Anthony CristianoAnthony Cristiano Salon
Gleaming and glittering with the sunlight that pours in through floor-to-ceiling windows, Chicago’s newest salon is all sleek chic (think smooth, mod furniture and black and white decor). Anthony Cristiano Salon—which took up residence on the mezzanine level of the Trump Hotel and Tower late this summer—perfectly reflects its namesake and owner: Anthony has perfect salt-and-pepper hair and an expertly-groomed goatee that immediately makes you trust him with your locks. That, and the fact that celebs like Mariah Carey, Demi Moore, Uma Thurman, and Adriana Lima have also trusted him with their hair. Despite his high-profile clientele in New York and LA (and lucky for us), Anthony chose his native Chicago as the home for his first salon–albeit one he hopes will spread coast-to-coast. All this, and he’s a family man: Anthony has a wife (who, we enviously imagine, has perpetually perfect hair) and three children. We cornered the busy salon-owner for this week’s Spotlight.
GROOMING MUST-HAVES>> cologne: CREED SILVER MOUNTAIN WATER // moisturizer: MALIN+GOETZ FACE MOISTURIZER // face wash: CLARINS MEN ACTIVE FACE WASH // shaving cream + razor: TRUEFITT & HILL LUXURY SHAVING SOAP // spa treatment: THE CLASSIC TRUMP MASSAGE WITH AROMATHERAPY // hair product: PHYTO WET GEL & LEONOR GREYL PARIS SERUM DE SOIE
Q: How did you get involved in the haircare industry?
A: Growing up, I was always artistic and had a love for fashion. When looking into career opportunities in the creative field, I became interested in the haircare industry and once I began to learn more, I instantly fell in love. I never looked back.
Q: And you’ve come so far! You’ve already gotten to work with tons of celebs, but whose hair are you still dying to get your hands on?
A: Vanessa Paradis. Her look is very natural and beautiful.
Q: All summer long, hair has taken a beating from sun and surf. That’s inevitable, but what preventable mistakes are we making?
A: The most common mistake I see with women is that they don’t wash their hair enough. I recommend washing your hair at least three to four times per week.
Q: Good advice. Now that fall is officially here, whats the top seasonal hair trend?
A: Clients are beginning to request richer, deeper shades for fall.
Q: Having done so much with your career, what are you still aiming for?
A: Looking long-term, we’d love to have Anthony Cristiano Salons on both coasts. [And] I’m always searching for a better way to do things; I’m a true perfectionist.
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