Here at Chrome City, we pride ourselves in having ultra-creative and inspiring homies throughout the Chicago area. Each week, the Chrome Chronicle will share a little bit about these incredible people and why we are excited to feature them as our #ChromeHomie.
Let us introduce our Homie, Anna.
Anna Jackson, Hairstylist at Maxine Salon
Q: Explain your job position.
A: My job position is "hairstylist", but I believe I also double as a friend, therapist, health coach, and mood booster. I specialize in cutting and styling hair. I also specialize in hair extensions, every type, from clips ins to semi permanent strand by strand. And weddings are big part of my summer and fall months. I also have a big passion with fine haired clients that struggle with weak/fragile/thinning hair issues. I myself suffer with those things.
Q: What is your creative process?
A: I love talking with my clients first to find out their lifestyle. What they do on a daily basis, how they dress, what kind of makeup they wear, are they active? Do they like change? And from there, I take into account their hair texture and come up with something easy, trendy (or classic) and flattering.
Q: What inspires and motivates you?
A: The human experience motivates me. Everyone has a story to tell and hair is such a big part of it. When I meet a client for the first time we can spend an hour talking about all of the different hairstyles they have had over the years and why and how they have made them feel. When clients are happy and healthy and loving looking at themselves in the mirror there is nothing better. I am always motivated to help get someone there if they are struggling. Healthy living is another big inspiration for me, seeing some of the changes you can make in life and how that can effect your looks, or how you view yourself, is so powerful.
Q: How did you end up in Chicago?
A: I am a transplant from Minnesota, I was looking for more of a cosmopolitan lifestyle. I moved here in the early 2000s. I wanted to be involved in fashion photography and high end hair and makeup. I took a small detour to live in LA about 10 years ago and attended makeup school, but came back to the Midwest for the nature aspect and the friendly people. Chicago is such an amazing town with fantastic people. I love to travel but really enjoy coming back home.
Q: What is your favorite part about living in Chicago?
A: The more I travel the more I appreciate this amazing city. I think I love the access to green space with the amazing backdrop of a huge sprawling urban environment. The super friendly people, all the great neighborhoods with unique shopping and of course on of the best restaurant scenes. My fiancé is a chef and we frequent a lot of eateries.
Q: What has most influenced your career?
A: Fashion photography has been a huge one. I LOVE looking at photo spreads in fashion magazines. I love the creative process of coming up with a story and executing it. I'm very inspired by fashion designers and models. But one of my biggest inspirations are my clients. I love helping people to feel their best, and I love teaching someone how to do their hair. Hair should be treated like an accessory. Something that's gonna enhance your "outfit". AKA you YOU!!! Clients are so inspirational because of their diverse hair textures and stories and life experiences!
Q: What is your experience with Alex and Chrome City?
A: Alex came to me with extremely damaged hair that needed some love. We grew her hair out a bit and now she's rocking a bob and bangs and it looks so chic on her. I immediately feel in love with her personality, I crave authenticity from people and she's as authentic as it gets. She wears her heart on her sleeve and has unstoppable motivation to get what she wants in life. And I love having her in my chair.
Thanks for being a homie, Anna!