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

KATIE C.-LIGHTEN AND BRIGHTEN

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIRCUT/STYLE by ALESSANDRA SAMAN

Katie came in with one thick long head of hair, that had lost its luster.  So it was our mission to bring her back to a lighter and brighter life.  Alessandra lopped off inches and created movement with invisible layers, giving Katie a modernized long bob. a.k.a. a lob, which opens her up from getting swallowed by all that hair.  I then brightened her color by giving her natural looking highlights, toned down at the root, and balayaged big brighter ribbons throughout her mids and ends for extra pop that will help accentuate the movement created by her cut.  A little change can go a long way!

TRANSITIONAL BRUNETTE

Not ready to fully embrace fall yet?  Keep your brunette a little sunkissed as you transition into the colder seasons.  

HILI A.-FROM BRASSY TO GORGEOUS

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

Visiting from the MIddle East, Hili was in search of a brighter blonde with a more neutral base as nobody wants brassy (orangey) tones.  This is a common request from clients trying to go from really dark hair to light.  The trick is allowing the lightness to come from the highlights vs. the base.  Lifting a base too far when it’s that dark brings about the unwanted brassy tones.  After one visit, Hilis is well on her way to returning home with one insane head if hair-so gorgeous!

KATE M.-WEDDING COLOR READY

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

Wanting her hair color to be timeless and classic in her wedding photos as opposed to capturing a trend of the 10’s, Kate came in seeking to erase her ombre and become a more natural looking- barely sunkissed brunette.  To do so I drug out her base color, choosing a tone much closer to her natural hair color, did a heavy round of lowlights, and sealed it all together with a gloss.  

Remember when doing lowlights to either leave out the ends until the last five-ten minutes or use multiple formulas, for the root, mids, and ends descending from the darkest to lightest tones.  

EMILY S.-THE FULL SCATTERED TIP OUT

HAIR COLOR by SARAH CONNER

HAIR CUT/STYLE by ALESSANDRA SAMAN

Emily was basically a virgin head upon sitting in my chair looking for some sunkisses to liven up her locks.  I did what I call a full scattered tip out all around her head- take a small section, back comb it, only bleach the ends that are left out of the back comb, and continue on in random sections so that the placement is scattered and not a solid ombre. Using bleach, 7th stage, and 20 volume, I was able to lift her mids and ends to the exact tone I wanted so there was no need to do an actual toner or color gloss to enhance her look, just a Redken Shades EQ clear gloss for extra shine.  

Alessandra trimmed up Emily’s ends and gave her slightly textured layers to shape her cut and give her the perfectly imperfect beach wave curl that really shows off her hair color.  

Love this new look on Emily!

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.  

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