Meet The Team: Jasmine "Jazzy" Santiago
Education is Everything: Senior stylist Jasmine Santiago has never stopped learning.
She has worked for and alongside Dickey for many years, and junior stylists look to her for advice. But Jazzy, as most of us at the salon call her, has always believed in constantly learning and educating herself.
When did your interest in hair start?
I’ve had an interest in hair ever since I can remember. I remember asking my mom to return Barbie dolls she bought me for my 5th birthday because I wanted mannequin heads instead, so I could cut and braid their hair. I remember using food coloring to color my dolls’ hair! Hahaha.
How long have you been working for hair rules?
I started working for hair rules in October of 2010, but I’ve been a licensed cosmetologist since 1996.
What has been the best thing you’ve learned working with Dickey?
It’s hard to think of just one thing, so here are a few. One is educating your clients as well as your staff. Another one is maximizing your time behind the chair by working smarter, not harder. More importantly, understanding that what we do is bigger than us, and with that comes the commitment to “paying it forward” with apprentice programs.
Jazzy holds a lecture and demo haircuts at the Natural Hair Show in Philadelphia.
How important is further education to a stylist?
It’s everything. In this industry, the moment you believe that you have nothing else to learn is the moment you have nothing else to offer. You should just pack your bags and go home because your time is up.
What’s your advice to anyone who aspires to be a stylist?
First, learn the laws of hair care for every type. Second, never stop honing your craft. Do your hair on your day off. Find hair models and do hair for free. The more you do the better you become.
We see you’ve been doing quite a lot of editorial work. What do you enjoy about it?
I love being able to brainstorm with artists to create different looks, and as such it’s more creative than salon work. Editorial work gives me an opportunity to contribute to how beauty is showcased in media. In effect, I have a hand in changing the way we see beauty.
Jasmine finds editorial work invigorating.
What do you love about your job?
I love being a catalyst in helping my clients achieve hair goals they didn’t know were possible.
What is one hair rule you would never break?
You can achieve your “Blue Sky” and there is a healthy hair care regimen that can get you there.
Follow Jazzy on Instagram @getjazzee.
Interview and photos by Jesse Alvior (Instagram @FtoDelancey).