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Meet Hollywood Hairstylist: Chris D’Anda

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris D’Anda.

Chris D’Anda’s love of hair and beauty led to styling her friends when she was 14 years old, determined to one day operate her own salon. Subsequent training and certification brought her to the famed Hiroshi Kitamura Salon in Beverly Hills where she worked as a styling assistant. There, she was mentored by a protégé of Vidal Sassoon and learned how to best service her clients through a passion for her craft and dedication to their needs.

Following productive stints at Umberto Salon among others, Chris spent almost seven years as an international educator for Paul Mitchell Systems. She then worked alongside Fernando Romero, Founder and CEO of Bio Ionic styling tools, reviewing products and working on stage in Florida.

Chris’ ambition and talent allowed her to fulfill her childhood dream by opening her own salon when she was just 26 years old. In 1996, right in the heart of Hollywood, Je Jeune Salon was born. Rave reviews and a loyal client base soon followed, with Chris counting Scarlett Johansson, Anna Faris, Rachel Griffiths, Michael C. Hall, Nick Lachey and Courtney Love among her clients. Chris’ meticulous nature through all aspects of the salon experience allows her clients to receive cuts and coloring tailored specifically to their facial structure and skin tone.

Chris’ aesthetic as a stylist and entrepreneur captures her unique flair, one that she endows to everyone visiting Je Jeune. Invariably ahead of her time, Chris’ style has taken elements of punk and goth to create a novel chic in stark contrast to staid Beverly Hills traditions. Inspired by a trip to New York City’s St. Marks Place, Chris advanced her enviable professional landscape by creating her own line of cherry-almond scented hair products using essential oils and natural ingredients to infuse shine, body and luster to hair.

While running Je Jeune Salon, Chris has created hair shows that further display her extraordinary skills. She’s rented out locales like the El Rey and mixed a club environment with a midnight fashion show to create a singular, unforgettable experience.

In 2008, Chris started Vanity Cares, a community charity providing food for those struggling to feed their families and pets. Chris’ passion for animals extends toward using her (often limited) free time to work with rescue groups and care for her menagerie of pets. She’s also a committed surfer who looks for the waves of the Pacific to keep her grounded.

Below you’ll find edited excerpts of our interview with Chris.

Has it been a smooth road?

Nothing is ever a smooth road but that’s part of what makes us who we are. I enjoy the benefit and freedom but along with that comes hours of hard work. You never truly leave the job while in the salon my focus is my client but there is so many other things that need to get done. There is no true overnight success it take motivation and hard work. I think one of the biggest struggles is the 2008 crash of our economy I’d never felt such an impact like that in my entire carrier but failure is not an option and I worked with my clients who were also having hardships and made sure that we worked all got through it.

Take my product line for instance. When I first got the idea I came back and it was almost 3 years before I got to hold my creation in my hand. There were so many obstacles, most companies won’t formulate unless you are going to be purchasing quantities of 50 thousand! Being a small business is probably the hardest thing to do but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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