August 30 2014

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8 posts tagged "Tracey Cunningham"

Traveling Along The Blond-Redhead Continuum


Emma Stone is a fan of keeping things interesting when it comes to her hair color—which is in large part thanks to her trusted colorist, Tracey Cunningham. The natural blonde went a shade of bright red soon after arriving in Hollywood, and it was as a ginger that she landed her first big breaks in movies like Super Bad and Easy A. Then last year saw a return to blond—very, very blond—for her role in this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man. But once filming wrapped on the action flick, Stone transitioned back into auburn after a powwow with Cunningham. “She’s the only woman I will trust to stick her hands in my hair,” the star of The Help once told us of the Redken color consultant. But it’s Cunningham’s New York-based coloring compatriot, Marie Robinson, who has given Stone her latest look, which registers somewhere in between flaxen and fiery—let’s call it honey strawberry. Stone debuted the first phase of the lightening process last week in New York and at this weekend’s WonderCon press conference in California, the actress’ new color seemed to reach its saturation point. Which shade do you think suits her best?

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Talking Fall Hair Color With Redken’s Tracey Cunningham


With November just a week away, Fall has hit its stride, which means a couple of things: First, you’re likely coming to the end of your seasonal-transition skin issues (rejoice!) and, two, you’re probably considering a hair color change now that those summer sun streaks seem incongruous with the cooler temperatures. “I warm my clients’ shades up in the fall,” Tracey Cunningham told us. As Redken’s creative consultant for color and one half of Beverly Hills’ celeb-friendly salon Byron + Tracey, Cunningham knows a thing or two about color changes (she tends to the tresses of Kate Bosworth, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Jessica Biel on the regular). Here, the coiffing star talks deep mahogany and brilliant copper-red hues and name-drops the Victoria’s Secret Angel who currently boasts the most requested hair color in L.A.


So, why warmer for winter?

It’s funny how clients embrace the winter. You’d think that we’ve trained them to think that they need to go darker! But people just really want to do that. They really want to cozy up.

Break it down for us; how are you instructing your clients—be they brunette, red, or blonde?

For my brunette clients, I plan to keep their base a dark chocolate truffle hue with thick golden highlights starting from the mid-section of their hair; for redheads, I lean towards a single-process tone with no highlights, just vibrant deep mahogany tones; and blond locks will be light and golden—a California blonde with the base a shade darker to give some dimension to the look. Think Kate Bosworth for this blond shade, it pops on her and looks great with a red lip. Sometimes just doing a gloss will work—it will warm up your highlights to a caramel tone—or with solid color, it would just make it more rich.

Whoa—Kate Bosworth has been really blonde recently. Will that really work on everyone?

Well, Kate is naturally really blonde. People always ask, “What’s the perfect blond?” and it’s really whatever looks good with your skin tone. Like…Cameron Diaz can tan.

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Byron Williams Loves Lashes, Lips


If you live in L.A. and are remotely beauty-centric, Byron and Tracey is no doubt on your radar. The Beverly Hills salon is a favorite with Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, and Nicole Richie, among others, and is the brainchild of Redken’s creative consultant for color, Tracey Cunningham, and Byron Williams, who pulls double duty as hairstylist and makeup artist. Williams counts Rachel Zoe as client numero uno and boasts a glossy list of other fans like Amber Valletta, Demi Moore, and Eva Mendes. We caught up with him in New York this week right off the red-eye, after he had primped and primed Valletta for her Spring 2010 Monrow lookbook. “Me and Rachel [Zoe], right now we’re into red lips and a clean eye,” Williams told us, giving a shout-out to NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in either Cruella or Dragon Girl. “But it’s all about the lashes.” Williams said he typically eschews the full fake lash in favor of applying single hairs individually. Unable to resist, we asked about Latisse. “I can tell you that it works 100 percent, and that it’s very popular with my clients. I don’t know how it affects everyone, but there are definitely side effects.” (Like it’s reported ability to leave dark skin pigmentation around the eyes and permanent brown color change to irises, yikes.) Before we parted ways, he let us in on what’s next for him and Cunningham. In addition to repackaging their product line, they’re considering expanding into makeup. Two guesses as to what the collection will focus on.

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