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jackyHair concern: At-home hair color gone wrong

Salon: Lifestyle Salon by Louis Phillip Kee

G/F Unit 120, Forbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City

02 856 4848, 02 856 3388

Treatment: Ombré Balayage with ColorPlex treatment

At-home shampoo-in hair dye is as easy as 1-2-3 if you’re dealing with virgin hair or a full head of hair in your natural color. Touching up on root regrowth, however, especially those with gray hair, can be tricky when done in front of the bathroom mirror or while watching this week’s episode of Game of Thrones. To salvage an uneven, flat, and damaged DIY hair dye job, Louis Phillip Kee (LPK) recommends Ombré Balayage. Through this method, the hair is painted on through careful brushstrokes that follow the natural flow of your hair. Like a typical ombré, the color graduates from dark to light, giving the hair a lot of texture and dimension.

To keep hair damage and breakage at bay, LPK added a hair bond repair treatment called ColorPlex, which protects and restores hair bonds that were broken due to chemical treatments. With this “miracle treatment,” LPK said, you can bleach your hair up to Level 10 (the lightest blonde; Think: Taylor Swift) without the hair breaking or even drying. It guarantees that your hair will feel softer, look stronger. A little bird told us it’s how Kim K goes from platinum and back to brunette without ruining her precious locks. —JACKY LYNNE A. OIGA



krizetteHair concern: Dry and damaged hair due to sun exposure and coloring

Salon: Piandre Greenbelt

G/F Greenbelt 1 Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street Makati; 02 816 3884, 02 816 4002

Treatment: Lakme Coloring and Keratin Complex Smoothing

If the last time you’ve gone black was 10 years ago, expect your hair to show some major damage: Overprocessed hair is dry and damaged. My hair has been bleached and Balayage-d until kingdom come, and chemicals have stripped it of life, leaving hair porous. Damage control plan: Go to a hair expert who knows how to give damaged locks some TLC. At Piandre, the hairstylist tones down the orangey hues from my previous hair color with Lakme. “They are usually prevalent if you use other brands that are in the market today,” says Drea Zulueta of Piandre.

The next step is to infuse hair with a major moisturizing treatment like the Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy. “It adds natural keratin to your hair to remove the frizz and to make your hair shinier,” adds Drea. “This also seals the color, making it more vibrant.” —KRIZETTE CHU


eloisaHair Concern: Curly, unmanageable hair

Salon: Creations by Lourd Ramos Bonifacio Stop Over

3/F, Bonifacio Stop Over, Rizal Drive,Bonifacio Global City

Treatment: Nunaat treatment

When the struggle can’t get any more real, ladies (as well as men) with curly unruly hair can always tie their hair in a ponytail or a messy bun or a man bun because it ends up going all over the place anyway.

To tame curly hair without resorting to damaging and sometimes unflattering straightening or rebonding treatments, head over to Creations BGC and try Nunaat. Nunaat is same-day-wash Keratin treatment that tames frizz and tangles. It is similar to Brazilian Keratin treatments, only you get to see the results right after your salon visit. Normally, Keratin and other hair straightening treatments require clients to wait at least three to four days (eeep!) to wet or wash their hair. That’s how long it takes for the keratin to get sealed into the cuticle, and it takes even longer to finish infusing.

With Nunaat, you get all the benefits of Keratin in one wash: fluffy, frizzy, wavy hair will become smoother, straighter but with a natural look; curly hair will be relaxed to a flatter more manageable wave, and very curly hair will drop to a softer ringlet. Nunaat, however, just like any Keratin treatment, usually lasts about 10 to 12 weeks only. To make it last a little longer, use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner and schedule regular hair maintaining sessions with your Creations hair stylist. —ELOISA BERNABE



amlineHair concern: Dry and frizzy hair with natural curls/waves

Salon: Vivere Salon

5/F, SM Megamall B, Saint Francis Street, Ortigas Center, Metro Manila,, 02 584 6610

Treatment: Organic Keratin

For this type of hair problem, Hector Real, creative director, recommends the organic Keratin treatment because it removes the frizziness and tames the curls without destroying the natural texture and volume of the hair. This is good for girls who have naturally curly hair because they get to retain those enviable beach-babe waves without looking like they’ve barely survived a hundred cyclones. Hairdressers would often recommend straightening or rebonding but this completely removes the texture, often leaving straw-straight hair. Keratin, on the other hand, just gets rid of the dryness, softens the hair, smoothens each strand, and restores its natural bounce. Think of it as hair elixir.

Organic Keratin is milder than other kinds of Keratin, so mild, in fact, that it can be used on people with sensitive scalps and noses and even on pregnant women. It is solvent-free. It does not, however, last as long—just around six to seven months. To get it to last longer, Hector’s recommendation is to avoid washing the hair for three days and, as much as possible, to use shampoo and conditioner for Keratin-treated hair. “Ordinary hair products are much too harsh on the hair,” he says. “They can easily wash off the treatment.”

For naturally curly/wavy hair or for women with a diamond, round, or square-shaped face, Hector uses a cutting technique he learned from hair authority Vidal Sassoon. It involves texturizing the middle of the strand so hair would fall naturally and evenly around the face. The technique is face-slimming because it lessens the bulk. He also adds layers in front, which frames the face, elongates it, and softens the harsh angles of the jaw or the fullness of the cheeks. —AMYLINE QUIEN CHING



saraHair concern: SOS for newly rebonded hair

Salon: Triple Luck Brow & Nail Salon

Villa Socorro St. corner Congressional Ave., Quezon City, 02 453 4486

Treatment: Brazilian Blowout

If your hair is fresh from a straightening treatment, you should avoid hair treatments that contain strong chemicals like hair spa, hair relax, and hair dyes. You should let your hair totally absorb the straightening chemical first before subjecting it to another treatment. Use conditioner every day. If you have oily hair, use a clarifying shampoo, then condition after.

The Brazilian Keratin Blowout is a treatment that works best for brittle, weak, and totally damaged hair. It will repair your hair and take it back to its natural beauty, but it’s also perfect for newly treated hair because it uses mild chemicals. It will enhance your “rebond” and straighten it further. If you want your hair to be soft and beautiful, it is recommended that you take this treatment every after six months. It also removes frizz and boosts color.



iethHair concern: Oily hair and dry scalp due to excessive hair products and pollutants

Salon: Salon Privat Manila

G/F, The Infinity Tower, 25th Street Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Treatment: Salon Privat Revitalizing Treatment/Detox

Prescy Galang, senior hairstylist at Salon Privat Manila, assessed my hair and scalp said that there was an imbalance in my oil gland circulation. “Your scalp is dry in texture but the hair is really oily. What we need to do is cleanse your hair to take out excess oil and pollutants that clog the pores of the scalp.” According to Galang, this situation is usually caused by using too much conditioner and hair products you don’t really need. She recommends the Salon Privat Revitalizing Treatment/Detox. Exclusive to the salon, this treatment gives a new life to hair. It detoxifies the hair and takes out the excess oil, pollutants, and chemicals—everything you put in your hair that cannot be removed by shampoo alone. “After the detox, you will see that your hair flows freely. You will feel that it’s light, soft, and shiny.” She also notes that the scalp should be massaged carefully throughout the treatment because this keeps the roots alive and activates the products used. Through junior assistant Daniel Gajes, the tightness of the scalp was addressed. This is important for the treatment because it normalizes the oil and the sweat glands.