Life After HDC: Jessie Head

Life After HDC: Jessie Head

Jesse Head is a 29 year old Senior Designer at the Halifax Shopping Centre Head Shoppe. She took the Hair Design course at the HDC where she graduated in October of 2009. Read about her journey!



What’s your favourite thing about doing hair?
I love connecting with my clients and being able to make them feel the best they can! Every day is different, and your co-workers become your second family.

How does hairstyling fill your cup?
It’s just a really rewarding job. You get to make your clients feel better about themselves and bring out their confidence, all while playing with their hair! 

Where do you work from mostly?
Halifax Shopping Centre Head Shoppe 

Describe a typical day in your role at the Halifax Shopping Centre Head Shoppe for us.
A typical day for me is full of foiling and lightener! 

Would you say you have a specialty? Or signature?
I have a big balayage clientele and I love using the foilyage technique to create softer looks.

If you could name something as a career highlight so far, what would it be?
About two years ago I was asked to mentor new stylists. It was such an honour to help and share my knowledge with our new hires. 

What are the 3 most important skills you need to do your job?
You need to love people. You can’t do your job without clients, so you must get comfortable with being a people person if you want to succeed in this industry! Confidence and hustle are just as important.

When did you decide that you wanted to get into hairstyling?
After high school I went to university and within two weeks I knew it wasn’t where I was supposed to be. I always had an interest in hair and was always doing my friends hair and my own. I had a few professors and people in my life who tried to discourage me from trying to make a living out of hairstyling but my parents, especially my mom were super supportive. My grandfather and great grandfather were both barbers in Cape Breton so it’s in my blood.

How did you build your clientele?
I’m originally from Cape Breton, so I didn’t have a ton of family or friends here to build a clientele from. I was fortunate enough to start working at a busy salon in a mall, so I did my best to retain every client I was given. I had great Team Leaders who pushed me to build my business and helped me give my clients an amazing service. 

Are you happy with your current income?
I’m making more money than I think anyone expects a hairstylist would and that will only continue to grow.

Do you feel you have had job security? If so, why?
I do feel like I have job security. Salon Resource Group only wants their employees to succeed. I think if you are always trying to build your business they will help and support you and provide you with all the tools to be your best!

How do you find your schedule? From what we know, hairstylists can work some crazy long hours. How do you deal?
 When I’m not at work I make sure I’m taking care of myself and my body!

Upcoming trends you like or want to try?
 I’m loving the above the shoulder bobs! 

Where do you get your inspo?
I love knowing what celebrity hairstylists are doing and creating. Instagram makes it so easy to keep up with all the newest trends.

When you aren’t doing hair, you’re. . .?
I love DIY projects, my husband and I just bought a house, so we are picking away at renovations! I also love decorating, so I enjoy trips to Winners & vintage/antique stores.

What made you choose the HDC?
I researched a few schools and after touring HDC and seeing all the students on the salon floor having so much fun and learning so much, there was no way I could imagine going anywhere else.

What memories do you have of our Hair program?
 I made some great friends while at HDC. The educators really made sure we had the confidence we needed to succeed in this industry.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about getting into hairstyling?
If it’s something you love and can see yourself doing, go for it. You have to work hard to build your business and make a name for yourself, but the hard work does pay off!

Your mantra is_________________?
If you look at what you have in life, you will always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you will never have enough .

Follow Jessie on instagram @jeshead.shoppehair


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