Describe the moment when you realized you wanted to be a hairstylist.
Doing hair was something that came to me later on in life. As a child I grew up in a salon environment as my mother is a hairstylist but I never showed any interest in the craft. I did things a little backwards, we first opened Hair Soda with the intention that I would take care of the photography side of the business and my business partner Ruth would do the hair side. But after seeing the relationships built with the stylists and the impact that could be made through hair, I decided to enroll in the hair program and see where it could take me.
Do you have any favorite moments from attending JCI?
I really enjoyed cutting hair. After each evening when I got home, I would spend a few hours perfecting my work. Each teacher had a different style or approach that would resonate with me.
Which brand or product line do like to use?
Our main line in the salon is Kevin Murphy
What hair look do you enjoy doing the most?
My main focus is on short hair and my favorite haircut to do on my female clients would be any short bob or asymmetrical look, and on men I really enjoy mid-length classic cuts such as a vanguard or pompadours.
Tell us about Hair Soda and how you started your business.
I’ve always enjoyed photographing people and creating a platform for art. Ruth and I decided to join our skills together in 2011. Like I mentioned in the post previously, I had no experience with hair so it was a huge learning curve diving into a new industry.
Can you share one piece of advice for someone who wants to start their own business?
The biggest piece of advice I can give someone wanting to start their own business is be prepared to fail over and over again. Have a list of goals you want to achieve, and a structured business plan to keep you focused. The hours are long, the pay is minimal but in the end it can be very rewarding.
What advice do you have for new hair graduates entering the industry?
Have an open mind and be keen to learn from others and stay inspired. I spent countless hours studying and learning new techniques. I travel often to improve my skill set and challenge myself daily. When you’re confident in your skills and taking new clients I suggest investing in good tools.
In your opinion, which celebrity has the best hair?
I’m in love with Kylie Jenner’s hair. And a close second would be Ruby Rose, I’m a sucker for a good pixie cut.
Be sure to follow Shawn on Instagram to see his latest work: @ShawnScheepers
Hair Stylists and Colour Technicians are sought out in some of the most exciting and fast-paced industries in the world including film, fashion, TV and photography. The Hair Art Design Program at JCI is the only accredited hair school in BC approved for a 520-hour curriculum. The program is 20 hours per week and offers the option of morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes so that students can work at their current jobs while retraining for a new career. Our faculty is comprised of top working professionals and guest instructors whose focus is on the future of hair. This is a modern program providing a strong foundation of cutting and colouring techniques.