Ever wondered whose responsible for Taylor Swift’s spot on strands? Jemma Muradian is the woman behind Taylor’s chic fashion lob among other A-list models such as Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss having resided at Arté Salon for the past 9 years (a place she says is very dear to her heart). With 16 years industry experience, Jemma has an impressive list of talent and skills, though that’s not to say it came easy! A first generation American, Jemma didn’t pursue her dreams in hair until after moving to the states. We interviewed her to find out how she made it from an Economics major to a red carpet connoisseur.
How did you get your start in the industry?
Since age 14 I have been fascinated by hair and people. Growing up in Poland and being half Armenian, there was no clear path to reach your dreams… so I studied Economics. It wasn’t until I moved to America and landed in New York City that I realized anything is possible and that people will support your dreams if you trust yourself to follow them. I followed my passion for hair and soon enough I was deeply in the world of hair.
As my talent reached my curiosity, I ventured into the world of high fashion photo shoots and commercials. It’s been — years and I haven’t looked back; I love what I do and feel blessed every day.
What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge for me was communication. When I came to this country I didn’t speak any English and I didn’t have time to study the language because I was getting my hair license.
I overcame this challenge by focusing on what was most important — my clients and perfecting my craft. I built trust with them and any fear I had of communication or understanding it led to more genuine relationships therefore I know now that you can concord a lot of things in life if you put the fear aside and you just live in the moment and do your best so it can lead your better future.
Who are some role models who have inspired you?
First and foremost is my mother – I admire her strength, how she raised us children and the way she chooses to go through life, regardless of how difficult it may be. When it comes to the hair industry I have so many role models: Julien D’ys, Odile Gilbert and Eugene Souleiman, to name a few.
I find inspiration every day from people in and out of the industry… If you pay attention in life and are aware of the moment, then you can find a role model in any situation.
Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
This is a hard question to answer. Perhaps the most important element in my work is making sure the style matches the clients personality, internal and external. This is what makes them feel comfortable and look beautiful. It’s not about me or my signature; it’s all about customizing something that is best for them.
Which hair products or tools are always in your kit?
My comfort products are definitely Kérastase. They have amazing masks that they have will save your day, Oribe for texture is unbelievable. Klorane dry shampoo- obsessed, and Elnett!
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
I have to say it’s been a great journey and it’s always a lesson that I take from everything. Perhaps the advice that I would give myself 10 years ago would be to always believe that some things definitely happen for a reason and allow life to unfold itself because it always holds a great future. I was always directed by my love for hair.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? What advice would you give to new stylists?
I remember one day at the very early stage of my career. I had a client who walked in and she asked me how do you “deal” with all these people and I answered somehow automatically, “I actually don’t deal with them I ‘interact’ with them.” So maybe that approach in any department in life helps. After 16 years in this business, one day you could be the highest and another the lowest the lowest, so always keep yourself in check, humble, and loving what you do.
What is the next chapter for you?
Life is pretty surprising, so who knows. Maybe I could go to another planet and do the hair out there….. But in a meantime as I’m here on a planet Earth I will just keep loving hair world and who knows what the next chapter brings.
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