Above: Sharon Dorram; Photograph by Erin Baiano—New York Times
What do Barbra Streisand, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman have in common? They’re just a few of the bold-faced names on powerhouse colorist Sharon Dorram’s exclusive client list. Not to mention the throngs of Manhattan socialites who frequent her eponymous Madison Avenue salon seeking the beautifully natural hues she creates. Now, as luck would have it, Sharon is bringing her artistic talent to Dream Day Salon & Spa in Greenwich, dedicating one day a month to local patrons in search of celeb-worthy tresses. We chatted with Sharon about her new gig and her gift for achieving the perfect shade.
YOU’RE A COLORIST TO STARS AND SOCIALITES. WHY THE DECISION TO MOONLIGHT IN CONNECTICUT?
I moved to Greenwich exactly one year ago with my family, and it was apparent that there’s a real desire here for good hair color. In my Madison Avenue salon, there are days when three to four of my six chairs are filled with clients who reside in Connecticut or Westchester. And I knew those clients—along with the other sophisticated women in the area—would love having the convenience of the Upper East Side in their backyard. It’s become so cosmopolitan in Greenwich with Celine, Prada and Pucci—the same stores you find near my 71st Street location. I thought, Why not join the ranks of the other talented colorists in Greenwich?
YOU’RE KNOWN FOR CREATING COLOR THAT’S SO NATURAL IT’S REMINISCENT OF CHILDREN’S HAIR. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S RIGHT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL?
I draw from many years of art school. It’s difficult to articulate. It’s a feeling; I just know what’s missing. Many times it’s a simple tweak: too ashy, too brassy, too dark and severe, not bright enough or too solid. I look at an individual’s skin complexion, eye color and natural hair color along with her desired color. Then I take into account lifestyle and age for upkeep. I always aim for low-maintenance, if possible. Sometimes I need to educate clients and have even declined to put my signature on color I don’t believe in. Pictures are worth a thousand words!
IF A CLIENT WANTS TO SPRUCE UP HER COLOR FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON, WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST?
Contrary to what people often think, going darker in winter isn’t always the direction to take. I actually recommend going a bit brighter to sparkle for the holidays. It gives the illusion of having some color in your skin tone—a glow—at a time when we’re all feeling a little washed out. Even for brunettes, a delicate face frame of honey or amber highlights really goes a long way. For redheads I like to richen up the base first, then add strawberry highlights strategically around the face. Glosses on single process brunettes are crucial to add richness and shine. Hair dries out when the weather gets colder, so I suggest sleeping with a humidifier. For extreme cases, try a weekly at-home vitamin E treatment mixed into your favorite conditioner.