Iconic Celebrity Hair Colors

Elizabeth Taylor – Dark Brunette

What would “Butterfield 8” be without Taylor’s smoldering brunette locks? With legendary lavender eyes and trademark tousled waves, the actress ensnared the love (and diamonds) of seven husbands, as well as the once-in-a-lifetime starring role of Cleopatra.

Get The Look

“The hotter the water in the shower, the quicker the color will fade down the drain,” says San Diego stylist and salon owner Jet Rhys of Taylor’s rich hue. Try to keep rinses closer lukewarm, especially the week following a fresh color, and cold rinse when possible to close the cuticle and amp up brunette shine. Paul Mitchell Color Protect Locking Spray contains sunflower seed extract to prevent fading from shampooing and sun rays, while silicone and panthenol lock in color and gloss.

Lucille Ball – Bright Red

As comedy’s grand dame, Lucille Ball was just as renowned for her fiery red locks as she was the comical situations she tripped into every week with gal pal Ethel on the popular 50’s sitcom, “I Love Lucy.” “Once in his lifetime, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead,” Ball once famously said—though it was truly an entire country that fell for the famed jokester.

Get The Look

“Lucy’s fabulous vibrant red works best on alabaster skin,” says Rhys—and the warm hue looks especially vibrant with blue and green eyes. Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Crème in Light Reddish Blonde #94 combines color with fruit oil and avocado conditioners for a vibrant finish.

Christie Brinkley – Blonde

This life-long blonde is best known for a three-peat: scoring a trio of back-to-back Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers, plus snagging musician-hubby Billy Joel after the two met on set of his music video, Uptown Girl. The couple may have parted ways in 1994 (with two more husbands to get the same heave-ho), but the supermodel’s sunshine locks power on.

Get The Look

Wheat and butter blonde looks best on complexions touched by gold, says Rhys, though the shade is prone to turning brassy due to the process of oxidization. To preserve color, use a gentle shampoo and conditioner like Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Vibrant Color Shampoo, which is free of stripping sulfates and sodium chloride, and strengthens hair with pure organic bamboo extract and Kalahari melon.

Helen Mirren – Champagne Gray

From stage to screen, this royally-anointed dame has given award-winning performances as epic characters ranging from Queen Elizabeth I to Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III in “The Madness of King George.” Most brilliantly, the Oscar winner has done much of it in blazing gray locks—transforming the shade from what was once hidden as a sign of aging by Hollywood actresses to a symbol of pride, beauty and strength.

Get The Look

To strike a blended gray shade, go for a pale ash blonde base to maintain a hint of color, and then tone with gray, like a fifty-fifty mix of Wella’s White Lady and Silver Lady toners, says Canale. The resulting shade is perfect for light to medium skin tones, with deeper skins needing a stronger proportion of gray. “Avoid all serums and waxes when you style, or else you’ll turn yellow,” adds Rhys. Instead, try Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo to add volume and texture while maintaining the pristine shade.

Diana Ross – Black

From electric lead singer of Motown group The Supremes to the incarnation of cultural legend Billie Holiday in “Lady Sings the Blues,” Ross is beloved as one of the first African American stars to turn naturally textured hair into a stylish statement. Is it even possible to imagine this star without her trademark halo of curls and slash of black kohl that seemed to define the entire era of disco?

Get The Look

Skin tone is key for a shade so rich, and is best worn by deeper olive to dark skin tones with an undercurrent of mahogany. If applying the color yourself, be particularly careful to apply the shade precisely behind the hair line to avoid difficult-to-remove staining, says Rhys. Try Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam in Black, for a drip-free formula that provides full coverage color exactly where you place it.

Julia Roberts – Dark Auburn

When Vivian Ward transformed from downtrodden Hollywood prostitute to sophisticated socialite in “Pretty Woman,” her wardrobe, makeup and manners changed completely—but her flaming red locks did not. Could it be the secret behind Roberts’ command of the day’s highest paycheck price for an actress (no doubt adding to her estimated $140 million fortune) or the force behind her record-breaking 11th nomination as People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World?

Get The Look

“Julia’s variations of rich auburn and maple tones always makes it look like the sun is following her,” says Rhys. Best for light to peaches ‘n cream complexions, the key is to look for an auburn shade that has depth, like Samy Fat Foam Hair Color in Medium Reddish Brown.






By Grace Gold

Celebrity Hair Styles: 25 Best Tips for Sexier Hair


4. Want an instant shine boost and a sleek style without static and flyaways? Put your conditioner in the fridge before use, says Jet Rhys of Jet Rhys Hair Salon in San Diego, CA. “At a lower temperature, conditioner instantly seals the cuticle.” Her fave: Sojourn Conditioner Moisture with keratin cashmere protein.

5. The Middy–or mid-length, swingy bob–is your best go-to cut, says Rhys: “It’s like the little black dress of haircuts.”  That’s because it works for any texture, and uses minimal layering to frame the face.  The blunt ends should be slightly concave to add more movement.  That way, you can go wide at the sides without looking matronly or having curly locks turn into a bubble.

Five Best Winter Hair Secrets With Jet Rhys, Celebrity Stylist


by Chrissy Lorenzo

Jet Rhys, owner of Jet Rhys Salon in San Diego and stylist to the stars (Clive Owen, Elisha Cuthbert, and Matthew Perry, to name a few) knows a thing or two about hair care. She’s been featured in publications such as Harper’s BazaarCosmopolitanElleVogueand InStyle. She is also one of the creative geniuses behind the styling of national television and print ads featuring to-die-for tresses for Pantene, L’Oreal, and Revlon. Here, Jet shares her must-have products and best winter hair secrets, from easy tricks for avoiding hat head and static cling to ways to protect your hair from harsh wind and chilly temperatures. Plus, she gives us her very own at-home recipe for healthy locks, as well as her favorite budget buys.

1. Pick the right time of day to suds up. Who knew? “Washing hair at night during the cold months can reduce dry scalp and itchiness,” a common problem with winter hair, explains Jet. “Allowing the hair to rest overnight during sleep can help natural oils to form, protecting both the hair and scalp from harsh winter air.”

2. Combat the elements with a natural, DIY treatment. Jet’s favorite at-home recipe to add to our hair regimen? “A great DIY rosemary and honey mask treatment to combat the dryness.” says Rhys. This winter hair secret helps your locks in three important ways: “This conditioning mask blends honey for shine, olive oil for moisture, and essential rosemary oil to jump start hair growth.”


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp of warmed olive oil
  • 4 drops of essential rosemary oil

Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl and apply to towel-dried hair. Then, place a plastic cap on your head and let it sit for 20 minutes.

When you’re done, Jet says, “Shampoo, rinse, voilà! Instantly hydrated hair!”

3. Your styling tools matter. “When you wake up, use a natural bristle brush to pull oils through the ends of hair and help reduce fly-aways; I love the Sephora Collection Boar Detangling Brush ($24, at Sephora).” The YS Park Carbon Tiger Brush 580, $58, precisionshears.com, is another favorite pick of Jet’s: “The bristles smoothly grab the hair while the short bristles create gleaming shine throughout the hair.”

4. Avoid hat hair. If your hat doesn’t fit right, try this winter hair secret: “Check the size of the hat,” says Rhys. “You should be able to fit two fingers between the hat band and your hair because most hat hair is caused by wearing the hat too tight.” How do we keep our hair from turning into a matted mess post-hat? “I suggest spraying some frizz controlling hairspray on dry hair before wearing your hat out.”

Get rid of static cling: “Add Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-in Conditioner Spray ($3.99, drugstore.com) during the winter months. This prevents dry, parched hair and helps avoid static electricity.”

5.Use the right products for dry locks. Products that hydrate your hair are a must in the winter months: “Try a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner such as Davines Melu ($19.80, drugstore.com). This anti-damage line is great to coat the scalp and hair naturally with olive oil to reduce fly-aways!”

Jet Rhys‘ best budget-friendly pick for quenching dry, winter hair? “I have always loved Infusium 23 conditioner ($6.99, drugstore.com). When I see very damaged hair, this is my go-to product; I have seen it repair the most severe dry hair with a few applications!”

Don’t forget: Before you pull out that hot flat iron, use a heat-protecting spray to save locks from damage. Tsuya Pata Treatment Spray, $15.29, amazon.com, is Jet’s pick: “I love the hydrolyzed silk–it adds gloss and shine.”

How Can I Keep Dry Shampoo From Clogging In The Bottle?

by: Petra Guglielmetti

I’ve posted about how annoyed I get when pumps refuse to suck up the last couple inches of body lotion. Well here’s a similar nagging issue one reader Tweeted us about–have youever encountered this problem (if so, we have fixes for you!).

@Charley931 tweeted Beth and I to ask: How can she keep dry shampoo from clogging inside the bottle? She owns two different kinds (one from Big Sexy Hair, one from Victoria’s Secret) that she can no longer use due to clogging, and the issue started after just a couple uses.

I’m not a dry shampoo user but I know it’s super-popular these days. Tons of my friends swear by it, as do the hairstylists I interview for stories–so I asked around and found the following tips for keeping dry shampoo from clogging.

From hairstylist Joshua-Myles Ristaino:

“I’ve experienced the same issue with dry shampoos! Partly I think it is a manufacturing issue, and the nozzles on most of the luxury brands are a bit too small. Also, most people don’t realize the humidity in the bathroom can gunk up the materials in dry shampoo. I have the best luck with the Naturia Dry Shampoo from René Furterer, which has a wider opening in the nozzle for less buildup. Or, better yet, switch to the Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with oat milk in a squeeze bottle. It offers more control and gentler application (like little clouds!) allowing you to get closer to your root.”

From hairstylist Jet Rhys:

Two tricks that she says work like a charm:

* Tilt the can sideways with the nozzle under the faucet and let water gently run over it. Pull it in and out of the water stream a few times until the clog loosens.

* Swipe a Q-Tip in some Vaseline, tissue off any excess and place inside the nozzle hole. Work it in there a little, then use the other end of the Q-Tip to clean the nozzle out. “The slipperiness of the petrolatum works like a charm!” Jet says.

From Paul Perez of Sally Hershberger salon in Los Angeles:

“Make sure you shake dry shampoo in between each spray, and only spray in quick bursts. Once you’re finished, rinse the nozzle under warm water so the bottle will be un-clogged next time you go to use it.”