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Zoom In On Five Of Paris’ Hairdressers To The Stars

March 2nd 2017

On a film shoot, the red carpet, at Cannes or other festivals – wherever the star goes, their hairdresser goes with them. FAB met with the hairdressers of celebrities such as Catherine Deneuve, Lenny Kravitz, Kate Winslet, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Karl Lagerfeld and David LaChapelle. Look no further for why these celebs are so loyal to them.

Madeleine Cofano: The Stylist

Once a studio hairdresser and now in charge of Coiffirst salon, we’ve lost count of the number of celebs who have filed through her doors on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré: Catherine Deneuve, Clémence Poésy, Fanny Ardant, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Hurley, Virginie Ledoyen and even Carla Bruni Sarkozy in her days as a supermodel. Loyal to each other, Madeleine Cofano is who we have to thank for the former First Lady’s highly notable hairstyle for her official visit to Buckingham Palace in the UK. Hair down, enhanced with a Jackie Kennedy fascinator – the photo travelled the world. Another famous image signed off by Cafano: Audrey Tautou’s tomboy cut when presenting at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Charmed by their meeting, the actress made Madeleine her hairdresser for the biopic about Coco Chanel.

Hairdresser Madeleine Cofano with Audrey Tautou
Photo credit: Madeleine Cofano

As for the Madeleine herself, her success comes from the fact that she knows how to make women beautiful, without changing them: “I make their beauty come out. I manage to rearrange volume to sit in balance with the shape of the face, head, forehead and cheekbones.”

Christophe Robin: The Color Specialist

Having arrived in Paris 18 years ago, Christophe Robin began with an ad for Jean Louis David and followed that up doing coloring for supermodel Stephanie Seymour. “The color was simple, I mainly worked on making her hair shiny, but it had a snowball effect!” Elle MacPherson and Claudia Schiffer soon followed in her footsteps.

One day in 1995, Catherine Deneuve called him up. “I saw Claudia Schiffer’s hair at a dinner. My blonde isn’t working, I’d like to meet you,” she said. Since then, Christophe is the man behind the actress’s iconic blonde cuts. But she’s not the only Silver Screen star to head to his intimate salon on Rue Bachaumont: Faye Dunaway, Jeanne Moreau, Emmanuelle Béart, Vanessa Paradis, and the blonde Kristin Scott Thomas in “The English Patient”.

Catherine Deneuve with colorist Christophe Robin
Photo credit: Christophe Robin

“Showcasing the skin, the eyes, the complexion, but never letting the color take the limelight” – that is Christophe’s guiding principle. “I analyse their face and the character of their hair, so that I can then work with pigments, light and contrast, and find the color that is most natural for these women.”

David Mallett: The Master Of Technique

At the age of four in his native Australia, David Mallett had already decided he wanted to be a hairdresser. “I arrived in Paris at the age of 27. There I had an urgent request to style Lenny Kravitz’s hair for a shoot with Jean-Baptiste Mondino, and the stylist was Emmanuelle Alt, then Chief Fashion Editor for Vogue France. She asked me if I wanted to work with her the following day, with Diane Kruger and Nathaniel Goldberg. That’s when it all began.” 

Hairdresser David Mallett
Photo credit: David Mallet

In 2011, David settled into Paris’s second arrondissement and became official hairdresser to Alexandra Golovanoff, French TV’s sharp fashionista. His expertise crosses borders and celebs pull him in: Kate Winslet, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Demi Moore, Eva Green, Isabelle Adjani, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Marion Cotillard, Naomi Campbell, Penélope Cruz, Sharon Stone, or Karl Lagerfeld and David LaChapelle on the men’s side, the list seems endless, as does his talent.

Hairdresser David Mallett
Photo credit: David Mallett

“I believe that hair should be radiant outside, not just inside the salon. It’s useless creating an extraordinary style that only lasts a minute, or is only done for a photo. My philosophy is to be practical, to show my clients how to have beautiful hair, even if I’m not next to them,” he says.

John Nollet: The Creator

John Nollet knew he was going to be a hairdresser from childhood. When he arrived in Paris, this native of Northern France was taken on as the hairdresser for Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s film “The City Of Lost Children”, and pretty soon after had many producers calling him up. He is constantly in demand, and his ideas come from whatever surrounds him: classic films, contemporary art, dance…

Audrey Tautou’s now legendary square fringe in “Amélie”, Bjork in “Dancer In The Dark”, the hairstyles of the eight fabulous actresses in “8 Women” (Catherine Deneuve, Virginie Ledoyen, Emmanuelle Béart…) – all him.

Hairdresser John Nollet
John Nollet. Photo credit: Davide Gallizio D&G Make up campaign

In Paris, where he has placed his scissors in a suite at the Park Hyatt, you might bump into Juliette Binoche, Mylène Farmer, Diane Kruger, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Hurley… just as you might Vincent Cassel, Gérard Depardieu, Johnny Depp and Mathieu Kassovitz.

Sarah Guetta: The Dry Cut Specialist

In 1995, somewhat at random, Sarah Guetta got into the fascinating world of cinema when she worked on the film “Pédale Douce”. The daughter of a showman, she merged right into this world of travel. Sarah introduced her speciality, dry cutting, into this world where people would ‘only’ have their hair done for a role, and notably was the one who brought in ‘messy hair’.

It was she who transformed Élodie Bouchez and Natacha Régnier in “The Dreamlife Of Angels” and Agnès Jaoui for “The Taste Of Others” with her short cut. For men, she never uses a razor, only scissors. She’s the one they call “Patrick Bruel’s hairdresser” and Patrick Timsit’s and the singer Raphaël’s.

Hairdresser Sarah Guetta
Photo credit: Stéphane de Bourgies

Sarah has a gift for sensing personalities and gives each person a hairstyle that suits them. In the world of cinema, this method hits the spot. Starting with the screenplay, she comes up with looks suited to the characters. Actor Richard Berry praises Sarah for turning his hair into silk. Her salon near the Rue de Rivoli is never empty.