Haircut 2013 at Studio 546

I knew I already had a haircut in December of 2012 at Tony and Jackey, but I didn’t expect that my hair would grow so unwieldy in just a couple of months.

This was how I looked like in December 2012, after a hair cut:

If I’d like to keep my sanity, however, I knew I’d need to go back to my late 2011 hair, which was done at Studio 546. It is now my favorite salon.

The irony of it all was that I hated that cut at first because when you have curly hair and ask for shoulder length, and they cut it right at the shoulder…well, it’s not going to be shoulder-length when it dries up.

Newly cut hair in September 2011:

Of course, it looks straight because it has been blow-dried. I was afraid of what it would look like when the curls sprang back. Fortunately, the days and weeks that followed turned into this (taken in Singapore):

Not bad, actually. It didn’t look awkward growing out and even if I were exasperated that an immigration officer held me for a while because my face (thanks to my short hair) did not match my age on the passport, that was still kind of flattering. I loved Studio 546 even more after this.

I am swearing off Tony and Jackey because honestly, a good cut should last for a long time. If I had to go back for another haircut in a couple of months, that’s not good. Think about the rare spare time and the money you’d lose. Also, it irks me that when I entered Tony and Jackey, the first thing the receptionist said was, “Rebond?”

Why do these people keep assuming that just because I have unwieldy curly hair, I’d want to straighten it. I’ve been rebond-free for the last 4 years (after 8 years of doing it twice a year), and I ain’t never coming back, lady! Ikulot salot mo yang mukha mo!

My other option, and easiest to visit, is Park Jun Salon. Except, you know…I went on the “Poverty Diet” for a reason. My stylist at Park Jun is Maiah Noh, whose talent fee is P1,200. Meep!!

Anyway, I had decided for the last month to have my hair cut at Studio 546. Except time was not on my side. Last Wednesday, on a whim (and totally not planned in my calendar), I decided to get a haircut — by hook or by crook — on my way from UP to Benilde. Hehe.

It’s an MRT ride from Quezon Avenue to Edsa Shangri-La Mall where Studio 546 is located. I almost forgot where it was because it had been a while since I dropped by.

Goodness, look at all that hair! All mine! I could have sold these snippets. Haha!

I find the guys at Studio 546 funny because…they did not want to cut my hair. They loved the natural waves and thought that it would be a waste to snip at it.

I wanted bangs but Sherwin (he’s one of the highest ranking, I think) said that it should be relaxed because curly bangs look weird. Didn’t have the time for that (needed to run to Benilde) so I settled for just the regular layered haircut.

The result:

Uh, yeah. I was a bit shocked that people thought this was my high school photo. (I was 10x uglier in high school so, no, it’s not). While that was flattering, it wasn’t good for my image as a respectable university professor.  I hated being mistaken for a student, especially when it means being treated badly (some school guards are downright mean to students).

I’ll give you an example of the treatment I received on that same day:

This Benilde guard was flirting with a girl and I couldn’t pass through the exit. I was trying to see if I could pass through the exit beside it and this other guard rudely said, “Anong bang pinagagawa mo!?”

Luckily, my contralto voice resonates with authority (especially when deadly calm) and they quickly realized that I was not a student: “Nakaharang tong isa habang nakikipaglandian sa studyante.”  Realizing that I was a faculty member, they immediately apologized, even rambling that it wasn’t a student but a former female guard that the other one was flirting with. Still, that was stressful.

Anyway, I talk too much. Hahahaha! This is how my hair looks like now that I have showered:

This was taken the next day. At least I don’t look like a student anymore. It may look a little unruly but I like having shoulder length hair.

I think I will stick to Studio 546, even if it’s a little out of the way for me. So yay!

For those who wish to skip my rambling and go straight to the location:
Studio 546
Shangri-la Plaza Mall 5th Level,
EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd.
Mandaluyong City


  1. forsakinghalfloves

    February 22, 2013 at 4:11 am

    My hair's wavy. It was more unruly when I was younger. I've never had it dyed or rebonded and salon people always make that suggestion when I come in for a trim. My only requirement is that it can still be pulled back in a ponytail so it's out of the way. I honestly can't stay for 4 or more hours undergoing treatment. Feeling ko sayang oras, I could be doing something else, haha. Or it's probably more because I have an aversion to people I don't know invading my personal space, so…haha.

  2. skysenshi

    February 22, 2013 at 4:38 am

    True! I had one rebonding session that took 8 hours. As in pagbukas ng salon, ako na rin ang nagsara. It's too much of a time waster. Not to mention, hella expensive. The most expensive rebonding session I had cost about P12,000 (including all the meds they pumped into my hair and scalp).

  3. The Reluctant Stylista

    February 23, 2013 at 1:04 am

    yeah but take care not to make it flat. yun yung panget na pinapagawa ng iba, flat bangs. it still has to have a bit of pouf.

  4. skysenshi

    February 23, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Or pagupit ko kaya tapos i-blow dry ko nalang? Ayaw talaga nila gupitin sa Studio 546 unless ipa-relax. Baka kaya relax instead of rebond para hindi sha flat.

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