While it is highly encouraged to bring a peg with you when you troop to a hair salon for a haircut, color, especially for a total makeover, sometimes, what you want won’t really work for you—because your face shape and that Hollywood celeb’s aren’t the same, your hair texture is different, and ultimately, because Asian hair behaves differently from those of Western women’s. Of course you can still force your way into this new hairstyle, but a hairstylist who genuinely cares for you will tell you that it’s best no to do so, because not only will it be a waste of money, but it can also be harmful to your hair.
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We caught up with celebrity hairstylist Mark Anthony Rosales at his new place, Thesis Salon at Bonifacio Stopover, to learn more about the hottest hair trends this new year. At this new baby of his, one of the most notable technologies is the hair analyzer, which every customer gets to undergo for her hair to be diagnosed correctly and to see if what she really wants will work on her locks. “Common Pinay concerns are how to maintain bleached color and falling hair—the hair scanner helps us properly recommend to our clients the right color, treatment, and service for them," he shares. "Because for example, if you want to achieve this color, you have to start with this color, For Asian hair, light colors most often last two months only because sa water pa lang natin dito it will bleed na—but if hindi masyadong exposed sa sun magla-last naman.
The homey yet modern salon boasts of a wide array of services and a pleasant, but not overbearing, staff, that will make you want to just stay in and relax. “I personally trained the staff how to handle clients—when they enter they are entering a five star hotel but in a homey way. They come in a clients but leave as family” says Mark, who’s very hands on when it comes to salon operations. One of their main thrusts is honest to clients, hence the analyzer, because they want to set proper expectations and not just sell service.
Of course we didn't miss the opportunity to ask Mark, whose celebrity client roster includes Gabbi Garcia, Martine Cajucom, Maris Racal, and Andrea Brillantes, among others, the hottest things in the hair world this 2017. Read on for his advice:
What's the major theme of hair trends this year? "This 2017, the trend is very simple and fun, low-maintenance. Bronde, a mix of brown and blonde is big when it comes to hair color. It's easy to maintain because you keep your roots natural, so no need for constant touch ups."
What cuts should women get to be on trend? "The eye-length fringe is still very in, so is the mid-chop if you want to keep the length but have texture. The bold chop is good if you want things edgy and dramatic. All of these are low-maintenance, perfect for the busy woman."
What hair resolutions should Filipinas have this year? "Start with the basics—when shampooing, use a sulfate-free variant because it helps retain the natural nutrients of your hair; also make it a habit to do it every other day lang, use dry shampoo na lang to lessen the oil when you don't shampoo. Get a trim every four to six weeks. When upstyling, always use a heat protectant—I like using spray, I’m a fan of Jen Atkin—I like her line because it's organic, made of citrus, so there are less chemicals."
What should be in every girl's hair kit? "Heat protectant, argan oil because it helps moisturize hair, dry shampoo for oil control, and a comb or brush they're most comfortable using. It's also very important to learn how to brush your hair properly: Start with the ends going to the roots to avoid breakage, especially when your strands are wet."
What are your most recommended easy-to-do hairstyles? "Here's a tip, in a day you can actually have three different looks: Braid your hair in the morning, let it loose as waves mid-day, and then put it up in a top knot if you want to look elegant."
What ultimate hair commandment should every girl (and even guys) live by? "Be dedicated to your hair routine, take it to heart, do it regularly—that's the best way to get gorgeous hair."
Thesis Salon is at 3/F BGC Stopover Pavillion, 31st Street corner 2nd avenue, Bonifacio Global City
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