If I could choose to sit in the chair of any colorist and have her do her own thing, without a doubt it would be Sharon Dorram, known for her low-maintenance color reminiscent of children’s hair with its envy-inducing natural highs and lows. After graduating college and attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and Winchester School of Arts in the United Kingdom she trained under Louis Licari and worked with some of the world’s most prestigious stylists such as John Sahag, Oribe, Frédéric Fekkai, and Peter Coppola. She’s been the spokesperson for major haircare brands including Nexxus and Matrix and was also the named Creative Consultant for the John Frieda brand. She’s a beauty director favorite and can be found at Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger in a gorgeous townhouse on NYC’s Upper East Side.
This legend in her own right’s roster includes A-listers like Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Christie Brinkley, Barbra Streisand, Nicole Kidman, Kevin Kline and more. She has a gift for doing color and easily creates the right baby blonde, mahogany brown, cedar red or whatever hue will best complement her client.
Dorram keeps things simple herself. She uses Kerastase shampoo and conditioner every 2-3 days and can’t live without Sally Hershberger’s Supreme Lift Root Spray and her very old boar bristle brush. Here, she shares tips for keeping your hair looking its best:
1. What is your personal beauty philosophy when it comes to hair color? My personal beauty philosophy is less is more. I always say there is no mystery to good hair color. People are always so confused as to why their color does not flatter them. To me it is always straight forward. It is either too brassy; too ashy; too dark and severe; or too pale and washed out.
2. What are the telltale signs to know if your color is working for you? Color is working for you when you need little or no makeup and your skin color glows.
3. As women age, is lighter always better? Please explain why or why not. Generally speaking as we age softening ones color lighter can be more flattering to ones complexion. Darker color magnifies every line and imperfection. Conversely, when the base color is too light it washes one’s complexion out and actually ages.
4. What are your top tips to make your rich and vibrant color last longer?
- Don’t over shampoo.
- Stay away from products that strip color, such as mousse and hairspray or any other product that contains alcohol.
- Wear a hat in the sun.
5. I think your 10 Commandments of Home Hair Coloring is very helpful to the do-it-yourselfer. What’s the biggest mistake you see women making when it comes to doing it themselves and what can they do to fix it? For at home color I think the biggest mistake is trying to do one’s own highlights. When it comes to highlights, it is best to see a professional.
6. When it comes to color, who would you like to get your hands on, why? I’d like to get my hands on Hillary Clinton because I think her hair could look younger and more special and Kate Blanchett because I think she is wonderful and I’d like to know her.