Rita Hazan is an established colorist is New York City. She has one of the best salons in the city, and an extensive celebrity clientele. You’ve seen us gush over her root sprays and her color pops, but now we have an inside interview with one of our favorite #manemaster leading ladies.
How did you get your start in the industry?
I went to beauty school right after high school when I was 17. This is the only thing I wanted to do, and it felt really natural. After beauty school I went to work for Oribe and I was an assistant. I trained with Brad Johns and learned everything from him. I got promoted in the early 90s and one of the stylists at the salon started working with Mariah Carey, and he referred her to me for color. After I started working with Mariah, Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Simpson became my clients soon after. If you wanted to change or create a new image, I became the go-to colorist. I eventually opened my own salon in New York.
What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
One of the most challenging jobs I had to do was Katy Perry when her hair was black and she wanted to color it lavender. To get the black out was really hard without damaging her hair. It was the most challenging and rewarding because I was really proud of myself. It took, I would say, 6-7 hours. We started the pop color trend which is still going strong today.
Which hair products or tools are always in your kit?
When I travel to visit my clients around the country, I always travel with my Burton Bags because they hold everything I need and are easy to carry. I always have brushes, applicator bottles and bowls, blow dryers, towels, foils, color, clips and boards. I also bring my Root Concealers, Ultimate Shine Color Glosses and Weekly Remedy to leave with my clients so they can keep their color looking shiny and healthy until I see them next.
Who are some role models who have inspired you?
Madonna and Kate Moss are always changing their looks and are strong, powerful women.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago or what was the best piece of advice you received?
Don’t worry about the future.
How would you describe your beauty and hair philosophy?
Less is more, and you have to wear your hair. Your hair can’t wear you. Your hair color has to match your personality. It’s important to have the right color for your personality and skin tone. If you feel beautiful, the rest of the world will see you as beautiful. Healthy hair keeps color longer.