Style Like the Stars: Celebrity Hair Stylist Product Lines
Aside from jetting around the world to attend to celebrities and fashion magazines, celebrity hair designers work to build their brand, releasing products that enable people to feel like they can get in on the action even if they're unable to afford pricy salon services—you may not be able to afford a $1,000 haircut, but you can use the same products and hope for the best.
One of the first modern celebrity stylists, Frederic Fekkai boasts a five-story New York salon that has spawned an empire of namesake salons across the country that serve socialites, stars, and well-heeled women who want chic, effortless, French-influenced style. His award-winning product line, released in 1995, includes a full range of conditioners, shampoos, and stylers to keep hair healthy and shiny.
You know her work: She’s styled the hair of Hillary Clinton, Sandra Bernhard, and Michelle Pfeiffer, although she’s best known for being the woman behind Meg Ryan’s iconic shag. In fact, shags, blunt cuts, and short choppy layers are what Hershberger is famous for. The Sally Hershberger product line, released in 2008, features products intended to calm frizz and enhance short, androgynous cuts.
As the resident hair expert on TLC’s What Not to Wear, Ted Gibson helps regular women realize their beauty potential; he’s also the guru who cares for the hair of Anne Hathaway and Angelina Jolie, plus he styles models for runway shows.
The signature looks of Britney Spears, Carmen Electra, and Renee Zellweger were all created by renowned New York colorist Rita Hazan. She’s also Oprah’s go-to hair expert for makeover segments. In 2011, Hazan’s spray-on root concealer, which was designed to camouflage roots as hair color grows out, became one of the most sought-after products in the beauty world. ($24, Rita Hazan)
The Oscar Blandi Salon in New York is a favorite stop for celebrities like Katie Holmes, Kelly Ripa, and Faith Hill. Blandi’s Italian sensibilities have won him a following devoted to both his salon services and his excellent line of hair-care products.
Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker trust their locks to Serge Normant, who has designed editorial looks for Chanel, Gucci, Celine, Valentino, L’Wren Scott, and countless others. He’s also the author of two books on hairstyling, Femme Fatale and Metamorphosis.
Although he’s known for being Jessica Simpson’s “mane” man, Paves is an accomplished stylist with a West Hollywood salon and years of experience doing hair for Eva Longoria, Celine Dion, Fergie, and Jessica Alba. In 2006, Paves and Simpson successfully launched a line of clip-in hair extensions to allow all women the chance to experiment with the latest looks. (hairdo BANG, $24, Amazon)
His salon, which occupies the penthouse floor of New York’s famed Bergdorf Goodman department store, is so well known for turning out perfectly coiffed socialites and celebrities that it was the inspiration for Plum Sykes’ 2004 novel, Bergdorf Blondes. His Elementage line of products is fortified with vitamins to protect hair from environmental stresses. (Elementage Be Conditioned Daily, $28, John Barrett)
Oribe Canales has been doing hair for fashion shoots and celebrities since the 1970s, working with luminaries like photographers Steven Meisel and Richard Avedon and with makeup artist Francois Nars, along with legends like Diana Ross, Cindy Crawford, and Naomi Campbell. Oribe has worked with Jennifer Lopez out of his Miami salon since the beginning of her music career.
An in-demand editorial hair colorist who’s worked with clients like Lady Gaga, Johnathan Gale’s new Couture Color collection allows users to experience salon-quality color in their homes. The collection includes coloring kits, professional colorist tools, and a special Pequi Oil Treatment that promises smoother, shinier hair. (Luxeblend Crème Hair Colour With Pequi Glossing Serum, $30, couturecolor.com)