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  • A Balikbayan Mom's Guide To The Metro's Best Salons For A New Year Makeover

    Where to get the most sulit beauty services and treatments depending on your budget!
    by Elaine Carag-Calderon .
A Balikbayan Mom's Guide To The Metro's Best Salons For A New Year Makeover
PHOTO BY Jesi Mendez Salon Robinsons Galleria/Facebook and @aztaurbansalon/Instagram
  • Being home for the holidays is undoubtedly one of the highlights of our year. Who doesn’t look forward to a good ol’ Filipino celebration of Christmas and New Year’s? Though you come home to spend time with family, catch up with friends, enjoy your vacation, and celebrate the festive season, there should always be time to relax and unwind from everything that’s going on, too.

    Before flying out, take a few hours off to pamper yourself. Besides, there’s no better time to take advantage of the affordable yet excellent services our local salons have to offer. Once you leave, you’ll definitely miss the quality and the prices!

    Best salons in Metro Manila

    Whether you’re looking for a fresh cut, new color, or professional treatment, there’s no shortage of options from the north to the south. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the most frequented and most recommended spots to visit while you’re home.

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    1. Azta Urban Salon


    Get that modern makeover you’ve always wanted at Azta. One of the most affordable and most accessible salons in the metro, this chain is best known for their digital perm as well as their take on trendy cuts and colors at friendly prices.

    Try a new ’do with a haircut that costs Php250 to Php600. Go for voluminous curls with a digital perm at Php3,800 to Php6,000 or tame your mane with a steambond at Php2,500 to Php7,500. If you want to get color instead, Azta uses great ombre techniques to create trendy hairstyles. Prices are determined based on your hair type and preferred color, starting at Php1,250 up to Php9,500.

    For more information, follow @AztaUrbanSalon on Facebook and Instagram.

    2. David’s Salon

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    One of the country’s most prominent salons, David’s has more than 200 branches nationwide. They have been a trusted name for decades, popular for their European style. All branches offer a host of pampering services, from hair care to body care to nail care.

    Depending on the branch you go to, David’s haircuts are priced Php250 and up. Relaxing or rebonding can cost between Php2,500 to Php5,500, while tinting and highlighting start at Php2,000 to Php2,500.

    For a full list of prices, branches, and contact numbers, visit www.davidsalon.com.ph.

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    3. Jesi Mendez Salon


    Jesi Mendez has been a pioneer in the beauty salon industry since it opened its first branch in the 1970s. From his modest beginnings, the brand has now become a high-end chain that prides itself for their consistent personalized service.

    Get your haircut at Php350 from a junior stylist and up to Php650 from a creative director. Go the extra mile and give your strands some color starting at Php1,400 to Php5,745 or smoothen it with keratin treatment starting at Php4,000 to Php8,000 based on the amount of product needed. 

    For a full list of prices, branches, and contact numbers, visit www.jesimendezsalon.com.

    4. Creations by Lourd Ramos


    With founder and creative director Lourd Ramos — one of the country’s top makeup artists and hairstylists — at the helm, you can be sure to come out feeling like a celebrity when you visit any Creations branch.

    Achieve star style with a haircut that starts at Php350 and goes up to Php950 for a session with Lourd himself. Live with a little more color and highlights, which is priced at Php2,500 to Php3,500 based on your hair length. If you’re looking for extra TLC for your hair, a Brazilian Blowout will cost you Php3,500 to Php5,000.

    For more information, visit @CreationsbyLourdRamosOfficial on Facebook.

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    5. Piandré Salon

    An institution for three decades now, Piandré is top of mind for most women when it comes to hair treatments. They currently have 13 locations in Metro Manila, so there’s likely one branch near you.


    Enjoy a haircut with shampoo and blowdry priced at Php450 to Php980 based on the stylist you choose. To complement your fresh ’do, try their Vanilla Bean Deep Conditioning Treatment starting at Php900. They throw in a head, shoulders, and back massage, too!

    For a full list of branches and contact numbers, visit www.piandre.com.

    6. Basement Salon

    Basement Salon has been reviewed by 283 people on Facebook with an overall rating of 4.9. They are praised for their reliable and efficient service, but more so for their skilled stylists. Though they are more expensive, they guarantee top-notch service.


    Get your haircut at Php900 for a junior stylist, Php1,300 for a senior stylist, and Php2,000 for their artistic director, then liven up your hair with full color and highlights from Php5,300 to Php6,600.

    For a full list of branches and contact numbers, visit www.basementsalonshang.com.

    Dads need pampering, too! Click here for a list of upscale barbershops where he can get his cut.

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