Beauty Wednesday-An Afternoon with Shannon Kim At The Art Luna Salon

Last week, I made the executive decision that my hair color needed to reflect the changing of the season. I liked my auburn highlights but was looking to enhance the ombre effect by darkening the roots a few shades and adding even more balayage highlights to the ends. After the requisite research, I went to celebrity stylist Shannon Kim at Art Luna Salon for my fall hair makeover.  She's been in the business for over ten years and was recently voted by Allure Magazine as one of LA's top colorists-reassuring credentials for a girl with major tress trust issues.

Located in Santa Monica, the inside of the Art Luna Salon looks and feels like a seaside bungalow while its back garden doubles as a nursery filled with a cornucopia of floral beauty. The ambiance was a vision of "serenity now" and I instantaneously dived into total relaxation mode.

I immediately connected with Shannon as she exudes an aura of laid back warmth, perhaps due to the fact that although she's now a beach resident (Venice), she grew up in a small farm town in Michigan. Within minutes of listening to my hair hopes, she was able to map out the color adventure we'd be embarking to achieve those results. When assessing my color expectations, she was realistic and honest, telling me (and letting me down gently) that due to the coarseness and darkness of my hair nature, it would be difficult and damaging to achieve a light ashy brown color without shades of orange shining through. Instead, our game plan was to play down the orange by darkening the roots to a dark brown and adding a beige toner to further neutralize the warm tones.

For the next three hours, we talked about current hair trends (the long haired beachy look is not going anywhere, the LA dating scene (not great), our mutual love of Korean and Chinese food, and her beauty blog, which explores and celebrates the strength of inner beauty and spirituality. It's refreshing to meet a grounded beauty professional in an industry that constantly stresses and obsesses over exterior aesthetics.

I had such a great chat session with Shannon. Time flew by and before I knew it, the big reveal had come!


I was grinning from ear to ear. The color change demarcated and enhanced the ombre effect, adding a needed oomph of edginess. I'm totally "falling" for my new hair color! Thanks Shannon!

To book an appointment with Shannon Kim, contact her at shannonkimhair@gmail.com or call the Art Luna Salon at 310.450.7168. She also offers beauty concierge services, bringing the salon to you for all of life's major beauty events!

36 comments

  1. I absolutely love your new ombre hair! It's gorgeous! I really want to try it too! I just need to be patient and grow my hair a bit longer lol!

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  2. You and your hair are utterly stunning.

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  3. you look fantastic!
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  5. absolutely gorgeous..ombre hair done right!! xx Farah www.2-gitanas.blogspot.com

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  6. Love the darker shade on you now :) It looks so amazing and I love making chit-chats with my stylist as well!

    Cheers,

    Wi
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  7. You look so gorgeous!! I want a ombre hair too! xTati

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  8. Thank you so much for your kind words! It was a pleasure meeting and working with you!

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  9. Love your hair, great color and effect:) thx for stopping by my blog!!!

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  10. shannon is the best! she does my hair too. love your new look.

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  11. It looks beautiful! I love it! It's always nice to change things up along with the weather!

    Laurren

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  12. Can I come with you next time??? You look gorgeous! I love your hair.

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  13. Thanks for your comment! Great blog, cute hair :)

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  14. that ombre hair looks great on you! thanks so much for stopping by my blog. you have lovely style!

    hope you continue to visit my site!

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  15. The hair really suits you!
    Thanks for your sweet comment, drop by again soon!

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  16. your hair looks fabulous...the color is amazing. yes that midwestern charm brings on the perfect calm happy weekend!

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  17. love your hair :)

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  18. Your hair looks so great...Lovely color!:)

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  19. I love it! Your hair looks gorgeous!

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  20. Wow, love your hair! It' gorgeous!! :)

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  21. Gorgeous hair!

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  22. You're beautiful, your new color you're well
    Good blog :D

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  23. love it!!!
    you look amazing!

    I follow you!♥
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  24. Looove this haircolor on you! Ombre is my favorite hairstyle right now.
    I'm enjoying your blog too! Thanks for checking mine out. <3.
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  25. I really love ombre hair color right now, and yours came out fantastically! Looks great on you :)

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  26. you hair looks amazing! i was on the lookout for the perfect ombre hair color and this by far beats all the million pics i've looked at so far!

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