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Iles Formula Hair Talk with Jarrod Fisher, Owner of Jarrod J Salon, California

Iles Formula Hair Talk welcomes California-based Jarrod Fisher, renowned hair colorist and owner of Jarrod J Salon in California.

Read on to see what Jarrod has to say about the hair business today.

To know more about Jarrod, visit his website. You can also follow him on Instagram @jarrodjsalon.

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IF: Tell us what you think is the biggest challenge in hairdressing today other than COVID-19?

I think the biggest challenge in hairdressing today is misinformation. Education and proper training programs for newly licensed hairstylists are a must, so mentors can pass down the proper fundamentals of hairstyling to new generations.

IF: What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?

The most enjoyable part of my job has been growing with my clients as an artist and a business person. I’m always reflecting on moments I’ve shared with my clients over the past 20 plus years with such a feeling of gratitude towards those clients for supporting my business efforts and creative vision.

IF: Why did you choose the path of hairdressing and was it easy to fall into this work?

I chose the path of hairdressing because I was always enamored with the salon environment as a kid and think hairdressers are the coolest people in the world. I would say my fascination with salon culture allowed the path of hairdressing to choose me, and while working as a receptionist through my high school years and learning the salon culture, I knew I had to enroll in cosmetology school after graduation. I wouldn’t say I fell into hairdressing because it took me years of training along with trial and error to feel comfortable with my abilities, but my patience and perseverance paid off in the end.

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Hair by Jarrod Fisher

IF: If you had not made the decision to be a hairdresser, what would you have been?

If I had not made the decision to be a hairdresser, I believe I would still have a role in the beauty and fashion industries. My first love in life as a kid was looking at all the beautiful images of the models in the glossy magazines. I still celebrate how the beauty and fashion industries seemed to collide at that time with such brilliance and it continues to be a core source of inspiration for my work today.

IF: What is your greatest strength?

My greatest strength is tenacity. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! It’s easy to take shortcuts and the path of least resistance, but one can’t give up (or in) too easily because persistence pays off.

IF: Your favorite hairdressing tools?

My favorite hairdressing tool is my Dyson Professional Supersonic hair dryer.

IF: Tell us about your relationship with Iles Formula. How did you discover us and which formula is your favorite?

My relationship with Iles Formula started about three years ago while working in L.A. and these Iles Formula products quickly became my go-to. It didn’t take long before all my clients were asking for Iles Formula with the Iles Formula Conditioner becoming a hands-down favorite. So when I opened Jarrod J Salon earlier this year in Orange County, I chose Iles Formula to be the exclusive hair care line offered at my salon.

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Images of Jarrod J Salon by Jarrod Fisher

IF: What was the most challenging job you ever did?

The most challenging job I ever had was working for an auto broker for two months between high school and cosmetology school. There was so much paperwork and I could never keep the contracts in the proper order.

IF: What was your worst hair moment and why…privately or on set/stage or in the salon?

My worst hair moment was working with a first-time client and realizing I wasn’t going to be able to meet her expectations when I couldn’t provide the speed of correction she had expected. It’s a bad feeling for me because regardless of the situation I don’t think my job is done unless my clients leave happy with the work I’ve provided. For me, it’s important to feel I’ve done my job each day I show up to work.

IF: If you could style anyone’s hair, who would it be and why?

If I could style anyone’s hair, it would be Marilyn Monroe. I think there’s a brilliant mind behind all that beauty and I would be eternally intrigued by her.

IF: Where do you pull hair inspiration from?

I pull hair inspiration from the seasons. Southern California is not known for its seasons so I try to emulate them with my hair colors by incorporating cooler accents for winter and spring with sun-kissed tones for summer and fall. It’s rewarding to be able to create the opportunity to reinterpret my work each season and it keeps me from getting lazy behind the chair.

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Hair by Jarrod Fisher

IF: Your advice to young hairdressers starting out?

My advice to young hairdressers starting out is to educate yourself!! Don’t rely on YouTube or social media for your education. And don’t waste time between cosmetology school and finding a salon that offers mentoring through an advanced training program. It will make the difference between having a job for a couple of years or a career for a couple of decades!

IF: How has Covid-19 changed your vision of the hair industry today?

Covid-19 has changed my vision of the hair industry today because it’s shown us that we need to remember the importance and professional duty of our Cosmetology License. It’s easy for us to pull focus from the responsibility of our license in pursuit of our creative work, but we must remember that our license is a guarantee to our clients that salon safety is an important and instrumental part of salon culture. It has always been of the utmost importance. It’s even more important now and will continue to be important moving forward in a post-Covid-19 world.

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Hair by Jarrod Fisher

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