Today we’d like to introduce you to Essence Jourdan.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
As a young girl, luxury’s like hair appointments weren’t always in the picture & like anyone else I wanted to look my best. In 6th grade, I got my first weave installed by my aunty Asia and since I couldn’t afford the upkeep, I started to watch tutorials on YouTube and learned to install my own. I’ve always been a very creative person so in middle and high school, I came up with so many different intricate styles to try on myself and I would get good feedback when I went to school. I eventually started to do my classmates and close friends’ hair which led to me styling some of my teacher’s hair. After I graduated high school, I went to beauty school and moved into my first salon in 2016 and now here I am five years later.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Just like anything, you have to practice daily to get better. Hairstyling is an art and it’s not something you can grasp overnight. The hair industry can really be a dog eat dog world if you let it. After working in multiple salons, both large staff and small staff, I’ve learned that working alone works best for me. Less drama and more room to create in a peaceful environment.
Hair By Ess – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I started branding myself as HairByEss in 2016, Ess is short for my full name Essence. I do multiple styles from braids to hair coloring to weave extensions but I’m known mainly for my invisible ponytail techniques. I believe that my creativity is what makes me stand out because I literally come up with different styles daily and there’s no limit to what I can create. For the near future, I do plan to step away from the chair to teach a few classes and launch my own line of products.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment thus far would have to be recognition that I get. Hair was never something that I planned to do, it just happened, so for people actually want what I have to offer, amazes me still to this day. It’s almost like I’m on the outside looking in, just as amazed.
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