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New Hair Color and Clip-on Extensions by Status Salon

Posted on Thursday, 10 April 2014

Third time’s the charm! It’s only April and I’ve already dyed my hair 3 different colors this year. I solemnly swear to keep my new color longer now that maintenance is much, much easier.  

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As for my previous color, the ash washed off easily. I take all the blame because I absolutely cannot stand not washing my hair for long periods of time (I know some people don’t shampoo for more than 5 days but umm, no) and I was left with this shade of blonde that I hated with a passion.

My trip to Tokyo was also quite detrimental to my hair because I didn’t bring any of my existing haircare products with me in my luggage. Because SHOPPING! /priorities

Some of the ash remained, making my hair a bit decent-looking in photos. IRL, however, the color looked so uneven that I had to do something about it asap. 

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These ugly roots. Kill them before they lay eggs. 

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I asked my hairstylist Jimmy of Status Salon Tomas Morato to choose a healthier, darker shade of brown that is easy to maintain. 

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We dubbed it as “golden coffee brown”.

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While waiting, I had my nails done too. Fell in love with this light lavender (ORLY Bon Bon).

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After washing the dye off, they put some sort of treatment on my hair to make it smooth and shiny. Best part = free head and shoulder massage!

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Time to blowdry! 

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OBSESSED! I love my current new hair color because it’s such a perfect in-between shade. Not so light yet not so dark. 

Jimmy recommended that I get a trim but I decided not to. I really, really, REALLY miss my long hair and I’d do anything to get the best of both worlds right now. A trim is something that is unimaginable at the moment.

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Good thing Status Salon offers human hair extensions! These are only clip-ons so you can always opt to keep your short-medium length hair on off-days.

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They dyed the extensions the same color as my hair. You can save a lot of time if you have black hair because they don’t need to dye the extensions anymore.

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So happy with the result! Now I can go out with either medium length hair or long hair depending on my outfit or mood.

The extensions look so much better when they’re curled but this photo is only to show how many inches I was able to add to my current hair length.

SNSD Mr. Mr. dreams achieved! I couldn’t watch any of their performances without wanting to have hair as long and shiny as theirs. Now, with Status Salon extensions, I can have more hairstyling options!

Thanks Status Salon Tomas Morato branch for the transformation!

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Summer Hair Color at Louis Phillip Kee

Posted on Sunday, 9 March 2014

Ugly roots forced me to go to the salon last week despite my hectic schedule. Last time I had my hair dyed was first week of January? I can’t believe I let 2 months pass without doing anything to my hair. Not even a treatment. My old self would have been very disappointed in my present self, lol.

I used to panic at the sight of regrowth, but now that I’m older, the health of my hair and scalp is fast becoming my top priority. I can’t just keep dyeing my hair every month like I used to! Such a bad practice. True enough, 2 months without any chemicals did my hair some good.

I figured I should lighten my hair a bit now that summer is fast approaching. Lighter hair makes me look tanner, and it’s an effective way to cheat that fresh-from-the-beach look without having to go to the beach. Pale is the last look I want to sport in the next few months.

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Look at that monstrosity! 

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Time to lighten my roots before applying dye. This is not bleach, btw! My hair can’t take bleach anymore so my hairstylist Ariel used a lightening alternative.

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I was blonde for a few minutes! Very 2011! 

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Had my nails done too because I knew the process of achieving the color that I wanted would take some time.

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ORLY Kiss The Bride. 

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They put light ash brown on my roots first before dyeing the rest of my hair. 

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My mom also dropped by to have her roots retouched and nails done! I chose Country Club Khaki for her nails.

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Blowdrying time! My hair ended up much, much lighter than my previous color and it looks blonde under the sun! Much love! I missed having hair this light, especially since I’ve been sporting dark hair since October 2013.

First time to have hair this light too and not have bangs at the same time! Fortunately my bangs have grown long enough to tuck behind my ears. Mission accomplished! 

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Fresh out of the salon hair! Light ash brown c/o Ariel Alicarte of Louis Phillip Kee C5/Libis. You can text him at 09068725321 if you’re interested in getting the same hair color! Mondays are his off days but he’s pretty much available the rest of the week.

OT, but thanks HotMessPH for my top!

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My Keratin treatment from last January also kept my hair in good condition in those 2 months I let my hair rest.

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No more ugly roots! 

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Louis Phillip Kee Premier Salon can be found at The Fort (856-3388), Midori (553-4551) C5/Libis/Acropolis (638-4001) and Banawe (288-9758). You can set up an appointment or inquire about specific locations and prices by calling them. They’ll gladly be of service!

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Waterfall Braids at Status Salon

Posted on Friday, 21 February 2014

Trips to the salon need not always be long and complicated. I dropped by Status Salon yesterday to have my hair styled, and it only took me a total of 30 minutes. 

It was my first time to try waterfall braids! I showed them a photo for reference, and apparently, they’ve already done all sorts of braided hairstyles on their clients. Because of this, I’m motivated to finally grow my hair out again so I can try different styles. They also knew how to do ladder braids on those who have hair long enough for it, lol. Can you feel my frustration?!

Anyhow, here are photos of the whole process. I just got out of the shower so I skipped the shampoo/blowdry part.

Ta-dah! Instant princess hair!

This part was optional, but I wanted the ends curled for a full princess effect.

The final product. I loved it so much!

I can’t do Katniss or Elsa hair for now because of my hair length, but I’m glad there are braid alternatives that can also look great on medium hair.

Thanks to the Status Salon Eastwood team for the wonderful time!

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Louis Phillip Kee Premier Salon: Back to Ash

Posted on Thursday, 9 January 2014

New year, new hair color! Seem familiar?

I’m back to being brunette! Nobody saw this coming, but I’ve actually been meaning to remove this blotchy un-maintained red for a while now. It has only been a month and a half since my last dye job, but around Christmas time, I noticed that the ends of my hair were starting to get brassy, and that the whole color was starting to become annoyingly uneven. 

I remember talking to Crissey last December about switching back to brown simply because I was running out of red hair color treatment (bought in Japan last October) to maintain the red, and she was like “NOOO!”. Totally the reaction of everyone when I told them the red will have to retire prematurely. 

My recent trip in Taipei gave me enough time to ponder about the transition, especially because I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy process at all. Red is one of the hardest colors to work with because not only does it fade easily (red-red or red-violet usually turns brown-red after some time), but it also refuses to die (brown-red still has red). 

My mom has been constantly going to the Louis Phillip Kee near where we live, and I absolutely adore what they’ve been doing to her hair! Before we left for Taiwan, she had a haircut and a Keratin treatment because her thin, wavy hair (I got my hair genes from my dad) was starting to become unruly. She’s been having these treatments in different salons for years now, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it done in a very natural way, one that doesn’t make it seem like your hair was relaxed/rebonded. Her hairstylist performed the treatment to remove frizz, but not volume. The ends of my hair have been very hard to tolerate recently, so I figured I should have this treatment done on my own hair as well.

By the time I got back to Manila, I was very much convinced to take the plunge and spend the whole afternoon at the salon! 

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Good thing it looked great. And smelled great. A towel and robe were put on my shoulders and they smelled so good I kept sniffing them for a good minute or two, lol.

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Silly, pouty face for the girl with the messed-up hair color. It should look a lot healthier than this if I style it properly and use argan oil, leave-on conditioner, etc. but for blog purposes, here’s the most honest photo I can show you guys of my completely un-styled hair. 

Later, you can compare this mess of a photo to the last few photos in this post.

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First step was to remove the red. And boy, was it a complete pain in the ass to remove.

They used some sort of blonde cream dye (the lightest they could find) and a color stripper to somehow mimic the effect of bleach. I was completely against bleaching my hair again, so they scrambled their brains out trying to figure out ways how to lighten and neutralize my hair without going through the easiest (but worst) route.

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Tadah! Me, if I ever decided to go orange. Unfortunately, it is not a flattering color on me.

Things were slowly looking up, however. Orange is one step away from red!

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Time for my final color! If you ask me what my exact hair color is, it’s somewhat like Schwarzkopf Igora 12-11 mixed with two darker ash shades which I have no idea about so I’ll stop talking now before I eat my own words.

Ariel (my mom’s hairstylist whom I specifically requested and trusted to supervise this whole dark red to ash brown shenanigan) did his magic and voila, the perfect shade of ash brown. He was so overjoyed with the result that he had to jot the formula down on a piece of paper so he can recreate this glorious color on other people’s hair! Time to go to Louis Phillip Kee along Libis/C5, everyone!

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After dyeing, I went for a quick Keratin treatment where they combed Keratin on my hair, wrapped my hair with plastic, let the Keratin settle for about 15 minutes, and straightened my hair with a flat iron.

I requested them to not straighten my hair too much because my hair is already straight, and I just wanted the unnecessary frizz to disappear. It should stay extra straight for 4 months if you don’t wash your hair until the third day after the treatment, but… I really, really need to wash my hair tomorrow (2nd day) so… I don’t know, lol. We’ll see. 

(I have a shoot tomorrow which will probably require me to curl my hair. And curling hair with irons right after the treatment and before the first wash is a huge no-no.)

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Well, the frizz is gone, and that’s what matters! Feels so much healthier now too.

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Compare this photo with the pouty face one a few paragraphs back. Huge difference, right?

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Thanks to Louis Phillip Kee for this successful transformation! I really missed being brunette! I feel like this is more my element, as much as I loved sporting cutesy blonde and edgy red hair. 

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Thanks to Ariel (on the left) and his team for being patient enough to work on my hair for 5 whole hours! I could see that they were also contented with their work (they took so many pictures of my hair and couldn’t stop styling it as I was posing for selfies in the mirror) which made it all the more meaningful for everybody! Team spirit!

Louis Phillip Kee Premier Salon can be found at The Fort (856-3388), Midori (553-4551) C5/Libis/Acropolis (638-4001) and Banawe (288-9758). You can set up an appointment or inquire about specific locations and prices by calling them. They’ll gladly be of service!

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Status Hair Salon Treatment and Trim

Posted on Wednesday, 18 December 2013

It’s been a month since I last visited a salon, and I figured it was about time I took my hair out for a treat! I paid Status Hair Salon (Tomas Morato branch) a visit because I was suffering horribly from work-related stress. Nothing like beautification to keep your spirits high, lol. 

The violet tinge in my hair has already faded completely as expected, but I don’t hate it at all. In fact, this is exactly the hair color that I want for Christmas - a warm red-brown that’s a little closer to the hair color of real redheads! I think it also matches my hair length quite well, don’t you think?

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It’s located beside Dulcinea, across Don Henricos. You can’t miss it - look at their giant green sign!

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I booked an appointment in the morning so they knew I was coming. I heard it gets crowded on weekends so it’s always better to call them before going! You can also ask them for prices and recommendations through the phone.

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Jimmy checked my hair as soon as arrived, and recommended that I also get a trim besides the treatment because the ends of my hair were severely damaged from bleach (from way back when I had blonde hair). You can see clearly in this photo that the ends are much lighter than the roots. Bleached hair, begone!

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But treatment time first! They used Biolage Colorcarethérapie Cera-Repair Pro on my hair after a quick shampoo.

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They applied it gently with a brush. So cute how the brush handle is green too, haha

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Then they wrapped my hair in plastic and let it sit for 40 minutes or so. Didn’t really have anything to do for 40 minutes so I spontaneously decided to get a quick manicure to kill time.

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New bottles of nail polish! Sweet! They all had new, non-goopy nail polish so it was extra-exciting to choose which color to put on my nails. These two were my top picks, but I went for the color on the left in the end because I wasn’t too fond of the right polish’s shimmer.

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Yay! My manicure ended just before I had to rinse the treatment out of my hair. Just in time!

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Jimmy cut about an inch worth of damaged ends. I’ve been growing my bangs out  but he layered them a little so they won’t look too chunky when I style it. True enough, my bangs look so much better now!

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Voila! My hair after the trim and treatment! So happy with the result! 

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Couldn’t stop touching my hair because it felt so soft and healthy! 

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Much thanks to Status Hair Salon Tomas Morato team for taking care of me that day! Awesome service and everybody was so nice and kind. Can’t wait to go back next month!

Before I end this post, I just want to share that Status Hair Salon can do pink hair (with bleach tho) which is a little difficult for most salons to achieve. 

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Subtle light pink streak if you don’t want to bleach your whole head.

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Jimmy called this style “asian ombre”. THAT ASH! I particularly love how this pink is not a bright bubblegum pink but more of an old rose / smoky pink shade. Achievable with bleached hair.

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Jimmy’s own blonde hair with red/pink accents. So K-pop!

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