If you notice a head-turning mannequin on the streets of NYC, chances are high Jenna Perry has painted her mane.
At her East Village salon, Jenna Perry Hair, the colorist tends to the tresses of It women Bella Hadid, Jennifer Lawrence and Emily Ratajkowski and extra — and her highlighting handiwork is so in-demand, she’s booked by means of September.
“People say that getting their hair done at my salon is like being at a cool slumber party with a bunch of cool girls who like to keep it real,” Perry, 35, instructed The Post.
The Rhode Island native, who expenses upwards of $600 for full highlights, says her focus is on bringing out her shoppers’ horny facet.
“My favorite thing in the world is when a girl comes back [after I do her hair], and is like, ‘I got laid last night, and I think it’s because of my hair,’ ” she stated. “That’s what we want, we want to bring out the best version of you, but also just enhance your features, your personal style.”
With goals of being a beautician since she was sufficiently old to make use of the scissors for slicing her Barbie doll’s hair, Perry moved to the Big Apple after graduating highschool in 2005.
“I worked at a few salons, assisted at fashion week, assisted some major stylists,” she stated. “I thought I wanted to be a barber at one point . . . I did wedding styling. I’ve got a lot of tricks up my sleeve, but I love painting hair — that’s my passion.”
While Perry was working at downtown salon White Rose Collective in 2018, she obtained a message on Instagram from Jen Atkin, an LA-based hairstylist well-known for doing the hair of the Kardashian-Jenners. Could Jenna color Bella Hadid’s hair in NYC earlier than the Victoria’s Secret vogue present?
Perry headed to Hadid’s home, gave the mannequin a wealthy, chocolate brown ‘do and the rest is hair history. Since then, Hadid’s been certainly one of her most constant shoppers, experimenting with vivid blond, creamy caramel and even a daring Y2K “E-Girl”-inspired look that went viral this previous fall: electrical purple and orange items at the entrance of her mane.
But dangers like that polarizing type are what attracts well-known faces to Perry: “Once I broke out of my shell and found that confidence and was unapologetic — like, I’m gonna do what I think looks good — that’s when everybody started coming to me,” she stated.
With her mannequin shoppers in thoughts, Perry opened her personal spot, Jenna Perry Hair — nicknamed “JPH” — on Ninth Street throughout New York Fashion Week in September 2019. “My girls and I were scrubbing the floors until the day fashion week started,” she stated.
The work was value it: The first gal to strut by means of her doorways was Victoria’s Secret mannequin Martha Hunt.
“She needed to get her hair touched up because she had a show,” Perry stated. “Things just skyrocketed from there.”
Now, she counts practically a dozen boldface names as regulars, together with stylish actors Chloë Sevigny and “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Emily Di Donato, actual property mogul Barbara Corcoran, and has a partnership with Monday hair care, an Aussie cool-girl model which simply launched in the US.
Perry and her employees ask incoming shoppers to ship in an image of their hair, in addition to a snap of their hair-color idol, which, as a rule, is certainly one of Perry’s shoppers — her Instagram web page is like Pinterest for her clients, she stated. From there, the artful cosmetologists curate a customized color palette.
Doing the ‘dos of the most dynamite girls of the day comes with the perk of connecting with every of them on a private degree.
“I definitely love talking with my girls and giving them good advice while they’re getting their hair done,” she stated.
“Since the pandemic, Bella and I have been sharing a lot of meditation tips that help us stay centered and grounded.”
And as for the hottest hair traits of the summer time? Perry says it will depend on the woman.
“My clients are really embracing their natural color and just adding some extra love to create that glow in [the] skin,” Perry stated, including that she hopes to get her arms on Hailey Bieber’s hair someday quickly.
“Then there are the clients who want to be vibrant kickass red and just wanna be the center of attention.”