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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Maci on

I think her hair is just beautiful!! But my word she could have got the same job for a whole lot cheaper!! it like they have to spend more money on everything!!!

Piglett N on

shanaynay u must be looking in the mirror b.c my fat bootwa is a DOUBLE ZERO! holla

Steph on

Do you people know anything about celebrities or how to run a business? I GUARANTEE Jessica Simpson is not paying 600 bucks for some highlights. She is one of Rita Hazaan’s most famous clients. When Jessica tells the world “Rita colors my hair”, that brings in well over 600 bucks in business every 4-6 weeks. I’m sure Rita colors her hair for nothing. Of course 600 dollars is nothing to Jessica, but it’s more than people in many parts in the world make in a year. That’s just what our celeb-obcessed American culture creates. And we are all contributing to the nonsense by reading People and other magazines, and blogging about Jessica Simpson’s hair.

Les on

Sorry she looks like a blondarexic and the color of her hair washes out her skin tone. Het hair colorist must hate her. And as far as celebrity hair $600 seems cheap compared to the $1000’s she spends on dresses!

Piglett N on

I like that steph i like that a lot, u gots a point there homes.props to you girlfriend, but i do miss the sexy jessica from newlyweds w/ those curls and nick lachey dang i thought they wld never break up oh well thats life HOLLA FOR A DOLLAR IN YO COLLAR BALLA

mallory eady on

she is soooooooooooo pretty and cute!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sara on

I’ve been going to Hiroshi Kitamura at Hiroshi Beverly Hills for color and cut for 15 years. Wherever, I happened to be living, I made a trip back to him. His color work is fabulous. If you’re in LA, this is the guy for beautifully blended highlights.

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