Her iconic hair styles have been featured on countless high fashion magazines, like Vogue, Rolling Stone, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. She’s worked with the Kardashians, Katy Perry, Sofia Vergara, Gwen Stefani and countless more!
When I first met Jen, I remember thinking how I never met anyone quite like her before. The first time we worked together was in a rundown apartment in nowhere-ville. I was so nervous because it was literally my FIRST test shoot, and she waltzed right in like she owned the place! I was kind of scared of her LOL. But as we collaborated, we made absolute magic and I came to love her. She has a sick sense of humor and is an amazing hairdresser. Not to mention, she has the greatest style! Her drive and confidence is an inspiration. She is the best businesswoman I know, and probably the coolest person I’ve ever met! Read below and get to know more about her as she takes over Hollywood!
How long have you been in the industry?
I started in the industry when I was 20 as a receptionist at a salon in Beverly Hills.
How did you get your start?
I moved to LA from Utah and started working at a receptionist at a really great salon. I started managing the salon and got a great sense of the business side of the industry. I loved it so much that I started an apprenticeship there.
How do you find constant inspiration for your different looks?
I’m inspired by so many things. I love seeing all the great work from other people in my industry, I love runway hair from fashion week, and I’m constantly flipping through magazines from overseas.
Which campaign/project was the most fun to work on?
One of the most fun jobs I ever did was when I was working on Gwen Stefani for the cover of Vogue. She was such an inspiration for me growing up, that it will always be one of those ‘pinch me’ moments.
Tell us a career highlight.
One of my biggest career highlights was going on tour with Madonna when I was assisting Andy Lecompte. We traveled all over the world and I was around so many inspiring artists including the dancers and crew!
You’ve worked with everyone who’s anyone in the business! Is there someone you haven’t worked with yet that you’re still dreaming about?
I would love to do Sade’s hair. I’m her biggest fan!
How do you approach trying out a new hairstyle on a client?
I’m very cautious when trying out a new style on a client. As women we are so attached to our hair and identify with it so much. I always want to make sure I’m doing something that will make my client feel the most beautiful. Sometimes when I have an idea for something new I’ll start out on the conservative side, then we can tweak it if it feels right. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is to never take things personally if a style doesn’t work out. Just be willing to take it down and try something else.
Favorite hairstyling tool?
My GHD flat iron!
Where do you buy your hairstyle products? Are you brand loyal?
I’m so lucky that I’ve been gifted so many hair products that I’m usually not one to go out and buy something. As much as I love trying out new products, I am definitely brand loyal. I love Oribe, Leonor Greyl, Moroccanoil, GHD, T3, Harry Josh, Kardashian Beauty, Sachajuan, and so many more.
Is there any brand everyone MUST check out?
The new Kardashian Beauty line is amazing!
What is a basic hair care tip everyone should know?
Go longer between cuts.
What are some tricks to maintaining perfect hair through this summer heat?
I’m all about low maintenance. Let your hair air dry, embrace your natural texture, condition, condition, condition.
What hairstyles / trends are you most excited about this season?
I’m loving hair accessories to dress up your look for fall and winter. I think the shag is going to be the next big thing as we move away from the super blunt cuts that were popular earlier this year.
Tips on maintaining hair extensions?
It’s all about taking the time to care for you hair, being gentle, using the right tools and products (the Sheila Stotts Extension brush is a must!), and making sure you have them colored to match your hair and cut well enough that they blend.
You work with the Kardashians, how do you make each hairstyle match their personality?
All the girls have such different personalities and styles, it’s been so great to see them evolve over time. When I first met Khloe she had never worn her hair up, and now she is so adventurous with it!
Is it more important to get a haircut that frames your face well, or one you like the best— even if it’s not the most flattering?
It’s always great to do what makes you feel best. If you have a cut you love that maaaaybe doesn’t work best with your features, go ahead and wear it. As long as it makes you feel your best, you will present your best self.
What hairstyle do you think can look good on anyone?
Loose waves are a go-to. I think everyone feels a little cooler with a California girl bend in their hair.
Is there any look or job you wish you could do over?
I’ve learned not to be too hard on myself over the years. It’s easy to see something you’ve created and pick it apart. I think it’s important to always appreciate the opportunity you had with a job and learn from it for next time.
Tell us about your site: Mane Addicts. How did it get started, what does it feature?
Mane Addicts started from an idea I had to create an online community that bridged hair and fashion. I know so many talented artists that are so underrepresented and I wanted to create a platform to showcase all the great work out there and give an opportunity to inspire and educate others.
Which celebrity has the most envy-worthy hair in your opinion?
Don’t make me choose!
Any advice for someone looking to break into the industry?
Work hard, be persistent, be humble, find someone who you look up to and work for them.
Where can people find you?
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope: @jenatkinhair
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