Katy Perry's Colorist Shares the Dos and Don'ts of Achieving Singer's Vibrant Hair

When the world was introduced to Katy Perry approximately a decade ago, the "I Kissed a Girl" singer donned a dark, wavy, shoulder-length 'do.

Since sporting the lowkey look that defined her humble beginnings, the pop star hasn't shied away from bold hairstyles. And as luck would have it, we recently spent an afternoon with the man who is much to credit for Katy's continuous beauty transformation over the years.

Rick Henry, Senior Stylist at Nine Zero One salon in West Hollywood, California, was recently honored at a Fig & Olive Los Angeles luncheon as Joico's ambassador. Because we were on hand, we just had to get the lowdown on how to get vibrant locks just like Katy's. As you can imagine, there are some rules you'll need to follow if you want to look stylish like the superstar.

Keep reading for Rick's six biggest dos and don'ts you must follow if you want Katy's next-level hair:

Do Listen to Your Hairstylist

When it comes to Katy, "She's pretty realistic of what the boundaries are," Rick explained to Sweety High.

For example, "She's platinum blond right now," he said. "There's only so much you can do to her hair to keep the integrity and the health of it, you know? So, she's pretty aware of how far we can go. And she listens, too. If I say, 'This isn't something smart—we need to wait a little bit longer,' that's okay, too."

Added the stylist: "There's never been an opportunity where it's been like, 'Oh, that doesn't make any sense.' She's pretty fashion-forward and knows what's going to be hot right now. The only thing I can say is that I've been really lucky that she lets me have fun, you know? And she's so much fun. We have a great time."

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Don't Do Touch-Ups From Home

"A lot of times, you know, people say, 'Oh yeah, you know, do your touch-ups at home and do this at home' and whatever, but I see so many nightmares that come in from people who think that they can take care of things at home," Rick said. "Don't do it. Stay away from it. Let the professionals take care of your color, you know? The thought of people being able to handle it themselves, I think is no bueno."

 

Don't Start With Permanent Color

If you want to experiment with a pop of color, Joico's Color Butters are a great place to start.

"The Color Butters are great if you want to have a little bit of funky hair," Rick explained. "Do I say take your hair blond? Absolutely not, you know? But if you want to do something fun, something that's not as permanent, do something colorful. Have fun with it. Maybe tip your ends with it, but nothing that's going to permanently change the textures of your hair. Stay away."

Why Color Butters, you may wonder?

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"They're easy and quick to do and easy and quick to change," the stylist adds. "These are not a permanent color, they wash out after about 10 washes."

 

Don't Go Overboard With Lightening Your Hair

"Any time someone tries to lighten their hair, it depends on how dark they're coming from," Rick said. "Your hair can end up orange. I just have to be careful of what I say because everyone's hair reacts differently."

 

When in Doubt, Do Wait It Out

"Any time you're going to do something, whether it be beauty or cosmetic-wise or whatever, sometimes being on a budget isn't always the best situation," Rick explained. "I would say save up a little bit and have it done right and be happy with your hair, rather than settle for something because you saved money getting it done. See that right professional who's going to give you what you really want."

 

Do Use a Thermal Heat Protectant Before Using a Styling Tool

"It's good to prep the hair when it's wet with something that's going to protect it from the heat," Rick said, adding that he uses Joico's Blonde Life Brightening Veil on his clients. "Any kind of thermal protectant, heat styling product is amazing.

Although his product of choice suggests it's only for blondes, he says that's not the case, and it actually works well on any hair color. In fact, the product is already being sold as a holiday set, so if you want to give it a whirl, save some money while you're at it!

 

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