From video vix­ens to the girl next door, meet the hair­styl­ist who can do it all.

ELLE (Canada) - - Storyboard - ByVic­to­ri­aDiPlacido

This hair­styl­ist can do no wrong.

SHAR­ING YOUR NAME with an in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized artist has its perks, says Toronto-born and -based hair­styl­ist Janet Jack­son. “Peo­ple don’t for­get me. I can thank my mom for that,” she laughs. Jack­son got her start back in the late ’90s work­ing on mu­sic videos with the pro­lific Di­rec­tor X and then caught her first big break with Canada’s Next Top Model, through which she met host Jay Manuel. He con­nected her with model Iman, who was about to start work on Project Run­way Canada. “I was her per­sonal hair­styl­ist for that show,” says Jack­son. “She taught me a lot about the edi­to­rial feel of things; she is a woman who knows how she wants to look. I think her lace-front wig was the first wig I ever worked with!” To­day, be­tween run­ning her sa­lon, JouJou Hair Stu­dio, and work­ing be­hind the scenes on the de­but sea­son of the de­sign com­pe­ti­tion Stitched (air­ing this fall), with ELLE Canada ed­i­tor-in-chief Vanessa Craft, Jack­son still finds time for mu­sic videos (you don’t turn down work­ing on Drake’s “Hot­line Bling”) and has no plans to slow down. “I feel like there is so much more for me to do,” she says. “I’ve only just got­ten started.”

Ev­ery­one wants to do less with their hair in the sum­mer. How can you

work with what you’ve got? “The key to get­ting your best look is un­der­stand­ing your hair type and tex­ture—a lot of peo­ple don’t. It’s what al­lows you to know which prod­ucts to use. ‘The hair chart’ is a huge help—Google it and match a strand of your hair to the strands on the chart. There’s a range from one (straight) to four (curly), and then you have sub­cat­e­gories A, B and C. Re­ally do your re­search and figure out what your hair likes and dis­likes. A lot of the time, we try prod­ucts and don’t mon­i­tor what they’re ac­tu­ally do­ing for our hair.”

How do you pro­tect a curly style so that it still looks good on day two? “I al­ways tell peo­ple to sleep with a satin pil­low­case, which elim­i­nates static, dry­ness and frizzi­ness. Or wear a silk bon­net overnight—you can do that with any hair type.” You’re known for help­ing clients keep their hair su­per-healthy. How do you do it? “You want to make sure you get a proper con­sul­ta­tion be­fore do­ing any­thing dif­fer­ent to your hair. If you want to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent styles and tex­tures, it’s im­por­tant to trim your hair on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Oth­er­wise, when it comes to styling the hair, it’s tan­gled—you’re ac­tu­ally tear­ing it out be­cause of those split ends.” How do you style your own hair? “Right now, I have ex­ten­sions that are an ex­ag­ger­ated version of my hair, which is about a 4AB curl. In the morn­ing, I get up and mist it with wa­ter, and I use ISO Bouncy Curl Crème on a daily ba­sis—it doesn’t build up, and it gives me the defin­ition I need. I love easy hair. Some­times I start work as early as 3 a.m.—I don’t want any­thing that slows me down, but I al­ways want my hair to look good. I’m a hair­styl­ist!”

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