Kardashian Hairstylist Speaks Out On Sisters’ New Blonde ‘Dos

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When a Kardashian changes her hair, it’s big news. When Kim Kardashian becomes a blonde, it’s an event. Kim’s latest transformation was created by Joico Celebrity Hair Colorist George Papanikolas. He reveals that he performed the makeover over two days at the home of Kim’s mum and manager, Kris Jenner. “I’ve been coloring Kim’s hair for over a year now and she’s been wanting to go blonde almost from the beginning,” says George. Her inspiration? “Balmain Spanish Vogue models,” he tells us.


Above: Kim’s hair inspiration from Spanish Vogue.


“We studied a lot of photos,” George reveals, “to come up with the right color combination and a modern interpretation of blonde ombré.” George started by lifting Kim’s base colour. Next he placed heavy foil highlights a few centimeters off  the root. “I didn’t want the hair to look ‘rooty’,” George explains, “so I created a v-shape at the top of each highlight section. This technique eliminates the appearance of a hard line of regrowth and gives the color natural looking depth and contrast.” After lifting the hair to pale blonde, George finished with a glaze of Joico Vero K-PAK Chrome V9 + activator to keep Kim’s new blonde hue super cool!

The makeover comes just a few weeks after George lightened and brightened another Kardashian—Kim’s sister Khloe. In this instance, the pair decided to amp up Khloe’s existing ombré look with heavier highlights and a deeper base for a high contrast effect. To get the look, George first deepened Khloe’s base color then he backcombed large sections and applied lightened the midlength and end sections. He also added wide, face-frame highlights and processed all of the lightened hair to pale blonde. Finally, he toned the highlights with Joico Vero K-PAK Chrome V9 + activator. The result—a dramatic, high-contrast, modern ombré effect with lots of luminous, complexion-enhancing highlights!

These were two very different transitions in terms of the process and timing. Khloé’s was a gradual transition, taking the look lighter and lighter over a few weeks, whereas Kim’s was over a couple of days, explained George. “Any colorist knows that for a transition like Kim’s, you absolutely need to make sure the hair is healthy and can take what you’re asking it to take,” says George. He goes on, “for fans at home who want to do the same, they need to make sure their hair is healthy; your colourist should never do this kind of transition on hair that is already badly damaged or heavily processed. You need to take time to get it healthy and strong again.” George recommends conditioning the hair with a deep conditioner, like Joico’s K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor or K-PAK RevitaLuxe. Depending on the condition of your hair you may need a few days to weeks to get your hair in peak condition. “Because we did very heavy ombre and very heavy highlights, the color will be very easy for her maintain, explained George.

Joico Vero KPAK professional salon colour and Joico take-home products are available in Joico salons New Zealand wide. For your nearest salon call (09) 306 1200.

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Above: Joico’s K-PAK Revitaluxe Restorative Treatment, $33.