Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Cruz.
Jessica, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Well I was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the San Gabriel Valley (SGV). I was always creative as a child, sculpting dinosaurs using molding clay, drawing, writing poetry and song lyrics. I was always looking for something creative to get my hands into. Also, as a child, for some reason, I knew I wanted to get into business for myself one day.
At age 14, I knew I wanted to be a hairstylist. I asked my mom for red streaks in my hair and eventually started playing with hair color later in highschool. I used to cut my boyfriend’s hair in high school too haha. So in college, I got my cosmetology license and AS degree in cosmetology. But I kind of still wanted to explore myself further to see if there was anything else I wanted to do. So I went to learn about makeup. I went to Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles and got my Master Make-Up Diploma from there where I learned special effects make up for film and television.
I freelanced that for years and learned that I had a lot to learn haha. I started bartending to keep myself afloat financially while exploring other crafts in my 20s. After years of not knowing what I was doing, I was constantly drawn back to my original passion- hair! I finally decided to go full force and pour my heart into my hair career and haven’t looked back since. The artist’s career is one of continuous learning and growth. The more I learn about my craft the more I realize I have to learn, but because I am so genuinely curious about all aspects hair and business, I delve right in and enjoy the learning process from all angles.
I worked at different salons and just finished an assistant program where I learned to master my haircutting skills at my salon called Planet Salon in West Hollywood and am moving into working as a full-time stylist, which has been so fulfilling in many ways. I love my clients. They make my world go ‘round. It lights me up to see their joy when they look in the mirror and feel so great about their hair. That’s why I do this. It’s not just about doing hair. It’s about feeling great in your own skin. Your hair is the crown you wear every day and I want all my clients to feel like Queens! And Kings 😉
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It is never a smooth road when chasing anything, so you might as well chase your dreams! I think a challenge for me was working as a stylist once I decided to go full time and realizing my skills were not where I wanted them to be. I looked at my work and didn’t feel as confident as I thought I would. So I made a bit of a difficult decision to step down as a stylist temporarily to invest my time in an assistant program where I can really learn to hone my skills so I can confidently deliver amazing results for each of my clients. It’s always a good idea to invest in yourself. It is never wasted time or money. I am a firm believer in education and constantly finding ways to better yourself in all aspects of life especially your passion.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a hairstylist specializing in haircutting. From men’s cuts and fading to long layered cuts, to precision cutting, and creative cuts, I work hard to create cuts unique to each client and what fits their style and face shape. I plan to move into hair color, where I am looking to also specialize in balayage, so that’s for future plans as I move along my hair journey.
We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
I think an interesting barrier for female leadership today is just being taken seriously as a female. I notice that sometimes when trying to do business with men, they tend to not take me very seriously or plan to tell me how to do things instead of do them my way and how it works in my brain. But I think going in, know what you want and how to ask for it and not swaying in your stance, we as females can find the strength to move past anything that stands in our way.
- Haircuts- $85
- Blow out $45
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @ms.jcruz_hair
the blue picture with the girl wearing sunglasses her name is Norell.