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Meet Jessica Griffin of Jesatouch Hair Studio in Southeast-Central

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Griffin.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jessica. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My story starts back when I was in elementary school. I have always loved hair, the way it feels in my hands, and the way you can manipulate hair to achieve unique styles. In school, I would always get into trouble for doing other kids’ hair during lunch. When I reached high school, I saw braiding hair as a way to make extra money on the side. I would braid hair on my lunch and even after school. At the age of 15 my Aunt Paulette gave me a job in her salon Designers Touch on the weekends. Working in the salon and watching her single-handedly make women feel great about themselves made me want to do hair too! That is when I fell in love with making people feel beautiful. After high school, I went onto cosmetology school to better and perfect my craft.

I decided that I needed more than just cosmetology training, so I went to college and majored in child development. I worked with children in shifting demographics for well over 15 years. I kept up with my clientele and remained braiding on the side during the weekends but never full time. As of May 20th, 2018, I took a leap of faith and decided to invest in myself full time. I asked God to guide me and order my steps to help me succeed in this venture. By His grace and mercy, I have been able to thrive and do well in a competitive market. Within this last year, I was able to become an ambassador for the hair company of my dreams Rastafri. To date, my clientele is consistently growing, thriving, and opportunities are unsurmountable for my brand.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nothing in life worth having is easy; I started my business plan with prayer. It has not been easy, but I credit research, networking, building working relationships, and surrounding myself with like-minded individuals seasoned in the hair world, has helped to place me in the right environments within the hair community. I have learned countless lessons and made even more mistakes. I have struggled, but more importantly, the things I have learned along the way have helped me in executing tasks, overcoming challenges as a professional and businesswomen. I plan on furthering my education in business so that I can have a better understanding of the business aspect of the hair industry. There is always room for growth, so I am looking to grow and learn as much as I can. So that I could have something to leave behind for the generations to come.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Jesatouch Hair Studio – what should we know?
I took two things that I love and combined them; my love for kids and love for doing hair. I specialize in healthy natural hair, i.e., cornrows, french braids, feed-in braids, box braids, and crochet styles. Kids’ hair is my specialty; however, I work on adults as well. I am known as the “kid specialist”; it makes me proud when parents bring their kids to me for their first salon experience. The look on their faces once I am done is priceless. I love working on natural hair. God has blessed me with “growing hands” giving me the ability to maintain my client’s healthy natural hair with low maintenance/low manipulation protective styles. I pride myself on consistency and professionalism. What sets me apart from the rest is that I love watching my clients’ confidence grow and making them feel beautiful. I also have a 5.0 review rating on booksy.com. Be on the lookout, I’ve been working on my own product, It the plan is launch this summer of 2020.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
First and foremost, I would like to thank God for my gifted hands, my mom Jacqueline Griffin for always pushing me and supporting me. My Aunt Pallet Ramsay for introducing me to my passion and giving me the tools to get me started. My teacher/friend Beaddie Bass for helping me grow and get through cosmetology school, my cousin Marcel Nicholas for my business name, which came from a Facebook post/poll. To all my clients, church family, family, friends thank you for all of your love and support over the years, if it were not for you all, I would not be who I am today. Also, I cannot forget my besties Edmonia and Da’Neen, for being my guinea pigs and letting me practice on them in my beginning years. And last but not least my biggest supporter my boyfriend Brandon Norwood, he keeps me encouraged and motivated with how much he believes in me.

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