Leanne Citrone Known For:
Naturally beautiful, effortless, healthy hairWhere to Find Her:
The Andy Lecompte Salon
in Los AngelesYears in the Industry:
20+Instagram: @leannecitroneBeauty Essential:
A custom-made face oil from manicurist Debbie Leavitt
that contains a blend of coconut and olive oils
For Leanne Citrone, hairstyling could very well be genetic. Her great-grandfather, her dad, her uncle, and her sister are all in the business. “It was in my bones,” says Citrone. Born and raised in England, Citrone moved to Florida in her teens, where she ran her father’s salon and learned his tricks of the trade. “My dad trained me how to do hair,” she says. “He taught me everything from cutting to running a salon.”
But it was Gwyneth Paltrow’s hair (or, rather, the man who cut it) that lured Citrone out west at the age of 24. “When Gwyneth cut her hair really short for the film Sliding Doors,
I decided I wanted to work with the guy who styled it—Laurent Dufourg, who owned Privé Salon
,” Citrone recalls. As it happened, her then-boyfriend was moving to Los Angeles, and Citrone decided to join him. She headed directly to Privé to ask for a job. Like her career in hair, it was meant to be: Dufourg needed an assistant and hired Citrone.
About six months later, Andy Lecompte
arrived at Privé, and he and Citrone became fast friends, going on to open the Andy Lecompte Salon
in 2008. The sleek, minimalist West Hollywood space would soon become a celebrity stronghold, where insiders (including neighbor Jenni Kayne, who alerted Citrone to the spot) would flock for low-maintenance yet elegant cuts that grow out beautifully.
Besides great hair, of course, Citrone’s personal beauty philosophy revolves around exercise, which the mother of two credits as her anti-aging strategy. “I always say that when I die and get to the gates of heaven, if God asks, ‘If you can have a refund for anything, what would it be?’ I would say, ‘Give me back all the money I spent on fitness,’” laughs Citrone. “Working out is key to my mental well-being. I can’t get enough.” And clients can’t get enough of her effortless cuts.