

To enjoying more fruits,