An Interview With Brad Johns
Johns is the color director of the Brad Johns Studio at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa in New York City and has worked with Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, and Johnny Depp.
The overprocessed yellow blonde that was so fabulous in the ’90s looks dated now—you want people to wonder if you went on vacation, not if you just got your hair colored. The variation of shades in surfers’ hair is more subtle than perfectly painted highlights. And although this idea was inspired by blondes, the concept can be applied to brown hair, too.
• __ Think about the cut.__ Your color should accentuate your style, whether you have long layers or a bob. Try to get your hair cut first, or at least schedule a consultation with your stylist and colorist at the same time. Otherwise, if the stylist is unaware of the highlights, he could cut them off.
• __ Lay a foundation.__ Many women don’t have a great natural base, so your colorist should start by giving your overall color a warm boost. Blondes can go one to two shades darker than their natural color— just nothing lemony or ashy. Brunettes may want to lighten their hair a shade.
• __ Highlight—sparingly.__ Surfer-girl hair has dimensional color, but you shouldn’t see highlighted stripes. Ask your stylist for pieces that range in size and are placed around your face and on the top layer, where the sun would hit. The highlights should be one or two shades lighter than the base color; wheat and baby blonde are great for light hair, while toffee and caramel are perfect for medium to dark brunettes. The darker your base, the more variations of color you can have, as long as they are in the same color family.
• __ Let it go.__ With this technique, you can get away with less-frequent hair appointments—every eight to ten weeks is fine—as long as you use the right shampoo and conditioner. I like the Davines ones for color-treated hair.
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