When he was a teenager, Jacob Khan discovered his interest in hair through punk music, a fortunate twist of fate. Today, the hairstylist has 350k Instagram followers, owns an eponymous salon and serves as national educator on the CosmoProf Artistic Team—but he’s hungry for more.
I was in the punk music scene and we all wanted to have really fun, funky hair, but no one had the money to get it done. I kind of became the resident hairdresser for the kids I hung out with and realized I really enjoyed it.
My initial training came from Paul Mitchell The School Atlanta, and then I worked at a salon for four years before landing an apprenticeship under Wayne Lee—he’s a Beverly Hills-based hairdresser and previous Vidal Sassoon educator. That’s where my training really took off.
Claim to Fame
I branched out in 2016 and opened my own salon, Jacob K Hair. It’s grown from a 120-square-foot studio to a 3,000-square-foot salon.
Words To Live By
“Learn the form but seek the formless.”—The Silent Monk from The Forbidden Kingdom
BaBylissPRO tools—irons, clippers and blow-dryers—are my go-tos.
Wayne Lee has been my biggest mentor. I was lucky enough to work with him early on in my career, and he was hard on me—he gave me the harsh critiques I needed to hear. I think that’s something that’s missing in our industry today. There’s sort of an “everyone gets a trophy” attitude, which makes it much more difficult to succeed.
I want to expand my salon’s education network and offer classes internationally. I’d also like to open a full-time academy in Georgia that offers classes year-round.