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Look of the Week Winner: Mar 24-Apr 10

After the much-needed Holy Week hiatus and another long weekend that just passed, the HairinManila team is ready to announce our new Look of the Week Winner! We’d like to thank everyone who joined and submitted their photos. It was fun for us to receive your entries and see where you guys have been around the country and the world. 🙂

Our Look of the Week Winner is Nyx Martinez! It seemed serendipitous that she wins this version of Look of the Week because she’s been a travel writer for 10 years! We admire Nyx for her stylish and wearable look — very Spring/Summer 2010!

And because we’re feeling generous, all those who submitted their photos will get a copy of the L’Oreal Professionnel S/S 2010 Look Book! Check your e-mails for instructions on how to claim your prize. Congratulations to everyone! Coming up next for Look of the Week are prizes from Garnier. Stay tuned!

Nyx Martinez

This photo of me was taken in Venice, Italy.I would say I’m more of an adventurous traveler, as I have been a travel writer for over ten years. My hair is usually self-styled, and the clothes I wear exude my individuality. In this pic, I was traveling with my boyfriend during the spring. We are now married, with a 3-month-old son. During that spring, we toured Europe in a camper van and learned much about each other and life.


“Travel Journal” – L’OrĂ©al Professionnel’s S/S 2010 Collection (part 2)

For the second part of the Spring Summer “Travel Journal” Collection, we now feature looks inspired by rougher, more adventurous travelers!

The three looks are made with L’Oreal Professionnel’s Luocolor product, which unfortunately is not available in the Philippines because it is designed for light blonde hair. But nevertheless, I want to share these with you as you may still get ideas from them for your next visit to the salon 🙂

Hair and fashion for the adventure seekers

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“Travel Journal” – L’OrĂ©al Professionnel’s S/S 2010 Collection (part 1)

Finally got my hands on this year’s Spring Summer Color Collection from L’OrĂ©al Professionnel! So once again, I would like to share with you the latest hair styles and colors from the world’s leading hair fashion brand.

For this year, the collection revolves around the theme: “Travel Journal”.  From cruise collections of luxury fashion brands to everyone’s fantasy vacation of flying to destinations like Paris or Maldives, I think its about time our wanderlust expressed itself in fashion.

There are two parts to this collection. The first are 3 looks are made with Majirel hair color, entitled “Travelers”. The second are 3 more looks created with the hair coloring product Luocolor, entitled “Adventurers”.

Looks for the sophisticated traveler, not the campy tourist

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Make-Over #7: Breathing new life to mature locks

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’ OrĂ©al. 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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Make-Over #6: Curls Allowed: The Return of the Hippie Perm

“Hi HairInManila,

I landed on your blog desperately looking for a reliable salon in the city. Unfortunately, my hair got chemically damaged very recently due to a perming treatment. It has gotten very dry, frizzy, unmanageable and in other ways I never imagined. 😩 My hair is medium in length and I would dare chop it off just so I could get rid of it! Is there any chance you know of a treatment for such? Or a makeover that’s looking to transform a hideous hair into something very nice? Hehe. Hope to hear from you very soon for I can no longer have this thing hanging on my head. Thank you very much! – Pam”

How can I say no? As my first-ever reader-volunteer-model, I wanted to give Pam a fantastic make-over! I decided to set her up with one of my favorite salons owned by one of my favorite stylists in town: Philippe’s Salon!
With Becca accompanying her, here’s how Pam’s curls were rescued as well as an inside look at this chic salon that’s hidden away from the metro.

Perms are hard to manage, but with the right cut and products, its beauty can last!

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Look of the Week Winner – Jan28-Feb5

What a week! Been really busy at work so my apologies for the lack of updates. I am super happy to announce though that there have been over 40 entries this week! Lots of Maybelline fans out there! It was really difficult to select the top 9 as the quality of the entries are becoming superb. Thank you again to everyone who joined the contest and I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as the team enjoys creating the stories for you!

Finally, to end the suspense, the winner of this week’s contest is: CHERISH MARASIGAN who looks stylishly stunning and with hair that she cuts and styles on her own!  You can click the photos below for a bigger picture and to see the captions that came with the submissions.

For the other 8 finalists, you all win a consolation prize from Maybelline too! I’ll email you the details on how to claim it.

Next contest will be announced soon! Lovely Garnier products are our next big beauty give-away!

Look of the Week – Jan 28-Feb 5, 2010

Time for another big prize give-away! 😀

For this week, one winning look will receive a generous loot bag from Maybelline New York that contains all the items listed below! (All other finalists will get consolation prizes too!)

  • 1x Clear Smooth Minerals Powder Foundation
  • 1x Clear Smooth Minerals Liquid Foundation
  • 1x Clear Smooth Aqua Gel Foundation
  • 1x Diamond Glow palette by Eye Studio
  • 1x Vivid and Smooth Liner by Eye Studio
  • 1x 2-in-1 Impact Shadow Liner by Eye Studio
  • 1x Impact Express Smooth Pencil Shadow
  • 4x Color Sensational Lipsticks
  • 1x Unstoppable Curling Mascara

Update: Contest is now closed! Winner is announced here

Get a chance to win all these make-up goodies now! This contest will only last for 9 days!

Worth playing for? Click here to read the rules of the contest and email me your best fashionista photo now!

Oh, and some advice on how to improve your chances of winning:

  1. Take full body shots as we want to see your fashion style as well as your hair. Just sending a photo of your face (even if you have great hair) won’t be enough.
  2. Avoid dark and grainy pics. If we can’t see the details, it won’t make it. It doesn’t have to be studio or SLR quality
  3. Add a caption or description to your photo to give you that additional, differentiating edge against the rest 🙂

Good luck everyone!

Submissions starts from Jan 28 and ends at Feb 5, 10pm

Email me your photos at

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