Our Instagram Photo Contest Winner, Natasha Troung - Before and After
During the holiday season, Posh Beauty proudly participated in the Dress For Success pop-up charity shopping event “Shop For Success” to help benefit the non-profit career development and employment retention programs that help Los Angeles women in need get back to work. In collaboration with the world-renown Christophe Salon, we offered up free on-the-spot hair styling by a talented handful of Christophe’s team and a full makeover for one special winner of our Instagram Photo Contest. The winner Natasha Truong was kind enough to let us tag along, while she enjoyed a day of beauty with Christophe colorist Summer Soraro, stylist Tonia Day, and makeup artist Thierry Pourtoy.
Christophe Salon in Beverly Hills
Christophe Salon in Beverly Hills is the flagship salon of world renown celebrity stylist and creator of his own innovative hair care line Christophe, whose belief that beauty should be simple is evidenced in the care that he and his team take in creating a look that will not only make a client look their best, but will also make them feel their best. “I might give you the best haircut I’ve ever given in my life,” Christophe says of how he approaches a client, “but if you like long hair, and I cut it off then I’ve missed my point.”
Which is undoubtably why Natasha’s makeover team took such care in consulting with her when it came time to invent a look that would make her look and feel her very best. Natasha, a manager at a radiology facility, came in with long, waist-length hair and while she wasn’t opposed to cutting it, she didn’t necessarily want super short hair either.
A day of beauty at Christophe Salon w/ colorist Summer Sararo (top left) and stylist Tonia Day (bottom right)
Together Natasha and her makeover team decided on a medium length look and stylist Tonia Day got to work. The first step was to dry cut Natasha’s hair, taking off nearly 6″, getting rid of the dead ends and freshen her up. “I’ve been cutting dry for 9 years,” Day said, “which gives it more of a softer, lived in feel, so it won’t look like she just had her hair cut. The effect is fresh and more versatile, with lots of movement.”
Natasha brought in a picture of a model whose hair resembled Jennifer Lopez, so the team decides to trade-in Natasha’s current red ombré for a J-Lo-inspired look with more chocolate brown and caramel tones. Summer Sararo achieves this by retouching her base to control the current warmth, and artfully applying balayage highlights to achieve a beachy, sun-kissed feel. She follows up by glazing the hair with Redkin JTQ to neutralize any residual red.
Our winner w/ makeup artist Thierry Pourtoy
Once the color is complete, Natasha is off for a visit to celebrity make-up artist Thierry Pourtoy who find inspiration in the eyes. “I like to work on the eyes, then of course look at the hair, the color of the skin tone and all that. Of course, you have to ask the client what she wants and from there you create. She’s going on a date, so we have to make her look sexy.” Pourtoy creates a medium dark smokey eye using elements from Bare Minerals cosmetics line, with a soft rose-colored lip and cheek.
Finishing touches w/ stylist Tonia Day (bottom left and top right) and a photo op with the team
Add a blow-out and carefree yet crafted curls by Tonia Day, and a light application of Kerastase Volumizing Mouse (to add a little texture to the roots without necessarily adding volume), Hanz de Fuko Quicksand and a spritz of L’Oreal Professional Infinitum 4 Hair Spray and Natasha is ready for her date — the final look is effortless, bouncy and beautiful.
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