It’s quite obvious how much I love to color my hair. Well, my regular visits to the salon and forever changing hair color, as seen in my Instagram account (@lush_angel), can attest to that. My favorite would probably getting highlights rather than a full head color. For me, it is more natural and adds dimension to the hair. Trust me, it’s really different. But what is Balayage? What makes it different from traditional hair coloring?


What is Balayage?

Balayage is a hair coloring technique, which has been around for quite a while now. It’s a freehand technique, which is why others would call it “hair painting”. It’s subtler than highlights since it’s not noticeable streaks. It has become popular that a lot of Holywood celebrities and models have been wearing it.

Honestly, I used to love those streaks ever since I was in high school. But when Fred Penales of Hairshaft Salon introduced me to Balayage, I had a change of heart. Why?

Advantages of Balayage

  1. Balayage color looks softer and natural than usual streak highlights or traditional hair coloring. It gives soft, sun-kissed highlights.
  2. Most importantly, Balayage is very low maintenance. Regrowth lines are less noticeable. In fact, it grows out beautifully.

So in my most recent visit to Hairshaft salon, I thought of going for another Balayage. Here’s how my hair looks before the treatment. I know, I’m like a mermaid already with my long hair!


And of course, what made this salon visit more special? I got to date my dear friend, Nikki Tiu! It was her first time to try Hairshaft’s hair color so I thought it would be perfect to accompany her.


Fred Penales of Hairshaft Salon, used foils on us when he applied the gentle lightening cream. Usually, Balayage doesn’t use foils but of course, several techniques have developed to achieve this look. And if you’re wondering why it’s low maintenance, it’s because the highlights are more concentrated on the mid-shaft and ends but softly connected to the base. As you’ll see from the results below, the color of my roots are not as light as the rest of my hair.


The lighter ends gave texture and the various shades of brown brought dimension to my hair.


Here’s how my hair looks with mall lighting (outside the salon). It’s actually darker in person.


Nikki also tried Balayage hair color. Her shade is on the ash side, while my hair is more on brown.


So, what do you think of our hair color???


Full head hair color at Hairshaft is priced at PHP 1,590 (short), PHP 1,990 (medium), and PHP 2,490 + (long). Foil highlights at Hairshaft starts at PHP 1,650 (short, 1 color) to about PHP 3,840 + (long, 3 colors). NOTE: It’s always best to ask for a quotation first to avoid any bill shock! 😀

Hairshaft is at Podium, Fort, and Robinsons Ermita. If you want to book Fred Penales, you can reach him through 09176283906. You can call, text or Viber him. He’s usually in Fort branch in the morning and Podium branch in the afternoon. Follow him on Instagram (@HairshaftFred) to see his works.

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