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The Road To NAHA Part 4: Jeremy McDougle

Sam Villa

Author Sam Villa | Founding Partner of Sam Villa

Our "Road to NAHA" blog series continues this week with 2013 NAHA "Newcomer of the Year," Jeremy McDougle. Click the links below to view parts 1, 2 & 3: The Road To NAHA Part 1: Charlie Price The Road To NAHA Part 2: Sherri Jessee The Road To NAHA Part 3: Jake Thompson

Jeremy McDougle

Jeremy McDougle has only been working behind the chair for three years at Lunatic Fringe in Sugarhouse Utah, but everyone knows him now because he won NAHA’s “Newcomer of the Year.” True, Jeremy is part of an incredible team that won “Salon of the Year” in both 2012 and 2013, but he has a little something special that makes him strive for excellence all on his own. He credits his success to his love of working behind the chair and learning, as well as his mentors who have helped guide him along his creative path. We think he has a spark that is going to just get bigger and bigger. Check him out on Facebook, Instagram and this interview, #4 of “The Road to NAHA” blog series.

To win NAHA so early in your career is an amazing accomplishment - how did you get started and how did you find the resources?  It’s incredible, and I could not have done it without the help of great mentors. I'’ve had the opportunity to work with hairdressers who look at hairdressing the same way a sculptor looks at a piece of clay. Plus, I was very lucky to find the resources within Lunatic Fringe in Sugarhouse Utah, and I had to work very hard to show that the resources would be put to good use.

What advise could you give young stylists to help them get noticed?  Just do what you love and your passion will get you noticed.


Has winning NAHA changed you in anyway, have more opportunities come your way as a result of winning?  I think winning has changed me - it has opened my mind to a whole new way of looking at hair and has given me confidence in expressing my art through hair. It has also been a very humbling experience too - I am grateful for those who have helped me along in my journey and I hope that I can be of help to someone in the same way someday.

Where do you get your inspiration? What tools do you turn to for inspiration? Everywhere, but I spend a lot of time finding inspiration from mentors of mine, I am constantly learning from them.

When you are creatively stuck, where do you turn?  When I’m creatively stuck, i't’s usually because I am either trying to produce something that I don’t really want to produce or I’m trying to over complicate things. I have a few favorite images that I can always find beauty and inspiration in, and I am constantly going back to those images to get refocused and energized for new endeavors.

How do you manage your creativity?  To be honest, my creativity manages me – it’s really at the root of everything I do.


What is the inspiration for your next NAHA shoot?  I’m thinking about lines with an unusual element of softness.

How do you go about putting your team together (makeup, wardrobe stylist, photographer)?  I come up with an idea that I want to express and pick a team of passionate individuals who are willing to collaborate and express their talent with me.

How do you express your vision to the team?  A picture is worth a thousand words and I think it can evoke a feeling, concept or style so much better than I can, so I express my vision through storyboards. I’m always collecting inspirational pictures on my phone and various social networks, and I try to organize them in such a way that I can present them easily and communicate my vision effectively.

What are three tips you can give a stylist that is entering NAHA for the first time?

  • Prepare as much as possible - you really need a clear vision as a team in order to execute a successful shoot.
  • BE FLEXIBLE – it’s ok if you have to change something because it doesn'’t work, but it’s not ok to “wing it.”
  • Have fun - ideally, a shoot should run smoothly without any challenges, but that is rarely the case, so just have fun. As soon as you stop having fun it becomes work and I truly believe our best work comes when we are in OUR zone.

What’s the best advise you ever received relating to creating hair for a shoot?  Have fun - I can be a bit too serious sometimes and stress over little things, and that doesn'’t benefit anyone on set. So the more prepared I am, the less I stress and the more fun I have.


Any tips and tricks for doing hair on set?  Start with a small amount of product and build on it throughout the shoot. I'’ve done it the opposite way and it turned out to be a very short shoot, because I created one look with lots of product and I couldn’'t do anything to the hair after that. Lesson learned!

Can you provide 3 guidelines for retouching (what to look for to make an image better/pop/shine)?

  • I love natural, so make it looks realistic.
  • Create hair that looks good before it needs to be retouched.
  • Make sure your finish is flawless, don’t overuse products to compensate for bad finishing.

Why do you enter NAHA?  To push myself - I do a lot of studying of past winners and finalists and admire their work and try to get into a state of mind and create images that not only allow me to express my art, but inspire my own creativity as well.

How do you rejuvenate yourself and find balance?  I find my balance through my family, especially my nieces and nephews. Even though it has nothing to do with hair, I am constantly reminded by them to be present with what I am doing, to have fun no matter the situation and to love life.
Click the links below to view parts 1, 2 & 3: The Road To NAHA Part 1: Charlie Price The Road To NAHA Part 2: Sherri Jessee The Road To NAHA Part 3: Jake Thompson

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