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Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Rita Hazan


Apple-Pectin-ShampooBeauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.


The Pro: Rita Hazan, celebrity hair colorist and founder of Rita Hazan Salon.


The Product: “When I was going to beauty school, I used to perm my aunt Esther’s hair. I was about sixteen or seventeen at the time, living at home with my parents in Midwood, Brooklyn. I went to the beauty supply store to get these perm rods and I remember finding Apple Pectin Acid pH Perm Shampoo there. I loved the smell of the original Apple Pectin shampoo—it was so fruity and everyone was obsessed with it at beauty school. So I was, like, really excited to find the same thing for permed hair. My aunt was about twenty at the time, and I permed her hair every two months, washing out the solution in the kitchen sink. What’s funny is that my Aunt Esther is now the hair model for my Root Concealer; she’s been my guinea pig all these years. She doesn’t have a perm anymore and my taste for scents has evolved a bit (I’m more into the white florals and tuberose fragrances these days), but back in the eighties, Apple Pectin really was the coolest thing.”

Photo: Courtesy of Empire Beauty Supply

Beauty By Alaïa; Obama “Loves” Michelle’s Bangs; And More…


Alaïa, the fragrance and cosmetics line; it’s coming! [WWD]

Interested in Beyoncé’s inauguration beauty secrets? That’d be hair color by Rita Hazan, nails courtesy of NCLA Nail Lacquer in I’m With the Band, and makeup by Mally Roncal. “The Star-Spangled Banner” has never looked, er, sounded so good. [Glamour]

Speaking of the inauguration, Michelle Obama’s newly cut fringe was the talk of the festivities yesterday, but the style’s approval rating skyrocketed on Sunday, when the president himself weighed in. “To address the most significant event of the weekend, I love her bangs,” Obama said. [USA Today]

The fashion shows won’t be the only attraction for members of the fashion tribe en route to Paris for the Fall collections next month. MAC has announced the opening of a new Paris flagship, the first such store outside of the United States, which will open on February 20. [NYDN]

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Let It Shine


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

Photo: Courtesy of Rita Hazan

Pin Curls From The Pyramids; KooKoo For Coconuts; And More…


Think styling gel and curling irons were devised in the twentieth century? Think again. New research on mummies reveals that style-conscious Egyptians frequently coiffed their hair in styles similar to those of Marilyn Monroe and Rihanna. [Telegraph]

In case you haven’t noticed Ri-Ri touting its tasty water, Miranda Kerr big-upping its nourishing oil, or every single beauty brand incorporating its super-emollient and all-natural flesh into some manner of product, coconuts are the new acai berry. [Daily Mail]

Katy Perry has forgone her now statement-making pink locks for a shade of mauve-y lavender, which she and colorist Rita Hazan worked on especially for last night’s VMAs. [Bella Sugar]

Beware the sweet scent of clean laundry. A new study suggests that the very aromatics that register as “fresh” and “citrus” to your olfactory system are actually off-gassing chemicals that can be carcinogenic. [Treehugger]

Photo: Courtesy of Vita Coco

Crossing The Hudson In The Name Of Good Hair


More young star stylists and colorists have branched out to open their own salons than ever this year. Now, the options of where to go for a quality cut and color are expanding, too, beyond the trim borders of Manhattan to…New Jersey. That’s where Haruo Noro, the soft-spoken talent from Rita Hazan, has been building buzz for his eponymous salon, a year and a half in the making. The space might not include celebrity private rooms like Hazan’s atelier on Fifth Avenue—the whole salon is about the size of an East Village studio apartment—but the pared-down interior is suitably posh, with dark wood floors, low-slung mod orange and black furniture, and tall ceilings that lend a cool-but-understated feel to the space. It’s a point that’s echoed in Noro’s work. The Japanese-born, London-trained stylist is known for meticulous but unshowy cuts with sharp lines and fluid movement. It’s a style that’s reminiscent of Sassoon, back in the day, even though it was Oscar Blandi who was Noro’s real-life mentor. Along the way Noro has picked up an artsy group of admirers that includes models, actors, and fashion designers, including Monique Lhuillier, who booked Noro to do the hair at her most recent runway show. Backstage and on editorial shoots is where Noro really flexes his muscles, creating sculptural updos, geometric short cuts, and Japanese-inspired street looks, which he fabricates with Japanese styling lines (Nigelle is a favorite) carried at his salon. He also features tried-and-true Japanese treatments, like the Nano Amino, a 20-minute steam and deep-conditioning treatment that repairs damaged strands with a durable and long-lasting form of keratin. Intrigued? The prices will make you raise an eyebrow, too. Cuts range from $60 to $125, highlights go for about $200, and specialty treatments start at $50. Factor in the cost of the PATH train ticket, and it’s still a steal.

Haruo Noro Salon, 7 West Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, N.J., (201) 389-3521.

Photo: Courtesy of Haruo Noro Salon