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Becca Rodriguez writes:
During the love and peace era of the late ’60s, Hippie long locks ruled the hairstyles of most women with the bohemian vibe going on. Ah yes, as the Rolling Stone song goes, “You can’t always get what you want/but if you try sometimes, well you might find/you get what you need.”
And this goes for 21-year-old fresh grad Pamela Bringino of St. Scholastica College. This I.T. consultant who works the night shift originally had long straight hair. But then, Pamela decided to get a perm hoping that her ‘do would be a wash and wear, no-frills and low maintenance. With her first perm, her locks were like Nora Jones. On the third go, she noticed that her hair turned frizzy and turned dry on most days.
This modern yet urban retreat salon takes inspiration from the commercial industry of San Francisco ─ its interiors with red accents and loft-type details feature a mini-golf area and flat-screen TV. Basically, everything a man or a woman needs to look his or her best is in this A-list salon without the snob factor, of course.
Dig this, Philippe has cut a roster of international celebrities like Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas, Meg Ryan, and local licks like Denise Laurel, Angel Jacob and Rachel Alejandro among others. But what is really fascinating is that this Frenchman was the only one who cut and style U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s hair while traveling in Asia.
“Perhaps what makes my salon different is everything really,” explains Philippe. “Even if the salon is in a hidden location, it is full everyday. Because we provide high-class hair styling and treatments, we are not at all snobbish and we treat everyone like A-list celebrities.”
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Aside from Philippe, another hair pro or guru is half-French and half-Italian senior stylist Pascalain Gianello, who was assigned to cut Pamela’s locks. As he led us to the super-serene VIP room with a waterfall wall, the place will send you off to a snooze mode instantly. While you are at it, you can order champagne to go with your treatment as well. Since everyone deserves a good, healthy haircut, Pascalain asked Pamela what her hair desires were from length, texture and even state. All Pamela wanted was to make her hair look shiny, trim out the edges with the hair texture to be soft and moisturized. So, he examined how her hair grows by combing and pushing the hair in different directions.
So, the cut this hair whiz suggested was to remove an inch or two of the ends in order to make it look healthier with a straight layer underneath and a variation on the sides for volume. As he worked the comb and scissors into her locks, with just a few snips, you could already see the difference with the right cut: Pamela’s hair shape has never looked better.
A digression: Pascalain describes himself as a “contemporary hair artist with more than 30 years of passion, dedication and experience who wants to bring something new and positive in this country.” His philosophy is to work with hair in its natural state, to treat hair as organic material, to shape and balance hair to reflect the individual and reveal their beauty.
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After the cut, it was now time for Pamela’s hair treatment. Philippe and Pascalain suggested the Oléo-Curl Intense masque from Kérastase which is ideal for thick, curly hair. This product has the highest concentration of moisturizing and softening lipids ever in a Kérastase product, and it will breathe life back to the curls and make it smooth, supple, defined and detangled, which is exactly what Pam was looking for.
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As soon as Pam’s hair was rinsed, its time for Pascalain to apply the finishing touch by using styling products from both Kérastase and L’Oréal Professionnel.
From a frizz fest, Pamela is now best-tressed. Just like French actress Marion Cotillard ─ in one Dior party earlier this year, she showed up in a playfully chic ‘do, springy, well-moisturized locks. With curls that want to have fun, which were a thing of the Eighties, they are back in glam fashion.
Besides, there is nothing being a femme fatale with a very good hair experience, indeed.
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Photos by Pranz Kaeno-Billones
Philippe’s Salon is located at 2295 Jannov Plaza Building 3, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City (830-3030 or 864-0658; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
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As a special surprise, I want to share with you some photos of an event I did in Philippe’s back in 2008 🙂 The salon was very new back then, and I was launching a new product called “Kérastase Noctogenist”, which is an overnight regenerating leave-on treatment. I decided to transform the salon into a bedroom party, and with Rogue magazine as my partner, we created an amazing experience for everyone!
Me and little miss bonnie