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.

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