Day in the Life: Aura Friedman, Nexxus Celebrity Color Expert

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Aura Friedman's artistic approach to hair color has been her calling card since her start. After she was named best colorist in Miami Beach by Allure in 2000, her move to the Big Apple sent her straight to the runway with the likes of Peter Som as well as behind the haute hair hues of M.I.A., Lady Gaga, Sky Ferreira, and Molly Sims -- just to name a few. Glam caught up with the celebrity colorist as she paints a series of sultry shades for her clients, including the legendary Lauren Hutton, while finding her inspiration close to home and even prepping for an upcoming shoot.

7:00 a.m.

Wake up! As soon as I open my eyes, I’m out of bed to make coffee for my boyfriend and I and turn on NPR. I love starting my day informed, so I listen to the news every morning.

8:00 a.m.

Pull out my Powerball for a quick at-home work out that usually consists of sit-ups and Pilates moves.

8:30 a.m.

It’s time to shower and get ready to start my day.

9:45 a.m.

I’m out the door and headed to work at Sally Hershberger Downtown. This is my commute-to-work selfie!


9:50 a.m.

The commute from Brooklyn is the perfect time to check emails and prep for the day ahead. The view isn’t bad either!


11:00 a.m.

This is my first client, Crystal Moselle - I've been coloring her hair for 10 years and we've become good friends. I'm especially excited about seeing her today because she will be rocking her new color at Sundance, premiering her documentary called Wolfpack.


12:30 p.m.

My second client of the day is one of my long time model clients, Ava Smith. She is the absolute sweetest and brought me a cute succulent plant.


2:00 p.m.

This cute ginger is Allison Jacobs – her fun personality calls for rose gold highlights!


2:25 p.m.

In between clients, I have time to color a wig for an upcoming shoot and caught my assistant Gloria blow-drying it!


3:15 p.m.

I somehow manage to catch a quick 15-minute lunch break in between clients!

4:30 p.m.

Client number four is another beautiful ginger! Audra Callo is a natural redhead that is fading and wants brighten her locks.


5:45 p.m.

My next client is one of my favorite girls at Wilhelmina Models. Instead of double processing Veronika’s hair, we decide to foil highlights and the result is a seamless platinum shade.


7:00 p.m.

My last client of the day is the one-and-only Lauren Hutton. She is incredible to talk to; so well traveled and knowledgeable. I love my job!


8:30 p.m.

After a long day, I finish up at the salon and head home. When I get home I find my boyfriend (who is an artist) working on hand-drawn Zines, which happen to be treasures. As you can see I am surrounded by his art, this is what inspires me daily.


9:15 p.m.

Dinnertime! I try to prepare food for the week on Mondays, so I can just warm things up every eve.

9:45 p.m.

After dinner, I put on a movie and pull some references on my iPad to prep for a potential shoot.

12:00 a.m.

I’m in bed by midnight, ready to wake up and do it all over again!