Today we’d like to introduce you to Jerica Edwards.
Jerica, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My journey with hair really started in my teens after a bad color experience in the salon & losing ten inches of hair that day. I was used to my hair being healthy so at that point I really started to study hair so that I could care for it. I always had my head in hair magazines anyway but now I was doing more than just folding the pages for my next hair appointment. From then, I was all in & I knew I loved hair but I didn’t think I would make my family proud if I didn’t see college through & become the doctor everyone thought I would be. After leaving school, a few dead end jobs, & becoming a mom at 21, that sparked the change. I wasn’t happy & I couldn’t continue to live my life for others. I wanted my child to know that whatever she wanted to do in life, she could. I never wanted her to feel she had to live life for me. It was my responsibility then to finally live, not only for me but to be able to teach her what that meant. She was my inspiration.
I finally took the leap in 2009 & enrolled full time in cosmetology school & one year later I graduated and have held a license ever since. The salon was my love for five years. During that time, I was also referred for my first celebrity client and that exposed me to another side of the industry that I knew existed but didn’t fully understand. I was using everything I had inside of me but I hadn’t been able to use it. Press tours, magazine shoots…. I loved it. I knew then I had to really perfect my craft, learn the industry, prepare, study, & that’s exactly what I did. I also learned from the amazing Crystal Wright, who really groomed me for the industry & saw something in me I didn’t see in myself. After five years, I left the salon and fully focused on my freelance career. I can say that I used the salon as a crutch & I allowed that to hold me back from really stepping into my destiny or as one of my favorite quotes says, I had to jump so my parachute could open. It has been a journey, a lot of hard work, tears, low pay, & no pay to get here but I wouldn’t change A THING! I’ve done things I never thought I would do & it brings me the greatest joy.
My work is my passion and I’m proud to say that. I have done movies, talk shows, campaigns, celebrities, NYFW, been agency represented, & worked for companies & brands I only dreamed of but this is only the beginning. Be open to always learning, know that the journey will have its bumps in the road and rain on the way but the sun will shine, you will reach your destiny, and what’s for you will always be for you and waiting on the other side.
Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The journey is not easy but nothing worth having is easily acquired. For me personally, I will say the biggest challenge was staying encouraged. When you’re working so hard towards a goal/opportunity, a no can be deflating. But again, what’s for you is always for you. Every no doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough or not qualified; you just have to remember that every door isn’t your door.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I would say that I was initially known for my editorial work. As I’ve grown, I would say that I’m known for my versatility and that also sets me apart but I would also say my hunger, my passion.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think it’s an amazing place because you can get a taste of so many sides of the industry here, so yes, I would recommend it.
- Website: www.jericaedwards.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @jericaedwardshair
Movie Poster – Aric Thompson (photographer)
Big Green Dress – Laretta Houston (photographer)
Jerica Edwards (Hair)
Tia Johnson (Model)
Hannah Bijoux (Stylist)
Jamie Kimbrough (MUA)