My Azta Ombre Makeover: GIVEAWAY ALERT!

"Ano na naman ginawa sa buhok mo?", said my friend when she saw my #AztaStyleSessions post on Instagram. Just recently, a portion of my hair had been dyed red at Azta Urban Salon (see here: CLICK ), and 6 weeks later, I went to Azta (AGAIN) to get the ombre I've always wanted. (I swear, this hair coloring and styling thing is getting addicting, and I'm so glad I have a trusted go-to salon to leave all the makeover work to.)

Anyway, two weeks ago,  Ms. Meg of Azta Urban Salon sent us an invite to an exclusive ombre makeover style session. (Again, thank you so much for this experience, Ms. Meg!) Upon receiving it  After crazy-dancing out of happiness and excitement, I already knew that this was the "sign" I was waiting for (lol, ang drama!!! kainis!!!!!!!) I've always, always, ALWAYS wanted an ombre ever since it was a hit back in 2012. But, because you can never have both *sigh*, I had to choose between just perming or bleaching my hair, so I went for perming first. (Remember my perming experience care of, duh, Azta Urban Salon? View post HERE). But a year and 4 months have already passed, and it was time to do something new to my hair again. At first, I was scared to bleach my hair, but after consulting with Azta, I was like, "WHY NOT?? I'M IN GOOD HANDS, ANYWAY!"

September 10, 2014

We went to SM Jazz Makati, Azta Urban Salon's NEWEST branch, for our #AztaStyleSession. It was my first time to go to SM Jazz, and all I can say is that it's a great place to chill at because their interiors are so modern and chic. Azta's newly opened branch there was so nice as well! 

Inside Azta Urban Salon at SM Jazz Makati

First things first: selfies! lol.

With Ms. Meg of Azta Urban Salon 

With my blogger crush, Ava Te of !

With my favorite blogger to be with at events (awwww <3), the makeup expert Jirbie of !

We were greeted with cupcakes and Azta's signature milktea, a personal favorite of mine!

As you could see, my hair had uneven color. Some parts were black, and other parts were dark brown- this was because I dyed my own hair last November. After that, I realized I didn't have coloring skills at ALL lol, so I never dyed my hair by myself again :))

Now on to the makeover.

 Sir Jo is my all-time favorite hair stylist (he's from  the Azta Eastwood branch), and I just wasn't able to contain my happiness when he went all the way to Makati  be my stylist for our style session. YAY! <3 Azta, you rock!

First, they blow dried my permed hair straight so Sir Jo can see my hair better. 
After that, it was bleaching time!!!!

BALAYAGE OMBRE (aka "Bombre")

What they did to my hair was a balayage ombre, a combination of ombre and Balayage painting- a relatively new freestyle highlighting technique. It creates a soft, sun-kissed, natural looking post-summer look, which was what I was really aiming for. What I love most about this style is that it creates just a subtle gradation of color, with added sweeps of depth and dimension for a very wearable look.

No foils were used during the bleaching process, because Balayage is a freestyle technique. AND BECAUSE OF THIS, NO TWO BALAYAGE STYLES ARE EXACTLY THE SAME. Cool, huh?

Freehand technique

We let the bleach work for an hour, which allowed me to sit back, relax, and continue with my reading assignments for school (lol buhay estudyante).

Tada! Bleached hair!! <3
(This photo was taken after they put cellophane treatment)

Next, they refreshed my roots and helped even out my hair color. :)
Then, they blow dried my hair wavy, since balayage is perfect for wavy/curly hair. The last photo in this collage shows the final result of my balayage makeover :)

For us to finish early, 3 stylists teamed up to blow dry my super thick hair :( =)))
In fairness, feeling celebrity ang peg!!! 


Ava's violet ombre makeover!!!

Photo grabbed from her Instagram account @artsyfartsyava

Jirbie's subtle balayage makeover!!! Check out her blog post on her azta ombre experience at (click HERE to read her post).

My balayage (bombre) makeover!!!

Left: Before, Right: Now

A visit to Azta is never complete without a photo op with THE Sir Jo <3

Obligatory group photo op! Super duper thank you to the whole Azta Urban Salon team. We are all super happy with our new hair <3 

For those wondering how my hair looks like in day light, here's a photo of me with my sorority sister, Kyle ,taken at school  :)

Bleached hair isn't that bad, after all! I thought it was gonna turn my hair scary-dry, but nope! My hair seems normal naman, and what I do is mega-condition my hair every day :)

Hep-hep! The post doesn't end here. Our Azta Ombre Experience was AMAZING and we wouldn't let our reader not experience it!
*Drum rolls, please!!!*

Azta Urban Salon is giving away (2) readers an Ombre Makeover!!


We're having a giveaway contest both here on the blog and on Instagram. You are free to join both contests to increase your chances of winning!

1. Like The Diary of a Teenage Queen on Facebook
2. Follow @theteenagequeen on Twitter
3. Like Azta Urban Salon on Facebook
4. Follow @aztaurbansalon on Twitter
5. Tweet "I want to win an ombre makeover from @theteenagequeen and @aztaurbansalon! #theteenagequeenXazta"
6. Share this blog post on your Facebook wall with the caption "I want to win an Ombre Makeover from The Teenage Queen and Azta Urban Salon!!!" and tag five (5) friends

Completing steps 1-6 will give you (2) raffle entries. 

To increase your chances of winning the raffle:

Follow my blog on Blog Lovin' for an additional entry (+1)
Follow my blog on Google Friend Connect for (+5) entries

Once you're done, comment below in this format

"Name: Hershey Neri
Facebook post: (link to post)
tweet: (link to tweet)
Followed you on Blog Lovin
Followed you on GFC: (GFC username)"

The winner will be chosen via raffle


The post with the BEST caption wins! (Entries will be judged by me and Azta)

There will be one winner from the blog contest, and one winner from the Instagram contest.
Winners may claim his/her ombre makeover only until September 30 at these branches:

Alabang Town Center
Service Town, Alabang Town Center Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa Metro Manila

Katipunan Ave.
2nd Level SMRC Bldg. Katipunan Ave. corner B.Gonzales St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City Metro Manila

Eastwood City
3rd Level, Eastwood Citywalk 2 E. Rodriguez Ave. (C-5), Bagumbayan, Libis, Quezon City Metro Manila

Robinsons Metroeast
4th Level, Robinsons Metro East Marcos Highway, Brgy. Dela Paz, Santolan, Pasig Metro Manila
687-6527 / 6822107

SM City San Lazaro
3rd Level, SM City San Lazaro Felix Huertas corner A.H. Lacson Ave., Sta. Cruz, Manila Metro Manila
687-6527 / 3531344

SM Jazz, Makati City
Unit 140 G/F SMDC Jazz Residences Nicanor Garcia cor. Jupiter, Makati City
7798753/ 09174275772

Have an ombre makeover today! Check out Azta Urban Salon's seven hot ombre styles HERE.

Good luck, you guys!!

The Teenage Queen