Wednesday, December 7, 2016

J & J Hair Identity : Natulique Hair Coloring

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When your black hair roots are emerging that shows a contrast with coloured hair, you know it's time for to touch up your roots or get a new hair colour. I initially wanted to leave my hair as it is since I did not want to subject my hair to further damage. But I had the opportunity to try out an organic hair colouring services at J&J Hair identity so I decided to give organic hair colouring a try to also understand more about organic hair colouring and its developments in today's hair industry.

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J&J identity is using Natulique, a certified organic hair brand from Denmark. This hand brand offers professional colouring salon products as well as everyday haircare products like shampoo and conditioner for personal use. Their organic hair colouring is infused with certified organic ingredients which are mainly botanical oils and plant extracts. It is free of ammonia, lauryl sulfate and parabens. Thus, it is more safe and gentle for the hair and scalp. It also doesn't have much of an unpleasant odour as well.


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J&J Identity is the current sole distributor of the Natulique hair products in Singapore and they mainly use Natulique products for their hair salon services. They are a fully organic hair salon located in Katong.

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I decided to try their organic hair colouring so that I could wash down the lighter tones in my hair and probably go for a darker colour tone. My hair was bleached previously and after many washes, my hair got lighter and lighter. So this time, I wanted some thing darker and probably more natural. I opted for natural shades of brown but the stylist recommended me to try dark purple with red. He assured me that the colours would appear darker than my current hair colour too so I agreed and with went with it.

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During the hair colouring session which took about 3 hours plus, I got to understand more about the brand Natulique. It's mission and values is pretty much in line with other sustainable hair brands. It is also certified organic by ECOCERT. For a brand to receive the ECOCERT certification, it needs to meet a set of strict requirements. A minimum of 98.8% of the total ingredients in the product must have a natural origin and a minimum of 10.3% of all the ingredients by weight must come from organic farming. It is also against animal-testing so it is certainly vegan and vegetarian-friendly too.

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To get a more even hair colour, the stylist suggested that to lighten my hair to achieve a uniform colour before using the red and purple hair dyes.

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I was amazed by how fast the colouring takes and it does make my hair look very shiny and smooth. This is probably due to the presence of the hair botanical oils that not only nourish the hair but also to give it a natural shine.

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After evening out the hair tone, the stylist washed and blow-dry my hair before proceeding to the second round of hair colouring.

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He used red colour dyes at the ends of my hair for a nice colour contrast. Usually, what your hair colour seems like during the dyeing process is not how the colour would turn out. But in this case, the colour turns out as it is. So it did looked very bright and vibrant. Previously, organic hair dyes are not able to achieve such creative and vibrant colours but now it is possible. Thus, if you are feeling outrageous and want to go all crazy with your hair colours, you can definitely try out creative hair colouring using organic hair colour dyes.

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Though it is certainly darker than my previous colour, I find the tinge of red is too bright for my liking and I certainly wasn't quite use to having such colours on my hair.

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Thus, I requested for the stylist to darken my bright red undertones which he kindly did it for me to darker the red highlights with dark purple dyes.

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It definitely looked much better as I did wanted my hair to look a little more natural but under light, the tones of purple and red streaks would still be seen. I would opt for brown hues for my next visit.

If you do colour your hair very often, I recommend going for professional organic hair colouring as it is definitely less damaging on your hair but I would suggest going for classic colours that suits your skin tone and a colour which you think you can carry it off for a longer period of time.

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J&J Hair Identity
88 East Coast Road
#02-11 Katong Square
Singapore 423371

Nature's Glory Organic Haul

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If you are looking for a reliable and trusted store that sells fresh and dry organic produce in Singapore, I highly recommend Nature's Glory where you can get organic food stuff at reasonable prices. The store may not be as huge as large organic supermarts but you can find a good variety of basic food items like organic sugar, salt pasta, tea, bath products and even fresh vegetable and fruit produce. They are very selective when it comes to organic food brands that they bring in. They even do stringent checks on the product to ensure that the food made with organic ingredients only. They also bring in a lot of organic Japanese food stuff like seaweed and seasonings like miso which are used in Japanese cuisine.

Recently, I did a major haul at Nature's Glory and here's the list of items which I've bought. You wouldn't want to make frequent trips there unless you own a car because it is not located near the MRT and you have to walk or take a bus to get there.


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Dr. Bronner's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
($21.90)



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Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap ($11.90 each)

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Traditional Medicinals
($11.00 each)

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Dr. Bronner's Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer
($7.95)

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Lightly Salted Brown Rice Crackers
($4.30)

Tamari Flavour Brown Rice Crackers
($4.30)

Quinoa Crackers with Black Sesame
($4.10)

Nature's Glory Green Pea Chips
($3.60)

Barley Malt Candy with Green Tea
($3.50)





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Dr. Bronner's Peppermint All-One Toothpaste

($11.90)

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Cha Soba (Buckwheat Green Tea)
($7.00)

Buckwheat Ramen with Soup Stock
($3.50)

Shiitake Ramen with Soup Stock
($3.50)

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Instant Miso Soup without Bonito
($7.50)

Instant Red Miso Soup
($8.60)

Katsuo Kombu Shiitake Dashi Muso
($9.90)

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Organic Red Ginger Drink Mix (150g)
($6.90)

Organic Tumeric Drink Mix (150g)
($6.90)

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Quinoa
($10.90)

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Arame (50g)
($4.70)

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Organic Shitake Mushroom
( $7.20)

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Organic Coconut Palm Sugar (Wild Harvested)
($5.50)

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Sushi Nori Sheets
($8.70)


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Eden Kamut Spaghetti
( $6.00)

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Organic Raw Sugar
($2.60)

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Mount Andes Rock Salt
($3.80)


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Bonsoy with Barley (1 litre)
($4.95)

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Eden Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
($5.80)

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PureHarvest Organic Maple Syrup
($19.90)

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Organic Bioactive Manuka Honey
($18.90)



Like https://www.facebook.com/NaturesGlorySg and Follow @naturesglorysingapore to get FREE membership, enjoy 10% OFF for purchases of any amount and 15% OFF for purchases above $80! Just show the front desk staff your smartphone that you’ve done so before making payment.



Nature’s Glory Retail Showroom
315 Outram Road #01-09
Tan Boon Liat Building
Singapore 169074
Tel: +65 62271318
Email: customerservice@natures-glory.com

Wellaholic: Live The Change


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With the year 2017 just around the corner, people are going to start posting and writing down their New Year Resolutions. It marks the new beginnings of a new year with new goals and aspiration. With all the festive and celebrations going on, it makes you feel good and charged up about starting the year right. But why wait till the start of the year when you can start taking small steps to drive a change or reach a goal? 

My goal has always been about eating right, being active and feeling good about yourself. And hopefully, my positive vibes would also rub off on others and inspire them to live the change. However, along with the journey of pursuing your goals, you may encounter failures which divert you further away from reaching the finishing line which is why I feel that being in a community of like-minded individuals who is open to embrace others is important. They are the ones who would remind you that a change starts from the way you live. And that is how I exactly felt when I stepped into Wellaholic office. When I was first introduced to them, I thought they were just selling health supplements to help individuals to look younger, leaner and healthier. Period. But after learning about their story, I could see that they are also starting a community to live the change via their fitness classes, wellness sessions and other health perks exclusive for their members. I could see where they are going - they are not only providing supplements but also helping their clients attain their health goals more effectively through their activities.

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Their health supplements range from multivitamins, probiotics to protein powders. They also launch their own range of skincare products too. 

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I wasn't really into health supplements as I don't really like the feeling of having to swallow pills but I do see the need to take it especially with the current busy lifestyle trends that most of us are going through. We might not be eating sufficient foods to obtain the daily recommended dosage of certain nutrients or vitamins to keep our body strong and functioning properly. In my case, I knew my digestive system weren't functioning that effectively as I often experience bloatedness and other indigestion problems. Eating a bunch of hi-fibre vegetables and fruits may help but in reality, I can't stomach so much at one go. It's a dilemma that we modern health-conscious people face. If I have all the time in this world, I would prefer to obtain the nutrients naturally by consuming whole foods. However, with a busy lifestyle, it is increasingly much harder to keep up with our nutrient intake or to even plan what to eat just to meet our dietary requirements. Supplements, in case, could be an alternative.

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But with so many brands of supplements out there, which ones should you pick? To me, what matters most is, of course, the ingredients of the supplement formula and whether it has been approved or registered by a certified regulatory body controls and supervises on drugs. I like the fact that they are transparent about all the ingredients that they use, including other ingredients which may be found in the vegetable capsules itself. Their supplements are also FDA approved.

One of their signature products is W+ Resveratrol which is a super antioxidant to help promote the regeneration of cells. Resveratrol is actually a plant phenol which is naturally produced by plants in response to defend itself against pathogens. And they are found under the skin of high anti-oxidant fruits like blueberries, raspberries and in grapes too. I've always find plants fascinating in this aspect. You don't have to rely on artificially-made stem cells to reserve the clock when you can do so naturally with plants. This is great for vegetarians and vegans as it contains no animal-derived ingredients. 

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For me, I've decided to try their OxyBurn and Super 7 probiotics. OxyBurn is a weight management pills that comprises mainly plant extracts like green coffee bean extract and raspberry ketone to increase fat burn. I've been liking the effects of the Super  probiotics thus far as it increases my bowel movement so that I feel lighter and less bloated during the day. Each bottle of supplement lasts for about a month or so.

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You could purchase their health supplements online or at their office. But if you are dropping their office to check out their health supplements, why not join in their fitness classes which are held mostly in the evenings?

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They also offer facial rejuvenation treatments using E-light and IPL to treat skin conditions and remove effects of photo-ageing such as wrinkles, spots, and textures.  Prices start from $2.99 per E-light shot. 


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They also have Tui Na sessions on Tuesdays open to both members and non-members. You could also check out Wellaholic Facebook page for the calendar of events.

I am teaming up with Wellaholic to do a giveaway this Christmas on my Facebook Page where I will be giving away one bottle of their Mind Matrix supplement and another supplement of your choice! This will probably help you to kick start the positive changes you want to make in your life!
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Do stay tuned for more. 

For more information, you can visit their website at wellaholic.com or swing by their office which is about 3 minutes walk from Lavender MRT station. 

Wellaholic
16M Penhas Road
Level 2
Singapore  208180