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Got my hair done at Azta Urban Salon

by Chris

In the last couple of months, I have been hearing a lot of good words about Azta Urban Salon. I have read about them on the Internet and even PGG Forum member ctan has recently talked about his positive experience here.


Now as if it was some sort of destiny or perhaps coincidence, I got an email invite from Azta Urban Salon directly. They asked me if I wanted to try their services and I said why not?

So last Sunday, after realizing I badly needed a haircut, I headed over to one of their branches at Forum Robinsons in Mandaluyong. I wanted to try something new and something I have not done before to my hair so I thought that maybe this would be the perfect time.

When I got into Azta, I saw a lot of people in there. They have a lot of customers, after all it’s a weekend and unlike most salons that I have been to, their clients not only consisted of mostly women. They consisted of several men too. Now good thing I booked for an appointment otherwise I would have to wait for quite some time.


I was booked for 1.30 pm. When I got in there, their personnel immediately led me to my seat. Afterwards, my designated stylist arrived. His name is Darryl. He was wearing glasses and a bright-colored shirt. He looked young and hip. He approached me and asked: “Hi sir, what can I do for you today?”. I replied, “I want to get a haircut but I want something different.”

He glanced at my head, thought for a while then he continued: “Okay, let’s cut your hair short. It will be a matte haircut because you will have to apply hair wax to it everyday. After the cut, let’s add some color.”

I initially hesitated about the hair color. Since time immemorial, I refused to dye my hair for a couple of reasons. One is that I am really satisfied of my midnight black hair and two, I am not sure if there is some other color that will look good on me. You see, the thing about hairstyle is that the cut should complement your face shape and more importantly, your hair color should perfectly match your skin color. Otherwise, you would look like some scary basketball team mascot.

I paused for a while and doubted the idea of hair color. Darryl sensed it so he grinned and explained further: “Sir here is what we will do. I will only apply Ombre coloring”. “What’s that?” I asked. He went on: “It means that I will only apply highlights on top of your head. Your sides will remain black and only portions of your hair will get color around the edges and tip. Trust me sir, this is the latest method for guys and I’m sure it will look good on you.”

A few minutes later, I found myself browsing over the catalog of hair color samples. He managed to convince me because he looked like he really knew what he was doing. He said that he has been in the industry for a while and gained a lot of trainings from Azta mentors who went abroad to discover the latest hairstyling techniques for men. Then after a while, Darryl noticed that I was starting to get confused on what color to pick from the catalog so he ended up deciding for me. He chose golden light blonde because it is a color that is not too loud nor too light, something which is “just right”, he said.

So this is the part where my hair was being trimmed matte-style.


And here is the part where they were applying hair color. Damn, it’s crazy! At first my hair looked color blue.


I stayed on my seat for about another hour. They let my hair absorb the color and while waiting for that to happen, they offered me free coffee. Talking about good customer service, you know.

After waiting time was over, they rinsed my hair and toweled it dry. I came back to my seat and when I looked at myself in the mirror, I was mesmerized. My hair looked so damn cool.

Darryl applied some wax, blow dried, and styled.

So guys, this is how I looked before with my natural black hair…


And this is how I looked after. This is the finished product.


Come Monday morning, I was both excited and terrified to go to the office. What would my colleagues and friends say? What would the chicks think? Will they like it? As much as cliché tells us to not care about what other people say, I simply cannot do that. Comments and feedback from other people matter to me because I believe that constructive criticism helps all of us become a better man.

I arrived at work at 9 am. When I opened the door of our office, there was a commotion. Everyone was staring at my head, smiling and they all started to make noise saying:

“Chris? What the f***? I did not recognize you dude!”

“Wow, are you an actor?”

“Hey can I have a picture and autograph?”

“Nice hair man!”

“Is it the City Hunter guy? You look like Korean.”

“Chris, nice choice of color. Looks good on you.”

“Are you a footballer from Manchester United?”

Needless to say, everyone was smiling at me the entire day. Everyone I met along the way was greeting me as if it was my birthday. Even my boss.

Of course, I will be honest that there is one girl in the office who said she is not exactly sure how she felt about my new hairstyle. Her name is MJ. MJ is a minimalist who seats right across of my cube. She sees my face 8 hours per day since we’ve met at work and she prefers my old black hairstyle because it is simple. Apparently, she likes the good guy look on me and she is so used to it that she says she is having a hard time adjusting to my new bad boy, rebellious teen image. I just managed to persuade her by telling her that she will like my new look in time.

Maybe yes, she will get used to it or maybe not. But somewhere deep inside me, I am still happy about MJ’s comment on my rebellious look because it only means that my image-change is effective. It did affect her perception about me and this is exactly what I wanted. Actually, it’s what we all want don’t we? If you come to think of it, whenever we change something about ourselves – whether it is a new hairstyle, new clothes or new attitude – we want other people to notice that change and to perceive us differently right?

As I’m writing this, I’m still overwhelmed by my new look. I just love it! Thanks to Azta Urban Salon for their gracious invite and awesome service. Special mention also goes to Darryl who styled my hair. I think I just found myself a permanent stylist.

Just in case you want to know, Azta Urban Salon also has branches in Timog, SM San Lazaro, Katipunan, Robinson’s Metro East and Alabang Town Center to name a few.


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jake September 29, 2012 - 3:14 pm

bagay yung kulay chris hehe.

leo September 29, 2012 - 8:24 pm

cool… you just gave me an idea.. I’ve been wanting to try another salon.. I’m a frequent customer in Tony and Jackey, but since my stylist had moved back to Korea, I’m looking for new salons to try out

Chris September 30, 2012 - 1:18 am

leo – yep, try Azta. they have good stylists for us guys. do let me know how your experience goes once you’ve tried them.

btw, welcome to PGG.

Klutz October 1, 2012 - 8:44 pm

i remember that “you look like a korean comment” after i got my hair done in azta.. lol.. already went to azta about 3 times this month cause my stylist advised me to!

despite that, i’m satisfied with the outcome actually. haha pinagalitan nga ako ng stylist ko nung pumunta ako dun ng d naka ayos yung hair ko kasi sayang naman daw.. (though i still do it kasi katamad magwax) haha

happy with azta urban salon 🙂 my stylist is ms rich from san lazaro branch 🙂

Adrian October 1, 2012 - 11:07 pm

Are they gonna recommend a stylist for you there or do you have to choose from a pool of stylists? XD Planning to have a haircut in the San Lazaro Branch because up to now, I still can’t find the right look for me >.<

Chris October 2, 2012 - 1:39 am

Klutz – what’s your hairstyle called btw?

Adrian – you will have to choose from a pool of stylists. As for me, they recommended Darryl. I think depending on the branch their stylists’ rates vary. However, in Forum Robinsons, the rate for all stylists is fixed at 250 Pesos.

It wouldn’t hurt for you to ask them which of their stylists is an expert in men’s haircuts in case you can’t decide who to choose among them.

Klutz October 2, 2012 - 8:53 am

dont know chris.. i just said it’s up to her.. haha she just trimmed the sides but i dont get it how she styled it good. she also recommended hair color for me but still undecided if i should get one because i might get called to the dean’s office if it’s too flashy lol

Adrian October 2, 2012 - 11:55 am

Thanks for the info, Chris! 😀

Rommel Marcos October 2, 2012 - 6:29 pm

nice hair dude

Asul October 5, 2012 - 10:20 pm

CooooL !..happy for you boss Chris! How I wish they’d open branches near Makati..

Chris October 6, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Klutz – haha yeah, I understand. you need to read your school/company’s policies before putting on some color.

Adrian – no worries. btw, are you still a student?

Rommel – thank you for the compliment! welcome to PGG.

Edmond October 8, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Cool! That branch is just walking distance from my place but I haven’t tried it there.

I’ll just wait for my hair to grow back. Hehehe!

Chris October 10, 2012 - 1:10 am

Edmond – Thanks! You should try it.

Oh and let me guess. Either you work at Cybergate or you live at GA Tower?

Ako Si Perry October 10, 2012 - 11:04 pm

nice hair makeover, dude! i wanna try AZTA URBAN SALON for a new look as well.

Chris October 13, 2012 - 9:00 pm

Thanks Ako Si Perry. I would be glad to find out how it goes for you.

Exchan October 13, 2012 - 11:17 pm

Been here yesterday because of your article. I’m satisfied too though I didn’t pursue to color my hair kahit nirerecommend nila LOL too mainstream for me as a student LOL. They are friendly and accommodating they asked me kung paano ko daw nalaman about azta, I told them I’ve read some blog I forgot to credit your blog LOL maybe next time, they might get you as an endorser LOL. I would recommend Mr. Joey from Robinson’s Forum too. Thanks for this.

Chris October 13, 2012 - 11:55 pm

Exchan – thank you too. Glad to have helped you in this simple post.

So what type of hairstyle did you get? Is it the one in your Gravatar? And are you still in highschool or college? 🙂

Speaking of haircolor, it will really make you think twice if your school or employer have strict policies about this. Good thing that my employer is a bit lenient.

Exchan October 14, 2012 - 9:58 am

Hey chris, nope its a “before” pic I guess, I forgot to ask what kind of hairstyle he did to me. I told the same thing what you’ve said “new look”. 😀

I’m in college. Yes about haircolor probably will reconsider their offer next time or when I work too and want to get someone’s attention is a nice move. hehe.

Rain October 17, 2012 - 1:26 pm

Looks good on you!

Isabel October 28, 2012 - 1:32 am

I love Azta, and I love your hair, too! 🙂

Shaun October 30, 2012 - 10:54 am

Saw your new highlights last night. I’m a follower of your blog and I was in awe when I try to recall where I’ve seen you. Are we on the same building? 🙂

Chris October 31, 2012 - 1:00 am

thanks Rain and Isabel

Chris October 31, 2012 - 1:01 am

hey Shaun, welcome to PGG. where did you see me? 🙂

Shaun November 1, 2012 - 9:32 am

RCBC Tower 2…

Chris November 4, 2012 - 4:47 pm

Shaun – really? I think I was in Makati that time. You should have called me 🙂

janc November 3, 2012 - 11:12 pm

ask lng ako ano tawag sa hairstyle tulad ni jake cuenca?

Chris November 4, 2012 - 4:51 pm

Janc – im not sure which hairstyle. Have any pic?

Shaun November 6, 2012 - 12:46 pm

But were you there inside the building? I believe t’was you I met on the lift. It took me 3 seconds before I recognized you and t’was too late…haha

Chris November 13, 2012 - 6:52 am

Shaun – haha, I can’t recall the elevator part but I was there.

janc November 13, 2012 - 8:41 pm

parang hindi faux hawk yun kc kay jake manipis yung sa likod..

rich November 16, 2012 - 3:29 pm

Thanks sir klutz !!!!!!!!! Di naman pagalit un eh reminders lng….:)

Jin November 23, 2012 - 2:10 pm

How much would the highlights cost kaya? ;]

Chris November 25, 2012 - 9:44 am

janc – hmm, not really sure kung ano yung tawag dun hehe.

jin – The highlights cost around 1,600 Pesos. That is for men’s short hair.

janc December 29, 2012 - 9:16 pm

anong pagkaiba ng trim sa layer?

Chris February 25, 2013 - 12:22 am

janc – i’m not exactly sure. as far as I know, kapag trim yata, pare-pareho ng length. kapag layered iba-iba ang length ng buhok mo.

hope this helps and apologies for the late reply.

criz February 25, 2013 - 12:48 pm

I don’t want to try hair colors, after I got suspended from school when I was in college after a skinhead haircut, and worst, my Ex girlfriend called me pugo!

Raymart February 28, 2013 - 1:43 am

I would like to know their rates .. and how much if I would dye my hair 🙂 ..

Raymart February 28, 2013 - 2:36 am

Range na magagastos ko po pag nagpagupit ako diyan ?

Chris March 1, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Raymart – haircut usually @ 300 Pesos

hairdye – depends on the brand and length of hair. Mine costs around 1,400 Pesos.

MARKUS REGALADO March 8, 2013 - 9:56 pm


Justin July 1, 2013 - 8:02 pm

Hey Chris. I’m currently a college student in Ateneo and I’ve had the same hairstyle for the past 8 years. I hate having to have my hair cut because my hair only looks good long. I’d always ask fo the crew cut and just wait for it to grow. It’s such a hassle. Good thing I remembered your blog. I’m actually looking forward to getting my hair done at azta. I need a professional’s opinion when it comes to my hair since I don’t really know what style will suit me. Would you happen to know the rates of the stylists? Thanks a bunch, bro.

Justin July 1, 2013 - 8:11 pm

Oh wait. It’s 300 based on the comments above. Stupid me. Hahaha! Thanks Chris!

Chris July 1, 2013 - 11:36 pm

Hey Justin! Welcome back to PGG. Yes it’s around 300 bucks. The nearest branch to Ateneo is Eastwood I think.

How about the new hairstyle these days? Short sides and back and long top?

Justin July 2, 2013 - 4:50 pm

To be honest, I don’t really know what to get. I’m just planning to pick a stylist and have him/her do my hair however they like it. What you experienced in this page is probably similar to what I’m expecting aside from the whole hair color thing. (I really hate having my hair colored). I’m game for anything new as long as it isn’t a mohawk. Hahahaha!

Luxury July 23, 2013 - 6:52 pm

How would I start off a men’s luxury watch shop?

zzzzzzzzzz July 24, 2013 - 8:05 pm

zzzz No offense but its not jake cuenca’s hair … more like kantoboy cuz of highlights.. much preferred your black nicely trimmed hair..

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