Colorist in Focus: Yvonne Brown

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A highly sought-after celebrity colorist with nearly two decades of experience, Yvonne Brown follows in the footsteps of her parents, both of whom counted hairdressing as their profession. After finishing school at Vidal Sassoon, Yvonne began her career at LA’s Art Luna salon, where she assisted Sheri Roman for several years before following the color legend to her namesake Roman Salon in 2006. Three years later, she made the move to Byron & Tracey, where she continued to make a name for herself as an expert in her field—and today, she’s one of the brightest talents at Meche salon.

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Inspired by the unique beauty she sees in each of her clients, Yvonne is continually honing her craft and techniques to create looks equal parts elegant and striking. Throughout the years, she’s developed a lengthy following of loyal clients, and today works alongside her sister, Melissa Brown, and Raz Rivera—renowned experts in the art of hair extensions—to create red carpet looks for the likes of Giuliana Rancic, Catt Sadler and Liz Hernandez. See more from Yvonne on her website and on Instagram.

How To: Creating Eniko Mihalik’s Color

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Achieving that perfect natural look is never easy, but Victoria’s Secret Angel Eniko Mihalik sure makes it look good! Tracey Cunningham got this Angel’s locks runway ready with the help of a few trusty products from Redken and Olaplex.

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@mreniko looking flawless backstage and on the pink carpet at the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

To bring out Eniko’s natural blonde, Tracy started out with Redken’s Flash lift using 30 volume and ¼ oz of Olaplex to allow room for new growth. Then, for the already dyed blonde underneath, she used flash lift 20 volume with ¼ oz of Olaplex. Tracey suggests using two different developers so that the timing is perfect and your hair is left healthy!

Tracey then balayaged Eniko’s hair with 40 volume of flash lift and ¼ oz of Olaplex. After the initial highlight, Tracey completed another round of highlights to create the perfect shade. Once this process was complete, Tracey glossed over the roots with Redken Shades Eq using 7nb/20+9nb/20+9n/30cc for 20 minutes and put Olaplex on the ends while the gloss was processing.

In the end, Eniko was left with luminous tresses that were sure to light up the runway!

Colorist in Focus: Rich Ohnmacht

When Rich Ohnmacht was in college, he found himself cutting and coloring his friends’ hair to earn extra cash—so it’s completely natural he decided to make the art of hair his full-time profession years later.
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A fixture in Hollywood’s competitive hair industry, he spent 15 years at Joseph Martin Salon and 10 years at Beverly Hills’ Frederic Fekkai Salon before making the move to Mèche. An avid surfer, Rich has always loved the look of highlights that mimic the effects of the sun. Along with the beach, he considers music to be one of his biggest inspirations.

How To: On-the-Go Up-Do

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We all have those mornings when we press the snooze button a few too many times. Luckily, here at Méche, we have an arsenal of expert stylists who can turn your bedhead into something beautiful! Below, Stylist Jasmin Robles provides her tips on creating a simple braided up-do in 5 minutes that will be sure to impress!

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First, apply dry shampoo to your hair to give it a bit of texture. Plus, it absorbs oils and smells great!
Pro tip: Second day hair is great for up-do hair styles. The messier the better. 

Then, choose a side you’d like the braid on. Taking a section of hair from the front of the side of your choice, begin french braiding from the part down. To give the braid that pop-out effect, go under then over, creating a Dutch french braid. And then secure with a clear elastic.

Leaving the braid out, gather your hair at the nape of your neck into a low ponytail, twist & pin.

Finally, grab the braid & pin into the bun. And voilà! A quick, easy and cute look perfect for any occasion!

For more hairspiration, follow Jasmin at @jasminsmaneattraction.

Sophia Amoruso Opens LA Store with a Bangin’ New Look

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Sophia Amoruso primped for the opening of Nasty Gal’s first flagship store in LA with a bangin’ new ‘do. The #GIRLBOSS headed to Mèche to swap her bob for a little more length and to revisit her illustrious baby bangs. Before and after pictures below!

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 2.01.49 PMAll hands were on deck to create her show-stopping look — coveted colorist Tracey Cunningham revamped her color while Sarah Conner added length with hand sewn extensions and Stacey Ho cut her bangs.

Sophia Amoruso shows off her new hair with Meche’s Sarah Conner & Stacey Ho

Salon Spotlight: Raz Rivera

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A highly skilled individual extensions specialist, Raz Rivera takes pride in helping her clients feel brand new. Having trained under Natalie Martino and Linda Cho (noted extensions and color experts, respectively) at LA’s Art Luna salon at the onset of her career in 2000, she’s adept not only when it comes to extensions, but when it comes to color placement—a critical element in extensions that look realistic.

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Together with her colleague Melissa Brown, who also specializes in color and extensions, Raz is known for creating meticulously executed styles so natural-looking, nobody would ever guess they aren’t. And given the duo’s experience, they’ve got the process down to a science: services that typically require four hours are done masterfully in less than two.

Trend to Try: Pastel Hair

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From Nicole Richie to Kelly Osbourne to Katy Perry, it seems like all the starlets have given the pastel hair color trend a try. Now you can try on a hue or two without the commitment!

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Meche is now offering Hair Chalk Blow Drys starting at $150. Choose from a selection of 8 different colors that last for up to 1-2 weeks. Whether you prefer Tropical Cosmopolitan Pink or you want to go Kylie Jenner Green — don’t be shy, try a shade or two! Call the salon to book your appointment with Jesse Montana now!

Salon Spotlight: Melissa Brown

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The child of two hair stylists, Melissa Brown developed a fascination for the art of hair years before she headed to cosmetology school at Costa Mesa’s Paul Mitchell Academy. Today, more than a decade into her career, she’s made a tremendous name for herself, working out of the area’s most exclusive salons leading up to her current position at Mèche, as well as with E! Entertainment.

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A specialist when it comes to beautiful, believable-looking extensions, Melissa has styled a slew of Hollywood’s hottest stars, worked on the sets of numerous movies, and created looks backstage at New York Fashion Week.

How To: Creating Chrissy’s Color

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Ever wonder how model Chrissy Teigen achieves her perfect light shade, deemed “bronde” by admirers? Our very own Tracey Cunningham has let us in on her formula used to create her client’s undeniably brilliant hair.

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To achieve that ultimate combination of brightness and lift, Tracey used Redken’s Flash Lift, Redken’s first powder lightener to achieve up to 8 levels of lift. For Chrissy’s highlights, Tracey used 30 volume and ¼ oz  of Olaplex. Finally, Tracey balayaged Chrissy’s hair with 40 volume and ⅛ oz Olaplex.

And there you have it! A look at how coveted colorist, Tracey Cunningham went about creating this stunning look.

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