AT A TIME when hair colorists around the world are declaring warm-toned brown tresses the latest and greatest, along comes Kim Basinger, a golden-haired goddess seemingly thumbing her nose at the trend. As Batman's heartthrob, Vicki Vale, Basinger is Hollywood's quintessential blonde, her hair the brightest spot in sinister Gotham City.
Even for a born blonde like Basinger, highlighting is key to a lustrous mane. The actress's Manhattan-based colorist, Louis Licari, touched-up her hair four times during four months of filming. "In 'Batman,' Kim had to be everyone's blond fantasy, so her hair had to be perfect. But most highlighting needs to be done only once every three months," says Licari, who also lightens the locks of Jessica Lange,Christie Brinkley,Rosanna Arquette, Kate Capshaw,Faye Dunawayand Lauren Hutton.
When Licari adds highlights--a service for which he charges $250--he concentrates on the top layers, leaving the hair underneath darker to give the illusion of depth. "On Basinger's light hair, the contrast is subtle," he says. "We just wanted to reflect more light."
Equally important, says Licari, a consultant for Clairol, is placement of the highlights. Rather than adding color in an even application, he places it randomly, in bold strokes around the head, "to make the hair look sun streaked."