Expert Tips on Hair Coloring
Meet the Expert
“The right shade enhances a woman’s face and hair texture without overpowering her,” she says. Hazan has spent more than 15 years working her way to the top of her field. Read on for Hazan’s tips on how to get the best results, whether you’re coloring at home or at a salon, and her go-to products.
Home Hair Color for Blonds
Home Hair Color for Brunets
Home Hair Color for Redheads
At the Salon
A picture says it all. You may tell your colorist “honey” but wind up with a rich, amber brown instead of the golden color you envisioned. “Words mean different things to different people,” she says. “Bring a photo to clear up any confusion.” A good colorist can match the shade or steer you toward a color that will be more flattering for you. Consider the upkeep. Be realistic about how much maintenance you can handle. If you know it will be difficult (or expensive) to get to the salon for touch-ups every six weeks, stick with a shade that’s close to your natural one, or just go with face-framing highlights. “Enhancing your color instead of drastically changing it will give you the most bang for your buck,” says Hazan. And because you’re staying close to your own shade, your roots will be less noticeable, which means you can go longer between salon appointments.
Hazan’s Picks for Maintaining Color
“Dry, damaged hair doesn’t hold pigment well, so the color fades,” says Hazan. Sun and frequent shampooing can speed up that process, so she relies on products that nurture hair and help color last.
Sunsilk Hydra TLC Shampoo
“This is extra gentle on all hair types,” says Hazan, who recommends washing colored hair a few times a week. It contains amino acids and keratin to soften and smooth down rough cuticles.
To buy: $4.50, medshopexpress.com.
L’Oréal Paris Professionnel Colorist Collection Red Clover Shampoo
Red shades fade more quickly than others. This pigment-depositing shampoo perks up vibrancy and comes in three tones. “It keeps color true,” says Hazan.
To buy: $15, lorealprofessionnel.com for salons.
Oribe Color Conditioner for Beautiful Hair
Hazan loves this thick cream because “it’s very hydrating, it smells great, and it leaves hair silky-smooth.” She applies it after every shampoo but also likes to use it as a 10-minute mask when hair is in need of a quick dose of moisture.
To buy: $39, oribe.com.
Phytonectar Pre-Shampoo Ultra Nourishing Oil Treatment
“Apply this before bed and leave it on overnight,” she says. “It sinks into damaged hair to help keep color inside.” Containing egg-yolk oil, it’s rich in proteins, vitamin E, and strengthening lipids.
To buy: $30, sephora.com.
Citre Shine Mist Anti-Frizz Spray Laminator
Hazan sprays this featherweight, alcohol-free mist directly onto hair after heat styling. “It adds shine, which makes any color look brighter,” she says. Fruit extracts and silicone calm flyaways.
To buy: $4.50, amazon.com.
Fekkai Large Round Brush
“The natural boar bristles are easier on color-treated hair than synthetic ones,” says Hazan. “And they won’t melt when heat styling.” She uses it with her Elchim 2001 Hair Dryer ($105, 800-875-7511 for salons), which dries by using high air pressure instead of excessive heat. “It has a lifetime guarantee.”
To buy: $65, fekkai.com.