We welcome this week on Iles Formula Hair Talk Jamilynn Kaiser of Mane Muse Salon. Read What Jamilynn has to say on everything hair!
See more work of Jamilynn in Mana Muse Salon @mane_muse on Instagram.
IF: Tell us what you think is the biggest challenge in hairdressing today?
The biggest challenge in hairdressing today is Instagram. Instagram can give clients a false reality of what can be achieved with their hair, and it can also showcase a hairstylist in a false reality as well. A stylist that isn’t a strong stylist yet, can pose, filter and edit a client to show only a small portion of the work, or even a fiction, not the real work.
IF: What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?
I love helping to show people how powerful hair is. Your hair can alter the way you feel, the way you look and overall how you carry yourself every day. Also, being able to provide a salon for all my talented employees to showcase their craft.
IF: Why did you choose the path of hairdressing and was it easy to fall into this work?
When I was younger, sleepovers always consisted of me giving my friends a makeover. I would lay out the clothes I thought they should wear, I’d do their makeup and then their hair. I’ve always loved seeing the beauty in things that some people may overlook. It was my natural path, so I went to school, got licensed and got to work.
IF: If you had not made the decision to be a hairdresser what would you have been?
Fashion Designer, or Interior Designer
IF: What is your greatest strength?
I’d like to think I’m pretty intuitive. I can feel the energy of my clients sitting in my chair. I can tell when they may not love a color, or when they’re on the fence about a cut, or even when they’re going through a rough patch in their life.
IF: Your favourite hairdressing tools?
Tailcombs, My Harry Josh Blowdryer and Olivia Garden Round Brushes
IF: Tell us about your relationship with Iles Formula. How you discovered us and which formula is your favourite?
Iles Formula was introduced to me randomly by Chelsy Pickthorn. She told me it would fly off the shelves and she wasn’t kidding. All of us at the salon are impressed with it as well as our clients. I LOVE the simplicity of it, and I don’t ever feel like clients are being pressured into buying something they’re not going to use. EVERYBODY can use this and they will fall in love.
IF: What was the most challenging job you ever made?
My most challenging job is right now and tomorrow. My decision to open a salon five years ago was the biggest decision of my career. Opening, running and growing the business is the most challenged I’ve been in this career. Managing employees, maintaining a happy and fun work environment and showing appreciation for everyone is a lot of work. As important is maintaining the happiness of my clients and the quality of goods and services they receive. It’s not a full-time job, it’s a life-time job. I’ve been a hairstylist for 20 years and I wouldn’t take back the last 5 ever. The challenges are what make us better.
IF: What was your worst hair moment and why, privately or on set/stage or in the salon?
Oh man, I was newly out of school and worked in this “turn and burn” old lady salon. We did perms, root touch ups and roller sets. I did a perm on an older lady that I had previously bleached and didn’t think twice until I took out her perm rods out and needless to say, she was fried. Thankfully she had short hair to begin with and she was very sweet about it, but I was giving her free protein treatments and apologies until her hair grew back (about 6 months).
IF: If you could style anyone’s hair, who would it be and why?
Anyone in a Tim Burton Film especially Alice in Wonderland and/or Edward Scissorhands
IF: Where do you pull hair inspiration from?
I love getting color inspiration from food. I also love working with a team, to bounce ideas off of each other. There is so much talent in the salon that it would be a shame to not share our inspiration and ideas with one another. I think working alone would be such a snooze.
IF: Your advice to young hairdressers starting out?
Don’t give up. Let the hiccups be learning lessons to help you become a better stylist. Know that you will fuck up, but know that those moments are making you better and stronger if you allow them to teach you. Put in the hard work, check your ego and learn how to work smarter not harder. This is a demanding job on our bodies, and the sooner you can learn how to work smarter, your body will thank you.
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