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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Danielle on

Jessica Simpson has absolutely beautiful hair, but I do not think that $600 is a resonable amount to pay for highlights.

Jenn on

personally, i dislike JS and i can’t stand her dumb attitude…as for her hair, it looks like it has hit rock bottom like her career!! OUCH!!… she was a pretty girl at one time as a brunette, but this blonde look is awful just like her last performance for Dolly Parton!! OUCH!…
looks like JS needs not only a hair makeover, but also a career makeover!!!…. good luck jess….

sp on

looks nice but its only 1 color? wat highlights? lol not worth $600!!! no way…

Bobby on

Hah.Well, I think her hair is pretty nifty..It’s a little too light in my view, but still the style is pretty swell. =]].

jenny on

i have naturally dark brown hair, and i get my hair done exactly like jessica simpsons…my hair stylist lightens my base color to a medium blonde color then adds baby blonde hilights on top of that…a double process that only costs me $85.00, and i swear my hair looks as good as jessicas.

AN on

Her hair is not all one color. If you read what the article says, “hints of baby blonde, honey and caramel”, then look closely at her hair, you can see the “hints” of the different colors. It blends together. Obviously she didn’t want big thick streaks of different colors running through her hair. I think it looks great. By the way, $600 to her income is like the $50-$100 that you guys pay compared to your income.

Jamie on

i think that jess is gorgeous!!!

Tanna on

Jessica is cute no matter what!! I am her biggest fan!!

Meg on

Thats about how much I pay… not that big of a deal.

KT fr Cda on

Too bad the colourist didn’t use the money she is getting to get her hair done professionally. It looks terrible. Oh, and $600 buck- that is a waste of money. Only the rich!

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