Jenny learned from a young age the value of hard work. Her grandfather came over from the Azores Islands at age 18 and worked on local dairy's to then buy his own, which is where she lives today with her family. This is just one of the many family members who she learned the value of hard work from. Because of these values learned, she puts 110% in the work she does. Here's what she has to say about her background in make up and hairstyling:
I've had a love for hair and makeup since a young age. I loved getting my haircut as a child. When I was a child my mom got a new short haircut and a couple days after she was walking down the hallway to clumps of my hair, when she got to me, I was sitting in front of the mirror cutting my own hair, my mom said, "JENNY, what are you doing?!" I replied, "I wanted to cut my hair to be beautiful like you mommy." By the time I got to grade school I always wanted to wear makeup. My mom gave in a little at 6th grade to face powder and gloss but soon let me wear what I wanted once I hit junior high school. Because of this, I can thank myself for blue eye shadow and brown lipstick in my 7th grade school picture. By 8th grade I started to beg my mom for my first highlight. All through school I always had fun with my hair, makeup and fashion. I've always loved helping girls out with their hair and makeup for dances, prom and even just for fun because I had such a love for it. When it came time to graduate high school my parents wanted to get me a nice graduation gift: a laptop computer. However, I insisted I wanted MAC makeup brushes. (I still uses ALL those brushes in my kit to this day) After graduating high school, I had a love for psychology and wanted to work with people so I thought I would major in that Howwever, while at school, it just never felt right. I loved my psych classes but had a hard time with my other classes. I thought that's just what your supposed to do: go to college after high school. While in school, I had a friend who invited me to a hair show. She said I would love it and oh did I love it! As soon as I walked in I was in awe. We spent the whole day going over product and hair color and cuts. By the time I left, I knew what I wanted to do. The next day I dropped out of school, started working full time and started looking into beauty school.
I'll never forget how scared I was to tell my dad, a man who work his way up in a company and on his offtime ran our family's ranch, add in my brother who is an engineer and I'm about to tell them I dropped out of school and want to do hair. But, I have to tell you once I worked up the courage to tell him his response was, "I always knew you would." He has been my biggest fan and supporter in my career ever since.
My first day at beauty school, I was so nervous wondering if I had made the right choice, I always had such a passion for the industry but never thought of making a career out of it until a couple months before that day. After that first day, I never second guessed myself again. I knew 100% I was doing what I should be doing. While in school, I never missed a day, did every extra class and hours I could. I did my 1600 hours in less than a year.
After graduating the school recommends going to a walkin hair salon to get your speed down or assist at a nice salon to learn more. Then after a few years, look into being self employed and rent a station. I knew it was going to be hard, but I wanted to be self employed and I knew I could do it with hard work and with my supportive family. This led me to the beautiful Mockingbird Heights a Salon. I started at Mockingbird Heights in 2007 and have been there ever since. When I first started at the salon it had just opened. Throughout my years at Mockingbird Heights I have grown my career and as a person. The women we have in the salon are amazing, we have truly grown into a salon family and I have learned something from each one of them, they help me grow each day I'm there. Mockingbird Heights is the first salon I worked in, and I hope to make it my only salon I work in.
One thing I can say and stand by is that I still have that excitement and passion for hair and makeup as much as I did when I was a child cutting my own hair to be beautiful like my mom and rocking my blue eyeshadow and brown lipstick in the 7th grade. This industry is continuously changing, there is always something new and exciting to learn but the beauty of it is, we are artists and get to make it our own which keeps my passion growing.
I read a quote this last year that so true to how I feel.
"They told me I could be anything I wanted. I wanted to make people feel beautiful, so I became a hairstylist and makeup artist"