Saturday, August 31, 2013

How-to: Fun Faux Hawk

hair & makeup: Sherri Jessee, photo: Roberto Ligresti
hair & makeup: Sherri Jessee, photo: Roberto Ligresti
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Go from Soccer Mom to Rock star in a few simple steps! Want to change your classic bob shape into a fun faux hawk? No need for the scissors! Award winning stylist, Sherri Jessee, shares an easy how-to to create a fun faux hawk on a classic bob shape.
Kaitlyn had just returned from 3 months on a modeling assignment in South Africa and was in need of a beauty fix. Re-touch re-growth with Level10 Natural Warm and 30 volume developer. 
Using texturizing scissors, establish
a softly beveled edge along the perimeter. 


Finished Classic Bob Shape.


To create your edgy mohawk shape, blow dry the hair with a texturizing creme and comb in a 3" section from front to back.

Apply a hard holding gel and carve in a romantic finger- waved pattern on each side

For texture, micro crimp the mohawk using the Sam Villa
Textur Wand. 



Apply a hard holding gel and carve in a romantic finger- waved pattern on each side.
hair & makeup: Sherri Jessee, photo: Roberto Ligresti

View step by step video:



For more info go to www.sherrijessee.com




Sunday, August 25, 2013

MTV Awards Hair Trends: Lady Gaga & Miley Cyrus

Gaga dons wigs galore and Miley Cyrus rocks raver buns. 

These are the top two stand-out trends for this year's star studded event. The MTV Video Music Awards have a reputation for being a place to show off hip, fun and even over the top fashions. 

Lady Gaga MTV performance
Gaga surprised everyone by appearing on the red carpet with a somewhat traditional black dress and natural looking long, dark hair. When it came time for her stage performance of "Applause," she wore a variety of wigs which were changed out right on stage. 

Personally, I LOVE WIGS and have so much FUN using them in photo shoots. Even seasoned professional models are astonished at the metamorphosis that is possible with the slip of a wig.

Check out the variety of looks I created for model Anastasia: 

hair & makeup: Sherri Jessee
artist assist: Janie Tongue
photo: Jason Setiawan
fashion: Anna Francesca Couture


The key to having wigs look natural is a great fit. 
1. Wrap damp hair around the head until it is completely flat. 
2. Cover hair with a wig cap.
3. Place wig on paying careful attention wig is in the correct position. There is nothing worse in wig wearing than in ill fitting rug! (It will look horrible if your wig is down too low or back to far on the forehead.)
4. If needed, trim the perimeter of the shape to fit exactly, once it is in place. 

My second favorite looks was Miley Cyrus's two tiny cinnamon buns AKA "raver buns." With freshly shaved short sides, the longer top of her crop was twisted into twin mini buns. Although I didn't love her performance, I can say that I have personally met her and she is a  really cool girl with a great sense of humor. I think this look is sooo cute and one that we will be seeing a LOT of.  After all, if one bun is good (and BUNS are EVERYWHERE), then two are even better. 
Miley and other twin top knots.
To get this look, 
1. Begin with damp hair. Mist on a leave-in conditioner to detangle and for ease of combing.
2. Part hair directly down the center from front to back and create 2 even sections.
3. Smooth hair up and secure into pony tails on each side with a covered elastic band.
4. Twist hair tightly until it collapses and begins to form a knot. Keep twisting until you get to the ends and secure with a few bobby pins.

Now, for the "go big or go home" version, check out the twin bun effect I once did on the Viva Girls for New York Fashion Week and again as part of a nouveau bridal collection.

left photo: Viva Girl with Sherri Jessee right photo: hair & makeup: Sherri Jessee photo: Brad Lovell 

2013 NAHA Editorial Hairstylist of the Year, Sherri Jessee has her hair and makeup work  in hundreds of esteemed publications. To learn more visit: www.sherrijessee.com.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fall Hair Color Trend Report



As we usher in the beautiful colors of Autumn we can embrace colors in our hair and makeup. Take a look at the gorgeous colors featured in the Pantone Fashion Color Report for FALL 2013.
Pantone Fall Color Report 2013

Flashes of color in hair once only reserved for celebrities and rock stars have now gone mainstream thanks to PRAVANA with new ChromaSilk PASTELS and VIVIDS. Be bold and colorful and mix your pure tone pigments to create fun loving shades as Samba Red, Vivacious Magenta, Mykonos Blue, Koi Copper and Carafe Brown.
hair & makeup: Sherri Jessee for Pravana photo & post: Julia Kuzmenko

Micro Crimps are twisted into a radical red up-do.
hair & makeup: Sherri Jessee for Pravana
photo & post: Julia Kuzmenko
hair & makeup: Sherri Jessee for Pravana photo & post: Julia Kuzmenko
Soft waves of rich purple graduate into vivid magenta.
hair & makeup: Sherri Jessee for Pravana
photo & post: Julia Kuzmenko
hair & makeup: Sherri Jessee for Pravana photo & post: Julia Kuzmenko
Flashes of blue make a basic bob brilliant.
hair & makeup: Sherri Jessee for Pravana
photo & post: Julia Kuzmenko

hair & makeup: Sherri Jessee photo: Brad Lovell
Copper echoes awesome shades of autumn.
hair & makeup: Sherri Jessee
photo: Brad Lovell

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Rich, shiny brunettes are always in style.
hair & makeup: Sherri Jessee
photo: Nathan Mays
Sherri Jessee is an award winning independent hair and makeup artist with work published in hundreds of magazines worldwide. She can be found styling celebrities, working New York Fashion Week, on TV, or in her Intercoiffure salon in Bristol, VA. For more info www.sherrijessee.com

How-to: Modernize Retro Style

THE GIBSON GIRL. This up-do was popular in the 1890s. A frothy texture creates an angelic look for today's woman.

Left:Gibson Girl
Right: Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: Roberto Ligresti
How to Style
  1. Spray on a texturizing product like Aquage Uplifting Foam and blow dry.
  2. Beginning at the bottom and working your way to the top, tease 1" sections of hair from root to the end and then flat iron.
  3. Be sure to spray each section with a heat protecting spray like RUSK Thermal Iron Spray.
  4. Brush hair out using a soft bristle brush.
  5. Sweep hair to the top of the head and loosely gather it and pin it in place.
Product Recommendation: 
The Salon Tech Flat Iron is great to use with durable titanium plates. For best results, choose lower temperatures for finer, color treated hair and higher temps for coarse, resistant hair. 
Face Shape and Hair Density:
This style is so versatile! It works with every face shape and is especially nice to bulk up finer textures. 

HOLLYWOOD WAVES for HIM. This classic style is fabulous for formal events for gents.

Left: Carey Grant
Right: Hair: Sherri Jessee Photo: Roberto Ligresti 

How to Style
  1. Begin with a great cut from your salon professional. The sides should be shorter and graduating to a longer top. 
  2. Apply a small dollop of styling gel to damp hair and distribute well.
  3. Using a comb, carve in a deep part and smooth hair into place.
  4. Gently loosen waves on top with your finger for a a more casual feel.
Product Recommendation: 
Oribe Rock Hard Gel will provide maximum hold and control. 
Face Shape and Hair Density:
This style works with every face shape and especially nice for thicker, wavy textures.

THE PERFECT PIXIE. This short crop has made a come back on Hollywood gamines and daring trend setters.



Left:Mia Farrow
Right: Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: Roberto Ligresti

How to Style
  1. Begin with a great cut from your salon professional. This cut is best when cut with either texturizing scissors or a razor to create a soft feminine feel. 
  2. Apply a small amount of a thickening cream to damp hair and distribute well.
  3. Comb hair into place and allow to dry naturally. 
  4. Use your fingers to loosen the shape.
Product Recommendation: 
A small amount of a texturizing wax like GK HAIR Shaping Wax can be used to play up separation on the ends. 
Face Shape and Hair Density:
This style works best on oval shaped face shapes with medium to fine density.


OLD HOLLYWOOD WAVES. The "Veronica Lake" style is reborn as the most requested red carpet look for modern day starlets.  


Left: Veronica Lake
Right: Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: Roberto Ligresti

How to Style
  1. Build up body in the hair by blowdrying a mousse in to the hair. 
  2. Curl 1-inch sections around a 1" ceramic curling iron and clip each curl.
  3. Allow hair to cool before removing the clips.
  4. Brush hair smoothly with a soft bristle brush.
Product Recommendation: 
Looking for a great soft bristle brush? Try Angelo David's smoothing brush
Face Shape and Hair Density:
This style is so versatile! It works with every face shape and hair density.




BLONDE BOMBSHELL. This iconic look can be achieved on longer hair with the help of a few pins.

Right: Marilyn Monroe
Left: Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: Brad Lovell on MISS VIRGINIA USA Catherine Muldoon

How to Style
  1. Curl hair on a 1" ceramic curling iron.
  2. Use 1-inch horizontal sections and clip each curl and allow to cool.
  3. Brush the hair smoothly with a soft bristle brush allowing the hair to naturally form in waves.
  4. For longer hair, twist up and pin with bobby pins to create a faux bob.
Product Recommendation: 
For long-lasting shape, be sure to spray each section with a working spray like PRAVANA Super Shape Hairspray before curling.
Face Shape and Hair Density:
This style is so versatile! It works with every face shape and hair density.

THE BLUNT BOB.  1920's flappers like Louise Brooks bobbed off their long locks in favor of this style that is just equally trendy in 2013.



Left: Louise Brooks
Right: Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: James Weber

How to Style
  1. Apply a few drops of a smoothing serum and distribute through lengths and ends.
  2. Beginning at the bottom and working your way to the top, blow dry hair in small sections.
  3. Pass over lightly where needed with a flat iron to eliminate frizz.
  4. Mist hair with light shine spray like Aquage Beyond Shine.
Product Recommendation: 
Looking for the perfect flat iron? The Salon Tech 1' Titanium 450 Styling Iron provides optimum smoothing results.
Face Shape and Hair Density:
The heavy fringe in this style gives great balance to long faces.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR SOFT CURLS. Longer hair takes on a new look when pinned to create a faux bob.



Left: Elizabeth Taylor
Right: Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: Brad Lovell on MISS VIRGINIA 2007 Lauren Barnette

How to Style
  1. Distribute an egg sized amount of a volumizing foam like Aveda Phomollient through hair and blow dry.
  2. Curl hair on a 1 1/4" ceramic iron. Secure the curls with clips and allow the hair to cool.
  3. Brush the hair with a smoothing brush. 
  4. Twist and pin ends up to create desired length.
Product Recommendation: 
A faux bob length can be securely pinned with bobby pins from Sally's.
Face Shape and Hair Density:
This style is so versatile! It works with every face shape and hair density. Great to make fine hair look fuller.


LUSCIOUS LAVENDER MARILYN. Using a pastel color like lavender will give classic style a modern twist.

Left: Marilyn Monroe
Right: Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: Julia Kuzmenko for Pravana
Using a pastel color like lavender will give classic style a modern twist.
How to Style
  1. Pre-lighten color to pale yellow. Shampoo, condition, and dry.
  2. Apply fun color of choice and process. Shampoo, condition, and dry.
  3. Curl small sections on a 1" ceramic curling iron. Clip each curl and allow to cool.
  4. Lightly back brush hair, smoothing top into a roll.
Product Recommendation: Colors like this are best left to your professional stylist. New PRAVANA Pastels are easy to use and long lasting.

Face Shape and Hair Density:
This style is so versatile! It works with every face shape and hair density. This shape is especially flattering for a face with a small forehead. 


BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S. A modern twist on a timeless up-style.


Left: Audrey Hepburn
Right: Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: Brad Lovell on MISS VIRGINIA 2007 Lauren Barnette

How to Style
  1. For ease of style, Curl hair electric rollers.
  2. Part hair from ear to ear to separate the front and the back. 
  3. Create a deep side part in the front and sweep low across the forehead. 
  4. Twist remaining hair up high allowing curls to tousle and pin to secure.
Product Recommendation: 
Calista Tools create body which makes the perfect foundation for any up-do.
Face Shape and Hair Density:
This style is great for thicker hair and the low sweeping fringe gives balance to long faces.

QUICK QUIFF. Easier than a facelift, this upswept style will take ten years off.



Left: Ginger Rogers
Right: Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: Roberto Ligresti 

How to Style
  1. Starting with dry hair, use a tapered curling wand and wrap 1-inch sections around wand.
  2. Lightly tease hair on the top to create height.
  3. Smooth back the top and side sections and pin to secure.
  4. Back comb ends for extra texture.
Product Recommendation: 
Oribe Dry Spray will give incredible volume and sexy texture.
Face Shape and Hair Density:
This style is so versatile! It works with every face shape and hair density. Super easy for those with naturally wavy hair.


ASYMMETRIC BOB. A fresh version of a cut made popular in the 1960s.


Left: Peggy Moffit
Right: Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: James Weber

How to Style
  1. Go to your professional stylist for a precision asymmetric hair cut.
  2. Apply a small amount of a smoothing serum like Moroccanoil Treatment
  3. For extra shine, blow dry hair in a downward motion to smooth the cuticle.
  4. Pass over ends with a flat iron to slightly turn under ends.
Product Recommendation: 
Keratin Complex Stealth Stretch Flat Iron  offers professional grade styling for all hair types.

Face Shape and Hair Density:
This works well on long and oval face shapes and smoother hair textures.


MILK MAID BRAID. This style is fast and feminine.

Left:Ginger Rogers
Right: Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee Photo: Roberto Ligresti 

How to Style
  1. Starting with clean, damp hair, part hair down the middle from front to back.
  2. Beginning low and tight in the nape on one side, plait a classic 3 strand braid and secure with a small elastic.
  3. Repeat on the opposite side.
  4. Drape the braids across the head and pin on the opposite sides and accessorize with flowers.
Product Recommendation: 
For extra control, lightly mist hair with a great leave-in conditioner like Redken Extreme Anti-Snap
Face Shape and Hair Density:
This style works best on longer hair with no layers and looks good on all face shapes.


About Sherri Jessee: With a unique feminine approach to beauty, Sherri Jessee is one of the most desired, yet easily approachable internationally renowned hair and makeup artists. With over 20 years of experience as a successful salon owner, stylist, and platform artist, Sherri has amazing talent in hair, makeup, fashion editorial and runway work. Distinguished as "NAHA Editorial Hairstylist of the Year," a “Woman of Style," "One to Watch," and a "Living Legend" by leading industry experts.
For more information: www.sherrijessee.com

Sunday, August 18, 2013

How-to: Rich Redheads for Autumn Brides


How-to Ruby Red Bride
For Samantha's first look, an old fashioned, romantic bride look is created using old fashioned tools. A teased top reminiscent of the Gibson Girl is complemented by cascading curls. 1. Lightly mist with Sherri Jessee’s Volume Infusion and wind hair up on old fashioned rag rollers and allow to dry under a bonnet dryer.
2. Tease and smooth a section on top and pin to create height.
3. Spray lightly with hairspray. photo: Roberto Ligresti

1. Twist the hair up on top of the head and allow the curls to softly tousle. Securely pin with the perfect pin: V Mack Rubber Coated Chignon Pin available at www .hairdesignertv .com 2. Dress up the look by adding accessories of a romantic net and antique pearls.
For a second look: 1. Twist the hair up on top of the head and allow the curls to softly tousle. Securely pin with the perfect pin: V Mack Rubber Coated Chignon
2. Dress up the look by adding accessories of a romantic net and antique pearls. photo: Roberto Ligresti

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Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee
Photo: Roberto Ligresti
3. Smooth pony tail over the hair pad, tuck the ends under and pin securely into place and add veil.
1. Softly line close to the lash line with a Deep Brown Eyeliner. 2. Carefully drop in individual lashes and for a naturally glamorous eye and apply PIXI Lash Boost Mascara in Black. 3. Use matching foundation to cover blemishes. 4. Cheeks have rosy glow with Beauty Addict S leekCHEEKS blush in MOTIV ATE. 5. Soft pink lip gloss, LipT oxyl in Precious, is applied.
For makeup: 1. Softly line close to the lash line with a Deep Brown Eyeliner.
2. Carefully drop in individual lashes and for a naturally glamorous eye and apply PIXI Lash Boost Mascara in Black.
3. Use matching foundation to cover blemishes.
4. Cheeks have rosy glow with Beauty Addict SleekCHEEKS blush in MOTIVATE.
5. Soft pink lip gloss, LipToxyl in Precious, is applied. photo: Roberto Ligresti
Sleek hair and a face framing braid is twisted into a spiral.
Sleek hair and a face framing braid is twisted into a spiral. photo: Roberto Ligresti
Award winning hair and makeup artist Sherri Jessee has work in hundreds of publications. For more information visit: www.sherrijessee.com.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Easy Hair How-to: Blonde with Pastel


How-to Pastel Minty Green

As seen in HOT World Class Beauty.
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After re-growth color.

 COLOR, Step ONE: Level 7 regrowth lightened to platinum.

COLOR, Step ONE:
Level 7 regrowth lightened to platinum.
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COLOR, Step TWO:
Flashes of color are created by placing two rows of slices encircling the head. 
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Color Formula: Pastel Green Vivid
Processing Time: 20 minutes
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Two rows of slices encircle the head.
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Hair & Makeup: Sherri Jessee for PRAVANA
Photo: Julia Kuzmenko Video: James Kriha


About Sherri Jessee:  With a unique feminine approach to beauty, Sherri Jessee is one of the most desired, yet easily approachable internationally renowned hair and makeup artists. With over 20 years of experience as a successful salon owner, stylist, and platform artist, Sherri has amazing talent in hair, makeup, fashion editorial  and runway work. Recently distinguished as a “Living Legend in the Hair World,” and “2013 NAHA Editorial Stylist of the Year.” Combined knowledge gleaned through a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and extensive field-work make her a well-recognized guru for all things beauty and fashion with hair and makeup work featured in hundreds of acclaimed publications. 
For more info visit: www.sherrijessee.com


Monday, August 5, 2013

Beauty Spotlight: Editorial Stylist, Salon Owner and NAHA Winner Sherri Jessee


August 5, 2013 By  
THANKS go to Julie Shepperly for a lovely interview! Read article for Milady.
Courtesy of Sherri Jessee Photos: Roberto Ligresti
Courtesy of Sherri Jessee
Photos: Roberto Ligresti
Milady team member Julie Shepperly recently had the joy of interviewing NAHA’s Editorial Stylist of the year winner, Sherri Jessee. Sherri Jessee has become known as one of the most desirable, yet easily approachable internationally renowned hair and makeup artists. Sherri has over 20+ years of experience as a salon owner, stylist, and makeup artist. This year she awarded Editorial Stylist of the year by NAHA and has also been named “Top 10 Stylist of 2013,” a “Woman of Style,” and “One to Watch,” by industry experts. She is the preferred stylist for MISS VIRGINIA USA and a member of the Intercoiffure Artistic Team. Most recently Sherri launched a unique system of beauty tools called, Elegant Organized Beauty. (We’ll share more about that later…)
Photo courtesy of Sherri Jessee
Photo courtesy of Intercoiffure Mondial

 How did you get your start in the beauty industry?
I love this question because after 30 years of working in this amazing industry and sharing my story so many times, I feel as if I should change it up to make it so much more exciting than it really is. But history is history and you can’t really change it!(Truth be told, I thought her story was fascinating!)  I’ve always loved hairdressing and started at the young age of 11 cutting hair. When I graduated, I did what most young graduates do and enrolled into college. When I realized that I couldn’t afford to finish college, a friend encouraged me to go to become a hairdresser….so I did! I later went back and got BA in education. A little older and wiser I realized that I had an opportunity to combine my technical skills with my education degree…. and pursued a position as a manufacturer educator. At 21 years old, I opened my own salon and have over the years built my brand into what it is today.
What led you to enter NAHA?
This was my second time entering but the first year that I entered with an entire collection. The inspiration for the collection was actually recommended by one of my mentors, Helen Oppenheim. (Click here to check out the behind the scenes action with Sherri and her team!) From the beginning I planned the entire collection to be an editorial piece for a consumer magazine. It was a two-year process that culminated with my NAHA entry. Two summers ago I did the collection to coincide with the much-anticipated debut of the movie, The Great Gabsty.  It was my take on the 20′s style. I researched F Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, watched period movies and even studied the makeup of the Era. I knew that the style would be embraced with modern fashion. In the spring of 2012 my “New Gatsby” collection was published in KURV magazine as a 10 page editorial.
Why did you want to become an Editorial Stylist?
My goal has been to build my brand and of course, increase my service pricing. I decided to make it my mission to build an independent brand…Sherri Jessee worldwide. As an educator I’ve traveled to 5 continents so I wanted my work published in all 6 Continents. It has been a long process but the reward has been great. I’ve been published hundreds of times and have won multiple awards. The greatest reward is the opportunity to forge great relationships with top magazine editors, photographers and talented teams all over the world. I’m continually inspired and challenged by industry peers. I also spend a great deal of time scouring top magazines for inspiration. W is my fav!
Hair and Makeup: Sherri Jessee  Photo: Jason Setiawan
Hair and Makeup: Sherri Jessee
Photo: Jason Setiawan
How important has education been in your career?
I would say it’s the most important thing to learn and keep growing. As an educator I am constantly growing my skills. I was fortunate to have both my daughter and sister receive their cosmetology license as my interns. I knew that I could give them the skills necessary to be successful. Education is what keeps it exciting and interesting. When I asked Sherri how she balances technical education with business skills she replied, I always said, the sales pays for the education. Business is directly tied to success. You are in a business to ‘sell’ yourself and that must be a priority. It’s not just creativity. As a stylist I have a new boss every 30 minutes and that is who I’m trying to please and my all is given to them. Some people think that the end game is to get out of the salon, but for me being in the salon has been the mainstay of my career. It helps me to keep the pulse on what is really real for people.
What has been the biggest effect that NAHA has had on your career?
Other than having a ton of social media exposure, I would say that the biggest result was the positive ripple effect that my NAHA win has made. To me, winning is about setting your goal…visualizing that goal, and making a path to achieve it. My reward was to see my goals realized and then have the good fortune of being recognized for those efforts by my peers. More than the physical trophy, the positive ripple effect is knowing that what I do can bless and improve other people’s lives, that is my true reward.
What tips do you have for those who dream of becoming an editorial stylist?

Hair and Makeup: Sherri Jessee
Photo: Julia Kuzmenko
Be prepared. Preparation and Planning are your keys to success. I am known for being prepared, my speed and running on time and having all the details planned out is essential to success. When I’m teaching Editorial Styling classes I list out the key ingredients to pulling off a great photo shoot.
Identify your theme and do your homework. Research is a must. Collect your tools and think about your collection literally from head to toe! Ask yourself, what do I need…extensions/wigs/clips/tools/products…then always be prepared for the just in case. Build relationships with editors and your team….photographer/studio/makeup, etc.
Stay on Track. I always have tear sheets and sketches of each of the designs so that I have my looks in front of me allowing me to stay focused, on time and to make sure all goals for the day are accomplished.
Hair and Makeup: Sherri Jessee  Photo: Jason Setiawan
Hair and Makeup: Sherri Jessee
Photo: Jason Setiawan
What are some contributing factors to a successful career in the beauty industry?
I have had several mentors who’ve been very much a part of my success. I learned my cutting skills training directly with Irvine and Louise Rusk…then later branched out into more styling. In editorial work you are working on models who don’t necessarily want their hair cut. You’ve got to learn to style beautiful hair. To become more skilled in the art of styling I trained with industry icons like Vivienne MacKinder, Mary Brunettie, and Martin Parsons. There have also been many magazine editors who’ve taken their time to guide and direct me. My entire editorial process of entering has improved by their advice. I believe that it is important to seek out the best quality team…the best photographers and the best models which help to sell your work.
How would you encourage your stylists to perform at their best?
We have a motto…”be nice and do pretty hair” – Show up and give 110%, you’re not just working with your head and  hands, but also with your heart! Always put the three to work and you will perform your best!
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Brooke Carlson (Professor FIT/Founder Beauty Strategies Consulting)…she told me that if I were to ever become a name in the industry I would have to learn to be assertive. Deep down I am naturally very shy, but I knew that I could follow-up and being nice to people. Brooke was a woman who I admired and respected. She has been a GM with various top companies and when she mentioned that to me, the thought of building my own brand hadn’t even crossed my mind. She planted the seed and encouraged me to write down all my goals, no matter how outlandish. Winning NAHA, ironic as it is, was last on my list. She was at NAHA this year and we were laughing because she said it’s time to make some new goals! I guess she’s right.
What’s next for you?
I will continue to create and shoot editorial work and develop advertising campaigns for manufacturers, of course. But what is taking my attention now is my company, Elegant Organized Beauty.
Hair and Makeup: Sherri Jessee  Photo: Nathan Mays
Hair and Makeup: Sherri Jessee
Photo: Nathan Mays
It is a new company that I’ve created where I’ve designed and manufactured a system of organizing beauty tools. I was inspired to create these tools because I had become known as the stylist that always showed up with the smallest suitcase but the MOST stuff! My makeup organizing kits give you “your entire face in one place”. (ORGANIZED) They have a strong magnet and large enough to hold all your makeup essentials (BEAUTY)  and they are designed to make every woman who uses them to feel special (ELEGANCE.) My cousin, Mary Silcox is a an awesome artist. She has designed the covers of my many of my makeup compacts.  I had the pleasure of styling Nancy O’Dell’s (host of Entertainment Tonight) hair for various events. Her sister, Karen Alley, is an artist. I adored her art and purchased one of her pieces at the MDA Telethon auction. She has also collaborated with me and hand painted, original compacts.  These unique items are available for purchase on my website. When one is sold, it is removed from inventory. The press is loving this concept. Elegant Orangaized Beauty has been featured in FaceOn magazine, a top magazine from United Kingdom, as well as Sophisticates Hairstyleguide the world’s best-selling hair magazine!
I’m really open to all possibilities and am excited to see where this adventure will take me next!
I’m sure you can understand why I was so inspired by Sherri’s story! She is living the ‘hairdresser’ dream for sure! What I truly appreciate and respect about Sherri is her humble and grateful attitude and servant heart. She is a giver through and through and it was a great pleasure to get to know her. To keep up with Sherri be sure to follow her on Facebook, check out her Blog or connect via her website.