ON COLOUR GROUND

Hair Color Hair Inspiration Hair Whips and Hair Kicks


Sarah Conner
Meche Salon, Beverly Hills
sarah@sarahconnerstylist.com

SHEELA N.- BRASSY TO CLASSY

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

A common complaint for dark haired beauties trying to be lighter is that their hair always ends up orangey, reddish, or copper toned just to name a few adjectives- all otherwise known as the dreaded word, brassy.  Never has it been a client request, nor was it Sheela’s desired look.  Thus she called for neutralization of the unwanted tones, which transforms everything, especially skin tone.  To avoid the brass, be realistic with your hair color desires.  For the most natural look try to aim within two shades lighter than your natural color when lifting with hair color and then know when to break out the bleach for further lightness.  

TIFFANY S- PRETTY HAIR FOR A PRETTY YOUNG GIRL

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIRCUT/STYLE by ALESSANDRA SAMAN

Tiffany has a gorgeous head of hair, but her previous cut and color were not collaborating together to magnify its potential.  Her ombre looked more dip dyed against the choppy-ness of her layers- giving the illusion of two separate haircuts going on.  

Together, Alessandra and I consulted with Tiffany to create a look for her that would be more cohesive and say to the world, “Hey everybody, come and see how good my hair looks!”

SARA A.-SOFT AND BLENDED BRUNETTE

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

Sara had let her old highlights grow out exposing her very dark natural color.  To giver her an overall softer brunette color I did fine highlights through out and bumped up her base to take it from darkest brown to a more chocolate brown.  I then toned her highlights down at the root to giver her a more natural grow out and also did an all over color gloss for the look to be blended rather than overly dimensional.  I’m loving this look for brunettes and am happy to say that Sara has one insanely gorgeous head of hair!

CARA O.-CONNECT THE DOTS

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIR CUT/STYLE by ALESSANDRA SAMAN

Cara has an amazing head of thick, shiny, long hair.  So long it extends over the back of the chair.  However, take a closer look at the photo of the back of her head.  You’ll notice a very heavy shorter layer that is not connected to her longest length.  This sort of disconnection makes it look as if she has two separate haircuts in one, which unfortunately does not flatter this uber long length of hair.  This is where Alessandra and I step in to connect the dots.  

The first dot to connect was for Alessandra to lop off multiple inches to provide Cara with one haircut that flows with her layers.  The second then, was for me to hand paint highlights (balayage) subtle ribbons throughout her mids and ends to bring some interest to her texture, while keeping her hair color low maintenance.    

The third dot, and the best dot if you ask me, was upon finishing her makeover, Cara exclaimed, “This is literally the best my hair has ever looked!”  How cute is she?!  Made our day! 

Thank you Cara, for letting us connect the dots and makeover your hair!

PERRI M.-OLD FASHIONED SUN KISSES

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIRCUT/STYLE by ALESSANDRA SAMAN

Perri had been rocking her natural dark brunette hair color for quite some time and was ready for a little pick me up.  Some good old fashioned highlighted tips were just enough of what she needed to remain true to her brunette tone while having a feeling of brightness without looking overly trendy.  This is the difference between natural looking sunkissed hair and the two tone of ombre.  

ALANA B.-RE-BABING THE BABE

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIR CUT by ALESSANDRA SAMAN

Alana’s got babe hair and she just keeps getting hotter and hotter with each visit.  The technique of balayge is what keeps her highlights looking ribbony with extra bright sunkissed pops scattered about.  Alessandra keeps her long hair current and fresh by lopping off a few inches and maintaining her beachy layers. Gorgeous!

HILLARY M.- REDIRECTED AND RESHAPED

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

CUT/STYLE by PETER ISHKAHNS

Hillary’s basically all one length hair was in need of some reshaping, which called for redirecting her color as it too, looked almost all one color.  I kept her root color deeper and added some lowlights to provide a bit of contrast to her wheaty blonde she was already rocking and also added a few brighter tips to her ends to give her more of a sunkissed look with pops of brighter blonde here and there.  Peter polished her look with face framing layers as well as layers in the back and a smooth bouncy blowout.

Thanks Marcia, for sending in your granddaughter! 

GABRIELA ARTIGUAS- OMBRE ENHANCEMENT

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIR CUT by ALESSANDRA SAMAN

Jewelry designer, Gabriela Artiguas, (whose collections are nothing short of ahhhh-maaazing btw and is why I felt compelled to share a few images of her designs as well) was ready to enhance her grown-out ombre.  Still wanting low-maintenance hair color, I opted to connect her roots with subtle scattered highlights and a few brighter pops throughout her tips.  This gives her less contrast between her dark roots and blonde ends, and more of an overall fresher and softer look.  Love it, loved her!

Peep her designs at http://www.gabrielaartigas.com where you can also shop online- bonus!

AND follow her on tumblr at http://www.deargabrielaartigas.tumblr.com

YASMINE K.-TEENAGE HIGHLIGHTS

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIRCUT/STYLE by ALESSANDRA SAMAN

This cute little nugget, who I’ve actually had the pleasure of knowing since she was in kindergarten, celebrated her 13th birthday (teenager ahhh! already?!) by getting her first round ever of subtle-low maintenance- sunkissed highlights.  She also got a proper hair cut by Alessandra to take a few inches off of her luscious locks and add face-framing layers to her previously all one-length hair.  

Welcome to the teenage years, Yasmina, and thanks for having me be a part of your day! xx

MAYA- SO FRESH AND SO NEW

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIRCUT/STYLE by NEIL WEISBERG

The days of ombre and uber long hair are rapidly becoming days of the past, so it was only appropriate for Maya to be bold and go for a fresh new look.  I absolutely love how flippen cool and chic she looks with inches lopped off her locks and a more solid dark golden blonde hair color.  The hot leather jacket is simply a bonus to her coolness! Love love love!

TINA H.- SUPERMODEL HAIR

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

Tina brought in photos of Lily Aldridge as a source of inspiration.  So with Lily’s hair color in mind, I sought out to give Tina a version of supermodel hair that would best suit her personally.  

*I love it when clients bring in photos for hair color inspiration- it gives you a goal to work towards and opens up the conversation for discussing how someone else’s hair color can best suit the client in reality.  

MOCHA SWIRL

Her hair color, which I love btw, reminds me of when you order a cappuccino and it comes with some fancy swirl of a design like a leaf, or heart, or a panda bear, or a something.  You know, her brunette is the tone of a mocha and her swirls are that of barely there golden foam, if you will.  And I’m hoping you will, because really I have no idea what I am talking about in this analogy as I don’t even drink coffee.  BUT holy moly can you believe her blouse is only $12.95?

ISABELLA T.-NEVER TOO YOUNG

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

Q. What’s the best look for a 14 year old girl who’s dying for her first hair color experience? 

A. Something subtle, extremely low-maintenance, and very natural looking.  You know, something reminiscent of her days as a 7year old who’s spent her summer playing outside in the sunshine-naturally kissing her ends up to a softer and lighter shade.  

Above are the results of Isabella’s first time highlights and let me say, it’s quite rewarding to have a client such as her, leave your chair beaming as she tries to steal one more glimpse of herself in the mirror.  She was soooo excited!  …and why I didn’t take her before shot, I have no idea… but who really cares when the after shot is all that really matters!

CARLIN S.-OPEN TO SOFTER

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIR CUT/STYLE by STACEY HO

Carlin’s long-ish length and dark color was taking her cute face over.  Softening her brunette color and modernizing her “lob” (long bob) opens her up and brings about more attention to her skin tone and gorgeous eye color.  Sometimes it’s the little changes that make the big difference!

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