Dec 3, 2008  •  In Beauty, Reviews

Product Review: Jonathan Serious Volume Shampoo & Conditioner

Ever since I watched the first two seasons of Bravo’s Blow-Out, I’ve wanted to try the Jonathan line of hair products.

A couple of months ago, I picked up a sample jar of Jonathan’s Dirt at my local Sephora. It was the most popular product in Jonathan’s product line and I was tempted to try my hand at the “day-after” look.

I really liked it. The smell was pleasant but not overpowering, and it really allowed more control and better styling without weighing down my hair.

I liked it so much that when my shampoo & conditioner ran out, I decided to turn to the Jonathan line again.

I quickly decided upon the Serious Volume shampoo and conditioner because my hair tends to go flat by the end of the day. I didn’t expect much, because I’ve tried plenty of salon-quality products only to find that they weren’t too different from drugstore brands.

But you know what? I loved them.

The shampoo smells like citrus & honey tea. I’m very sensitive about smell so I was pleased to find the scent to be light and not overwhelming.

The texture of the shampoo is unlike that of any other shampoos I’ve tried. It is a bit runnier than other shampoos right out of the bottle. However, once the stuff makes contact with your hair, it becomes thick and a bit sticky…like maple syrup. For this reason, you need to make sure that your hair is really wet before applying the shampoo.

After rinsing for the first time, I was in bit of a shock, because not only was my hair squeaky clean, it felt like wet straws. I thought to myself, “Great, that was a waste of money….”

…until I applied the conditioner.

I really do think that the shampoo and conditioner were formulated to work together, because as soon as I smoothed on the conditioner the straw-like texture went away and I was left with soft and clean hair.

And the smell! The conditioner smells like sweet pina colada. I couldn’t help but keep sniffing my hair afterwards.

Jonathan’s Serious Volume shampoo and conditioner really does add body to my hair without over-drying. My hair is left soft and bouncy…and smelling delicious, to boot.

I know it’s not just me, because I discovered that J started using them too! He usually uses his own hair products, but this time he’s been dipping into my supply.

Great products. I wholeheartedly recommend them. In fact, I’ll be purchasing new bottles later today!

Dec 3, 2008  •  In Korean, Relationships

Going to Jail for Adultery

A couple of weeks ago, Korean actress Ok So Ri made headlines for being on trial for adultery.

After admitting in court to the affair, Ok So Ri took the case to the South Korean Constitutional Court in an attempt to overturn the country’s anti-adultery law.

The law was enacted fifty years ago to protect women who had few rights in a male-dominated country. However, critics claim that the statute is no longer fit for Korea’s modern society with advanced civil and family court systems. Furthermore, some view the anti-adultery law as a means of revenge by the scorned spouse.

Three days ago, the verdict came in: the request to overturn the law was denied and Ok So Ri was sentenced to two years in jail.

I was very much surprised by the verdict. South Korea has some of the highest rates of extra-marital sexual relationships in the modern world. Married men frequently visit massage parlors, room salons, and engage in other activities that are unfaithful to their wives.

By no means do I condone the behavior. Rather, I was surprised at the hypocrisy of it all.

I then began to imagine what it would be like if such a law existed here in the United States. Would people tend to stay more faithful? Would marriage rates decrease? Or would the jails be overrun by adulterers?

What do you think?