Editors Blog: Back to School - Color Class With Tracey Cunningham

My name is Kamala and I'm the West Coast Editor for American Salon Magazine. Join me for a series of fun and exciting beauty adventures out here in sunny Southern California!

Over Memorial Day weekend, I decided to pop into the chic and stylish Mèche Salon in Beverly Hills, California, which was founded by Redken Celebrity Colorist Tracey Cunningham and stylist Neil Weisberg. So why was I going to a hair salon on a Sunday if I wasn’t getting my hair done? Because I was about to observe Tracey in action during one of her sold-out (and highly demanded) weekend classes where she shares her special tricks and current hair color trends with other colorists.

Name a celebrity in Hollywood and chances are that Tracey has colored their hair. From Emma Stone to Kim Kardashian, Tracey has had a hand in transforming numerous A-lister’s locks—whether it’s a bold new shade of red or some subtle highlights, she’s definitely the go-to expert when it comes to color trends. 


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Tracey’s class was an all-day event and featured six different models on whom she demonstrated various trends and colors. One of the hottest trends that she discussed for Spring/Summer 2015 was babylights for blondes, which mimics the sun-kissed tones that bring back so many good memories of long and carefree days in the sun as kids. This is also a great way to take hair to another level by enhancing undertones without taking away from one’s current shade of blonde. In the current June issue of American Salon Magazine, I wrote about the babylights trend in detail. Be sure to check it out so you can find out how Tracey achieves this look on clients.

Brunettes can also achieve hair brightening (think Jessica Biel) with a bayalage effect that Tracey creates by using Redken Blond Idol High Lift Conditioning Cream on the ends of hair. For redheads looking for a boost, she recommends the new Redken Carmin’R shades to help enhance her color and even create cool red highlights. 

Tracey worked quickly and demonstrated to the class that even if your chair is packed all day and you barely have any time, you can still give your clients amazing treatment and have them walking out of the salon looking like they had a three-hour appointment (when in truth it only took 30 minutes). And that’s the magic of an amazing hairdresser.  

About: After graduating from the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, West Coast Editor Kamala Kirk wrote for TotalBeauty.com and worked in the production offices for the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Prior to joining American Salon, she was the Editor for E! Shows Online at NBC Universal, creating editorial content for popular shows such as House of DVF, Keeping Up With the Kardashians and The Royals.