With all the high-end development in Taguig these days, it is only natural that a high-end salon will follow. Enter Franck Provost Studio at the Fort! It has only been around for a year, but it has been getting a steady stream of clientele thanks to the creative direction of its head French director and its highly trained staff.
HairInManila contributor Vicky Tensuan sets up an appointment to give us a review of the salon’s services! Let’s take a look inside!
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Vicky Tensuan writes
I am a beauty junkie. I come from a family of beauty junkies. So, when there are salon reviews to be done, I jump right in without any hesitation.
I have been to dozens and dozens of salons in my lifetime, both here and abroad. With many of them, I get carried away with the ambiance and then get extremely disappointed with the skills of their stylists. At the end of the day, it is not the soothing, relaxing vibe or the high-tech imported salon chairs that would make me want to come back; the stylists are the salon’s main bloodline—have one very good one and rest assured that clients will keep coming back for more.
I must admit that the Franck Provost Studio was not easy to find (the Deutsche Bank building is your landmark). Parking was easy and its location, despite it being in the midst of a business district, does not find you swamped with cars and pedestrians.
I enter the salon and immediately got enveloped in a sea of stark black and pristine white. It had a very modern feel to it, but despite that I immediately felt cozy (bonus points to its cleanliness!). The ceiling was high and windows made up for the entire wall of the salon. Also, I liked how natural light streamed in the salon.
I met Laurent Hebert, the salon’s manager, and my assigned stylist. I liked the fact that he was French, which may mean that he could be more experimental without going over the top. The way he looked at my hair made me nervous: it was a washed out shade of dark blond—a shade I nonetheless insisted on months beforehand in time for the Christmas Holidays. It looked good then, but…
“The color of your hair is washing you out,” he remarked. No wonder. Weeks before that I was asked quite a number of times if I was sick; I obviously looked it. “You need to use warm tones on your hair, to complement your pale skin tone.”
I was also introduced to Dhuke Fernandez, the salon’s senior stylist and colorist. I was starting to like this. Together, they critically examined the current state of my hair and discussed possible colors that would suit my skin tone and hair texture. All the available shades were shown to me (which shades fit me, which don’t) to make the necessary selection and matching depending on the client’s need.
Dhuke applied the base color in attempt to cover the hideous mistake I had committed just a few months ago. While he used the L’Oréal Hi Richesse in Macchiato 4,15, I couldn’t help but feel like a coffee concoction. After rinsing, Dhuke felt a bit more experimental—he applied Majirel Golden Mahogany in 5.35 only to my overgrown bangs and added streaks of more color using Majililft 12.11 ash mixed with Majirel Mix Bleu. The cocktail is shades lighter than the base, and reason for this is that he wanted to “lift” the face, to put more attention to it, by lightening that area, as well as to add extra dimension. That’s a good point there if I ever saw one.
Laurent “fixed” my bangs in a concave style: shorter in the middle as it cascades in longer on the sides. To say the effect was beautiful, especially after blow drying, is an understatement.
“Come outside to see the color of your hair,” says Laurent. Despite the salon’s natural light interior, it does make a big difference if the client does take a good look at the finished product right in the glory of the sun. So, we grabbed a mirror, stepped outside and loved what I saw. The color did make me look younger (not a fan of Botox) and enhanced my complexion. All the colors blended really well and naturally, if I may say so.
With my overall experience, from the salon vibe to, most importantly, the skills of the stylists, I give the Franck Provost Studio a ten over ten, a five star rating, as I now flaunt my deep-chocolate-with-golden-mahogany-topped-with-intensified-ash crowning glory.
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Photos by Pranz Kaeno-Billones
Franck Provost Studio is located at Shop H Net Quad Building, 30th Street corner 31st, Crescent Park, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (401-6870; 856-9569; closed on Sundays)
Laurent’s hair cut for women is P1,200 and coloring services start at P900.