Today we’d like to introduce you to JayOne Deluxe James Villagrana.
Hi JayOne Deluxe, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’m James Villagrana better known as JayOne deluxe from Los Angeles, California and here’s a little bit about me. I grew up in a family that didn’t have much money. We always struggled to get by. I learned from my parents that working hard and not giving up is what we had to do to survive. At a young age, I was always attracted cutting-edge hairstyles. As a kid in the 80’s, I was always asking my barber for crazy designs and arrows in my hair. I was the first kid in my elementary school to have freestyle designs in my hair. I started cutting my own hair and eventually cutting my friend’s hair in the early 90’s right in my front yard. My family worked in one of the most dangerous industries in the world. I grew up working with them so it only felt right to put my haircuttings aside and work the family trade… After suffering a devastating, life-changing accident. Doctors told me I would probably never walk on my own again, leaving me dreams completely crushed. Every doctor I saw told me I would be in a wheelchair and on constant pain meds for the rest of my life.
Years later, I found a doctor doing a new revolutionary surgery that he believed would get me back on my feet so I did it. And it worked! having spinal reconstructive surgery and getting back on my feet again. I had to find a career that I could do while still meeting my new physical limitations. I remembered how much I loved cutting hair so I decided to dedicate my time to get licensed to do hair. Here I am almost two decades later working in a field I absolutely love. I started off in a small Neighborhood barbershop and interning at a salon where I fine-tuned my Cutting skills to now working with A-list male and female celebrities and international artists from around the world. I am now the Global Operations Manager for Caliber Pro. A clipper company where I’m designing and fine-tuning new tools for the industry, doing education for upcoming future hair artists, and doing hair shows round the world. I have truly been blessed with opportunity to learn and now the ability to pass on what I have learned to future artists, all while designing new tools for the industry.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
THE STRUGGLES BEEN REAL! to say the least. Right from the start just trying to take care of my family and paying the bills while going to school full time was a challenge. I don’t know how I was able to make it happen but I did. The next struggle was trying to build clientele. When your the new guy in a barbershop no one wants to sit in your chair and when someone does sit in your chair you have to give them the best possible haircut you can because they are going to judge you ten times harder then they judged there last barber. I started in one of the best barbershop in the city next to some of the best barbers out there so I had some big shoes to fill. I don’t know how many times I went home wondering if I made the right choice. It was defiantly a mind struggle on top of a financial struggle too. Luckily I was able to adapt and build my skills up fast and soon it was impossible to get into my chair without booking a few weeks in advance. I still wanted more.
Once I realized the people around me and the shop I was in was holding me back from the things I wanted to do in the industry. I made the decision to chase what I wanted. I put myself way out of my comfort zone and chased my dreams. I took every educational class I could find. Studied other Barber’s work and watched everyone I could cut hair. I found out quickly there are more people out there waiting to take advantage of you than there is to help a lot of big names too. I think that’s something no one talks about. Luckily I have been fortunate to meet some genuinely good people in the industry that have helped me get to where I am today. I would like to say thanks to Fernando “@globalcuts” for always being real and amazing teacher. Uriel “@cuatro20ent” for opening a few doors for me and introducing me to Robert “@iamrobertvalintino” and to all those out there that did me dirty in the industry. Without you, I would not have been molded into the person I am today
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’ve been very fortunate in my career. My work along with my self have been published in magazines, seen on tv and in many music videos locally and internationally. I specialize in both men’s and women’s hair which has allowed me work with some of the most famous A list clientele out there. I wanted to be able to do everything in the industry to my best abilities, I can even do make up and nails. I’ve won a few awards in the industry too, but I would say I’m most known for the hair shows I do now sharing my knowledge and the tools that I get to be a part of creating with Caliber Pro. I think what sets me apart from the rest is the passion I have for the industry. This is not a hustle to me or a job it’s my passion. The fact that I never think I know it all and I am always trying to learn as much as I can also. I try to treat everyone the same. Even the person that started yesterday can have something to teach me. I do a lot of community givebacks all on my own including free hair cuts for kids with good grades and free cuts for the homeless. I always try to put my best foot forward and if you ever get the chance to sit in my chair, I promise you that you will have my 100% attention and I will give you the best possible service I can.
Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I love Los Angeles we are local to everything you could possibly want. The forest, the desert the snow and the ocean are all within an hours reach. The city is so full of culture and we have every race of people you can possible think of in the city. I would like to see more outlets for our youths in areas like South Central Compton and Watts. It’s improved a lot but it still needs more.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.caliberprocorp.com
- Instagram: jayonedeluxe caliberpro