We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Ruby Schenker and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jennifer Ruby, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
One needs to take risks to grow. There will always be a chance of failure but you never know until you take the risk. With risk, there will be success or failure that either way you will learn a lesson and grow as a person and business. When a risk leads you to success it’s such an amazing feeling to know what you have been through or did in life to get past an obstacle that will help you lead a better, more full, life.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been doing hair for a little over 15 years. I went into this career because I wanted something where I could be free and 100% myself. I feel I have found that with my career. I am now in a suite with a great work partner and friend where I can express myself with my salon environment and my work. I started in a corporate salon when I was 19 and about 4 weeks after I gave birth to my son. I was so nervous and scared to do color and talk to strangers all day. Now I love doing color and talking to all my clients. Being a new mom and balancing a new career was hard but I was surrounded by amazing people at my job and they helped me tackle any obstacle in life. These people become my family and motivated me to keep moving forward. From there I just wanted to keep growing and continued to take classes and try new things. I now do tons of color and moving into extensions as well. I wanted the best for my son and the way to do that is to improve as a stylist and a person. Many years were hard but being a hairstylist is so much more than a career it has helped me get through some rough situations in life. I want to spread positive energy to all my clients and be able to motivate them to do what they want in life. I have learned if you want something, go for it!  Make it happen for yourself and enjoy the journey.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many great things to do in the valley and Arizona. A few things I would take people to go do is paddleboard the salt river and look at the wild horses. After, visit a brewery, OHSO Brewery is always a good spot and dog friendly!  Outside of the valley is Sedona, with its beautiful scenic views, especially for people that have never visited the desert before. I recommend hiking and walking the shops in town. Being from the east coast myself, this is an amazing place to visit. The landscape is completely opposite and is breathtaking to view in person. At night it is fun to head over to Cave Creek to check out some bull riding at The Buffalo Chip Saloon. The Heard Museum is another favorite where I love to take my Dad when he visits because it’s a good way to get some history on Arizona. I like to take one of the free tours and the restaurant they have at the museum is delicious.  My favorite dinner places in the valley are Tacos at Revolu Modern Taqueria and bar, or Mowry and Cotton at The Phoenician. For lunch or happy hour, my favorite spot is 32 SHEA.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Thank you to my husband Tyler for always supporting me in life and in my business. Always pushing me and encouraging me to grow in my business.

Instagram: @hairbyjenniferruby @vtruby

Image Credits
Lizzie @photapperphy

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