What a treat to have Jas from Curl and Revel as our hair stylist for this fitness shoot with Jamie. Collaborating with other talented artists sets our lens on fire. Here are a few words from Jas on creativity and collaboration.
How do you stay creative and inspired?
There is so much around me that keeps me creative and inspired. I love to take advanced education classes to stay current with the latest hair trends and gain knowledge from others in my industry. I am always up for collaborating with other artists for photoshoots or events. So much creative energy in one space is always inspiring, even if our styles don’t exactly align.
My passion is driven by experiencing colors, textures, feelings, movements and sounds around me. They are often inspiration for a hairstyle, color, or haircut and if nothing else, they just make me feel good so that I can perform at a higher level. For me, I have learned that being artistic takes balance. To stay motivated and excited, I try to juggle exercise, reading, getting outside, listening to music, trying new things, going to the beach, hanging out with friends, or just taking quiet time for myself so that I am continuously tapping into new creative spaces.
If someone wanted to break into the hair design industry, what advice would you give them?
Do research and find a great school in your area. Definitely assist under one or two stylists when you are starting your career. There are plenty of hair artists, but choose the ones that will help you grow and push you out of your comfort zone. Learn the basics so that you can break the rules and don’t be afraid to try out new techniques. Foster your passion by taking additional education courses, working with people that inspire and challenge you to be better, and never stop learning.
What season inspires you most?
I love fall! The various colors and crisp air are refreshing and energize me.
What is your dream project?
Recently I’ve been dreaming up a few projects. A shoot in the sand dunes with a tribal flare, another in the woods incorporating archery (giving a hunger games feel), and lastly, this coming winter, I would love to do something gritty in the mountains, not your typical ‘Winter Wonderland’.
How has collaborating with other artists shaped or inspired your business?
It has been so fun collaborating and seeing what inspires others. Everyone has a different expertise and does their unique part, but the end result is always something beautiful. Getting out and working with others on projects is what keeps me excited to be behind the chair. For me, it feels great to break up my daily routine and do something different. Collaborating allows me to meet and build great relationships with people I may not otherwise meet. My business has grown because they refer new clients to me, introduce new projects that allow me to showcase what I love to do, and push me to put my best work forward.
Are there any trends or styles you are in love with these days?
I absolutely love Balayage Highlights and Boho Hair! Balayage is a free-hand hair painting technique that gives blended, natural highlights. It is a more subtle, sun-kissed look as opposed to traditional foil highlights that typically have harsh lines, especially during the growing out process. Braids, knots, and twists mixed with beachy/bohemian waves are my jam. It’s a somewhat undone style that looks so beautiful and effortless. By adding a braid, your hairstyle can transform into a completely different look.