Celebrity colorist, Jennifer J., may have one of the best jobs out there. She owns the Juan Juan Salon in Beverly Hills and Brentwood, works on film sets around the world, and creates looks you’ve likely seen in power publications like New York Times Style, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Marie Claire, and Women’s Wear Daily. Simply put, Jennifer isn’t a power player when it comes to color. She is the one who power players look to because she’s defining the seasonal trends in hair color.
In celebration of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, I attended the “Cocktails at Twilight” event at Juan Juan in Beverly Hills. Jennifer spoke about her work on the film, particularly about Kristen Stewart’s hair and how her rich brown color fit right in with autumn’s darker tones.
This hair model had the same ombre color effect as Stewart’s character, Bella. With a darker to lighter fade, her hair is browner at the roots and warmer and lighter at the ends.
This model showed a monochromatic color that appears in the film in conjunction with Bella’s character change. To achieve both looks, Jennifer J. used L’Oréal Professionnel’s INOA (Innovation No Ammonia), an ammonia-free permanent professional color that fulfills two key wants: optimized scalp comfort and smooth, velvety texture.
Before Stewart wore these colors, Jennifer, armed with several hair extensions ranging from all dark brown to fire engine red, had gone to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for Twilight’s camera tests. Additionally, Jennifer colored a number of other actors and actresses for the film: Robert Pattinson (Edward), Kellan Lutz (Emmett), Jackson Rathbone (Jasper), Elizabeth Reaser (Esme), Mackenzie Foy (young Renesmee), Noel Fisher (Vladimir), Mía Maestro (Carmen), MyAnna Buring (Tanya), and Toni Trucks (Mary). In true near-grand finale style, Jennifer said the focus was to ensure the actors and actresses had the best colors and styles, even in spite of continuity.
Speaking of the best, Jennifer has worked with some of the brightest stars in Hollywood, including Julia Roberts and Al Pacino. When I asked Jennifer to name a client who has had the biggest hair color transformation, she named Pacino and his gray-haired look in Insomnia.
Roberts won her Oscar for Erin Brokovich in the same brunette locks that Jennifer had created for her America’s Sweethearts character. The day after the Oscars, Jennifer colored Roberts hair red for her role in Ocean’s Eleven.
And work seems to be a steady stream for Jennifer. She did Stewart’s hair for Snow White and the Huntsman and Lily Collins’ hair for Mirror, Mirror and continues her work on January Jones for Mad Men.
With such a vast knowledge about color technology, techniques, and overall haircare, it’s no wonder she in such high demand. Jennifer advised that when making a big color change, she prefers to use a semi-permanent color since it doesn’t go into the hair shaft like permanent color does. Post-coloring, Jennifer recommended using a gentle, good shampoo, along with a cheap conditioner if there could only be a splurge on one or the other.
Amidst my indulgence in hair education, vampire-worthy berry cocktails, and hors d’ oeuvres, I also got to indulge in quality time with friends like Marie of The Curvy Fashionista and Chanelle of The Penelope Times below.
The night was most certainly a shade above the rest!