My Daily Beauty Routine: Celebrity Colorist Rita Hazan Gives Us the Rundown

Rachel Krause

As far as hair pros go, celebrity colorist Rita Hazan has some of the best name recognition in the biz. She’s worked with everyone from J. Lo to Chrissy Teigen—and if those celeb-client credentials weren’t enough, we’ll add that she’s the woman behind the inimitable Beyoncé blond. Hold your applause.

The Brooklyn-born entrepreneur—who recently kicked off her new product collection of hair glosses, root concealers, and an excellent two-step conditioning treatment—spends much of her time globe-trotting on the trail of her clientele, but she also spends plenty of time in her NYC salon. Basically, she’s a Renaissance woman of the hair world, so clearly we were interested in how she goes about her day … and, more importantly, her beauty routine.

The first thing I do in the morning is:
“I work out with my trainer in my apartment.”

My everyday skin care routine includes:
“I wash my face with Cetaphil, and then I use a moisturizer—whichever moisturizer I’m feeling at the moment. I also do a facial scrub once a week. I wash with Cetaphil only, but otherwise I switch things up a lot.”

My go-to five-minute beauty routine includes:
“I use NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Barcelona, a Kevyn Aucoin black eyeliner, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, and Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzing Veil in Tropical Nights.”

My favorite cocktail is:
“A ginger margarita.”

My death row last meal would be:
“Pizza. 100 percent. Plain cheese.”

My favorite way to work out is:
“With a trainer. We do a combination of cardio and weight training.”

I keep my hair healthy by:
“I have a system for my hair like you have a system for skin—shampoo, gloss, conditioner. I use my Ultimate Shine Gloss every time I wash my hair. The gloss step is very important for keeping hair healthy and color vibrant. It’s like foundation for your hair. Once a week, I do my at-home treatment Weekly Remedy. It works super fast for immediate results.”

My weirdest beauty secret is:
“When I was younger, my grandmother used to make homemade wax and wax my arms and legs. It was painful—but she did make the wax at home.”

My favorite lip color is:
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. It’s the perfect red and lasts all day.”

My must-have beauty products are:
“I love the ones I already mentioned, and I also love this Pure Fiji product. It’s a coconut sugar scrub that you do after the shower [and then rinse] that makes your skin silky.”

My favorite thing about my job is:
“It’s constantly changing. There’s always a new person in my chair every 15 to 30 minutes, so it’s never boring. Because everything changes so fast, it’s challenging all day long.”

The best beauty tip I’ve ever received is:
“My grandma always said to make sure you hydrate your skin and face.”

My favorite Instagram accounts to follow are:
“My favorite right now is JessRonaGrooming. She’s a genius. She does such a good job, and when she puts the music with the slow-motion video, it’s really funny—and I’m not a crazy dog person.”

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