I’ve been going to NYC colorist Elizabeth Hiserodt for five years and have followed her from Bumble and Bumble to Serge Normant at John Frieda to Cutler Salon in Soho where she colors the tresses of some of the city’s most fashionable crowd. She always creates the right blonde hue—golden and buttery or beachy and bright—adding a downtown edge that is never too polished or boring. Here we talk with her on new hair color trends, tips for making a big color change and the products she swears by post dye job.
1. How did you get your start in the industry?
I’ve been a colorist for 15 years. My mother was one and influenced me in that direction. I got my hairdresser license in high school and right after graduating started honing my craft. I enjoy making clients feel great about themselves, and creating color and tones that best suits them.
2. What are some hair color trends you are seeing right now and excited to work with?
We’re getting away from pastel-colored locks and going for a more natural, organic approach such as cooler icy platinums that are almost grey like and mousy dark blondes with subtle golden highlights.
3. Can you talk about balayage (hair painting) versus foils?
Depending on the texture of the hair, balayage can be beneficial because it can really define a haircut and give a soft, beachy look. Most people can go a little longer without getting their roots done with balayage as it can be a little bit softer. Brunettes and blondes that are more naturally blonder (at the base) can be good for this type of highlight. Foils trap in the heat more giving more coverage and resulting in color that can be more vibrant. Good for blondes with darker bases.
4. Any tips for someone wanting to make a big color change?
Make an appointment for a consultation with your colorist. Bring pictures of the color you want, but make sure the the person has similar hair texture and skin tone. Talk to your colorist about past coloring jobs, so you don’t have more trouble reaching the color of choice, and discuss how to prep the hair before color.
5. Do you notice seasonal changes with hair color?
Hair color is the same as fashion—it’s seasonal. Most clients when feeling pale and a little blah tend to go brighter with color, but it really depends on skin tone. I like when people get paler in winter and go darker with color or they get paler and go much lighter. I personally like to go darker in the winter because it flatters my skin tone and makes my eyes pop.
6. What are your favorite places to travel?
I love Paris for the fashion, culture, food and the architecture. I also like London and Costa Rica.
7. Where do you get your inspiration?
I love when I see a surfer’s natural highlights that come out from the sun. I also like going back to the ’20s and ’30s and the whole vintage feel—a matted, structured and styled look.
8. Can you share with us your must-have beauty products?
I always use an eyelash curler and They’re Real! mascara by Benefit, which makes my lashes so long. I gravitate toward berry colored lipsticks and like Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense in roomiest rose. I always use a primer, which helps keep my makeup on all day especially with my long hours. I use a lot of skin care by Clinique and face lotion by Neutrogena.
Here are Elizabeth’s favorite products to keep color looking fresh:
1. Living Proof Full Shampoo and Conditioner — “These make hair feel light and bouncy and won’t strip color.”
2. Redken Pillow Proof Dry Shampoo — “This helps extend your blow dry, so there is less shampooing and color won’t fade as easily.”
3. Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer — “A primer that helps reduce breakage and protects hair from heat styling.”
4. Pureology Perfect 4 Platinum Miracle Filler Treatment — “This contains proteins to moisturize, strengthen and add shine to dyed hair. Use it once or twice a week on wet hair before a blow dry.”
Photo of Elizabeth Hiserodt by Vix Walker