We had the good fortune of connecting with Misty Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Misty, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
“Doing hair” is more than just styling and combing through strands. Yes that’s an important aspect of cosmetology but when you look at what’s happening beyond that, you see the moments when self esteem rises, the connections and bonds built, and the “therapy” sessions that take place in the salon chair. The beauty shop is a staple in the black community. It’s a place to come let your hair down, literally and figuratively. A place to sort out your thoughts. A place to have some “me time.” I have made it my mission to create a safe space for people to come and feel uplifted by the time they walk out the door. I’ve also created a “healing space for black women” called Detangle Your Thoughts. It takes place at the salon every second Monday of each month. My co-host Jasmin Jackson is a licensed therapist and we work together to give these women a place to feel heard in a world full of microagressions, silencing, and judgment.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
So currently I’m expanding my work with a tea line. A few years ago i started making hair/scalp oils and sprays. My intention was to create something to nourish the physical hair with natural and essential oils as well as the energetic level with crystals. In 2020 i felt the need to deepen my practice. I embarked on a new journey and became an herbal apprentice of Empress Karen Rose. Working with plant medicine, tinctures, tea blends, and elixirs makes me feel good. There are so many physical and mental health benefits in plants that I want to share with my community. I’m a student of life and I really value the phrase “each one teach one”. I’m super excited about this new journey. It’s not easy but it’s worth it. I’m hyper sensitive and I’ve found solace with plants. They vibrate higher than humans so when we are around them, we have no choice but to rise and meet their vibrations. It’s a beautiful thing. My tea line will be another way of sharing my creative and healing spirit with my community. I want to help myself feel good while simultaneously helping others. That circulation fuels my soul. Also, My friend/ business partner, Jinicia Davis, and I are opening up a hair store soon so look out for that in 2022!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First place we’re going is the beach. We are visiting all the san diego shores and sunset cliffs while they are here lol. There are a few crystal shops that we could go to and the black museum in old Town is a must! We are definitely getting smoothies from Blendees in El cajon. I recommend the acai smoothie, best in town. If it’s a weekend that the soul swapmeet falls on we have to go there and see a bunch of San Diego’s black vendors. Tbh, we hitting up all the black spots so we can circulate in our community. We have some really nice plant stores and food spots too.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shout out to 2 very special women. First, to my granny, Gladys. I honestly don’t know who I’d be or what I would be doing without her love, influence, and generosity. The salon I own was hers. I grew up in People’s Choice Beauty Salon and she taught me the ins, the outs,the round abouts, the everything. She transitioned in 2018 but i still keep her name very much alive. You can feel her energy in the salon. I know she is with me at all times. Next, I want to shout out my mommy, Tamara. As I grow as a woman, I realize how much of me is her. She has helped me recognize different versions of myself and has given me a curiosity to explore uncharted pieces of me. She has shown me that it is ok to love and to be myself. To find laughter in life. In ways that she was scared to, she encourages me to find and develop the woman I want to be. But most of all, she’s teaching me self acceptance. Life is a journey. I want to keep learning and I cherish all that they have instilled in me.
Website: Mistymist.com (launching soon)
Ig @knowgod for the middle pic in the collage