Hair colorist to the stars Michael Canale explains the origins of 'The Rachel'

The “colorist to the stars” creates a natural appearance favored by A-listers such as Jennifer Aniston. He will soon take bookings at Elevation Salon, 451 Bush St. Call (310) 273-8080.

What was the beginning of your career in hair? I started out as a chemist, designing new permanent waves and coloring techniques. People were not taking care of their hair. In the ’80s, perms were getting damaged, so I created techniques to minimize damage, moving on from over-bleached looks to more natural looks.

Why do you think highlights are so popular? They’re the best way to bring natural color in without altering the base. Highlights are a more delicate way to change color.

What do you like about working for A-listers? I like drawing attention to their natural beauty. A lot of them come to me for that purpose, to bring out their eyes and complexions and enhance them instead of changing them.

How did “The Rachel,” Aniston’s hair on “Friends,” come about? That was a medium-brown hair color that we highlighted into a caramelized brown. We lightened the ends to give them a blonde tip, so “The Rachel” made the hair look like it had been faded in the sun for two years.

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