2012’s queen of the candy-coated hair color trend has gone to black and, it would seem, she’s not going back. For months now, the songstress who kissed a girl has been sporting this dramatic jet-black ‘do, and not even the most infamous of the fashion-forward –– lets pretend to be a hippy –– festivals can get her back on the pastel-gelato gravy train. A classic long-length layer-cut with side-part, the style reminds us that, in the age of multi-toned hues, dramatic raven can still be striking, vivid and bold. For tips and tricks to creating similar looks, click style notes.

Step: For a cut and color like Katy, ask your stylist for a long layer cut with a side-part to help open the face-frame. if hair is longer, layers can begin on the chin or shoulder; short length to begin with dictates layers should start on the cheekbones.

Step: For the color, ask for the darkest, brightest, shiniest black that you can safely get. But before you do, consult with your colorist to ensure it’s a safe and complementary option for you.

Step: Maintain the shine of the hue with shine luxe shampoo and conditioner, and keep it in the family with styling: shine luxe oil is exceedingly kind, and makes hair scintillate.

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