Ever wonder why the Filipino language has bigas, sinaing, kanin, sinangag, lugaw, lamig, and am variations for rice, while the English language only has, well, rice? Language is as alive as the culture it represents. And while we can go on days talking about the richness of wikang Filipino, we believe it’s time to put the spotlight on Filipino hair expressions.
Oh, yes! From “haba ng hair” to “ang sakit sa bangs,” let’s talk about different Filipino hair expressions and our national love for hair.
5 Commonly-Used Filipino Hair Expressions
1. Haba ng hair
We’ve always equated beauty with hair. The longer, the prettier. This is very evident in leading ladies we look up to, and even in the models of the country’s top shampoo brands. And so, whenever a girl has suitors or admirers, or when your officemate just received a bouquet of flowers from her beau, we’re very quick to quip, “uy, haba ng hair!” Not necessarily because they do have long hair, but because they’re really pretty. Naks!
Editor’s tip: Keep your long locks beautiful and strong by giving it the right amount of nutrients it needs. Nourish your hair with Sunsilk Strong & Long Shampoo that has Biotin that helps make your hair stronger as it grows!
2. Bagong rebond
Remember the time when the rebonding hair treatment was introduced to Filipinas? Suddenly, everyone’s sporting their rebond-straight hair and the phrase “bagong rebond” was born. This builds on our notion for long straight hair as the epitome of beauty.
The thing is, getting a rebonding treatment costs a fortune. The good news? You can achieve your own bagong rebond look in a few easy steps right at the comfort of your home. Just spritz your hair with heat protectant, straighten your hair with a flat iron by section, and apply some leave-in conditioner or hair serum. Voila, salon-straight hair unlocked!
Editor’s tip: You don’t need to spend your dime and time in a salon just to get your dream straight hair. With advanced technology and new formulas, you can get salon-straight hair even with just 1 wash. Use the TRESemmé Ultimate Straight & Shine Shampoo and TRESemmé Ultimate Straight & Shine Conditioner, enriched with Shea Butter Oil and Vitamin H for that smooth and salon-soft hair.
3. Sakit sa bangs
Playing with words can also go in style. Who doesn’t love to say “ang sakit sa bangs” instead of “head” when you’re sporting some bangs and a challenging task comes right up? We’d jump into it every chance we can get!
4. Kulot salot
Tbh, this is our least favorite. It literally paints people with curly hair bad, showing our colonial mentality and disapproval of curly or kinky hair. But hey, it’s 2019 and it’s about time to break this notion!
Editor’s tip: Hair mousse is a curly-haired girl’s best friend! Use TONI&GUY Volume Plumping Mousse to give your curly hair more body, bounce, and movement right where it needs. It defines your curls beautifully so you don’t end up with a kulot mess on your head!
5. Maputi na ang buhok
This Filipino hair expression is an idiom widely used, especially by old people, to say that a person is old in a kind and poetic way. There’s even a song written for it!
While white hair may be caused by aging and other factors, it’s no reason to keep you from rocking a trendy maputing buhok look. In fact, you can totally own it and rock ashy tones or full ash blonde hair color!
Editor’s tip: Want to sport beautiful hues? Keep your hair color vibrant with Cream Silk Color Protect Conditioner. This sulfate-free product has Color Protect Complex formulation designed to nourish your hair to prevent dryness and dullness while keeping your hair color vibrant.
Over the years, we’ve come up with clever and witty Filipino hair expressions, proving we’re also crazy about all things hair! Did we miss anything? Relive them or live up their styles to celebrate the beauty of our language and hair—yes, we can do both!
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