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Life and Work with J’nea Ector

Today we’d like to introduce you to J’nea Ector.

J’nea, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a licensed cosmetologist. I’d say my love for the art of beauty started very young. I am the eldest of three sisters; therefore, I was my moms first life-size baby doll! With that being said, every parting in my head was precise, straight and with great geometric form. Not a hair out of place and slick for days!.. but, you better believe there were new partings every day as well as new styling!.. my mom was (is) very heavy handed.

And it was really traumatizing for me to have to sit through getting my hair combed. I’d say around 4th grade I started mimicking the partings my mom had done previously and doing my own hair (except for special occasions, picture days, holidays etc). It was around 7th grade I began braiding hair for money.

For $20 you got the best braid designs in town!. I thought I was rich! I had always wanted to do hair, and have my own salon establishment etc. I’d say around high school, my plans shifted and I no longer wanted to do hair, because I thought it was so cliche to be from the part of town I come from and do hair. After high school, I took courses at community colleges and made good grades. To soon find myself enrolled in Bay Vista Beauty College where I also did well and excelled in my go-to craft. I received student of the month, ample certifications, and a piece of mind.

I’ve been licensed going on 10 years September 2018. Hair is a form of wearable art… it is a form of expression and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. With hair (or without) you can be anyone your heart desires!

Has it been a smooth road?
I’d say when handling art. There are moments when you have the free artistic ability and other moments where your art is limited. Be protective of your energy. Especially, because in the hair industry you are liable to come into contact with so many different artists as well as consumers of art… I’d say stay true to your individual craft and all of the pieces fall into place for you. Anything you want in life takes great commitment and investment.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Silked&shinedbyjnea – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Color to me is like magic. I absolutely love the color and all that it stands for and says!. I also love silkening someone’s hair out! Silk hair speaks volumes as well. Mainly, I love educating people about hair (their hair) my motto is everything in moderation!.. too much of any one thing can be “bad” or damaging. I like helping individuals formulate a routine that is accommodating to their lifestyle. My clients love that I am precise and detailed

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?
I wish I had really gotten under the wing of a mentor. I was too shy or afraid to make mistakes and be critiqued. There will be people that’ll teach you the ropes and what they know. Don’t be afraid to learn, ask questions, make mistakes!

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 16199202612
  • Email:
  • Instagram: Iam_jnea
  • Facebook: Silked&shinedbyjnea

Image Credit:

#Jadeegypt, @callherambbb, @nuwnuwnuw, @thedope0ne, @luckycharmx4, @theflyhistorian

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