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Janet Zeitoun
For nearly 20 years, Janet Zeitoun has been designing the hair of some of the world’s most famous superstars. Janet Jackson has said, “Her [Zeitoun’s] talent is rare and exceptional.” Zeitoun’s longtime clients also include Denzel Washington and Natalie Cole, and she worked extensively with the late Michael Jackson. As one of Hollywood’s top hairstylists, she has traveled all over the world alongside A-List celebrities and executives who know Zeitoun will make them look their best. Her encyclopedic knowledge of products and techniques are the signature of her genius.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Zeitoun loved working with hair since she was a child. She moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was 10 years old, and by the time she was 12, she was attending to their hair needs. Zeitoun received professional training from Charles Ross, who was a consultant for Clairol. While with Ross, Zeitoun learned modular cutting techniques, which gave her endless ways to shape hair for clients. She has since built on this foundation by adding her own discoveries.

Her philosophy on hair design is similar to that of other creative mediums – every aspect must work together to create the whole. Zeitoun says, “A good style is like a good story. When told well, the results are fascinating and evocative.”

In 1986, Zeitoun began working with Michael Jackson, styling his hair for several signature music videos, including “Remember the Time,” “Earth Song,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “Black or White,” to name a few. Additionally, Zeitoun created several unique hair designs for Janet Jackson’s popular music videos including “Foreplay,” “Alright,” “If,” “Got ‘Till It’s Gone,” “Runaway” and “All For You.” Zeitoun collaborated with director Mark Romanek in the creation of the futurist hairstyles for Michael and Janet’s iconic music video, “Scream.” The long soft tresses she crafted for Janet’s video “Someone To Call My Lover” earned Zeitoun a nomination by the Music Video Production Association for “Best Hair In A Video.” In 2010, Zeitoun styled Janet’s hair when she starred in Tyler Perry’s motion picture For Colored Girls.

Zeitoun’s distinctive hair designs have also been captured in print by many of the world’s most prominent photographers, including Annie Leibowvitz, Max Vadukul, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Patrick Demarchelier, Albert Watson, Bruce Weber, and the late Herb Ritts, and the list continues. Her signature looks have also been featured in leading magazines, such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle and others. In addition, Zeitoun’s designs have been published in a wide range of beauty books, several authored by famed celebrity make-up artist, the late Kevyn Aucoin. Other professional credits include commercials for Pepsi, Nutrisystem®, and Blackglama’s “What Becomes a Legend Most" print campaigns.

In addition to styling hair for clients around the globe, Janet Zeitoun just launched her own hair care line, SOTAH ( Her dream of designing a new line of products for all types of hair, is now a reality. She created these products for consumers who want shiny, manageable and healthy hair. Enjoy!

Entries by Janet Zeitoun

"Setting It Straight" on Hair Straightening Trends

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 4:29 PM

Summer is just around the corner. With hot temperatures and high humidity, we still faithfully look for ways to keep our hair in a manageable state. This bare all season can bring us major wants or changes for our hair. Being a professional stylist, I'm always seeking new ways on...

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Wig-n It Right

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Wigs have been part of our culture and lifestyle for centuries. Wigs have held their place with various societies for several reasons, and not just for the lack of hair. Wigs have been worn by ancient civilizations dating back to the 16th century.

Egyptians wore wigs not only for...

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What's Roaring in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 8:51 PM

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The Roaring 20s brought a strong, distinctive look to every aspect of fashion. It was a time of astronomical change. Fashion was born into the modern era. This new age brought a revolutionary movement in hairstyles that not only affected the fashion world...

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Maintaining Your Coif When Humidity Lurks

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 12:29 PM

Arabian nights consist of a lot more than just great food, exotic oils, spices, the faint scent of rose water permeating the air, and the longest eye lashes I've ever seen on a man. Eye lashes? Well, we're still on the topic of hair, right?

During my recent travels...

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The New Hair Trend is "Less"

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2013 | 11:53 AM

The hair world is a revolving door of change. Optimizing the best hair care and styles with the least amount of effort, is a thriving movement called the "Less Trend."

If we were to look back in time as far as the 1800s, hairstyles were more complex...

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A-List Your Haircut

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 6:28 PM

An A-list haircut isn't just spotted on the red carpet or in the green room, and it doesn't require a backstage pass to have one. It's about making the right choices towards that big move.

As small and minute as a good haircut may seem, it can have a...

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Hair Color Trends: Season to Season

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 3:58 PM

With the change of seasons, it can have a magical effect that can ignite the desire for something new, a personal change inside and out. A hair-color change might just be on the radar. Without thought, I tend to think of certain colors that are reminiscent of the season: auburns...

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"To Gray or Not To Gray" That is The Question.

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 1:14 PM

In the fashion world, a new color is introduced each season. The enchantment of being privy to the new color trend sets the tone for that period of design. The hair world also compliments the fashion world with new color trends. Gray has been a trending color for the high...

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Get an Olympian Spirit. It Can Help Your Hair Too!

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 2:38 PM

With all the excitement in the air stemming from the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, one can't help but admire the dedication and perseverance that it takes to compete with the world's best. It truly takes the mind, body and soul to succeed in such a conquest.

We can take...

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Thin May Be In -- But Not in the Hair World!

(4) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 5:30 PM

It's very disheartening to realize that the great mass of hair you once had has now taken a grand bow. Why are more women now experiencing the plight of hair loss when many thought this problem only afflicted men?

"Startling" is the correct word to describe this dilemma. The question...

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Curl Culture Trend

(5) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 1:26 PM

Take a minute. Look around. Is it me or do you see curls that were once so contrived and tamed, now being released and embellished? This "Curl Culture Trend" has been witnessed everywhere from the glitzy Hollywood Red Carpet to the beaches of Southern France. The very idea of suppressing...

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Sexy Hair, That's All

(3) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 6:19 PM

What is sexy hair? It doesn't have any rules of certainty, but there are some common traits that seem to play great part in the formula. It is neither the color, length nor density that contribute to the equation.

When I reflect on some of the looks that have emulated...

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