Friday, February 22, 2008
Some of Nelson's clients: Devon Aoiki; Alicia Silverstone; Heather Graham; Sarah Michelle Gellar.
I decided I would write about leaving the dark side (of hair color, that is), and knew the only one I trusted with my tresses is Nelson Chan. This summer I wrote about how Nelson corrected my hair color when the roots and ends were an absolute mess, and he nailed it. Plus let's face it--taking dark hair light is a delicate process that can easily go awry. According to Nelson, more subtle strawberry and vanilla blonds are the thing for spring and summer 08. I showed him a tear sheet of the color I was wanting to try and he thought it was doable.
It was gloomy and rainy on the streets of Beverly Hills, but meanwhile inside the Nelson J. salon, I was pampered like a Hollywood celeb. While my dark hair was being expertly lightened by Nelson, I sipped on the salon's signature Acai Elixir (a detoxifying blend of 19 fruits--delish!) and had a luxurious manicure/pedicure from Nelson's head manicurist, Nicole Dinh (her clients include Christina Aguilera and Dayna Devon, the host of Extra). Nicole offers tons of gorgeous new polishes which she's happy to custom blend. She encouraged me to try one the new pales by Essie: Secret Affair or Hi Maintenance (we both had to giggle at the names)--ultimately I went with my old standby: Mademoiselle, the loveliest shade of pale shell pink. According to Nicole, the season's shorter square nails should be painted either very pale or very dark, (vamp, navy, etc.) but nothing in between.
One of the things I really love about Nelson, aside from how good he is with color, is how fast he is! I was out in time for lunch with my friend Shannon, who described my new hair color as "carmel" blond. The salon is located at 350 N. Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills. For more information about Nelson Chan, Nicole Dinh or the Nelson J Salon, please call 310.274.1553 or visit www.nelsonjbeauty.com.