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Exploring Life & Business with Jaye Martinez of Glam Kitty Hair Studio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaye Martinez.

Hi Jaye, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was in Real Estate for 18 years. The market started crashing and the stress was too much for me. I went to a quiet space and asked myself, “what career would you choose if there were no limits”. I easily said, “makeup artist”. I sing in a local rock band “Eccentric” and I do my own stage makeup and I really wanted to teach people how to do the same.

So, I went back to school at age 49 to re-invent myself. I became a licensed Facial Specialist/Makeup Artist in August of 2012. I knew I didn’t want to work for someone else ever again so I decided to buy a hair salon. I managed a hair salon in the 90s and loved it. So, I knew my business would grow with hair and facial services. I bought a salon in December 2012. I named it “Glam Kitty Hair Studio” because I believe that everyone has some “Glam” in them and my band mates call me “Kitty Fantastic” on stage.

It just became my brand. There was a 19-year-old stylist named Haley who was fresh out of cosmetology school working at the salon I bought. We really hit it off and she agreed to stay and work for me. We joke that I “bought” her with the salon. It was not easy. There were a lot of ups and downs and a lot to learn but we helped each other grow.
After 4 years we grew the business enough to move to a nicer space and location.

We had stylists come and go but Haley and I stayed consistent in faith, strong work ethics, and extremely hard work. I finally hired 2 more stylists, Nicole and Tara who were a perfect fit. I stopped doing facial services because the stylists were so busy and needed my full attention.

We continued to grow so much that my stylists were able to become “Certified Master Colorists” and “Master Stylists.” We also remodeled the salon. We have become a 5-star salon and are respected in our community. We make sure to give back to our community by donating to a local worthy cause several times a year. You see, having a salon is not just about doing someone’s hair.

It’s about making sure we have a nice comfortable, inviting place for anyone who needs us. Our salon has an amazing rock and roll vibe that everyone loves. My stylists and I have had the opportunity to help many women in need. Some women just really need someone to talk to and we are always there for them.

Since I am a local musician, we have many local musicians as clients. My stylists make sure they are always “stage ready”. We have them sign our “purple guitar” and we take their picture and promote their brand on social media. We love supporting musicians, artists, animals, and other businesses.

Now after 9.5 years in business, we are moving to a much bigger place in a great, busier location. We will be in our new location in August 2022. We also just received the “2022 Best Salon in Pinellas Park” Award. I am a Hispanic woman originally from a small town in Wyoming.

My parents taught me that we were not minorities. They taught me to work very hard with honor and integrity. I instill this in my staff. My stylists and receptionist have grown to be strong, independent, hard-working women, and I could not be more blessed.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It’s never a smooth road when you start and maintain a business. Finding the right people to fit with you and your atmosphere can be a challenge so never settle. It’s very expensive to run a business so you have to make sure you are spending your money wisely and putting money back into your business so it can grow. As an owner, it’s not easy to keep your staff, clients and yourself happy so remain true to yourself and know that servicing your clients and community is the ultimate goal.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Glam Kitty Hair Studio?
We are committed to providing a customized, relaxing experience for all of our clients from every age to walk in life.

We offer hair services from a cut and style to chemical services, Vivid colors, Hair Extensions, and basic Waxing.

Our stylists are Master Colorists. We are known for our unique “Vivid Color” and highlight techniques. Our Rock and Roll vibe atmosphere sets us apart. Our motto is, “Where You’re Treated Like A Rock Star.”

How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
We welcome anyone to work with us. We have worked with many other people and businesses for charity events. We love to support local artists, musicians, and businesses.

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323photographystudio and Lauri Donovick

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