Abbey Lee in Russh Magazine!

Our client, Abbey Lee, is featured in a short film and the cover of Australia’s Russh Magazine February/March issue! Shot by Gracie Otto and Daniella Rech in the deserts outside LA, the short film is reminiscent of the movie Little Birds. A hopeless, passionate romance between the talent.

Whether it’s a soft, dusty pink or beachy, carefree blonde, Sarah Conner nails her color every time! Abbey is a laid-back sweetheart and with an über busy modeling career, the less fuss & maintenance, the better.

“Abbey likes her hair to look as natural as possible–no streaky highlights at all. So, I did baby-fine highlights close together. This gives her the look of a blended blonde-resembling a slightly grown out bleach & tone without the harsh procedure of one.”
-Sarah Conner

We also love that Renya Xydis, a good friend of Tracey’s, coincidentally did the hair styling in this shoot! Check out the film via the link below and the full editorial in the current Russh Magazine issue!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE PHOENIX RISING FILM!

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 RUSSH ISSUE 62
Photographer: Daniella Rech
Director: Gracie Otto
Hair Stylist: Renya Xydis
Make-Up: Tamah Krinsky
Talent: Abbey Lee & Chris Gooris
Stylist: Shibon Kennedy

Thank you Russh Magazine!

Product Spotlight: Davines

We have a new addition to our hair care products here at MèCHE! Davines (pronounced dahv-IN-es) is an Italian company, founded in 1983. We were not only impressed by the products themselves, but the company as well! Their products are formulated without sulfates or parabens, and contain natural ingredients. Being hair professionals, we’ve tried endless “all natural” products that just didn’t work. These products are UH-MAZE-ING! The company is also eco-conscious. Their offices and farm locations are utilize wind, solar, hydro, and soil energy to run this amazing line.

Davines OI Line

We are pretty much obsessed with the OI line. This is one of their Zero Impact® products. To offset the carbon dioxide emissions during the production process, Davines, partnered with LifeGate, help fund forest creation and protection in Italy, Costa Rica, and Madagascar. (source: davines.com) OI is formulated to be perfect for just about every hair type. We do, however, warn those with extensions to use caution, as this line does have oil in it, which could jeopardize the extension adhesive’s integrity if used directly on bonds and tapes. The scent is an intoxicating powdery, musky, floral that stays with you but is not over-powering. It’s also super moisturizing, but doesn’t weigh even the limpest of hair down! The OI All-In-One Milk is a perfect prep before styling. It battles frizz, detangles, adds shine and moisture, protects from heat, even speeds the blow drying process! Love love love!

We are currently carrying:

  • VOLU Mist (Volumizing spray)
  • This Is A Texturizing Dust (Awesome dust that adds volume and texture!)
  • This is A Medium Hold, Pliable Paste (Adds shine, medium hold, and texture!)
  • This Is A Sea Salt Spray (We all love a good beachy look. This is the best salt spray on Earth!)
  • SOLU Shampoo (Clarifying shampoo that doesn’t strip color!)
  • VOLU Shampoo (Volumizing shampoo for fine/limp hair! COLOR SAFE!)
  • MINU Shampoo & Conditioner (Perfect for colored hair. Has an orange blossom/fresh greens note scent.)
  • LOVE Curl Shampoo & Conditioner (For bouncy, smooth curls! Lovely citrus/floral scent.)
  • LOVE Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner (For those of us with thick, frizzy, or unmanageable hair.)
  • OI Shampoo, Conditioner, All-In-One Milk, Beautifying Potion (Ideal for all hair types. Wonderful powder, fresh scent. Made with Roucou Oil.)

Ask your stylist or the ladies at the desk which product would be ideal for you!

Tracey Cunningham turns Dakota Johnson Brunette

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The talented Tracey Cunningham was lucky enough to transform Dakota Johnson’s hair for her upcoming premier in the much anticipated 50 Shades of Grey. She transformed Dakota’s hair from beautiful blonde to a daring brunette. After all, Anastasia Steele from 50 Shades of Grey does seem to be pretty into trying new things.

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Tracey Cunningham shared her technique on how she transformed Dakota Johnson’s hair in six simple steps:
1.Gloss ShadesEQ by Redken 09G+08C+09AA for 10 mins, then rinse and dry
2. For the lolights ShadesEQ cream in foils 5wn+7g on zone 1 then blur 7wn+ 7g onto zone 2 leaving on for 20 minutes. For a more natural look leave out the ends. Leave the Olaplex number 2 on for 10 minutes. Follow immediately with a rinse, shampoo, and conditioner.
3. Now the hair has plenty of dimension, but is missing the dark roots! To get the dark roots Tracey Cunningham did hairline 7wn base color 5wn+5ngr with 10 volume for 20 minutes.
4. While the hair is wet, Tracey glossed allover with ShadesEQ 06GG+07NB+08C for 5 minutes following with a rinse.
5. Using Olaplex number 2 for 20 minutes and then Redken chemistry moisture you create an extremely soft texture.
6. And last but not least, remember that doing any big change on a clients hair is not going to be a half-hour appointment. It is many different steps so if you are a client book accordingly if you want to make the big change!
 
Enjoy 50 Shades of Grey everyone and don’t hesitate to look twice at Dakota Johnson’s freshly dyed brunette hair.

Colorist in Focus: Adriana Pinto

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Adriana Pinto knew from a very early age that she wanted to be in the business of hair; when she was a young girl, she was constantly playing around with different styles, and discovered quickly that she had an inherent knack for it.

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 4.26.56 PMAfter launching her career in San Francisco, she moved down the coast to Los Angeles, bringing her talents to Frederic Fekkai in Beverly Hills, where she made a name for herself as one of Southern California’s premier colorists before making the move to Mèche. Today, with more than 15 years of experience under her belt and a highly specialized ability with regard to balayage, Adriana counts the sun-kissed highlights you see on children as her main source of inspiration—and it shows. The hallmark of her color is that it’s virtually impossible to tell it’s not natural. Always fashion-forward, Adriana also looks to the runways and looks from her favorite designers’ upcoming collections to get inspired.

Stylist in Focus: Aaron King

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Hailing from Costa Mesa, CA, Aaron King’s background in the arts and his exceptional eye for all things beauty made him a natural as a professional hair artist.

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 1.28.33 PMHaving experienced heightened success and recognition for his ability to craft natural looking color, precision cutting, and runway-grade styling in Newport Beach, Orange County, King decided to bring his talents to the heart of it all, Beverly Hills.
Using art, fashion and beauty as his inspirations, King is now a successful hair cutter and stylist at Mèche Salon, where he continues to work with some of the biggest names in fashion and TV.

Book Balayage for Your Next Appointment

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Balayage highlights are the best way to brighten up your color to get the most natural ‘sun-kissed’ look.  The balayage highlight technique has become extremely popular following various celebrities who have adopted the look including Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen.  Balayage means ‘hair painting,’ and the technique requires the colorist do just that to create an overall more natural-looking finish. In this photo, Sara Connor brightened up the natural reddish tint of this client’s hair.

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Balayage is a great option for those looking for a low maintenance way to upgrade their color. Because the applied color begins where the sun would naturally hit the hair instead of right at the root, it doesn’t need to be touched up as often. Find out more about Sara Connor’s highlighting technique on her blog: http://sarahconnerstylist.tumblr.com/

The Secret to Camila Alves’ Blonde Color from Tracey Cunningham

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Why not take your new year to the next level with a whole new hair color? Camila Alves got inspired to completely change it up and become a blonde for the first time.  With the help of hair expert Tracey Cunningham, the star achieved her new look just in time for award season.  To make this transformation happen, Tracey trusted some of her usual products from Redken and Olaplex.
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In order to lighten up Camila’s hair, Tracey began by breaking the base with Redken’s 7AB<30 volume.  Once the base was one, she used color gels clear with 30 volume.  Tracey returned Camila back to the shampoo bowl so she was able to use an applicator bottle on the ends of the hair and let it sit for about 5 minutes. After a rinse, shampoo, conditioner and a quick dry, Tracey began the lightening process by using 30 volume of flash light and 1/4 oz. of Olaplex.  Next, Tracey bayalaged Camila’s hair with 40 volume of flash light and 1/8 oz. of Olaplex. To finish, Tracey rinsed the root zone with Shadeseq Gloss, 9nb+9n on the hairline and 7nb+9nb+9n on the base for 20 minutes.  Finally, she shampooed, conditioned, and dried to then gloss the hair with 8gg+8c for 2 minutes! In the end, Camila looked like a brand new woman ready for red carpet season!
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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!

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