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Beauty Lab: Studio Fix Salon By Alex Carbonell

We try out Greenbelt 5's hottest new salon.
Beauty Lab: Studio Fix Salon By Alex Carbonell We try out Greenbelt 5's hottest new salon.

For years I considered Greenbelt 1's Propaganda Salon my “safety” salon, where I went if I needed a sure thing: perfect highlights (not too loud, but not too subtle, either), the right bob, sexy layers that didn't fall limp no matter where I parted my hair. So much so was my trust in the place that it was where I had my hair and makeup done for my 18th birthday party—so when I found out that Alex Carbonell, one of Propaganda's senior stylists, had set up a place of his own, I was more than eager to pay him a visit.

After the initial hellos, Alex ushered me personally into the minimalist, well-decorated interiors which still held the Bench FIX hallmarks of stark decor with splashes of purple, Studio Fix Salon by Alex Carbonell is where he now holds term as Chief Creative Director. He suggested I try the Schwarzkopf Professional Essensity Intensive Cure Mask for my chemically-treated hair. Meant to fix extremely porous strands—such as those which have been subjected to regular coloring, rebonding or perming services—in a manner not unlike filling in the gaps in the hair shaft, it re-elasticizes the hair and injects it with much-needed moisture.

I've had good reactions with Essensity treatments before (to wit: I could literally feel the before-and-after change in silkiness with past hair masques) and this was no exception: my service included a Replenishing Shampoo to gently, yet thoroughly, remove build-up and the Intensive Cure Mask itself, which was left to sit for 10 minutes under a mist machine, while I marinated blissfully with a back and arm massage. A rinse with a sealing lotion followed to lock in the sheen, and my hair was back to its sleek, post-rebonded self.

If your hair is dry, unmanageable, or damaged, especially by frequent coloring or retexturizing treatments, then even a monthly indulgence with the Essensity Intensive Cure Mask would work wonders. The effects of a hair treatment normally last for a mere two days max on my hair; it's business—and a no-nonsense ponytail—as usual come day three. This time, though, I could still feel a semblance of silkiness after a week of washing, and, humidity notwithstanding, my mane's manageability obviously improved.

Try it if you're in need of resurrecting super gnarly strands; the reasonable price point makes it a once-a-month necessity.

Schwarzkopf Professional Essensity Intensive Curing Mask Customized Treatment, P2300-P3300 depending on hair length, at Studio Fix Salon by Alex Carbonell.

—Eunice Lucero, Beauty Editor

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