Alès Patrick (1935-2019). French hairdresser, a “doctor” for hair. He didn’t feel a calling for this line of work, but found it by chance.
Alès Patrick (1935-2019). French hairdresser, a “doctor” for hair. He didn’t feel a calling for this line of work, but found it by chance, needing a way to pay for his studies. He found one at age 17 as an assistant to the hairdresser Louis Gervais.
Cutting hair and setting it caaught his interest and by age 21 he was already first hairdresser at Carita, alongside Jean-Louis David and Jacques Dessange styling celebrities of the time and models of huge brands such as Balmain and Givenchy.
The first salon and the “Brushing” technique
In 1965 he went out on his own and opened his first salon in Paris. He also invented the “brushing” technique (temporary shaping of the hair by brushing it during blow drying).
His studies inspired him to test on the hair certain therapies based on plants and he found by chance a series of writings and studies that belonged to an old healer.
In 1970 the first Phytosolba laboratories were founded and, with the imprimatur of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris, began to produce and distribute treatment products.
In ’79 it acquired the Lierac laboratories and in ’98 the perfume brand Caron.
The group acquired Jean-Louis Renaud Inc., which renamed Alès Group Canada. Then the line Une Femme de Caron was launched. The Alès Group consists of seven firms producing cosmetics, hair products and perfumes.
The Alès Group has important interests in the cosmetics industry and operating offices in Europe and the U.S.
In 2015 he left the presidency of the board of his group, then transferring it to his son Romain in 2018. In recent years, the Alès Group has seen its capital grow by over 20 million euros. It is listed on the Paris stock exchange.
Patrick Alès passed away in May 2019 at the age of 88.
Albane Camille (1943). French hairdresser. She began to work in 1965 with Jacques Dessange and with him opened the first Camille Albane salon.
Albane Camille (1943). French hairdresser. She began to work in 1965 with Jacques Dessange and with him opened the first Camille Albane salon in 1969. She develops a network of franchises, following the example of her teacher, who was the first to introduce it to the world of hairdressers. Furthermore she concluded an exclusive agreement for the Avon line. She is famous for her colors, above all for a certain red dye obtained from natural ingredients.
Albane from 2000 to today
The brand aims to offer its customers total comfort and complicity.
In 1994 Albane Camille opened another salon in Paris, France.
Two years later, in 1996, Albane opened the first training center, where collaborators develop their artistic sense and acquire the skills that distinguish the French brand.
Just four years after its first opening, Albane opens 90 salons around the world. To date, it has more than 190 salons distributed in 10 countries. We can find an Albane salon in one of these countries: France, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, India and Kazakhstan.
In 1999 Camille Albane launched the first hair products. The products are distributed exclusively in the salons of the French hairdresser and quickly reach worldwide fame. They are manufactured in France by the R&D team and tested by industry experts.
During the following year she launched a line of make-up products.
In 2002 the Natural Pigma brand was born. A line of shampoos whose formula is made on the spot and tailored to the customer to enhance the color of the hair.
In 2012, to keep up with the times, Camille launched an e-learning platform for the training of her collaborators, the Learning Lab.
In 2014 the brand celebrated 20 years of profitable business.
The brand’s new line of hair products was launched in 2016.
Alba Armillei (1934). Was a Roman hairdresser known for elaborate hairstyles and chignons decorated with flowers and feathers.
Alba Armillei (1934). Roman hairdresser known for elaborate hairstyles and chignons decorated with flowers and feathers.
Her salon has been located in via Condotti since 1964, but Alba also had great fame in Porto Rotondo. At the beginning of the 1970s, in the most mundane years of the village built by Nicolò and Luigino Donà dalle Rose on the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, he opened a beauty salon together with his sister Francesca. During his career he has opened many shops in the Italian capital.
The hair stylist began her career in the shop of her father, Antonio Armillei, also a hairdresser. The young woman helped with washing her hair.
In her career she worked with hundreds of characters from the jet set, aristocracy, cinema and the bourgeoisie of that era. Virna Lisi, Marina Lante della Rovere, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Tony Curtis, Guttuso and Mick Jagger. She devised a particular hairstyle for Liz Taylor that made her taller: a device that made her gain about ten centimeters.
For 11 years, from 1967 to 1981, he collaborated in the fashion shows of Irene Galitzine, Emilio Pucci and Valentino. In the 80s and 90s she attempted an experience as a designer of high fashion, letting herself be supported by her son.
Alba was a talent that I have never found in my entire career. She invented many looks from the 60s and 70s. Valentino
Alba Armillei, with the help of her friend Carla Pilolli (a well-known journalist of customs) wrote a biographical book, “I took life by the hair”. The book was presented in 2014 at Palazzo Torlonia, in Rome. Furthermore Veruschka von Lehndorff, known as Veruschka, was also present for the presentation. The two became friends as Alba often combed the model for her Vogue covers.