Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Hann.
Jamie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I first started my career in the beauty industry in 2011, when I started working for MAC Cosmetics. It was a dream come true! I had been so in love with makeup and the vast array of color selection that MAC, incomparable to most cosmetic lines, had at the time. I learned so much during my 5 years of employment there, as well as grew so much as an artist.
During that time period, I had gone on some photo shoots. Coincidently enough, the hair stylist was either running late in L.A. traffic or didn’t show up, so I was asked to do the hair as well. Unfortunately, just because someone looks like they can do their hair, doesn’t necessarily mean that they can do someone else’s! It was through these experiences that I decided to go to cosmetology school and get my license. I realized that I would have more opportunities as a licensed cosmetologist and grow in the industry.
I went to Bellus Academy in 2014, where I learned from some of the most talented people in the industry and fell in love with doing hair. I also decided to take their MUD Makeup course to further grow as an artist and strengthen my professional etiquette while on set. I was able to have so many professional opportunities and be introduced to so many wonderful people in the industry. After I got licensed in 2015, I went back to Bellus Academy in 2016 to get my barbering license.
In March of 2016, I received an apprenticeship with Gila Rut Aveda Salon. I learned so much about myself, the industry and grew so incredibly much with them as well as gained a family. I later switched salons to be able to do both cut and color, but broke my leg in a climbing accident. I spent a solid 5 months doing the majority of my healing, before being able to return to doing any type of work, which had lead me to doing lash extensions and photo shoots, both of which I’m greatly enjoying!
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?
It definitely has not been a smooth road! It’s had its fair share of ups and downs. When I first wanted to go to cosmetology school at 19, no one supported me, so I tried to go the more conventional rout, which didn’t work out. I didn’t have the courage to do it until I was older.
From what I’ve learned through my journey, and a piece of advice I’d have for younger women, is that despite having even the most difficult client, or the worst day, you need to believe in yourself and have courage. You’re only able to do what you believe you can do.
Please tell us about your business.
As a hairstylist, I specialize in color, focusing more on balayage and vivids. As a makeup artist, I enjoy doing very clean, natural editorial looks and as a lash stylist, I focus more on giving voluminous looks.
I’m most proud of the experience I provide my clients and the atmosphere I create for them, which is more on the relaxed, slow-paced side. I’ve noticed how much a fast-paced and stressful environment can take a toll on people in their day to day life, so I try to create a space that’s safe from that. I think ultimately, that’s what sets me apart, is not so much what I provide for my clients, but how and why. I put a little bit of myself into each person.
There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
Find those who you truly respect and whose opinions you take to heart and express it to them, have the courage to ask from the heart. You really have to put yourself out there in order to get to where you want to go, just make sure you do it from a sincere place.
- Address: 535 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92103
- Website: www.jamiehann.com
- Phone: 619-259-4607
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/heyhannsolo
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/jamiehannbeauty
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