CHECK IT OUT: Hair Philosophie by Jing Monis at Salcedo Village, Makati City
Jing Monis takes over.
Hair Philosophie by Jing Monis
131 Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Tel. Nos. 0917-5711-7717; 836-7681
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Jing Monis lends his magic to this salon.
(SPOT.ph) An afternoon at Hair Philosophie is strangely quiet except for Aziatix and Avicii singing in the background. It has none of the usual high-pitched chatter of girls having a "salon day," catching up on gossip and giggling over the latest Cosmo. The venue is small, but spacious. Each element is strategically laid out to make the most of the limited floor area: the stations are set up back to back and pathways in between them create the illusion of a roomier setting. More sophisticated than girly, the salon takes on a more contemporary and classy style, with an air of lightness from the palette of bleached wood, white walls, bricks, glazed concrete, and a pop of red every now and then.
Where the beautification happens
Along one of the quieter streets of mainland Makati (the part that didn’t use to be Taguig), Hair Philosophie is one of those neighborhood salons-Salcedo Village, in this case-that have the potential to develop a loyal, friendly clientele over time. The kind that has regulars, and stylists expect you to come back every few months for a routine trim and touch-up. Leading the pack are Jing Monis-trained hair experts Elmar and Allan who are both lively enough to make one feel comfortable without being too intrusive.
Their menu of services includes cut, color, hair treatments, as well as other pamper packages like waxing, threading, scrubs, and manis and pedis. Price varies depending on your preferred stylist (Junior, P250; Senior, P350; Lead, P450)*, but no matter what your budget allows, you’ll be asked for your allergies and other pertinent information before anything else. He-or she-will listen to your preference, make a recommendation, and together you can both work out what’ll best suit your hair type, skin tone, and lifestyle.
The assistants wear Jing Monis-emblazoned smocks, a sign of assurance to the first-time customer that you’re getting Jing Monis-quality results for a friendlier price. When Hair Philosophie first opened a few blocks away (at 117 Tordesillas) in 2012, they were known for their coloring service, and after a month of renovation plus the Jing Monis magic, it’s noteworthy that the move didn’t affect their specialty.
At the back of the salon are the shampoo stations as well as waxing areas.
Considering the meticulous approach they take to coloring hair, Hair Philosophie is faster than most services. The mid-section, about an inch from the top and several inches from the tip, is lathered with a Schwarzkopf mixture first, letting the hair absorb it for a good 45 minutes or so. Roots and ends absorb color faster so they’re treated later and for a shorter period of time to avoid any inadvertent ombre turnout. Another 20 minutes, and it’s wash and blow-dry before the stylist finishes off your new ’do with just enough product to enhance your hair’s natural bounce.
The result is silky smooth tresses, but if you’re nervous about the long term drying effects of hair coloring, you might want to try their Deep Repair Masque (P700++) or Nourishing Leave-in Cream (P700++). Speedy services like Keratin Express Blowouts (P3,500++) and Hair and Makeup (P1,600) are also available should you require a bit of freshening up before a night out.
The modest salon might not be the most conducive for a kikay sesh with the girls, but this beauty hideaway is a go-to for some good old-fashioned me time.
*Haircut prices only