Charlize Theron on the Cover of Esquire Magazine

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Charlize! One of our favorite Tracey Cunningham clients, Charlize Theron, is slaying the cover of Esquire Magazine for the May 2015 issue!

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She’s a force to be reckoned with. She’s brilliant, award-winning actress, absolutely stunning, and her activism and philanthropy work is endless. Just to give you an idea: she is a UN Messenger of Peace, runs the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), 2014 Stop Rape Now campaign, worked with TOMS to provide shoes for children of third world countries, women’s rights, animal rights, same-sex marriage rights, and the list continues.

Yes, she does all of this and films movies. Talk about an inspiration! She has three movies coming out in 2015: Dark PlacesMad Max: Fury Road, and The Last Face. You can expect three more movies from Charlize in 2016!

Check out the Esquire Magazine photos, shot in downtown LA:

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We’re anxiously awaiting the release of Mad Max: Fury Road, which stars Charlize Theron, Riley Keogh, and Abbey Lee! All lovely clients of Meche! Mad Max comes out May 2015! If you’ve seen the trailer, you know it’s going to be beyond incredible. If you haven’t, here you go:

May 2015 is on newsstands now, but you can also read the article here:
Esquire Magazine: Charlize Theron

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New ‘Do For Natasha Slayton by Jesse Montana

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Jesse Montana created GRL singer Natasha Slayton’s new, shorter locks!

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Jesse Montana lobbed off four inches, giving her a sassy, mid-length chop just in time for GRL’s tour with Meghan Trainor!

We’re getting lots of requests for this length! Whether it’s to change up your über long locks or if you’re growing yours out, this length gives tons of volume, easy to manage and style, and we all know our ends could use some trimming.

You can catch G.R.L. in Australia, opening on the That Bass Tour and at the #ItGetsBetter LGBT event!

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Instagram: @GRLNatasha @TheJesseMontana

Marion Cotillard in Lady Dior 2015

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Shot in the desert, amongst Transcendence-esque solar panels, Dior shot their 2015 Lady Dior campaign featuring Marion Cotillard. Our favorite celebrity manicurist, Miwa Kobayashi, was on set all week keeping Marion’s fingers looking fresh! Marion has been a long time client of Miwa’s. We’re loving the fresh, nude mani they went with for this campaign!

Check out the images and even a behind the scenes video!

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Click here for the BTS video: Lady Dior Campaign 2015 BTS

2015 Summer Trends!

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Well, it’s almost April… That means gym memberships have hit their yearly high.  Although our weather year-round lends itself to springlike days, we are ready for our beaching, brunching, poolside drinks, and let’s be real, our s’cute selfies!

As we come out of our “winter” slump, we all want a fresh new style, a different take on our current cut, or maybe even some fresh new color. I asked our entire team here at Meche what they foresaw the summer 2015 trends to be and our hair gurus answered!

Natural, Sunkissed Color
We here at Meche have already seen the “fantasy colors” craze quiet down a bit. Pastels are still hot, but we’re finding a lot of clients are coming in asking for more natural, rooty colors. The new thing is “ecaille” or “tortoiseshell” color.

Marc Durand has been getting a mad rush of clients asking for the soft, warm color technique. Even if you haven’t heard the term yet, chances are you’ve already considered it for yourself. Think Lily Aldridge and Khloe Kardashian’s warm, subtle ombre on a warm brunette base.

“Glamour is making a much needed comeback.”
-Richard Ohnmacht

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Tracey Cunningham              Tracey Cunningham               Dawn Tracey

Babylights
Remember those perfect, natural highlights you had as a kid? Well, the new “babylights” technique can get you that back! No, it’s not the fountain of youth, but these super-finely spliced highlights, when done all over, give you that natural, from-birth, dimensional color we all crave. Kari Hill has been doing babylights on Karlie Kloss and Anna Faris. For Anna, she goes a bit brighter, but by doing this technique instead of bleach and tone, the effect is a softer, less “Playboy” blonde.

When the regrowth starts rearing it’s little head, it is a more subtle, gradual, and natural looking transition than traditional highlights. Although the process is tedious and nearly painstaking, the payoff is well worth it!

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Loose Curls
We all want the carefree, but polished look. You know, that blogger-out-to-brunch look. They look like they just rolled out of bed, threw a brush through a day old blow out, and out the door they went!

So, ladies, while we’re struggling in the mirror, on brink of tears, here’s how to achieve those “effortless” waves in a, well, minimal effort kind of way:

The easiest way is to curl the hair away from the face in one direction and the corresponding direction on the opposite side. Then flip your head upside-down, shake it out. Spray some (ideally) Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray lightly, all over. I, honestly, douse myself in it, but then again, I have very fine, flat hair. You can shoot some at the roots for volume and dust the ends for some piecey texture. This spray is magic. It gives me volume, texture, and therefore, a little bit of hold. (It feels almost like a heavy duty dry shampoo.)

If you don’t have the Dry Texturizing Spray, I also like to take some salt spray, spritz it into my palms and run it through… but the Oribe spray is really wonderful.

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Long, Aggressive Layers
Guy Riggio has noticed a sudden demand for aggressive layers. This kind of layering is great for those with a lot of thick, unmanageable hair.

“Some hair—particularly healthy, wavy, thick hair—can become too much of a good thing. The hair can lay on top of itself stacking and stacking up until it no longer sways and moves the way she wants it to.

The more aggressive layers, when done strategically—and I stress strategically—can remove the heavy, unnecessary bulk that’s preventing the hair from making those sexy “S” formations we love.

I find that playing with cutting angles, paired with subtle softening of the layer’s edges can give the movement clients want without creating all of those ugly weight lines we often see some girls wearing. I always say if a girls hair doesn’t have the sexy ’S’s’ then it’s not cut right.”

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Short Cuts
The Great Chop has not ended! Droves of ladies are coming in, finding liberation by lopping inches off their hair.

I, for one, decided to chop my hair off into a super blunt bob with “pin-up” fringe, about a year and a half ago. The cut came after I had gone blonde from black and was having some major breakage. The result was finding a new, kind of “signature” look. I can’t imagine having long hair again! I mean, I can, but this style just “fits” me.

I find short cuts to translate the person’s personality more than long hair. My cut gives off a kind of hard, in-your-face facade. I kind of dig the whole “unapproachable” look. Besides, I can always curl it for a more delicate look.

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Hannah Burdy

On the other hand, Danny’s client, Lesley-Ann, and Jesse’s client, Brittany, both came in for long, tousled lobs. This cut is feminine, flirty, and versatile. It is a popular choice for ladies transitioning from long to short hair. It still offers a variety of styling options and the ability to throw it up in a pony or mini bun.

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Undercut
Not to talk about myself again, but another trend slowly taking off is the undercut! Both Hannah Burdy and I have them. During the winter, my the nape of my neck doesn’t get tangled from scarves. I like it because it’s a little surprise when you wear your hair up. It also cuts down on dry time because, well, you’re missing hair.

It gets the hair off your neck which cools you down in the summer. Besides, it just looks edgy and it can actually make fine hair appear fuller—if it’s done right. Plus, the grow out is easy, as it’s concealed under your hair! If you’re considering an undercut, discuss how high to shave with your stylist. Layered, fine hair can look limp if the cut is brought up too high.

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Fringe
No one likes to fuss with fringe at the beach, in the wind, or heat. Some of us, armed with a wholesale stock of dry shampoo, will brave the summer months with our fringe due to larger than normal foreheads, stylistic preferences, or likeness for self torture. Others will choose to grow those suckers out for comfort and ease. Aaron helped explain how to grow out your fringe for the summer:

“A center part fringe works wonders. It has this disconnected layer effect that frames the face beautifully.”  -Aaron King

Your stylist will separate your fringe down the center and shape them to fall to each side. If your hair is stubborn, you’ll have to round brush them out to the side, but that’s quick and gives that Free People lookbook, 70’s hippie fringe look. Another option is the good ol’ fashion side swept bang! As long as you get them shaped and texturized, you’ll find the grow out to be a lot less awkward than usual.

We’re looking forward to creating your sexy, new summer look!

Stylist in Focus: Guy Riggio

GUYThis is Guy Riggio. Yes, he’s covered in tattoos and no, his mouth doesn’t have a filter. This dude knows his way around a head of hair… but did you also know he has a psychology degree? That he makes custom shirts? And that he’s styled some of the hottest Hollywood stars?

His clientele is loyal, stylish, sweet, and laid-back. Just like he is. Although, he’ll probably have my head for calling him “sweet” publicly, but he’s a good egg. Like an annoying little sister, I picked his brain for a bit…

Where are you originally from?

I was born and raised in Long Island, NY. Growing up fifteen minutes from Manhattan fueled me with a lot of creative influences. There was a great deal of energy coming at me from every angle.

What made you choose hair styling as a conductor for all that creative energy? What got you started in the industry?
I’ve been cutting for about seventeen years now. I’ve always been drawn to all kinds of art and working with my hands, but hair seemed to be a natural outlet for me. While I was getting my psychology degree, I did freelance hair on the side.

Hang on… Psychology degree? You can’t just throw that in! Why did you decide to go to school for psychology?
Well, I grew up with artists and musicians, so I was always leaning more towards art, but because I was “smart” my parents wanted me to study more practical things. I found myself taking more art classes and religious classes than just the run-of-the-mill electives. By my junior year, I knew that I was going to pursue either hair or photography. So, I finished out my senior year taking a few graduate classes along with studies at the International Center of Photography.
What made you decide to move into hair?
The hair industry to me seemed creative, fun, and practical all-in-one.  I was able to be around my creative friends more and drop the “one dimensional” scene. I felt more like myself in a creative field. I love making people happy, so that’s an added reward in styling. Besides, I get to use my degree!
ff_musk3_fHow did your interests in other mediums and forms of art influence your styling work?
As I grew and became more successful as a stylist, so did my propensity for counter culture. The art and fashion scene along with indie music took me on a fun journey through my hair career. They all seemed to synergize with one another.
Are you still making art?
Oh yeah, I am constantly making art at home… whether it be making clothing or drawing.  Having one foot in the creative world has helped me maintain a cutting edge that I believe few have. I secretly love seeing people getting inspired by me.
Are there any specific accomplishments so far in your career that you are especially proud of?
Over the years I prided myself on balancing doing movies and major shoots while sustaining a salon clientele. So many stylists have to choose one. I managed to handle both.
guyimgWhat would you say is your “signature” or “speciality”? Or what do you enjoy doing most?
I get a great deal of satisfaction working with long hair. Long layers to aggressive layers. I became pegged as the long hair guy cause of the “it” girls I was styling.
Any specific styles you’d like to receive more requests for?
Short hair is always a fun art project for me. I love the challenge of making a girl still look pretty and sexy with a fitting short cut.
ABC+Upfront+Presentation+hWSeLa6fHiBlIf you could do anyone’s  hair (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Well, because there are so many women that need makeovers… I’ll just name a dead man to make it easier. Bruce Lee.
Bruce Lee, eh?
Yeah, instead of a swinging bowl cut? How about a crazy, post-apocalyptic, swept-over mohawk? Shaved sides, hair hanging over… Just pure badassery.
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You can find Guy’s work on his website: www.guyriggio.com
And his personal Instagram: @guyriggiohair
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