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Rising Stars: Meet Josette Pordash

Today we’d like to introduce you to Josette Pordash. 

Hi Josette, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’m Josette Pordash, Founder and Master Hairstylist of Jozie Styles, LLC.

My love for hair started 27 years ago, before YouTube or any form of social media ever existed! Just a little 6-year-old obsessed with playing Barbie dolls and my younger sister for hours every day!! I remember we always made sure to get all the Barbie dolls “ready” before playing, especially because I loved styling them from head to toe! Stiletto pumps and all! From wardrobe changes, hair braiding, and hair cutting, looking back, I know I was meant to grow up and become a hairstylist!

Throughout my childhood, my love for beauty evolved into self-taught various hairstyles and beauty routines, such as french braiding, the old twisties with butterflies hair trend and shaping brows to look like the hottest female celebrities in the 90s! (I think we can all cringe about how thin our brows were back then and I know some of us are very grateful for micro-blading today.) Before flat irons became the new hot tool, I was using a regular clothing iron to make hair silky smooth. I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup growing up, but I loved when my cool aunt would come over and sneak some blue glitter on my eyes and cheeks!

Fast forward through high school and on to college, I had no idea what my career path would be, I took pre-required classes at Tri-C Community College. I even tried taking some classes to become a medical assistant and realized after a week that it wasn’t for me. Shortly after, my whole life changed when I gave birth to my beautiful daughter Gianna! Having my girl at 21 years old really pushed me to want something bigger out of my career! At the time, I was a cook at Olive Garden, serving you the best soup, salad, and breadsticks hahaha. I really did make the best soups and sauces! Ask anyone! I learned so much working in the restaurant for seven years, however, I never saw myself making that my long-term career.

I met one of my closest friends working in hospitality! I couldn’t begin to describe how much she means to me and how much I adore her still and always. My friend graduated from beauty school herself when my daughter was about two years old and I remember her saying to me, “You could do this too Josette!” I thought to myself, “No way, not me!” Her sincere encouragement and my feelings of pure-bliss thinking back to my childhood and what I always loved doing, it was at that moment I had decided to become a Cosmetologist!

I had my heart set on one day becoming a film and theatre hair and makeup artist! In 2015, I graduated from Polaris Career Center and started my career as a Licensed Hairstylist! After working in high-end, reputable salons over the years, I honed into my craft and built up a solid clientele. Hairstyling, coloring, and cutting became my greatest passions. Throughout my journey, I’ve gained so much knowledge from different artists, salon owners, and clients both good and bad. The bad things taught me to be independent and work for myself and the good things fueled my passion for the industry. Each person I’ve met, and each place I’ve been along the way has shaped me into the stylist I am today! I am so grateful that I’ve had so many opportunities that have led me to do some pretty cool things and meet some pretty awesome people too! So far in my career, I have done blowouts and color on local public figures including Mary Kay Cabot, a sports writer at cleveland.com, the formally known Cleveland Cavalier Girls during the 2017 NBA Championship year, The Monsters Cheerleaders, and The Gladiator Cheerleaders. I’ve done hairstyles on thousands of brides, and worked behind the scenes on many special events, such as bridal shows, prom fashion, photoshoots state and national pageants, The NFL Fashion Show, and the 2021 NFL Draft.

Today, I continue to network and collaborate with other talented artists in the beauty industry, as I believe that knowledge is everything and teamwork makes the dream work! Now that I have been living my dream as an independent stylist and running both of my beauty businesses for the last two years, I know what is up next for my future. Film and Theater, I am coming for you!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The world of artistry is never a smooth road if you ask me! There have been many ups and downs in my journey. Some of the struggles that I have encountered is starting off thinking my first salon would be my lasting one. Boy, was I wrong about that!!! I worked at a total of 5 salons before ultimately becoming an independent hairstylist. Another struggle for me, in the beginning, was not being financially stable enough to provide for my family as a hairstylist. I was what we call “a starving artist) I worked from the bottom and started over from experience at each salon, pouring my blood, sweat, and tears into every opportunity, only to learn that there was no secure future or growth. I learned to only truly depend on myself and that starting over from experience is not a loss, but just another bump in the road and another chance at a new beginning. One more major struggle that I must include is not setting clear boundaries between my business and personal life. I learned to make sure I always speak my truth and get the credit I deserve no matter what!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
My craft consists of performing many different color transformations and corrections, cutting all hair textures, lengths, and styles to match each person’s unique lifestyle, and executing special event hairstyles that match my client’s vision. I’ve also, recently, tapped into the artistry of makeup which is quickly becoming another great passion of mine! In the world of hair color, I am known to remove and correct red and black box colors and transform them into a beautiful healthy canvas. On the other hand, I am also known for my detail and knowledge of all hair textures in event hairstyling! I am told all the time that I make hair dreams come true. My talent for hairstyling is known to be soft, romantic, whimsical, and textured. I am most proud of how far I’ve come in my career through all of the challenges. What sets me apart from others is my forever evolving passion for the industry, my attention to detail in everything I do, my sense of urgency for each client, and being ability to connect with all kinds of different people.

What makes you happy?
I get so happy when my clients tell me that I made them feel beautiful and relaxed because that energy is pure and so very powerful.

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