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Let It Shine

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After two full weeks of backstage beauty reporting, during which time I’ve been surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful women, I’ve developed a little bit of a complex. Nothing too serious; I came to terms with the fact that I’m just pushing 5′ 3″ a long time ago, and once I break for warmer pastures in April, the pallid winter complexion that’s been staring back at me in the mirror will be a thing of the past. I’m mostly referring to my hair. There’s something about watching the best coiffeurs in the business work daily magic on models with a cornucopia of products and pins that has left me…disappointed with my current strands situation. After growing out the graduated bob I had circa 2010, my brunette locks are back to their mid-back-grazing glory, but in the presence of Fall’s faux bobs, sleek middle-parted “skinny hair,” and bicolored extensions, they just seem, well, sort of boring—which is why I recently tried Rita Hazan’s new Foaming Color Gloss. New York’s reigning color queen was looking for an answer to her clients’ constant questions about prolonging their dye jobs, so she decided to set to work on an at-home solution to the problem. Two years later, Hazan arrived at a three-piece range of foaming mousses that, when applied to wet hair after shampooing and promptly rinsed out, will deliver a subtle pigment boost and a serious dose of shine while protecting against fading. The formula is incredibly light, doesn’t stain hands, and comes in three different shades—a yellow formula to enhance golden tones for blondes, brunettes, and redheads; a violet formula to decrease brassiness in blond, brunette, and gray hair; and a clear formula that’s bolstered by provitamin B5 and silk amino acids for those of us without color, who are just looking for a glistening pick-me-up. I still may revert back to my short haircut when I get back from Europe (maybe), but these should hold me over until then.

$25 each, available March 2012 at www.sephora.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Rita Hazan

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