Susan Talamantes is one of the insanely talented stylists I’ve had the privilege of working with over the last 6 years. Her passion is as apparent as her talent. She’s owns and is the lead stylist at Jireh Artistry in Campbell, and give her a call at (408) 417-3126 to make an appointment for your bridal hair and makeup styling.
I’ll save 1000 words and show you a sample from one of our first shoots together. If I wasn’t there taking these photos, I wouldn’t even believe they’re of the same person.
Here’s an interview we did so you can get to know her a bit better and learn about what she does.
1. What do you do? Tell us about your passion
I am a hairstylist/ makeup artist and co-owner of Jireh Artistry Salon in Campbell. I offer a wide variety of beauty services including haircoloring, haircutting, hair extensions, hairstyling and makeup artistry. I am hired to do many events such as weddings, fashion shows, beauty pageants and photoshoots.
2. When did you decide to make it a career? What inspired that change?
I actually stumbled upon this amazing industry. Growing up I felt discouraged from expressing my “girly side”. I knew nothing about styling my own hair or makeup, I had no skills at all in that area. One day I just decided that I needed to do something more, go to college for something so that I could make more money to provide for my son. At first I didn’t want to do cosmetology because I didn’t want to be like everyone else. But I decided that I would give it a try not even knowing if it was really something I wanted to pursue! After attending school I found that doing hair can be so artistic. I had always loved anything that had to do with art since I was young. Not only was I able to be creative but I was also able to be my own boss, run my own business, which was something I had always wanted. On top of that, I found out that being a hairstylist, your also a counselor. I had always been the one friends, family and even strangers would come to when going through a hard time. Choosing this career didn’t just fit me in every way perfectly but it has also brought out the best in me, I never knew I had! I find myself being so motivated and driven and I am so blessed to have found a career in something I truly love!
3. Who do you look up to the most in your field?
As a business owner I am inspired by Tabatha Coffey. She is very intelligent and straight forward. She stands her ground and is a very successful woman in our industry.
4. What is your favorite part about your job?
Giving women a dramatic change in appearance which makes them feel younger and beautiful is the most rewarding part of the day! I love to make people feel good about themselves. Besides that I also enjoy setting my own hours which allows me to spend more time with my husband and kids.
5. What is your least favorite part?
In this industry what you make is how hard you work. Sometimes I wish I had a regular job, where you get paid hourly steady income and great benefits like medical insurance and paid vacation time! Just like anything else, there are ups and downs. In this career you definitely have to be on a constant hustle, which isn’t always a bad thing.
6. What is it like when you get ‘in the zone’?
Sometimes haircoloring can take a while. When I get in the zone, it feels like time just flies by! My clients and I are usually in deep conversation and before you know it we’re done with an amazing outcome! When I’m doing a fashion show, I get into a different zone. Fashion Shows require speed and quality work! I just try to focus on the art i’m creating and finish as fast as possible! I have done up to 20 full on updo’s in 2 hours!
7. What trends are popular right now in your field?
I am completely in Love with the new pastel trend! Pastel clothing in the fashion world is big right now and so is pastel haircoloring. I have always been attracted to unique colors, creating these pastel colors is limitless and very fun! I think everyone should have a little fun in their hair!
8. What trends are you glad to see gone?
The one trend i’m not the biggest fan of is dip dying. It’s where the hair changes to a different color at any point through the hair to the ends. Visually, it’s not flattering. First of all I don’t like to see harsh blunt lines and this style has a horizontal line which just “cuts” off the rest of the hair visually making the hair appear much shorter. I have done something similar, dividing the hair vertically in half doing two different colors, I like that approach much better!
9. Where do you see your field in 5 years?
Our industry is always changing. New techniques, new trends and new Hairstyles. In 5 years I look forward to trying out all the newest products! Every year the technology and chemistry in hair products and tools improve, which makes our lives a lot easier!
10. Are there any products you can’t wait to get your hands on?
There is a new haircolor by Goldwell being released that I cannot wait to try out! It’s a light copper with a hint of pink!
11. What is the best form of education for what you do?
When it comes to learning a new technique, I learn best from live demonstrations. When learning business or marketing strategies, I enjoy attending seminars and taking a ton of notes!
12. Do you have any advice for someone who wants to do what you do?
The advice I give to anyone who wants to be in this industry, is just to know what your getting into. Theres major competition and responsibility. You have to be super motivated to build your clientele and career. It isn’t easy, when I first started, I had only a few clients and there were times my pay check was less than minimum wage! I didn’t give up easily, I knew deep down this is what I wanted to do and I was determined to succeed in this career! If you decide this is what you’re passionate about, never give up!