After the haircut heard 'round the world last May, Cristophe became a household name. But fame proved to be a blessing and a curse: Though the Beverly Hills hairdresser was booked solid for weeks following the trim he gave President Clinton at LAX, he also lost the First Couple as clients.
Cristophe predicts that he'll see the Clintons again someday, but there's no rush. "I'm trying to avoid major international crises," says the gentle and good-natured 36-year-old Belgian native. Besides, he adds, "hair is not an important part of their agenda."
Being synonymous with pricey hairstyles put a distressing crimp in business for the $50-a-cut hairdressers at Cristophe's salon, but his own list of regulars was unaffected. Half of Hollywood, it seems, sits in his chair, including Morgan Fairchild, Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Le Brock, Rosanna Arquette, Dustin Hoffman and Steven Spielberg.
Part of Cristophe's appeal is his presence. He's tall (towering over his wife, Danielle Schatteman, who co-owns the salon), ruggedly handsome and wears his blond hair long. Plus, he understands that no one wants to be at the mercy of a hairdresser's ego or fashion's dictates. Instead, he listens to his clients. "I take into consideration the full persona," he says.