How Long have you been in the industry? I have been in the hair Industry since 1991, 27 years.
What made you decide this was the career for you? Growing up I always played with my doll’s hair. My friends and family would ask me to style their hair all the time. My passion for hair was so strong. I would spend hours creating different French braid styles, and up do’s. I just loved creating something from nothing. Giving someone a new look made me feel like I made a difference in their life. I knew one day I would be a hairstylist and open a Hair salon.
What are some of the challenges you’ve had to deal with in this industry? My biggest challenge in this industry was being diagnosed with Alopecia in 2004 and not understanding what the disease was and feeling like I was helpless. I could not fix myself. Prior to my diagnosis I had never heard or seen alopecia on anyone. It was very scary! Alopecia (al-uh-pee-shee) is an autoimmune disease in which your immune system attacks your hair follicle and hair loss occurs usually involving the scalp, and at times every hair on your body. Approximately 6.8 million people in the United States and 147 million worldwide have or will develop alopecia areata in their lifetime. Alopecia does not discriminate. It can affect any one, it does not matter the age, gender or ethnicity. Alopecia is a thief, you don’t know that it’s coming! Alopecia catches you off guard and sneaks into your life, tip toeing and raping you of your identity. Equally challenging is helping others who are and have experienced the same journey and helping them understand that they are not alone. There is life on the other the side.
What are some of the best experiences you’ve had working in the industry. Some of the best experiences that I’ve had in the industry is meeting so many different people from all walks of life. Understanding the importance of building healthy relationships with each client that sits in my chair. It’s more than a new style or hair-cut.
What projects/initiative do you have coming up that you want to let our readers know about. We will be hosting Café’ Conversations a meet and greet for individuals living with Alopecia. The event will be on March 23, 2019 in Seattle, Wa. We are also excited about the release of our first alopecia documentary titled “Harmony” alopecia stories one voice from multiple points of view. From those diagnosed to parents trying to understand and support their children. On September 25, 2019 in Seattle, Wa. https://youtu.be/kaDatP5ws_Y
Any advice you would like to give those interested in entering or just getting started in the Industry. The advice I would give to someone is being a hairstylist is a responsibility! It’s more than the latest style or haircut. Most clients entrust information with you that they don’t share with anyone else. Be creative and think outside the box. Don’t limit yourself to standing behind a chair and just doing hair. The beauty industry is huge and limitless. Don’t over book yourself. Provide the same customer service that you would want for yourself, to each client that sits in your chair. Good customer service and a clean salon speaks volumes about you and your business. Build strong relationships with other stylist and understand there is no need to compete but work together.
Tell us about your style, how do you express your sense of style professionally. I express my sense of style by being uniquely Jamie. I wear and set my own trend. I believe everything thing we put on is an accessory. From our clothes, shoes, hats and wigs It’s all an accessory. Whatever I feel like putting on to express my creativity I do just that. I step outside the box when it comes to style.
How can our readers keep up with you and all that you have going on? Social media handles? People can keep up with me on social media and my website. Website: alopeciasupportgroup.org, Facebook: Jamie Elmore, Facebook: Alopecia Support Group, Instagram: alopecia support group, Instagram: Jamie.elmore
Is there anyone that inspired you or motivated you to become the success that you are today? My parents inspired and believed in me. Over the years my big brother/mentor Lewis Rudd, Dr. Tiffany Crutcher and my daughter Janiece Tolson. My Alopecia community has given me an inner strength to keep my purpose and passion alive.