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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Jenn on

I think Jessica’s hair is pretty, but who in the real world could really afford $600 a pop ?! I was shocked to see Madonna’s roots on TV these past few days too! UGH!

Lisa on

$600 could be a medical bill for a child in ‘Operation Smile’ or someone without healthcare…even if billions are donated, $600 can be spent on more important things than hair.

LS on

Jessica’s hair almost always looks gorgeous! But I must say these highlights are too light and wash her out. She needs more honey & golden highlights. I color my hair professionally to keep it a healthy chocolate brown and it only costs me $42. Imagine that!

R.S on

Jess is hot no matter what she wears and her hair is ALWAYS amazing! I dont think she ever has a bad day!

Dp on

Yeah so her hair looks good.. What she needs to do is get it all up out of her face.. She looks like she just told the stylist..”Ok how much for higlights and for you cover my whole face with my hair. Well… for that -$600

Lanie on

I agree it looks like straw!

Chrissy on

All i have to say, is look at how fried out their hair is. Jessica’s isn’t bad, but lil miss stylists looks a bit like a broom. i wouldn’t be paying no 600 or 6 bucks to get crap hair coloring that fries out my hair…

Jenny on

Totally agree – the hair looks dry, brittle and over processed. Not jealous of the price she paid or the result she got.

Kay on

Jessica is a very pretty lady but her hair is a little to blonde for her , it flushes her out and makes her skin look pale.I liked it better with the darker highlights.

Jennifer Ruiz on

OMG that is freakin crazy $600 thats a lot of money but if i had that kind of money i probably would spend to like that!!!!!!

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