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SALON OF THE MONTH Dynamic Duo Mèche salon offers clients an urban oasis. Mèche Salon 8822 Burton Way Beverly Hills, CA 90211 310.278.8930 Theirs wasn’t an auspicious first encounter. Tracey Cunningham, already an established colorist at Santa Monica, California’s Art Luna Salon, didn’t initially think much of shy new stylist Neil Weisberg. “But I offered him a Crunch bar that my friend had brought from England, just to break the ice,” Cunningham laughs. “And we instantly bonded over chocolate.” Fast-forward 17 years, and the dynamic duo are now proud owners of Los Angeles’ hottest hair joint, the 6,000-square-foot Mèche Salon ( Separately, mane masters Weisberg (most recently at Neil George Salon) and Cunningham (of Byron & Tracey fame) have garnered national notoriety in magazines like Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Allure, and won the hearts of A-list clients including Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz and Emma Stone. But while they’ve made fans of famed performers, Mèche—French for “lock of hair”—doesn’t cater solely to the posh set. 70 2.13 “We strive to make every customer feel beautiful,” Cunningham explains. “Our space has a warm neighborhood feel.” Credit for that goes to architect Rodney Ross, whose trio of soaring arched windows infuse the exposed brick space with natural light. “Apart from a few tear sheets, Neil and I gave Rodney minimal direction,” Cunningham reveals. “We’re wonderfully surprised every time we walk through the door!” The interior mix of natural stone and wood elements creates texture, while 22 Eames chairs, Organic Modernism sofas and H.D. Buttercup accessories add polish. This has been one of the industry’s most eagerly anticipated debuts, but the transformation wasn’t easy to achieve. “From pillars to plumbing, we gutted and completely restructured the entire building,” Cunningham discloses. “It was a true labor of love.” More than 20 stylists cut and color with Redken products, and the bountiful offerings don’t stop there. Mèche also boasts a staff makeup artist, Chinese foot masseuse, eyebrow esthetician and manicure/pedicure stations. “From the instant you enter, we want you to be taken care of,” says Cunningham. “If patrons feel pampered literally from head to toe, Neil and I are doing something right.” —Francesca Moisin Image: courtesy of Mèche Salon H i Hair gurus T Tracey C Cunningham and N il W i b i h d Neil Weisberg launch L.A.’s newest hotspot.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty LaunchPad - February 2013

Beauty LaunchPad - February 2013
Editor’s Notebook
In Touch
Runway Report
Star Struck
First Look
Inside Story
Color Lab
Male Order
Tool Talk
Salon of the Month
Head of the Class
Beauty 911
Only Hue
The Texture Trend
Oil Boom
One Cut/2 Ways
Free Launch
Quick Tips
Advertiser Index
World View

Beauty LaunchPad - February 2013