Makeup goddess Michelle Phan said it – it is incredibly hard to color Asian hair (check her YouTube video here)! It’s tricky, as the texture of Asian hair can be difficult to work with, and picking out a shade from the colored hair chart can be a recipe for disaster as the output tends to be a lot lighter or a lot darker than expected. The worst hair colors are the raven black to blonde colors where the end result is a mix between pumpkin yellow and candy corn vomit.
Like Michelle, I’ve learned
the hard way that a great hair colorist is very hard to find. Thankfully, I have never accidentally colored my hair a bright orange or moss green, but I’ve had my own share of bad hair days from trying to do it myself at home to going to a salon around the corner and coming out reeking of peroxide with hair damaged beyond repair in a shade of mousy brown or haystack yellow. While Michelle found her color guy, Guy Tang (watch heir super fun coloring session here), I found Robert dela Pena, who also happens to be the General Manager and Head Stylist at Fringe Salon in Alabang.
Located on the Ground Floor of CommerCEnter in Alabang, Fringe Salon is one of those special places that you almost don’t want to share. Owned by the very lovely Evelyn Tagle, she made sure her salon was decorated and outfitted with exquisite taste, with the modern Renaissance man and woman in mind. Everything has been well thought out – from the floor length makeup mirrors with lights, to the luxurious chocolate broth leather swivel chairs, and the premium service afforded by the incredibly attentive staff, one walks out feeling like a million bucks.
Evelyn spared no expense with decorating her salon, and Kenneth Cobonpue Cabaret sofa and Chiquita ottoman with the fur accent rug tie in the bright and modern design elements of the salon nicely. Even waiting turns from being a chore into an enjoyable excuse for ‘me time’ at the salon, and one can peruse their selection of magazines or simply bring a book, Kindle, or iPad, and allow time to slowly slip by.
Upstairs, you can forget where you are and pretend to be in Bali, Cancún, or the Maldives. Leave all the stress of the day at the door and feel yourself melt into the luxurious, buttery leather of the massage table with a relaxing Whole Body Massage with Jacuzzi (Php 950/ 60 minutes). Choose from an array of different genres of music or ambient sounds – waves kissing the sand, the pitter-patter of rain, or some smooth jazz tunes while you slowly drift away.
Evelyn had prepared some little treats to snack on that day, compliments of Coco Cakes by Michelle Teves. There was a sweet spread of cookies, cupcakes, and a pastel rainbow cake for clients of the salon to enjoy while getting their various services done.
Coco Cakes’ cookies were just irresistible, girly girls cannot help but put together a little makeup kit on a plate, complete with lipstick, eye shadow, and compact blushes complete with a brush!
Fringe Salon also boasts to have the Cadillac of mani-pedi chairs, and with good reason, too! The opulent gold padded throne is also a massage chair, just the thing a tired traveler would need when treating their sore feet to a Foot Spa with Back Massage (Php 700). While you’re at it, might as well get a Manicure (Php 350) and Pedicure (Php 400) – the salon only uses the most reputable nail polish brands like OPI and Cuccio, and their manicurist has a light touch, which is always a good thing.
The most basic service you can get is a Haircut (Ladies – Php 800, Men’s – Php 750), but since I had just gotten mine a week back, it was my hair color I was most concerned about. Between getting it colored at a standard salon and going about it on my own, and then giving up and growing it out, I had three different shades of colored hair. Robert was very patient in assessing how to go about the color correction and I suggested a shade of blonde I had been wanting to go back to that didn’t make me look washed out.
The L’Oreal/Davines Hair Color (starts at Php 2,100), and trusting Robert with my crowning glory, left him to come up with a custom color that would highlight my skin tone. I also added in Highlights (starts at Php 2,100), which they meticulously sorted out strand by strand, wrapping each one up in foil and coloring around it.
Fringe Salon also has Hair & Makeup services (Php 2,500), using only MAC Cosmetics, which everyone knows (unless you’ve been living under a rock) is one of the most reputable
and pricey makeup brands on the market. This has probably got to be one of the most affordable hair and make up services in Alabang, considering the premium quality and sheer variety of makeup to choose from.
I was so happy with my new hair color I was over the moon! Robert did a fantastic job of correcting the layers of color, giving me a beautiful shade of ash blonde with golden highlights that complimented my skin tone perfectly, giving me an nice glow. Hair colorists with an eye as good as his is hard to come by, so when you find someone who knows how to work with your hair, making you look effortlessly radiant, you keep going back to them! I will definitely be heading back there soon since I’m due for a touch up, and may even go a little lighter before summer rolls around next year.
Fringe Salon is located at the ground floor of the Commerce Center Building, Commerce Avenue Corner Filinvest Avenue, Filinvest Corporate City, Muntinlupa, and are open from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 10am and 7pm. To book a treatment or service, please call +63 2 808 0881.