Going bold? “Platinum-coiffed Pink sports a fashion-forward haircolor that shouts originality,” explains Perry.
Feeling subtle? “Heidi Klum’s borderline-brunette shade is more reserved, but very put-together,” comments Perry.
Brian Perry is an international color artist and celebrity hairstylist who’s created hot looks for major celebrities. In fact, his first major client was supermodel Kimora Lee! “She recommended me to others and the list just grew and grew,” explains the hair pro, who owns B. Perry International Salon in Los Angeles, CA, a beauty hot spot frequented by his top celebrity clients, which include Taraji P. Henson, Nadja Bjorlin and Abigail Spencer. Here, Perry shares his expert knowledge for achieving your best haircolor…
“As a general rule of thumb, less is always better when you’re starting out,” affirms Perry. “You never want to go more than three or four shades lighter than your natural color. A drastic change leaves hair prone to breakage and shedding, so keep your tresses in top condition by gradually lightening or darkening your haircolor.”
When you schedule a color appointment, Perry recommends getting a haircut the same day. “Always marry haircolor with a haircut,” he says. “Maintaining your cut with timely trims will help keep your haircolor shiny and smooth as opposed to dull and frazzled. Also, if you’re currently blow-drying your hair about seven days a week, you will want to cut down to about four days a week. Applying a leave-in treatment will also help maintain the vibrancy of your haircolor.”
Finally, Perry recommends seeing a color pro for the big switch. “Any look can be done on any person when done in moderation and proportions that are customized for each individual,” he observes. “A good colorist will make recommendations based specifically on your needs, and one of the best things you can do is research your colorist by checking their credentials, background and referrals.”