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By September 25, 2008 8 Comments


The ultimate beauty whore finally took care of her blinding black roots!!! I love beauty – and I love great hair – but I still get SO nervous when someone new touches my luscious locks.

With a bit of trepidation, I went to see the highly-sought after, West Coast Baliage specialist, George Papanikolas, at the newly opened (and amazingly chic) Andy Lecompte Salon. I’ve mentioned before that I often quip I have million-dollar hair (because of the amount of money I’ve spent on cuts, color, blow-outs, products, more color, more cuts), so needless to say, I can be a bit of a pain in the stylist’s chair.

We were going for a sun-kissed, au-natural, bright look… I wanted the color gold (yes, like the commodity – the only thing worth any money these days!). When I’m meant to fill out forms that ask my hair color, I always write in “gold.” It leaves men very confused…

Here’s how it all went down:

I walked into the salon with THESE roots…

(YUCK! I know…)

After a quick baliage (click HERE to get a play-by-play on baliage), my head was covered with a plastic bag. Armed with the October InStyle Magazine (which, by the way, is amazing – such great beauty tips and products and even better fashion trend forecasting), I was sent to the heaters.

(This is my new date-look!)

After about 30 minutes under the heater, my hair was washed, my roots were glossed with a clear gloss (to break the darkness) and Joico’s K-Pak (a heavy-duty conditioning treatment) was slathered on my locks to ensure a healthy, moisturized, tangle-free mane.

The outcome:

(Bye-bye blackness!)

No more roots – just pure, golden sexiness!

(Directly after color – natural day light)

Not only was George so kind and patient, he also lived up to the hype – MY HAIR LOOKS FAB!!! Thanks, George for making my hair color experience pain-free!

(Sarah and color-maven, George!)

What do YOU think about the new color?

(That night – all glammed up for a bday!)

To book George for your next baliage appointment, call 310-273-4100.

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