Blowing My Way to the Top: How to Break the Rules, Find Your Purpose, and Create the Life and Career You Deserve (Hardcover)
From entrepreneur and celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin comes a smart and spirited guide to finding your voice and creating the life and career you deserve—along with a behind-the-scenes look into Jen’s own wild and wonderful road to success.
Hailed by the New York Times as “the most influential hair stylist in the world,” Jen Atkin is a celebrated businesswoman, influencer, and stylist and friend to A-list celebrities like the Kardashian-Jenners and Chrissy Teigen. But Jen’s success didn’t arrive overnight. Her glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle came from years of hard work, humility, and hustle. In Blowing My Way to the Top, Jen shatters the illusion of effortless, instant success that permeates social media to reveal the sweat, dedication, and drive it really takes to make it.
In this inspiring, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny book, Jen chronicles her remarkable journey and shares what she’s learned along the way. From growing up in a conservative Mormon community where girls were discouraged from pursuing their ambitions, to striking out on her own and finding success on the celebrity style circuit, to building the cult-status brand OUAI—Jen reveals with refreshing candor the lessons, mistakes, and memorable moments that have paved her road to success.
Jen also offers insight into the values that have allowed her to thrive in the modern, digital landscape, including the importance of creating authentic content, investing in community, and building social conscious into the ethos of a business. And as a trailblazer in a male-dominated industry, Jen speaks frankly about the challenges she’s faced and provides crucial advice for other women, from the importance of running your business like a feminist to building camaraderie amid the competition to learning to navigate the work and life issues that impact women most.
At the end of the day, Jen has one simple message: If I can do it, you can too. Blowing My Way to the Top is destined to become the must-read career guide for a new generation, empowering readers everywhere with the permission to dream big—and the tools to make those dreams a reality.
About the Author
Jen Atkin is a career hair stylist, beauty columnist, and entrepreneur, whose clients include Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian, Katy Perry, Chrissy Teigen, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Jessica Alba, and Jennifer Lopez. Jen established her own haircare line, OUAI, in 2016, and is the founder of the digital magazine ManeAddicts.com. She lives in Los Angeles.
"Whether she’s writing about her extremely random life (you'll know what I mean when you read it!), the chaos of juggling multiple clients, or effortlessly navigating social media, Jen Atkin is smart, incisive, deservedly-confident-yet-uniquely-humble and real. This is a fun read from an author (my friend!) who clearly wants all her readers to know their worth, lift each other up, and feel like rock stars. It’s inspiring without being earnest, witty but with a big heart. An inspiring guide for how to go from dreamer to do-er, from someone who’s been there, done that and wrote the book on it.”
— Chrissy Teigen, New York Times bestselling author of Cravings and Cravings: Hungry for More
“As one of Jen Atkin's least famous clients, I was delighted to read her clever, thoughtful and hilarious book and see she did not out me as "an insane diva with bad extensions." If you want to start a successful business, and do it in style, get this book and learn from its wise and empowering lessons.”
— Mindy Kaling, New York Times bestselling author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and Why Not Me?
"I've had a front-row seat to Jen Atkin’s transformation from salon receptionist to influencer, entrepreneur, and all-around boss. Though she’s living the life that dreams are made of, she’s never lost sight of where she came from and what it took to achieve those dreams. She always manages to keep her feet and heart grounded and her generosity and kindness are unparalleled. In Blowing My Way to the Top, Jen's street-smart hustle, and IQ and EQ will inspire readers everywhere to fulfill their wildest dreams, just as she has."
— Jessica Alba, New York Times bestselling author of The Honest Life and founder of The Honest Company
“Confident, hard-working, savvy, and willing to learn from and lift up everyone around her? Those are just a few of the reasons Jen Atkin is at the top of her game, and I’m in awe of all of them. Lucky for us, she’s willing to share the secrets of her success in this candid, insightful memoir. I loved it!”
— Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of Get Your Sh*t Together
“Jen Atkin has been my go-to for advice for over a decade—she gives it to you straight but always wants what’s best for you. She's also an inspiring example of someone who chased all her professional dreams and, as she conquered each goal, kept dreaming bigger. The result of that hard work is the awesome OUAI brand, the Mane Addicts platform, and now this insightful and laugh-out-loud book. Reading it feels like a phone call with your best girlfriend.”
— Khloe Kardashian, New York Times bestselling author of Strong Looks Better Naked