BTC’s COLOR, Cut and Style 2015: The Celebrity Stylist Panel
They’ve had their hands in the hair of some of the world’s biggest stars. Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Aniston, Madonna. Yet when the second annual BTC COLOR, Cut & Style Celebrity Stylist Panel gathered in New Orleans, it was as casual and spontaneous as if a few friends were grabbing a glass of wine after work.
They’ve had their hands in the hair of some of the world’s biggest stars. Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Aniston, Madonna. Yet when the second annual BTC COLOR, Cut & Style Celebrity Stylist Panel gathered in New Orleans, it was as casual and spontaneous as if a few friends were grabbing a glass of wine after work. Except these friends just happen to work with Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba and Meg Ryan!
This year’s panel, moderated by BTC Founder and Creative Director Mary Rector-Gable, represented a cross-section of salon owners and independents—one who has been in the business for several decades; others who are relatively new to the celebrity scene. There was one woman and four men, three colorists and two cutters:
Sally Hershberger—One of the first women to achieve superstar status as a stylist, she now owns salons in L.A. and New York, and has worked with a stellar lineup of celebrities, including Meg Ryan, Scarlet Johansson, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jane Fonda and Joan Jett.
Justin Anderson—Making his second appearance on the panel (because he loved his first time so much, he begged Mary to allow him to come back), Justin once again brought his low-key, Southern California energy to the show. His clients include Jennifer Aniston, Miley Cyrus and Kelly Osbourne, and he works at the Chris MacMillan Salon in Beverly Hills.
Johnny Ramirez and Anh Co Tran—The creators of “lived-in” color and style, the pair’s Ramirez | Tran Salon is the “It Girl” destination in Beverly Hills. Their constant presence on social media has propelled them to fame, and is a huge factor in the success of their salon and the creation of their celebrity clientele, which includes Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway, Ginnifer Goodwin, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie.
Daniel Moon—This pioneer of unconventional color made up his mind early on that he would never compromise his artistry. His unique color creations have launched a global trend that has been embraced by celebrities and salon clients alike. His clients at The Andy LeCompte Salon include Kylie Jenner, Katy Perry and Nicole Richie, and he is currently working with the one and only Madonna.
Fame, Artistry and Money
Led by Mary, the panel covered a wide range of engaging topics. Sally shared the story of her quick rise to fame as a result of working with the iconic photographer Herb Ritts, which led to introductions to Meg Ryan, Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Newton John. Johnny and Anh discussed pricing and the fact that “taking 10 years off of someone is worth what we charge.” They also talked about how their massive social media presence led to them opening the salon. Justin and Danny shared the “scoop” on working with Miley and Madonna during their tours (Miley requested retouches every two weeks, and working with Madonna is—no surprise—a collaboration because she knows exactly what she wants!)
The five stylists also reflected on East Coast vs. West Coast style, winging it when they’re “stuck,” lessons learned from corrective color and frequent color changes and their individual creative and business philosophies.
Later that night, the panel members headed to BTC’s #OneShot Awards, where each one presented an award with one of the Hot Shot finalists.
The beautiful roses Sally sent Mary following her time on the Stylist Panel and as a presenter at #ONESHOT.
And although these artists are used to rubbing elbows with A-listers, each admitted that spending a weekend with their colleagues was uplifting and just plain fun. Proof? “Sally sent me a dozen roses,” reveals Mary Rector-Gable, “thanking me for inviting her to be part of the show, and Johnny and Justin are already blocking off their calendars for next year!”