Tress Talk With Hair Stylists Jing Monis & Max Sanchez

We caught up with these sought-after hair pros, who shared their thoughts on Asian strands and spilled the essentials you should stock up on.

If you're one of those girls who go green with envy just staring at the luscious locks that crown September cover gal Solenn HeussaffAnne Curtis, or even one of Cosmo’s 8 Sexiest of 2011, you're not alone.

At the launch of luxury beauty haven Jing Monis Salon Velvet, we got to meet the man famous for such fabulous ‘dos, hairstylist-to-the-stars Jing Monis. Also present at the launch was Hollywood celebrity stylist Max Sanchez, whose high-profile clients include Cameron Diaz and Paris Hilton, and who has worked on fashion shows for Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, as well as fashion editorials for Vogue, Allure, and Cosmopolitan US.

Check out our interview with the hair pros, who dished upcoming hair trends and shared tress essentials that you should stock up on, stat!


(To Jing) A lot of celebrities and known personalities go to your salon. What’s your secret? What does your salon have that others don’t? 

Jing: It’s the whole experience in Jing Monis Salon. We have top stylists in Manila. We [also] have international artists and celebrity stylists coming [to] Manila. 

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(To Max) How did you know Jing? Why did you come here as his guest stylist? 

Max: I grew up in the States, and in 1997, when I went here in the Philippines, Jing was the first person that I met. I was here about a month ago and he told me that he was opening a salon at the hotel and I said, “Oh my God, that’s me! I wanna help you, I’m coming back here. I wanna help you!” Because working in a hotel and working in a salon is two different worlds.  

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What hair care products do you recommend for Filipinas? 

Jing: Everybody should have the Tresemme shampoo and conditioner. It’s really, really good. 

Max:  For Filipinas, it’s more of conditioning and Keratin Treatment.

How do you find Asian women’s hair?

 Max: I have a couple of surprises. I realized how delicate their hair is. It’s all about the treatment, the softness. We all have different kinds of hair.

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What hair trends do you see in the future?

Max: Beautiful long hair is always the star. [A] very classic hair style. 

Jing: This 2013, it’s all back to glamour, hairstyles from [the] chignon to [the] high bun.

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