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"Summer Love List" from Celeb Colorist Rita Hazan

"Summer Love List" from Celeb Colorist Rita Hazan

August, for me, is the best month of summer with its long, sunny days, technicolor sunsets, and a welcome, subtle slowdown at work. Maybe it’s because my husband and I are both still largely connected to New York professionally (and New Yorkers vacation en masse this month) but our stress levels seem to downshift right about…now. We can finally play tennis at our pool club, take a long weekend up north, or just walk the dog together at dusk. Thus, even though we're rounding the bend to the end of the season, summer for me really starts in August. So all month long I'll be asking favorite beauty insiders to share their sunny-weather staples. First up: celebrity colorist Rita Hazan

  Rita Hazan : celebrity colorist,  salon  owner and founder of an  eponymous haircare collection

Rita Hazan: celebrity colorist, salon owner and founder of an eponymous haircare collection

Rita is the go-to colorist for more celebrities than I can list here, but name-dropping Madonna, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez should get your attention. She’s major. She also has her own salon on Fifth Avenue and her own product line. Rita blonded my hair for many years when we lived in New York, and she’s one of the most talented colorists I’ve encountered. I was especially excited when she agreed to share some of her summer picks because she’s got great taste. (She used to do my highlights while teetering around in Prada heels, and she triggered my obsession with Fresh’s Sake candle by burning it in her salon's bathroom for years.) Here, her four hot-weather must haves:

SunBum SPF Stick SPF 30 “This is a weekend essential and always in my beach bag. It’s super convenient and easy to use on-the-go or when I'm  traveling.”

Lock + Block “This spray keeps my hair protected while I’m at the beach, by the pool or just walking around in the sun.”

NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil “This bright red lipcolor is one of my daily go-tos this summer!”

Diptyque Baies Candle “I love Diptyque’s Baies candle—it's irresistible, fresh and fruity. It’s my absolute favorite summer scent.”

Check out more Summer Love Lists from:

Beauty Editor Didi Gluck

Makeup artist Mally Roncal

Beauty Executive Petra Tucker-Moss

Skincare Pioneer June Jacobs

 

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"Summer Love List" from Beauty Editor Didi Gluck

"Summer Love List" from Beauty Editor Didi Gluck

An Ode to August

An Ode to August