Debating whether you should try that ash hair color you've been seeing all over social media? This is your sign! Two popular techniques featuring this color have been making the rounds recently—namely, ash foil highlights and ash blonde balayage. These methods both involve a process of bleaching sections of your hair and then applying your preferred dye after. The difference between the two is that highlights have more of a uniform look to them and are applied from root to tip, while a balayage has an ombré effect due to its "hand-painted" application method. What you should go for is entirely up to your preference!
That said, it's no surprise why this cool-toned hair color is so coveted. When done in the correct way by the right hands, it can suit a range of skin tones and bring out your best features. The contrast between the lightness of the bleached hair interwoven with dark hair also adds dimension to monotone hair. And when it comes to highlights or a balayage, only some parts of the hair are lightened so it’s less damaging than doing a full head of platinum blonde.
Convinced yet? Here are seven salons in Manila for your ash blonde hair makeover:
1. Design Studio
Design Studio is one of the most favored salons in Manila by influencers like Lexi Mendiola and Shanika Silverio. Known for their different balayage looks, their hair colorist Barbie Panganiban uses her expertise in determining the right shade of ash for her clients while keeping damage at a minimum!
Rates: Highlights and balayage start at P9,000 (subject to change after consultation)
Address: Arnaiz Metrobank Building, 908 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati
Contact number: â€‹â€‹0919 999 7622
2. Headtown Salon and Spa
If you're on TikTok, you may have come across Headtown Salon senior hairstylist JM Bacacao's videos on your FYP. His balayage creations have earned the internet's envy, and the results speak for themselves! Not only that, JM describes his hair colors with quirky names like "cinnamon swirl cake" and "Yakult milk tea," making each look a distinct work of art!
Rates: Prices start at P5,800 for a regular balayage, P2,500 for regular highlights/lowlights
Address: 2F Shops at Ayala North Exchange Ayala Avenue cor. Salcedo and Amorsolo Street, Makati
Contact numbers:0917 553 3838 or 02-775 07 417
3. Hairticulture by Carl Dana
Hairticulture by Carl Dana is a new salon that just opened this September. It doubles as a rare plant store, too, so you can get pampered while being surrounded by greenery! The salon is owned by Carl Dana, who has more than 15 years of experience in hair styling and coloring. His clients include the likes of Barbie Imperial, Michele Gumabao, Jennica Sanchez, and Arci Munoz!
Rates: Prices start at P3,000 for balayage, P3,700 for highlights
Address: 2F Timog Bldg., Eugenio Lopez Drive, Quezon City
Contact: 0918 252 7621
4. Toni & Guy
Personalities such as Patty Ang, Sam Cruz, and Cole Hernandez have this salon to thank for their gorgeous ash blonde tresses! Toni & Guy has multiple branches all across Metro Manila so they’re accessible for both North and South residents. If you find yourself in the SM Aura branch, however, colorist Gen Gironella is the "guy" to find to make your hair dreams come true.
Rates: Highlights and balayage start at P5,300
Address: SM Aura Premier
Contact number: 0915 484 708
5. Stop & Glow Salon and Spa
Take a quick scroll through Stop & Glow Salon and Spa's Instagram feed and you'll find ash blonde looks galore! If you want your locks to look as vibrant and healthy, book their main hair artist, Ranz Henera, to work his magic for your appointment!
Rates: Highlights start at P1,000, P6,500 for balayage (subject to change after consultation
Address: Parkwood Greens Executive Village 1600 Pasig, Philippines
Contact number: 709 202 08
6. Nue Studio
You’ve probably heard of Fendi George, the colorist who's worked on the hair of influencers like Denise Laurel, Toni Sia, and Angelique Manto. ICYDK, he's based in Nue Studio in San Juan, where his stunning ash blonde hair creations (and other hair colors) now come to be!
Address: Ground Floor Promenade Mall, San Juan, 1502 Metro Manila
Contact number: 0976 0138 621
7. Studio Fix by Alex Carbonell
Whether you're going for highlights or a balayage, don't fret—Studio Fix by Alex Carbonell is an expert in both. By entrusting your hair to Alex and his colorists, it’s almost a guaranteed that you'll leave the salon with effortlessly beautiful locks. It's no wonder celebrities like Andrea Torres, Max Collins, and Jodi Sta. Maria are long-time clients!
Rates: Highlights start at P2,100, balayage starts at P1,500
Address: Greenbelt 5, 4/L Makati Ave, Ayala Center, Makati / Shangri-la The Fort, 2nd Floor, 30th Street, 5th Ave, Taguig
Contact number: Greenbelt 5 - 09163939641 / Shangri-la The Fort - 09065642980
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