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The Glam Squad Diaries: Alex Carbonell on Jodi Sta. Maria’s Hair Transformation

The Glam Squad Diaries: Alex Carbonell on Jodi Sta. Maria’s Hair Transformation

When she cut her long locks in preparation for her pivotal role in Pangako Sa’Yo, Jodi Sta. Maria became the talk of the town—and just last week, this generation’s Amor Powers again made headlines when she traded her bob for a fiery pixie cut. Jodi’s new gamine look is so on point not just for the new phase in Amor’s life, but also for so many Filipinas who have been looking for inspiration for their new year beauty makeovers.

“When her character comes back, she’s supposed to be stronger but still very chic, and that powerful energy must have that feminine and adorable, but very individualistic, feel,” says Alex Carbonell, hairstylist to the stars (his celebrity clientele includes Toni Gonzaga, Cheka Kramer, Alex Gonzaga, and Bianca Gonzalez) and the one responsible for both of Jodi’s hair transformations. The main idea was to make her look different yet still beautiful and almost ethereal, so Alex gave her a pixie cut that’s uber trendy, luxe, powerful, and easy to fix.

Want Jodi’s chic and fiery cut? Alex gives tips:

Trust your hairdresser. Everything starts with trust, notes Alex. Jodi herself gave 100% freedom to Alex when she went in for her new ‘do. “She really didn't ask about the new cut or a peg, she gave all her trust to me,” he recalls.

Evaluate your lifestyle and be sure your hair texture is ideal to the gamine cut. Alex says this style would work on wavy and straight hair, but those with kinky locks should avoid it.

Keep these terms in mind: Soft undercut, deep point cut, precision flat-feathered layers, and asymmetric fringe. “A soft undercut removes the thick effect also known as poofiness, a deep point cut makes the overlay easy to style; precision flat-feathered layers on the sides and back and uneven layers on the crown area give a modern silhouette, while an asymmetric fringe lends softness.”

Color should be dimensional using monochromatic blonde tones. Alex’s ultimate secret? “Make the undercut much darker for depth!”

Alex with Jodi after her hair transformation.


If you’re ready to take the plunge like Jodi, take these things to heart for a merry makeover in time for Christmas or the new year.

Studio Fix by Alex Carbonell is at 4/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City


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Photographs courtesy of and




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