I met Henri Calayag through my "twin", designer Michele Sison, at one event and I vividly remembered Henri and Michele urging me to try the services of the Henri Calayag Salon. With my busy schedule, it was a challenge to fit it in since MEGA is in Ortigas and the salon is in Makati. Still, after countless occasions of seeing Henri around Manila's social scene, I finally obliged the salon with my first visit some months back.
I'm the type who lets my hair grow longer for a little more than a month to try and experiment with the number of ways I can style my hair as it grows longer. But the challenge with my hair is the texture and thickness whenever it grows at a certain length. Adding to that, I tend to always have my hair colored to mask my jet black hair.
When I got to the salon, I was greeted by an always cheery Henri and we got about exchanging stories and laughs. I was escorted to a private room and I just told Henri to let the salon's magic work on me. Since this was a totally new salon experience for me, I wanted to know their perspective, understand what style options they have and just sit back and see the outcome.
|the before look with Henri on the background|
I was introduced to stylist Richard Perello. To be honest, I had very high expectations since I heard that Richard has had his share of recognition in the industry. Also, the fact that Michele gave her nod of approval, and that her son also gets styled by Richard, gave me the confidence and ease to let him take care of my look.
I started off with a hair color treatment. Apparently, Henri wasn't a fan of my hair color at that time because he found it too orange-ish or something. hahahahaha! He wanted to tone it down and transform it into a shade of dark brown - which was fine with me.
As I sat there, I was offered a glass of cold iced tea as soothing jazz music played on the background. I honestly felt so spoiled and pampered that I was just enjoying every minute of being in the salon.
I was quick to describe the usual cuts that I get but told Richard to style it the way he wants it. He pitched ideas and styles that fit my facial structure and the texture of my hair. The entire time, I just let his idea flow and gave him the liberty to trim as much hair as he wanted. Well, the mood of the salon made me feel so at ease that I just threw my cares away.
|toning down the hair color|
|color toned down and ready for the cut|
|Richard analyzing the subject|
|a shorter and cleaner faux hawk|
|spiking it up to complete the look|
I loved the new do; it was both refreshing and modern. I appreciated that I didn't need a long exchange of ideas with Richard and he was able to capture both what I wanted and what I needed. The faux hawk made my face look slimmer, reduced the thickness of my hair and, most importantly, gave me a new perspective on how else I can change my look.
Until my next appointment! A very happy birthday greeting to my dear friend Henri Calayag who celebrated his birthday last 18th of August!!!
Henri Calayag Salon
G/F The Residences in Greenbelt, Makati
0920-9181880; 799-1495 ; 799-1888