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Plenty of magazines speculate on celebrity hair. (You know the drill: “So and so appears to have added highlights…“). Not us. We’ve got Katy Perry’s lead celebrity hair pro, Rick Henry, on board; which means an express lane right to the source of all things Katy. When she sits in the chair, cuts her hair, goes blonde or black, uptown or down, we’ve got the scoop.
There’s good reason that Rick’s at the center of celebrity central. Famed for his work at LA’s Nine Zero One Salon and a Hollywood favorite, Rick landed the coveted gig of Katy Perry’s lead stylist for her global world tour, Witness. He’s also coiffing her for American Idol — all of which makes him eminently qualified to give us this first-hand dish.
Us: You clearly love working with Katy. What makes the gig so much fun?
Rick: Katy is amazing! Not only is she a beautiful canvas to work on, she is the best boss you can ask for. As we all know, Katy loves “a look.” She’s all about the glam! In over ten years of working with her, we’ve had so many evolving styles; I love the daily challenge of creating all the fun, artistic ideas she brings to the table.
Us: Tell us about her well-known willingness to change her hair.
Rick: Katy definitely loves to change it up! The short hair is super-chic and sexy…like a modern-day Twiggy. But when she’s in the mood for a whole different look, we love going with a wig. Whether it’s a long, blonde look or an edgy black bob, it’s so much fun to be inspired and create look after look after look.
Us: Sounds like you never have a dull day! What’s the single most memorable hair session you’ve ever done with Katy.
Rick: I don’t even know where to begin with this one! There have been so many…it could have been in a tent in India…or on one of the world’s largest private yachts off the coast of the South of France. (The boat had its own private salon that was nicer than most salons you see in the States!). I could go on and on…
Us: Okay: Hands-down favorite look on her…which is it?
Rick: Has to be the one in Cannes in 2016. Katy wore all red, and her hair and makeup were perfection. Simply put, she was stunning.
Us: We know you love to coif with Joico products. What’s your can’t-live-without choice?
Rick: My hands-down favorite is Hair Shake. These days, it’s all about texture…I can’t get enough! So I like to finish the style with a light spray of Hair Shake at the roots; that gives me all the lift I need without harsh teasing. It’s the best!
Even the glittering gold gowns and statues couldn’t hold a candle to the icy cool luster of Katy Perry’s platinum pixie ‘do, dreamed up by Rick Henry.
The sensational Katy Perry has a rep for a) looking gorgeous, b) pushing the boundaries with edgy hair, makeup, and costumes, and c) being able to pull off almost any trend with aplomb. So when star colorist, Rick Henry, wanted to take her to platinum heights for her red carpet Oscar moment, she was all in. Good thing, too, because this shatteringly icy shade takes some gumption; once you nail it, though, your competition’s toast.
When hair is this fair and this edgy, product becomes absolutely key. Rick prepped Katy’s freshly-shampooed ‘do with Blonde Life Brightening Veil to protect each strand from heat damage and keep the blonde bumped way up.
Then after a blowdry, used Joico’s Body Shake to throw in that perfect textured definition and volume. A bit of JoiMist Medium Finishing Spray and she was good to go for a whole round of parties. (And btw…those eyebrows? We’re swooning.)