Coiffeur: Artists @ Work-A A +A
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
NOT REALLY a fan of beauty salons nor spas, I really did not have any choice but get an appointment with these hairstylists and make-up artists, as referred to me by my sister Kaki. My daughter who needed the styling for a very important school occasion was the reason that I agreed to set one with Cris Baron of Coiffeur, who happened to be a long lost cousin of my husband.
As we entered Coiffeur, an 8-year-old beauty salon, I saw a modern wide-spaced area, typical of big salons. As early as 8 a.m., my daughter Bernice and I were received by Cris and Ate Bey who I instantly guessed will be working as a team to do my daughter's hair and make-up. Not my cup of tea either, I thought that an early morning session at the parlor will just make me sleepy or say, bored. But, as soon senior stylist Cris Baron opened his magic box and started putting his hands on my daughter's face, voila! I saw an artist doing his thing! Reminds me of my comrades in arts. So in Filipino, "nagising ang diwa ko." I saw Cris, with passion in his face, started painting my daughter to perfection. He mixed eye colors like an artist does on his palette. I saw how he focused on his subject. I can truly relate what an artist feels while doing what he loves to do. I see enjoyment more than money. I noticed his dedication and artistry in action. My daughter's face as his canvas and masterpiece. Sealing the drama was an airbrush, making my daughter look like she will be ready for any photoshoot or dolled up to party all night! (oops, not yet my baby!)
The artist finds fun in his subject, too! It was more fun that the subject herself is a budding artist! My daughter, Bernice, though only 13, has expressed her appreciation for the arts and has been very expressive with her thoughts and actions. A quick-witted young lady, I saw her brighten up for the session, involved herself in some tete-à-tete, very cooperative and allowed herself to be transformed into a beauty queen again!
Not forgetting my daughter's hair, Ate Bey, as she is fondly called, is Dolores Pineda who stepped in to complete my daughter's look. She is Coiffeur's hair junior stylist who was in charge of fixing, curling my unica hija's long tresses that morning. She saw to it that she did not disturb Cris while doing his thing, because they almost always work simultaneously. She combed Bernice's hair, curled them, and put up a bit and locking them with some spraynet. She emerged looking very ladylike and elegant, yet retaining her youthful look.
Armed with 25 years of experience, eight of which are spent with popular Coiffeur, Cris Baron is just as proud to be a part of the institution. Owned and managed by Rolan “Bok” Cayanan, an experienced makeup artist and professional stylist himself, Coiffeur is turning a big 8 come December. You really have gone a long way, baby!
Truly, my experience with Coiffeur changed my views on beauty salons, or more so on make-up and hair stylists. Just like anybody else, this is their world! So let them be! Their craft is their life. I know for sure… they put their heart and money into it.
I may not even afford the services of these artists on a regular basis, but I'm pretty sure many women continue to savor the good service and artistry these artists have to offer! So staying beautiful is easy after all! Visit Coiffeur now! :)
Coiffeur Hair Design is located along MacArthur Highway, C.M. Recto in Angeles City. Check out their site:www.coiffeursalon.com for their many services. For more information, contact (045)624-6858.
On this note, let me share with you excerpts from "the War of Art" by Steven Pressfield
The Artist’s Life
Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.
Do it or don’t do it.
It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.
You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.
Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 24, 2013.