We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenn Velez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenn, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
I think a great stylist not only has a niche for colors but also needs to know her psychology, math and science as well. While my industry gets to play with a lot of blushes and hair it also takes a lot of knowledge to build something incredible. Firstly, of course, psychology is crucial in the industry. Psychology is important for a variety of reasons- it takes a lot of body language, communication and interaction to get to know who we are working with today. Through these interactions we can figure out exactly what may be your style and how we can ultimately get you to your best self again. Internally and out. For math there is a lot of symmetry, measurements, formulation and preparation that has to come with each client and her service/event. We need to formulate everything: whether it is a schedule, color formula, mapping out a face for makeup- we plan this out in order to execute a job well done. The science of color theory is crucial in the industry in all ways. The science in our career determines chemistry, color theory and… let’s just be real here: there are a lot of flat out experiments, We conduct experiments daily when a client sits in our chair- but luckily, a well rounded stylist provides great results with the chemistry of makeup or color, color theory to compliment your tones, psychology to figure out your individual style and the math to formulate it all.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Starting your own business during the pandemic was not easy. It firstly takes a lot of faith in order to make some big decisions towards your business. I have luckily been able to make some great connections and friends through this industry. Having the conversations and receiving the advice from people who have experience has helped me out tremendously in the decision making process. That’s what sets my business apart from others. I am not here to compete but to collaborate. I have a style through my work which amplifies your natural beauty and any creativeness you’d like to implement in your hair or outfit. I collaborate with. my clients on creating a look that works just right for them. I also collaborate with other artists in this state that let out their creative outlet for us too. When we work together- you can feel the shine and everyone wins. I have a team that compliment each other all positively- we are here to create an empowering project together. We are a unique work of art and it’s my passion to really enhance that both internally and out. My lessons so far is to bite the fear and take the risk- whether its investing or an actual service application. It’s always a positive learning experience regardless of the outcome. The more risks I take, the more knowledgable I have become throughout the years- so I am always looking forward to the next opportunity.
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.
Well lets get this out of the way- I am a huge food lover. I always start off with a night out at Avanti. I can spend the whole day there if I wanted to since this place has a great view of the city with so many food options to choose from. I love my Arepa Spot there. If you have never had an arepa before- that is a great way to try your first. It reminds me of home back in New Jersey. Arepas are huge in the South American Community. In the most basic sense- they are a corn cake and stuffed with all the goodies you can think of. Go try it! Rosebud Hall in Boulder is also a beauty to check out if you can. You do have to be put on a waitlist but if you have the time- be patient.It has a great view of the foothills and all of their drinks are made from scratch. Their appetizers are also high quality and your taste buds are exploding at all times.
If this was a week long trip I’d take them to Steamboat Springs. Not only does the air feel fresh, the hot springs are an experience and soothing adventure. The views are also to die for. Steamboat is my little escape from home that is still close to home.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout would be toward my influencer who gave me the name I use today. As an east coast native living thirty minutes from NYC, I grew up listening to a lot of local artists out in the city. Well, my favorite happened to be Q-Tip the Abstract. For those who don’t know, he was the lead artist for the rap group called A Tribe Called Quest. Q-tip was not only a great artist in his verses and production but he used his art with a purpose to promote an uplift in spirit and individuality. Throughout my life I have watched him blossom with his message forever being the same: so with my career my purpose is to bring that as well. One Love, everyone.
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