Learn from the stylist behind the iconic global celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Gigi Hadid, Jennifer Lopez and Chrissy Teigen. 

Jen Atkin

She's the most in demand hairstylist in the world. 



She's the mastermind behind Kim K's top knot and beachy waves, Khloe's high pony and short haircut, Chrissy's long bob, and many more. A few years ago, she created the platform Mane Addicts with an educational purpose - Mane University. 



How she became a celebrity stylist

I moved to L.A. in 2000. I was looking for receptionist jobs at all the top salons. After about six to eight months, I heard that the Estilo salon was looking for a receptionist [and got the job]. At the time, Estilo was the salon to be at. I met Jessica Alba, who got her hair colored there back when she was doing Dark Angel. I met Chris McMillan, who was probably the most famous stylist at the time. A year and a half later, Estilo promoted me to manager. I learned the business of [being a stylist], how to run a salon, and how to deal with clients. About this time, Chris McMillan opened up his own salon in Beverly Hills, and I went to work with him as an assistant.
— Cosmopolitan

How she got clients

My first celebrity client was Minka Kelly, who I met through some friends. Then I started working on Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan, and Nicole Richie. I spent two to three years working full-time in the salon and building [my private] celebrity clients in my off hours. I’d work eight hours, then do someone for a red carpet from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and almost always worked on my days off. This is what separates the people who can really make it and those who can’t. You have to be available at all times and change plans at a moment’s notice.
— Cosmopolitan

How she finds inspiration

I keep a whole arsenal of imagery on my computer and on my iPad, so the girls know I have it all categorised. I have a folder for each girl, with ideas that they’d like, and for events we sit down, look at the clothing and make-up, and we’ll narrow down the looks that would be complementary.
— Telegraph UK


When the Kardashians became clients

I first met Kim Kardashian about five years ago through a bunch of different friends. Kim had seen some of the work I did with Sofia Vergara, and she asked me to do her hair for a cover of Cosmo in Miami. I was really excited to work with Kim because what a great head of hair. On set, I met Khloé [too], and she and I were joking the whole time. When she was getting ready to do X Factor, she wrote me the loveliest email that said, “I’m so nervous, can you come?” I’ve worked with her every day for the past four years.
— Cosmopolitan
Jen Atkin on set with Kim Kardashian 

Jen Atkin on set with Kim Kardashian 

Her tips to other stylists

You have to stand up for yourself and let people know you mean business. I feel like girls are taught to be deprecating and not to be tough. I’m all about having a balance of being nice but tough when you need to be. Our industry can be very competitive, and I’ve just never really been about that. I used to have a Serge Normant quote on my locker at the salon that said, ‘Don’t be jealous of your peers — be inspired by them.’ With Mane Addicts, I wanted to expose the friendly nature of hairstyling and just spread the message that we’re all so much more powerful when we work together!
— Teen Vogue



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