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Meet Noelle Jackson of College Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Noelle Jackson.

Hi Noelle, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I am a self-taught Faux Loctician who started doing hair around 16. I felt I always had a passion for hair due to the women in my life who used always to do my hair; I loved the grease smells, the touch of someone else’s hands on my scalp, and sitting there being able to relax and feel even prettier afterward. I was a natural girl and loved trying new styles in my hair, but being natural and a high school student was tough because I always didn’t have the time to do my hair or for my hair to come out right. My mother was raising five of us and didn’t always have the time anymore.

So I started to do Faux Locs! They weren’t as popular back then, and I believe the way I did mine was unique! I would get so many compliments, so I took a chance and took my first client. From there, word of mouth spread far. I took my small business seriously in 2018 and worked from home. Then to working in real hair salons from 2019-2021 and getting the real experience of being a hairstylist & working with other women. Now I am finally working in my suite & it feels amazing getting all of that experience & for more to come!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been a challenging road, but it’s one that’s been worth it 100%! I say this because I wasn’t able to go to hair school as I once imagined I would before I started hair officially. Still, I gained a lot of experience that helped me with the knowledge of what I was doing, including marketing, communication skills, professionalism, and more! It supported another struggle for me. Not everyone would support me, including some close friends and family, but the support and love you will get from people you don’t know are amazing. Those clients that always come back and follow you where ever you relocate are just amazing! It keeps you going. Investing in your businesses can be a lose/win and win/lose situation; every day may not be a great day, but faith in your journey keeps you going.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in faux locs, twists, and braids. I’m better known for my faux locs. I am most proud of my journey and small business because it makes me feel good knowing how far I’ve come in my life and doing hair. I believe what sets me apart from others is my time management skills. I can converse with my clientele making them feel welcomed and hopefully providing a safe space for them even if you need peace. Many clients can fall asleep in my chair because they say, “I am soft to the touch!”

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
I’d say talking to people! Don’t be scared to promote your business everywhere, even out loud. Pass those business cards out everywhere, work with those photographers, start small, and think big! Try to go into things with an open mind because you never know who’s who & may not want to miss a good opportunity!

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