5 Questions for celebrity colorist Rita Hazan

Colorist Rita Hazan trots the globe to personally take care of celebrity clients such as Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Lopez. Hazan also has a namesake salon on Fifth Avenue in her native New York, and a line of hair products to address root coverage problems and help prolong the vibrancy of colored hair.

She’ll make two appearances in Charlotte this week. On Thursday, she’ll demonstrate products from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ulta at Rivergate Shopping Center, 13540 Hoover Creek Blvd. On Friday, she’ll be on the Fashion Stage at the Southern Women’s Show at the Convention Center uptown from 1 to 2 p.m. to meet fans and share her expertise (

I talked with Hazan last week by phone from New York. She shared fall’s hottest hair trends, how at age 40 she’s built a successful brand, and tips for making sure your hair color works with your skin tone.

Q: What are the fall trends for hair color?

A: Go warmer, and make the color more natural. Colors to think of are chocolate, auburn, golden blond, toffee and butterscotch. Just don’t take a trend too far. That’s a mistake people make – there’s too much highlighting or it’s too blond or too dark. Moderation is the best way to go with a trend.

Q: What’s your tip to help average people find their best hair color?

A: The best way is to look through magazines and find pictures of people whose hair you like that have your similar skin color and eye color. They don’t have to look like you, they just have to have the same natural coloring that you do. Find a skilled colorist and take those images with you to your appointment.

Q: What is it about you that you think has made you the go-to colorist for some of the biggest celebrities in the world?

A: Having a passion for what I do, working hard and always being available to fly anywhere. To work with the level of clients I do, you also have to be discreet, know a lot about your craft and really understand your clients. Sometimes they’re telling you one thing that they want, but you believe what they really need is something else, so you have to be fearless.

Q: What inspires you?

A: I love the glamour of the 1940s, when you didn’t leave your house undone. It was glamour all the time. Women had to dress well and make sure their hair and makeup were perfect before they left the house. But I’m also inspired by rock and roll edgy hair that looks cool. I’m inspired by both. My dream person to go back in time and do their hair would be Brigitte Bardot.

Q: There are so many hair products out there. What makes yours stand out?

A: There are a lot of products out there for styling, but not as many that offer solutions for color-treated hair. If you have to keep getting your hair colored every few weeks, my products can prolong the color for weeks longer, which makes your hair more healthy.