L.A. native Nina Kairouz is all about hair – a budding colorist at the Chris McMillan Salon, she spends her days learning as much as she can about her craft while simultaneously beautifying West Coast gals.

Nina Kairouz ombre

DO YOU HAVE A PHILOSOPHY ON COLORING?

My philosophy on color is probably one that is not unique in that I try to get as close to imitating nature as I possibly can and isn’t that the goal to mimic nature or to contradict her. The Beachy Boho or the Bleached Punk Rocker.WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF TRANSFORMATION TO HELP SOMEONE ACHIEVE WITH THEIR HAIR?

The transformation that is usually an underlying goal for me is to give the client low maintenance hair color. One that has a soft grow out and gentle transition of color and tones… Really, to keep within range of their natural starting point.  The best moment of all is when it is all done and they look in the mirror and they still feel like themselves but maybe a little brighter or a little richer.Nina Kairouz colorEN IT COMES TO THE HEATH OF THEIR HAIR IN RELATION TO COLORING?

The biggest mistake I see is when the client is impatient with a major color change. It is such a stressful process on the hair that sometimes going gradual is the best break you can give your hair. In saying that I also absolutely understand the urgency sometimes for a makeover and I usually will make sure the client understands the risks involved.

Nina Kairouz blonde ombre

IF YOU COULD COLLABORATE WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE?

I would love to collaborate with Tracy Cunningham for color… I think she is an incredible unparalleled artist and the top innovator in our field and to work on a haircut by Chris Mcmillan… well that is just a gift!

DO YOU THINK THAT THE HAIR SCENE IS DIFFERENT IN L.A. THAN IT IS IN NY?

I think LA. and NY vary in a specific way: the blonde factor imitates it’s environment. The L.A. blonde is beachy, rooty and the transition of tones goes from darker to lighter, almost white at the ends. Everyone is a surfer here, my client’s hair looks as if the sun did it or perhaps they went in the ocean for a week. NY blondes are blonde root to ends, the taking care of business blonde, born this way blonde. Both are beautiful and so different.

Nina Kairouz hair colorist

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST FUN PROJECT YOU HAVE WORKED ON?

The green color on Katy Perry is one that I was most nervous and excited about doing, I guess that’s when you know you are part of something special. It was inspired by her and the idea was hers completely, I just had the great honor of translating her vision as best I could. Green and this specific tone of green is one of the hardest colors to pull off especially against the skin but on her it was mesmerizing. She innately captured the energy and spirit of the color through the form of ombré and I believe that is why it was received with such acclamation.

katy perry green hair
WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE FOR SOMEONE WHO FREQUENTLY GETS THEIR HAIR COLORED?CONDITION, deep treatments and then condition again. I say spend big on treatments just like you would for a moisturizer for your face. It matters.

WHAT ARE  SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCTS THAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?

Secrets secrets secrets!! Yes, there are some good ones!  Sun, pool, sweat….everything coachella can be so drying on the hair, especially bleached hair that is now a fun color. I tell clients think of shampoo like a facial cleanser it is meant to clean the hair follicles in your scalp. You don’t have to go big $$ on the shampoos but spend on the treatments and leave in. They are like an amazing facial moisturizer for your face. Be weary of too much protein but go crazy with moisture treatments that hydrate and restore the natural oils and lipids in the hair. My absolute favorites are the Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet conditioner and treatment… your hair will thank you. Secret is to put it in from the ponytail down, leave off the scalp… you don’t want to clog your “pores”. And for a leave-in the Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil.  It can be heavy so a little goes a long way…but you can also use it as a leave in treatment and let it bake in by the sun. Those are my go-tos. Processed hair needs a lot of TLC because any and every chemical process is a chemical process and can be stressful on the hair, damage is inevitable, but it is the amount that we create that is our responsibility as professionals and the maintenance and up-keep is the responsibility of the clients.

Nina Kairouz

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE NEXT BIG COLOR TREND WILL BE?

The next big trend… Damn… I have no idea…

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