“Much More Me”
A woman tired of experimenting with hair color gets a professional’s touch
Mandy Young, 27; Alexandria
Why she wanted a makeover: Working two jobs doesn’t leave a lot of time for her hair. “When I have time to do anything to update myself, I’m usually too tired to make a drastic change and I opt for my same old haircut and makeup.”
Where we sent her: PR at Partners.
Mandy Young, who spends her days working in public affairs for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and some nights as a server at Rustico in Alexandria, says it’s hard to afford regular trips to a salon for coloring. She started doing it herself about five years ago and “kind of screwed it up,” says Young, a natural brunette who has tried everything from reddish highlights to bleached blond.
Colorist Mary Shaffer Clendaniel, who works at PR at Partners’ McLean location, changed Young’s drugstore color to an auburn base with streaks of honey gold. “Her coloring is very cool and fair,” Clendaniel says. “We wanted to keep her color rich but stay away from anything orange or yellow so her green eyes would really sparkle.”
Young was worried about losing too much length, but the damage done from past coloring left her hair in need of a significant cut, says stylist Leah Le, who works at the PR at Partners in DC’s Tenleytown. Le brought up the length, added layers for lift and body, and angled the cut to elongate Young’s jaw line and neck.
Clendaniel defined Young’s eyebrows and used a vibrant red lip color from the salon’s own Pretty by PR brand. Though Young says it might take a few tries to get comfortable styling her new cut, she says, “I love the feeling of my flippy, healthy hair.” And the color? “Much more ‘me.’ ”
Getting the Look
PR at Partners, 14 area locations; pratpartners.com.
Double TakeA husband and wife both get new looks
Lisa Salerno, 35; Joseph Salerno, 43; Bethesda
Why they wanted a makeover: Lisa, who works from home as a legal editor, felt stuck in a rut: She wore jeans and T-shirts every day, and she’d sported the same hairstyle since age 14. Her husband, Joseph, wasn’t sure he wanted to be made over, but Lisa suggested he could use a change, too.
Where we sent them: Wardrobe consultant Joyce Neave, owner of That Mom Inc., and Zin Hair + Colour, both in Bethesda.
With a one-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son, Lisa needs comfortable clothing and wash-and-go hair. Joseph had plenty of shirts and ties, but as director of Internet services for a nonprofit conservation agency, he needed a business-casual look. While he thought his hair looked good long, he admitted “it needs something.”
Joyce Neave steered the couple away from poorly fitting, neutral-colored clothing and toward more fitted items in colors that would brighten their faces. She put Lisa in a deep-plum cashmere sweater from Theory ($275), a silk Tahari top in shades of lighter purple ($148), and a Majorica necklace ($155), all from Bloomingdale’s in Chevy Chase.
For Joseph, Neave chose a light-blue Stile Di Vita sweater ($39.99), an Izod shirt in beige with blue plaid ($19.99), and Ballin pants ($29.99), all from Filene’s Basement in DC’s Mazza Gallerie.
At Zin, owner and artistic director Uri Kandero brought Lisa’s hair up to just below her chin, layering it but cutting it a little shorter in back. Colorist Stephanie Lackey replaced a light-blond, overprocessed color that washed out Lisa’s fair skin with a mix of pale yellow, sandy blond, and caramel blond. Makeup artist Sanaz Zabiheian applied BareMinerals cosmetics in purples and golds around Lisa’s eyes and a wine color on her lips.
Meanwhile, Kandero said Joseph’s hair “needed to come off.” It was all one length, lacking style and shape. Kandero gave him shorter layers that added texture. Colorist Daniel Ramirez used a dark brown to match Joseph’s natural color and cover his gray.
“Even when I just do my five-minute style, my hair looks good,” Lisa says. Joseph is so happy with his cut that he’s thinking about going even shorter in the future.
Getting the Look
Joyce Neave, That Mom Inc.; 240-997-6077; bethatmom.com.
Zin Hair + Colour, 7711 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301-654-2229; zinhair.com.
A mother with a newborn gets a haircut that’s stylish but wash-and-go
Jona Lai, 31;Logan Circle, DC
Why she wanted a makeover: Lai became a first-time mom in October and wanted a new-mommy look that would be both stylish and easy.
Where we sent her: To Tara Salon & Spa in Georgetown and Fabiana Zelaya at Daisy Too in Bethesda.
Jona Lai had been wearing no makeup, her hair in a ponytail, and her husband’s oversize shirts for months while pregnant with her first child.
After the birth of her baby girl, Lai—who works at the Department of Labor—said she was ready for an “outside that matches the inside of how happy I’m feeling.”
Stylist Ismail Demir at Tara Salon & Spa took one look at five-foot-one Lai and knew her long hair was making her look even shorter. He brought up the length, adding layers at the crown for volume but leaving enough length for Lai to pull her hair back.
It’s a wash-and-go style fit for a busy mom. “She doesn’t need to spend time on her hair,” Demir says. “She needs to spend time with her baby.”
Makeup artist Rosie Aydemirli used warm browns and pinks to complement Lai’s fair skin and dark hair.
At Daisy Too, Fabiana Zelaya put Lai in a “origami dot” dress by Karta ($385) that’s free-flowing—perfect for a mom transitioning back to her prepregnancy body.
Lai says her new cut falls into place with little effort and looks great. Her husband thought she looked so fantastic after the makeover that he put on the suit he’d worn at their wedding and the two went out to lunch while Lai’s mother babysat.
Says Lai: “He looked at me and said, ‘You know, I thought I married a hottie—but I really married a hottie!’ ”
They’ve decided to make it a monthly date.
Getting the Look
Daisy Too, 4940 St. Elmo Ave., Bethesda; 301-656-2280.
Tara Salon & Spa, 2715 M St., NW; 202-333-8099; tarasalonspa.com.