Meet Woman Behind Jessica Simpson's Highlights

01/12/2007 at 06:00 AM ET

So what do $600 highlights look like? At Rita Hazan’s tony Manhattan salon, they look like movie star hair — luxurious, lustrous tresses streaked with hints of baby blonde, honey and caramel. “I give people what I call couture color,” the surprisingly down-to-earth Hazan told PEOPLE. “When clients leave my salon, they are always photo shoot ready,” she says, explaining why she has such a devoted celebrity following. Best known for dramatically changing the looks of Jennifer Lopez (she’s responsible for those famous honey highlights), a post-divorce Jessica Simpson, Carmen Electra, and most recently, Britney Spears, non-celeb clients travel from all over to see her, fly her to them (at $5,000 a trip) and call her for hair emergencies. Besides the flawless color, the best perk of seeing Rita is that “we wait on you hand and foot!” What’s better than that?

(P.S. You can take a peek inside Rita Hazan’s salon over at

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FILED UNDER: Hair , Jessica Simpson
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Elda on

I admire Jessica and look up to her she’s not the type to go from one man to another, she looks beautiful!! She’s what I call an independent woman!!!

Lisa on

In the above picture her hair looks really dry, with no shine. You think for $600, they’d include a good conditioning treatment to make it look halfway decent.



Linda on

she looks good no matter what if everyone has her money, everyone would be doing the same

Linda on

I think Jessica is a beautiful woman. If I have her money I would pay for $600 highlights. For the comment above “feeding starving children” maybe you should look up the charities she already donates too!

Heather on

Okay, if Rita is so good at highlights, Madonna should really give her a call. Did anyone else catch those roots on Letterman? And Carmen Electra’s hair color wasn’t looking so great recently either…

BC on

600$?????? OMG I just got my hair highlighted fairly heavy and she did a GREAT job and mine was only $100s

Carla on

I do not see highlights in Jessica’s hair. Looks like all over bleach blonde to me. If that is a contrast of 3 colors, I’ll keep going to my hair stylist and keep paying $75 for gorgeous vibrance and obvious contrast.

Emma on

I also caught Madge’s roots, could NOT believe it. She was also on the today show yesterday and then went on Letterman. Now you know she knew in advance that she was doing those shows. She is supposed to be a style icon, and I’m sorry, roots are never “in”.

Emma on

Someone should let Madonna in on a little well known secret called Clairol root touch up!!!!

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