We had the opportunity to ask Amanda Jenkins, Director of Education at ARROJO Studio, anything we wanted about hair. Amanda is quite the hair maven, just ask Kings of Leon, Good Charlotte or Audioslave. She’s got the rock star market on lock. Her collections are featured in countless magazines including BUST, Nylon, American Salon, Modern Salon and Re-Quest QJ, to name a few. Amanda’s campaign work reaches globally with Tommy Girl and Nylon billboards that decorate the Tokyo skyline. Chosen as a “Must-See Stylist” in Allure Magazine’s Salon and Spa Guide, Amanda is one of NYC’s sought after hairstylists.
PGH: How did you get into hair?
I got into hair after living on the beach in Florida. I had a little clientele of ladies I would style for events, so I figured might as well try this out.
PGH: Give us a day in the life overview of your role as Director of Education at ARROJO Studio?
We have eight classes a week in the salon. I oversee 25 apprentices making sure they attend class and have the correct models, while coordinating with the teachers to ensure they instruct consistently. I also have my management duties, which means that I make certain the salon is running properly and the clients are happy all while taking care of my own clients. I begin work around 9:00 or 10:00 AM and leave around 8:30 PM, but I love what I do.
PGH: Most favorite rock star to style and why?
My most favorite rock star to style would be Chissie Hynde. She’s very rock n roll- timeless long dark hair with strong fringe.
PGH: What new projects are you currently working on?
Photo shoots are a big passion of mine. I like creating every aspect of it -coming up with the story, putting the team together, picking the models and directing as well as doing the hair. I’m really into shooting on location out of New York City where I live and work. I just got back from Florida where we did a 60′s/70′s “Boogie Nights/Versace style” shoot. I’m looking into a few new locations now for an upcoming shoot.
PGH: How do you keep up with trends?
I keep my eyes open on the streets and research trend forecasters. I also take inspiration from movies, music & fashion.
PGH: Seems like long braids are really hot right now for summer, what’s next?
Big hair is what I’m pushing for summer. The inspiration is studio 54 glamour with an edge.
PGH: What’s the one hair product you can’t live without?
I cannot live without volume foam. It’s my go-to product for pretty much everything.
PGH: What are your best tips to get and maintain healthy hair?
Regular trims- not just every six months! If you color your hair, make sure you are going to a salon. Box colors aren’t the best, and applying color to your own head is not an easy task. Overlapping color is very damaging and a professional is best at protecting your hair while coloring it. Also, combing hair with a wide tooth comb when the hair is wet instead of a brush will keep the hair from snapping and always use good shampoo and conditioners!!!
PGH: Most daring, rebellious thing you ever did to your own hair?
I shaved my head in 2001.
PGH: Any style secrets for curly hair?
Curly hair shouldn’t be brushed at all. I recommend not even combing it after you get out of the shower. Rack it with your fingers in the shower, put product in, and let it dry without touching it. When you mess with it while it’s wet, it gets frizzy.