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This month’s icon – Didier Malige

“I like the way French women wore their hair in the 60s. You could really touch it. There was a direction, but it wasn’t stiff, there was a lot of life in it.”


Didier Malige’s journey to being one of the industry’s leading hair icons began in the 60s at Carita, seen as one of the most elite salons in Paris. During his time there, he begun to take not only an interest in hair but delved into the world of fashion.

Styled to perfect imperfection, Dider’s work has always been about enhancing natural beauty. Even his most extravagant pieces of work incorporated elements of natural beauty somewhere beneath the surface.

Didier is probably best known for his work with legendary photographers such as Helmut Newton, Bob Richardson and Bruce Weber; his rock-starlet makeovers for Saint Laurent; and Gisele’s luscious locks at Chanel No. 5’s latest femme fatale.

Didier was an inspiration for us back in the day when I was principal at the Sassoon academy. A golden era of true creativity in the world of session hairdressing. The genius of Didier inspired me to look away from industry hair and marvel at how creative we could be and still make a woman look beautiful. The inspiration to open Windle – Paul Windle, founder of Windle London

Malige resides with his partner, Grace Coddington, creative director of US Vogue, along with their loving family of cats. Malige is a true master of his craft and always stays humble knowing that hairstylists all over the world are forever inspired by his work.