CELEBRITY HAIR STYLIST: JUAN CARLOS MACIQUES
With over 20 years experience in the beauty industry, Juan Carlos Maciques is well known for his glam and innovative approach to hair styling.
Having tousled the locks of models for runway shows from Marchesa and Badgley Mischka to Versace and Valentino, Juan Carlos's work has also been featured on the pages of Glamour, Elle, and Marie Claire.
When he's not grooming the manes of Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen, or Michelle Williams, Juan Carlos can be found at the famous Marie Robinson Salon in New York City.
Amuze.com caught up with the in-demand hair guru to talk all about his favorite products to use, how he creates statement looks, and the most surreal moment of his career. Hint: it includes Jennifer Lopez.
How did you get your start in the hair styling business and why did you decide to pursue it as a full time career?
I’ve been fascinated by hair ever since I was a child. I used to play with my grandmother’s and mother's hair and it became an obsession. When I was little, I would cut up tissues into strips and pretend it was hair! I always wanted a Barbie styling head to play with but was never allowed.
After going to fashion school and working in the business for five years, I decided it wasn’t for me and that was really the catalyst that catapulted me to pursue what I always wanted to do. I started in Miami, where I’m from, at Toni & Guy, and trained under their program. I knew I always wanted to pursue my career on a larger scale so I moved to New York as soon as I finished my apprenticeship.
I followed Oribe (Canales), the Cuban-American hairstylist, religiously, and at the time, he was everything in hair. So I made it my mission to work at his salon. And that’s exactly what happened! It was such an exciting time in my life and I was given the opportunity to work with so many different artists in the industry. I was in hair heaven.
What’s the hair style you’re most well known for?
I love many different hair styles and lengths so I don’t pigeon-hole myself into one ‘look’. Because of my fashion background, I like to follow what the designers are doing each season and I apply that fashion flair to my client’s style and what works for them.
How would you describe your personal grooming style?
Because my hair is quite unruly, I like to wear it very polished. It suits me best.
What do you like to splurge on?
Food and dining.
What inspires you to create statement hair looks for your celebrity clients?
Their style, the clothing they’ll be wearing, and the event they’re attending. It’s all about the mood.
Who was your first celebrity client and how did you land him/her?
I don’t know if I can remember that far back, but one of my most memorable first clients was Christine Baranski. She was a referral. She’s a riot and such an authentic individual. I absolutely adore her.
If you could only use one hair product for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
It would have to be Phytovolume Actif. Its light body and hold works well with multiple hair textures.
What are the three tools in your hair kit that you just can’t live without?
My Twin Turbo hairdryer, Mason Pearson hair brush, and L'Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray.
What has been the most surreal moment for you?
Doing Jennifer Lopez’s hair for her comeback album after her twins. LOVE.
What is your current hair obsession?
A sexy, short cut that has tons of movement.
What was your first job?
Shoe salesperson. I’m also obsessed with stilettos!
Best hair tip?
Don’t shampoo too frequently. It destroys hair texture.
Do you have a secret hair how-to tip for us?
Lift the chin up when creating a ponytail or any up-do style before tying up the hair. It prevents the bubble at the nape.
Do you have any hobbies?
I love to sew even though I never have time to do so.
What's your favorite product in your kit?
The hair thickening mist by Milbon.
Who are your style icons?
Steve McQueen and Audrey Hepburn.
What's the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
Never burn bridges.
What is one thing our readers would be surprised to hear?
Funnily enough, I really dislike doing my own hair because it’s so unruly.
If you could style the hair of one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I’m obsessed with Eva Green, the French actress and model. She’s talented, revered by her peers, and beautiful.
“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”. It speaks to the exhaustion of something that could have been so great, but did not come to fruition because of exterior circumstances.
THE QUICK FIVE
Redhead or brunette?
Bob or Lob?
Club or bar?
Balayage - yay or nay?
Thai or Tacos?