LA Colour Confidential

Mimi ON Aug 25, 2011 AT 2:30 pm

Serge Normant for John Frieda salon in Los Angeles

Serge Normant for John Frieda salon in Los Angeles

Chrissy Iley,  who interviews celebs all over the world, loves her hair stylist Rachel Carney for one reason. She’s the best at what she does!

By Chrissy Iley

I love my hair colourist.  I think she’s the best in the world and I should know – I’ve had some pretty terrifying, worldwide hair experiences… like the season I spent in clown red and another in limp-bad brown that seemed to take a century to lift and when it did it went khaki and finally green.

Rachel Carney has resurrected my hair and my psyche as I tend to fit my life around my colour cycle.  However Rachel works at the Serge Normant for John Frieda salon in Los Angeles and as such celebrity interviews have to fit in around my roots being retouched. It’s a ritual – I must see her the day I leave LA.

Julia Roberts is a regular

Julia Roberts is a regular

Sometimes she gives me the secret codes that other colourists should be able to interpret but somehow it never works out.  It’s inevitably never the same compared to when Rachel does it; there’s either a thick tramline of root or the colour’s too red, too brown, too blonde or too straw… or simply doesn’t match the rest of my hair! When Rachel has finished with my hair people stare at me in the street in envy and I even have famous people and their publicists look at it and ask for her number.

My current colour looks striking yet natural – a look that is very hard to achieve. It’s a mixture of golden and tawny and strawberry.

Rachel says, “Maybe I take a little bit more time than the average colourist.  I really do consider all the tones in your eyes and skin colour and of course lifestyle and personality.  Some clients are in bands or are artists so they need to have something edgy.   I get a client’s hair looking amazing and when it grows out in four months it will still look amazing.”

Talking to Rachel is always a delicious experience – no idle chit chat, big themes and empathy. Or silence if you want that.  You can sit next to Julia Roberts at the back wash – she’s there as often as I am. Or observe Ellen Barkin being regal.

CLICK HERE to see how she takes blonde to black and back again…

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