Ever since Jen (Gratz) Griffin was a little girl, she has dreamt of becoming a hairstylist. Her passion started when she was learning to French braid and style her dolls hair, and as she grew older, to styling her classmates and her own hair for special occasions. Jen was so excited to start her first step towards her future career, her education at Capri College in Dubuque, in October of 2007. Capri helped Jen develop the techniques to build the foundation she needed to excel in this exciting career. Jen graduated from Capri in January of 2009, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
Fringe Salon opened in December of 2008, as the newest upscale, urban salon in the downtown Main Street District. After consulting with a few of her instructors from Capri, she decided to look into Fringe Salon. After meeting with Courtney (Conlan) Clancy, she knew with Courtney’s vision as Fringe Salon’s owner, this would be the perfect place for Jen to develop her personality and style as a young professional stylist.
Working in such a diverse industry has allowed Jen to stay challenged and inspired with new styles and techniques always emerging. In order to stay current with the new trends, Jen takes great pride in continuing her education. As a Wella colorist, Jen is thankful to have multiple in salon color, cut, or styling classes per year. These classes are interactive, and hands-on, that reveals the upcoming season’s trends, new Wella products, and the best techniques, and how to utilize them to achieve the clients desired result. In addition to these classes, Jen also attends more in-depth training events when possible. With Wella, she has taken part in a hands-on balayage training class, and also four days of intense hands-on training at the Wella Studios in Los Angeles. The Studio classes broke down every minute detail of the color experience. This has not only made Jen a better colorist, but also has helped create a better experience for every client that sits in her chair. With Bumble and Bumble, Jen has taken advantage of a few of their satellite classes. She attended the 2 day seminar for Women’s Razor cutting, for short and long hair. She also attended the Bb.Man course, a class dedicated to men’s barbering techniques. Both classes helps Jen learn new cutting techniques to hone in on her craft of utilizing a straight razor to create different effects with her cuts. All of the education Jen pursues helps to make her a better-rounded stylist. She can’t wait to see what class she takes next!
With each client, Jen wants your time to be not just about your hair, but to be about the experience. To her, being a great stylist means building a professional relationship with her clients, and learning about their personality and style. Once she becomes familiar with her guests, then she is able to create a look, which not only flatters their hair and facial shape, but also a look that works for their lifestyle. Whether your look is avant-garde or natural, Jen looks back to her education and years of experience, to pick which technique will be best suited for the desired style. Working behind the chair allows Jen to express her artistic side, using hair as her medium. Jennifer is grateful for every client, past, present, and future that has trusted in her with such a personal part of their life, and allow her to continuing to live her dream!
Let the beauty we love, be what we do!Rumi