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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Nicky on

She’s so Naturally Pretty. $600 omg. But i will if i had that kind of money.

Becky on

if Britney is one of her clients then she is not doing a very good job.

j on

what happened to ken paves?! i’m not impressed w/jess’s hair these days, sorry. it looks like straw in this picture! i’m sure others could do just as well for less than $600 for freakin’ highlights, get real. i went to one of these type salons in southern cally several years ago and they messed up my hair so bad, it took a good 6 months until it started to look normal again.

cami on

i think that is crazy to pay that much for highlights and are those girks nuts or what

nn on

j, Ken Paves is more known for styling jessica’s hair and making those famous bouncy curls rather than colouring it

nn on

j, Ken Paves is more known for styling jessica’s hair and making those famous bouncy curls rather than colouring it

j on

ok, i understand now, thanks nn: she’s got more than one person working on her hair but it still looks BAD.

sl on

I think her hair looks great and always looks great and if you had her money 600.00 would only be a drop in the bucket.

suzy on

Jessica’s hair looks great, the other girls hair looks terrible.

Lindsay on

$600… for getting your hair dyed. Too bad they didn’t put that money towards something meaningful… like feeding starving children.

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!!!!

Renee on

I like Jessica’s hair, it always looks nice. I would expect it to look nice at $600!

Courtney on


elo on

I know someone who travels to rita to do her hair and i can’t say it’s worth thr $600.

lana on

what can i say.. it must be nice to be rich..


Jessie’s hair looks gorgeous!

Lisa on

What highlights? Her hair is all the same color – and not a good one at that. Talk about OVER PROCESSED!!!!

Rose on

I think her hair looks bad in the picture, but you have to be honest for the most part she has beautiful hair. I have to say she looks much better with shorter hair

Melanie on

600 dollars! Oh well! Jessica’s hair looks great!



Carrie on

$600- seriously! Jess’s hair looks blah to me, waste of $in my opinion.

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!!!!!!

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!

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!!!!!

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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