From Stiff to Sultry: An Ombre Balayage Hair Makeover at Lifestyle Salon by Louis Phillip Kee

Have you ever wanted a new hairstyle so bad, but were clueless about what to get at the same time? Or were you ever scared about where to get that ombre done?

Ever since high school, I would frequently get bored of my hairstyle. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed over the years. I always wanted a new one every now and then; if it wasn’t a haircut, it would definitely be a new hair color. I actually had my hair dyed red, purple, and blue in the past!

For a few weeks now, I’ve been meaning to get my hair done; my regular stylist was nowhere to be found, though, and I tend to find it difficult to trust someone again when it comes to revamping my hair… until I came to know about Lifestyle Salon by Louis Phillip Kee in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, that is! I’ve read that ombre balayage is their forte, so I decided to let the fear go and gave it a try.

I arrived at the salon and was offered a drink because guess what? They have a mini bar inside the establishment, so even if your makeover takes hours, you can sip your coffee while browsing through your feed there (yes, they have WiFi!) to pass the time.


Anyway, my most recent hue was gray. It was hard to maintain because it faded in a week or two and left my hair blonde to white, so I decided to get it toned down with a subtle, ash blonde-based balayage this time.

From Stiff to Sultry_A Hair Makeover by Lifestyle Salon by LPK_Before Photo

An idea of how my hair color looked like before the treatment. I was too excited about it, I wasn’t able to take a photo at the salon before getting started!

The stylists, who were very accommodating, assured me that the Cynos products they use at the salon wouldn’t damage my bleached hair even more. I appreciated that they explained the procedure to me very well: and that their product would nourish my hair in the process – as I tend to cry over a hair treatment gone wrong!

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From Stiff to Sultry: A Hair Makeover at Lifestyle Salon by LPK!

We didn’t go for more highlights in the upper section of my hair, and decided to just let the ash blonde color work its magic from my roots all the way down the bleached lower portion. It saved me time because I didn’t have to go through the entire bleach-rinse-bleach process all over again.


Nevertheless, I LOVED THE OUTCOME! Of course, the dye turned out more eye-catching in the bleached sections than the rest; it turned out to have a brown and gray blend. Now that I’m back in the corporate world, I think this style and color is business-appropriate enough without compromising my yearning for an edgy look.


On another note, I also got my nails done while waiting for my hair color to set! I’ve always loved painting my nails, but I rarely trust salons to do them for me. I’m very meticulous when it comes to getting them done, so I only use one brand of polish and I paint them myself at home. They should always be clipped square and the polish should cover my entire nail including the sides! If you were a frequent nail spa-goer, you would know that they sometimes don’t fill in your entire nail.

So anyway, they introduced me to the brand Shellac/NDC and I was initially hesitant because I’m not a fan of gel nails or frosted colors; but like what I did earlier, I let the curiosity take over and just gave it a go.

From Stiff to Sultry: A Hair Makeover at Lifestyle Salon by LPK!

I chose the color Peacock Plume. It’s a frosted blue shade with a touch of green if you look closely. And it’s dark – just the way I like it!

From Stiff to Sultry: A Hair Makeover at Lifestyle Salon by LPK!

I wasn’t able to take photos of the procedure as I was intently watching on how it was done. It was basically placing your nails under LED light for 10 seconds after every layer – 5 layers in total. To emphasize, LED – not UV, like the usual! Sounds overwhelming, eh? I don’t know about you, but it was my first time experiencing this.

When the process was complete, I was left in awe. For one, the manicurist got everything right, and the nail polish was outstanding. It’s the shiniest manicure I’ve ever had!


By the end of the day, I had a new hairdo and freshly manicured nails. NO REGRETS. I was indeed a happy camper!



I’d love to know: what was your craziest hairstyle? Any memorable experiences in a salon? Share them in the comments below!

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