Blonde Brilliance

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Not all color is created equal. The before and afters below prove that going blonde isn’t always as effortless as our colorists make it seem! With a little time, care and of course our trusty Olaplex, anyone can walk on the bright side. 

Check out our favorite transformations and color corrections recently created at Meche below! 

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@row_zzz revamped her client’s former dark hue to a brilliant blonde.

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@oncolourground brought some light into her client’s life in the form of an updated ‘do.

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@colorbyyvonne has definitely got the magic touch in turning her client into a blonde bombshell!

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No color correction is too difficult for @row_zzz. She took her client’s multi-colored tresses and created the ultimate natural blonde look!

Stylist in Focus: Katsya Marson

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One of the most highly sought after stylists in Los Angeles, Katsya Marson offers nearly three decades of experience working out of the area’s premier salons. Having completed her apprenticeship under the legendary Max Difray, she developed a refined eye for detail very early on in her career.

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Still, it’s her unique sense of creativity and style—much of which is inspired by the simple beauty in everyday life—that truly sets her apart from her peers, giving her the ability to create the perfect style for each client she works with.

Hairspiration: The Bob

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A daring cut is a great way to get a fresh new look for fall. Whether you’re making a drastic change or would prefer something a little more subtle, a modern twist on the the classic bob is a great option! From Hollywood starlets to city streets, the ‘do is this season’s standout hair look.

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A number of celebrities have recently been seen stepping out with the new haircut. Jourdan Dunn makes a super sexy statement with her fresh cut, while Nicole Richie gives us an edgy look with the perfect shade of lavender. Those who don’t want to fully commit to the short cut should opt for a “lob” (long bob) like Alexa Chung’s.

Whatever look you choose, you don’t have to be a star to look like one! Below are some of the most recent bobs created here at Meche:

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We love the cut Alissa Smith recently gave her client!

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Alessandra Saman gave her client a beautiful, textured bob.

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And here, colorist Yvonne Brown gives Giuliana Rancic a platinum update on her effortlessly cool cut.

Salon Spotlight: Gina Veltri

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When it comes to makeup, Gina Veltri is a bona fide artist. A firm believer that people should notice the woman and not the makeup, she boasts an unparalleled talent for enhancing her clients’ natural beauty with precisely the right color palette. And it’s no wonder she’s so great at it: with a background in oil painting, she takes pride in translating her work on the canvas into the creation of strikingly beautiful faces.

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Particularly adept when it comes to brows, she employs a unique no-wax, pain-free tweezing technique that’s so refined, she’s been known to put clients to sleep in the chair. A professional in the truest sense, Gina has worked with some of Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses, transforming their arches as their roles indicate and making thin, role- specific brows full and lively again. Throughout the years, she’s risen to the top of her craft. In addition to working with the industry’s top photographers, she’s regularly featured in prestigious magazines like Lucky and Allure.

Colorist in Focus: Kari Hill

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Kari Hill’s artistic perspective lends to her mastery of varied hair coloring techniques through diverse professional experiences. Her long and respected career includes Hollywood’s premiere salons (i.e., Frederic Fekkai, Art Luna, Chris McMillan, John Frieda, Neil-George, and Meche Salon).

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Kari brings her indelible reputation and innate talent within the Hollywood hair industry to Meche Salon, returning to long-time friends and colleagues, Tracey Cunningham and Neil Weisberg. Kari’s detailed approach to hair coloring is consistently recognized by numerous television, internet, and fashion media outlets including Vogue, Allure, Elle, Vanity Fair, Glamour, and most recently in InStyle’s Beauty Black Book. Her clients represent the most influential and admired personalities in the entertainment industry.

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Belle of the Ball

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Seasoned colorist, Dawn Tracey, made going light look easy and effortless with actress Camilla Belle’s new sun-kissed look. A lover of a great natural look, Dawn favors soft, sun-kissed color that looks believably gorgeous—and she’s got an innate knack for the intricate work that it takes to achieve it.

Dawn made sure to let Camilla know to prepare. “I warned her to pack a lunch because the process would take all day, mainly because I wanted to maintain the overall health and shine of her locks.”

Eventually, Camilla’s formally sophisticated dark brunette shade was revamped into a playful light brown with caramel highlights that give her a more youthful and outdoorsy vibe. The style is easy to take care of and seems to be right up the actress’ alley.

Without giving too much away, Dawn shared the process in which she transformed Camilla’s hair. “I slightly lifted her base color to a medium-warm brown so that as her natural dark brown color grows in, it will blend nicely and give a bit of an edgier root look. I then did two rounds of balayage highlights; first, to give her an overall brightness and then the second round for extra pops of sparkle around her face and on her ends.” Clearly the long process was worth it and Camilla can carry this summer look with her into the new seasons ahead!

How To: A Perfect At Home Blowout in Minutes!

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Get salon-styled hair in half the time! If your schedule doesn’t allow you to make your way to the salon, stylist Guy Riggio provides his tips on achieving a blowout at home. If you have just 5, 10, or 15 minutes, your friends will be wondering how you became a stylist over night!

For a 5-minute blowout:
“My five minute blowout is applying a leave-in conditioner to wet hair and taking a section about two inches thick back from your hairline and following it around your sideburns, and putting the rest in a top knot. Blow out this hair only making it smooth. The hair in the top knot you can leave up until completely dry or drop down on top of smooth perimeter hair.”

For a 10-minute blowout:
“The ten minute blowout is same as the five but following the front section back to the crown. The damp hair, instead of being in a top knot can be placed in back of head or dropped down damp – left to dry naturally while the perimeter and crown appear smooth and arched.”

For a 15-minute blowout:
“The fifteen minute blowout is about applying your favorite leave-in conditioner and rough drying* your hair until 95-100% dry and then ‘cleaning the hair up’ with a round brush. The leave-in conditioner keeps the hair from frizzing into an explosion while rough drying helps maintain smooth ends.”
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Colorist in Focus: Tyle Mahoney

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An expert colorist with more than 15 years of experience, Tyle Mahoney favors shiny, healthy hair and a natural aesthetic, a fact that’s evident in the gorgeous yet understated looks that have become synonymous with his name. Whether on the job or not, Tyle is always observing hair color closely, and that’s what’s enabling him to hone his techniques in a way that makes for realistic-looking hues marked by a stunning blend of high and low tones.

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Clients depend on Tyle not only for his skill in creating the perfect color, but also for his ability to make his creations last; taking into account lifestyle as well as the elements, Tyle tailors his methods to ensure fade-resistant color and shine. He’s also skilled when it comes to men’s color, having become known for color that’s virtually undetectable.

Nailed It!

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As a recent addition to the Mèche Team, our resident manicurist, Miwa Kobayashi, has continued to live up to the title as LA’s go-to manicurist. Her style ranges anywhere from a perfected simple polish to 3D designs that are sure to turn heads. Check out some of Miwa’s standout manicures below!

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Geometric Galore

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Florals and dainty designs, oh my!

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Black is always the new black

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A stroke of genius

Stylist in Focus: Peter Ishkhans

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Having started his career in London, Peter Ishkhans relocated to New York City in 1988, where he quickly rose to the top of the industry and became the top stylist at Bergdorf Goodman’s famed hair salon while working with John Frieda to propel the Frizz Ease line of products. But his move to Los Angeles proved the catalyst in propelling his own stardom. With an initial client list including George Harrison, Bill Wyman, Billy Idol, Robert Plant, and Marianne Faithfull, Peter quickly established himself as an expert in Hollywood. He soon after utilized his creative talents and innate ability to connect with people into a successful television presence.

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Highly regarded among fashion’s elite as a premier tastemaker—not only in hair, but with regard to design and lifestyle as well—Peter hosted his own series, Peter Perfect, on The Style Network before going on to co-host E!’s Fashion Police. Throughout his career he has appeared on Oprah, America’s Next Top Model and Extreme Makeover, to name a few. Today, his client list spans A-list celebrities like Eva Mendez and Amy Adams, and he remains one of the industry’s most sought-after experts for his remarkable ability to identify and highlight each individual’s natural beauty.

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