Jonathan Antin

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Jonathan Antin is the former owner of two Los Angeles hair salons, Jonathan Salon West Hollywood and Jonathan Salon Beverly Hills. His life as an entrepreneur and a celebrity hair stylist was the basis for reality television series Blow Out. He was the judge on the third season of Shear Genius and has appeared on other television shows. He judged the 2007 Miss USA pageant. He developed a hair care product line, which broke QVC's record for the top hair care launch in 2005.

Personal life[edit]

Antin grew up in Beverly Hills.[1] His mother is an interior designer and his father, Michael, is an artist.[2] He is the brother of writer and producer Steve Antin and Robin Antin, who is the founder of The Pussycat Dolls, a burlesque and dance troupe.[2][3] As a young boy, he was inspired by the movie Shampoo to become a hair stylist.[1] Antin says that he was a bit of a ruffian with tattoos, and "always the black sheep at Beverly Hills High."[3] He dropped out of high school to attend a beauty school.[4]

He married Sescie Karabuykov, a boutique owner, about 2006.[5][6] They have a son, Asher, who was born about November 2005[6][7] and a daughter, Jocie, born in 2007.[7] Antin is a basketball coach for his son's team.[7] The couple was divorced in 2011, after five years of marriage.[5]


Hair salons[edit]

Antin was a student at the Fairfax Beauty Academy,[4] and then worked at a salon in the Beverly Center in West Hollywood.[2] He opened a salon when he was 23 years old.[1] By 1999, he was considered one of Hollywood's top stylists and has made hairstyle changes needed by a client to suit a part, such as hair styles from different periods.[8] His clients have included Madonna, Tiger Woods, Steven Tyler, k.d. lang,[1] Ricky Martin, and Tobey Maguire.[4] He created a hair care line, Jonathan Product,[2] which broke a record at QVC in 2005 for the most successful hair care launch, having sold 35,000 units in one hour.[9] Also sold in retail stores, the line became a multi-million dollar business.[10] In 2010, he sold his shares of the company.[11]

After Jonathan West Hollywood, he opened Jonathan Salon Beverly Hills.[3] He later sold both salons and for a time was engaged by his clients for high-priced house calls. He opened a salon, the Jonathan and George Salon, with Amanda George in 2013.[7] Their clients include Patrick Dempsey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, Kristen Stewart, Rita Ora, and Zooey Deschanel.[7] He is a spokesman for MINDBODY Salon, a salon business software company, for which he hosts hair-advice Q&As on Twitter for an hour each month.[7]


The first season of the reality series Blow Out, which follows Antin's life, was filmed in 2004.[1] It takes place in Jonathan Salon Beverly Hills, opened for the show, staffed by 12 stylists and assistants.[1][3] The show was not received well by the press, who were critical of his management style, hairdo, and speech patterns. He was also said to be a narcissist.[12]

Christopher Kelly said, "Antin's droning, cooler-than-thou voice drips with disdain. He glowers at his employees, berates them for giving bad haircuts, complains that they aren't bringing in enough new clients. Before every commercial break, someone is on the verge of tears and/or about to be fired."[13] Antin acknowledged his outbursts, and stated that he was apologetic at the time.[12] On the show, Antin tells his employees that it's because he respects them so much that he rides them, and he really does love them.[13] In its first season Jay Leno and Kirsten Dunst appeared on the show.[3]

He was a judge in 2010 on third season of the reality-series Shear Genius.[14] Antin joined the cast of L.A. Hair in 2015.[15]

Since 2004, he appeared on an episode of Bravo's makeover show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,[16] in American Express television commercials,[13] and in 2010 on the tenth season of The Biggest Loser, giving makeovers to the show's final six contestants.[7] He appeared on The Millionaire Matchmaker in 2015.[7]

He judged the Miss USA 2007 Pageant.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Rosen, Lisa (June 6, 2004). "A 'Shampoo' and set". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Strawberry Saroyan (July 11, 2004). "A Night Out With — Jonathan Antin; Reality 'Shampoo'". The New York Times. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Marcy Medina (April 12, 2004). "Hollywood head case". WWD. Retrieved December 16, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ a b c "Jonathan Antin's Bird Street Blow Out". Variety. March 27, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Finally over". Chicago Sun-Times. September 6, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ a b People staff (April 24, 2006). "The Hair Heir". People. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Marisa Laudadio (March 19, 2015). "What Ever Happened to Jonathan Antin?". Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Character Development. Hollywood's top hairstylists". Los Angeles Magazine. August 1, 1999. Retrieved December 17, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  9. ^ "Jonathan Product Breaks QVC Record". WWD. July 22, 2005. Retrieved December 17, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ "Warren-Tricomi's Film Ambitions". WWD. February 17, 2006. Retrieved December 17, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ "Beauty Marks - Hair". New York Magazine. April 23, 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Jonathan Antin survives a `Blow Out'". Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service. June 24, 2004. Retrieved December 16, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  13. ^ a b c Christopher Kelly (July 21, 2004). "Haute coiffeur: 'Blow Out' braids gripping hair-salon melodrama with raw ambition". Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service. Retrieved December 16, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  14. ^ "Jonathan 'Lord of the Hair' Antin Reinvents Self With New Show!". New York Magazine. April 7, 2010. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  15. ^ "FNM Exclusive: Kim Kimble of 'L.A. Hair' Recalls Funny Prank on Jonathan Antin After His 'Wack' Proposal". Fox News Magazine. October 22, 2015. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  16. ^ Kathleen Sheridan (June 1, 2004). "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' is back for another season". Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service. Retrieved December 17, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  17. ^ "Miss USA Set to Crown New Queen". AP Online. March 24, 2007. Retrieved December 17, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 

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