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Chris Appleton

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Christopher Appleton (born June 14, 1983) is a British[1] hairdresser, known for working with celebrities[2][3][4] such as Katy Perry, Ariana Grande,[5][6] Jennifer Lopez,[7][8] Kim Kardashian,[9][10] and many others.[11] His work spans from editorial to television and red carpet appearances.[12][13]

Early life[edit]

Appleton was born and raised in Leicester, England.[14] He grew up in Leicester with his mother and shared his childhood with 4 siblings. Appleton had a passion for hair-styling from a very young age and his first-ever client at the age of eight was his mother. He got his first job at a salon when he was 13 years old.[15][16]


At the start of his career Appleton worked at some salons, but he got his break in 2010 when he contested and won “Young Talent of the Year” in a British hairdressing show, Hairdresser of the Year.[17] He eventually moved to Los Angeles, where Appleton immediately become known for hair-styling celebrities. His attention to detail and creative vision has made him one of the most sought-after hairstylists. His clients include Rita Ora,[18] and Katy Perry[19][20] to name a few.[21]

‘Glass Hair’ has become Appleton's signature hair-impression[clarification needed].[22] He has taken the popularity of the high pony[clarification needed] to new heights.[23] He gained more popularity in the professional community when he changed the color of Kim Kardashian's hair. He has amassed a large number of followers on Instagram.{{fact]]

Appleton has done styling for TV shows such as The X Factor, Wendy: The Wendy Williams Show, The Doctors, and House of Style, among many others. He is an ambassador of Color WOW[24] and relies on Olaplex for his color transformations and his Mason Pearson brush to polish hair. He uses Glam Seamless clip-in extensions on most clients along with a Dyson blow dryer.[25]

Appleton's work has been on covers of magazines including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Grazia, L’Officiel Paris, and Singapore. He has also worked with fashion houses on their seasonal shows, including Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, Fendi, Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, and Burberry.[26]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

Appleton won the 2010 Young Talent of the Year in a London TV Show, Hairdresser of the Year.[27] He is also the winner of the Lori McCoy-Bell Hairstyling Award.[28] Appleton was named as the Hair Star by Vogue UK.[29] He also won "2019 Hair Influencer of the Year" Award.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Appleton has two children, Kitty Blu and Billy.[31] He has tattoos of his children's names and date of birth on both his wrists. Appleton currently lives in the Hollywood Hills.[32]


  1. Crowther, Tori (2019-02-21). "You Asked, "Who's the Silver Fox Behind Kim Kardashian?," and We Answered". POPSUGAR Beauty. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  2. "Hoda Kotb rocks a sassy long ponytail worthy of the red carpet". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  3. "Inside Chris Appleton's Beauty Stash". www.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  4. "Chris Appleton's Favorite Hairstyles On Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande & More". Billboard. 2019-12-23. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  5. ELLE.com (2018-07-11). "Ariana Grande's Signature Ponytail on 4 Women". ELLE. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  6. Rearick, Lauren. "Ariana Grande May Have Been Hiding a Secret Message in Her Ponytail". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  7. Allaire, Christian. "Jennifer Lopez Makes the Case for Bouncy Pageant Curls". Vogue. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  8. "The Secret to Jennifer Lopez's Smooth Ponytail Is a Product You Already Have". InStyle.com. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  9. Donahue, Rosemary. "Watch Kim Kardashian's Stylist Chris Appleton Break Down Her Most Iconic Hair Transformations". Allure. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  10. Forbes, Jihan. "Exclusive: Kim Kardashian's Met Gala 2018 Hairstyle Was Inspired by '90s Supermodels". Allure. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  11. "2 fabulous hairstyles to try for a new look in the new year". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  12. Lin, Summer (2019-02-01). "Beauty Secrets We Learned From Chris Appleton". CR Fashion Book. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  13. Marlowe, Rachel. "How to Get Kim Kardashian West's Extreme Blonde, According to Her Hairstylist". Vogue. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  14. "Meet Chris Appleton - Hair Star". www.modernsalon.com. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  15. Lin, Summer (2019-02-01). "Beauty Secrets We Learned From Chris Appleton". CR Fashion Book. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  16. "Beauty Secrets We Learned From Chris Appleton". www.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  17. "Meet Chris Appleton - Hair Star". www.modernsalon.com. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  18. Lopez, Kristen. "Chris Appleton Talks Celebrity Hair & The Journey To Prove Himself". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  19. Metzger, Chloe (2017-02-08). "MAKEOVER ALERT: Katy Perry Got a Platinum-Blonde Bob". StyleCaster. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  20. "The Hair Stylist Behind Katy Perry's Giant Five Foot Wig". PAPER. 2019-06-01. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  21. Calaor, Jesa Marie (2019-06-01). "Cue the Nostalgia: Kylie Jenner Wore Her Hair in Layers and Side Bangs". POPSUGAR Beauty. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  22. S.A, Hellomagazine com. "Stylist Chris Appleton show us his secret for getting easy beachy waves". hellomagazine.com. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  23. "Everyone Is Losing It Over Kim Kardashian's Handsome Hairstylist Chris Appleton". InStyle. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  24. "Jennifer Lopez's Baby Hairs Are Sculpted to Perfection, Thanks to Chris Appleton". www.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  25. "Meet Chris Appleton - Hair Star". www.modernsalon.com. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  26. Stanley, Brad (2018-08-19), Chris Appleton: Fabulous AF 2018, retrieved 2020-03-06
  27. "Meet Chris Appleton - Hair Star". www.modernsalon.com. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  28. "Lady Gaga's Personal Make-up Artist Wins Second Hollywood Beauty Award". Make-Up Artist Magazine. 2019-02-21. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  29. Stanley, Brad (2018-08-19), Chris Appleton: Fabulous AF 2018, retrieved 2020-03-06
  30. "2019 American Influencer Awards". The Beauty Influencers. 2019-11-19. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  31. Cardellino, Carly (2018-06-14). "Watch Ariana Grande's Hairstylist Recreate His Favorite Looks On His Daughter". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  32. "Chris Appleton's Home Is a Sea of Hair Products and Candy-Colored Extensions". Coveteur. 2018-10-11. Retrieved 2020-03-06.

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