In a world of so many talented hairstylists, we love when they come to us to share their story of how they got into the business and why they love doing what they do.
Jessica (@standz_addict on Instagram) is a hair artist from Southern Florida who specializes in color corrections, balayages combined with highlights, color melts, blowdrys, and men’s fades. She had some amazing advice and motivation to share with our community.
What made you want to become a hairstylist?
I was around seven when I—once again—was in trouble for giving my BFF’s brand new 80’s Barbie a nice lil’ pixie. I was not deprived of having my own dolls; they just really didn’t have any hair left to cut.
By the age of 8, I was already trying out red tinted mousse that I found in that same best friend’s mom’s bathroom. Guess the hair passion was part of my DNA.
But being in the salon with my mother monthly is definitely what sealed the deal. I loved the energy in the salon. I was always mesmerized by all the movement, fashion, conversations, creations, and people that were there.
What’s the best part of your job?
Hands down, the best part of my job is being a daymaker—being able to make a client glow with happiness.
When your client has an ear to ear smile and they sashay away with their happy, confident “I feel pretty,”walk. Yea, that’s the good stuff.
Creating a complete transformation is definitely one of the perks of the job. I could go on for days with this question; I love just about all aspects of the industry.
What best practices would you like to share with our community?
Constantly EDUCATE yourself weekly… and educate yourself on business and marketing. Even If you are not a salon owner, this is your career; do your part on making it happen.
What is one of your all-time favorite client pieces you’ve done so far?
I’m working on an editorial shoot with an artist who happens to be the first supermodel that came out of South Africa. She was a stoic beauty whose age will remain unknown.
What is some of the best advice you’ve been given during your career?
This is your career not a job, so educate yourself on fashion, trends, and entertainment.
Who is the hairstyling industry inspires you? Why?
Clinton Norris, Vivienne Mackinder, Dallan Flint, Anne Veck, Larisa Doll. These are just a few. Some of these creators have been in the game for a long time—much longer than my 18 years. Their creativity is limitless, and they are phenomenal educators.
Anything else you’d like to add?
This industry has taken me on so many amazing journeys. I have had crazy amazing opportunities, and I have met so many different walks of life. This industry has so much to offer in so many different realms. It is up to you where you take it.
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