LATB Exclusive Interview with Marie Robinson

I got the chance to interview Marie Robinson, Clairol’s Color Director and celeb hair colorist, and ask her some questions.

LATB: What are some of the hottest trends in hair color for this Spring?

MR: During New York Fashion Week in September, I colored models’ hair for the Spring 2012 Catherine Malandrino and Naeem Khan runways and the biggest trend in hair color was a soft hair color with an all-over glow including butterscotch and rose gold blondes and velvety, buttery brunettes. To achieve these looks at home, I recommend Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam in Medium Golden Blonde or Medium Golden Brown, respectively.

LATB: Whose hair color did you love from the Oscars red carpet?

MR: I saw a lot of great hair color on the Oscars red carpet this year. Many celebs opted for an overall understated Hollywood glam look by wearing hair styles and colors that were just as elegant and simple as their gowns. I love that so many celebrities wore gowns in the same shade range as their hair color because it results in a flawless look that’s complementary from head to toe.

LATB: Stars like Rihanna and Katy Perry go from red to blonde to blue in a matter of weeks! Is this awful for hair or is there a way to do it and still maintain the health of your hair?

MR: I recommend women don’t color more frequently than every six to eight weeks to maintain a healthy hair color regimen. To keep hair looking healthy between colorings I suggest the following tips:

· Use shampoos and conditioners specially formulated to help protect color-treated hair
· Apply a heat-protector spray prior to using heat styling tools to help shield your hair
· Treat your hair to a weekly deep conditioner to help lock in color and replenish moisture

For more drastic changes such as going one-to-two shades away from your current hair color, I recommend visiting a salon for best results.

LATB: How can we get Kelly Osbourne’s color without it aging us?

MR: When choosing a new hair color, skin tone plays a large role and should serve as a guide for selecting a shade that will brighten your face, as opposed to aging it. Kelly is pale in complexion and has a cool tone so silver and pale lilac shades work well for her. I think these colors are best left to the young or the fashionable, like Kelly, but if you’re planning on trying it out, just remember it takes a lot of care and maintenance to keep the pale hues in the hair shaft.

LATB: What is the number one enemy of beautiful, vibrant, shiny hair color?

MR: Over-exposure to environmental elements, such as water, chlorine and sun, quickly strip hair of its natural oils and take a toll on lustrous color. To protect your color, try to wear a hat while you’re in the sun and if you’re swimming in a pool, condition hair prior to jumping in and rinse with fresh water afterward. I also recommend using color-retentive products, which help prevent fading by sealing the color molecule into the porous hair cuticle.

Marie Robinson also has her own salon so you can benefit from her expertise. To check her out, go to


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