The Hair GuruA short background on David Mercer – aside from being former Educational Director of Toni & Guy, he also started Toni & Guy Singapore & Malaysia. A few years back, he was awarded Asian Hairdresser of the Year. Currently, he resides in Bali, Indonesia and oversees the Toni & Guy Bali operations with general manager Nick Jones (who also came with David for this trip). Before the one-on-one sessions, David shared that the number one problem facing hairdressers in this day and age is education of clients. You know that feeling of disappointment once you’ve washed your hair a day after your salon visit? David believes that it’s the hairdresser’s fault for clients feeling that – that they don’t properly advise regarding post-haircare management. You must at least need a good shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment – best suited for your hair type – to maintain that ‘just-came-from-the-salon’ hair. Can I just say… how intense do I look below? I’ve never seen myself looking fierce while having my hair washed.
The ConsultI was prepared to have my hair cut to a semi (?) short bob just because I felt like I was in safe hands, especially after seeing reviews on line stating that David’s the man to go to for short hair cuts and styles. But of course, I wanted to hear his expert opinion and advice before I insist on what could be a one-week late-night-crying session. First thing David mentioned when he got to my chair, “Wow, beautiful color and love the volume of your hair!” Now, that might have been just an icebreaker or a random compliment he throws out unconsciously — so I suppressed the cheek-flushing and giddy feeling (in Filipino, kilig) that I felt as those words came out. But then he confirms that he really thinks my hair has good volume and that the only thing I need are layers to keep the top of my head from looking too flat. I told him that I’m generally afraid of layers because of how they make my hair appear drier, which is why I usually ask for blunt cuts instead. And then, David mentions something really alien to me. “You can have layers without them looking too wispy, love”. Okay, maybe he didn’t really say love, but leave me to my imagination, will ya? I just find it so endearing and cute when Englishmen say it – with their accent and all. Anyway, back to hair business. So yes, for cut – I was totally convinced on getting ‘blunt’ layers whilst keeping my original length.
The ProcessFor color, I told David that I’ve recently gone darker just ‘cos I just can’t keep up with retouch every other month or two. I mean, I could just stop coloring my hair altogether and go back to my darker hair. But then, I’ve been so used to having lighter hair that when I saw myself two shades darker, I was already itching to go back lighter. So I guess what I wanted is to still have color without it having to be too high maintenance. He recommended getting highlights but only on the lower part of my hair, so it’s sort of like an ombre but since it doesn’t involve coloring the whole lower part, the effect is much more subtle. I shudder at the thought of ombre (because of a past experience) so I wasn’t at all keen at the idea of it. However, the highlights for only the bottom part – genius. I was sold. So after shampoo, David immediately proceeded to cutting my hair – it took him around 20-25 minutes to perfect the cut and even had me stand up (not at all used to this, but I appreciate seeing how precise he is when it comes to cutting) before finally finishing up. I then had my hair colored by a L’Oreal Top Color Educator (whose name escapes me atm), which took an hour and a half to finish. After washing the color off — General Manager of Toni & Guy Bali Nick Jones proceeded to blowdry my hair to beautiful Kim Kardashian curl perfection. Can I just say… I wish I woke up like this everyday. Ha ha! In reality, I never have the time to heat style my hair — so I also told David during the consult that I wanted a very low maintenance cut. As I don’t even own a hair brush. I literally just comb through my wet hair and let it air dry on its own 95% of the time. Of course, I was treated to some beautiful curls thanks to Nick, but in reality – I don’t think I can curl my hair with a hair dryer nearly as perfectly as he did. One thing I love (and indulge in!) when I get hair cuts is this beautiful heat styling by blowdry that I can never replicate at home. I can curl with a wand and straighten with an iron, but I can never blowdry my hair like how these great hairdressers do it.
Final ThoughtsI’ve never been so happy having layered hair. Seriously. You guys know how attached I am to my crowning glory that I can’t find it in me to lie about liking (or otherwise) a particular color, cut or style even if it’s complimentary. I’d link to a previous post, but past is past. So yes, I love the cut. The layers don’t emphasize my dry hair or any split ends I might have. As for the color, I couldn’t immediately see the effects right after the session so I waited for a week or so to take photos for when the color truly comes alive (which is after a few washes). And whaddayaknow, I’m in love with the effect! It’s very subtle – to the point that it may only even be visible when I play with my hair and twirl it compulsively (which I usually do when I’m bored). It’s also not as visible when my hair is pin straight, but when I curl it (a.k.a put my hair up in a bun and let it loose after a few hours), the light ash brown highlights peek through beautifully. This way, I’ve solved my anxieties on retouching my roots every other month!
ONE WEEK AFTER
Post-Salon HairAnd just so you can see my hair un-styled and in its post-salon hair glory, these photos above were taken 1 1/2 weeks after the session. You can see the ash brown highlights much better and sans the Kardashian curls. I also didn’t heat style my hair in any way — just air dried it and put it up in a low bun for an hour before taking these photos. I absolutely love that my round face is a bit more framed by the chin layers. I honestly thought layers this short would make my round face look more round, but it actually deceivingly makes my face look smaller. I’m just so happy with the result of this session, that I’m even considering flying to Bali (just to see David) should I push through with my plan on going even shorter (and maybe see Ketut from Eat Pray Love, too!). Haha, I can dream. Plus, I’m just not yet ready to cut my hair shorter… maybe in a few years! So I can save up as well, lol. I’d like to thank L’Oreal Profesionnel Philippines for this opportunity — of meeting and having my hair done by a world-renown hair expert as well as for letting me experience the whole Majirel hair color experience.
This hair design session was compliments of L’Oreal Professionel Philippines. I was not paid to attend the session nor was I required to write this review. All thoughts and feels (including finding Englishmen saying “love” endearing) are purely my own.