Kristoff Ball's hands-on design Hair stylist Kristoff Ball knows how to wield not only a pair of scissors but a welding torch as well. He put his construction skills to good use in creating his new Beverly Hills salon. |By Alexandra Drosu Kristoff Ball is known for...
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Kristoff Ball's love of long, "beachy" hair and the beginnings of his remarkable career can be traced back, appropriately, to his Long Beach upbringing. Kristoff unofficially became a stylist at the age of twelve, old enough to have an opinion about the horrible haircuts his father gave him. He taught himself how to cut hair and, while other kids were setting up lemonade stands, the young entrepreneur set up a makeshift salon in the garage and began charging his Long Beach neighbors $5 for a cut.
Kristoff received his associates of arts degree from Cerritos College, became a certified California trainer, and started working as an official stylist at Downtown Long Beach salon Trabuco. He also became immersed in the world of Rock and Roll in his 20s, taking guitar instruction from members of Pennywise and Social Distortion. His impressive and life-changing first gig was opening for No Doubt and Sublime, and with his rock star connections he became known as the "Long Beach Hair Guy" virtually overnight. While other stylists have tried to take the credit, he is the one responsible for Gwen Stefani's platinum blonde—and later pink—locks, which was his big break in the hair world. He also did Pink's hair, taking her from her namesake color to blonde.
After leaving Long Beach for Los Angeles, Kristoff worked at some of
Tinsel Town's most high-end salons including Art Luna, Privé, Fred Segal Beauty and Chris McMillan. With decades of experience, strong intuition and a solid client base— including celebrities Alicia Silverstone, Rosanna Arquette and Jared Leto—he realized it was time to start his own business.
An artist of multiple mediums, Kristoff is a trained journeyman craftsman, having worked on the Museum of Tolerance and the Getty Museum. He enjoys hands-on involvement even in the design and construction of his Beverly Hills Salon.
Aside from cuts and color, Kristoff is known as a master blow-dryer and stylist. This has afforded him reputation-boosting opportunities such as working on Pink's "Get The Party Started" music video, 30 Seconds to Mars' "Capricorn" music video, and "The Simple Life" reality series with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, which took him around the world.Today, Kristoff wears many hats, chiefly that as the father of four. His daughter Lauren is a 29-year-old Veteran who served in Iraq as a Soldier and Afghanistan as a civilian. She now works as a marketing coordinator near Seattle for the WA National Guard. His son, Noriel who is 23 is a talented individual who like his father is a musician and a talented hairstylist who works beside him at the Kristoff Ball Salon in Beverly Hills. The youngest of the four are 5-year-old Jeriko and 2-year-old Felix. Kristoffs talents are not only held in the salon, being a musician he is the front man of his band Cake Boy, Kristoff is no stranger to the stage.
The newest venture for The Platinum King of Beverly Hills is his very own line of hair products. Being an expert on Hollywood hair this line is sure to be a knockout, it might even reach platinum.