French colourist Christophe Robin opened his first salon in Paris in 1994 when he was just 24 years old. It was the first ever hair studio dedicated exclusively to colouring. Christophe is the first to admit that styling is not his forte, but his career as a colourist has seen him work with the likes of Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer, Kylie Minogue and Kristin Scott Thomas.
In the late ’90s, Christophe launched his specialist haircare line for coloured and sensitive hair, with a focus on natural ingredients that enhance colour and ensure healthy hair – an ethos that continues today in his extensive and popular range. Christophe takes an artisanal approach to hair, commenting:
“You have to respect the thing that you work with. Me, I’m a colourist, not a stylist – I’m a terrible stylist – but I always consider that you can’t have a beautiful result if you don’t take care of the hair.”
We sat down with Christophe to find out more about what makes his products a favourite of hair professionals and consumers alike.
You’re a colourist – to what extent was it important for you to have natural ingredients in your products?
I believe in chemistry, that’s for sure, but you can’t replace nature. Truly, I found that all the mineral oils, they don’t work. They look good for now, but they don’t work long-term and it’s true, everything in the industry became instant-result [based]. And for me, I have to think of long-term results. Natural ingredients are very good for that.
You’ve spoken about the benefits of the prickly pear seed oil, which you discovered during your travels to Morocco. Do you go there a lot?
A lot. Because it’s a two-and-a-half-hour flight for us and they have the best beauty rituals. They have beautiful hair. The Rassoul Clay I found in Morocco too. The prickly pear seed oil was tricky as it’s an expensive one and it’s very artisanal as you make it out of the seed of the plant.
Where else do you like travelling?
French Polynesia – when I have to leave, I cry on the plane! They have beautiful hair there too, and they protect nature – it’s a part of their culture and a part of their religion. I adore it.
It’s going to sound commercial, but I love coming to Sydney. You have the sea; you have a very natural life. The economy is booming here, so you have the best of everything…. Except you can’t have dinner after 9:00 o’clock at night on Sundays!
If you wanted Australian hair professionals to know one thing about your brand, what would that be?
Firstly, I’m a hair colourist – I’m not a stylist, so there are no styling products. I would just like them to try us. You know, when we send a salon our products, and we call through a few weeks after, they always want to meet us and find out more about the products.
So the product speaks for itself?
Yes, if they like good hair. You know the blow-out bar for fast styling – they don’t care. They want serums and instant results. But the good salons, they stay so loyal – they stay with us forever.
I noticed that a few of your products have a dual use for the face and the body – was that on purpose or did that come about as a happy accident?
No, it’s made by a skincare laboratory, so we adapt a lot of skincare for hair. It works on the body, too.
Do you have a favourite product?
I have two. As a professional, the Moisturising hair oil with lavender and the Cleansing Mask with Lemon, they are the original two products that I made and truly they are game-changers, as a colourist. Also, the new solid shampoo bar, j’adore! For my hair, for my face, for my body… I adore.
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