Mane Monday: Beyonce's Colorist on Her "Lemon-Colored" Locks

Kevin Mazur

Becky’s not the only one with good hair.

The Beyhive may have been buzzing most audibly about “Becky’s” hair directly after Beyonce released her epic visual album Lemonade back in April, but perhaps just as noteworthy was the singer’s new blonde mane.

New York-based colorist Rita Hazan gave Beyonce the warm, golden blonde shade, which was dyed to specifically include hues of lemon yellow (which happened to complement the yellow Roberto Cavalli dress that had social media swooning).

Hazan created the color for Beyonce’s Formation Tour saying it appears “lighter and brighter” and that the multi-dimensional color really resonates when the singer is whipping her hair around and dancing.

To complement her warm skin tone, Hazan kept some darkness in the root area, which also gives the color some depth. And since the singer started this latest coloring process at a dark shade of brown, the jump was dramatic and the colorist had to employ her True Color System hair products followed by Triple Threat Split End Remedy ($30) in order to take Bey from brown to blonde in one sitting.

Because the Beyhive and beyond will undoubtedly be taking some summer hair cues from their idol, Hazan explains some things to consider before plunking down in that salon chair.

Pret-a-Reporter: How would you describe this blonde?

Hazan: This is a warm golden blonde with baby blonde accents and depth in her root.

Have you ever taken Beyoncé to this color before?

A version of it, but because she’s in her Formation Tour for Lemonade, we wanted her hair to be more lemon-colored, which is bright and happy.

What tones are included in the color or any highlights to ensure it’s more flattering for her skin tone?

She has a few different colors in here. Her base is a pretty rich brown then she has lemon and baby blonde highlights mixed in with golden blonde and honey color.

What do you recommend to someone who wants this same color, do or not do, or ask their colorist before doing this shade of blonde?

Definitely take pictures with you and go to someone who has done colors like this before. I believe you should consult with your colorist first to determine if this is the best/right color for you. I love changing colors for my clients so I always say take a chance.

For Beyoncé’s previous tours, was there anything specific you take into account when creating the right color?

Yes, her wardrobe and set play a huge part in what color her hair is. It all has to work together to create a beautiful visual for everyone watching.


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