Looking at her portfolio of work, I would never have guessed that Jessica has only been in the hair industry a few years.
It is amazing what dedication, passion and surrounding yourself with the right people can accomplish.
What inspired you to pursue a career in the hair industry?
I think the art of hair is wicked.
I see hairstylists like the average person sees famous people. I didn’t have a natural-born talent to be a stylist, but I loved everything about it. I would obsess over all of these talented artists and the work they would post on Instagram. It wasn’t until two years ago that I decided to pursue a career.
Where did you train to become a hair professional?
I attended Marca College and graduated last year, and since then, I’ve continued my training. No matter where you are in your career, there is always room for growth in an industry that continues to evolve.
I have been following Sharon’s career for a few years now – not only is she a talented artist, but she is also genuine and down-to-earth. How has it been working alongside her?
It’s been nothing short of amazing. Every day we feed off of one another’s energy. When I started working with Sharon, she handed me all her knowledge on a single platter. She’s been so great with helping me understand the techniques behind the famous blends you see on our Instagram accounts. On top of learning from who I consider one of the best balayage artists in the country, she’s become a great friend and mentor.
What are some services that you specialize in?
I specialize in cutting and balayage. Although it’s not something I get to do often, styling hair is my absolute favourite.
Being a hair professional – involves so much more than being behind the chair. It’s about continuing education, marketing and finding creative outlets to keep you inspired and motivated.
You recently took part in Tall, Dark, Blended & Extended with @yogacolourist and @manoloxtendo. Can you share a little bit with us about that experience?
It was so inspiring for me and also one of the scariest things that I’ve done in a long time, which was why I decided to do it.
I firmly believe that growth doesn’t happen in comfort, so with public speaking being one of my biggest fears, I knew I owed it to my future self to do it.
I consider myself a chameleon; I can be super outgoing and personable, but the other side is very introverted, and I overthink everything. It’s very easy for me to get inside of my head, so I’m grateful that Sharon believed in my capabilities to show up on that day to teach my signature styling techniques.
You were recently selected by @behindthechair.com as one of the top 100 for the collaboration shot in the 2022 #ONESHOT Hair Awards. How does it feel to be recognized by your peers for something you love to do?
Absolute bliss. When I found out that my work was selected, I felt an immense sense of pride and recognition for all the hard work and sacrifices I made this past year, and I cannot wait to submit my entries for next year.
What inspires you as an artist?
I think those who get ahead in life have positive expectations for themselves. Rediscovering my passion and focusing on improving my work has an impact that keeps me inspired. During the good, the bad, the easy, the difficult and the victories, I ask myself how I can be better. I’m a visual person as well, so all the work posted that I see behind the chair inspires me and pushes me to be better.
What are some of your favourite hair products?
I am texture spray crazy— it’s as if dry shampoo and hair spray had a baby. I’m also really into the K18 leave-in treatment. It helps maintain the integrity of the hair while going through the lightning process of a balayage. I’ve also witnessed long-lasting benefits from this product, and over time it allows longevity for styling products to work better in the hair.
How would you describe your personal style?
I’m pretty open. Mostly, it’s urban, simple girly ensembles that stand out a little. I feel most sexy when I’m comfortable, so lounge wear is my go-to.
What is your favourite thing to do on your days off?
Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but it takes a lot out of me, so these days, I like to be more low-key. I lean towards being outdoors or taking time to focus on myself; my plans on the weekends are usually pretty chill. But on a side note, a girl can get down if the opportunity presents itself. (Lol)
I always look for new places to eat when I visit cities. What are some of your favourite spots in the GTA?
I’m more of a home-cooked meal kind of gal, so I love getting creative in the kitchen with my partner and sharing a meal in the comfort of our home.
You posted a picture with the quote: The most creative act is the act of creating yourself. What does that signify for you?
For me, it signifies that what I choose to prioritize in my life affects whether or not I can show up as the best version of myself to attain the life that I desire.
Prioritizing a healthy lifestyle allows me to focus on what makes me feel good mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The mental and emotional effect I get from that is clarity which keeps me productive and inspired.