The first time I had my hair treated with rebond, bleach and color plus Brazilian blow dry was in 2018. Now, it’s 2021, it’s that time again to get my hair treated. Had the same set of treatments from the same salon and same stylist: KIREI’S (also known as KIREI’S BEAUTY PARLOR) in my hometown with hair stylist Isabel Cruz. In this post, I will share my experience, and hopefully help you decide if this treatment is fit for your hair as well.
At the moment of posting this, I haven’t rinsed my hair. I need three more days. So, I will update this post for sure (as what I always do with my other posts)
JUST SOME IMPORTANT POINTS WHEN YOU ARE GETTING THIS TREATMENT FOR YOUR HAIR:
1) Make sure that your stylist know your hair treatment history. For example, in my case, I informed my stylist that I DIY rebonded and bleached and colored my hair three months ago. This is important for her to know so she’d know how to treat your hair strand with bleach (especially when you are aiming for a different hair color that most often needs bleaching).
2) Your stylist should be vigilant in the sense that, he or she should be checking out on your hair even if the “process” requires 45 minutes of “letting a chemical in your hair”. Especially when your hair has undergone much treatment. You can’t just trust a 20-minute bleaching or 45-minute hair rebond product 1 applied on hair– because the strands may react differently. And the damage to bleached hair during rebonding should be prevented. This is why I trust my stylist, because she is like a “hair police” checking out my hair strand EVERY NOW AND THEN.
3) During the bleaching process, you will feel burning sensation in your scalp, if it is severely uncomfortable and you feel like crying, tell your stylist. Drink lots of water too. And avoid getting the bleach to your eyes. If in case, you got a burn, immediately rinse with water.
4) Tell your stylist, which part of your hair you feel or observe to have more tending especially during the hair ironing (during rebond process). The rebonding will work effectively when the hair ironing is skillful. So, if you think there are missed strands or a bit of wave, tell your stylist to go over it again.
5) Be kind to your stylist and tip them. If you can, buy them food too. The process takes one whole day. And the stylist is not really getting much from the service so your tips can go a long way.
Is hair rebond for you?
Do you want to straighten your hair? If you answer yes, then hair rebond is definitely the way to go.
If you just had your hair treated, it may be tricky because some salon don’t accommodate clients who just had their hair bleached because there is a HIGH TENDENCY for the hair to rubberize. Personally, I also recommend to let your hair rest and home treated with conditioner/ keratin over the course prior to getting the treatment to avoid further damage.
But, if you think your hair had thick and sturdy strands (like my hair) you can go for hair rebond even after 2 or 3 months of bleaching. Make sure to have a skilled stylist as well. AND in order to have much better result, couple it with Brazilian Blow dry.
Do you need Brazilian blow dry?
I strongly recommend you do because this treatment locks the keratin in the hair strands, thus, the hair is much better/ healthier-looking afterwards.
Cost of getting hair rebond, hair color, and Brazilian blow dry
How much is it to get all this treatment? At Kirei’s, they charge about Php3,000 for the package treatment. In other salon, the range is Php 3000 – Php 5,000 depending on the hair length, thickness, and well, the salon rate. But 3,000 for waist-length hair is reasonable.
So there you go! Check out my other posts about hair care!
Thank you for your time! Hope my post helps. If you have questions, just leave a comment or message me. I always respond as soon as I can! Stay safe!
Erica is a former PR pro turned entrepreneur. Her greatest joys are family, blogging, music, skin care and social justice. As a Muay Thai enthusiast, Erica prides herself on working with increased focus, humility and diligence. She believes in living a fit life doing everything with a flair of creativity and love! Stalk her social channels @thegirlwiththemujihat
When I first came in at Pound for Pound Fitness Angono (PPF Angono) to enrol in their Muay Thai program, I didn’t know what to expect. In fact, I went on a sunny weekday afternoon, at a time when they have NO schedule for Muay Thai. Luckily, Coach Lloyd, a pro featherweight boxer, was considerate enough to accommodate me.
I had been wanting to enrol in a Muay Thai class since 2016 but hadn’t found any gym in my area that offered this class until last month.
Honestly, I have no previous experience in Martial Arts so I can’t imagine how a class was going to go. I had boxing lessons (for fitness) before at my previous gym. That’s the closest experience I have. So, I am a bit concerned if the class would be too difficult or if I’d embarrass or injure myself doing some techniques. BUT at the same time, I was very excited.
Today is officially my 11th class. I am proud to say, I am injury free… and though I still have a lot to learn, I decided to share with you about the benefits of training Muay Thai, what to expect in a class, some tips and guidelines to help you in case you’re planning on enrolling to one.
What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai literally translates to “Thai boxing“. It originated from Thailand and has a history that can be traced back to the 14th century.
As Thailand’s traditional Martial Art that uses the “Art of eight limbs”, Muay Thai uses eight points of the body namely: 2 legs, 2 arms, 2 knees, 2 elbows to strike an opponent or use as a weapon to fight.
Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science of Eight Limbs”, because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”. This is of course opposed to “two points” (fists) in boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in other more regulated combat sports, such as kickboxing. A practitioner of Muay Thai is known as a nak muay.
Many people refer to Muay Thai as kickboxing, however, it is much more than just kickboxing. With its rich history, there are many traditions that go along with it, similar to how many other beautiful martial arts share values and historical traditions.
Personally, I like Muay Thai because, to me, it’s RELATIVELY easier to learn than other Martial Arts. In addition, it’s a total workout for my mind and body so I’m definitely keeping my physical and mental health and my body in shape while learning some necessary techniques to defend myself.
Some people might associate Muay Thai (or other Martial Arts) to violence but actually, learning this or any other contact sports can help develop a person’s discipline, humility, sense of responsibility, among other great values.
What to expect during your first Muay Thai class at Pound for Pound Fitness Angono
A typical Muay Thai class in Pound for Pound Fitness Angono can last anywhere from one hour to one hour and a half, depending on how fast and efficient you do your assigned workouts and stretches.
A typical Muay Thai class at PPF Angono:
✓ Warm-up and stretching
✓ Pad exercises (4 rounds of beginner techniques and drills)
✓ Intense cardio session
✓ Ab workout
✓ Cooldown and stretching
The class begins with a warm-up.
Because Muay thai is a total body workout, expect to sweat a lot even during the warm-up. A warm-up can be 2 mins of jumping jacks or use of jumping ropes. Then followed by a light stretch. Then some more cardio exercises like 2 rounds of high knees, butt kicks, side squats, front kicks, and 10 burpees.
After you are warmed up and stretched out, you’d have the pad exercises where you get a one-on-one session with your trainer. Sounds intimidating I know. But the good news is that the trainers are approachable and friendly, they can help you ease into it without feeling any pressure, fear or intimidation.
During the pad exercises, you’ll have 4 rounds with your coach, each round would typically be around 3 minutes but could vary depending on how you’d last in the ring. During this time, your coach will teach you basic techniques such as kicks, punches, elbow and knee strikes.
After this, you’ll have an intense cardio session that varies every class. I like doing TRX and some cross-training boot camps. You’ll also do some ab workouts.
After all this, you’d cool down and do a final stretch.
1. Wear comfortable gym clothes and bring a towel and extra clothes for changing
You’ll be sweating a lot in your Muay Thai class. It’s always a good idea to bring a towel and an extra shirt for changing. It would be best if you have a sweat absorbing headband. Also, do not forget to tie your hair up. During the start of my training, I wore leggings but now I wear Muay Thai style shorts to facilitate better leg movements. As for shoes, wear a pair that is durable – something ideal for workouts. But during the one-on-one session with your trainer, you gotta be barefoot.
2. Bring lots of water (or purchase unlimited water Php10 at the gym) to stay hydrated
Because you’ll sweat insanely a lot, I can’t recommend this one enough. You can also drink some energy drinks. There are times when I drink Gatorade or Pocari Sweat. DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE/ TUMBLER!
3. Show up early or before the cut-off time
The Muay Thai classes at Pound for Pound Fitness Angono are scheduled M-W-F-Sat: 8-12NN and 6-10PM. On Sundays, just 10AM to 5PM. But they have a cut-off time at 11AM and 9PM. Make sure you arrive early to start a good relationship with your trainer and will give you the proper amount of time to get acquainted before you start your training session.
4. Don’t eat too much before your class
This goes for any fitness activity. You can eat to have enough energy but not too much food beforehand or else you’re going to throw up depending on how much cardio is involved. If you’re not regularly active, there’s a high possibility of getting sick during your first Muay Thai class. It’s always safe to eat one or two bananas 30-45 minutes before class starts. In my case, I eat rice and fried egg or chicken at 9AM. I start my training at 10:30AM.
5. Get enough sleep the night before
Muay Thai is a total body workout. It is important to have the optimal body condition so as to avoid a lack of focus during your training as well as sub-par performance. This also means you’d be avoiding any risk of injury.
Things I wish I had known before my first Muay Thai class
There are many things I wish I had known before my first Muay Thai class. I am sharing some points below with you:
1. Muay Thai shorts are amazing
Muay Thai shorts are better than leggings or joggers. They may look uncomfortable, but they make kicks much easier. If you plan on purchasing shorts online, make sure to size up.
2. Spend less by enrolling monthly rather than per session
I do Muay Thai 4 times a week. That means Php300 + Php 50 per session. Do the math. In a month it totally costs Php5,600. Whereas if you enrol for a month or two (esp on a promo period), you’d only be paying Php1,800 and Php2,800 respectively. You’re saving much money.
3. Invest in your own gloves and hand wraps
I know I love Muay Thai so much but I didn’t know I need to rent gloves every time. That means Php 50 every session. But even if there’s no rental fee, there’s no guarantee you’d always get the pair that perfectly fits. So, I highly recommend you to get your own pair. including your hand wraps.
4. It is important to throw kicks every single day
To improve anything, practice is the key. I read from a website (and also watched from some interviews) the best way to learn kicks is to do a lot of them. How many? About 250-500 a day. Or for us beginners, 100 times a day for both legs. But be gentle. Do proper warm-up before you start kicking.
5. Make sure you throw punches correctly
You should always be hitting/ punching with a perfectly straight wrist. If you bend your wrist or hit with the smaller knuckles of the ring or pinky fingers, you will injure your wrist and it is painfully nasty.
6. Expect to have bruises on your shin, thighs, elbows
I wasn’t expecting I’d get some bruises, but I did. And I continue to from time to time. The important thing to remember is to not panic. It is normal. You’d also feel sore after the class. The bruises and the soreness will heal on its own. And with consistent training, your body will be able to adapt. That means no more soreness unless you’re pushing yourself really hard.
7. You may get headaches or migraines after your workout
This will happen if you don’t keep yourself properly hydrated before, during, and after your workout. In my case, if I don’t eat before and after working out, I would have migraines. So I try to properly nourish my body.
8. Don’t forget to stretch
Stretching eases your muscle tension and makes you more flexible. Improving your flexibility would also improve your limb strikes. The more flexible you are, the higher your kicks will be. So it is important to stretch every single day. Stretching regularly also lowers your risk of getting any type of injury or soreness.
Remember this rule of thumb: stretch 3 times a day to become more flexible, and 2 times a day to maintain your flexibility.
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Learning Muay Thai is one of the best things that’s happened to me. Because of this sport, much of my stress is relieved. Also, I manage to start my day early, feel healthier and more productive. It’s also developed my patience and endurance more. Even if I don’t get in a fight and don’t get to strike anyone in real life, I know that the lessons I learn in Muay Thai is invaluable. If you’re considering to try this sport, my advice to you is to drop all your worries, go to the gym if you really want to learn Muay Thai. It might be difficult at first, but all struggles are worth it!
Have you ever tried any contact sports? Do youw ant to try muay Thai? Is there a fitness gym near you that offer Muay Thai training? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
As a blogger who frequently takes photos and videos for contents, my hair has gone through a lot to look on point. But all these years, I realized that styling my hair daily not only takes time but also damages my hair. So I decided I’d need to have my hair treated to address these issues.
That said, here’s an update on my recent hair treatment.
I had hair rebond plus Brazilian blowout at Kirei’s Beauty Salon about a week ago. In this post, I’ll discuss about the process of Brazilian Blowout, result, and my thoughts and recommendation!
The last time I got my hair treated was in December last year. I had hair rebond plus hair color and the process certainly made my hair straight BUT left my hair dry.
Several months later, I went back to the salon to tame my waves. They had manifested after my hair grew out the rebonded parts. But this time the stylist recommended me to have rebond plus brazilian blowout. I wasn’t sure my hair needed it because the last time I got it, I had perm. But the stylist guaranteed me shiny, smooth, moisturized, healthy hair. So, I agreed!
My hair after getting rebond plus Brazilian blowout
After the treatment, my hair was incredibly shiny, straight and bouncy. But I believe this is still because of the ironing. But I am glad that after washing my hair 7 days after the treatment, the wavy top of my head straightened and looked healthier, you see on the pictures above… I say that the treatments didn’t disappoint! Rebond with brazilian blowout is effective!
I had my hair treated at Kire’s Beauty Salon in Angono, Rizal in front of the old Maysha Hotel. I recommend this salon if you are in the area. Another salon I highly recommend is in Pasig City, near Savemore Amang Rodriguez – Swan Beauty and Wellness Salon.
I hope this post helps. If you have questions or concerns, just leave a comment below!