Friday, October 25, 2013

Milk Rebond, Detox Treatment, Shine Wax, and Hair Color at Orange Blush Salon

Last July, I redeemed my voucher for a hair rebond at Orange Blush Salon in Mother Ignacia St., Quezon City. The salon is located within Mother Ignacia Place, right across the ELJ Building of ABS-CBN.

Orange Blush Salon Mother Ignacia branch
Mother Ignacia Place across the ELJ Building of ABS-CBN in Quezon City

When I texted Orange Blush to set an appointment, the staff replied courteously and within two minutes. I was pleased with the instant response and expected good service on my visit the following day.

Upon arrival, I presented my voucher and a short-haired female hairdresser named Chai was assigned to me. She read my voucher for a long time, her brows deeply furrowed. She looked irritated and I was beginning to feel disappointed at her behavior. Later on I learned that what I thought was irritation was just confusion on her part. The deal I bought was valid from February to August and Orange Blush had posted at least one other rebonding deal since then. I was probably the last among my batch to redeem my voucher (I really waited for the summer season to end because I knew I would not be able to tie up my hair after the rebonding) and Chai seemed to have forgotten that they offered the earlier deal.

The salon is smaller than I expected but I like the vibrant color scheme. Their menu looked a little messy though. I hope they have fixed it by now.

interiors of Orange Blush Salon Mother Ignacia branch
interiors of Orange Blush Salon Mother Ignacia branch
menu of services of Orange Blush Salon Mother Ignacia branch
list of services of Orange Blush Salon Mother Ignacia branch

The deal included the Orange rebond (probably what Orange Blush calls their regular rebond) and a detox treatment for neutralizing the harsh effects of chemicals for P699 instead of P1800. Chai nudged me to get their Shine Wax treatment for P700 instead of P1400. According to her, it was to make my hair softer, shinier, and less prone to hair fall . I usually dislike upselling but my hair that time was in terrible shape so I agreed. She also offered me hair color for an additional P300. I chose to have my hair dyed chestnut brown since it was a subtle shade.

After she began working on my hair, Chai told me that she was giving me a milk rebond. I was surprised since the voucher was for the Orange rebond only. I have to admit that I didn't know the difference between the two but according to their list of services, Orange rebond was P990 minimum while the milk rebond was P2000 minimum. Chai did not ask me for additional money for the upgrade. She just did it and I really appreciated the generosity.

the staff of Orange Blush Salon Mother Ignacia branch

The only thing I found weird was that during my final rinse, Chai told me to give my payment for the hair color directly to her instead of the cashier. I was not paying much attention the first time she said that, but she repeated the request one or two more times while we were out of earshot of the other staff members. I was not sure what to make of her request. I hope there was nothing underhanded about it.

Anyway, as for the result, I'm satisfied with it. My hair is naturally thick, poofy, stiff, and very stubborn. (Having my hair cut medium-length or shorter resulted in crazy twisting that made me look like either Wolverine or someone who just had her hair permed. Before rebonding became affordable, I had my hair chemically straightened several times and every time, the straightness would only last a week, then the poofiness and the wave would come back. I even once went to that popular but expensive Korean salon to have my hair rebonded and just got disastrous results.) Then last year, I had a digiperm which I soon stopped caring for. I stepped inside Orange Blush with crazy, dull, and very stiff hair.

After the rebond and the treatment, my hair was really soft, I could not stop touching it. It also looked naturally straight, not flat. You know how you sometimes see girls who are complete strangers you have never seen before but you can tell right off the bat that they had their hair rebonded recently? The hair sticks to the skull, looks unnaturally straight, and sometimes even looks a little broom-like? I did not experience those.

Here are some casual shots of my hair one month after the rebond, without my face getting in the way.

one month after my milk rebond, detox treatment, shine wax, and chestnut brown hair color at Orange Blush Salon

I emphasize that these are casual shots one month after. No combing, arranging, ironing, blowdrying, hair oils/gels or other attempts to make the hair picture perfect like in many salon publicity shots. Not as soft and with a little more body than when I stepped out of Orange Blush, but considering my natural hair condition and laziness in using conditioner consistently, it's pretty good. Even now, three months after the rebond and a few weeks since I began tying my hair up again, my hair is still straight and shiny.

Orange Blush Salon

139 Mother Ignacia Place
Mother Ignacia Ave.
Quezon City (across ABS-CBN ELJ Bldg)
Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel. No. (02)964-8548 / 0923-4542928
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