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From celebrity hairstylist, social media influencer, and wildly successful entrepreneur Jen Atkin comes a glimpse into the glam life, with lessons and insights on how to forge your own path and succeed in business and in life. Hailed by the New York Times as “the most influential hair stylist in the world,” Jen Atkin is a celebrated businesswoman, tastemaker, and friend to From celebrity hairstylist, social media influencer, and wildly successful entrepreneur Jen Atkin comes a glimpse into the glam life, with lessons and insights on how to forge your own path and succeed in business and in life. Hailed by the New York Times as “the most influential hair stylist in the world,” Jen Atkin is a celebrated businesswoman, tastemaker, and friend to A-list celebrities like Chrissy Tiegan and the Kardashians . . . but her 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. Jen chronicles her remarkable journey—from growing up in an isolated, conservative religious community where girls were encouraged to marry young, to striking out on her own and breaking every rule and convention to build an empire valued at $80 million. Though Jen rebelled against the restrictions meant to limit her potential as a young woman, she has since formed her own core principles, which serve as the foundation of her daily life. In Blowing My Way to the Top, she offers insight into the values that have allowed her to thrive in the modern, digital landscape, from looking out for others to embracing humility and financial responsibility. As a trailblazer in a male-dominated industry, Jen also speaks frankly about the difficulties and challenges women face in business. She offers crucial advice, from the importance of running your business like a feminist—hiring, nurturing, and promoting female talent; finding mentors; and building camaraderie amid the competition—to learning to navigate the work and life issues that impact women most. Jen makes it clear to those who aspire to follow in her footsteps that while inhabiting the world of celebrity culture has its perks, it can also be dangerously distracting and misleading. Part personal narrative, part practical how-to, Blowing My Way to the Top is a fierce, funny, and inspiring book about how Jen built a one-of-a-kind business against all odds—and how readers can take what she’s learned the hard way to live their own dreams.


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From celebrity hairstylist, social media influencer, and wildly successful entrepreneur Jen Atkin comes a glimpse into the glam life, with lessons and insights on how to forge your own path and succeed in business and in life. Hailed by the New York Times as “the most influential hair stylist in the world,” Jen Atkin is a celebrated businesswoman, tastemaker, and friend to From celebrity hairstylist, social media influencer, and wildly successful entrepreneur Jen Atkin comes a glimpse into the glam life, with lessons and insights on how to forge your own path and succeed in business and in life. Hailed by the New York Times as “the most influential hair stylist in the world,” Jen Atkin is a celebrated businesswoman, tastemaker, and friend to A-list celebrities like Chrissy Tiegan and the Kardashians . . . but her 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. Jen chronicles her remarkable journey—from growing up in an isolated, conservative religious community where girls were encouraged to marry young, to striking out on her own and breaking every rule and convention to build an empire valued at $80 million. Though Jen rebelled against the restrictions meant to limit her potential as a young woman, she has since formed her own core principles, which serve as the foundation of her daily life. In Blowing My Way to the Top, she offers insight into the values that have allowed her to thrive in the modern, digital landscape, from looking out for others to embracing humility and financial responsibility. As a trailblazer in a male-dominated industry, Jen also speaks frankly about the difficulties and challenges women face in business. She offers crucial advice, from the importance of running your business like a feminist—hiring, nurturing, and promoting female talent; finding mentors; and building camaraderie amid the competition—to learning to navigate the work and life issues that impact women most. Jen makes it clear to those who aspire to follow in her footsteps that while inhabiting the world of celebrity culture has its perks, it can also be dangerously distracting and misleading. Part personal narrative, part practical how-to, Blowing My Way to the Top is a fierce, funny, and inspiring book about how Jen built a one-of-a-kind business against all odds—and how readers can take what she’s learned the hard way to live their own dreams.

30 review for Blowing My Way to the Top: How to Change the Things That Are Keeping You from Living Your Best Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Perri Lumish

    Love her but this was way more generic and way less anecdotal than anticipated.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Haley

    It ended up being an amalgamation of advice from Jen Atkin’s collection of self-help literature — which she admittedly enjoys as stated in the book. l suppose I am biased in that I wanted this to be more gossip than gratitude. Reading it elicited the sort of dopamine drip one would experience scrolling Instagram or watching Youtube tutorials. I would typically read books like this as a brain break when actively trying to avoid the agitation of reading something difficult. I wish it was more about It ended up being an amalgamation of advice from Jen Atkin’s collection of self-help literature — which she admittedly enjoys as stated in the book. l suppose I am biased in that I wanted this to be more gossip than gratitude. Reading it elicited the sort of dopamine drip one would experience scrolling Instagram or watching Youtube tutorials. I would typically read books like this as a brain break when actively trying to avoid the agitation of reading something difficult. I wish it was more about hair and less about emotional intelligence.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jen Loong

    I’m a big fan of Ouai and Atkin’s entrepreneurial journey, but this book was a miss, lacking in substantial insights from her journey that goes beyond conventional coffee table wisdom

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ali Peikon

    I really like Jen but didn’t find any groundbreaking lessons from this book. I think it could be useful if you haven’t read other female books on business

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amber Robinson

    I am not a hairstylist, but I do have my own business that relies heavily on self-promotion. I am an avid reader and love memoirs, so I thought I'd give Jen Atkin's book a try. I thought she may have some funny stories and she's clearly very successful, so maybe I'd learn a thing or two. I finished the book in one day. Jen's approach is classy, professional and honest. She offers tips on confidence, promotion, professionalism, networking and more! And like I said, you don't have to be a hairstyl I am not a hairstylist, but I do have my own business that relies heavily on self-promotion. I am an avid reader and love memoirs, so I thought I'd give Jen Atkin's book a try. I thought she may have some funny stories and she's clearly very successful, so maybe I'd learn a thing or two. I finished the book in one day. Jen's approach is classy, professional and honest. She offers tips on confidence, promotion, professionalism, networking and more! And like I said, you don't have to be a hairstylist, an influencer or running a product line to read this book. I'm a psychotherapist in Beverly Hills and I learned so much from Jen. Thank you!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jayne

    "BLOWING MY WAY TO THE TOP" is a brilliant title for a memoir penned by a celebrity hairstylist. Yes, even though I was clueless about who Jen Atkin was, I loved the title of her book and, therefore, decided to give her debut memoir a try. After all, it's the start of a new year and I wanted to learn EVERYTHING that was keeping me from living my best life. If you're seeking groundbreaking advice on starting a new business/product line and/or "living your best life", this is NOT the book for you. T "BLOWING MY WAY TO THE TOP" is a brilliant title for a memoir penned by a celebrity hairstylist. Yes, even though I was clueless about who Jen Atkin was, I loved the title of her book and, therefore, decided to give her debut memoir a try. After all, it's the start of a new year and I wanted to learn EVERYTHING that was keeping me from living my best life. If you're seeking groundbreaking advice on starting a new business/product line and/or "living your best life", this is NOT the book for you. The author's tips were superficial and none of her "strategies" were new or different. (Yawn, yawn!) The major reason why I gave this book a "thumbs down", however, was that it included too much of the author's political views as well as disparaging remarks about those who opposed her political views. When I selected this book, I was not seeking a commentary on George Floyd, LGBT rights, or social justice. I wanted to find out more about Jen Atkin's successful rise to the top. I listened to the book's audio version that was read by the author. Jen did an amazing job with the book's narration and I always love it when authors read their own memoirs. I just was not liking what Jen was saying. Jen, you blew this one! Next time, omit the political commentary unless you want to write a political book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    Couldn’t wait to read as I love a good celeb memoir. This one was a snooze. Another book by a privileged white woman about the hustle and self care necessary to be successful. Maybe if I wanted to start a business, I would find this more interesting. I was the most intrigued by the acknowledgements at the end where she shouted out to her celeb friends!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marissa Murray

    The first few chapters were too focused on general lessons learned. Once we got more into Jen’s career story the book got significantly more interesting. I will say while I appreciate her humor IRL, it was not as funny to read, but I did enjoy hearing her story and some of her takes on celebrity/social media culture.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This was an ok read & as another reviewer noted, pretty generic.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Love Jen but as others have noted, the book is full of general advice such as get sleep, hire a staff, and learn to say no. I was hoping for a “show not tell” approach to her life through stories and examples but her success is mostly reflected on through platitudes. I believe she worked hard to get where she is and would have loved to hear more about it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Arielle Jagow

    Review originally posted on www.livinglifewithjoy.com The title of Blowing My Way to the Top reminds me of a book I read recently called That's What She Said. The title sounds a bit naughty but the book is completely female positive. Blowing My Way to the Top was an enjoyable read. Reading it feels like you’re having a long fireside chat with a girlfriend. I enjoyed learning about Jen's journey and felt myself being inspired by her experiences. I liked how the chapters were organized but I think th Review originally posted on www.livinglifewithjoy.com The title of Blowing My Way to the Top reminds me of a book I read recently called That's What She Said. The title sounds a bit naughty but the book is completely female positive. Blowing My Way to the Top was an enjoyable read. Reading it feels like you’re having a long fireside chat with a girlfriend. I enjoyed learning about Jen's journey and felt myself being inspired by her experiences. I liked how the chapters were organized but I think the structure would have benefited from actionable lists of the tools she discusses in each chapter. The book doesn’t have a clear guide of suggested tools. Instead it discusses tools and lessons she learned along the way that can help you in your own life and career. One of the biggest takeaways was Jen's determination and drive, her true grit. Her passion for hair and pursing her own business within the industry. Taking risks on starting her own companies. Hustling hard but never forgetting where she came from. Always doing what she could to help others succeed and to lift others up along with her. Authenticity is a big theme and Jen's true voice shines through in her book. I’m not a big hair or beauty guru and I have to admit I actually hadn’t heard of Jen Atkin before but after reading this book I have a newfound admiration for her and I look forward to seeing where she continues on her path in life. My Tip: don't expect a detailed list of tools or actionable steps [there’s plenty of other self-help books that you can go to for that] In a Nutshell: This was a medium-paced book and certainly worth the read. Pick up Blowing My Way to the Top for an entertaining dose of inspiration and to learn more about Jen Atkin's story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sue Khan

    An easy read. If you are new to self help this is a good intro especially if you follow her brand. If you read many self help books, this one is pretty generic but still a good read nonetheless. Some more practical tips than I have found in other books. I do wonder though, she mentions a lot about not working so hard and carving out time for friends, family + self care, if her workaholic nature in the early days is what led to so much of her success and only now that she has the liberty + financ An easy read. If you are new to self help this is a good intro especially if you follow her brand. If you read many self help books, this one is pretty generic but still a good read nonetheless. Some more practical tips than I have found in other books. I do wonder though, she mentions a lot about not working so hard and carving out time for friends, family + self care, if her workaholic nature in the early days is what led to so much of her success and only now that she has the liberty + financial freedom to take it easy she can. Can someone build a multi million dollar successful brand while taking weekends off, carving out time for self care + family in the early days? I sure hope so.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Generic and will be dated quickly. Jen has great success with her businesses but she has failed to look ahead while writing this. I was so excited to see a book from a successful cosmetologist in both hair and other expenditures but I was let down. Her constant footnotes made no sense, they could have just been added to the paragraph. Along with her constant rants about current events that will quickly be dated in not years but months. It's shocking to see so many people give this a good rating Generic and will be dated quickly. Jen has great success with her businesses but she has failed to look ahead while writing this. I was so excited to see a book from a successful cosmetologist in both hair and other expenditures but I was let down. Her constant footnotes made no sense, they could have just been added to the paragraph. Along with her constant rants about current events that will quickly be dated in not years but months. It's shocking to see so many people give this a good rating when there are so many better self-help books out there!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is an empowering book filled with life advice that would be good for someone in their 20s to read. At my age, considering I don’t have entrepreneurial ambitions, and I’ve been married for more than a decade, I didn’t read anything in this book that made me decide to change course. There were a lot of really great feminist thoughts that I found inspiring, though! I wish there had been more personal anecdotes or juicy name-dropping tidbits, but I get that Jen’s whole life philosophy is center This is an empowering book filled with life advice that would be good for someone in their 20s to read. At my age, considering I don’t have entrepreneurial ambitions, and I’ve been married for more than a decade, I didn’t read anything in this book that made me decide to change course. There were a lot of really great feminist thoughts that I found inspiring, though! I wish there had been more personal anecdotes or juicy name-dropping tidbits, but I get that Jen’s whole life philosophy is centered around being discrete. Good for her.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Ballard

    Jen has become a great mentor through the release of her book. I found her stories very transparent and they gave a really good high level overview of her journey. Jen’s tone throughout the book was endearing as if she were speaking to a younger self or sibling. I really enjoyed this about the book for its insight about how she shaped herself to be a celebrity hairstylist and entrepreneur. My favourite page of the book was page 236 and will serve as the perfect pep talk

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mubina Dunn

    I have an unnatural love for all things Jen Atkin, so I knew I would like this book. HOWEVER, it is NOT along the lines of a book I would usually pick, if based off the description. It sells itself as a self help book, but I liked that it was more of a "here's how it worked for me and how I was proactive and reactive." That I can be about. On top of that, it makes you feel like you're having a conversation with Jen, rather than reading a list of habit changes to make. I have an unnatural love for all things Jen Atkin, so I knew I would like this book. HOWEVER, it is NOT along the lines of a book I would usually pick, if based off the description. It sells itself as a self help book, but I liked that it was more of a "here's how it worked for me and how I was proactive and reactive." That I can be about. On top of that, it makes you feel like you're having a conversation with Jen, rather than reading a list of habit changes to make.

  17. 5 out of 5

    McKenna

    This book will kick your ass into the new year! I don’t know what I expected, but this was better. It was relatable, well written, and honest to a fault. She could’ve leaned on stories of celebs to sell copies but thank goodness this is what we got instead! (Although tbh would still love bts stories haha)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sinead

    The other reviews are right on. Easy, generic read... it became redundant on the self-help advice and it made me antsy to finish it towards the end. I like her but, I agree, it would have been more interesting if it had concrete stories (even if names of clients were left out), examples, and less bland/vague “advice”.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Cobb

    If you’re looking for career/entrepreneurial advice, this is a great book for you. If you are looking for an inside scoop on Jen’s celebrity centered life, this book is not it. It’s very career and goal oriented and although it was a bit different than what I was expecting, it was a fun read and I have SO much respect for Jen Atkin! 3.5 ⭐️

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    While the content of this book could rate 3 stars (as many have noted, a lot of it is general advice and not as personal as one might like), I give it four stars because I REALLY enjoyed listening to the audio book. Jen’s narration is engaging, and she comes across as a wonderful and socially conscious person. I felt like an old friend by the end of it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Holly Buderus

    This was well written, which is why I give it four stars. Much of the advice is recycled. You'll probably enjoy this more if you follow the author. I'd never heard of her before I started reading, and even her famous brand is unfamiliar to me. This was well written, which is why I give it four stars. Much of the advice is recycled. You'll probably enjoy this more if you follow the author. I'd never heard of her before I started reading, and even her famous brand is unfamiliar to me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bailey Elizabeth

    The last half was helpful, unique and informative. The first half was a little generic (dress professionally, don't job hop, ect.). I was hoping for more personal stories and anecdotes. She's funny, though, and the book has a light, fun vibe. The last half was helpful, unique and informative. The first half was a little generic (dress professionally, don't job hop, ect.). I was hoping for more personal stories and anecdotes. She's funny, though, and the book has a light, fun vibe.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Kozlowski

    Light and funny with really good advice- really made me think about the "hustle porn" that we're all drinking in and how we don't actually have to work ourselves into the ground to have beautiful and successful lives Light and funny with really good advice- really made me think about the "hustle porn" that we're all drinking in and how we don't actually have to work ourselves into the ground to have beautiful and successful lives

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Tarre

    Fast read..can tell it's from the heart. Good advice, whether you are in the haircare industry or any other. Makes you think about what you want out of life and where you are in the process.. Fast read..can tell it's from the heart. Good advice, whether you are in the haircare industry or any other. Makes you think about what you want out of life and where you are in the process..

  25. 5 out of 5

    Blessed Lane

    I enjoyed reading it

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Duerr

    If you are looking for a new self help book or if you are into hair business this is a good one for you

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Pineda

    Such a joy to read. I so admire Jens ambitious and honesty. A great read to start the New Year with!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Sells

    Jen is an inspiring business woman. I thought this would be more of tell all with her celebrity clients, but it is more boss babe vibes.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    This book could have used a better editor to take out the pages of rambling Jen used to make the book longer.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jazmin Ortiz

    Fun read! Loved getting a deeper look into Jens career, how it began and how it led to where she is today.

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