col·​or·​ist | \ ˈkə-lə-rist How to pronounce colorist (audio) , -lər-ist\

Definition of colorist

: one that colors or deals with color

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My mother still dyed her hair a coppery brown at age eighty-eight, my best friend went to the colorist every few weeks, and even my daughter dabbled with highlights. Longreads, "True Roots," 5 June 2019 Color&Co lets users speak with a colorist for a hair consultation, instantly and for free. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Meet Color&Co, the L'Oréal Start-Up That Lets You Video Chat with a Hair Colorist," 9 May 2019 Kirsten Stuke is the New York City colorist responsible for oh-so many of fashion’s most brilliant manes, thanks to her uncanny sense for unconventional color and unparalleled skill with the painting brush. Vogue, "How to Dress Up a Brilliant Dye Job, Per New York City’s Coolest Colorist," 11 Mar. 2019 The shade was created by colorist Sydney Doctor, owner of Style-Lush Salon in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "Ash Mauve Hair Is the Smoky New Hair-Color Trend For Spring," 5 Apr. 2019 Choose a kit that's only one shade lighter than your base color, says NYC celebrity colorist Rita Hazan. Glamour, "How to Dye Your Hair at Home Like a Pro," 27 Mar. 2019 Theron tasked celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel and colorist Tracey Cunningham to dye and chop her hair mere hours before the awards show. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Charlize Theron Just Debuted New Brown Hair at the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 According to It-colorist Lena Ott, taking Lish from jet-black to white-hot blonde took six hours total. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Wang Gang Model Just Went Extreme Platinum Blonde for the Alexander Wang Runway," 2 Dec. 2018 During an interview with Allure, Beyoncé's colorist Rita Hazan detailed some of what's required to get Bey's practically angelic hair shade. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé's Hair Colorist Shared How the Singer Selects a Shade of Blonde," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of colorist

1685, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colorist

borrowed from French coloriste, from Latin color color entry 1 + French -iste -ist entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of colorist

: a painter who uses color in interesting and effective ways
: a person who dyes people's hair

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