Mariah Carey's Colorist Kyle White Reveals Top Color Trends for 2013


Jan. 23 2013, Published 2:14 p.m. ET

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Kyle White is the lead colorist at the Oscar Blandi Salon in New York City and Mariah Carey's go-to guy! We caught up with him to talk hot trends and how to color your hair at home—find out what he has to say!

OK!: How would you describe Mariah's color?

Kyle White: Mariah's most recent color features golden blonde highlights with a look of subtleness at the roots and heavy baby blonde ends. 

OK!: How do you maintain it? 

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KW: Because of the depth at the root, this look requires a lot less maintenance than you would think. Simply touch up the highlights every 8 to 12 weeks and repaint the ends as necessary.

OK!: Who are your other color crushes? 

KW: Miley Cyrus’ platinum blonde crop, Carrie Underwood’s bombshell blonde, and Taylor Swift's soft mink locks. Jessica Biel and Mila Kunis are brunette perfection, with just a touch of the ombre highlight ends.

OK!: What are the big color trends for 2013? 

KW: The biggest color trend for 2013 will be strong, solid color. I'm seeing a lot of all over color, whether it's blonde, brunette, or red—there are no noticeable highlights and the color is intentional. I think in 2013 we'll also be seeing more cool tones and less red, orange and gold in hair color. 

Following suit with the cool color trend, we are sure to see women embracing their grey and silver strands more than ever before, and I'm shocked at the spike in young girls asking me for these tones too. Also following the cool tone trend, I expect edgy girls will be looking for unnatural shades like violet, purple and blue.

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OK!: What's a color trend that's on the way out?

KW: Although the look of darker roots and lighter ends doesn't seem to be going away, I do predict that we will be seeing less and less of obvious ombre hair color, and that the trend is on its way out.

OK!: What are the DOs and DON'Ts to coloring your hair at home?

KW: When using permanent color, don't go more than two or three shades in either direction. If you have a few grey hairs and you want to match your color, that can be done at home. If you are naturally light and you want to paint a few face-framing highlights with a home highlighting kit, that can also be done at home. However, if you are a dark brunette who wants to go blonde or want a whole head of highlights, you need to see a professional. Drastic color changes or complex highlighting techniques should be done in a salon.

Have you ever colored your hair at home? What do you think of Kyle's tips? Sound off below or tweet us @OKMagazine!


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