Her passion for our industry is infectious. I took from it and used it to fuel my own – so did everyone in the salon. She has such great energy and left a lasting impression on all of us.
Jackie you are destined to do great things in our industry – I can’t wait to see what you do next.
Freelance Makeup Artist / Hairstylist
Where did you study?
I am currently studying at Arrojo Cosmetology in New York City. Prior to Arrojo I was freelancing as a makeup artist and assisting a few freelance editorial hair stylists. I was interested in further training and getting licensed which then led me to apprentice at Texture Hair Salon in Ottawa, Canada under someone very dear to me, Ramsey Sayah. My time learning with him and his stylist really ignited this passion in me to pursue my dreams and career as a hairstylist and be the best I can be.
What is one hair tip everyone should know?
One of my favorite hair tips was in a hyperlapse video I filmed with Cosmopolitan recently. It was a “Cosmo Quickie” on how to curl your hair fast when you are in a hurry and do not have enough time to spend sectioning. In the video I pull my hair into a high pony and depending on what side of the head I am on I curl the strands of hair away from my face. It got great review and responses from others because they said it changed their hair lives. Their amount of time spent curling hair was cut down immensely and they had even curls all around the head (works great for people with layers) That made me so happy to hear!!
What are your favorite hair products at the moment?
There are too many! Here are a handful of my favorite go to’s :
Oribe : Dry Texturizing Spray, Beach Apres and Royal Blowout.
R+Co : Dry Shampoo, Prep Spray and Rockaway Salt Spray.
Arrojo : Curl Definer, Style Whip, Wave Mist and Shine Luxe oil.
If you had to pick, what is your signature cut or technique?
I really love styling, creating decade looks, braids, different types of curls and updos. This plays a huge role in my editorial styling. I need to know how to do anything and everything because I never know what I am going to be asked to create or recreate. When it comes to cutting hair I enjoy creating dimension and fullness through layers and angles. I also like precision cuts and clean lines.
Do you have any hair pet peeves?
My hair pet peeves are fried over-processed hair, bad dye jobs where you can see a line of demarcation, chunky highlights and extension tracks.
Any tricks of the trade you want to share?
I really believe in studying the color wheel and knowing what colors look best on you and bring out your features. This is key for makeup, hair color and clothes. It makes a world of a difference when something flatters and enhances you.
What inspires you?
Everything inspires me. Honestly, I pull creativity and ideas from everyday life. I love to people watch and see how others express themselves and their unique personalities to the world. I love to read, study old art and styles throughout decades, cultures, nature, fashion and design inspires me with all the different prints and textures. I’d like to think of myself as a creative sponge. I want to soak up and learn everything I can and from that good things will flow out.
What does it take to be successful in your industry?
I think passion, creativity and kindness will take you far in this industry. It is one thing to be a stylist but what makes you different and stand out is who you are and how you work with others. Especially in this industry that can have you feeling expendable because there are so many people fighting for jobs. When you are kind and people comment on how much they enjoy working with you. They will NEVER forget you. I want to leave that print with the people that I work for. That I am creative and excellent at what I do and that I am helpful and kind to work with.
What are some tips you can offer for doing an editorial photo shoot?
My advice is to always be prepared! Be prepared and confident. But also do not take offense if the photographer or client wants to change something. There are so many stylist, photographers and art directors involved in the creative process of a photoshoot, film/tv production ect, that everyone wants the end result to be the best it can be. Those times challenge who you are and make you better at your craft.
Video tutorials are a big thing right now. You recently did one for Cosmo. How long does the process take from beginning to end?
I really love doing hyperlapse video tutorials. I know for myself, they are so helpful because I can see something being done and I have a better understanding on how to recreate it. Plus, they are so fun to watch! Hyperlapse videos take a full day on set from 9-6pm, but we will shoot many videos in one day. There are cameras set up from all angles to get front, side and up close tight angles. This makes it more fun and challenging for me because my work is up close and personal for all to see and for someone that is a perfectionist, like myself, my detail has to be on point.
Behind the scenes fun for @covergirl and @cosmopolitan with my amazing team today! What an honor!
Makeup: Jackie Seabrooke
Hair: Linh Nguyen
What do you love most about being a stylist?
What I love most about being a stylist is that not only do I get to do what I love for a living by creative art and challenging myself, but I get the opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life. I love to help others and give them advice and tips. That to me is beyond fulfilling.
What is one of your favorite looks that you have created?
I recreated Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Head of Leda” for a hair competition. His painting is so breathtaking and I wanted to recreate something so intricate and detailed like that to life. I was really proud of my work and the millions of braids I made.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Passionate, driven, loving, creative and optimistic.
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