Episode 6 Summary:
On this episode of Hair Biz Radio Mikey and Zakiyrah speak with Jewels Jones, a natural hair expert with over eight years of experience in the hair industry. Jewels talk about all the information you need to know as a new stylist. Jewels is also a freelance writer for Private Label Extensions.
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She got her start senior year of college doing other students hair.
Graduated and immediately enrolled in beauty school.
Started working in the salon environment in 2010.
Fell in love with natural hair and now works with curl definition.
Her specialty is curl training.
Her brand is Embrace Me Naturally.
Vegan products catered to natural hair.
The difference between natural hair extension types
People think about 4C as a tight unmanageable hair type.
People tend to do more weaves on this type of hair.
When it comes to textures and extensions, they need to find the kind that’s the most like their hair in its natural curly state.
4C clip-ins are a good choice to add volume.
Why clip-ins instead of a sew-in?
Because people with natural hair need to wash it more often and can take clip-ins out.
Clip-ins are a great way to take care of your hair and not forget about it.
What is hair porosity?
The ability that your hair has to bring in water and then retain it.
If your hair doesn’t bring in water easily, you have low porosity. If your hair brings in water easily, you have high porosity hair.
One way to check your porosity is to spray hair with a water bottle. If the water sits on your hair, then you have low porosity.
How to maintain healthy hair if you wear hair extensions?
The main thing is cleaning your hair, shampooing every two weeks.
Make sure your braids and scalp are dry after shampooing.
If you allow your braids to air dry over 8 hours or longer, bacteria can be introduced.
Booth rent is not ideal when you’re starting off because you don’t know where your next money is coming from.
Jewels have always been a commission based stylest when working for someone else.
She began at an all Caucasian salon.
She learned a lot about cuts, coloring and customer service.
Customer service downfalls in salons:
Double or triple booking is not a good idea.
Not providing education – a better way is to consult for the first 10-15 minutes.
Not having the right intentions – don’t just do it for the money.
If you don’t do it for the right reason, you’ll always have a revolving door of clients.
Jewels wanted to take the leap into getting into her own space because she realized she was overworked and she couldn’t be a salon manager and stylist.
Speaking and teaching about curl training and natural hair theory is her passion.
Tying attention to detail and her self-doubt together caused her to spend countless hours on her business plan.
It took her more than a month to create a business plan.
She pays weekly rent to be in salon suites.
You get the space and some equipment already inside.
What do you need to bring into salon suite?
Products you want to use
Decorations – personalize your space according to your brand.
A scheduling system, checkout system, etc.
Cleaning supplies and other stock.
Jewels had one stylist who she trusts and brought her in after she was at the salon for a year.
Point of Sale (POS) system she recommends:
She uses Chase Bank to do transactions.
She likes all of her money to be in one place.
When you do transactions with your scheduling company, they take a large percentage of money.
How did Jewels brand herself, her salon and her product?
She just said she wanted her clients to be natural and embrace it.
She went to someone to get her logo done.
Things kind of fell in her lap, that’s how she knows this is her calling.
The struggle of starting a product line is:
Trust and money.
She started with one company and wanted to