Finding the right hairstylist may be likened to finding a needle in a haystack. So below, we put together a reference guide to help you find the perfect salon that can give you the hair cut and color of your dreams. Scroll down and see for yourself!
1. Value for money
For a flattering fringe that grazes the brows without making you look like a 3-year-old, Jing Monis’ hairstylists’ trained eyes and scrupulous scissor skills make them our main squeeze when it comes to bangs.
Price: Full haircut, Senior stylist, P700; lead stylist, P900; creative director Jing Monis, P2500.
Where: Velvet Salon , 5/F Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila.
Contact Details: 09175119423
2. Digital perm
One of the best things our Seoul sisters brought to Manila is the digital perm. Unlike the usual cold-wave treatment, results are much softer. Where else to get it than from a Korean salon specializing in the service, like Park Jun’s Beauty Lab? Talk about riding the Korean wave.
Price: Digital perm for basic (for virgin and normal hair) starts at P3800 to P6200; dynamic (for chemically treated hair), P4600 to P6200. Vita Cement Treatment, P1200.
Where: Park Jun's Beauty Lab, G/F Glorietta 3.
Contact Details: 8193001
Straight hair need not be synonymous with artificially pin-straight locks. Piandré Salon’s Keratin Complex Salon Treatment smooths out even the kinkiest curls, with neither cowlicks nor damage in sight post-treatment. The chemical damage-free service reinforces the protein originally found in hair, returning your locks to their natural health and sheen. Plus, it’s fume-free.
Price: Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment starts at P5000.
Where: Piandré Salon
4. Short hair
Chopping off mermaid hair too short and close to the crown might spell fear to many girls, but let Henri Calayag execute the job. Having mastered snipping locks into a cool piecey ‘do on famously shorn heads—Jenni Epperson, who describes his agile snips as “as comforting as her mom’s cooking”—his trained hands can shear a short cut that will fit not only your features, but your personal cut preferences as well.
Where: Henri Calayag Salon G/F The Residences in Greenbelt, Makati
Contact Details: 0920 918 1880
5. Express cuts
Studio Fix offers fast, no-fuss haircutting (30 minutes, max!) without skipping on full service. Sit back, flash a photo peg, and leave with a new look over lunch.
Price: Full haircut with a senior stylist is priced at P650; creative director, P1200.
Where: Studio Fix, 3/F Greenbelt 3.
Contact Details: 501 3062
6. Hair coloring
We’ve evolved from lightening our strands and sticking to shades of brown into a more adventurous set of color seekers. Go for vivid, bold hues to quickly revamp your look and revive lackluster locks. Make a beeline to these tress-colorist topnotchers to switch up your hue.
Get the right shade of fire.
Juro Salon is responsible for many Preview girls' evenly and vividly colored crimson tresses. The winning team of Jude and Rose Hipolito assures you both cut and color that complement each other to a T.
Price: Coloring, P4950.
Where: Juro Salon Exclusif, Unit 2D Kensington Place, 1st Ave. cor. 29th St., Bonifacio Global City
Get the safest bleach.
If you plan on bleaching your locks but worry it might nab your strands of life, look for salons that use Davines’ Hair Bleach. Without ammonia (an ingredient known to strip hair of vitality), the reformulated bleaching powder is safe on tresses but can still lighten the color up to seven levels. Grape extracts act as an invisible shield over your bleached coif against the sun’s UV rays.
Price: Ombré Bleaching Services, P1600 to P2100.
Where: Azta Urban Salon, 2/F SMRC Bldg., Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Switch it up from hue to hue.
Daring to go blonde with cotton- candy-pink dipdyed hair? Or perhaps silver the next week, then purple tomorrow? Turn to Mr. Shin of Beauty Brick Salon, who has all colors down pat: He works his magic (read: well-trained) hair-color-mixing skills to achieve the exact hue of your dreams.
Price: P6000 for long hair.
Where: Beauty Brick Salon, Unit 103 Doña Consolacion Bldg., #122 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati
*This article originally appeared in Preview Magazine's October 2013 issue.