Considered an icon by many, Cristophe has been in the hair business for more than two decades. While his career began as a stylist in Paris, he wanted to pursue a career in Hollywood to do hair for celebrities. He opened his first salon in Beverly Hills, Calif. in 1985.
Today, he owns a total of five salons across the country.
His Las Vegas location opened inside the MGM Grand in 2004. Tucked away at the back of the MGM Grand overlooking the resort's pool, Cristophe Salon offers the ultimate intimate setting. Here, it's easy to feel at home. The natural lighting and clean, geometric lines give the salon a warm, yet modern feel. Guests can enjoy the view of the swimming pool and lush foliage while getting either a pedicure or sitting under the drying station. The 12 hair stations are spaced apart nicely so guests don't feel squeezed together.
Cristophe's list of clients includes Liv Tyler, Mariah Carey, Pamela Anderson, former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton. And while his celebrity clientele list continues grow, in all his years he hasn't set aside a private room in his salon.
"Our clientele is pretty sophisticated," he said. "I believe if somebody is going to get a haircut, they're pretty much a VIP as the person next to them."
If you want a haircut with Cristophe in Las Vegas, he flies into town once a month. But when he's not there, he said clients can still expect the best. Cristophe's stylists truly cater to the customer's needs. Cristophe said there's a trust customers have that stylists are going to do a good job.
"We bring people from Paris," Cristophe said. "All my top colorists fly into Vegas."
In addition, his stylists have an amazing talent to transform any hair type with only two items: a round brush and a blow dryer. Unlike most stylists, Cristophe's staff rarely depends on straightening or curling irons to achieve the perfect hairstyle.
For his own haircut, he said he sits with anybody who's still in the salon when he's finished. One may wonder if he experiments with crazy haircuts and colors. "With the little, tiny hair I have, I'm happy what's left on my head!" he said.
Despite several years in the hair industry, for Cristophe it only gets more exciting.
"You have the ability to make someone feel fabulous and really great about themselves," he said "It's such a great gift, and that alone is enough to keep you going."
His expert hair advice? "Don't try too hard."
-- Review by Jeannie Borbe