Fluid Painting My Way To Summer

There’s an old Chinese superstition that says it’s a good idea to get your hair cut before the Lunar New Year. Coincidentally, I scheduled for a haircut with my boyfriend Greg a day before the Chinese New Year. Now I’m not sure if that was the right day to go according to Feng Shui but so far, my new do has gotten a few compliments! Anyway, I left the salon sporting a blunt cut four inches shorter than my usual length with my old hair color that had slowly started to fade.

For the longest time, and up until now, I’ve always been known for having dark brown/almost black hair. But once or twice a year (or thrice like last year), I change it up a bit by adding highlights for a few months to make me miss and appreciate my naturally dark hair.

I was luckily invited by Karina Mantolino, the owner of Regine’s Salon, to try out her new coloring technique called Fluid Painting using L’Oreal Professionel. When I was first told about it, I was hesitant to say yes. Although I’ve read about people in the United States trying it out (that’s what they use to get rainbow hair color) and seen some photos of it, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to achieve the same thing.

Whenever I decide to color my hair, I do my research first (Pinterest is a great place to find hair pegs!) so I can show the hairstylist what I want my hair to look like. And to be honest with you guys, I was kind of traumatized for a while to have my hair highlighted or anything similar because the last time I asked for balayage, the highlights came out as a straight line on my head. It looked like a halo, I swear. I remember I was in a shoot that time; the halo blatantly came out when the hairdresser started styling my hair. I was so disturbed with it, the others models I was with had to constantly joke about it to lighten my mood. It was a good thing it wasn’t obvious in the photos.

Before accepting it, I read up on fluid painting and stalked her Instagram account (@reginessalon) to see her past works.


So of course I immediately told her I was game for it. The next day, I visited her branch in Ortigas.

Compared to other methods, fluid painting is a different process as they lay your head down on a table to be able to “paint” your hair better. I highly agree with this approach because it’s a lot easier to work on and add gradients to your hair. Maybe I’m biased about it because I paint as a hobby but I hope these photos show you how effective this hair coloring technique is.

Also, just so you guys know, Karina is the first one to do fluid painting in the Philippines!

I highly suggest you guys go book an appointment now and get your hair done for summer. I definitely plan on going back soon to add another color to my highlights!

P.S. Don’t mind my bare faced, no make-up look. I came from work that day!
(For my hair length, I think it costs around PHP 4,500 onwards for fluid painting. Not bad, don’t you think?)

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