The Best Miami Hair Salon has a chat with Renaissance Woman, Jessica Keglovich, known for her couture styles, gorgeous make-up artistry and overall commitment to making people not only look great, but feel incredible too:
How did you get started in hair?
Growing up I went to the hair salon with my grandmother every Saturday. The ladies in the salon would do her hair, French braid mine and then her and I would go shopping. I just remember I loved being in that environment. So much so, that even though the salon had a little play area for the children who came in, the thing I remember most was never wanting to be in that room! My desires were to see what the stylists were doing behind the doors of the backroom, experiment with their tools and read every product’s label so I could gain all of the knowledge of what they did. I needed to know all about it! Through that time, my passion and interest only grew. By fifteen, after much persuasion to one of my best friend’s aunt who was a manager and hairstylist of a salon, finally allowed the two of us to work at her salon for a few hours on Saturdays. We started off small- basically just cleaning and sweeping hair. Which at the time, was the best thing ever! Then, eventually we got to wash hair, set styles and everything else an assistant would typically help with. An extra set of hands in a salon never go un-used for long! During that time, a top colorist from Izzazu asked me to come and assist him after seeing me work at the other salon. I started working for him, went to beauty school during high school and continued to work for that salon for twelve years where I perfected my skills. I had amazing mentors there.
How did you get started in make-up?
Well, I was always interested in make-up, but I started doing it professionally about nine years ago. I worked at a huge salon with a large staff so typically estheticians took the reigns of makeup. On occasion when a make-up artist wasn’t available, I would often step in. At about that point, I began doing make-up and styling for a local agency, which in turn, introduced me to the print world of fashion. Soon after, I was recommended to a really well known photographer who was looking for someone to do make-up and styling for his up coming shoot. The photographer and I ended up hitting it off really well. His team and I worked really well together and we shared the same philosophy for our arts, as well as the experience we try to offer our clients. Because of this, he began hiring me for his other productions which has really launched my career in the make-up artistry and production styling aspect. This new path has led me to be fortunate enough to travel abroad, of which I now typically do at least every few weeks.
What inspires you as an artist?
I honestly get inspired by really random things; people on the streets in the different cities I visit for work, paintings in art galleries, Andy Warhol for one, (who is a fellow Pittsburgh-er), and even the lifestyles of my clients. Anything and everything creative!
What kind of work do you do for special events?
As far as the special event styling and makeup, I work with a lot of high-end event planners, including a lot of work with bridal parties and red carpet events. Often times I’m styling in a new city for a person I’ve never met before, so I truly believe in getting to know the client, talking; bouncing ideas back and forth and customizing a look based on the individual. Whether it be a wedding, a bar/bat mitzvah or any other milestone moment, I always listen and consider the client’s preferences first. I draw inspiration on who they are as individuals- I look at what they are wearing for the event, where the event is, etc. Then, together we create their whole look with hair, make-up and even their wardrobe-down to their jewelry to complete the occasion.
In your opinion, what sets Miami apart from other cities?
I think what makes Miami unique is that there are so many influences from different backgrounds here. People from all over the world come to Red Market Miami seeking a “Miami vibe style.” So what we do as hair stylists certainly influences the world in that vibe, but we, in turn, are influenced by our customers as well. It’s so interesting to me to know that I have repeat clients from Brazil, Russia, Costa Rica, and other places. So what that says, is that our work is regularly walking the streets of all those cities. Whether it be in their local grocery stores buying groceries and going to work every day. Its cool to have an outreach like that. Our salon certainly has a lot of international influence- we don’t have just one kind of style or client. It all sort of melts together!
What is your definition of beauty?
Well first, I think real beauty starts from within and who you are as a whole. Whatever makes you feel incredible shines through from your soul and is reflected through your eyes. When you feel like you look incredible, you feel incredible and you have confidence. Beauty should be individual and inspired by you!
What are some of the things you like to do outside of the salon?
Outside of the salon, I love to spend time with my family, which is why I moved here. I also love to paint and cook. One of my favorite things to do on my own is turn on some music, set up my easel, open a bottle of wine and paint. When cooking, which I do often, especially with my family every Sunday, I always prefer a from-scratch or homemade recipe. Homemade meals and tradition are important to me. Whether it be in hairstyling or life, your foundation is key. You can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been!
If you could wake up anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I suppose if I wanted to disappear for a few days to do some mediation or chill out, I would definitely choose Princeville, Hawaii. However, when it comes to day-to-day life, I am totally happiest where I am right now- embarking on the Miami market. I’m blessed to have done so much traveling and experiencing so much throughout my career. I absolutely love it and couldn’t do without where the production life takes me, but being in the salon all day and working with my clients is where my passion began… and it still lies there.
What is your favorite thing about being a stylist?
I’ve been styling hair for 14 years now and while I absolutely have a passion for the technical aspect of styling, my favorite thing by far is making people feel good on the inside through what I can do as an artist on the outside.
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