No, I am not talking of your regular visual artist who paints on canvas or on paper. I am referring to a hair artist who goes by the name of Mariquita Palacios Estrada. Maowi's sister of the legendary "Mariquit and the Hair People" along 6th Street, Bacolod City.
At a time when salons were best known as parlors, Mariquit cut, trimmed, and curled the precious locks of the Doñas of Negros. Not far behind her well heeled clientele were their teenage girls who sported the latest fad hair to match early 80s fashion.
|Hairstyles from the 1980s|
Mariquit and the Hair People seemed to set the standard of what a parlor should be at those times. It was at the cusp of the transition period where Negrenses were letting go of the old concept of a parlor to the newfangled term where the personal care station would be known as THE salon.
Not one to stand in the way of other people's progress, Mariquit saw the emergence of other talents. Some of you who are reading this remember Cita, others remember Mila. Thereafter salon names started emerging with spunk. There was Attitude, Indulgence, and now, the longest running salon in Sugarlandia perhaps, Virtu.
|Mariquit did not do Joey Albert's hair but this is|
just to show 80s hairdos.
One way or another, if you are an original from Bacolod, it's hard to avoid sitting in a chair for a haircut in any salon anywhere in the world without remembering that name, Mariquit.
And if you want to take it further by actually having your hair cut by the legend herself, that's easy. Buy a ticket to L.A. where the legend, though retired, is still cutting away.
The writer, Lloyd Tronco, is from Bacolod. He usually writes about Negrense culture.
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