Colorist Rita Hazan on her hand in Mariah Carey’s platinum metamorphosis.

Butterfly album art, photograph by Michael Thompson

The first time I met Mariah Carey was in the late ‘90s, when I was working at the Oribe salon at Elizabeth Arden in New York City.

I was young, so [back then] I didn’t think of it as anything more than a job — A REALLY COOL JOB.

It was after she divorced her first husband, Tommy Mottola, around the time she released her album Butterfly. She wanted a whole new look for herself, and I went to her house in New York to do her color.

Carey at her wedding to Tommy Mottola in 1993, photograph by Ron Galella

Her hair was darker then, so I gave her a completely new image with some lighter, blonder highlights.

To have Mariah Carey, my first big client, give me the creative freedom to do whatever I wanted with her hair was so exciting.

We worked together for about five years after that. Looking back, it was a huge opportunity for me.

— as told to The Thick

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Rainbow album art, photograph by David LaChapelle