Learn about a local stylist who’s going from hair and makeup for Good Morning America and the Rio Olympics to behind your chair at her new salon.
Jessica Kong has considered herself an artist ever since she began studying art education at the University of Cincinnati. She practices a different kind of art today, though. Kong uses her creativity and artistic ability to make her customers feel beautiful when they sit in front of her in a salon chair.
Having been a stylist since 2003, earning her certification from Aveda Frederic’s Institute, Kong specializes in hair and makeup and has various unique experiences in the industry. “My former boss and I began doing contract work with P&G. We styled people for Good Morning America appearances and started doing VIP makeup for Pantene,” says Kong. “We then heard about an opportunity to do makeup for the Rio 2016 Olympics and applied for that. We ran family home salons, styled for photoshoots and gave haircuts to athletes from everywhere.”
Today, Kong runs a Salon Loft-based salon, which she opened three years ago. There, she says, she leverages her vast knowledge and one-of-a-kind experiences to give each of her personal clients a customized beauty experience.
“Ninety percent of my customers have been with me for 11 plus years,” she explains, adding that she strives to differentiate herself in the industry by building relationships with those clients. “The looks I do depend on the specific client. Everything is customized to their wants and needs. Whatever they want, I listen and try to give them a creative look based on that. I want to give them an achievable look they can try on their own if they are not necessarily good at doing hair or makeup. My goal is to go farther than today’s trends and take my own artistic approach.”
Kong does hair and makeup for specific events as well as regular colors, cuts and waxing. Customers can also purchase some of the products used in styling.
In her spare time, Kong considers herself an outdoor enthusiast. She hopes that in the future she can do hair and makeup for various outdoor brands. Kong also wants to focus on building her own brand, she adds, “I hope to continue to expand and use my creativity in new ways.”