Beauty, Reviews

Bench Fix Salon by Alex Carbonell


I had the opportunity to let Mr. Alex Carbonell touch my hair back when I was in high school. I remember fondly how the whole experience was a stress-free experience.

I’ve had my fair share of bad haircuts which is why I think I always get anxious when I get a haircut. I guess it’s because I often get attached to my hair and I always say that I’ll be embracing change right before I get the haircut. But I almost always feel bad right after my haircuts. *yikes*

I considered some salons for my new haircut and color because I honestly could not recall the last time I had my hair cut. I remember Sir Alex asking me if I wanted to get a dye job then but I had virgin hair then so I refused the offer. Now that I’m all grown up and addicted to getting my hair colored, I decided that maybe it was time to revisit Bench Fix by Alex Carbonell salon. I did my research as always and found out that sir Alex is an expert in doing makeovers and hair coloring as well. At the end of my research, I knew that going with sir Alex was a fool proof way to make sure my hair would be in good hands.

A strong sense of familiarity hit me as I entered their branch in Greenbelt 5. Everything looked the same except for some minor changes in the colors of the interiors. I was led to my chair and after a few minutes, Sir Alex sat on the chair beside me as if we were girlfriends and asked me about my concerns. Despite that fact that he’s made a name for himself in the beauty industry, he made me feel so comfortable talking to him. I told him some of my concerns. His first comment about my hair was that it was a bit to “warm”. He suggested that I could “cool” it down with a “matte” hair color with a dark blonde/light bron shade. He then showed me some examples and I immediately agreed.

After he cut my hair, I kind of got stunned at the sight of my new bangs. I did say earlier that I have some attachment issues to my hair so I asked about his thoughts and just having my hair color retouched. That way, I could keep a part of my old hair. He thought that it wasn’t a bad idea so he instructed his junior stylist to mix the colors for me. I had a total of three people who worked on my hair. Sir Alex for the haircut, his junior stylist for my color, and a shampoo-ist (haha i don’t know what the right term is).

What I Love:

The whole experience was really relaxing and at one point, I was falling alseep and my head kept on moving so my stylist offered me ice coffee. haha! The shampoo-ist massaged my hair for quite sometime while she was rinsing it.  I also love how they only charged me for the hair coloring service despite the fact that they had to mix some colors to get my shade right. Sir alex went back to me after my hair was rinsed and my hair was blow dried and inspected everything. I also like how professional everyone was in the salon. The stylist assigned to me ligned up some products in front of me but never pushed me to buy any of them. I looked to the customer beside and noticed that the stylist only told her about the hair products when she asked the stylist about them. I really admire their system because no one likes to be pushed to spend tons of money on hair products. I LOVE how my hair looked so much healthier and vibrant after the cut and color. Sir Alex even said that I looked liked I had highlights and I agree!

What I don’t like:

This isn’t something that I hated but I always enjoy reading the latest fashion magazines in salons and I wish they had more magazine selections to keep customers occupied while waiting for their treatments. :)

Before and After

huhu i super dread this photo because I look DEAD but I was too shy to ask for retakes. <//3

The stylist offered to curl my hair and I gladly accepted. :)

selfie at home. hehe.

after my hair settled down. :)

Final thoughts and Recommendations

My blog followers might have noticed that I wrote this review differently than how I normally write my reviews. However, I felt like writing my whole experience in a narrative style of writing so that I could adequately describe my whole experience. I really enjoyed my entire experience and of course, I loved the outcome of my look. Aside from skill, I value professionalism and I feel like I saw both in all the people who handled my hair that day. The whole vibe of the salon is cleans and refreshing to the eyes too. :) I spent PHP1,200 for the hair cut and around 2,800 for the retouching of my hair color. Their services are bit on the pricey side but I feel like the outcome was worth every peso. I recommend the salon to people who want to make sure that their hair is in good hands. :)


Studio Fix Salon by Alex Carbonell

Level 4, Greenbelt 5
+632 5013062 / +632 501 3064 / mobile +639275767698





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  • Reply Chie

    Hi! What’s the color of your hair here? Thanks!

    06/12/2013 at 2:45 PM
    • Reply Maxine Marcelino

      hi chie! sorry late reply. :( I had it done at david’s salon then major retouch at bench fix by alex carbonell but I wasnt able to get the shade haha. i think sir alex combined a few colors to get my shade kasi eh so i’m not sure. :( sorry :(

      06/24/2013 at 2:46 PM
  • Reply lorraine

    hello! can i ask how much tip did you give alex? how about the junior stylist or the one shampooing your hair.. planning to get get a haircut there next week, 1st timer :) Thanks!!

    07/05/2013 at 7:44 AM
    • Reply Maxine Marcelino

      hi lorraine!

      sorry for the late reply but here goes! :)

      1. I did not tip Alex because it felt weird for me to tip the owner of the salon. :-/ Besides, the haircut already costs PHP1,400 if I’m not mistaken. :)

      2. I had two assistants working on my hair. The one who shampooed it and the one who dyed it. I gave the one who worked with me the longest php100 and the other one php50. I can’t recall which one of them worked on me longer. :)

      GOOD LUCK!!! I hope this helps. <3


      07/07/2013 at 4:25 PM
  • Reply lorraine

    Thanks maxie! I’ll do that :)

    07/08/2013 at 10:33 AM
  • Reply jing

    hi maxie! how long did your hair make-over take? did you find having hard time in setting an appointment with Mr. Alex? Thanks :)

    07/19/2013 at 6:36 AM
    • Reply Maxine Marcelino

      hi jing!

      it took me about 3 hours? :) no i didn’t! I walked in to set an appointment. :) You may also call them to set an appointment. :)

      07/23/2013 at 4:17 PM
  • Reply Faye

    hi! can I ask what hair treatment are you using to achieve that smooth and glossy hair? :D

    04/30/2014 at 3:31 AM
    • Reply Maxine Marcelino

      hi! I just use conditioner everyday because I’m not very picky when it comes to my hair (shame i know) haha. :(

      05/23/2014 at 9:11 PM

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