L’Oreal’s Wear Your Color Proud Hair Coloring Session

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2b12 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 Regine’s 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.51 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? 0 Ack! 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. 7b4

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.3 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 complex. 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 6 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!10

The Result

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. 9b

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 result? 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!!). 87

Final Thoughts

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! 11b


I did find a way to do damage control, though. I curled my hair and parted 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.


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
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  1. November 7, 2013 / 3:31 am

    I’m sorry about your hair, but I still liked how it turned out right after your curled it. Oh and it was nice of the owner to check the whole process.

    • November 7, 2013 / 3:57 pm

      Thanks Yette. It does look better curled nga 🙂 Yes it was, I like how he instructed his senior stylist and her assistants on how to do it.

  2. November 7, 2013 / 3:49 am

    Mmm, you’re too nice to walk away with hair you weren’t happy with. The senior stylist should have stepped in and done it herself after seeing the result of her assistant’s mistakes.

    • November 9, 2013 / 5:08 pm

      They weren’t giving me any attitude so I didn’t feel compelled to walk away 🙂 She was busy with another client (a paying maybe-regular one) so I understood she had to prioritize (?) him. She didnt fail to give instructions naman but yun nga, if only she did it herself nalang sana.

  3. driving30_with_2gether
    November 7, 2013 / 3:50 am

    I think your hair turned out really well. It’s too bad that you weren’t totally happy with it – but it looks great.

    • November 9, 2013 / 5:09 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  4. November 7, 2013 / 4:03 am

    Damn that assistant! She should at least be heavily reprimanded. I hate it when you specifically ask for something, then have it served to you way differently. 🙁 The colors look good, really, but yeah I can see a line when it’s straightened-out. Love the place and people though…except that one person. :))

    • November 9, 2013 / 5:12 pm

      Yeah, it’s really obvious when it’s straightened and parted a certain way. 🙁 The color is nice, though, I agree. Thanks, Ceej 🙂

  5. November 7, 2013 / 4:09 am

    I would have been so pissed at the assistant if I was in your place. But then again, I color my own hair, just because I’m a cheap-ass human being, hahaha! And if there are uneven parts, I can get away with it since I have a natural curly hair. Looks good on you though 🙂

    • November 9, 2013 / 5:13 pm

      You know, I’d love to learn how to color my own hair. I see UK and US bloggers that do ombres themselves and they turn out really nice! Hands down, girls 🙂 And I looove your curly hair! If my hair weren’t as damaged as it is na, magpapa-perm ako eh! Thanks, V!

    • November 9, 2013 / 5:13 pm

      Thanks, Hannah :*

  6. Ohms Emocling
    November 7, 2013 / 8:56 am

    Much better if it’s curled. cheers!:)
    New Misty MOm:)

    • November 9, 2013 / 5:14 pm

      Thank you Ohms!! :* New me, indeed!

  7. November 7, 2013 / 9:26 am

    It’s too bad that you weren’t completely happy with it, but it looks great when curled! 🙂 And it was nice seeing you, Shari! Gorgeous as always! <3

    • November 9, 2013 / 5:14 pm

      Your hair turned out beautiful, Kisty! Well, it was beautiful to begin with anyway! Nice seeing you, dear. Back at you too gorjazzz!

  8. hola flo
    November 7, 2013 / 11:00 am

    Jesuschrist what an experience.. You can mess with my anything you want but don’t play with hair.. I understand how you must have felt when you saw they weren’t doing the right thing and I can also imagine how bad the people there must have felt when you were dissapointed with the results.

    I did my first ombre at a salon when I was 15 and this thing happened to me as well.. a harsh line dividing my natural hair color and the bleached hair..

    Luckily a friend of mine took a sponge, that one you use to wash dishes and with some hair dye she made that line dissapear. You only need to get a hair dye similar to your natural color and the line will dissapear..

    I hope this helps x

    ps: you look stunning anyway x

    Hola Flo | Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    • November 9, 2013 / 5:16 pm

      FLOOOOO!!! You are such a lifesaver. I will try the sponge technique and cross my fingers I do it right, haha. I knooow, mess with anything just not my hair (and face! lol). Esp since I have this weird attachment with my hair haha. Anyway, thanks for the tip, will try it!

  9. November 7, 2013 / 12:51 pm

    I love your new hair color, Shari. Recently, I went to Azta Urban Salon and my stylist asked the assistant to start applying the bleach on to my hair but for the sides (left and right parts), he told his assistant to leave those areas alone and he’ll do it instead. That way, he knows that the color will look balanced. Just wanna share it lang in case mabasa nila or ng ibang stylists and salon owners. But still, you look gorgeous with your new hair color. I lvoe how you parted it differently to hide the imperfections. Fab ang curls! 🙂

    • November 9, 2013 / 6:12 pm

      Thanks, Mic! And thank you for sharing your experience with Azta. I commend the stylist for doing the delicate areas himself! 🙂 And thanks for thinking it looks good parin, hehe 🙂

  10. theclothesmuse
    November 8, 2013 / 5:30 pm

    You did a great job with the damage control. 🙂 I’m scared of getting my hair colored because I’m not fair-skinned. But I like L’oreal’s promo. I’ll take advantage of it. Thanks for sharing!

    • November 9, 2013 / 6:15 pm

      Christine! Hair coloring is not just for the fair-skinned, noh! You just have to find the right shade for you. I suggest going to this Wear Your Color Proud week so you can be guided which hair color would be best for your skintone 🙂

  11. November 13, 2013 / 1:46 pm

    Wow, I’m kind of surprised Philippe let you walk out of his salon with the stark line for all to see… thank you for the honesty. :/

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