Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Gordon.
Hi Jessica, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’m the oldest of three girls so I started doing hair on my sister’s as a young teen. I then branched out and started doing my family and friend’s hair every once in a while. When I graduated Highschool I started looking at cosmetology schools but then I had a family member tell me that doing hair wasn’t a real job so, I became discouraged and didn’t see it through.
Shortly after, I had my 1st son at 19 and focused on strictly working while still doing my family and friend’s hair here and there. A few years later, I went on a few school tours and found out I was pregnant with my second and I allowed fear to steer me away from enrolling in school. During that time, I was going to stylist who took care or my hair but I started to lose my natural curl pattern and was never given a valid reason as to why and that triggered something in me. I went on a few more school tours and found out I was with child again but this time, I wasn’t afraid to step on faith and follow my dreams. I knew that I wanted to be natural hairstylist/specialist that gave my clients whatever information they needed pertaining to their hair whether it be good or bad. I quit my job and enrolled at the Grabber school of hair design when I was six months pregnant with my 3rd son. With all the doctors visits and maternity, it took me over a year to finish but I have an extremely supportive significant other and a wonderful support system that helped me through.
Upon graduating school, I had acquired my 1st job at salon as a receptionist and commission stylist. I loved the owner and my co-workers but being straight out of school, I felt I needed to be somewhere with more stylists that did I wanted to do. After a few months, I left that salon and went to my 2nd salon. There I met some wonderful hairstylist that are now friends that helped me be a better stylist but despite that after a year and a half I knew it was time for me to go because in my soul I knew that that salon wasn’t a fit for me which led me to where I am now. All of the experiences I had from those other two salons helped mold me into JessOnThePress. I am now building my own brand offering quality hair and customer service out of my own suite inside of Monique Cherise Beauty Boutiques.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been a bumpy road. Lots of lows and highs. I’ve dealt with manipulation under the guise of help, horribly spiteful receptionist, deciept, low key robbery, you name it I’ve probably experienced it in this industry.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a natural hair enthusiast/stylist. I specialize in caring for women’s natural curls. Whether it be enhancing their curls or smoothing them out. I’m known for my Silk presses and educating my clients on their hair so that when they leave my chair, they can maintain their hair on their own until they see me again. What sets me apart from others is that I don’t just do my client’s hair. I help them understand their hair, we set hair goals and routines (in salon and at home) I discuss product knowledge, etc. From beginning to end, my clients learn while receiving their service and that’s what I feel makes me different.
If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
I feel that authenticity is most important to my success. I am always authentically me, JessOnThePress and that resonates with my clients. I stay true to who I am while allowing my clients to be freely themselves when they are in my chair.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: Jessonthepress.org
- Instagram: Instagram.com/jess_on_the_press/
- Facebook: Facebook.com/jessonthepress
Jessica Gordon is the photographer of all attached photos