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Conversations with Jarrod J Fisher

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jarrod J Fisher.

Hi Jarrod J, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started my professional career at College of San Mateo where I attended and graduated from their cosmetology program. My next career step was advanced training and I landed a position as an assistant at a salon in Palo Alto which had a sister salon in San Francisco, both operating under the eponymous Yosh for Hair name. They were founded by NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Yosh Toya and were the bay area’s premier salons. During my time at Yosh for Hair the Palo Alto location was sold to David Wagner of JUUT Salon/Spa, while the flagship location in San Francisco was sold to his Manager and Color Director Gina Khan. I was hired on by Gina and finished my bay area career at Yosh for Hair in San Francisco, which is still owned and operated by Gina Ghan as Salon 9 by Gina Khan. After the turn of the Millenium, I transplanted myself back to my hometown Los Angeles and it’s honestly the only place I truly consider home. I spent the next decade working my way through the southern California salon culture, which is very different than the northern California salon culture. I met my husband about halfway through this decade and really started to come into my own as a colorist behind the chair.

As my career moved onward and upward, I found myself working with celebrities and in LA Fashion Week, appearing on BRAVO’s TV show “Blow Out” and finally as the Creative Director to a multi-million dollar salon on the Sunset Strip. What happened next shocked the hell out of me and anyone who knows me as I packed our bags and my husband and I moved to Orange County! There’s a big difference between LA and SF culture, but there’s an even bigger difference between LA and the OC. Once the culture shock wore away, I built a new business within the guard-gated clad communities of southern Orange County and over the last decade continued my business in Los Angeles part-time while working full time and settling into my life in the OC. Recently I opened Jarrod J salon in the Orange County neighborhood of Ladera Ranch. I have taken 20 years of my experience in the salon industry and turned it into a tangible reflection of who I am today as a colorist and a salon professional. I love working in my space that I’ve curated to speak for me, inspire my organic creativity and motivate the hard worker in me. What I have now is “Pride of Ownership” and that creates a sense of completion which is freedom for me as an artist and a business person.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road and if I look back with my adult experiences, I can say I was the one making it harder than it had to be most of the time. As a service provider, it’s important to remember that the client and their experience come first. They are the only reason we have to show up to work, but too many times hair stylists make what we do about themselves and that’s ego. Having the years to practice and prove this theory, whenever I feel I’m dealing with obstacles or challenges, I know I have to check my ego and ask myself “What am I doing in this situation?”.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a hairstylist that specializes in hair color and a salon owner. My work is known for its supernatural look, always creating hair color that looks like it grows out of your head that way. No trends and no gimmicks! My approach to business and what I think sets me apart is my belief that the client always comes first.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
The most important lesson I’ve learned is patience. Stop, listen and process instead of always trying to prove myself. It’s so much easier being the student instead of the master!

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