A few months after my first digiperm, news broke that a new ammonia-free, professional hair color (called INOA) is being used by select salons. I knew that I had to find a great salon which offers INOA and try it for myself. It was important for me to find a salon with lots of great reviews because international reviews on INOA has been mixed. From what I've gathered, stylists have to be well trained with mixing and applying INOA and your hair has to be in good condition or else you could end up with dry, brittle and thin hair. That's when I read about Straight and Smooth Salon. Not only do they treat your hair well, they also spoil you.
When I arrived at the salon, I thought I was early for my appointment. But lo and behold, I think I scheduled my appointment at a wrong date. If the ladies of Straight&Smooth are reading this, so sorry about that. Luckily, they still accommodated me even if the stylist was servicing someone else.
|Check out the cute door knobs, a hair blower and a round hair brush|
Before I share my INOA experience, I would just like to remind you that I've never had my hair colored before so I won't be able to compare my experience to a regular-color treatment. Okay, so, here goes..
The solution she applied was creamy and it smelled nice (floral). I actually thought that it was just conditioner. After 20 minutes of leaving the solution on, Ms. Honey checked on my hair. We then waited for another 5 minutes. She then applied (I suppose it was) a second layer of the solution to color the roots and ends evenly. At this point the treatment felt really cold on my scalp. After 3 minutes, I felt my scalp itch a bit and asked Jane (Ms Honey's assistant) if it was normal to feel like so. While waiting for the 20 minutes to finish, the itchiness and stinging grew worse until eventually it vanished.
|Starting to feel the itching and stinging|
The final step was blow drying and styling. I really appreciated that Ms. Honey styled my hair wavily (haha, if there's such a term). Since my curls have turned into waves, she tried to go with it and give me big sexy waves. It felt great when she exclaimed "Wow" when she achieved the gorgeous waves! Sadly I wasn't able to take a picture of it. Seriously, I've never seen my hair with so much volume.
Anyway, from my previous jet black hair, it now looks like so:
|With flourescent lighting and no camera flash|
|With incandescent light and camera flash|
Wallet damage: Php2,400 for INOA treatment for super long hair
Straight and Smooth Salon is located at the Upper Ground Floor of Vernida 1 Condominium, 120 Amorsolo St. , Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines. It's next to the CAP building and is at the same street as Makati Medical Center. You can reach them at 759.51.05.