Carla Concepcion, Graduate Student
I immediately liked Beauty Brick the moment I walked in. It was spacious and uncrowded, perfect for someone like me that needs some personal space while having my hair done!
First off, the salon staff brought me some clearbooks filled with cut-outs from Korean magazines filled with photos of women sporting different cuts, colors and curls. After picking the one I liked the most, the head stylist, Shin, came over to review my hair condition. Together with his trusty assistant and translator, Deborah, he explained to me what he thought would fare best.
He suggested he cut my one-length hair into layers, to add more texture and dimension, adding short side-swept bangs to frame my face. He also suggested we use a mixture of medium and large sized curls. He noted a head full of larger barrel curls may prove to be too heavy and fall limp faster. After explaining all of this, he proceeded with the cut.
The first solution put on my hair was a keratin treatment to protect my hair against damage. After a few minutes, this was washed out and another solution was slathered on, this time to open up the cuticle of the hair.
When it was time for the curlers to be arranged, Shin came back and fastened on the curlers himself, strategically arranging different sized rollers on my hair. Since I wanted cascading waves, he started the curls from the middle of my head (almost ear-length) instead of the crown area. After the placement was done, the heating machine was brought over which kind of reminded me of Dr. Octopus from "Spiderman," with one tentacle attached to each curler. Needless to say I looked quite funny at this point!
This took around thirty minutes to heat. Then, after the alarm signaled it was time, the tentacles were unplugged and yet another solution was painted on, this time close the cuticle. Finally, came the moment of truth.
After washing, I started to see the waves take shape on my wet hair. After drying, Shin came back to further snip away some ends and to give me some tips on styling. He suggested I use hair wax to separate the curls and to keep them intact. He also illustrated how, when drying, I should finger comb the curls in a forward motion to keep them in place.
The end result was pretty much exactly what I had asked for! I was really pleased with how it turned out.
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