It’s 9:30 in the morning and already the salon is full of clients eager to start their day of pampering at Bianca Festejo Beauty Lounge (BFBL). The happy chatter between patrons and stylists is just a decibel lower than the steady buzz of hair dryers. I am led by the receptionist to the lone vacant chair and immediately offered iced tea. My beauty agenda included a trim, hair color , scalp treatment, mani/pedi and the cherry on top – my first Xlite facial treatment. This momma is excited!
BFBL owner and CEO Bianca Festejo is no run-of-the-mill businesswoman. The 30 year old entrepreneur bears the battlescars of life’s many trials. Born to a poor family, she took on the role of breadwinner as she made it her mission to finish college at all cost. She was a part time model, promo girl, band member, hotel clerk and even a fishmonger. This toughie made each job a learning ground, always dreaming of something bigger. And through sheer determination she became a franchisee of a mid level salon, turned that to a success, bought the rights and renamed her business Bianca Festejo Beauty Lounge. Apending her name to the brand was a logical choice as there was no stopping this girl boss.
Personal and Professional
What makes BFBL different from the rest? “All salons more or less offer similar services. Here in the Beauty Lounge, we’re a happy crew. My staff remembers the name of each customer and over time they develop cordial relationships. Our guests also have their favorite stylists and they come back because they feel welcome and very relaxed. Pero the staff must be professional pa din palagi. ( They should always conduct themselves in a professional manner.) The secret to the salon’s success is my staff. I don’t think you can find a more jovial or hardworking set of people than them!”
“The secret to the salon’s success is my staff.
I don’t think you can find a more jovial or hardworking set of people than them!”
One –Stop Beauty Haven
What I like most about BFBL is that it’s a one-stop beauty destination. If you’re a busy mom like me, time is precious and must be spent wisely. From cut, color, skin, brows and body treatments, this salon has it all.
For my skin, I tried three treatments: Photo Rejuvenation (for sun damage and fine lines), Charcoal Treatment (best to improve uneven skin tone and melisma, good for dark spots and has whitening properties,too) and Diode Laser (six sessions and you won’t ever have to pluck or use a razor for unsightly underarm hair!) Check my photo with Bianca and you be the judge of how effective the first two treatments are.
I also like that the head stylists are informed of the latest trends, are open to suggestions and will advice you on the appropriate treatments. What you think is perfect for you may not necessarily be the case. Ladies remember the bleached blonde look is NOT for Filipinas nor is orange dyed hair (cringe!)
Bianca is one of the very few licensed brow tattoo aestheticians. She trained in Europe in microblading and lip tattoo. The procedures may be pricey (starts at 20k) but the results are fabulous (this according to many celebrities who seek her out). There is no scarring or bluish , greyish aftermath and procedures are conducted in a sterilized set-up. I have yet to (wo)man up to try the ombre or more natural shade of eyebrow microblading. Every time, however, I look at Bianca’s well defined brows, I’m super tempted to try! (More on this in the next blog post !) Here’s a video teaser!
Don’t fret though, all other services are very reasonably priced and the salon frequently has promotions. I can only vouch that my experience in the four times that I’ve gone back has always been a pleasant one. And yes, I’m always welcomed with a friendly “Good morning, Ms. Paulyne!” in the four times that I’ve come back to visit Bianca Festejo Beauty Lounge.
Visit BFBL at Petron Square 2nd Floor, C5 Road cor. Diego Silang Ususan , Taguig with cel no. 0917.832.5631. Other branches are located in Congressional Avenue, QC, and Makati.
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