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Getting my roots done at Bench Fix

There’s something so liberating about getting your hair done. Imagine how you look like after a few months of bad hair day. Usually it starts after you start neglecting your hair, and your long overdue return trip to your salon. The color starts to fade, the hair starts to turn crisp and brittle, the flyaways start having a field day. Suddenly, you don’t keep your hair down anymore, you gather it for a ponytail or when it’s really THAT bad, you hide it under the so-called “sock bun”.

There’s nothing like a freshly-shorned, freshly-colored, ultimately pampered hair to make you feel human again. If you are a girl, you have to admit that you feel more beautiful after a trip to the salon. Somehow, the crazy-haired monster seemed to have disappeared just after a quick session with a trusted hairstylist 🙂

I should have done something about my roots two months ago, but I was too lazy and stingy to care. I reasoned that I will have it changed to a lighter version of blonde, but my fear of generating office memo got in the way. In the end, I decided to settle into something different yet still safe.

For my hair woes, I always go to Bench Fix in Greenbelt 3. I’ve been a loyal client of this salon for close to three years now. My stylist, Agie, has been taking care of my roots and my crazy hair since that time (save for instances where I go to the salon and he’s not there). Suffice to say, I’ve developed a fear of going to other salons after I have become too comfortable with Bench Fix. I keep thinking that I wanted to try Jun Park or go back to Tony and Jackey for a more in-depth KPop styling but I always had reservations. In my head, “my hair” has become too comfortable with Bench Fix and might get “shocked” if I transfer to another salon. Call me crazy but that’s how I feel sometimes. Besides, Bench Fix offers great styling at a more accessible price point. It’s like hitting two birds (great hair, not too expensive styling fees) in one stone.

Having your hair “fixed” at Fix is very straight forward. You approach the reception desk and inform them of what you want to do with your hair. If you already have a stylist, you will be referred to that person. If not, they will assign a stylist for you. The price list for services are also displayed on the counter and you can refer to it while you contemplate what to do with your hair. After you have agreed with the service you want, you will be ushered to your barber’s chair (or given a shampoo, which ever comes first) where the stylist will apply treatment/color/cut your hair <> with the assistance of junior stylists. You will be primped and pampered either in a few minutes or a few hours, depending on what kind of service you availed. All hair treatment services/ hair color services come with shampoo and blow dry where your tresses will be styled to perfection.

That's me during one of my pampering sessions
That’s me during one of my pampering sessions

Bench Fix is a “no-frills” place. You get the service you want, period. Stylists and their assistants move quickly and efficiently, especially during peak hours where all chairs are occupied and there’s a line of clients waiting at the reception area. Your stylists will make small talk, but not to a point of being intrusive. If you are bored, there are magazines you can peruse while you get your hair fixed.

I love coming at Bench Fix — it’s always been my happy place. The rates are not too high — in fact, hair cut with a senior hairstylist starts at PHP500 (about USD12) and hair color starts at PHP1,400 for short hair.

Anyway, here’s my new hairstyle. Hopefully, it will stay this way forever.


This hairstyle was inspired by the charismatic CL of 2NE1. I saw a picture of hers where she was without any make-up and just looked so pretty and simple, so unlike the made-up CL we see on their usual performances.

Bench fix Greenbelt 3
2nd Level, Greenbelt 3, Greenbelt
Paseo de Roxas cor. Legaspi St., Ayala Center
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
(+63 2) 757-4976, (+63 2) 757-0877


2NE1 says, “Follow Me”

Uber-cool Korean girl group 2NE1 returns with “Follow Me”, their latest single released today, 11 March.
So glad you’re back 2NE1, after all, no one can imitate your refreshing techno-beats.

CL also figures prominently in the video minus her iconic sunnies.

I like 2NE1!

Yeah, yeah…we all know Sandara wasn’t exactly cool when she was here
In fact, with all the things Channel 2 made her do when she was here–you’d think the poor kid had no choice but to be one of those pretty talking, dancing, moving card board cut-outs we all see on TV,

So, when Kim Chui was discovered and her career tanked– Sandy went back to her native South Korea to try her luck there. She was signed to YG Entertainment where she underwent trainings and was grouped along with other hopefuls.

This year, she–along with CL, Minzy and Park Bom –debuted as 2NE1 (twenty one), and with the help of YG royalties Big Bang their debut single "Fire" is now garnering waves, hates and raves via the internet.

Am feeling 2NE1–compared to other SK girl groups–they had this edge when everyone seemed to be all cutesy and pure and naive and pink and fluffy bunnies.

Some 2NE1 videos:

Fire (Street Version)

Fire (Space Version)

Lollipop (with Big Bang)

The Making of Fire MV