Celebrity hair stylist Oliver Ifergan is not only responsible for taming the tresses of some of Hollywood's hottest heads – America Ferrera, Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Tea Leoni, Gina Gershon, and Mallika Sherawat, to name a few – he's also a hair trend forecaster. He's worked in Mexico, London, and everywhere in between, and is now finally settled down in Beverly Hills where he opened Oliver Ifergan Atelier. With a product line to boot, Oliver is truly living his mane dream. We asked Ifergan our three favorite beauty questions.
INDUSTRY BREAK: I was 18 and had no direction in life, so I asked myself what motivated me. The answer was, making women look more beautiful, so I dove head first into the business and have never looked back. I embarked on my professional career working for my uncle, Charles Ifergan (of the famed Charles Ifergan Salon in Chicago). Two years later, I joined the French Haute Coiffeur in Paris where I focused on sharpening my skills while working with the top fashion design houses.
I first perfected my current cutting techniques in London at the Wella Studios and later in Mexico City for Joss Claude Salons where for three years I served as their Creative Director. My time with Joss Claude Salons gave me such invaluable expertise, and this was what thrust me into the spotlight as my personal list of celebrity clients and reputation really started to take off. Hungry for success in the United States and eager to realize my dream of opening my very own chain of salons one day, I decided to make my way to Miami, where I worked for renowned stylist, Jose Eber. I spent three years in the Miami salon before heading to the trendy Rodeo Drive location. Seeking the energy and vibrancy of New York, but not wanting to give up glamorous and sunny California, I then joined fellow French celebrity stylist, Laurent Dufourg, owner of Prive Salon, where I spent two years working between the New York and Los Angeles locations. I finally opened up my own boutique in Beverly Hills and made my lifelong dream a reality. The rest is history.
5 MOST COVETED PRODUCTS:
- Chanel clear lip gloss – Natural, effervescent, and long-lasting. Finishes off any look perfectly.
- ASAP Dry shampoo by Oliver Ifergan – I always have this on hand.
- Evian spray mist – Refreshing, hydrating, and easy to use.
- Day at The Beach by Oliver Ifergan – Gives instant volume and texture in just seconds.
- Nivea moisturizing cream – I use it morning and night. Moisturizes the skin, without leaving that greasy, sticky feeling, that other creams can often do.
FAVORITE LOOK YOU'VE CREATED: When I turned 30 I found myself working with Tom Ford, Annie Leibovitz, and George Clooney, for a spread in Vanity Fair. Along with this being one of my most memorable moments for obvious reasons, I remember being incredibly proud of what I had created for this shoot.