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Geometric Mohawk for Burning Man 2012

Geometric Mohawk

My friend Jason came in to see me to have some fun color done for burning man. We went all out! Stenciled geometric design colored and shaved into one side, and the mohawk a rich kelly green too. He's definitely gonna look great out on the playa.

Megan's Mannequin Mania Entries

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Hey guys! I just completed my entries for Mannequin Mania last week, and I wanted to share them with you. I entered 3, which you can see in the Matrix Friends and Family category on, but I'm going to give you a sneak peak right now!

This is Stormy Sunset. She was an exciting style to create, and though in real life she's just a bit more cool pink and cool violet, the style and rich black hair supports her funky color very nicely.

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Here's another view, showing the strong curves and embellishment of roses that I've tucked into a formation in the front of her head. You still get a peek-a-boo of intense color lining the style from this angle.

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The back of this style is certainly the most dramatic. My inspiration for this piece was the sky one evening as I drove past the San Jose Guadalupe Park Rose Garden. It was dark and stormy, but the sun was still coming through the clouds in a few spots. It was sunset and the clouds split the dwindling light into intense pinks and violets. The look of the light on the rose garden is what inspired this design.

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This mannequin is named Phoenix. If you saw me teach a Matrix class earlier this year, you saw her with me before she was completely done. My love for intensely red hair color designs kept me excited about this style from January until July! I had a lot of fun with this style, and am excited by the thought of maybe doing something like this myself eventually.

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I love the intense contrast of the yellow-orange at the front panel of this haircut. The yellow works itself into the style with a graduation, but in this section the yellow and red have a chance to be a greater contrast to each other through the front side. This haircut is designed as a double asymmetrical haircut, with a long point on opposite sides of the head in the front and back of the cut.

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Ooh I love this view. This view is the reason I designed this style. The graduation from red to yellow is more intense in some areas than others, but yellow-orange highlights occasionally break through the top layers and hint at multi-layered dimension. For those of you Matrix stylists reading this, here's a length reference point: under the drape, Phoenix is resting on an inverted V-Light container. Her hair reaches all the way to the bottom.

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Here's another of my favorite views of Phoenix. From this angle, her long point looks a lot like a wing with light yellow tips. As some of you may know, a Phoenix is a mythical creature who dies, bursts into flame, burns to ash, then is reborn from the ash to live again. This cycle reminds me of the necessity to change in the hair styling industry. Every six months we set aside what we already know, learn new techniques and skills, head back out to the world, and start again. Every few years, we become new people all together, learning from before and moving forward as a new person.

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This is Pink Sapphire. She is a conceptual asymmetrical A line bob, with some exciting color placement and structural details. She made me feel brave!

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A sharp a-line shaping follows Pink Sapphire's jaw line, splitting at the back of the angle just enough to expose the pink edge of the back angle.

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The back angle of the inactive part of this haircut is diffused with bright pink tones, and strongly moves the eye down the length of the cut. In the active part of the style, I used the same degree of an angle to create a disconnected veil, which I broke up with channeling and surface planing to allow the pink layer to be slightly visible underneath. The contrast in soft and hard texture brings a visual movement to the style.

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Here you see the boldest part of the haircut. Faceted edges and diffused pink color strongly contrast the soft blonde tones and angle of the longer side. My brother's fiance has a circle of pink sapphire stones in her engagement ring, and I used the facets, angles, and color of the stones as a inspiration in my design.

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My final mannequin didn't make the deadline, but since we had the photo tent setup and all my styling supplies still out, I decided to finish her anyway. She's called Water Nymph, and though I didn't get to share her with America, I figured I'd at least share her with you!

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When I was a kid, I loved when my mom would fishtail braid my hair. My silky, fine hair took to that style of braid very well, showing all the details of the plaits. One summer we had a family reunion, and my mom braided my hair fishtail-style before we left. I swam all afternoon, and the braid's tiny plaits tangled and frizzed, and I was left with a tangled, messy style. This style is a homage to the adult-version of a favorite childhood look, with a touch of fairytale thrown in.

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This angle shows her intricate braids in detail. I had fun creating this style! Though she isn't my favorite, which is why I saved her for last and didn't make my deadline for the competition, I'm still very proud of her style, and now I have a few other ideas I'd like to work with using similar concepts.

Thank you for letting me share my Mannequin Mania entries! What do you think? Which mannequin is your favorite?

Hair Flowers

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Made these! Just a little sneak preview of what I'll be making for my upcoming zine that's well into production!

Contemporary Hair Design by Megan LaCore

Since 2003, I've been loving the life of working as a hair stylist. One of the best parts of my job is being able to make people look and feel more beautiful! I love the ability to get people excited for change, and it's great to have a hand in helping people feel great about themselves.

I work part time in the salon at Fusion Hair Studio in San Jose, CA, as well as work for Matrix as a Master Artistic Educator. I enjoy wedding and freelance photography hairstyling also. Here you will see some of my work from my styling portfolio. Enjoy!

Hair and Fashion Studio

For as long as I can remember, my life has been intertwined with the fashion world. My mom taught me to sew at a very young age, around 3 or 4 years old. Over the years, I've had a hand in creating items for my own wardrobe, making things like costumes and simple pieces early on, evolving to creating my own perfect wedding dress, and finally with the introduction of unique one-of-a-kind pieces from my own fashion line, HomeGrown Fashion.

Jewelry making started as a hobby for me around age 12, and from the first series of simple beaded necklaces (my best friend Lilli still has one of them somewhere) I was completely addicted. I've spent countless hours sorting, organizing, and working with beads, and as the years have gone by I've added wire work, polymer clay, clear resin, and many other medium to the mix. In the past few years I've gotten more into creating my jewelry line in conjunction to my fashion line, and sell my pieces at HomeGrownFashion.Etsy.Com and at shows and events.

Hair styling is the newest of my loves. Though I have been having fun with my own hair color since I was a teenager, I became a licensed hair stylist in 2003. Since then, I've built a career as a Master Stylist and Color Specialist, working mostly in the greater San Francisco bay area, and currently working at Alchemy Hair Studio in San Jose, CA. Along with my career with Matrix as a Master Artistic Educator, I look forward to furthering my skill level as a stylist, creating beautiful imagery with freelance projects, and making people look and feel great!

Please, explore the links below to see more from my very creative career.

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