Leanne Citrone, Hairstylist, Andy Lecompte Salon

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"My name is Leanne Citrone [@leannecitrone] and I live in Los Angeles, by way of England. I own the Andy Lecompte Salon in LA and spend my days there cutting hair, working with clients, and generally running the business. I'm actually a fourth generation hairstylist—my dad, aunt, and uncle used to do it, plus my grandmother and most of her family, including her father. I guess you could say it's in my blood?

It's definitely a case of the cobbler and the shoe—I never have time to get my hair done, so I tend to stick to the same things. I wish I was more adventurous! I do however try a lot of shampoos and conditioners. Right now I'm rotating between Iles Formula Shampoo, Sachajuan Dry Hair Shampoo, Ouai, and Rahua. When my hair feels like it needs some consistency, I always go back to Davines Love Shampoo and Conditioner—Davines just makes everything feel silky and refreshed. I wash it every other day, which I know sounds crazy, but I do. My go-to, guaranteed-to-work hair treatment, however, is Wella's LuxeOil Keratin Restore Mask. It's too good.

I tend to keep my hair up in a top knot almost every day, but I go through phases where I love to get blowouts. Angelo [Tsimourtos] and Jen [Atkin] are the best and I love the way they make me look. Otherwise my hair is pretty wavy, and I like that, so I avoid styling products. But my best hair tip is actually about blow drying hair by yourself. The key is to twist pieces of hair into pigtails and twirl the pieces backwards as you blow dry them—it'll give your hair a nice natural wave. Face the blowdryer down the hair shaft towards your ends, so that it seals the cuticle. This way you can avoid frizz. If you're having a bad hair day, dry shampoo and a high ponytail will get you through.

I'm lucky that I work with so many artists that let me try their products. Molly Stern is an incredible makeup artist who turned me on to Chantecaille... I love all of their products. I always start with the Future Skin Foundation in Vanilla and the Le Camouflage Stylo under my eyes. I love the Gel Liner Pencil, which I'll smudge with my Nars Smudge Brush. If I want a sharper line, I'll pick up the Smashbox Waterproof Liner. Normally waterproof doesn't work for me, but that product is so good. On my lashes, it's Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara in Black. I always wet my lashes before I put mascara on. It's like wetting your body before lotion, everything just goes on smoother and lasts longer. For lips, Rodin has my favorite lip balm...if I want to put on a color, it's either Nars Dolce Vita or Pop Life.

When I get home at night, I have to take a shower to rinse the day off. I also don't put anything on my body or face, because I love the feel of really clean skin before I fall into bed at night. But typically, in the morning, I wash my face with Isun Purifying Gel Cleanser. I love the Cellfood Oxygen Gel under my moisturizer and rotate between Baume 27 Bio-Energizing Cell Repair Balm and Carasoin Cold Fusion for moisture. Or, if those are too heavy, I'll switch them out with Emu Oil. It feels amazing on the skin and is great under makeup. My eye cream is from Michelle Peck and has this water-based consistency that I love. It feels like it penetrates really deep. For my body, I love to mix things—Shiva Rose Amber Body Oil or Rodin Body Oil mix really well with a lotion like the coconut Mountain Ocean Skin Trip. I love that feeling of a lotion and an oil together. And living in California, it doesn't take much for my skin to feel dry. It can use the extra moisture."

—as told to ITG

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