REVIEW: YVES ROCHER

First of all, congrats for 60th anniversary of Yves Rocher. Do you know that this French beauty brand is using 100% botanicals extracts and has 1100 ingredients of natural ingredients in their portfolio? And lately, they’re continuously developing an eco-design approach, too. So they have been decreasing their consumption of non-raw materials and using recyclable materials for their packaging. Beauty that does good, me likey!

Thanks to C&F Store that sent me this naturally beautiful PR Kit to celebrate the brand’s 60th anniversary. Inside the kit, there are some products that I’ve been using and only one that I’ve not tried before. Let’s break them down one by one, shall we?

CONCENTRATED SHOWER GEL – MANGO CORIANDER

CWhy concentrated? Because you don’t need that much to actually make foams and cleanse your body. They claim that this 100ml bottle will last us for 40 showers. It is pH balanced, preservative and paraben free. Personally, I love the small recyclable plastic bottle, very practical for traveling purpose. This is my second bottle already, and I love how it also made my bathroom smells fruity like mango after I showered.

CONCENTRATED SHAMPOO

CThis concentrated 100ml format will last for 30 shampoos. I love the fact that it is colorant and silicone free. And the fresh scent that long lasting. But I warn you, you might need conditioner afterward, especially if you have medium to long hair. It might give you tangled hair.

RINSING VINEGAR

RThis shall be use at the very last step of your shampooing business. It contains raspberry vinegar (don’t worry it actually smells more like raspberry than ordinary vinegar), known for its’ hair smoothing properties and reducing build-up (from haircare or hairstyling products). I believe this is my third bottle already, I love how it made my hair shinier and smells better longer. Yes, if there’s one vinegar that actually can make you smell good, this is the one!

CLEANSING MICELLAR OIL

If you have no fungal-acne problem, you will love this. It contains Isopropyl Palmitate and Sunflower Seed Oil which noted as Fungal-Acne trigger on skincarisma.com. Other than that, it is actually colorant free, mineral oil free and paraben free. And it contains pure organic chamomile extract, renowned for its soothing, softening and hydrating properties. This silky but non-greasy oil will transform into a milky fluid in contact with water and help to dissolve makeup.

In Indonesia, you can get Yves Rocher’s products in C&F stores or buy online here.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

10 HAIR LOSS MYTHS & FACTS

Before you know how to treat hair loss, let’s separate hair loss fact from fiction, shall we?

Myth: Cosmetic hair care products will cause hair loss.
Fact: Shampoo, conditioner, hair spray or temporary hair coloring only offer temporary changes to the hair. So, even though they deliver selected ingredient to the hair follicle, they DO NOT cause hair loss.

Myth: We shall brush our hair 100 strokes each night.
Fact: Over-indulgent brushing & combing, especially of wet hair, is probably the most damaging of all. Aggressive combing, particularly to remove tangles will result in apparent hair loss.

Myth: Tight braids, ponytails & buns will not cause baldness.
Fact: Wearing specific hairstyles which apparently too tight over an extended period of time, will cause hair loss. Opt for looser hair styles that minimize scalp tension.

Myth: Brushing thinning hair will make them fall out faster.
Fact: As long as we use good brush in normal daily brushing, it will not accelerate the normal loss of hair from the scalp.

Myth: Sunburnt scalp will lead to hair loss.
Fact: Well, actually it’s kind of true.  Severe sunburn that occur over time may damage delicate hair follicles at the root level. Avoid scalp burns by protecting your scalp with sun protection product (just like what we do for our skin) and wear hat.

Myth: Smoking will accelerate hair loss.
Fact: Yup, smoking is bad for our hair. Not only it has been conclusively linked to accelerate hair loss, according to J.G Mosley in an article of Science News (1997), smokers are also four times more likely to have gray hair than non smokers. So, quit smoking. Now.

Myth: Cutting hair will make them grow faster and thicker.
Fact: Sorry, but cutting your hair won’t solve hair loss problem. Thin, limp and fine hair will not ever grow thicker in response to a hair cut.

Myth: Hair loss is genetic.
Fact: Well, hair loss is polygenetic. Means, your hair fate is decided by a pretty random assortment of genes from both of your parents. So, if hair loss is generally runs in the family, most likely you have to deal with hair loss problem too.

Myth: Hair loss only happens when we age.
Fact: If you start losing more than 100 strands a day, you are in trouble, no matter how old you are.

Myth: The only treatment for hair loss is topical treatment.
Fact: Topical treatment is not the only treatment for hair-loss problem as there are some treatment that proven to stimulate hair growth from within. For me, after using it & see the result, Abbott CG 210 is the best solution for hair loss management. So, for you who wish to reduce hair shedding, increase hair thickness and promote new healthy hair, you should try this hair & scalp essence.

PHOTOS: PINKY MIRROR

MY HAIR JOURNEY WITH CG210 (PART 4)

Happy New Year, all. Sorry for such slow post as I’d been traveling with my family to Hong Kong.

As you might already experienced, traveling with others is not easy as too many things to do have to be accomplished in such short time of holiday. So if you have personal mission to achieve on family holiday, forget it! 

But at least, I was well prepared with my things to bring for the holiday!

Of course, one might not neglect hair care while on traveling too. That’s why my Abbott CG 210 was there inside my traveling beauty bag, alongside other important stuffs (like stronger perfume and stronger shades of lipsticks). It wasn’t a hassle anyway, CG210 was like spray twice a day on dry clean hair, massage for a minute and out the hotel door! 

I’ve been using CG210 for about 90 days now, so how did it differ from my previous post here? Well, as you can see from the pic below, I did perm my hair. Inspired by Aimee Song, I decided 2016 will be the perfect time to rock the Japanese wave. So yeah, I did it. Bye2 straight hair (for now). 

I believe that my hair shaft is getting thicker, even when I permed my hair at the salon, the hairstylist was surprised to see less hair fall like her other clients. She said, usually her clients who have strong colored hair like mine, will lost lots of hair while being permed. Meanwhile, my roots appeared to getting stronger, thanks to CG210. 

Unlike some haircare or hair treatment products that I just leave at home while traveling, because they will consumed my precious holiday time, CG210 is literally spray and go. Especially now that I have that ‘messy hair don’t care’ look, I never brush my hair anymore (lessen my hair routine time). 

Sharing you my OOTD look from Hong Kong, below, so you can see my hair from the front view.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA & PINKY MIRROR 

MY HAIR JOURNEY WITH CG 210 (PART 3)

Yup, CG210 still is a big part of my hair care routine. It’s becoming a habit, I’d feel lost if I forgot to apply it.

You can see the difference on my hair from my previous post, here. So, how does my hair look like after religiously applying this hair spray-on lotion for 44 days straight? 

Please mind the style (and the fading color *sigh) …it’s too early in the morning when I took this pic and of course, I’m too lazy to style them. LOL. Anyhow, my hair shafts look like they’re getting thicker, with lesser hair fall. I believe they look healthier even though my hair were previously coloured and tortured every single day (with straightening iron).

Currently, I’m using the blackcurrant scents, specifically designed for women. The cannula really help to apply the lotion on the right spot. And I love the fact that my scalp didn’t react upon using this lotion, no itch…nothing. Even though it’s called lotion, the texture is somewhat watery, therefore it’s easier to absorb on scalp. I always make sure that my hair are perfectly clean & dry before spraying (just as they recommended). 

At their website, here, CG 210 claimed that it can grow 8,200 new hair strands after 90 days of use. Well, we’ll see if my hair will look thicker and thicker by then. I’ll update you on this for sure. See ya!

PHOTOS: PINKY MIRROR

MY HAIR JOURNEY WITH CG210 (PART TWO)

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Continuing my hair journey with ABBOTT CG 210, so what happened after a month plus of religiously using this hair spray-on lotion?

Time flew and it has been over a month since my first encounter with CG210. Just in case you missed it, click here for my previous post about the product. 

As recommended on the instruction, I applied about 5 sprays onto the scalp each morning and night. Since ABBOTT Indonesia gave me two products to try, men & women (scent difference only), I decided to use the men ones for night time use and women ones for day time use. Why? Because I feel the blackcurrant scent for the CG 210 women is too fruity, more suitable for day time use. Meanwhile, I found the mint scent on CG 210 men is subtler for resting time. 

Claimed to put hair shedding back to normal level in 44 days, check out my before after pics below. I even took a shot on my daily hair brush, so you can see how my hair shed lessen over these few weeks. Thankfully, my hair fall situation was not that bad, compare to those who will find hair on their pillow every morning. Mine were just falling all over the hair brush and in the shower. After I use CG 210 for more than a month now, my hair brush & shower sink are just some of the proof of how my hair fall situation has gradually decreased. 

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Check out the pic above, that’s how my hair shed every time I brush my hair.

After using CG 210 for a month plus, check out my hair brush below!

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Only a few hair were shed when I brush my hair. Awesome!

Check out my hair before and after pic below. If you can see a bald spot on my hair crown before, now it’s gone. Mind the length of my hair, I just had them cut earlier. 

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So far, I’m happy with the result, my bald spot is gone and don’t you think my hair look a lot thicker? I’ll definitely update you guys on how my healthier and thicker hair will get better and better in a few weeks to come. If you want to know more about Abbott CG 210, click here

PHOTOS: PINKY MIRROR 

MY HAIR JOURNEY WITH CG210 (PART ONE)

Yesterday, me and fellow beauty bloggers were invited to the launch of the very first haircare product from ABBOTT.

After 6 years of research, they finally launched the breakthrough solution for hair loss management. Named CG210, these spray-on lotion will help those who wish to reduce hair shedding, increase hair thickness, improve healthy hair & promote new healthy hair. Available for men (with mint scent) and women (with blackcurrant scent), CG210 is one breakthrough hair treatment. 

At the event in LOCANDA, Jakarta, they provided hair & scalp check.

Check out mine! Even though I just washed my hair the night before, it showed my very oily scalp. Fortunately, my hair follicles were quite good as one follicle have two and three hair shafts. 

Of course, I wouldn’t miss a chance to try CG210 on spot. Easy & practical to apply, just spray (5-10 sprays to cover entire scalp) & massage (not rub).

At the event, we also learned a lot about hair facts, and how CG210 will help manage our hair loss problem and thicken them. Composed of natural botanical extracts and manufactured in France, it’s good to know that CG210 is hypoallergenic & paraben free. It’s not just preventing our hair loss, but it’ll restore our normal hair cycle and stimulate hair regrowth. 

Claimed to work as soon as 44 days during trials, I’ll update on my review of CG210. So, stay tune! For more infos & details about the product, click here

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

WHY GO PREMIUM?

Earlier this month, me, fellow bloggers & press were invited to the opening of Johnny Andrean Premium Salon at Grand Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Suddenly, the metaphor of economy vs premium economy such in aircrafts’ seats crossed my mind. As you might already knew, premium economy is one level above the economy seats in every angle possible. Bigger seat, better service and of course, more expensive. So does apply to this hair salon and its’ treatment. 

Johnny Andrean Premium salon has Johnny Andrean Treatment Premium using hair products from Japan, Shiseido Professional. They’re offering 5 treatments for different kind of hair problems, using special range from Shiseido Professional. 

1. Anti Hairloss using Adenovital Series (Rp 195.000)
2. Anti Dandruff using Fuente Forte Series (Rp 125.000)
3. Dry & damage using Aqua Intensive Series (Rp 155.000)
4. Smooth using Sleek Liner Series (Rp 155.000)
5. Color using Luminogenic Series (Rp 155.000)

Given voucher at the event, I decided to try this premium treatment while I’m still enjoying my Lebaran’s holiday. Here’s the review!

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Instead going to the public area, which is so crowded, I entered a more private room with only 4 seats and 2 hair basins. Nice!

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The seats and the hair basins are different from the ones outside. 

I decided to try the anti dandruff treatment, not that I have one, but it’s great for detoxing scalp. Having oily scalp, I need those fresher and cleaner feeling. First step of the treatment: hair wash using Fuente Forte shampoo. Love the minty scent. 

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Then, the hair massage using Scalp Treatment from Adenovital Series for healthier scalp and hair fall problem. Love the minty tingling feeling on the scalp on this step. 

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The hair therapist offered me vitamin to apply on the ends of hair, as my hair ends are really dry. 

Moving on to the Ozone machine to make sure the products applied will be well absorbed. FYI, they’re only using this Ozone machine in this premium treatment. 

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10 minutes inside the Ozone machine, it felt warm at the beginning and breezing cold for the last minute. Final step: hair rinse. Also with warm water at the beginning and cold water at the end. You see, warm water will open hair cuticle and cold water will close them and seal in moisture. One trick to make our hair look shinier & healthier. 

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Voila! End result: softer and shinier hair with bonus: clean scalp. 

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

ONLY ONE MINUTE A WEEK

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Lately, I have no time for myself. Nor for my hair.

Yes, lots of us took hair for granted. We’re too busy caring for our other part of the body (read: face). Then….hair start falling. Then…we panicked. 

What to do when you have no time to actually relaxing for many hours in a hair salon and do hair spa? Seriously, do we really need hair spa or cream bath treatment to make our hair healthier? Apparently all my questions were answered when me and fellow bloggers were invited to the launch of L’Oreal Paris Hair Mask in Rumah Imam Bonjol, Jakarta. 

PR Manager of L’Oreal Paris Indonesia, Antania Hanjani explained, “All that hair tugging or just too hard scalp massage during your cream bath session, generally will make hair falling condition worst. Yes, maybe you feel more relaxed, but your scalp will get oilier and your hair will fall more.” 

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I’m surprised to found out that it actually takes just one minute in a week to transform dry and dull looking hair. Complete your hair shampoo and conditioner regimen with L’Oreal Paris Hair Mask, especially if you noticed signs of dryness and damage on your hair (thanks to those processing like coloring, perming or straightening). Yes, it’s an essential part of hair repairing strategy, to boost your hair’s shine and health in just a minute a week. Certainly we can do this, right? 

All these time, many people think that shampoo and conditioner was just enough for at home hair care regimen. You see, conditioner is just adding moisture back into your hair after shampoo and make your hair easier to comb (especially if you have long hair like me). But, hair mask was designed for repair purposes, mainly to improve hair condition. Deep nourishment as I might said, without the need to heavily massage the scalp. 

At the event, we got the hair mask treatment (yeay!). First, shampoo, conditioner and last, hair mask. As you can see, even the textures of conditioner and mask are very much different. Conditioner is much lighter like lotion, while mask is more creamy. 

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Convenient in a 20ml sachet for one time usage, I chose Smooth Intense Hair Mask which is perfect for my hair condition. I experienced a lot of ‘tangled when wet’ hair moment, so I found it amazing when the hair stylist at the event combed my wet hair so easily! 

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And off to the blow-dry area. 

Voila! Check out my ‘after’ hair. 

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I love how my hair look super healthy and shiny. They felt bouncier too. I truly believe, this is how any beauty products supposed to be, super affordable, minimal effort with maximal result. Don’t you agree with me?

L’Oreal Paris Hair Mask is now available in 3 ranges:

  • Total Repair 5 with Ceramide for damaged hair
  • Smooth Intense with Argan Oil for tangled hair
  • Fall Resist 3X with Arganine for hair growth

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

GLAM UP

Rejoice, fellow salon lovers. There’s a new hair salon in town. And it’s a premium one too!

Last week I was invited to the launch of JOHNNY ANDREAN PREMIUM SALON in Plaza Senayan, Jakarta. Johnny Andrean was such an iconic hair salon owner. It was 37 years ago that he built his first hair salon, and this year, he and his wife, Tina Andrean launched their premium salon due to their client’s high demand for premium hair care services. 

So they renovated their previous salon on the same spot in Plaza Senayan, to match their premium services. It’s more luxurious and comfortable when I saw it and of course, the products they’re using will be more premium. Enter: Shiseido Professional The Hair Care. Yes, they’re using exclusive range from the Japanese brand (also a favorite of Tina Andrean). Targeting to customers with lifestyle in mind, you can also purchase your favorite hair care from Shiseido Professional’s corner at this premium salon. And, they’re using Max Factor for manicure & pedicure color service for that gel finish without using the UV lamp. 

At the event, they also launched their latest hair color trend, named INSTAGLAM. Inspired by “Tokyo Blend” (a hair stylist community from 9 of the most influential salon in Japan) and coffee, Johnny Andrean teamed up with Shiseido Professional for three color trends: Rose Coffee Roaster, Mocha Espresso & Cherry Latte. Be your own ‘barista’ and choose a color from these warm brownish based colors.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

FOR THAT SLEEK & NOURISHED LOOK

I’m in that never ending battle for super soft look and feel of long hair.

Ever since I’ve grown my hair long (and longer these days), I’m getting more serious of my hair care. Seriously, longer hair need more attention, more TLC than shorter ones. I believe in using good shampoo, conditioner and mask, as ordinary hair care products in supermarket just don’t cut it anymore (I ended with that non long lasting scent of clean hair, oily scalp & tangled long hair). 

That’s why I believe in salon quality hair products. Currently, I’ve been using the latest from L’Oreal Professionnel Innovative Serie Expert, Pro-Keratin Refill shampoo and masque. Combination of Keratin (FYI, our hair is made up of 85% Keratin that gives hair shine, flexibility & strength) and Incell work together for stronger and more resilient hair. They’ll help to strengthen weak and damage hair too! So, cleansing, strengthening & nourishing? Yup! After a week or so, I do feel my hair is more resistant to breakage. They feel softer without the oily scalp at the end of the day, easier to comb and their fresh scent last. Even without the help of flat iron, a simple blow dry made my hair looked sleek (check out my Violet from The Incredibles’ impersonation pic above #LOL).