Cosmoprof Asia 2016 / Hair!

Look, I’m a professional nail artist, not a hair stylist or colorist, but I am an avid consumer of hair products and have had my hair professionally colored, cut, bleached, or styled too many times to count.  I found a little something for everyone at this years Cosmoprof Asia 2016 hair gallery inside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.  There was a lot of ground to cover so I made a goal to pick a favorite product for each of the basic hair woes.  I’m talking about the most common hair problems that all of us, men and women, have either experienced ourselves or know someone else who has.  Let’s get started, keep in mind I’ve listed these in no particular order -_*

DAMAGED // GOZ Ojon Instant BB Carribean Hot Oil

Hailing to us from Brazil, this subtle little bottle of gold offers total recovery, nourishing and repairing very damaged hair. The base of this clever mixture is amino acid rich, Batana aka Ojon oil.  It is joined by Camellia, Sun Flower, Vitamin E, and Avacado oil that offer combined benefits of anti-aging, repairing, soy protein, UV protection, folic acid, powerful anti-oxidants, Alfa-Tocopherol, and many more minerals.  On top of that, Instant BB oil heats up and changes from oil to milky warm jelly for your hair, right before your eyes.  Chemistry is pretty cool huh.  It hasn’t been easy to find this gem online or otherwise, so luckily I snagged 2 from Venacio at the GOZ booth ^_^

DANDRUFF // Dr. FORHAIR Folligen Easy Swab

Among all of the Korean based Humajor hair products, this one is said to be one of the best selling. Ezpz scalp cooling menthol swab, immediately removes oil and impurities, therefore removing any dirt or impurities that might be irritating the scalp. The answer to any number of issues that might be causing dry scalp and dandruff.  Sea Buckthorn Root and Clay, partnered with rehydrating Jojoba oil and Collagen is the super powers at work here.  What is Folligen you ask?  Well, basically it is a copper peptide treatment for helping hair regenerate.  I was especially grateful for this after a very, very long flight.

EFFORTLESS STYLING // Steam Miracurl by BaBylissPRO 

Admittedly, I seriously have always had trouble curling my hair.  You name it I’ve tried it, hot curlers, curling irons, foam rollers, flat irons, basically everything but a perm.  When I stumbled upon the Steam Miracurl you can imagine the literal bliss I felt and am currently reliving just talking about it.  Seems I’m a bit late to the game, alas there was still no consumer product for easy and quick curling to rival this little blue machine.   Besides, you’re steaming your hair, not pressing it between two scorching hot ceramic plates or bending it between hot metal!  Hair should be so lucky to steam, I steam my face every chance I get, my clothes, and never shy away from steam rooms for my bod.  

THIRSTY // OTTO KEUNIS Argan Oil Masque Treatment

The Australian based brand boasts a fully sulfate and paragon free, Argon oil based line of shampoos, conditioners, hair elixirs, shimmer sprays, everything you need to keep your hair hydrated and extra shiny.  This ultra hydrating mask is rich in fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin E which provides repair and deep hydration and protects cell membranes against oxidation, slows the aging of the hair fiber.  The packaging directs you to apply for only 5-15 minutes after shampooing, but if you’re feeling extra thirsty like I was after traveling, apply it overnight under a shower cap after a good shampoo and conditioner!

GREASY // AMIKA Dry Conditioner 

My experience with Brooklyn-born AMIKA was easily in the top dozen at the convention.  Not only are the products all sulfate and paraben free, but they are covered head to toe in AMIKA’s signature psychedelic print, which is what originally caught my eye about the brand in the Extraordinary Gallery on Level 3 of the good ole’ HKCEC.  I knew I had seen the pattern before, but this time I won’t forget it.  Are you tired of dry shampoos that last mere hours then make your hair look greasy, or is that just me?  AMIKA’s dry shampoo is actually a huge hit but when coupled with their one and only dry conditioner it is the perfect solution to tired, greasy hair.  I should know, I traveled 30+ hours back from Hong Kong and… I still haven’t washed my hair! Gasp!  Ok, well I’ve definitely showered, but my hair has held up! Don’t take it from me, go try it for yourself -_*  

As the total number of exhibitors this year was total 2,698 from 49 countries and regions, I could not possibly make it to all of the innovative hair brands and companies.  I’ve included some links to some information about the fanciest and healthiest hair trends at the convention, not to mention a special piece on the award-winning hair show by the Shiseido Professional Creative Team!

Crème de la Crème of Hair and Beauty Products

Spotlight Healthy Hair Products


Miss Handly

Cosmoprof Asia 2016 / First Day

WOW!!! I am still in awe of all the amazing beauty bounty I got to see and try at Cosmoprof Asia at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.  Yes, my friends, there are five whole floors of nothing but beauty gold and I haven’t even gotten to see the second venue yet!  Here’s a quick photo diary of JUST the first day at the convention.  Be sure to click the bottom right of the photos to see the descriptions ;)

CosmoProf Asia Director Michael Duck, myself, blogger Elle Lee, and CosmoProf Asia Event Director Alice Suen

Miss Japan 2016!

Opening reception of CosmoProf Asia 2016

A collaborative product design by glass manufacturers Pochet du Courval, Fiabila’s Savoir-faire nail polish, and Beautystreams, trends agency.  Raspberries have never looked so good!

Ninja ultrasonic light mask from Wellage.  Looks and feels cool, plus is a great solution for all skin issues!

Boutique, a charitable shopping experience at CosmoProf Asia! A percentage of all items bought here benefit the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.

Awesome ready made nail art tips from Esweetest!

Cool 1 step gel from La Senta that you can peel off, no acetone removal!  Finally, a gel that you can peel off your nails with no damage!

These new Nailway metallic nail stickers are rad for those of us who have trouble using striping tape.  Probably one of my favorite nail accessories brands in the market.

Check out Olivia Wah and her INCREDIBLE nail art at the Cuccio nail booth.

Gotta run, the second day and all its beauty awaits me at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.  Stay tuned!


Miss Handly

Cosmoprof Asia 2016 / Forecast

The forecast is sugar and spice, with a heavy chance of everything nice because I’m going to Cosmoprof Asia!!!  WoohooOOOoooOOOooo!?!$&!! Sorry, had to get that out.  Seriously, can’t believe that I’m going to be in Hong Kong in less than 2 weeks at the biggest beauty convention in ALL of Asia. I have never even been to Asia before, not even to another continent. This will also be the first time that Cosmoprof Asia has launched the fair in 2 venues! It’s gonna be bananas, November 15-17 at the Asia World Expo for packaging and OEM, then November 16-18 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center showcasing finished cosmetics.  I have never even been to Asia before, not even to another continent. That being said, this is so incredibly exciting to me that I can barely sit still enough to type this.  

But wait, there’s more! This year I am overjoyed to share that I will not just be attending Cosmoprof Asia 2016, I will be the official nail and hair blogger for the convention!!! Did I just say that?! Literally still in shock over this *_*

Really looking forward to so many seminars, events, products, and happenings, it’s hard to list them all, but I’ll try.  Not gonna lie, top of my list is Hong Kong Professional Nailist Competition for what I hope are obvious reasons ;p.  Cannot wait to check out Ray Gel, the variety of colors and packaging has got me itching to try it.  Perhaps with a new Cosmex LED light that incorporates red light for anti-aging purposes?  Yes this actually exists, gotta love 2016!  Oh, and let’s not forget the O’2NAILS Mobile Nail Printer because who doesn’t want to print whatever they want on their nails, wherever they want?! The presentation of Hair Trends and Art of Asia by AHMA should make a nice follow up to all of the cool hair color and styling products I can’t wait to try, specifically Tokio Inkarami hair repair line, Sublime Lime, and the majestic array of styling tools! This girl is hoping for some swanky hair demos to boot.

One does not just go to Cosmoprof Asia. One must prepare. One does not just look fabulous. However, in this world of glitz and glamour, I’ve found it’s easier and more fun with more than just one person on the team.  We get by with a little help from our friends, so I’ve asked a couple of my favorite hair and nail artists to help me get ready for my journey.  For my hair, I present to you Elise Welch aka Cocodisco, colorist, stylist, and all-around glamazon.  On my nails, we’ve got none other than my girl , nail magician, Britney Tokyo.  Here is some behind the scenes action just for you.  Make sure to change the video settings to watch in 1080p HD for the best quality ~_*

Cosmoprof Asia 2016, here I come!!!!


Miss Handly

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