Do you have a “suki” salon? Does your hair go haywire when someone else but your trusted parlorista cuts it? Mine does. And I’ve proven it time and again.
Years ago, I had a suki parlorista in the salon/spa right across where we used to live. How convenient! Even after we moved houses, I’d still go back to her. One day I went back for my regular hair cut. Someone else came to attend to me.
iMoM: Ay, day-off si Jo?
Parloristo/ta: Ay, nag abroad na po siya. Ako na po ang head stylist ngayon.
iMoM: Ay, ganun ba. Sige. (In her mind: Ngeeee. Let’s see if my hair likes you.)
My hair did not like him. So the search was on once again for The One meant to cut my hair. After almost a year of salon-hopping, I finally found her.
Sunny, of the Korean Tony and Jackey Salon (Tomas Morato Branch, Quezon City), gets the job done! What I like about her is the meticulous, almost-perfectionist way of cutting. The first time I went there she remarked that my previous haircut “is very dirty.” She probably meant that the lines were not sharp or symmetrical.
She also offers style suggestions, and tells you of the pros and cons. (“This one you have to blow-dry everyday.” “This is a new style, but it’s not nice for your face.” “Oh no! That will make your hair fly away more!”). After you’ve agreed on the style, Sunny goes to work on you like you were going to be her next masterpiece. I’m not exaggerating, but my haircuts usually last about an hour. (I have short hair!)
Waiting for my turn. Note how squeaky clean the background is.
Tony and Jackey is also immaculately clean. If you’ve been to the Morato branch, you know what I mean. The floors are always being swept; the glass doors always smudge-free. One time, Sunny dropped the scissors accidentally while cutting my hair. She asked her assistant to wash it. How many salons do that?
On my visit last Thursday, there were so many customers so I had to wait for almost an hour. But it was fine – they have two PC units with high-speed internet. The blogger in me was more than happy to wait, while sipping the hot cup of coffee I was served.
Why was I there last Thursday? Because, a few weeks ago, I had a haircut somewhere else. I figured T&J was too far away from home, while this salon was just in the neighborhood. Why don’t I give it a try? Oh my, my hair had a violent reaction! Ergo, Sunny to the rescue.
Her parting words: “You have to come back after one month. I fix it some more. This side (pointing on my right), the cut is too… too… (she fumbles for words)… Just come back after a month. Okay?”
Who’s your bad-hair day hero? Don’t you just love him/her?
Tony and Jackey-Quezon City branch is located at the CTTM Square on Tomas Morato/Timog Circle, right beside Pizza Hut and Mercury Drug. A Petron gas station is across it. Telephone number +6324076928. Haircut costs Php500.00 – a bit pricey but I think you will get your money’s worth. There’s an ongoing promo in all Metro Manila branches until May 24th. Check the Tony and Jackey website for more info.
(This is not a paid post. I am just a satisfied customer! I hope local salons emulate its efficient service, cleanliness and professionalism.)