This week Iles Formulation Hair Speak welcomes Jehnna Foster from Kennaland Studio in Brooklyn, New York Metropolis.
Take a look at all hair works by Jehnna on her IG @jehnnafoster
Take a look at Kennaland and make an appointment.
IF: Inform us what you assume is the most important problem in hairdressing right now?
Effectively, given the worldwide pandemic, I believe the brand new greatest problem is to discover a strategy to work safely. I consider as hairstylists, we’re already very clear and sanitary due to the foundations of hygiene that we’re required to observe. Now, now we have to discover ways to take these measures even additional, in order that not solely we really feel protected returning to work, but in addition for our shoppers which are coming to see us.
I get a way of neighborhood from all this although. We’re all studying to navigate our new regular collectively and sharing tips on how to safely return to work. It is empowering, to see hairstylists come collectively whereas aside like this.
IF: What’s probably the most fulfilling a part of your job?
Making individuals really feel stunning and extra assured! As a hairstylist, I put on many hats. Certainly, I work each behind the chair and on home calls as a stylist and colorist, so serving to my shoppers really feel like their most radiant selves is all the things to me. I particularly take pleasure in styling hair on set and photoshoots, collaborating with the creatives, and developing with a fantastic imaginative and prescient of hair.
When the mannequin loves her/his look(s), it actually comes via on digicam, serving to them step into their character may be very particular to me.
IF: Why did you select the trail of hairdressing and was it straightforward to fall into this line of labor?
I very a lot selected hairstyling as a profession! I bear in mind being a junior or senior in highschool, sitting below the dryer at my childhood salon, processing a full head of highlights. I used to be studying some journal Glamour, Elle or Cosmo once I stumbled onto an article about how if you happen to had been sad or unhappy together with your profession it is best to contemplate turning your “passion” into your profession.
I grew up in rural Wyoming, and was at all times competing in horse reveals and FFA (Future Farmers of America) talking occasions. Normally for these, I used to be styling my very own hair, my horse’s clearly, and I used to be additionally doing loads of my pals’ hair! On the time, I had no concept what I wished to do with my life, what school to attend, what to review… however a light-weight bulb went on once I learn that article: doing hair is a profession!
I ran my eyes across the salon, thought of ladies I had lengthy seemed as much as, and thought I wanted to significantly contemplate this path . I then flipped to the style editorial of that journal and located on the final web page the credit with the point out of “hair by ***”.
I dreamt of my title being there. I used to be enrolled within the native magnificence faculty quickly after that. I’ve not seemed again since.
Being a hairstylist isn’t an “straightforward” profession. It entails working lengthy hours, standing all day, coping with the general public and customer support and, having to consistently study and refine your craft. Nevertheless, all these are additionally the explanations for which I’m so keen about it. If it didn’t problem or excite me it might be time to maneuver on.
IF: Should you had not made the choice to be a hairdresser what would you may have been?
Inside designer or florist 100%! Steadiness, colour, shadows, mild, design… are all issues that excite me. I’ve at all times been drawn to stunning interiors, structure, and effectively the furnishings, flowers, and crops filling these areas. Plus, I at all times discover very satisfying any alternative to construct a floral headpiece or weave flowers into the coiffure I’m doing.
IF: What’s your biggest power?
I’m a Taurus, so I’d say loyalty on the personnal degree. It is a high quality I’m without end grateful for.
Professionally, I’d divide this in two elements due to my completely different hats, colorist and stylist.
As a colorist, hair portray/ highlights, is simply my jam. It’s like meditation for me. I get misplaced in creating these lights and shadows. As a stylist, I’d say my blowouts and general styling are my strenghts.
I additionally discovered one thing very early on in my profession, that has modified my life without end. You can provide somebody probably the most stunning colour, reduce, and/or blowout of their life, but when they can’t go house and recreate it themselves they’ll by no means respect it as they need to.
Everybody that sits in my chair I work with, to show them tips on how to fashion and care for his or her hair. They’ve simply invested some huge cash into their look, so figuring out tips on how to correctly blow it out and take care of it are the lengthy phrases perks for that funding.
Plus, it helps construct belief, loyalty and referrals. In doing so that you’ll by no means need to “promote” a product. As a substitute, you’re merely giving them the what, the why and the how, the remainder simply occurs naturally.
IF: Your favourite hairdressing instruments?
Fingers! By no means underestimate their energy and what you possibly can accomplish with these fingers. I like utilizing paddle brushes, significantly my Mason Pearson and the S Coronary heart S brush which can also be superb. Each day, I at all times suggest utilizing a big paddle brush.
Though I first resisted it due to the worth level, look and getting use to, I’d additionally say the Dyson Blow Dryer. I acquired hooked after utilizing it for a complete season throughout Trend Week. I’ll say this although: there are many different nice skilled blow dryers on the market with practical worth factors, the standard of your blowout is essentially because of your strategy of utilizing a dryer.
IF: Inform us about your relationship with Iles Formulation. How did you uncover us and which system is your favourite?
I used to be launched to Iles Formulation once I began working with Kenna Kennor of Kennaland Hair a pair years in the past. He informed me the primary day we met how I’d like it. Effectively Kenna you had been proper! What extra might a minimalistic, plant-based, multitasking hairstylist ask for!
For half of my profession now, I’ve been shifting away from the massive hair care firms, there thousands and thousands of merchandise that actually you solely use and promote a small handful of anyway.
Iles Formulation simply works on an unlimited vary of various hair textures and kinds. It is consumer pleasant in that there’s one shampoo, one conditioner, two styling choices (Curl Revive and Ending Serum) and a masks, leaving no room for confusion or over complicating hair care. Plus, it simply merely performs on set and behind the chair!
I do not know if I’ve a favourite. Nevertheless, I can hardly think about my life with out the Ending Serum, it’s really certainly one of a sort.
IF: What was probably the most difficult job you ever had?
Nothing actually particular apart from reliving each colour correction I’ve ever carried out. Or, anytime I’ve been caught on set and the artistic staff needs the hair to be a technique, the model needs the hair one other, and the poor mannequin has two hairs on her head and also you then glue in 3000 extensions to lastly return to a ponytail!
Actually it is throughout difficult moments that we develop probably the most. Even when I’m confronted with some loopy colour correction, a tough day on set or a tough shopper, I come again to the fundamentals and my mindfulness observe. Each drawback has an answer.
Stay calm, take a step again, a deep breath, break it down, preserve it easy, you bought this! And, in case you are really caught, keep humble and ask for assist. Once more, you’ll develop from this.
Whereas I consider in “faking till you make it”, I additionally consider in asking for assist and studying from others’ experiences to develop.
IF: What was your worst hair second and why…. privately or on set/stage or within the salon?
Magnificence faculty!!! It was through the early 2000’s,when all of the hair types had been tremendous stripy, chunky, colour blocked, and with loopy disconnected cuts. I even had a bit of my very own hair burnt off by a fellow scholar. It simply wasn’t a cute second for me each personally and professionally.
One other second that haunts me, occurred throughout a canopy shoot whereas I used to be residing in Dubai. The mannequin had a snatched up excessive ponytail that I had nailed (in fact!) and it was a really windy day, however I used to be cautious to maintain it wanting excellent. I went away from the shoot feeling glad.
The editor was glad, the photographer was glad, all was effectively. Once I lastly noticed the precise cowl and the shot chosen, I wished to crawl below a rock.
There was a loopy hair piece within the tail that look fully misplaced, particularly towards the brilliant blue sky. I questioned why they did not photoshop that one strand out. It severely drove me nuts. Nevertheless, I consider it bothered me greater than anybody else as a result of I had already labored with that publication many occasions, and continued to work with them.
Let’s simply say I turned a bit extra weary about maintaining a tally of the hair whereas the digicam is flashing.
IF: Should you might fashion anybody’s hair, who would it not be and why?
This can be a arduous one, as a result of those that I’d need to fashion or colour, I both have been fortunate sufficient to work with up to now already, or at the least have been concerned in helping with their hair.
I’ll say this although: I consider in placing not solely my work on the market, but in addition creating a complete aesthetic which mixes my work, my persona, and what lights me up. I need to share my sparkle. I consider those who I need to work with will come to me. There may be loads of energy in manifesting your dream clientele irrespective of the place you’re in your profession.
IF: The place do you pull hair inspiration from?
Nature, at all times!
At present, I’m most impressed by design/structure, florals and shadows (additionally nature). Mild in the end creates a narrative and lighting is all the things. So the way in which the sundown displays off the home windows of highrises within the metropolis, or the way in which a tree’s leaves are gently blowing within the wind and casts its shadows and reveals streams of sunshine… I discover magic there. It feeds my soul and evokes me each personally and professionally.
IF: Your recommendation to younger hairdressers beginning out?
Be curious. Discover what lights you up. Don’t be afraid if and when modifications occurs. Study out of your errors and at all times keep humble. Belief your individual path, no two careers look alike.
Search a mentor, somebody you perhaps aspire to be like, otherwise you admire for the way in which they work/what they’re engaged on. I’ve had a number of mentors at completely different levels in my profession, and I do know there shall be extra sooner or later. Every has helped me develop professionally, develop personally, and I’ve discovered useful and lasting classes from them.
And, ought to they learn this, I take this chance to say thanks!
What do you need to do ?