Colorist Johnny Bueno may be best known for creating Real Housewife of DC (and infamous White House dinner attendee) Michaele Salahi's perfect buttercream blond. But he's also created a whole host of other gorgeous hues, and innovative color techniques are his specialty. To find out about what the new season's cutting-edge color trends will be, just keep reading.
On what's hot right now:
"There are a lot of double processes. Clients who originally had a lot of highlights off their roots are coming back to give themselves a little bit of a boost. We’re highlighting and then lifting the roots, lifting the base color, and going at least one to two shades lighter for brunettes and for blondes. It gives you a mini face-lift."
On the red-hair trend:
"Right now, a lot of people are doing Rihanna-inspired reds, really spicy and with a lot of pop, shimmer, and shine. Along with that, there are a lot of bright ginger pieces coming through, there’s a lot of brightness coming through, and there are even neon colors you can play with."
On the next big color trend:
"A really popular technique right now is [what I call] Ibarra. It’s related to the ombré effect, but the process is a little different. You do a partial highlight, and then in between the foils you go in and do a feather technique. Basically, you’re painting in bands of deep, rich color and bands of lighter color. It’s a classic weave with balayage sprinkled throughout. The simple effect it creates is really beautiful — seamless, dimensional color."
On the best color change to make for the new season:
"I think going lighter, to a level seven [dark blond] or above. You want to go into the sunrise blonds; shades that are subtle, feathered with gold. My favorite colors for Spring are a blend of sunrise tones with a beautiful blue base, like an ash tone."