hair & beauty

A Fresh Coat of Pink

As a stubborn DIY-er (do-it-yourself-er?!), I couldn’t help but feel a bit like a sellout when I plopped down on a salon chair last Friday. Don’t get me wrong, though— I love salons and have no qualms with submitting myself to the skilled hands of professionals. It’s just that if I can do it myself while saving a few bucks and a stressful trip out of my apartment, I will. But things have been a bit hectic lately, leaving me with no time to properly bleach and re-do my hair. On top of that, Special Effects hair dye has been hard to come by, at least in the colors I want (practically everything is out of stock everywhere!).

So when I got an email from Kira inviting me to try out Benefits Style Salon, I couldn’t say YES! quickly enough. My hair has been such a mess with half an inch of re-growth and streaks and patches of peach/orange peeking through the faded cotton candy pink (which I achieved quickly by scrubbing out the highlighter Cherry Bomb pink with crushed vitamin C tablets mixed with shampoo). I needed help and I needed it fast lol.

Benefits Style Salon is located on the second floor of Eastwood Citywalk’s Fashion Square Building; it’s right by the outdoor escalators, making it hard to miss. I was greeted by the friendly Ko sisters (Robina owns and manages Azta while Benefits is Rose Ann’s baby) and after briefly considering my hair options, I was led to a salon chair. Originally, I wanted a full head of blue but they were out that day and only had pink and purple. Purple does not suit me at all (at least the Burgundy Wine I tried last year) so I opted for a fresh coat of pink. While there are still a number of colors I want to try, I can’t deny that I’ve been enjoying the pink hair!

Photos of the process!

Benefits Style Salon

I adore this shade but it’s a mess!

Benefits Style Salon

Bleaching my roots.

I didn’t keep track of how long the bleach was left on my roots but I eyeballed it at around twenty to thirty minutes (judging by how long they left it in, I’d say they used 6% or 9% developer. Less damage that way, too). I’m a bit glad they didn’t speed up the process by putting on a heat cap. Bleaching itself stings enough (though I am already used to it so I really don’t mind) and the added heat only makes it more uncomfortable. I passed the time catching up on my reading. Rusty, my stylist, commented that I must have finished my book. He was right!

Benefits Style Salon

Sometimes, I miss being blonde.

Benefits Style Salon


This is the brightest my hair has been AND I LOVE IT. Here’s a photo with Krissy who got a full head of red on unbleached black hair that day!

Benefits Style Salon

Photo snagged from Krissy!

Here are more photos I took today. It’s still as bright as it was last Friday!

Benefits Style Salon

Benefits Style Salon

Benefits Style Salon

Rates for a full head of color begin at PHP1700 but you get a pretty sweet discount until March 31st!

Benefits Style Salon

Head over to the Benefits Style Salon Facebook page to inquire about their other services.

PS: Ask for Rusty!

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  • Reply Trish March 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Your new hair looks edible. I can’t help but think about candies!

  • Reply Megann Monday March 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    OMG I love your hair! I absolutely doooo :) Wish I would finally have the courage to color mine. I’ll probably need to have it relaxed first or treated. It’s just waaaay to dryyyy :(

  • Reply brigitte March 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    so cute! bagay talaga sayo, :)

  • Reply Mai March 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I love your pink hair!! :)
    And I like the outcome of your bleached hair.
    My hot lava hair is not so nice anymore, it became ombre already.

    I can’t wait to color mine soon!

  • Reply Nikki March 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    How much did the hair coloring cost? i seriously want to dye mine in dark purple or maybe get it ombre-d. :D

    • Reply Helga March 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Rates begin at 1700 for a full head of color :)

  • Reply ghoent March 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    WOW. I love it! you really never fail to inspire me to be more adventurous with my [fashion and non fashion] choices.

  • Reply Alikoy March 19, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    wow your hair looks delish! =)I love seeing you blonde too, but pink works just as well. congratulations on the hair makeover!

  • Reply dlysen March 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Ah that’s where you got the pink coated hair. It’s nice and some of the photogs are really do it yourself.

  • Reply Angeline Rodriguez March 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    WOW. You look amazing! I love it! :)

  • Reply Nix March 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Your hair is so pink and I luuuuurve it. <3

  • Reply Angie Vianzon March 21, 2012 at 1:41 am

    You and your pink hair :) I waaaaant! I wish I have the guts to have one though.

  • Reply Kandis March 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Omg! Neon pink hair. O_____O
    How I wish I have the guts to color my hair pink too.

  • Reply Ela March 21, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Wow, it’s really bright! Like, neon highlighter bright. You pull it off well.

  • Reply Marco March 22, 2012 at 7:40 am

    nice color… sayang di ako nakasabay sa inio.. mine nman is blonde color hehhee..

  • Reply Kisty March 22, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Your pink, hot pink, neon pink hair is so nice! <3

    I also like the 4th photo, it's nice.

  • Reply edelweiza March 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    your new hair color looks great on you! what an eye candy! :)

  • Reply bea March 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    gah! i miss my pink hair. i think it’s time i revisit the color

  • Reply Janine March 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Lovely – Love that last pic! I am going to add colored tips to my hair soon and I cannot freaking wait!

  • Reply Alex March 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I feel bad for missing this event. I wish I could’ve seen your highlighter hair in person!

  • Reply lexiwexi March 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    It’s been so long since I last saw you!!! I think that’s over a year ago! I have not seen your pink hair or your blonde hair, i think! :)

    I miss you!!! :)

  • Reply Kristel April 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I love your neon hair. Hope I can pull off something like that. :)

  • Reply johnny jim April 7, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Hmm:Its really nice collection. I really appreciated it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Julian May 17, 2012 at 4:15 am

    I just found out about your blog and oh my goood your hair is amazing. I’m dyeing mine blue in a month. It’s been my dream since 2008, but circumstances (and by circumstances I mean high school) only permitted me to do so this year and I was planning to do it at home. This post is kind of changing my mind though! This salon seems great.

    Great post and great blog! :)

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