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Brier Hill mother finds her niche in cosmetology

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BRIER HILL – It’s never too late to realize your dreams.

That’s why Jessica M. Fox decided to go back to school last year to get her certification in cosmetology. She has now opened her own salon out of her home at 1030 Sand Street, called Foxy’s Creationz.

Her salon offers facials, pedicures, manicures, and up-dos. She hopes to eventually expand the shop into a full-service salon offering haircuts and styling.

But it wasn’t a straight and narrow path to a career in cosmetology for the 36-year old mother of two. She attended classes at Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Northwest Technical Center while in high school, but could never quite muster the confidence needed to commit to the cosmetology program.

“I was always in the cosmetology wing when I was supposed to be somewhere else,” she said. “And I just knew the whole time I should have went into cosmetology. I would always peek my head in to see what they were doing. They were always giving manicures or doing something interesting. I just think I was young and unsure of what exactly I wanted.”

Ms. Fox eventually went on to study Liberal Arts at SUNY Canton and became a substitute teacher at five different school districts. But after friends encouraged her to go back to school last year, she enrolled at the adult program at Northwest Tech. She received her certification in cosmetology in June, completing the center’s two year program in just one.

“I was thrown right into it,” she said. “My teacher, Vicky Garrabrant, had enough confidence in me to let me prove myself, she would say, ‘Show me what you can do.’ If I ever had any questions, I always felt comfortable asking her.”

She said she was nervous at first being back in the classroom learning alongside 16, 17 and 18 year-olds. But soon she said her classmates looked to her for guidance.

“Some of the girls in the classroom looked at me as a mother figure, and they always call me Foxy,” she said. “That is why I decided to call my business Foxy’s Creationz.”

Mrs. Fox said her family has been very supportive. Her husband, Gregg Fox, helped to refurbish the front of their house for the salon and gave his wife the inspiration for the name of the business.

“I love what I do now,” she said. “I like the one-on-one with my clients, just listening to them and talking about stories and getting to know them. I like doing nail art and experimenting with colors and my own artistic side.”

For Ms. Fox, she says to be successful you have to keep growing and teaching yourself new tricks of the trade.

“I am always experimenting and visiting YouTube to find easier ways and ideas to do different designs,” she said. “I have been so passionate about it for such a long time. Even before studying cosmetology, I already knew some things.”

At her salon, Ms. Fox offers manicures, pedicures, nail art, gel polish, gel wraps, and paraffin for hands and feet.

“Gel polish is a really big thing right now,” she said. “It is not as hard on your nails as acrylics. It’s another alternative of them to have a nice manicure and polish that stays on for at least two or three weeks.”

The salon also offers facials, which Ms. Fox says is becoming more popular.

“It’s relaxing,” she said. “You use a scrub, mask and moisturizer. It offers SPF protection and keeps your skin elastic. I can also teach clients how to do it at home.”

She said she likes the clients, and there’s something different about this kind of profession.

“I don’t want my clients to feel rushed,” she said. “I want them to sit back after a long day of working. It’s not so much about painting nails as it is the service you get. That’s my thing. I always want to be asking myself what kind of service did I give you and would you come back. I think that is why they do come back. It’s a relaxing atmosphere where they can unwind and tell me about their day.”

To schedule an appointment, call 323-8030.

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