Jessica & Rishi, David Mallett Paris

At David Mallett’s salon, everyone seems like a “regular”. It’s the sort of place where clients become friends, who invite their friends, who—I imagine—all go on vacation together, and that vacation is jetting to somebody’s villa in Majorca or Morocco or Madagascar. In my observations as an outsider (I’m usually the only person at the hair-washing station speaking English or wearing jeans), the David Mallett clan is an enigmatic lot of the most understatedly chic women Paris.

Jessica Noghes-Menio is part of that club. In fact, she might be its president. I spotted the statuesque, Oxford-educated twenty-something in the waiting room on a Tuesday back in early December. She had a jet-black, razor-sharp bob, was dressed in a loosely tailored, vaguely Belgian ensemble (Demeulemeester, maybe?), donning a blood-red lip and some serious, strategically placed ear piercings. And this was pre-Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. We had one thing in common, and that was Anthony—our colorist. Fast forward to March and I’m back in Paris, and at Mallett, to catch up with Jessica while she undergoes one of her many beauty transformations—she’s a bit of a chameleon, I learn, and has been “feeling very strongly about Marlene Dietrich, arched eyebrows, and old widows,” as of late. “I like having options, and I like trying new things.”

On this particular day, she’s readying herself for a dinner party with the help of several bottles of colored Bumble and bumble hair powder, Klorane Dry Shampoo, and her longtime stylist and co-conspirator Rishi Jok. She has bangs now, and her medium-brown, shoulder-length hair has been set in a decisively grandma-esque updo. Watch on… you thought there was only one use for dry shampoo, didn’t you?

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  • Ana

    oh keep the videos coming, i love them. she reminds me of eva green!

  • CK Burner

    i love your posts on hair. i never thought i was that into hair because usually styled hair just seems too done or not fun enough - like it's not how the cool girls look. but i got really into the cutbyfred blog, which i found on here, and that's a different look but it's similar in that it's so fresh and cool.

  • andrea

    Love her look. She's a baroness of Monaco- Btw, I just started reading your blog and I love it! Also, the layout is beautiful- like a clean, miniimalist salon.

  • Beautyincrisis Ili

    Another great post! This video is so amazing!! This is not about styling hair it's about art..about changing.. acting..I love it! It reminds us that the whole beauty world has to be fun and we have to let our self and our inspiration free to experiment and play!

  • Material Fixations

    Seriously amazing with her honnest attitude and her ever changing hair.
    Material Fixations

  • Gabrielle Langlois

    I love when you put videos on you blog.

    Gaby Lang

  • Amanda

    I'd love to know her skin secrets. She's glowing.

    • Charissa

      i agree - her topshelf would be a great read!

      • Bellecosima

        I second that! Topshelf please!

        • megan

          I third that Topshelf! Her skin, her blush, her red lips....

  • Bellecosima

    Oh my, Emily this is so cool! Love it. And what a pretty, chic and cool baroness!

  • The Clean Beauty Blog

    Ah I'm way too conservative with my hair to ever do too much with it (I thought chopping it from long to lob was drastic!) but I LOVE seeing other people play with different styles - and I love that there is a 'concept' to her hair! Almost like theatre... :)

  • Jolie Jouel

    Wow, loads of dry shampoo for an elderly widow look! They're both really cute.

  • A Reader

    I'll come right out and admit that I don't get it. She looks as if she has just barely escaped some sort of natural disaster involving fire or volcanic ash. Why??

  • mlle p

    How I wish there was a similar salon here that would do innovative and fun things like that!

  • Stephanie | honey & silk

    I can't imagine anyway making it look that chic but she does it perfectly! wow what a transformation!

    xo Stephanie

  • Mushimoshi

    why would you pay someone to spray your hair with dry shampoo. i could do that for free any day of my life... ?

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