Our first team member and head stylist at Tangles Salon is Mt. Juliet native Jamie Vickers. Jamie has been with us for over 10 years and her styling excellence shows it! Her clients are diehard Jamie fans, and Tangles would not exist without her. We sat Jamie down (which is a difficult thing to do - the lady is BUSY) to take a look at her legacy career.
Tell us how you started in the hair business?
Growing up, my mom would do hair for us and the kids in the neighborhood, then as I got older I started doing hair for my friends. It was a natural progression for me to go to cosmetology school and become a professional stylist. I began cosmetology school senior year of high school and continued school at Style Masters Beauty Academy. While I was going that, I got my shampoo tech license so I could begin assisting Rodney Mitchell while finishing cosmetology school. Rodney is a well-known stylist based in Nashville but serves clients all over the country. He's amazing.
So, how'd you come to us at Tangles?
While I loved working for Rodney, I was ready to become a stylist myself. One day, Kellie Kring (formerly my stylist in high school, now Tangles Salon owner) called and told me that a stylist at my childhood salon was retiring and they were looking for someone they could pass their clients onto. I accepted the position, like any new stylist would, and this is when Kellie and I initially began working together. A year after that, Kellie started Tangles, and I followed her to establish the salon! We were there at the beginning. We’ve been through many seasons at Tangles for it to get where it is today - but we’ve been through it all together!
You don't only do hair, right?
Right - my first love in this industry was hair color and also makeup. Not long after completing my cosmetology degree I pursued the Makeup industry and graduated from the Academy of Makeup Arts. I have explored about every outlet in this industry. From design cutting, coloring, makeup face and body painting, film etc. At the end of the day my love for color still stands, but I also get to serve brides on their special days by doing their makeup.
What does your role look like daily at Tangles?
This is really neat to me - my career has now come full circle. I began my stylist career as an assistant, and now I lead our team in training our associates at Tangles. Even more than seeing a transformation on a client, the most rewarding thing is to raise a new stylist in the industry and watch them blossom into a successful grounded stylist.