Jen – The Ring Leader
The pinup era and pinup style is Jen’s baby, born and bred. She has always loved classic, sexy and classy pinup ladies, and the 1940’s is by far her favorite era for style, grace and beauty. She loves revitalizing classic styling from this timeless era.
Jen likes to say that, “My time behind the chair is when I’m the LEAST at work!” Being the owner/operator of the business side of Pinup Salon, you can imagine that she wears multiple hats and has lots to do besides actually working with clients and their hair. “Running a business isn’t for the faint of heart, but really, it’s my time with my clients that keeps me going. I love being part of the lives of people from every walk of life. The diversity of my clientele really feeds my soul. I truly grow from each person I meet, and I hope create a home away from home for my clients, where they feel truly cared for, appreciated and safe. It’s an honor to be in service of people who trust and honor you back,” she says.
She has been doing advanced training since the day she left beauty school, and truthfully, Jen just can’t ever stop learning. The way artistic evolution plays a role in us expanding our own skills and training is something Jen finds so fascinating and wonderful about this industry. “I love seeing other artists’ techniques and putting my own twist on them,” she says. Jen also enjoys finding new and innovative products that she can bring to our clients. Some of the specific training and certifications she feels most proud of are in DevaCurl haircutting; mastery of Pravana Vivids; balayage coloring techniques, including ombre; men’s cutting; dry haircutting; relaxer, smoothing and texture services of ALL kinds, including Keratin Complex, Pravana Keratin Fusion, Affirm and Brazilian Blowout; and vintage styling. Jen has also done extensive product training with the Unite, Pravana, Loma and DevaCurl lines. “I believe product education is critical to helping guide clients towards products that will deliver results for the specific needs of their hair,” she says.
Men’s cutting, balayage color and Pravana Vivids color are some of Jen’s favorite services to provide to her clients. Dry haircutting is also one of her favorite techniques, which is why the DevaCurl cutting method really resonates with her. “I was cutting hair dry before receiving that certification, and I love that it’s become more mainstream to respect curly hair in its natural state. As someone with naturally straight hair, I’ve always envied curls and I love being able to help women and men embrace the beauty of their texture, rather than fight it,” Jen says.
When her babies are older and she has more time, Jen would love to become a licensed barber so that she can offer her clients straight-edge shaves. It goes hand in hand with her love of the 1940’s, classic styling, and beauty care. “I wish more barbers offered hot shaves. It’s a lost art. I also believe that advanced training is a part of my career that I’ll never stop being enthusiastic about. No matter how expert I feel at my work, there is always a new creative technique that can bring my clients a fun new look, or an innovation in products that can transform someone’s options with his/her hair, so we all have to keep up!” she says.
Jen’s two kiddos are her heart and soul. “My son Emmett is the last humanitarian. He loves EVERYONE, and routinely hugs strangers. I wish the whole world could have that kind of love for others. My daughter is a spitfire, just like her mama. At 18 months, she’s already determined as hell to get what she wants out of life, so I’m about to have my hands full, but I love it! The most beautiful moments of my life have been watching them grow and love one another,” she says. Aside from spending time with her family, Jen is “a feisty poker player, fierce feminist and lifelong fighter for equal rights”. Since about age four, she has been riding motorcycles and really LOVES to travel, anywhere and everywhere. Not surprisingly, as the busy business owner that she is, Jen is a self-proclaimed workaholic with a thirst for entrepreneurship. “If anyone has a cure for that, let me know. I could stand to slow down!”