L’Oreal Professionel Philippines
, the leading provider of hair color in the local hairdressing industry, has teamed up with some of the leading salons in the country to advocate to Filipinas how to choose the best color for their hair according to their own skintones. This is of course, in coordination with the top hairstylists of the metro who will help and guide women like me who are clueless as to what shade of brown (or red or black or blonde!) suits them best.
With this aim in mind, L’Oreal will be holding the Wear Your Color Proud
week from November 11 – November 15
with this awesome promotion in tow — if you avail of one hair color session
in any partner salon, you’ll be getting one other session for a friend absolutely FREE!
Partner salons for this campaign include:
Bench Fix Salon
Bang’s Tony & Jackey
Henri Calayag Salon
Philippe Tordjman Le Salon
If you’re interested to know more, please check out L’Oreal Professionel Philippines’ page here for the full details.
And if you’re curious to see what happened on my very own Wear Your Color Proud session, check out the whole entry after the jump! I do warn thee it is quite a lengthy entry (sorry, Thor hangover).
I was supposed to be with Genzel
, my giveaway winner and my +1
, but due to a change in appointment matched with conflicting schedules, I was unfortunately alone for the afternoon. For my hair coloring session, I chose Philippe Tordjman Le Salon
in Sofitel Manila
This is after googling who Philippe Tordjman is and reading about how he’s actually an international celebrity hairstylist in charge of Hollywood’s hottest coifs, including US Secretary Clinton’s. I of course knew Philippe wouldn’t be the one to actually do my hair but knowing that the hands who will be touching them were all trained under him is worth the experience already.
I was immediately seated and offered coffee, tea or water. Didn’t feel like I needed any caffeine so I went for iced tea, instead. I do love the coffee area set-up on one whole side of the salon, though. Freshly brewed coffee, anyone?
As you can see, the condition of my hair is hideous. I almost didn’t want to post this because.. blah. I don’t know what color my hair has morphed into but it certainly wasn’t attractive anymore. Not to mention the lifeless, dull and frizzy state it has become due to so much abuse.
The Color Decision
I decided to try the ubiquitous ombre
trend that has hit the world what, two years ago? Kinda late to the ombre parade much, Shari?
I know, but I wanted a whole new look that was a step away from my comfort zone just to feel fresh and sorta… invigorated? Besides, I was planning to chop my hair off soon after this so if I didn’t like the ombre on me, I could just chop it off anyway.
I let Ms. Jessica Romero
, senior hairstylist, decide what exact shades to use. My only requests were – 1. the shades be in the Ash
family and 2. the shades not to be too contrasty
(in other words, just a subtle ombre
) and 3. the blending of the shades be somewhere along
or below my jawline
so it won’t be too high up.
While Ms. Jessica was starting on my hair, the main man of the house, Philippe Tordjman
, came over to check how things were doing and even demonstrated to Jessica how the parting and the application should be to obtain the best ombre effect possible. Philippe is a very friendly, warm, approachable person without any diva
While I was waiting for the hair color to set, I overheard him and a loyal customer talking about his love for a local artisan chocolate brand that has flavors like siling labuyo
(chili pepper), manggang hilaw
(green mango) and adobo milk chocolate.
During those waiting minutes, he passed by me a few times asking if I were ready to bawl my eyes out after the process. Was I? I wasn’t sure. But I was impatiently ready to see the results!
Upon removal of the foiled bottom half of my hair, I saw Philippe’s reaction as Jessica opened one part… and it made my heart stop for a second
. I heard a small comment from Philippe but couldn’t make out the sentence because I was too perturbed by his reaction. I saw a small glimpse of the color that made my heart kinda stop one second more. It wasn’t the shade I imagined at all.
But I remained calm and went with the assistant to the wash area to completely rinse off all the remaining color. As I sat back on my chair, I was praying that the ombre will turn out okay and that I was just being my obsessive and paranoid self. After my hair was blown dry completely, I calmed down a bit, but I had my qualms.
Great stylists, just need assistants that listen
I don’t think the colors are at all bad – they actually look good. A bit lighter than I had expected, but nonetheless, something I can live with. What bothered me was the technique that was applied
. If you can see closely on the photos above, there is a stark line that
shows an unappealing contrast of the two shades used.
The other side of my hair was blended well (Jessica did this part), but the other side had this very unappealing line (this was done by the assistant). I also saw the back part of my hair and even worse, the line was that of a beating heart in a heart monitor.
Upon seeing this, I told Jessica about how I felt and she immediately said they’ll touch it up and fix it even if I was already actually done. So she specifically instructed her assistants on what to do – where and how to apply the color, no usage of foil, etc. (she had another client waiting for a haircut).
Dun Dun Dun…
The most disappointing and disheartening part
happens – her assistants did as if they hadn’t heard Jessica’s instructions at all. They didn’t apply where she instructed and they even foiled my hair (which she specifically instructed not to do). I wanted to take the tools, remove the foil and apply the color myself. Jessica stepped in minutes after they had already done this so I don’t know if what she did could have repaired what had already happened.
The other part of the my hair had an unappealing line, too. I didn’t want to bother them any longer because I’ve already been in there for 3 hours and they had their own paying customers to attend to, so I just accepted it. I thought to myself it’ll grow out anyway. I couldn’t cut it (my back-up plan) because the blending of the ombre was too high up (nose-level!!
I do wholeheartedly believe that Philippe Tordjman Le Salon is a topnotch salon with great hairstylists
. Why? Because I’ve seen the clients before me walk out with great-looking hair (the one right before me had a really beautiful ombre done by Philippe himself). I also saw the other girls in the same session walk out with beautiful colors (Kisty
and her +1).
However, what happened to my case was an inconsistency in technique
between what Jessica, the senior stylist, did and what her assistant did. I heard Jessica leading and telling her assistant how to apply, what not to do (fold the foil higher than where the color was applied which even Philippe reminded them both because this was what causes the stark lines) every step of the way. But sadly, the assistant either did not listen or just did it her own way anyway.
I am definitely not writing this out of hate or spite because I really have none against the salon. I actually find the people working there a very warm and pleasant bunch despite being a high-end salon inside a 5-star hotel (I mean, I at least expected a snooty bunch). Just voicing this out because I can not find it in me to lie about what I feel. Plus, the L’oreal hair colors
that were used are worthy of blogging about!
I did find a way to do damage control
though. I curled my hair
it a different way than my usual to mask the stark line! It looks way better, in my opinion.
Right now, 2 weeks
after the color, I’m more ‘at home’ with my hair. I like how I got my wish and am able to step waaaay outside my comfort zone (think Asgardian levels!). I thought of coloring it again but I didn’t want to dry my hair out even more.
THANK YOU STILL!
I would still like to thank the wonderful people of Philippe Tordjman Le Salon
for accommodating me and working on my hair despite their busy schedule. Thank you to Philippe and Jessica (as well as the whole staff!) for my hair makeover. And thank you of course to L’Oreal Professionel Philippines
for this opportunity!
Philippe Tordjman Le Salon
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
832 6954 or 0917 854 6954