Jen Atkin, the Founder and CEO of Mane Addicts and OUAI haircare and our newest Montage Magazine guest contributor, is known for her unique ability to meld old school beauty with up-to-the-minute trends, having styled hair for some of the most glamorous and trendsetting stars, among them, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Emma Stone, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Katy Perry and Gigi Hadid. With a rise to celebrity status of her own through social media, Atkin has been named the “most influential hairstylist in the world” by the “New York Times.”
Atkin’s website, Mane Addicts, serves as a platform for hair inspiration and styling tips, as well as a community for rising stylists. OUAI has grown to over 150K followers on Instagram in a year, retailing around the globe with Sephora, Net-a-Porter, Nordstrom, Selfridges and more.
She is also the global face for the Dyson Supersonic hair dyer, has her line of hair accessories with Chloe + Isabel, as well as a range of hair extensions sold through BeautyWorks. Here, in an exclusive interview with Montage Magazine, she offers her tips for navigating her hometown of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles is special to me because: I am always traveling for my job (I split my time between LA, NYC, Paris and Dubai) so my time in LA at home with my hubby is my vacay.
My favorite local hotel for a staycation: Montage Beverly Hills
I never forget to pack my: OUAI Dry Shampoo Foam, Slip silk eye mask and my Dyson Supersonic blowdryer
The first thing I put on is my: Kylie Shop sweatsuit
My perfect day starts with: a workout at ModelFIT or Barry’s Bootcamp
Followed by: (at night time) Dinner at Jon & Vinny’s with my husband, followed by a movie at iPic
I’ll be reading: Every year, I love to read two to three spiritul and business books to kickstart the new year. Right now I’m reading Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter.
The best coffee shop in town: Alfred’s
My favorite watering hole is: Pressed Juicery
The best memory I’ve made here: Building my career, and my home and life with my husband
Best local boutiques to shop are: Barney’s, Violet Grey
Favorite spa is: Spa Montage
If you go, be sure to: turn your phone off!
L.A. City Guide: Favorite shops
For clothes: Barney’s, A.L.C., The Grove
For home: Kelly Wearstler, Consort Design
For treasures: Anywhere on Melrose Place or Rodeo Drive