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Check Out Jacqualine Fermin’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacqualine Fermin.

Hi Jacqualine, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have been a licensed hairstylist for about six years. I started cosmetology training in high school, although my interest began well before that. My first introduction to the world of hair was when my mom would bleach out sections of my hair and apply Manic Panic color, and I was obsessed! From there, I came across the work of amazing stylists like Vidal Sassoon, Trevor Sorbie, Chrystofer Benson and Naeemah LaFond to name a few. I fell in love with the outrageous, avant-garde looks I was seeing done for photoshoots and the runway and decided that is what I wanted to do. Since then I have worked in a few salons, one of which presented some really amazing opportunities that I will forever be grateful for, but I always knew I never wanted to be stuck behind a chair full time. I don’t think people realize that there are so many different avenues to go down in this industry – you can do salon work, commercial, advertising, editorial, fashion and beauty, platform, education, sales, and the list goes on! Over the last couple of years, I have been a freelance stylist and have shifted my focus to bridal work, which is something I never in a million years would have seen myself doing, but I truly love it! I love getting to collaborate with my brides to create a look just for them on a day that they will remember forever. As of August 2020, I went full-time with my freelance work and haven’t looked back. I still aspire to do more editorial and fashion work in the future and currently am taking all of the opportunities that come my way to continue building my portfolio and making the connections that I need to get me there.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Not at all! First off, beauty school was a miserable experience for me, I absolutely hated it and could not get out of there fast enough, but I needed that license! Getting started after beauty school and trying to find my first job was the most daunting experience because I knew what I needed to pass the final test but didn’t have a whole lot of practical knowledge for working in a salon environment. I spent about a year assisting a more experienced stylist in exchange for knowledge and education. Unfortunately, she wasn’t the best teacher. From there I searched out some other opportunities and I worked in a corporate salon for a little while. I’d say that was where I really got my bearings and started feeling comfortable behind the chair before I moved on to another private salon where I learned SO much, but eventually, it got to a point where I would dread going to work every day. That was when I decided to dive into the world of weddings, which I had been doing here and there on the side for some time.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a freelance hairstylist specializing in bridal styles, but I love it all! I’ve trained with master haircutter William Keohane, I’ve been on stage for Elevate Hair, I’ve worked backstage for Miami Swim Week and local fashion shows, and I’ve been a part of some amazing photoshoots! I believe what sets me apart is my creative and open mindset, the desire to never stop moving forward, and my passion for continuing to master my craft and be the absolute best that I can be.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
Oooh, such a good question! I’ve already seen a lot of changes with everything that happened this past year, but I would hope that in the coming years, my industry will see more women at the forefront, believe it or not, most of the people running the show are men. With Covid-19 lockdowns happening all over the place, I believe there will be a huge shift from big salons to more independent and private settings, like salon suites and studios, maybe even in home services. There has also been a huge call for representation and recognition of black and minority artists that are often overlooked and ignored even though their work is out of this world.

Pricing:

  • Bridal Styling $135+

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Image Credits
Rob Futrell, Cindy Marshall, Stephanie Keeler, Dawn Wallace, Jarod Hunter

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