Hello HairInManila readers!
If this blog had sound, you’d now be surprised that a girl greets you and not Birdie. Let me introduce myself. I’m Y2, a Management Trainee handling PR for the Professional Products division (a.k.a. the salon division) here in L’ Oréal. Things have been crazy busy around the office, and I’ll be helping Birdie out with this blog now.
Since this blog is about hair, let me tell you a bit about mine. In the three months I’ve worked here, I’ve had four haircuts, a rebonding, a color change, and countless shampoo and treatment testings. Never has my hair been given this much attention and care! It continues to be a fun and interesting “hair journey” so far, and maybe someday I’ll share more with you. 🙂
For this make-over, Agoo Bengzon follows and writes about her own mom, Mariasun Azcuna! Like Mariasun, many women want to maintain their healthy and luscious locks as they grow older. However, hair shows signs of aging, especially when not taken care of properly. For some much-needed hair rejuvenation, we brought her to one of Manila’s most renowned salon brands: Emphasis Salon in the Peninsula Hotel
With Agoo accompanying her mom for some mother-daughter bonding, here’s how Emphasis was able to defy aging, as well as a peek inside a true Manila gem of a salon.
Mariasun’s hair gives her age away now, but wait ‘til you see her after her makeover!
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Agoo Bengzon writes:
In all my years as a Beauty Editor, I never knew hair could “age.” Aside from the usual hair loss problems we’ve all seen and heard about, I always thought that the usual signs of aging involved loss of skin elasticity, the appearance of crow’s feet, and the development of unsightly age spots. It seems that hair takes quite a beating too as the years go by. There are three characteristics of mature hair:
1. Fibro-Porosity— this is when hair seems rougher, and the hair’s structure is fragile and prone to breakage. It also means that hair lacks melanin or its ability to protect itself from UV exposure, rendering it sensitive under the sun.
2. Loss of Density—By the time you’ve hit your 60s, your hair’s thickness may have decreased by as much as 40%!
3. Dry Scalp—Hormonal imbalances are what lead your scalp to produce less sebum by the time you’ve hit your 60s.
My mom has always been self-conscious about her thinning hair that also tends to be brittle, especially during the summer months.
The Hair Treatment
When I was asked for a volunteer for the Age Premium Treatment of Kérastase, I immediately thought of my Mom who, for the longest time, has complained about her thinning and somewhat coarse hair. She was booked at the Emphasis Salon at The Peninsula Manila for her first-ever Kérastase Treatment. She was enthralled to say the least!
Thinning hair is treated with Kérastase Age Premium Re-Substance Fibro-reinforcing Gel
The treatment begins with the application of the star product, the Re-Substance Fibro-reinforcing Gel, onto 100% dry and unwashed hair. This gel is an innovative product that penetrates to the inside of the hair and creates a molecular network that supports the fragile structure of the hair fiber. The product is applied section by section then massaged into the hair and scalp for 15 minutes.
Moussa cuts years off of Mariasun with a layered haircut
Moussa Abdayem, Emphasis’ newest stylist from Lebanon, (he started doing hair at the tender age of 16 and has done the hair of numerous celebrities in his home country) gave my Mom’s mane lots of texture by adding more layers. Moussa says, “Layers add dimension to a thinning mane and provide an overall appearance of thickness and volume.” Moussa also warns, “Mature women shouldn’t add too many highlights as this process tends to dry out hair. It’s better to experiment with the cut rather than color.”
Moussa used a round brush to give hair even more bounce, and at the tail-end of the session, used a palm grazing technique which he says works well for those with fine, limp or thinning hair.
Bonus tip: Mother’s Day is approaching. A hair makeover may just be the perfect present you can give your mom. 😉
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Photos by Pranz Kaeno-Billones
Emphasis Salon is at the basement level of The Peninsula Manila (843-9128)
Haircut by Moussa Abdayem is P1,700 (by appointment only)
Kérastase Re-Substance Ritual starts P1,275