When Vidal Sassoon chopped off Mia Farrow’s hair on the set of Rosemary’s Baby back in 1968, he not only created the iconic pixie cut still talked about and recreated more than 40 years since its inception, but kick-started an obsession with celebrities and their hairdressers. While Hollywood’s A-list continue to make headlines with their movie roles, infidelities and scandalous behavior, in our celebrity obsessed society, you’re just as likely to see a story about Justin Bieber being arrested as you would a front page article when Kim Kardashian changes her hair colour.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 hairdressers to the stars and the celebrities who can’t live without them.
10 Ken Paves
- Salon: Ken Paves Salon, Beverly Hills, California, Ken Paves Salon, Michigan
- Clients Include: Jessica Simpson, Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham
Why He’s So Good: Dubbed the ‘Big Kahuna of Hollywood Hair’ by Oprah Winfrey herself, the name Ken Paves is as synonymous with Hollywood as his long list of celebrity clients and BFF’s including Fergie, Megan Fox and Lady Gaga. Upon graduation, Paves began assisting the great Oribe and soon after, became a household name when he won the hair (and the heart) of Jessica Simpson when he styled her album cover, 1998’s Sweet Kisses. Paves has appeared as a makeover expert on dozens of television shows including The X Factor and The Biggest Loser, traveled the world with Céline Dion on her ‘New Day’ tour, and created his own line of clip-in hair extensions.
Latest Look: Paves was the man behind Jessica Simpson’s braided updo – a combination of the singer’s real hair and extensions that helped to start the braid craze of 2013.
9 David Mallett
- Salon: Salon De Coiffeur, Paris, France
- Clients Include: Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Diane Kruger
Why He’s So Good: Known as the most sought after hairdresser in Paris, this Australian-born artist moved to France in his late twenties and never looked back. He has worked with the world’s leading fashion designers including Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, and advertising campaigns for luxury brands including Dior and Givenchy. The awesome Aussie has also created a hair care line featuring styling and finishing products and is a frequent flyer - often whisked away by private jet to exotic locations to work on the heads of the rich and famous.
Latest Look: The go-to for celebs when they are visiting the ‘City of Light’, Gwyneth Paltrow recently asked David to create a look that was both simple and polished while attending an event for Prada.
8 Jen Atkin
- Salon: Andy Lecompte Salon, Hollywood, California
- Clients Include: Sofia Vergara, Katy Perry, Christina Hendricks
Why She’s So Good: Celebs flock to Atkin who’s extensive resume includes working with designer John Galliano (in China!) for the Dior Resort Collection, traveling around the world with Madonna as a member of the hair team on her ‘Confessions’ tour, and still finding time to make hair magic in the salon, on the set of music videos, magazine covers and runway shows.
Latest Look: Everybody’s talking about the latest celeb to take it off! Just a few weeks ago, Jessica Alba debuted a new look, cutting off five inches of her chestnut locks for a look being coined the ‘fashion bob.’
7 David Babaii
- Salon: David Babaii Blow Dry Bar, Los Angeles
- Clients Include: Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson
Why He’s So Good: Christened the ‘King of Curl’ by Vogue magazine, this celebrity bestie not only rubs elbows with the rich and famous but has a super successful hair care line free of sulphates and parabens including potions, lotions and magic elixirs to turn even the drabbest strands into luxurious, shiny locks. In 2013, David teamed up with Tinseltown it girl, Gwyneth Paltrow and fitness guru Tracy Anderson and opened a Blow Dry Bar with a unique twist – located in Anderson’s LA studio, clients can go from exercise bike to salon chair without even leaving the gym.
Latest Look: Christina Aguilera’s one and only, David is responsible for creating the multitude of looks The Voice judge sported all season long. From chic bobs, to va-va-voom curls, each look was equally stunning.
6 Ted Gibson
- Salon: ted gibson salon, New York City, ted gibson salon, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- Clients Include: Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson
Why He’s So Good: This Texas born military brat credits his frequent relocations from one exotic location to the next as an inspiration for his creativity. When he’s not making hair magic in his salons, you can find him behind the scenes, styling editorial shoots for major fashion magazines including Vanity Fair and Vogue and runway shows by designers Lela Rose and Rachel Roy. He’s also become a familiar face to millions of viewers, thanks to his stint as resident makeover guru on TLC’s popular reality show What Not to Wear.
Latest Look: Gibson created Twelve Years a Slave star, Lupita Nyong’o’s much talked about faux widow’s peak at the Critic’s Choice Awards back in January – another red carpet win for Hollywood’s newest golden girl
5 Chris McMillan
- Salon: The Chris McMillan Salon, Beverly Hills, California
- Clients Include: Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Aniston, Julianna Margulies
Why He’s So Good: Ever heard of a little haircut called, the “Rachel”? Chris McMillan will go down in the hairdresser history books as the mane man to Friends cutie, Jennifer Anniston who created the much talked about and copied look. Ranked as one of The Influencers” by Allure magazine, the California native’s work has appeared on countless fashion covers, in movies and on a multitude of red carpets
Latest Look: McMillan recently made the news when it was reported that long-time client Jennifer Aniston was jealous of the hair headlines his newest client was getting – none other than twerk princess herself, Miley Cyrus. McMillan was responsible for Miley’s dramatic pixie cut in 2013.
- Salon: Oribe Salon, Miami, Florida,
- Clients Include: Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker
Why He’s So Good: Even if you’ve been living under a beauty-free rock, you’ve probably heard of Oribe (pronounced Or-bay) thanks to his rock star status in the hairdressing world. The Cuban-born stylist moved to New York in the late eighties and it wasn’t long before people took notice – while working backstage at a Chanel show in 1992, The New York Times gave the runway hair as much attention as the clothing. The salon owner and hair maestro is known for his luxury hair care line, iconic (and often copied) magazine covers, advertising campaigns, and influence in the fashion world.
Latest Look: Oribe created Jessica Jessica Chastain’s glamorous waves at the 2014 Golden Globes proving once again that classic is always classy.
3 George Papanikolas
- Salon: Andy Lecompte Salon, Hollywood, California, Rita Hazan Salon, New York
- Clients Include: Kim Kardashian, Miranda Kerr, Hayden Panettiere
Why He’s So Good: The only hair colorist on this list, George began making headlines when he joined The ‘Circus’ tour as Britney Spears’ head stylist and his beauty power was solidified when he was named as one of America’s top colorists by InStyle, People, and Allure magazines. The thirty-four-year-old California native helped to pioneer one of the hottest color trends of the last five years, a ‘beach-style’ highlighting technique that evolved into the super popular ‘ombre’ look popularized by Drew Barrymore and Jessica Biel.
Latest Look: George was the man behind Kim Kardashian’s much publicized and much photographed (usually by Kim herself) golden hair transformation of 2013.
2 Mark Townsend
- Salon: Based in Los Angeles and New York
- Clients Include: Jennifer Lawerence, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, January Jones
Why He’s So Good: This Florida born ‘Hair God’ began by assisting top names in the field including Oribe and Sally Hershberger before getting his big break on a major Hollywood production, styling the tresses of Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz on the set of Vanilla Sky. In 2009, Townsend added world class traveller to his resume, when he was named International Dove Celebrity Hairstylist. A go-to staple for celebs during awards season, we can’t wait to see the eye candy he creates at the next red carpet event.
Latest Look: Mark was responsible for helping to create the biggest hair trend for 2013 when he cut Jennifer Lawrence’s long hair into a glorious, shoulder-length shaggy bob.
1 Andy Lecompte
- Salon: Andy Lecompte Salon, Hollywood, California
- Clients Include: Madonna, Salma Hayek, Rachel McAdams
Why He’s So Good: This world renowned stylist owns the hippest salon in town, named as “LA’s most appointment-worthy and celeb-heavy beauty spot” by Vogue.com And it’s no wonder that Hollywood’s A-list flock to Andy Lecompte’s high-end salon. At the tender age of 10, Lecompte began to work at his sister’s shop, taking appointments and answering phones and by 15, was doing photo shoots. His work has appeared in publications that include Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and he’s Madonna’s go-to guy whether on tour or on the red carpet.
Latest Look: Madonna turned heads at the 2014 Grammy’s with her glamorous and chic loose waves (the tux and cane helped too…)