Philippine premiere hair stylist Danny Katalbas invites you to Salon Privat PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00

Finally, Zamboagueño and one of our country finest hair stylists, Danny Katalbas, have opened his own salon, Salon Privat, at the Fort, Global City recently. I got re-acquainted with him during our Ateneo de Zamboanga high school reunion years back and it was only that time I discovered that this timid and quiet schoolmate of mine is now one of the most sought after hair and make-up artists in Asia not only in the Philippines.

For one, he is after all the L’Oreal Ambassador to the Philippines trusted to give lectures all over the country about the latest hair trends. Popular and topnotch personalities from Manila 500 elite society belonging to crèma de familia, top showbiz celebrities, beauty queens, and choosy (rich) government officials go to him when it comes to cutting and styling their hair whether for everyday dashing look and for special occasions including make-up.

Danny has that innate talent to transform and make a person great. I experienced it myself as his hair-cut of me gave me a better appearance.  Well, his rates are worth a thousand but the looks like a million. 

Danny intimately revealed that when he first went to Manila more than a decade ago he started in a small parlor and joined in hair contests where he always ended as the champion. It was during one of these competitions, well-known salon owner and stylist of the Manila’s rich and famous Teng Roma of Rockwell Emphasis Salon, discovered and mentored him. Danny a dutiful disciple learned the ropes of the industry, and in a short time, he gained the trust and confidence of the discriminating clients belonging to the upper crust of Metro Manila. Teng since then encouraged him to go on his own, and voila, Salon Privat was born.

His loyal clients Irene Manguiat-Tan along with her daughters Denilene Mendoza-Casipit and Digzylou Mendoza-Umali supported and partnered with Danny for Salon Privat. Another close friend of Danny, socialite Tessa Prieto-Valdes, did the superb and colorful interiors of the salon. Cool and very sassy to the eyes!

Let me quote from the “The Happy Man” blog of singer/actor Franco Laurel (, how he describes Danny, “for those who don't know, Danny (Katalbas) is one of the most accomplished stylists in the Philippines having won almost all the competitions he joined in.  From simple haircuts to the latest trend in coloring to styling their hair for their special occasions makes him one of the most sought after stylists in town.  His client list speaks for itself, my wife Ayen Munji-Laurel's photo shoots, editorials and all our special occasions are all done by Danny.  Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Photographer - Raymund Isaac, Model/Host -Bianca Valerio and Lea Salonga are all his loyal patrons and list goes on and on and on”.

Salon Privat is located at Unit 105 Ground Floor, The Trinity Tower, 25th St. Fort Bonifacio, Global City, with Tel. 828-1888. Appointment is recommended before you drop by since one is given a luxurious treatment for more than an hour, a half-day, or a whole day depending on the transformation one liked to achieve.

Danny’s team includes Hector Flores, Danny's favorite assistant, Rachel Aguila, Leo Salvane, and Jayson Caiña. They will pamper you like a royalty whether you’re rich or pretending to be rich, hehehe, No one is discriminated here. Danny said he experienced how it is to be treated and looked down, and he does not want anyone who comes in to feel that way at Salon Privat. 

Everyone is treated special (one can have a spa massage also at Salon Privat to complete your day.) Thanks to Franco Laurel for some of the pictures in this spread.

By Dante Corteza