The coiffeur behind the iconic Amélie bob and Johnny Depp’s famous dreadlocks in Pirates of the Caribbean, John Nollet’s isn’t an ordinary luxe hair service
For John Nollet, the latest hair trends are of little consequence. He keeps the unique personal style of each person in mind before styling their hair, an ingenious approach that led to the launch of the ‘Hair Room Service’—a plush salon at the luxurious Cheval Blanc Hotel in Courchevel.
But this isn’t just any ordinary luxe salon—it is stocked with styling stations designed out of custom-made Louis Vuitton trunks and vintage vanity cases packed with all the tools necessary for the celebrity hairdresser to work his magic.
The hairstyling guru, who counts stars like Vanessa Paradis, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, Monica Bellucci and Juliette Binoche as his regular clients, is also the man behind Johnny Depp’s tangled mane in the Pirates of the Caribbean and Audrey Tautou’s bobbed look in Amélie.
The globe-trotting hairstylist’s journey began in Paris, in 2002, when he launched a V.I.P. hair service that took a client’s personality into consideration, rather than just the hottest trends around. His exclusive approach enabled him to open his second salon at the luxurious Cheval Blanc hotel in Courchevel, where he introduced the ‘Hair Room Service’.
Nollet got his big break in the world of high glamour when he began working with the dancers at the Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier while living and training in Monpellier, France. He calls his work with the dancers as performance pieces; the hair had to look as fluid as the dancers themselves. From there on to the silver screen was a fait accompli. He has styled hair for the leading actors of movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Amélie, and Nine.
In 2009, Nollet partnered with Park Hyatt Hotels and Louis Vuitton for an exclusive trip around the world, his LV-laden salon in tow. Armed with custom-made trunks, manufactured especially for him in Louis Vuitton’s workshops in Asnières, he jet-setted through Dubai, Milan, Moscow, Istanbul, New York, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Shanghai and Tokyo. The hairdresser carried three customised trunks featuring signature monogram canvas with black leather trimming.
Designed by Nollet, in collaboration with hundreds of Louis Vuitton artisans, this stylish luggage came with several drawers and compartments to fit in all the tools needed to cut, colour and style hair. Everything from pins to curling irons, a silver mixing bowl, a stool and mirrors were cleverly packed within the trunk.
Two years later, in 2011, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme invited John Nollet to permanently put down his trunks in suite 101. The hotel chain revamped and redecorated the suite into a room that resembled a salon, just for him. The hairdresser has, ever since, been working out of the plush suite.
The wizard has now ventured into accentuating hairstyles with handmade hair-accessories that consists of a one-of-a-kind designs that are irresistibly chic and sophisticated. The latest collection comprises of ready-to-wear hair clips, braided headbands and combs made from real hair, leather, sequins and brass.
In fact, last year, Nollet was invited by Château Marmont to 2017 Oscars to offer his expertise and his signature hair accessory collection. A custom-made trunk with silver hairbrushes, candles and accessories was created by Louis Vuitton for the legendary stylist to recreate his magic.
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