We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennafer Graydon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jennafer, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I have always believed that everyone has the opportunity to write their own path when it comes to education after highschool. I did well in school but, sometimes struggled when it came to certain subjects and projects because of my ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Personally I knew that getting a college degree was not a goal of mine. My mom however, was a hairstylist when I was a child and I remember being intrigued by it. I loved the variety and challenge that it brought with each client. I loved the idea that with my own hands, creativity, and expertise, I could let someone leave feeling like a million bucks. There’s nothing more rewarding than watching someone’s confidence sky rocket and being able to help them achieve that.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Hair is art. I’ve always looked at my clients hair as a canvas. Sometimes it’s a blank canvas and I can be creative or sometimes it’s a messy canvas that I can correct. When I was new in my career, I remember struggling with the messy ones. I didn’t always understand how to correct them and I was very hard on myself. They only teach you so much in school and all of your “learning” experiences are usually behind the chair and in the salon when you’re licensed. It’s a challenge getting people to trust you. It’s also a challenge having the confidence and building a clientele.
My confidence grew with mistakes. I hated knowing that I messed up and I knew I wouldn’t want to let certain mistakes happen more than once and so they didn’t. Well sometimes they did, and I was petrified but I learned.
I paid for lots of continued education and learned from very inspirational people in the beauty industry. They taught us how to do beautiful hair but there’s something that they all have related on other than hair. It is the fact that as creatives, we’re also perfectionist and it’s very easy to be hard on ourselves over simple mistakes or even something that was out of our control.

My favorite hair icon told me that he has good days and bad days behind the chair. Some days, he feels like absolutely slayed a clients hair and they don’t love it. In other cases, his client may have walked out feeling amazing but he over-thought it and wish he would have gone about it another way.
However, the beauty of the hair industry is that there is no right way, just as long as it felt right by you as the stylist. After knowing and understanding that you can’t make everyone happy, I grew tremendously as a stylist.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d start it out with getting blowouts at Candice Maude Hair salon of course.

We would probably visit the stockyards first and watch the cattle roam. Id take them to 2nd rodeo brewing for a drink and live music. For dinner, I’d take them to Caterina’s because it’s such a unique experience and the food is absolutely amazing. I love to dance so I would take them to Billy bobs afterwards.

I’d also take them to Arlington to stay a night at Live by Loews. It’s easy access to a rangers game, to go grab food and drinks at Texas live! And there’s also a beautiful pool with a swim up bar at the hotel.

Some of my favorite shopping is in the Plano/Frisco area at legacy west or shops at Clearfork in Fort Worth.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom and dad. They raised me and supported me in my dream every step of the way together and individually in their own ways.
My dad has always been a hard worker which is something I picked up from him. His famous saying from when I was a child was “No fun until the work is done.” I hated it as a child but it pushed me in all areas of life. I was highly motivated to graduate early and at the age of 16, I received my high school diploma. Following graduation, I got a full time job at In-N-Out Burger and worked my way up fairly quickly. I had to wait to go to Cosmetology school until I turned 18 and so I saved up to buy a car and pay for school. I liked working there more than I thought I would so I became a manager at 20 and worked my way around other stores and helped them succeed. From 19-21, I was a part time hairstylist and a full time manager so I worked an insane amount of hours to make both happen. If it wasn’t for my dad’s work ethic and determination, I don’t know where I would be!
As time went on, I told my parents I would pursue hair full time and quit my job at In-N-Out. Although they questioned if it was the right decision, they knew deep down inside how passionate I was in the hair salon. I come from a line of successful entrepreneurs so they never looked down on the idea.
My mom would have her friends go to me, she would support and talk things through if I didn’t know what to do, and she always believed in me.

Instagram: Jennadidthat

Image Credits
Madelyn Nicole photography

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