No matter how busy you, Cosmo girls, are, you need to find time to upgrade your look every now and then. As fun fearless females, looking good and feeling great is always top priority—and keeping your usual, safe hairstyle can get really old and boring. One of the things you could do is try a new salon, just to get a different styling experience.
To help you pick out new salons to visit, this time in the Makati area, Cosmo trooped to Hairworks Salon located along Legazpi Street—a stone’s throw away from Greenbelt 5—to get a firsthand experience on their hair coloring and colored-hair care services.
Nizzi’s Experience: Face-Uplifting Cut And Color
I wouldn't characterize my locks as virgin hair. But since I started working years ago, I opted to keep my hair as natural and uncomplicated as possible. I am not always too eager to take risks, and makeovers are no exceptions.
So I really spent my first 30 minutes at Hairworks Salon consulting and debating with hair stylist and color expert Chrissy Calderon-Uy and stylist Rey Amorin, who both patiently walked me through what hairstyles and colors I could and could not have.
In the end, we agreed that my grown mid-length bob would be chopped and texturized with layers and side-swept bangs. And for color, anything vibrant and drastic is a big NO—so copper and ruby shades were automatically ignored. I agreed to get the Signature Color Treatment (P6,160), which involves the use of two or more shades as base and highlights that could either add volume or minimize one’s tresses, depending on what you’d need. My natural multi-toned brown hair was lightened to give me a more mature look, one that now fits my age. I had a Light Ash Iridescent Blonde base and Very Light Mat Brown highlights, both from the Majirel collection of L’Oreal Professionel. I was also treated to pre- and post-coloration haircare from Pureology, to keep my treated tresses shiny and healthy.
And to match my new hair, they even reshaped my brows to thinner, more defined arches, which were also tinted and lightened to the same shade as my locks’.
The verdict: It was an experience that I did not expect yet turned out to be a blast. The choice of color for both hair and brows softened my facial features, hopefully lessening the suplada first-impression I’m so used to receiving. I also noticed that my hair felt soft and smooth from the haircare treatment. From here on, I’m bidding makeover jitters goodbye.
Camille’s Experience: Fun, Trendy Highlights For Virgin Hair
My hair has always been, for me, boring: jet black, wavy, and sometimes difficult to style unless a hair stylist works on it (which only happens when I attend special occasions like weddings, debuts, etc). When I go to salons, stylists would often tell me “Ang kapal ng buhok mo! Bakit hindi ka kaya magpa-hair relax?” I would only smile and say “next time” because, really, I was worried that hair treatment will damage my hair.
This time, when I was dared by Cosmo to get a hair color treatment, I was hesitant to agree at first, since, not only will it be my first time, I was also afraid of how I would look after the treatment. Nevertheless, I took it as a challenge: I was secretly longing for a new, more flattering hairstyle that will make me look more like the college student that I am.
I asked stylist Chrissy Calderon-Uy, who attended to me, to suggest a hair color that will complement my skin tone. To lighten my facial features, she recommended that I try a chocolate base; that would also give life to my basic black hair, she said. Another stylist suggested that I add caramel highlights which will emphasize the texture of a new haircut.
I was also treated to pre- and post-coloration haircare from Pureology, to keep my treated locks from drying--so I would have nothing to worry about. The ladies also gleefully offered to thread my thick, black brows and dye them to a lighter shade, which was, again, a “first” for me.
The verdict: The new asymmetrical cut they gave made my hair look trendy and fun. I felt happy with what I saw after the hair treatments: the color was just right--neither too light nor too dark--and my hair remained soft and smooth because of the haircare. It was definitely worth the wait! I noticed how my face lightened up and how it emphasized my features. When my parents saw my new look, I heard only one word: “Wow!”
With reports from Camille Santiago
Tips For Choosing Your Hair Color:
If you're unsure which color to get, all you need to do is base it on your skin tone, as advised by Chrissy. If you’re olive-skinned or morena, which most Pinays are, opt for warm colors like brown. Mestiza girls with a pinkish glow can go bold and experiment with shades, from purple to the light mat and ash. Meanwhile, Filipino-Chinese girls, who often have luminescent and pale skin may go daring with yellow, red, and copper shades.
Visit Hairworks Salon at Ground Floor BSA Tower, 108 Legazpi Street Legazpi Village, Makati City. You may call them through (02) 888-4819. See their other hair services on the next page.
Hairworks Salon Hair Services:
Haircut: P280 to P1,008, depending on the stylist
Shampoo and Blow Dry: P224 for short hair, P280 for medium hair, P336 for long hair, P392 for extra long hair
Straight/Curl/Hot Style: P280 for short hair, P336 for medium hair, P392 for long hair, P448 for extra long hair
Long Hairdressing/Upstyle: P560
Hair and Scalp Treatments:
Pre-Treatment (Inner Logic): P560 for men's and short hair, P1,120 for medium hair, P1,680 for long hair, P2,240 for extra long hair
Scalp Protection (Still Cap): P168
Serie Expert Masque: P168 for men's and short hair, P360 for medium hair, P504 for long hair, P672 for extra long
Scalp Moisturizer: P560 for men's and short hair, P1,120 for medium hair, P1,680 for long hair, P2,240 for extra long
Scalp Concentrate: P400
Anti-Dandruff Treatment (Soft Peel + Powerclear): P1,456
Powerdose: P952 for short hair, P1,680 for medium hair, P2,408 for long hair, P3,136 for extra long
Power Masque: P1,120 for short hair, P2,072 for medium hair, P3,024 for long hair, P3,976 for extra long
Expert Repair (renew C + Powerdose): P1,680 for short hair, P3,192 for medium hair, P4,704 for long hair, P6,216 for extra long
Hair spa with massage: P728 for short hair, P840 for medium hair, P950 for long hair, P1,064 for extra long
Hair spa without massage: P336 for short hair, P448 for medium hair, P560 for long hair, P672 for extra long
Gloss Treatment: P2,464 for short hair, P3,472 for medium hair, P4,480 for long hair, P5,448 for extra long
Color Ultime: P2,464 for short hair, P3,472 for medium hair, P4,480 for long hair, P5,448 for extra long
Signature Color: P4,480 for short hair, P6,160 for medium hair, P7,840 for long hair, P9,520 for extra long
Form and Texture:
X-Tenso Healthy Smooth: P3,360 for short hair, P4,480 for medium hair, P5,600 for long hair, P6,720 for extra long
X-Tenso Healthy Straight: P3,920 for short hair, P5,600 for medium hair, P7,280 for long hair, P8,960 for extra long
X-Tenso Gloss Straight: P5,264 for short hair, P7,392 for medium hair, P9,520 for long hair, P11,648 for extra long
Tonic Perm: P2,408 for short hair, P3,584 for medium hair, P4,760 for long hair, P5,936 for extra long
Gloss Perm: P3,752 for short hair, P5,376 for medium hair, P7,000 for long hair, P8,624 for extra long
X-Tenso Digital Waves: P3,920 for short hair, P5,600 for medium hair, P7,280 for long hair, P8,960 for extra long
Wonder Wave: P3,920 for short hair, P5,600 for medium hair, P7,280 for long hair, P8,960 for extra long