Hair Cut and Color by Karina Mantolino of Regine’s Salon

Regine's Salon Makati

恭喜發財!新年快樂!Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Lucky Year of the Horse! :) Some people believe that cutting their hair before the lunar year will bring them luck. I, on the other hand, take every ushering of the new year– that’s both 2014 and now, the year of the horse– as a sign of renewal. And in terms of my hair, that means touching up my roots, and getting my hair color  refreshed.

Let me start with a bit of a background. A lot of people ask me where I get my hair colored– or where I get my hair blow-dried for events, parties or shoots. I have only one go-to salon, and that’s Regine’s Salon, owned by my dear friend Karina Mantolino.

Regine’s Salon is three generations of hairdressing. Regina Castillo had been running Castle, the family’s textile company for several years before deciding she wanted to get into the hair industry. In 1983, she bought Pierre’s Salon in Ayala Center from Conchita Encarnacion, and asked her daughter Agnes Castillo-Mantolino to run it. She bought the salon from her mother a year later and decided to run it full-time. In 1985, Agnes renamed the salon to Regine’s in honor of her mother– and the second name of her daughter Karina (Regina). In 1988, Regine’s was transferred to West Drive; in 1990 to Park Square and in 2007, to The Link Building , beside Makati Shangri-La and across the Landmark, where it currently sits today.

Karina Mantolino, Agnes’ daughter, and third generation of the family, runs the salon full time. She trained under L’Oreal Professionnel Academy, and has been an official L’Oreal Professionnel Color Expert since 2005, graduating with honors every year. Her license is renewed every year through written, oral and practical exams by a foreign examiner. She undergoes regular training regionally, like in Malaysia and Shanghai, regularly.

Karina is responsible for the different cuts and color I’ve gone through over the years.

Cheryl Tiu Hair by Karina Mantolino of Regine's Salon

I am happy being blonde so I’ve kept this color and layered cut for the past three years. But because my hair is originally black, I usually come back every four weeks to touch up my roots and refresh my color (where they run the color through your hair and let it emulsify).

Here’s what a typical visit looks like:

Regine’s Salon is located on the second floor of The Link Building (it has Anson’s downstairs), next to Makati Shangri-La and across Landmark
It also has it’s own L’Espace Kerastase for all your hair treatment needs
Owner Karina Mantolino represents the third (hair-dressing) generation of her family, and runs the salon full time. She is super duper nice, and extremely talented!
Owner Karina Mantolino represents the third (hair-dressing) generation of her family, and runs the salon full time. She is super duper nice, and extremely talented!
4  Karina Mantolino and her senior stylists at Regine's Salon have been awarded Master Colorists by L'Oreal every year
The roster of awards that Karina and her team at Regine’s have won
6 Karina Mantolino Examining Cheryl's Roots
Karina examines my hair…
5 Karina Mantolino- Regine's- Examining Cheryl's Roots
…oops, time to touch up my roots!
She uses Inoa for me. Inoa does not have ammonia, and is mineral oil-based. It does not sting the scalp nor does it smell. It’s quite comfortable. It’s what she’s been using on my hair for years (since I turned blonde).  
7.31 is my shade. Here’s a little hair trivia. You’ll know it’s blond because it’s 7 (6 is dark blond, 5 is light brown, 4 is dark brown, etc.) and .3 is gold and .1 is ash. So my shade is specifically blonde with golden ash :)
Karina mixes both together..
11 Applying Inoa
Inoa is first applied to my roots, before the rest of my hair is refreshed, for a shorter amount of time– just to brighten up the color that may have dulled up over time. For my hair length, that’s about 3 tubes (so approximately P4,800) for re-touching and refreshing. This comes with complimentary eyebrow dyeing.
12 Maicel- Massage- Regine's Salon- The Link
While waiting for my hair, I get an awesome massage from Maicel.. she is the best! :)
When I have time, I get a Kerastase treatment. The combination booster treatment here is to address colored hair and falling hair concerns. 1 vial plus booster is P1600, so for my length of hair it’s x2, so it’s about P2500 for the treatment
The Kerastase treatment is applied to the hair after the dye is rinsed off.. and then afterwards, the hair is washed one final time before…
16 Blowdrying
…the blowdry! I always get compliments for my blowdry and it’s because at Regine’s, their signature is having 2 people blowdry your hair at the same time!
17 Karina Checking Color
Karina checking to see if the color is okay! She’s smiling so that means it’s A-ok!
Thank you Regine’s Salon!!!

Regine’s Salon is now in Ortigas!  They have a steam bond promo for only P3,998 for the month of February, which comes with pre- and post- treatments. 

Regine's Salon Ortigas

Regine’s Salon Locations:

MAKATI – 2nd Floor, The Link Building, North Drive cor. Makati Avenue. Phone (02)  856 1723 or 856 1724; Mobile (0917) 503 3933 

ALABANG – Lower Level, Alabang Town Center. Phone (02) 807 2217 or  842 4877; Mobile (0927) 277 0602 or (0922) 852 0527 

ORTIGAS – Unit 4, G/F Eton Emerald Lofts, Don F. Ortigas Jr. Corner Garnet Roads, ‎Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Phone (02) 63 13291 or  631 3292



    • Thank you so much, Andi! Coming from you– also with incredibly gorgeous hair– it means alot! I hope we can travel together again soon, xoxo from Manila!

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