Have you ever taken a photo of your favourite celebrity hairstyle to your salon and frantically asked, “Can you make me look like this!?” If you’re not guilty yourself you probably know someone who is, yet we never seem to question what brains are behind these masterpieces. Celebrity hairstylists are responsible for some of the most iconic hairstyles that have been have been copied here, there and everywhere so, we decided to take a closer look at some of the best in the field.

Andy Lecompte

Andy Lecompte is one of Los Angeles’ most sought after hair talents with a client list including Penélope Cruz, Madonna and Nicole Richie. His West Hollywood salon was opened in 2008 (in partnership with fellow hairstylist Leanne Citrone) and Vogue.com has described it as “LA’s most appointment-worthy and celeb-heavy beauty spot”. The duo has created a relaxed haven where you can enjoy exclusive hair treatments in a luxurious space. He is also known for his editorial work for fashion shoots collaborating with high-fashion magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ.

Jen Atkin

When it comes to celebrity hairstylists, there is one name you should be familiar with – Jen Atkin. Her A-list clients are Jessica Alba, Reese Witherspoon, Chrissy Teigen and of course, the entire Kardashian clan. Atkin divides her time between LA, New York, Paris and Dubai working on a variety of different projects from runway to print advertising. Her most recent venture is a website dedicated solely to hair which we LOVE – maneaddicts.com.  

Ted Gibson

Between running his two salons in New York and Florida, Ted Gibson is busy styling the tresses of celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie and Jessica Chastain. He also has a huge presence at major fashion weeks and his work has appeared on runways for Chanel, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana to name just a few. If you think this is a lot, Gibson also has his own range of deluxe hair products that he promotes as cult items we should all have in our lives.

Andrew Barton

Andrew Barton leads his Covent Garden salon team on an ethos of on-trend, fashion-edged and utterly gorgeous hair. He has won an array of awards applauding his work and with 25 years experience, Barton has a schedule booked months in advance. He has been Creative Director at Saks and Toni & Guy, as well as using his expertise to style the hair of top names like Kylie Minogue, Kate Moss and Elle Macpherson. If you’re lucky enough to bag an appointment with the man himself, an Andrew Barton Makeover could set you back £510 for cut, colour and finish.

Sam McKnight

This man is responsible for the weird and wonderful creations that appear on high fashion, luxury catwalks across the globe. Being one of the most well respected stylists of the generation, he is also the man behind some of the most recognisable and iconic celebrity hairstyles. Princess Diana’s short and slick style along with Cate Blanchett’s look when receiving her Oscar are just a few of his most memorable moments. Whether it’s on the runway, in magazines or on the red carpet, McKnight is a man in demand.

Ursula Stephen

Ursula Stephen gained her status and popularity from those unforgettable Rihanna styles that got everyone talking. Her work has also been featured on the covers of Elle, Vogue, Instyle and Glamour, promoting a signature style of textured hair for the modern woman. She also manages her own salon in Brooklyn, New York, offering her talent to those who get the golden opportunity to book her.