Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim Jenkins.
Hi Kim, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My journey in the hair industry started when I was about to graduate high school in 2009.
While all of my friends were planning to go off to traditional colleges or four-year universities, I knew that wasn’t the path I was wanting to take. I remember my parents telling me to really think of what I wanted to do for a living, so shortly after graduating, I started cosmetology school and fell in love with the art of hair and working behind the chair.
Once I became licensed, my first few years behind the chair were spent trying to find my place in my new career. After gaining some years of experience under my belt I received an opportunity to live abroad in Okinawa Japan where I was able to create a small studio salon to cater to the spouses and active duty service members stationed there. It was an incredible experience living and working abroad that I am very grateful for.
After three years of living overseas, it was time to move back stateside. Instead of moving back to my home state of California, I decided to plant roots in Arizona to start a new chapter.
Once in Arizona, I started working at a salon in North Scottsdale. I really had no plans to open my own suite or even work for myself but the universe had other plans for me. One thing led to another, and in January of 2020, I took a leap of faith and ventured out on my own to open my salon suite, The Parlour Hair Studio.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road, but it’s been worth it! Getting to where I am today has taken a lot of time, work and patience. I have had some amazing doors open for me as well as many being slammed in my face.
When I first moved to Arizona I didn’t know anyone. My first year here I worked in the salon during the day and waited tables at night in order to make ends meet until I was able to work exclusively behind the chair.
I opened my suite right before the pandemic hit and was not prepared for the supply chain issues that were about to take place. Among the struggles of trying to find all the products I needed for my clients, I started purchasing extra product in fear out of not being able to find what I needed when I needed it.
Lots of mistakes were made but looking back at it all, it was just a learning curve. I still have a lot to learn about business, but it’s been a hell of a ride so far!
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a certified master colorist with Wella Professionals, specializing in blondes and dimensional color. As well as certified in Invisible Bead Extensions®
Maintaining the health of my client’s hair has always been one of my top priorities as a stylist. I’m a big advocate for continuing education in the hair industry, not only to learn new techniques but to be able to provide the best service for my guests. Knowledge is power, and the key to growing in this industry is to never stop learning.
Becoming certified in IBE® is one of my most recent achievements be proud of. I have found a new love and passion for the ability to give my guests their dream hair whether it be just for fullness or to get that long hair they have always wanted!
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Trust your gut! If something doesn’t feel right it’s probably your intuition telling you to not take that path. A lot of headaches could have been avoided had I listened to my gut when something didn’t feel right from the beginning.
- Website: www.theparlourhairstudio.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/kimjhairstylist
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/kimjhairstylist
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