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Christophe Robin was born in 1971 in a village near Troyes, France, and his fascination with color began at a very early age. As a 14-year-old apprentice, Christophe discovered an "authentically passionate" profession: colorist. He knew that he had found his calling.
Two years later, he joined the training team of renowned French hairstylist Jean-Louis David as an assistant trainer. With his knack for teaching and his professional talent, he was quickly promoted to the position of Art Director and began designing new hair color techniques.
In the early '90s, when he was only 19, Christophe Robin was already transforming his profession. Until then, hair coloring had been considered secondary in salons and little understood by often-wary clients. Thanks to Christophe, it became an essential fashion asset, even more important than the cut itself. Women began to see hair color in the same way they saw makeup, as something that would make the most of their beauty.
Fashion and cinema
Convinced that fashion would play a part in his future, Christophe became a booker with the Elite model agency-or rather, became a booker by day and a colorist by night. He was the man responsible for Nadia Auermann's blond locks, Sybil Cuck's red tresses and Linda Evangelistas's signature color transformations. His work with top models set the trend, and since they change their hair color often, he soon became fashion's go-to colorist.
At 24, Christophe opened the first Paris salon especially dedicated to hair color and hair care. The era when coloring was done in the back of the salon had come to an end, as had the era when its only purpose was to hide gray.
Christophe had won hair coloring the prestige it deserved: once considered technicians, colorists were now seen as artists.
He received a great deal of press coverage as well as the patronage of the world's most famous women, like Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Adjani, Emmanuelle Béart and Kristin Scott-Thomas.
In April 2004, Christophe Robin became the Color Designer for L'Oréal Paris where he develops new formulations for home hair coloring products.