Hairstyles extend beyond mere fashion choices; they represent an individual’s personality, unique style, and self-confidence, significantly impacting how others perceive them. Each hairstyle can be likened to a canvas, showcasing one’s inner self. A daring pixie cut may convey adventurousness, while long, flowing locks might exude timeless elegance. The meticulousness of a well-groomed beard signals dedication, while vibrant hair colors indicate creativity. Furthermore, the confidence exuded through one’s chosen hairstyle is magnetic, drawing admiration and respect.
We are delighted to have Alicia Igess Jones answer some of our readers’ queries in this episode. Alicia Igess Jones, an Atlanta hairstyling luminary with over 30 years of experience, leads the multicultural makeover studio Urban Tangles. Inspired by her grandmother’s entrepreneurial spirit and ability to boost her salon clients’ confidence, Alicia began her hairstyling journey at age 11 in her family kitchen, earning the trust of friends and neighbors.
BG – Congratulations on your numerous awards and accolades in the hairstyling industry. Could you share a bit about your journey and what inspired you to pursue a career in hairstyling?
Alicia – Thank you! I grew up doing hair. I was an 11-year-old child doing hair in my mother’s kitchen. I went through junior high school, high school, and college, saying I would never do hair, but I never stopped doing it. Once I graduated from college, I enrolled in cosmetology school. This industry called me.
BG – Hairstyling trends are constantly evolving. What are some of the most exciting and innovative trends in hairstyling that you’ve observed recently, and how do you stay ahead of the curve in your work?
Alicia –The continuous evolution of haircare products has empowered hairstylists to explore chemical treatments on diverse hair textures, pushing creative boundaries. Amidst shifting trends, our unwavering foundation lies in the timeless principles of hairstyling, ensuring we execute these techniques with precision, regardless of the ever-changing landscape of style and innovation.
BG – Many people struggle with maintaining healthy hair. What common mistakes do individuals make regarding hair care, and what tips can you offer for maintaining vibrant and healthy locks?
Alicia – Maintaining healthy hair is a holistic endeavor that involves several critical practices. Regular trims, typically every 6-8 weeks, prevent split ends and promote hair growth. While hair extensions can enhance volume and length, they should be treated gently to avoid damage. Deep conditioning treatments, preferably once a week, replenish moisture and nourish your hair. It’s crucial to consult a professional when considering chemical treatments, such as coloring or perming, as their expertise ensures safe and desired results. When incorporated into your hair care routine, these practices contribute to vibrant, lustrous locks that radiate health and vitality, enhancing your overall appearance and self-confidence.
BG – You’ve worked with many clients, from celebrities to everyday people. Can you share a memorable experience or transformation where your hairstyling expertise significantly impacted someone’s life?
Alicia – I love cutting off the straight hair on the ends to style a client’s naturally curly or wavy hair. Essentially, the client has decided to embrace their texture no matter what it is. I have done this so many times in my career. I don’t have one client who regrets it. It’s called going natural.
BG – What inspired the creation of Urban Tangles? Could you share the story behind how and why you started this venture?
Alicia – I wanted to be a salon owner. I wanted a casual but upscale place where people talked to one another and became friends even if they only saw each other at the salon. I did not have a lot of money saved up. I was inspired by the opportunity to create my own space because where I was working at the time wasn’t working out.
BG – People often have specific hair-related concerns, such as thinning hair, frizz, or damage. What advice do you have for individuals dealing with these common issues, and are there any treatments or techniques you find particularly compelling?
Alicia – Thinning hair may need to be addressed by a dermatologist. However, use products that create volume. Keep the moisture level high in frizzy hair to avoid unwanted frizz. Steam or mist treatments help fight frizz by building up the moisture level in your hair so that it repels moisture when you go outside. Damaged hair needs a haircut nine times out of ten. You can babysit it with products that strengthen it depending on how it got damaged. However, it will still need a haircut.
BG – Sustainability and eco-consciousness are becoming increasingly important in the beauty industry. How do you approach sustainability in your work, and are there any eco-friendly hair care practices you can recommend?
Alicia – I’ve honed my expertise in precisely estimating the hair color required for each client, aligning with my commitment to sustainability. I aim to minimize waste by using only what is necessary to achieve the desired results. This reduces excess product consumption and minimizes the environmental impact of hair color production and disposal. As a hairstylist, being mindful of resource usage is both eco-conscious and economically responsible, ensuring that every aspect of my practice aligns with sustainable principles.
BG – Lastly, for aspiring hairstylists looking to follow in your footsteps, what advice would you offer to help them succeed in competitive hairstyling?
Alicia – Cultivate unwavering focus and determination, and begin your journey with utmost seriousness. Continuously expand your knowledge and expertise, striving to become the industry authority. Maintaining high professionalism throughout your career is the cornerstone of building a solid reputation and a loyal client base. Stay committed, keep learning, and conduct yourself professionally to thrive in the competitive world of hairstyling.