Sharon Dorram – colorist to the stars – is known for creating beautifully natural color. A legend in the industry, her signature coloring style is low maintenance and down to earth, creating just the right shade for everyone! In early 2009, Sharon opened Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger on the Upper East Side and the stars have flocked there in droves. With a roster of clients including everyone from Barbra Streisand to Renée Zellweger, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet, Meg Ryan, Linda Evangelista, and Christie Brinkley, I wondered what made her work so iconic…
Choupette Social Girl: The newest hair trends are smudging & oil smudging. Is this something your clients are currently asking for?
Sharon Dorram: It’s a little bit early for this but going into fall when people want to change their color and go a little darker [we will]. When they are done with summer, people usually want to bring their color down a notch.
CSG: How do you decide which type of process is best for each individual?
SD: I always interpret what the person in my chair may want vs what the current trends are. I don’t do color for trends. I do it for beauty. I’ve never been the colorist where it’s one color across the board. People come see me because they want to look their best.
CSG: What is oil smudging vs smudging and highlights vs lowlights. What are the pros and cons?
SD: I haven’t done oil smudging much with my clients so I can’t speak to it. Smudging is when you lift the base about 2 or 3 shades up or darker. It’s basically just changing one’s natural color. It’s a great way to warm up a brunette who is a little too dark and wants to go softer. Same thing for blondes without really being married to your color. It does give you a distinct band though once it grows back in. Highlighing and lowlighting gives dimension to color so your color isn’t one tone and flat. I always like to have lowlights work with my highlights to create more depth.
CSG: If you aren’t seeing a lot of oil smudging currently, what hair trend is dominating currently?
SD: We are winding down summer and people are coming off the beach and vacations and wanting to richen up their color. We will see more rinses & tonal color going into fall.
CSG: In your opinion, what are the best products to use for color-treated hair?
SD: I love Virtue in terms of maintenance. I have never found a product that makes as much of a difference as this product line. There’s actual Keratin in the product that changes the structure of your hair so it becomes thicker and shinier over time. You see the results and it’s not just a claim. It’s a real game-changer and I think I’m the first salon to carry it.