"LOOK AND LEARN". This was the innovative theme of the recent opening of Streaks Glamour Salon-Academy.

"With a make-up demo and three haircut demonstrations during our launch, Streaks is really all about the expertise of all of our stylists", shares salon owner Ma. Cristina N. Samson.

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Cristina is a multi-faceted entrepreneur who has established various businesses which sell hand-made tissue boxes and jewelry containers; personalized hand-painted shirts; custom-made gowns and dresses; and ready-to-wear clothes for nearly 20 years.

A few years ago, Cristina left for the US to take a course in hair coloring as well as a short course on card and invitation-making.

"I sincerely believe in the power of beauty. Looking and feeling good about one's self is really a key part of living life. I have always believed that how we perceive ourselves to be is how others will also perceive us, and if we want to be regarded highly, we should also take the time to make sure that we outwardly look respectable", says the hardworking mom.

Cristina believes that "beauty is not simply all about the physical, but also emotional and spiritual". That is why she decided to open a salon-academy, so other people will be given the chance to improve and change the way they live through the simple appreciation of one's natural assets.

Streaks' master stylists are the talented Mr. Alex B. Monton and Ms. Jessica Tayag.

Alex has travelled all over Asia to participate in numerous prestigious hairstyling seminars and has received awards such as top placer of "Hair Asia Competition" and the "Philippine Hair Cooperative National Competition"; "World Master of the Craft" from the A Cut Above Academy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and "Master Student" of the renowned Yassiso Tauka in Tokyo, Japan.

"Our entire creative direction is based on the concept of "wash-and-wear". Being a mom myself, I understand that fellow moms do not always have enough time on their hands, and so we devised this special program so that even the busiest people will still be able to look their best at all times", promises Cristina.

For moms on-the-go, Cristina advises that the wisest thing they could do is to find a stylist that they can trust who can give them a haircut and/or hair color that will really complement their natural features.

"Streaks' "wash-and-wear" style program is based on that philosophy. We want our haircuts, hair color and styles to be very affordable yet stylish that our clients should have no problem having the most polished look that they can have", says Cristina who also owns Crislene Plus, a one-stop shops that specializes in dress-making and personalized invitations.

The salon-academy offers private make-up lessons that moms will surely find enjoyable. "The main reason we offer these lessons is so that our clients will also have the opportunity to give other people high-quality makeovers. This is especially beneficial for prospective overseas workers who would like to earn some extra income abroad", explains Cristina.

Other services and products available at Streaks include trendy nail art services with designs ranging from cute to classy, professional and cutting-edge eyelash and hair extension services, a big hit among the salon's loyal clientele. The salon likewise has free wi-fi.

In addition, Streaks exclusively carries Beauty Treats mineral makeup products which are made in Los Angeles, California at pocket-friendly prices.

Streaks also has a spacious VIP room that can be used for all kinds of special events, from birthday "sparties" to bridal showers.

For their opening promo, Streaks is offering a 15 percent discount on all major services. "We also have our very own Streaks Rewards Program, where if you refer three new clients to Streaks, you are eligible for a free gift service of your choice. And we are extremely pleased to say that this program is going to be available all the time!", Cristina proudly declares.

And, here's wonderful news for parents, Streaks gives 15 percent discount for children 12 years and below for all their services.

"I would like to invite everyone to visit Streaks for a totally different salon experience. Remember, if you want the latest haircut and coloring techniques, come to the experts!", ends Cristina.

Streaks Glamour Salon-Academy is conveniently located at 37-A Mabini Street, Davao City, just beside Badminton World, and a few steps away from Crislene Plus Dress Shop. Tel. no. 286-7716.

Special thanks to Kent Photography for the launch photos.

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