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Jamie's Hair and Makeup Studio Brings Out Everyone's Personal Beauty

By Pamela Sosnowski

Jamie Mathison's love of doing hair and makeup started when she was three years old and enjoyed putting her mother's rollers in her hair. Now, nearly thirty years later, she's making other people look and feel beautiful in her own salon, Jamie's Hair and Makeup Studio of Beloit.

"I have been doing hair for 12 years now but my mother would tell you it's been more like 29 years," she says. "I'm not sure those years count, though! I am continuously trying to do better and be better. So when faced with the challenge of finally opening my own studio, I took that leap of faith. I have now been an educator for multiple schools including Wella and Aveda, managed multiple salons and have done hair in multiple states, all of which have shaped me into the stylist/owner/individual that I am today."

Jamie's Hair and Makeup Studio specializes in hair cutting and styling, professional coloring and color techniques, waxing, makeup and other services- all of which may be booked online. Mathison has both male and female clients but admits that doing wedding hair and makeup is one of her favorite parts of her job. "What I enjoy the most about helping a bride get ready is after I complete her look and turn her around to look in the mirror and her eyes light up and she grins from ear to ear," she says. "That smile is everything. I'd work a thousand years for free if I could see that smile of a bride. It's pretty special."

Mathison's studio is located in her house, which she gutted and relocated along with the assistance and encouragement of her fiancé. "He pushed me out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to have faith in myself and in building up a successful salon," she says. "Owning an in-home business has come with a few challenges but it has been well worth it and I am enjoying every moment!"

Mathison managed a few salons after obtaining her Wisconsin cosmetology practitioner's license and obtained her cosmetology manager license. Even today, she continues educating herself by regularly attending beauty workshops and trade shows in the industry. Additionally, she has taught classes at the Aveda Institute, Regency Beauty, and Wella Professionals School in South Carolina.

Because so many people are loyal once they find the right stylist, Mathison puts her clients first. "Every one of my guests are a friend to me," she states. "They are treated as such when they walk in my doors. My main priority is to have every one of my guests leave my chair with a full heart and steady mind. I take pride in my work and I think that shows. I listen to their feelings about their hair/makeup needs and offer any/all the advice I can. I think that's the kicker; they know that I care about their hair as much as they do."

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