Cristophe was born, raised and educated in Belgium; he and his wife Danielle moved to the United States in 1982. In May 1993, Cristophe found himself at the center of the "Hairgate" controversy. He gave President Clinton a haircut while Air Force One sat on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport. It was then mistakenly, but widely reported that air traffic at the airport had been delayed until Cristophe finished the haircut, causing a media controversy for the Clinton administration and increasing Cristophe's prominence as a stylist. Cristophe currently operates five "Salon Cristophe" locations (Beverly Hills, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Newport Beach, and Saint Barths) and sells a line of haircare products exclusively through the CVS Pharmacy chain.
- Eric Messinger, "Cristophe Who? Barber shorn of mystery", New York Times News Service in The Free Lance–Star, May 28, 1993.
- Maureen Sajbel, "Style: Leaders of the Pack : Southern California Trendsetters: Portraits From the Creative Edge : A Cut Above: Cristophe", Los Angeles Times, March 13, 1994 ("36-year-old Belgian native").
- Vincent, Frank; Prigge, Steven; Gandolfini, James (FRW) (2007-01-30). A Guy's Guide to Being a Man's Man. Penguin. pp. 150–. ISBN 9780425215364. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- Amy Wallace, "Cristophe Cut to the Quick Over Bad Press : Media: Hairstylist talks about the tangle he got himself into since the President had his infamous bad hair day." Los Angeles Times, June 20, 1993.
- "A $200 Haircut at LAX", Frontline (accessed 2013-04-19).
- Simon Maloy, "NY Times rehashed Pres. Clinton haircut myth", Media Matters for America, February 9, 2007.
- Mark Crispin Miller, Cruel and Unusual: Bush and Cheney's New World Order (W. W. Norton & Company, 2004), ISBN 978-0393059175, pp. 126-131. Excerpts available at Google Books. ("By far the biggest story of his early term, Clinton's selfish haircut was a great boon to his enemies—and, as it turned out, a fiction from the start.")
- Dana Calvo, "Cutting It, Coast to Coast", The New York Times, December 5, 1993.
- Daniel A. Anderson, "'Sophisticated Barber' Is A Cut Above Celebrity Stylists", Knight Ridder Newspapers in The Vindicator, January 10, 2000.
- "The Issue: CVS Goes Upmarket", Bloomberg Businessweek, February 13, 2009.