We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Walker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
How to know whether to keep going or to give up? The answer is simple… you never ever give up under any circumstances. This thing called life isn’t easy but anything worth having never comes easy. It’s now up to you to determine how bad you want it and how far you’re willing to go to go to make your dreams a reality. Again, quitting is never an option!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business consists of one thing: HAIR! I was about 5 years old when I asked a neighbor of mine to teach me how to braid. I was so intrigued when I saw how fast her fingers moved as she plaited her clients hair. In my teenage years, I was the neighborhood hair stylist. When new trends and styles surfaced I was their go to girl to help achieve that look. Fast forward 10 years I created Hairogance which at first only consisted of hair extensions. This point in my journey I decided it was time to take things a little more serious. I went ahead and registered my business with the state, conducted photo shoots for my brand, and built my website. It’s now 2021 and I now book out weeks and weeks of clients and I’m also in the process of releasing my first item of my hair product line “Dropz By Hairogance”. What I feel sets me apart from other business owners is the compassion I have for each and every one of my clients. I always treat them the way I would expect to be treated as a client. I provide them a clean, safe, and comfortable environment for the duration of their appointment. I am a listening ear when my ladies need to be vent or even need advice. I am more than their hair stylist. I am most excited about the growth of my business in the amount of time given. I’ve just recently moved to the state of Arizona and the amount of clients I’ve already serviced is at times overwhelming. The support I’ve received out here is amazing. I am truly grateful and blessed. Throughout my business journey, I’ve encountered many obstacles as any business owner does. I keep my 12 year old son and my wife in mind at all times. They are my motivators. My son keeps me hip and up to date on today’s trends and slang. My wife keeps me grounded and focused. She never lets me lose sight of the goal. They are the reason I could never ever give up. My biggest lesson learned along the way is that you can literally have anything you want in this life if you are willing to work for it. I mean reallyyyy work for it.
Accomplishments feel soooooo much better when you know how hard you worked for it. The nights of sleep sacrificed, the tears, the sweat, and the stress all turns into pure bliss when you dream has come to fruition. I want the world to know that Hairogance is literally only at the beginning. The ideas and goals I have for this business is absolutely insane. I’m slowly executing each one and I cant wait to turn these ideas into visuals to share with you all!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The first place on my list would be the Hole in the Rock hiking area. I absolutely adore the view from the top and I think they would too. Next I would have to take them to Hot and Juicy Crawfish restaurant. The sauce for the seafood is to die for! My best friend is a party animal so I would definitely take them to Bar Smith in downtown Phoenix. There’s two levels and top level is the roof. They play a great variety of music so it’s easy for everyone to enjoy. Tempe Town Lake is my favorite place to relax and ride the electric scooters so we would head there for sure. I’m still learning Arizona and can’t wait to find new hang out spots and meet new people. Everyone here is so polite and friendly making it so much easier to be comfortable.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In all honesty, my younger sister Felicia (27) has been my support through this entire process. I always joke around and tell her she’s my son’s second mother because, at the start of this business I was moving around like an octopus. Seriously, I felt like an actual octopus! I was working full time for the United States Postal Service, tending to my clients, running my hair extension business, raising a child, and trying to maintain my sanity all at the same time. Felicia has been there every step of the way and even 12 years later she still continues to be right hand man.