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Straight hair down to perm. <3
MARCH 29, nagpaperm ako. Summer kasi, para naman maiba. :) late na napost. =))
First, ginupitan muna nila ko (Layer), para daw maayos ung kakalabasan pg kulot na.
Second, may nilagay silang treatment, para hindi masira ung hair. Binabad muna then binanlawan na sya after an hour.
Third, ayun nirolyo na nila ung buhok ko. Prang rollers pero mas modern. =)) dko alam tawag e. Tpos neto may nlagay ayun ata ung keratin. Dko nakuhanan e.
Fourth, matapos ilagay ung mga prang rollers nilagay na ung machine. Almost 2 hours ata nilagay sken to, automatic kse, dipende sa texture ng buhok mo. Nadedetect na nya and bglang ttunog kung kulot na. :) nakkangalay po. Mabigat sya sobraaa. HAHA. :D tatanggalin na sya, pag mainit na buhok mo.
Eto ako mtapos ang ilang oras, NGAWIT.
Fifth, tinaggal na ung machine pero ung prang rollers andun pdn. Tinakpan na. Hihintayin ng matuyo.
HAHA, di na ko nkakuha ng picture after nito.
ETO SYA AFTER HOURS NG MATUYO. :)
Ayuuun ung process, share. =))))
Sabe sakin, hindi ako maliligo for 3 days. And bawal suklayin. Sa una nkkapanibago ksi di pwde mgsuklay ts puro sabit pa. Kaya pg nliligo ako snsuklay ko ng kamay habang nagbbuhos ako ng tubig then conditioner. :)
Lovin’ my look this summer, thanks vivere salon! (Chinatown Mall) P6000, is worth it! =))
Pamper me day at Soiree Salon and Spa
Last April 27th, I visited Soiree Salon and Spa in Katipunan to get my hair re-permed. I brought my Mama along too because they invited me to try their Mother’s day promo. Anyway, let me now take you through what happened in photos!
First off, we were given complimentary drinks. They offer iced tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
Let me tell you about the treatments Mama got first! Their Mother’s day pack has three parts: shampoo style and scalp massage, manicure and pedicure and lastly, a foot scrub. Mama got a papaya scrub instead of the milk and oats though since we came before the actual launch of the promo (the stuff needed for original scrub didn’t arrive until May 1st) What I love about Soiree Salon and Spa though was that they informed us ahead of time about the changes in the treatment.
I asked Mama about the experience afterwards and she said she had a pretty good time, and that her favorite was the hair treatment. She also commented on how accommodating the staff were. Mother’s day is just around the corner! Check this out for the full details of the special Mother’s day package!
My hair, before the re-perm.
After a whole lot of thinking and a few sleepless nights (Okay, not really. Haha!) I finally decided on whether to grow out my curls and go back to my natural straight hair or have my hair re-permed. I had my hair permed for the first time last November 2012, and even though I sometimes miss my long hair, I agree with the majority that permed hair looks better on me. It’s also easier to style! Anyway, my hair went through almost the same process as my first perm. The only difference is that Soiree uses the non-liquid approach. First, they shampooed my hair. Then Ken (their much celebrated stylist!) applied the chemical cream that would give me my curls. I then had to wait 15 minutes and then had it rinsed out afterwards. I’m one of those girls blessed with fast growing hair, so I asked Ken to cut off a few inches. He actually recommended it also since longer hair would mean more weight and the heavier the hair the shorter the duration of the curls will last. I also asked to have my fringe back (I missed having bangs!) and I was in full trust because I’ve read that Ken is a scissor master (and he is!) Then it was time for the rolling. What I love about Soiree was how they value quality service. Ken was really obsessive compulsive when it comes to putting my hair in the rollers (I could tell! One fallen strand was all it took for him to re-roll it again!) I was then hooked to the machine and waited for another 20 minutes. After that, the rollers were disconnected and we waited for my hair to cool. A nuetralizer was then added, and 10 minutes later, my re-permed hair was ready!
Another thing I love about Soiree is that they never force you into buying products you don’t really need. Actually, no mention of hair products ever transpired during the whole of the treatment. In all honesty, Ken actually gave me tips on how to properly dry my bangs so that it could be placed either on the left or the right, that lotion can be used on hair and the various ways you could style permed hair, all in a candid stylist to client way. The other staff (Ken’s assistants. Yes. He is the only stylist. Amazing right!) we’re also very gracious as well! They treat all customers the same (I can get pretty observant if I wanted to) and the delivery of their services was fast and efficient.
Finished product! Look at those waves!
Thank you, Soiree Salon and Spa! My Mama and I had a wonderful time! Keep updated on their latest promos by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. You can visit Soiree Salon and Spa at 138 Katipunan Ave. Ext., Brgy. St. Ignatius, Quezon City. You may also contact them by calling 911-8772 or 0922-8500069 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by: Chelsea Ajose and I
Azta Urban Salon Made Me Feel Good About My Hair Again!
…And myself, in general. But we’ll get to that later on. First, a story:
Over a year ago, I had the most disastrous and emotionally distressing salon experience of my life. For the many months that followed, the nightmare would play out in my head every time I looked in the mirror.
Let me give you a background. Bring out the popcorn (or coffee to keep you awake) because this is going to be quite lengthy.
I was 14 when I first had my hair rebonded; at 16, I had my first perm. You see, I’m not new to these treatments. As soon as I got into university, perming had become a regular thing. All in all, I’d say I have had about 5 perms in my entire life—not including the one I just got yesterday. But like I said earlier, more on that later.
So going back…
Last year, after a 12-month perm hiatus, I thought it would be nice to get my straight, boring locks turned into big, beautiful curls again. Additionally, it would have been very convenient for me at that time since the two musicals I was doing (Sound of Music and In The Heights) both required me to have curly hair. I figured it would save me the time and effort of setting and pin-curling my hair the night before and retouching it with a curling iron on the day of the performance. Shaving off an hour or so of prep time in exchange for pre-show lounging+coffee was such a tempting idea.
Going back (pardon me for always digressing)…
I dropped by this certain salon before my Sound of Music rehearsals for a consultation. Let’s just call this salon by a pseudonym I’d given it: “SSS”—short for Satan’s Salon Services, because, really, I walked out of the salon that night looking like I had just gotten off a 2-hour rollercoaster ride to hell and back. I gave the senior stylist a history of what my hair had gone through the last 12 months. I told him I got a henna several months back, a bleaching job not too long after to get rid of the henna, etc., etc., etc.
To be honest, I was feeling quite apprehensive about going on with the perm. A part of me felt like my hair needed a wee-bit more time to rest. In hindsight, I should have gone with my instincts and just walked out of the salon before
Satan Senior Stylist could persuade me. Oh, the deceiver. But as they say, “sa huli ang pagsisisi” (‘regrets happen in the end’).
But hey, a little consultation wouldn’t hurt, right? Who knows? Maybe there’s a fat chance Senior Stylist would say my hair was in a perm-ready condition. That’s what I thought, and boy, was I right.
He was all… “Ay! Kayang-kaya yan! Hindi masisira ang hair mo. Akong bahala sa’yo.”(‘Oh! We can definitely do it! Your hair won’t get damaged. Leave it to me.’)
His enthusiasm was infectious. I got so excited.
Mind you, this was an upscale salon in an upscale mall, with a reputable owner to boot! This wasn’t one of those beauty parlors that had “40 – Gupit” (‘40 peso haircut’) or “Rebonding any length – 500 only” signs outside their shop.
So, anyway, I went back to the salon as soon as my rehearsals ended, excited to get my much-awaited perm. They wound my hair in those rubber rods, poured some solution, blah-blah-blah… Standard traditional perm procedure (and not a digiperm by the way).
15 minutes later… Senior Stylist unwinds one rod to check how it’s coming along.
WOW. MY HAIR WAS ANYTHING BUT CURLY.
It wasn’t even anything I’ve ever seen before, for crying out loud. I’d seen pubes better-looking than it. Of course, I panicked and asked what was wrong. Senior stylist replies, “kukulot din yan… Basa pa lang kasi…” (‘It’ll curl eventually. It’s just wet right now’)
So I held that same lock of hair he unwound and inspected it closely, tugging on it to see how it would react… and much to my horror, A LENGTHY PART OF THE TIPS PRACTICALLY DISINTEGRATED RIGHT BEFORE MY VERY EYES. No, I am not exaggerating. I know the limp and rubberband-like texture you get during a perm before they pour in the neutralizer. THIS WAS NOT THE SAME. My hair was… dissolving.
Senior Stylist suddenly looked worried when I showed it to him. He immediately but carefully took all the rods out and tousled my hair with the help of a blow dryer. (WHERE THE EFF WAS THE NEUTRALIZER. I KNOW RIGHT.)
After the blow dry, I look in the mirror and see Cousin It’s worst nightmare. The dry strands were not stringy and rubberband-like anymore. But when I ran my hand through my hair, it would just break and fall off—as if my hand was a pair of thinning shears.
To make the already too-long story short, he concluded, “hindi pa ata kaya ng hair mo ang perm” (‘Maybe your hair still can’t handle a perm’).
ATA??? EH KUNDI KA BA NAMAN TANGA??? (Maybe??? Are you stupid???)
You tell me that AFTER you’ve turned my hair, no—me, after you’ve turned ME into an abomination??? Thanks a lot, jackass. Why didn’t you just set my hair on fire to save us the waiting and anticipating?
Before I get too carried away with rage, let me tell you how this sad salon tale ended. He remedied this by putting some solution (the same one they use for rebonding) and tried to straighten my hair instead, insisting he could turn things around. WOW. Perm plus rebond. A 2-for-1 deal. Nice…. not.
After all hell broke loose, I finally told him I wouldn’t pay crap for this. He apologized and applied 2 vials of Powerdose for free. He also threw in a free bottle of expensive conditioner. Err, thanks. This will REALLY turn things around.
In the end, I still walked out of the salon looking like somebody staple wired a Baguio Walis (the brooms with the blue handle with the word Baguio on it) on my head.
My mom complained to the owners on my behalf over the phone. They didn’t even respond to any of the text messages she sent to them after. I mean, how rude could you possibly be? I get that some companies have bad customer service, or don’t even have CS at all. But that was just—-unacceptable. You think a bottle of conditioner would make everything okay after what you’ve put me through?
Friends, left and right, have told me to sue the salon. Some even felt so bad for me that they told their friends about my awful experience and to never ever go to that salon. Sigh. But what can I do? The irreparable damage has been done, and surely being a pessimist wouldn’t help. So I thought, “Know what? Forget it. It’s just hair. It’ll grow back.”
I was left with no choice but to chop off 3/4 of my then bra-length hair. Immediately after the haircut, I went to get permanent hair extensions from Lynelle. Sadly, it only lasted me a month since I wasn’t able to take care of it well. This was followed by a year of painfully watching my hair grow ever so slowly. One year of wishing I wasn’t such a lazy dimwit who wanted to do away with rollers and a curling iron. One year of regret. Lesson learned. Case closed.
Unlike this said salon, I have class. And unlike the owners of this said salon, I was brought up properly by my parents. Therefore, I will not publicly disclose exactly which salon this is.
Emphasis on “publicly“—Take the hint. ;)
ONE YEAR LATER…
My hair has grown past my shoulders, about 3 to 4 inches to go before it reaches bra-length. I touched my semi-virgin hair (‘semi’ because I had to color it 3 shades darker for King and I), did a curling iron test at home to see how I would look now with curly hair, and took a deep breath. I inhaled so deep I could almost smell the cat dung emanating from my neighbour’s front yard.
Maybe… Just maybe I could give perming a shot again?
With my heart lodged in my throat and my stomach in knots, I went to the salon I trusted the most: Azta Urban Salon in Eastwood.
(I know right? Why didn’t I just go there before? Blame it on my stupid, impatient and impulsive self.)
I immediately consulted with my go-to Senior Stylist Andy and let him inspect my hair. He said it was healthy and it was in great condition for a digital perm.
I closed my eyes, sat on the salon chair, and went through a mental checklist (which involved “I have my hair in a bun 100% of the time for King and I, is it wise to get a digiperm NOW? Or do I wait until the run is over?”)
Then I look at the photo I took of myself last night after I did the curling iron test. I. COULD. NOT. RESIST.
Unlike my salon experience from hell, for some reason, I felt good about this one. Andy (and his assistants) always kept my hair in shape for years and I knew I could trust him. That and I was pretty confident about my hair’s condition.
So yesterday, December 5 2012, I got a perm. A digital perm to be exact.
First two photos: how my hair looked when I got to Azta.
Ooh! And I got a pedicure, too!
They gave me some refreshments to accompany the long procedure (iced milk tea FTW). Andy, although busy with almost all the other customers, made sure to keep an eye on me. He regularly checked back on the rods and everything was coming along. His assistant—a junior stylist (my apologies for not getting his name!)—was hands-on 100% of the time! When the rods got too hot, he was there immediately with a hair dryer on cool.
And this is how my digiperm turned out…
I can’t even begin to describe how happy I am. I just love it so much! I’m excited to see what happens after the next couple of days (48 hours from now—when I’m finally allowed to shampoo my hair). This makes waiting for my hair to grow as long as it was before (4 inches before waist length) much more bearable! After the treatment, I was given a piece of paper that looked like a doctor’s prescription. It had the Do’s and Don’ts, recommended styling products to buy, perm aftercare tips, etc.
My hair when I got home that night…
I’m so thankful for the Azta Eastwood team as well as the owners of this salon. I’ve been following their Facebook page and I appreciate how they take time to reply to every comment or query. Mind you, they’re not matipid when it comes to replies. They will explain everything in detail as much as possible. This is just my personal observation as I have not commented on their Facebook page yet. But nevertheless! I am grateful for the sincere concern they have for their patrons. They have transcended customer service and have what some corporations like to call “customer care”. What sets Azta apart is theirs is GENUINE.
More power, Team Azta! :)
• Azta Urban Salon is located in Eastwood Citywalk (entrance is on the 2nd floor, beside 7/11). To find out their contact numbers and other locations, please check out their Facebook page.
EDIT [4:11PM] — I forgot to mention that this is actually the second time I got a Digital Perm at Azta Eastwood. The first time was back in 2010 and it was just as awesome. I had very long hair back then. :)
do you know where to get digi perm at low price but looks nice?? thanks in advance :)
If you’re talking about a really cheap salon, then go to Simon Kim Salon. Don’t expect that it’s a high-class salon/air-conditioned. I heard that Simon Kim is a good Korean hair stylist. They say his digital perm is just the same as to other popular Korean salons. He offers it only at P1,500! That, or you could also try Hairloft Salon. I just recently discovered that salon via a former blockmate. I saw her photos and her perm is really good, just like mine! (didn’t I just sound egoistic? lol) But then again, it’s in Far, erm, Fairview. :/ It’s just a Filipino salon btw and they offer it at P1,000!
Hmm, I actually have a list of Digital Perm salons but ngh, I think I lost it, haha.
To Hair Obsessed Fans
Most of you girls understand the importance of hair. To us, we have a special bond with our hair and we treat as part of our lives. I have been in a serious battle with bad hair days since I was a tiny toddler. Some of you understand the nusaince of having coarse, thick, wavy, and frizzy hair. It’s a pain to manage and annoyingly time consuming. I’ve gotten my hair straightened, highlighted and all those sorts of stuff. Yes I know it’s bad but it’s not like I don’t take care of it. Since the day I started caring about hair and realized that I was one of those unfortunate poor souls with poofy unruly hair, I made a pact to myself that I was gonna make my hair manageable and healthy. This wasn’t easy since I was born with hard to handle hair, so I got some treatments, maybe some highlights to make my hair less boring. It worked, my hair is way better now. I’ve found a hairstylists that knows just how to cut my hair in order to create an illusion that it’s not as thick and unruly as it seems. Amazingly, over the years, the frizz on hair dissappeared. So you ask, what’s wrong now? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. But you us girls and just as a human, we want something that we don’t have especially when it comes to our hair. Whether it’s the color, cut, straight or curly. Whatever we don’t have, we want it. That’s exactly my dilema here. I’ve had the weird straight, slightly wavy hair since forever and I just want change. I’m ready to go for those hollywood celebrity hair locks. Only one problem, whenever I go to a salon, they tell me it’s impossible. It can only be done with hot tools. If I wanted a perm, then it’s gonna be those 80’s perm locks but with my face shape, tight curls will not do me any justice. So what now? Digital perm. That’s right, a digital perm.
Don’t freak if you’ve never heard of it because I didn’t until about two weeks ago. It’s a new technology with a new solution perm developed in Japan. It gives you those beautiful waves and natural looking curls. Best of all, it’s easy to style!!! Well, actually that depends on the kind of curls you have but as far as I’ve hear, people just wrap their fingers around their curls after they shower and while it’s damp. Amazing right? This is sounding more like an ad but my point is…I’m sooo excited to get one!!! Wow I can’t believe I wrote all that just to get to this point. I’m sorry if it sounds braggy or whatever you think of it but I’m just excited. I’ve drooling over those digital perm pics on google for two weeks now and I’m finally getting it this Saturday!!! I’m not telling anyone to get one but just providing information based on what I’ve researched. I’ve been researching this for two weeks…or more actually and I found it really fun reading blogs about them so maybe someone else will find it fun reading my post about it too.
If you ever thought about getting one. Make sure you do your research. I’ve heard mix answers about this. I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about it but there’s always that chance of going wrong. Of course it’s a perm so it could dry your hair so keep that in mind but I’ve heard a lot of good salons managed to keep other people’s hairs soft even after their second digiperm. I’ve heard some failures for those hairs that are fine and very thin. So research!!! I’m lucky enough to have genetically strong hair even with a lot of things done to it. My stylist consulted with me and she was surprised on how healthy my hair is still. That’s the other thing, consult with your stylist and please listen to them if they say it won’t work. Anywayz hope this helped and sorry it’s soo long but I had fun writing it XD. I wish you guys luck on reading this though lolz.
If anyone ever needs tips on people who have unruly, coarse, thick, frizzy hair, don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll answer them based on experience. Oh yeah I really want my perm like these pics.