On September 21, Jen Atkin, the world famous hairstylist to the stars and alum of Abram Friedman Occupational Center (AFOC), came back to visit her former Cosmetology instructor Alma Blanco. Jen returned after fifteen years, bearing gifts of brand new Dyson hair dryers and her own product line for each student in the Cosmetology program. She posted a photo of her AFOC visit to Instagram which quickly received over 15,000 likes.
“Alma Blanco you have no idea how much you’re changing people’s lives! The Abram Friedman Occupational Center was there to help me when I thought I couldn’t afford to get an education or my license….”
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Today i got to go surprise my cosmetology teacher FIFTEEN YEARS later!! Alma Blanco you have no idea how much you’re changing people’s lives! The Abram Friedman adult occupational center was there to help me when I thought I couldn’t afford to get an education or my license… Stay tuned for BTS from a magical day ??☺️?#fbf (also coincidentally wearing designs by my good friends who inspire me daily to do good and give back @karlawelchstylist @virgilabloh ❤️)
Starting her career in Hollywood, Jen quickly began working with the most influential stars, including Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian, Katy Perry, Jessica Alba, and Jennifer Lopez. Today, with over 2.5 million followers on Instagram, she’s what the New York Times calls “The Most Influential Hairstylist in the World,” counting top models Chrissy Teigen, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Gigi and Bella Hadid as some of her most loyal clientele.
Traveling frequently between the US, Europe, and Middle East, Jen was inspired to launch her haircare line OUAI in 2016. The digital savvy brand was created to save women time with an easy to navigate website, app and subscription model. OUAI includes curated multi-use products and supplements that work hand in hand to help women achieve hair health from the inside and out.
As an authority in haircare and beauty, she released her own range of Beauty Works hair extensions, her line of Chloe + Isabel hair accessories, and worked closely with Dyson to bring their innovative blowdryer, the Supersonic, to the market.
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