ON COLOUR GROUND

Hair Color Hair Inspiration Hair Whips and Hair Kicks


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

SEAN S.-GLOWING BRUNETTE

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIRCUT & STYLE by ALISSA SMITH

Hot damn, Sean is having a good hair day after her day with Alissa and myself at Meche salaon!  Her new do is absolutely glowing thanks to Alissa lopping off inches making her cut much more solid, full, and flowing with beachy flat iron waves and I transformed her old ombre into a true sunkissed brunette by “erasing” most of her highlights with lowlights.  So pretty, healthy, and shiny now- loves it!

EARTHY BLONDE

I’m obsessed, in love, and intrigued by these images.  Absolutely gorgeous.  Nothing is trying too hard including her hair color and yet the understated beauty of it all makes the biggest statement.  

KRISTIN C.-FRESH AND REFRESHED

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIRCUT by MICHAEL SPARKS

It’d been quite sometime since I’d see Kristin in my chair for color so when she cam back in months upon months later she was ready for a brighter refresh.  I did a round of highlights using both high-lift color and bleach, balayaged ribbons throughout her mids and ends, and also bumped her base up a shade or so to take off the edge and add some translucency to her natural color.  With her new color, Kristin looks fresh and refreshed and ready for summer.  So pretty!

KAREN W.- TOO MUCH VS. JUST RIGHT

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

Rooty is in, but too much root, is well, too much.  You want to have your roots look soft, natural, and subtle without looking like it’s been simply too long since you’ve made your way to the salon.  A round of highlights connected the grow-out Karen had with her previous color transforming her roots from being neglected to perfected.  

EMILY S.- 9 MONTHS OF HAIR MAGIC

HAIR COLOR & HAIR EXTENSIONS by SARAH CONNER

Let’s just say that transitioning from years of being a bleach and tone with minor breakage to a more natural healthy beige-y blonde takes patience.  Luckily Emily is one patient realistic girl.  Here she is before and after roughly nine months of magical hair appointments that finally gave her the Cara Delevigne tone inspired, long, long “princess hair” she desired.  Yes, I love making hair dreams come true!

On Emily I use Hair Lingerie hair extensions- a gentle double stick taped method that needs to be retightened roughly every 5-6 weeks and because the hair quality is so amazing it’s reusable and will easily last you a year’s worth of use if not more.  

JUST ENOUGH

I’m here to say that you don’t need a full head of highlights or even a half head every single time you go into your salon for a re-touch appointment.  Why?  Because you’re colorist should be able to look at your hair and give you just the right amount to maintain your look- maybe it’s only a few highlights around your face on this visit, maybe the next visit you’ll need a face-frame highlight and few ribbons where you part your hair.  Then perhaps on the third visit you’re ready for a proper partial or a full round of highlights.

 What’s the benefit of doing highlights in this manner?  It saves your hair from becoming over processed, losing dimension, becoming a solid color, and help keeps the look looking natural.  

Look at her closely for example.  She reads blonde from the front, and perimeter, but if you look at the top of her head, her crown root area is pretty dark and hasn’t seen the light if a highlight for quite sometime. Yet, her hair color looks natural and maintained.  

Give it a try on your next few salon visits, not only will you be saving your hair, but you’ll also save time with quicker appointment times, but you’ll also save a little money in your pocket book, as salon pricing is generally based on the amount of time and work it takes to give you the look you’re going for.  

MICHELLE F.-EVOLVING THROUGH THE YEARS

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

Michelle is a long time client who originally came to me seeking to be darker without the brass she was continuously fighting through her old base color.  See above’s first ever before and after’s.  Over the years we kept her dark and then ever so slightly began to add highlights.  Cut to today’s after pics documenting the progress of her evolution to becoming a sunkissed brunette.  The highlights have given her a softer glow and a feeling of being ready for the summer months to come.  

MAKIKO T.-DASH INSPIRED

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIRCUT by NEIL WEISBERG

Inspired by Khloe Kardashian’s recent blonde ambition tour, Makiko was ready to follow her lead of uber dark haired beauties going for blonde beyond their hair’s imagination.  When done correctly and patiently, one’s hair can generally take on the challenge-Makiko’s blonde dreams became a reality in two visits a few weeks apart.  That’s two visits of highlights and a full tip out done under a watchful eye as there’s no point in over processing.  I always say, what’s a girl to do with fried blonde hair?  The answer is, nothing, you can’t do anything with it.  Point being, go blonde but go cautiously and you can make the color level leap as safely and beautifully as Makiko did.  

PS. scope out her jewelry line- super cute pieces.  I’ve been rockin’ my Spike necklace almost daily. Thank you, Makiko!

http://www.makkojewelry.com

SUMMER ROOTS

Roots are still in-but there’s a fine line between looking naturally rooty and looking like girl, you need to be go gettin’ your hair did.  I think she’s about to be crossing that line in all honesty of my unasked for opinion.  The trick is you want to read blonde from the front with a deeper root, but you want to be careful of the head “tip down” look.  You don’t want a hardline of demarcation or an unnatural progression of deeper root to blonde.  You can have her look but, but there’s tricks of the trade to having it look more natural is all I’m sayin.’

COURTNEY C.-ENRICHED

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIRCUT by ALISSA SMITH

Courtney came in feeling too blonde and washed out.  She was in need of a richer color to enhance her perfect skin and bring out her eyes.  A round of lowlights deepened her color giving her a more sunkissed brunette look versus looking like a brunette trying to be blonde.  It’s much more natural and suiting-darker can still give off a summer glow.  

TOO LONG DOES BELONG

Summer hair inspiration, boom!

I cannot lie, in a Cali world where we’ve been drawn to tousled beach waves, long layers, and a ton of dimension for the past few, well, years, I must say I am drawn to these overly long, heavy, simple blonde tresses,-still with a natural root, for summer.  Something to strive for, ladies!

MADISON M.-DIP DYE COLOR CORRECTION

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIRCUT/STYLE by ALESSANDRA SAMAN

Madison found me all the way from Denver in desperate need of correcting her unwanted dip dyed look-which can be a challenge on its own and an even bigger challenge when it’s been done primarily with extensions, which as a rule, are always tricky to get to take color appropriately.  I love a challenge though, so I was happy to take the correction on.  

To begin Madison’s fix, I started with a full round of lowlights on the overly blonde extension hair, leaving out the very ends, and then added balayage highlights to her own dark hair.  Both steps helped make the connection from her looking two toned to looking more like a blended ombre.  The final step was an all over gloss to tone down the blonde a shade and seal the look together as a whole.  

Alessandra reshaped her cut by giving her subtle long layers which equals her one head of sexy, sexy hair.  

Nothing like a good color correction!

NAIOMI D.-AN ANOMALY

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

Naomi came to me with an amazing head of virgin hair, all black with naturally sunkissed ends- what an anomaly!  Ready for a change though, without being too extreme, we opted to soften her look by lightening her to a more chocolate brown all over.  Such a pretty color that brings out the gold tones in her eyes while remaining looking natural.  Still an anomaly!

KRISTI U.-BRIGHTER AND LIGHTER

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIRCUT/STYLE by ALESSANDRA SAMAN

I’d first like to say that I am very grateful that Kristi hand-picked me to be the one to transform her hair color after finding me via ON COLOUR GROUND.  It’s so cool when that happens- THANK YOU, Kristi!

Secondly, let’s talk about hair.  Kristi’s original color and cut combo were too much together- a lot of shapeless hair and a flat color will read heavy and weigh face features down.   Because of this Alessandra and I decided to enhance her look by brightening her color and lightening the weight of her hair cut.  

Mission accomplished, we say!

CAITLIN M.-A BIT BLONDER

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

A round of highlights and balayaged ends was just what Kate needed to transform her blonde into a brighter shade.  Sometimes keeping it simple is the best call for enhancement.  

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