MJ cuts and styles her way to success

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By Susan Palmes-Dennis

The 'S' Factor

Saturday, February 22, 2014


REMEMBER when I’ve been writing about Fil-Americans whom I’ve met that excelled here in the US?

Now I’ve found another one and she is a ‘Bisdak’ (‘Bisayang Daku’ or Visayan grown) who hails from Davao City.

Meet Mary Jane Maturan, a hairstylist born and raised in Davao City who’s making a name for herself here in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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She has that witty sense of humor that captivates the attention of her clients, including a good friend of mine, Evelyn Glass.

MJ graduated from the Ricky Reyes Learning Institute in Manila.

Of course every Pinoy knows that Ricky Reyes is a household name in the Philippine beauty and culture scene.

I knew for a fact that Reyes is one of the pioneers of franchising in the beauty business.

After graduation MJ was offered a job as a junior hairstylist but she first started as an assistant, doing the shampooing, blow drying and attending to the needs of customers.

“It was hard work. But it was fun and exciting,” she said.

She said she learned a lot, including the value of hygiene and sanitation in her work.

At first there was some resistance but then MJ didn’t know that it was building up her character as a hairstylist at par.

Soon thereafter she was promoted. “My career has blessed me with the experience of doing the hair of so many people of every culture and nationality. From Caucasians, Europeans, Latin- Americans, African- American and Asians like Filipinos,” MJ said.

As with any other Filipino, MJ is passionate and dedicated to her career and counts her commitment as her greatest asset.

“(Everything I learned about hairstyling) on what goes with one haircut and color,” MJ said.

She had to attend lots of seminars to know and learn about current hair fashion and colors.

She explained that there are a few things that are very important to hairstylists like customizing the cut which means studying the shape and status of clients.

She didn’t explain what status meant but I guess she refers to the customer's lifestyle.

MJ explains that she focuses on three foundations of hairstyling "the technique” "the texture” and the customer's individuality.

MJ said these three must go together to achieve what she considers the perfect hair cut for the customer.

She told me about how she became a hairdresser which wasn't easy.

Whenever she works, MJ said she always remembers her brother Jojo, also a hairstylist who inspired her to enroll in cosmetology.

“I started doing hair or as a hairstylist in the Philippines because of my brother (JoJo) who works as a hairstylist. I remember playing with him, doing the hair of my friends,” MJ said.

MJ also reminded me of Carla Salvaña, who did my hair six times a week in the years that I spent as TV host in Cagayan de Oro.

With her dedication and passion, I can already tell that MJ is headed for that road to success.

She never stops learning and she exudes that confidence in her area of expertise.

What’s more, she is also very active in the Fil-American Community in the Carolinas being the incumbent area representative of the FACC.

God Speed, MJ.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 22, 2014.

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