Jannay was 12-years-old when she knew that she wanted to have her own hair salon. A year after that realization her parents purchased a salon chair for her birthday. Her journey has been filled with passionate motivation, setbacks, second guessing and even rerouting. On her first attempt to receive her cosmetology license in high school she failed the test. Even with that devastation, her circle of loved ones around made her take it again and she passed. While in college she worked at various salons, but it wasn’t until she graduated from college that she decided that she would never work for someone else again.
Jannay established her salon business, Asili Hair Care Center, as a way of featuring chemically free services for textured hair. She says that she makes it her priority to provide education and practical experience to the natural hair community. Now, as the lead stylist at Asili Hair Care Center, she is developing trendsetting images that speak to all women of different hair types. She offers exclusive natural hair products and partners with community organizations to demonstrate styling options.
It doesn't stop at hair care though, Jannay who is also a Registered Dietetic Technician, incorporates health and nutrition as an innovative approach to natural hair care. Through her experience with nutrition she prescribes lifestyle changes. She has worked with institutions such as Johns Hopkins University and No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit organization, to educate Baltimore City youth on how to make healthier choices in their communities. Jannay’s vision is to create an educational culture where hair care is based on the capacity to be well overall. Her passion for hair goes deeper than styling. As a consultant for nutritional aesthetics, she wants to be the voice that educates professional stylists on the balance between outward reflection and holistic wellness.
Jannay shared that up until this point she has been amazed at how God has kept her despite questioning herself and trying to do other things that just weren't in line with her purpose. She recently reached a place where her faith gives her the audacious tenacity to continue in her business. Her advice to young entrepreneurs is to celebrate the small things, whether it be one new customer, or a good review--these things are what she says will keep you motivated until you get to where you want to be. Jannay says that her business is not what she imagined but she knows that the journey is not over yet!
Cheers to your success, your journey and what is to come! If you would like to schedule an appointment or get connected with Jannay please visit her website