As they work their way up, young up-and-coming beauty professionals are blazing trails and making waves. We scoured the country to find out who is doing what and how it all began. Here is our chat with up-and-coming beauty professional, Jesse Ervin.
Salon Magazine: How did you get your start in hair? Why did you decide to be a part of this industry?
Jesse Ervin: At first, I just wanted to try something new. I wanted a job that I could travel with but then it turned into something that I connect with so much more than I ever expected. I am so greatful that I took that chance.
SM: What drives and motivates you as a hairstylist?
JE: I think this is such a fantastic industry that has so much to give to us. There is so much room for growth in our industry and it’s so exciting to have that opportunity.
SM: What is your expertise? What do you specialize in or excel at?
JE: I am trying a little bit of everything right now to see where I really want to go but I really love working on set.
SM: What is the one lesson you’ve learned throughout your education and career that you still keep in mind today?
JE: Enjoy and take advantage of your opportunity to assist. It’s a special time in our career to learn and I love doing it. I think it’s super important for our future in the industry.
SM: Who is your mentor or who do you look up to when it comes to hair? Anyone in particular on social media?
JE: Ray Civello is my mentor!
SM: Who is your hair hero? Is there someone you want to work with?
JE: There is no possible way I could choose just one, so my top five would have to be, in no particular order: Julien D’ys (@juliendys), Christiaan (@hairbychristiaan), Eugene Souleiman (@eugenesouleiman), Anthony Turner (@anthonyturnerhair) and Duffy (@duffy_duffy).
SM: As a young artist, what has been the biggest challenge have you faced and how have you overcome that?
JE: Keeping focused on your career path and not letting anything distract you from your goals. I think we are learning so much about ourselves as humans and as artists, it can be easy to get distracted which could be detrimental to your career if you slip up. I have found that surrounding yourself with like-minded people helps to keep me focused.
SM: Who gave you the best advice as you embarked on your career and what was that advice?
JE: I remember Kristjan Hayden told me when I first started taking photographs for competitions that I should always create for myself and not to worry about the judges. At the end of the day, you will always have the photos and they should mean something to you and not be fabricated for what you think the judges want to see.
SM: What is your one must-have product?
JE: Aveda’s Shampure Thermal Dry Conditioner.
SM: What are your goals for the next 5 to 10 years? Where do you see yourself in the beauty industry?
JE: I really love where I am at now, but It has always been a dream of mine to live in London or New York before I was even a hairdresser; so living there and working is something I would like to do at some point in the next ten years.