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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Stacy on

I think she is beautiful. She does act a little dumb, but that’s what it is (an act). Her hair is usually beautiful, but I agree it looks pretty dry in that picture. She needs to lay off the bleach for a little while and use some deep conditioner.

samantha on

I think JS is plain. But that is my option, she can sing but her taste for music is horrid, no wonder why she cant have a #1 hit. I think she only had one and that is when she first married Nick.. I think she needs to take lessons from her little sis Ashlee with music and maybe she might get a hit or 2. Oh wait we were discussing her hair, I love her hair long and wavyor even with curls..and the 600.00 tinting job..if ya got it money just blow on small things like her so be it.

Michele R on

Her hair is beautiful end of story. She spends 600.00 to get it highlighted so be it. I dont care how much she spends on getting her hair or her nails done, its none of our business how much she spends. She has money to whatever she wants with it. Who are we to say how she should spend her hard earned cash? If she wants to spend an ungodly amount to get all prettied great, she has the cash to do so. Leave it be. I agree with Samantha that she can sing but her taste in music sucks…

Cacee on

Boo. Jessica Simpson is probably the WORST celebrity besides Paris Hilton out there. I wouldn’t want to be her [hair] stylist and be blamed for that ‘hay’ on her head.

Victoria' on

Look we all know jessica simpson is GEOURGES but u hav to admit its crazyyyy to spend that much on highlights but if u had as much money as her and upsest about urself like her than u would be spending that much money on your hair lol

michelle on

i love J simp shes absolutely stunning and i admire her very much shes got a beautiful voice!

Jess on

How old is she?

jennifer on

she might do her hair but she don’t fix mouth from the way she talks…..

Piglett N on

dude my hair is black and i get blonde streaks in it and theres a contrast so thats what HIGHLIGHTS are and i pay like 60 bucks for it and she’s a MASTER STYLIST, people are amazed with it and always compliment my hair, and i even won best hair in junior high and high school and i got asked to model for a hair magazine sooo 600 dollars for bleaching ur hair is dumb go to walmart and buy borne blonde and u can get the same results as jessica simpsons. one more thing doesn’t she not wear extensions? so what is there to dye?

shanaynay on

you people are gay butts! she is pretty unlike you other fat slobs….so smooch my booty!!!!!

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