The North American Hairstyling Awards Newcomer Stylist of the Year category focuses on the overall creations of stylists who have been licensed for three (3) years or less. Get to know the future leaders of the hair and beauty industry below, and mingle with them at the NAHA celebration on January 26th!
What story are you telling through your NAHA collection?
The story I created through these three images is imagination, passion and creativity. As a new stylist I wanted to show the world what my mind could create with the hair styling skills I have to offer. I love showing the versatility of my skills in my work and allowing each image to tell its own story. The strong fierce flame, the free-spirited rocker and a soft effortless creation for my last piece. These are the characters that ran through my mind during the process of my work and now I will leave it up to my audience to create their own story.
Originally, from Lethbridge, Alberta, Jesse made the move to Toronto in 2013 to study at the Aveda Institute & Academy. Upon graduating, Jesse was scouted by the Senior Creative Director of Aveda Canada to educate for the Aveda Institute Toronto. Over the past 3 years, Jesse has been nominated and awarded by multiple national and international hairstyling award organizations.
What do you love about working in the beauty industry?
We work directly with identity; therefore, we work directly with insecurities. Our artistry is perspective; therefore, we teach a new perspective of those insecurities.
What motivates you to compete in NAHA? What would you share with other professionals about this opportunity?
For me, competing in NAHA is a powerful fuel for motivation. This particular photographic competition motivates me to put forth an even greater creative effort that can result in higher levels of creativity that I love discovering, sometimes unlocking a deeper component within myself that wasn’t quite expected.
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you always know you wanted to be a stylist?
I started doing fashion design which led me to audition for Project Runway. I made it on the show as a fashion designer for season five. After participating in the show I came home and started building my portfolio. I was struggling to create conceptual work so I invested in a camera and became a professional photographer. I was hired by a few individuals to do wardrobe for their NAHA collections. Eight years later I’ve been lucky enough to be part of over 35 nominations!
As soon as I had my license I knew I would enter NAHA. Being that it is my first year with my license, I wanted to take advantage of the Newcomer category. Entering Newcomer is a great way to introduce myself to the industry as a hairstylist.
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