American Salon February 2013 : Page 64

Industrial elements and a wide-open layout combine with a neighborhoodlike feel at Mèche Salon. french quarters 64 American Salon February 2013 floor plan Tracey Cunningham and Neil Weisberg team up to open Beverly Hills, CA’s Mèche Salon.

In Studio

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First Look
Good as Gold
Matrix’s new Total Results Blonde Care collection helps clients maintain haircolor vibrancy between salon visits.
Blonde Care, formulated to enhance the natural luminosity of golden tresses and prevent and correct the damage caused by lightening services, is the newest addition to the Matrix Total Results line. This three-part system consists of Blonde Care Shampoo, Conditioner and Flash Filler Sheer Mist, designed to reduce porosity, brittleness and tonal changes to brassy, ashy or yellow color while preventing the gradual erosion of hair-protecting melanin. Each product features Matrix’s new Defense 360° technology, a blend of panthenol and chamomile for enhanced luster and color vibrancy. Blonde Care Shampoo is a gentle cleanser that softens and detangles, while the conditioner provides reparative moisture without adding weight. The final step, Flash Filler Sheer Mist, seals porous hair shafts for strength.
The products are available to retail to clients this month, and can also be used in the Blonde Care In-Salon Service. Designed for longer-lasting results, this five-minute enhancement to any lightening service begins with Blonde Care Shampoo, followed by Total Results Pro Solutionist 5+ Protopak Restructurizing Treatment and Blonde Care Flash Filler Sheer Mist.
“To take care of my blonde clients, I have them use the Total Results Blonde Care three-step regimen,” says Matrix Artistic Director Chrystofer Benson. “It prevents shifting tones, protects and nourishes hair and provides exquisite conditioning.” —B.K.

Beauty Lab

Eight brand-new products you just have to check out

Shu Uemura

Achieve shiny hair and long-lasting fragrance with Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Hair Fragrance with Oil Pearls. Spritz this leave-in formula—infused with camellia oil for natural detangling—before or after blow-drying.

FHI Heat

FHI Heat introduced the EPS 1-inch Black Diamond digital hand-touch ceramic styling iron with energy-efficient technology. The black diamond infusion emits moisture-locking ions and the color-coded display matches the heat setting to the hair texture.

Oribe Hair Care

Rich in exotic oils, Smooth Style Serum by Oribe Hair Care softens damaged strands for a sleek, shiny finish with light control and natural body. It’s paraben-free, safe for color- and keratin-treated hair and delivers UV protection.

Gold N’ Hot

Gold N’ Hot’s 1875-watt Professional Titanium Dryer boasts a titanium-infused outlet grille, eliminating static. The ionic generator promotes healthy hair while the two speeds, six heat settings and cool-shot button provide versatile styling.


Curl-care expert Ouidad just launched Curl Recovery Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer. The light formula can serve as a conditioner to soften and restore curls or as a hair primer to revitalize natural curls for any type of styling.


The Tibolli Mini Touch Up full-powered iron is ultraslim, lightweight and ideal for travel. It includes ½-inch titanium beveled plates, an LED power display, a no-slip grip, a 9-foot cord with hook end and a one-year warranty.


The TIGI Bed Head Groupie collection includes a mini dryer, curling iron (shown here), and two straighteners and crimpers. The curling iron boasts a 30-second heat-up time, 1-inch barrel, swivel cord, ceramic technology and built-in safety stand.

brazilian blowout

Açai Brazilian Dry Oil created by Brazilian Blowout is a fast-absorbing, lightweight oil with a supernutrient complex to strengthen and recondition damaged hair, reduce drying time and add shine. Work from bottom to top of hair for best results.

Color Therapy

Sphere of Influence
A stunning red hue, round shape and tactile surface reign supreme in this image from Lucie Doughty’s Orb collection. “These elements are not only reflected in the hair but in the wardrobe, photography and makeup, as well,” says the Paul Mitchell editorial director. To achieve the dramatic look, Doughty called on Paul Mitchell PM Shines 6RO and 6NB to impart a deep crimson color to strands. She then used padding, a fine crimping tool, Hot Off the Press and Extra Body Finishing Spray to create a large shape and add texture to the design. —K.D.

In the Clear
Lightening has gotten even easier with Schwarzkopf Professional’s new BlondMe Crystal Transparent Gel Bleach. The gel formula and see-through foils eliminate the guesswork for colorists, and it stays moist on the hair to keep strands from drying out. “This lightening system allows me to see how many levels the hair has truly lifted, leaving me in absolute control, and the technology has a cleaner, clearer lift,” says Kim Vo, Schwarzkopf Professional BlondMe ambassador. “It’s easier now than ever to get the gorgeous blondes that everyone loves, even with double processing and color correction.” —L.A.

Speed of Light
Take lightening to the next level with the new Matrix Light Master, a supercharged lightener that lifts up to eight levels with a drastically reduced processing time. Light Master combines ammonium persulfate, a powerful lifting ingredient that eliminates warm yellow undertones, with B5 provitamin panthenol, an emollient that helps retain moisture and maintain the structure of delicate hair. Its thick consistency makes this product ideal for creative colorists to achieve lightening on or off the scalp with balayage or foil techniques, or even to remove artificial color. —B.K.


A Cut Above
Part of the Meta: Men educational series of DVDs by Pivot Point, this versatile longer look created by the Pivot Point International Team can be worn straight for workdays or more textured for weekends or nights out. Here, the team provides the steps to achieve the cut, which features layered interior lengths with a combination of graduated, uniform and increase-layered lengths in the exterior. Solid perimeter lengths create weight.
1. Work from the center toward one side. Position the comb along a diagonal-back line and notch, then work toward the other side to create a slightly concave line in the fringe.
2. Extend the diagonal-back line on the right side. Use natural distribution with no projection and a diagonal-back comb position, then return to the front and extend the diagonal-back line on the left side.
3. Section the head with a horseshoe-shaped parting along the upper crest. In the center back exterior, distribute straight out, position your fingers vertically and notch. Keep the lengths below the occipital to maintain weight along the perimeter.
4. Work toward the right using a mobile design line and vertical partings. Work toward the front hairline using a nonparallel finger position.
5. Return to the center back and use the same techniques to work toward the opposite side.
6. Take a pivotal parting at the center front hairline. Use perpendicular distribution, 90-degree projection, a parallel finger position and notch to create uniform lengths working toward the point of origin.
7. Work toward the left side. Sculpt parallel to the head as you travel around the crown toward the right side.
8. Use the same techniques to complete the interior. Continue working past the center front to ensure that all lengths blend. ✂ —Lotus Abrams

Earthly Delights
Get a jump on spring polish trends with understated neutrals evoking the faint shine of afternoon sun rays, the bloom of a new budding branch or the glistening sheen of a rock. Spring nails are all about earthy organics, says CND co-founder Jan Arnold, who utilized the look for fashion house Rodarte’s spring 2013 show in New York City. “The new nude nail has organic texture and a matte and shine contrast in shades of washed-down gray and peachy salmon, as well as luminescent transparent hues,” Arnold says. She notes the pretty colors look best when paired with mesh, netting and fringed fabrics. To tackle the trend, try CND Effects Copper Shimmer, Zoya Shay and Silver Torch from Priti NYC.;; —J.T.
Wing Tips From hair accessories to the spring 2013 runways of Nina Ricci and Oscar de la Renta, feathers are one of the season’s top adornments. Now, using an up-and-coming technique, you can bring the trend to your clients’ fingertips. Manami Ichibutsu, owner and technician at Manhattan’s Studio L nail salon, has been offering feather manicures since her salon’s opening in August 2011. Here’s how to get the look:
1. Apply a clear base gel and cure under a UV or LED lamp.
2. Paint on a colored gel and cure. (Note: This step is optional if clients prefer a clear base for their feathers.)
3. Apply a thin coat of clear gel and gently place the tip of a genuine feather on top, then cure. (Note: Do not place the rachis, or spine, of the feather atop the nail.)
4. Trim the feather to conform to the nail shape and apply a clear gel topcoat.
5. Cure and wipe off any uncured gel. —B.K.

Life on Mars
Imported from Tokyo a year ago, Mars The Salon Los Angeles is one of the city’s chicest nail destinations. “After visiting the United States and seeing that Americans take pride in their nails just like those in Tokyo, I wanted to bring the heritage of Mars to a place where people would appreciate high-end treatments and services,” says owner Hiroko Fujikawa Mori. The luxurious 1,260-square-foot space houses a lounge and three private treatment rooms with leather recliners, porcelain foot baths and high-definition TVs. Brands used include CalGel, OPI, Essie, SpaRitual, Chanel and Dior, as well as the salon’s own hand cream and beach sandals, available for retail. “We adhere to the Japanese tradition of treasuring every encounter by warmly welcoming each guest and delivering an exemplary level of attentiveness,” Fujikawa Mori says. —B.K.

European Union
OPI’s spring 2013 Euro Centrale collection is a fusion of classic and contemporary, designed to complement any style. “Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania make up an exciting new fashion hot spot,” says OPI Executive Vice President and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. “When visiting these countries, you’ll view Gothic churches alongside vibrant graffiti murals, blending very different aesthetics.” The collection encompasses 12 shades, from opulent metallics to creamy pastels, including OY—Another Polish Joke! and Can’t Find My Czechbook (both seen here). —B.K.

Face Value

Silky Smooth
Experts agree that serums can quickly supply the skin with serious hydration, resulting in a luminous and youthful glow.
Many clients believe that cleansing and applying moisturizer is doing enough to maintain beautiful skin, but applying a reparative and hydrating serum before moisturizing can mean a world of difference in terms of how skin looks and feels. “Serums are super-concentrated fluids that bring highly active ingredients to the skin,” says Diana L. Howard, Ph.D., vice president of research and development for The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica. “Formulas are generally quick-absorbing, lightweight and are either water- or oil-soluble solutions.”
While serums are not as complex as moisturizers, they do contain much higher concentrations of the highlighted active ingredients and therefore penetrate the skin deeper and faster. Dermalogica offers Overnight Repair Serum, a powerful formula that contains argan and rose oil fortified with antioxidant carrot seed oil, brown seaweed and a collagen-stimulating peptide meant to work on the skin while the user is sleeping, when cells are at the height of replenishing and repairing themselves. Skincare company Repêchage utilizes regenerating and nourishing ingredients from the sea in its longtime favorite C-Serum Seaweed Filtrate. The key ingredient is a seaweed extract rich in 12 vitamins including B12, C, E, K and Beta Carotene, 18 amino acids and 42 trace elements, along with alginic acid to lock in moisture and help increase cell proliferation, all designed to prevent dehydration, fine lines and to return moisture to restore overall skin vitality.; —J.T.

The Big and the Beautiful
Delivering full, thick and fabulous hair to your clients has never been easier, thanks to innovative in-salon treatments and remedies created by hair-loss experts. —Jolene Turner

Aveda’s Invati haircare system—featuring Exfoliating Shampoo, Thickening Conditioner, Scalp Revitalizer and the in-salon Invati Treatment for Thinning Hair—provides a naturally derived solution for hair loss. The products feature Aveda’s Densiplex complex that includes Ayurvedic herbs with turmeric and ginseng to energize the scalp around the follicles. The in-salon treatment begins with an Aroma Sensory Journey and a scalp massage to improve microcirculation for a healthy scalp. Along with the Invati products, Scalp Remedy Intense Detoxifier is also used during the treatment.

The newest treatment from hair-loss experts Bosley Professional Strength is the in-salon BosRenew Scalp Micro-Dermabrasion, essentially a facial for the scalp that addresses hair and scalp aging on a cellular level. The service encompasses a mix of BosRenew Micro-Dermabrasion Base and BosRenew Micro-Dermabrasion Booster to be massaged and left on the scalp for five to 15 minutes. The dead and flaky skin is then exfoliated to allow younger skin cells to surface. Additionally, the service unclogs and cleans the follicle so the overall environment is healthier for new hair to grow.

DS Laboratories is formulated to improve scalp health and maintain hair quality with its line of shampoos, conditioners and treatments. Revita Shampoo and Revita.Cor Conditioner contain hair-growth stimulants, amino acids, peptides and plant-based stem cells to ignite growth and create quality locks. Three Spectral leave-in treatments are designed to conquer various hair-loss issues depending on age, gender and causes.

Available for salons to retail, HairMax Hair Growth System is a nondrug hair-loss treatment for men and women. The system features a line of sulfate-free haircare products—Enhancing Shampoo, Revitalizing Conditioner, Invigorating Scalp Treatment and Hair & Scalp Fortifier—as well as supplements and the FDA-cleared LaserComb, a laser photo-therapy device that stimulates hair follicles for hair growth. In studies, more than 90 percent of LaserComb users experienced significant hair growth.

XFusion Hair Building Fibers are all-natural keratin fibers that, once applied to the head, will bind to the existing strands resulting in fuller, thicker-looking hair. The fibers, available in nine colors, can either be shaken over any area of thinning hair or sprayed on through the patented XFusion Spray Applicator. The natural-looking fullness lasts until the next shampoo and is designed to withstand perspiration, wind and rain. xfusion

Pump it Up
Honing in on the hottest styling products, we highlight the newest volumizers and plumping
potions to create bodacious and beautiful looks.

Natural Selection
Innovative and powerful plant-based ingredients are showing up everywhere in beauty product formulas, from haircare to skincare. Check out some of the hottest here! —Lotus Abrams

In addition to Micro-net technology that seals in color and UVA and UVB shields, the Redken Color Extend Shampoo (seen here), Conditioner, Rich Recovery treatment and Total Recharge protective spray contain cranberry oil, which conditions strands and adds a dose of shine.

Repêchage Vita Cura Triple Firming Cream helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin elasticity and firmness with red clover extract, which is rich in phytoestrogen-mimicking plant hormones that stimulate skin thickness for younger-looking skin.

The red ginseng, along with caffeine and biotin, found in Keune So Pure Natural Balance Energizing Shampoo provides extra volume and strength for fine strands and stimulates blood circulation, while organic ginger and lemon essential oils create an appealing aroma.

The unique Protein Power complex with Keravis and soy proteins found in ColorProof Evolved Color Care LiftIt Foam Mousse repairs, moisturizes and strengthens strands, while the weightless, color-protecting formula provides lasting body and a megadose of shine.

The O’Right Goji Berry product line—including this Volumizing Hair Cream that gives hair a thicker, fuller appearance—harnesses the power of the antioxidant-rich superfruit, which strengthens the roots, promotes hair growth, and tightens and heals the cuticle. organicsalon

Formulated with the same UV-filtering flavonoids orchids contain to protect the flowers’ vivid hue, Matrix Biolage Colorcarethérapie Color Care Shampoo (seen here), Conditioner, Shine Shake Spray and Color Bloom Masque prolong the depth, tone and shine of haircolor.

Prized by Aboriginal Australians for thousands of years for its natural antiseptic and healing properties, the tea tree oil in Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo makes this gentle and soothing cleanser ideal for addressing scalp issues such as dandruff and psoriasis.

Utilizing innovative apple stem-cell technology derived from Swiss-grown Uttwiler spätlauber apples, Aloxxi Colour Care Volumizing & Strengthening Shampoo (seen here) and Conditioner fortify, nourish and add volume to the hair without opening cuticles, which helps preserve haircolor.

Targeting the challenges of permed and wavy hair textures—weakened strands, lack of softness and shine and tangling—Leonor Greyl Restructuring Shampoo for Permed and Curly Hair features banana sap to enable smooth, damage-free combing.

Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50, which can be used alone or blended with moisturizer or foundation, utilizes oleosome technology derived from spheres of emollient oils and vitamin E found in safflower seeds to deliver the sunscreen directly to the skin’s surface and release it over time.

Pureology has formulated its new Reviving Red line, which consists of Shamp’Oil, Condition, Red Reflect and Copper Enhancers for weekly use and Illuminating Caring Oil (seen here), with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in red vegetables and fruits like tomatoes.

The white tea found in Scruples White Tea Restorative Shampoo and Soothing Daily Conditioner (seen here) restores and nourishes hair, leaving it luxuriously smooth and soft, while the duo’s Protective Barrier complex adds moisture and strengthens and protects hair against color fade and sun damage.

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Floor Plan

Kristen Heinzinger

floor plan

french quarters

Tracey Cunningham and Neil Weisberg team up to open Beverly Hills, CA’s Mèche Salon.

Opening Mèche Salon, a full-service beauty destination for the stars in Beverly Hills, CA, was the logical next step for celebrity colorist and Redken Creative Consultant for Color Tracey Cunningham and celebrity stylist Neil Weisberg. “We’ve been friends forever,” Cunningham says.
The modern 3,000-square-foot salon—its name deriving from the French word for “highlight” or “lock of hair”—opened in December and was designed by Rodney Ross, who incorporated a number of natural and reclaimed materials. The large industrial space features a cement floor and wood and metal elements. Towering windows line the front of the salon and a large skylight illuminates Cunningham’s work area, enhancing the wide-open yet relaxed atmosphere. “This salon has a very neighborhoodlike feel—we want clients to walk in and feel immediately comfortable and taken care of,” Cunningham says.
Mèche can accommodate 22 clients, and the staff includes a makeup artist, brow specialist, manicurist and Chinese foot masseuse. “We want the salon to be a hothouse for new, young talent and to make our guests feel beautiful and confident from head to toe,” Cunningham says.
Cunningham’s career has come a long way before it landed at Mèche. She started out as a stylist at Los Angeles’ Art Luna and soon moved to Neil George Salon, where she met Weisberg, who was co-owner. Over the course of her career, Cunningham’s client list has grown to include many of Hollywood’s red carpet darlings—Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz and Kate Beckinsale, to name a few. Meanwhile, Weisberg’s 30-year hairdressing career began in London when he was just 16 years old, and escalated to working on fashion editorials for the likes of Vogue and Elle. After moving to Los Angeles, he worked at Art Luna before opening Neil George Salon in 2005.
According to Cunningham, what sets Mèche apart from other Los Angeles-area salons is the duo’s sensibilities and approach to beauty. “We aren’t doing this to make names for ourselves,” she says, noting that they decided to avoid opening a namesake salon. “We’re doing this to provide quality services in a beautiful space. We may work with celebrities, but we are by no means celebrities. We are salon owners who want to make our clients feel beautiful.” ✂ —Kristen Heinzinger

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