Chief of The Teepee - Jordyn Barrett
The last but certainly not least, Chief of the Teepee is Miss Jordyn Barrett, co-owner of Studio Blue in Coffeyville, KS. I can speak from experience that Jordyn is excellent at what she does and takes a lot of pride in providing only the best work. Not only did I start trusting Jordyn with my hair (+ nails!) as soon as she graduated from the exceptional, Eric Fisher Academy, but I've had the privilege of watching her grow into an outstanding business woman. Without further ado, here is my interview with Jordyn, hair stylist extraordinaire & nail tech artist.
1. Tell us who you are & where you’re from. I am Jordyn Lynn Barrett. I was born in Coffeyville, Kansas but spent the first 6 years of my life living in Dearing, KS. I am currently residing in Coffeyville, KS where I co-own Studio Blue Salon.
2. How did your passion for hair styling begin? I began dabbling, and I say dabbling but I mean obsessing, over hair and nails at a super young age (we are talking 4 or 5). I loved the idea of being able to create new and fabulous things with hair and the art of coloring to change the total appearance of someone. Nails were a different story lol. My mom has stories of me as a young tot refusing to get out of the car to go to kindergarten because my nails were chipped. #totaldiva...or the ever so popular scalping of the barbies.
3. Do you find living in a rural area to be a challenge when chasing your dreams? If so, how do you overcome it? Living in a rural area does pose as a problem for me when it comes to being a hair stylist because not only do you have to compare your prices to a salon in a big city, but also the trending styles take longer to surface in a small town or rural area vs a city. I try to stay humble when it comes to what I charge, and be reasonable...but it's hard when you have friends that charge $150 for a simple foil in the big city and you would LOVE to charge that simply because you believe that is what you are worth. Then you have to remind yourself "oh wait, I'm in a town that has a lower income and I'll be lucky to get $65." As far as trends go, its easy to try new things on my clients because they are always going to want the next best thing. I have some clients that are the bigger risk takers and would color their hair purple if I said its all the rage in LA or Chicago. I try to take at least one major class a year to keep up on new techniques and things like that.
4. What drives you to pursue your passion each day? My passion and drive stems from my biggest teacher and inspiration, Mr. Eric Fisher. I attended cosmetology school at Eric Fisher Academy in Wichita, ks. Anyone who is familiar with Eric will tell you that he is not only a world renown hair stylist, but an amazing entreprenour. He has 3 salons in the Wichita area, along with the school and also travels with the Aquage hair product company and teaches classes all over the U.S. Eric makes his cosmetology school different than anywhere else. He is actually right there to help teach you, and teach you the tools of the trade through both hair styling and the business aspects of our industry. Every morning he wakes up and says to himself "I am happy, I am healthy, I am terrific" and continues to say this 10-15 times a day. He has opened many doors of opportunity for myself and the rest of the students that attend EFA. Im just extremely thankful to have him as an upper hand. I could call him or text him any time of the day and he would answer any question I have or give me a boost of confidence if I needed it, which is pretty cool.
5. Owning a business can be challenging, how do you balance your work load and a social life? I have to laugh at this question for a couple reasons. The biggest reason being that my business is where I DO most of my socializing. My clients are my social interaction during the week, and I usually spend my weekends with friends. When I first opened the salon I got really bad about constantly being on my phone messaging clients, and we are talking like 24/7. If someone messaged me on a Sunday asking for an appointment I would stop what I was doing and respond instantly. I had to come to a point where I had to tell clients "hey, if you need me please call the shop. Do not try to contact me via social media or my personal cell." I very much enjoy having a business, but it's super important to keep that healthy balance.
6. Can you share one trade secret with us? A trade secret...hmm...I honestly have so many that there aren't enough hours in the day 😅. But I will say, one of the worst things I see people do involves their flat iron. Technically, you should only have to go over a section of your hair one time if done properly, not over and over and over at 450 degrees. Totally something I would love to teach, but that involves a visit to my salon!
7. What is your favorite motivational quote? My favorite quote has always been "Rise above it." It was a phrase my late great grandmother used to live by. Its constantly in the back of my head when I have had a bad day.
8. What is bliss to you? Bliss = silence. Sitting back and enjoying the quiet after the crazy. I love to sit outside and listen to the coyotes in the distance (perks of living in a rural area) and just enjoy my evening. Also I think I speak for any female when I say a bubble bath cures all.
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Until next time,