Jen Atkin
InStyle Australia|October 2018
Jen Atkin

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How did you break into the industry?

After high school, I drove to California in my Honda Civic hatchback with only US$300. I called all the salons in Allure Magazine’s beauty directory until finally someone returned my call and I started working as a receptionist at Estilo Salon in Beverly Hills. I remember running out to feed the [parking] meters for [client] Bette Midler; I was so excited. I [then] met hairstylist Andy Lecompte, and started assisting him right before he went on tour with Madonna, so I ended up styling all of the dancers’ hair and travelled the world.

I’ve heard that Natalie Imbruglia’s cut in the “Torn” video inspired you as a hairstylist. How so?

I’ve always loved doing hair and was obsessed with Natalie’s haircut when I was a teenager in Utah. No-one could give me the [hairstyle] I wanted, so I bought a pack of shaving razors and starting cutting my own hair. Soon after, I was cutting all my friends’ hair in my parents’ garage.

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