We had the good fortune of connecting with Jayla Babin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jayla, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
One thing about my industry that outsiders are more than likely unaware of is the toll it takes over your body and your mind. People tend to think doing hair and lashes is a simple job or “hobby”. It’s not that simple one minor mistake you can poke someones eye, damage their lash line, damage their natural hair, etc. Standing for endless hours with no break, sitting for hours at a time with no break is tiresome. I’m here to tell you take at least a 30 minute break if need between a few clients because if not you’ll run yourself into overkill.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me aside from others is my attitude, I didn’t start doing hair and lashes because it would bring in more money. I decided to get in the beauty industry because I love making women and young ladies feel beautiful or more beautiful about themselves. Revealing their lashes or hair to them and seeing their reaction, the “ ou’s and “awes” really melts my heart. It was not easy, it still isn’t easy. You’ll have busy days, months and some days you won’t be busy at all. But you can’t give up, you have to keep going because you think there’s nobody watching you but there is, they’re rooting for you and telling other people to root and support you too. I want the world to know that I doubted myself because I thought there were too many hairstylist in the industry. I thought the market was over saturated, so I went into nursing school knowing that I have a weak stomach. Well that didn’t even last a semester. I kept reverting back to being my own boss, owning my own salon(s). I left my college and enrolled into cosmetology school. Moral of the story is NEVER doubt yourself because what’s for you is already on its way to you and it’s yours, no one can stop it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my best friend to Old Lady Gang it’s the perfect spot for Louisiana style soul food. Next we’re more than likely go by the trap museum, it’s pretty nice. For a nice evening dinner visit The Select. Go shopping of course, visit the selfie museum. Visit girl mobb museum. And also eat at The goodz
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My name is Jayla Babin, as a kid I always said “I’ll be a CEO or a multi business owner”. Even as a child I had the ambition to run my business! I enjoyed running my lemonade stand,selling frozen cups, pickle sickles etc. On weekend visits with my father, I worked in his shop and those experiences really stuck with me!
I took business and marketing classes in high school to give me a head start in college and with my business/brand. I began to doubt my decision to become a stylist! I had thoughts like, there’s too many hairstylist and I’ll never make it. This caused me to major in nursing as a backup plan. Now if you know me then you know I cannot tolerate blood, needles, vomit etc. Nursing wasn’t for me. I kept reverting back to being my own boss and doing hair something I loved.
The nickname “Princess” is from my grandfather. He always said I was his Princess as a young child. He has me spoiled rotten even as an adult. CrownedByPrincess 👑
Instagram: @x_princessjay @crownedby.princess