Hair Talk with Jen Atkin: Model Hair and How to Get It

It’s should come as no surprise that the woman behind the amazing hair of so many beautiful girls in both fashion and Hollywood, is also a babe herself!  From the runway to the red carpet, Jen Atkin is the hair expert of romantic braids to sexy waves and everything in between.  There are so many standout Jen hair creations that come to mind, but to name a few, Gwen Stefani’s platinum locks on her Vogue cover, Katy Perry’s Valentino Spring 2012 inspired braids at the People’s Choice Awards, Emma Stone’s blonde bangs front row at Paris Fashion Week and the Skullcandy campaign starring models Chanel Iman, Jessica Stam and Chrissy Teigen.

We got to catch up with the very busy beauty to talk hair from 90s supers, models with hair envy, trends to see in the coming year and how to get amazing hair at home.  For more beauty tips, behind the scene snaps and hair inspiration pics, check out Jen’s amazing Tumblr, Coiffed Queens.

Jen quotes the amazing Joan Crawford with, “I think that the most important thing a woman can have- next to talent, of course- is her hairdresser,” and we couldn’t agree more!

What is your all time favorite runway hair moment that you have created?  I fell in love with the braids in the Valentino Spring 2012 Runway show and I was waiting for the perfect client who could really pull off that look.  I got to style Katy Perry for the 2013 People’s Choice Awards, and I was inspired by her floral dress to style her in those romantic braids. I added a gorgeous head piece from Jennifer Behr to her braids to complete the look.

Do you ever get inspired by the original Supers?  Always. I find myself referencing Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford or Claudia Schiffer for hairstyles, both in their runway and personal, day-to-day looks.

What are some hair products you swear by?  For Shampoo and Conditioner, I love Clear Scalp Hair and Beauty Therapy.  They work from the scalp to promote hair health from the root.  I also love coconut oil from Whole Foods and biotin vitamins.

Which models give you hair envy?  Daria Werbowy, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jessica Stam all have amazing hair.

How can you achieve the effortless wave at home?  The trick is not to over think it.  Remember, it’s supposed to be effortless.  I recommend starting by washing your hair with Clear’s Volume Root Boost Shampoo and Conditioner for great body and fullness.  Rough dry your hair so you can work with your hair’s natural texture.  Then take a large barreled curling iron and curly large sections of your hair, tugging on them as they cool, so that they wave is a more natural texture and undone.  Sarah Potempa’s Beachwaver is awesome for undone waves too.

What are ways to protect your hair from constant straightening/blowdrying/curling etc?  I love Leonor Greyl’s Palm Oil. It’s a great pre-shampoo oil treatment that helps hydrate and seal hair. I also love Clear’s Damage and Color Repair 7 Day Intensive Treatment Tubes for a deep conditioning treatment once a month.

What styles do you foresee for hair in the coming year?  I feel like women are cutting their hair to a more medium length and blunt.  I think we’ll see this more in the upcoming year.

And what hairstyles should be retired for good?  I think hairstyles are always ever present.  They take on different forms and interpretations.  I hate to say something should go because hairstyles always have a way of coming back around, in one way or another.  And I love drawing inspiration from retro and vintage looks.


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