We had the good fortune of connecting with Jen Fassino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jen, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I love this question. As a hairdresser working behind the chair, I created my hair product company based on a personal need. After a few years working behind the chair, I realized I had a severe sensitivity to silicone based products. I was breaking out and getting rashes all over my hands, arms, and face and couldn’t figure out why. Thankfully, a former client of mine was a chemistry professor at our University, and told me to try a chemical elimination process and I discovered that silicone was the culprit. I’ll spare you the details about why I have a sensitivity to silicone, but long story short- there weren’t many options for products on the market that were silicone-free. So I found a chemist close to my city that would work with me on designing a product that didn’t contain silicone.
What should our readers know about your business?
My company, Nomad Haircare is set apart from other hair brands because we practice “cleaner” ingredient formulating. We also use CBD distillate and scarp parts of the hemp plant to replace silicone in our products. Silicone-free haircare is still a newer practice so I am trying to create things people love based on my need to be silicone free. We’ve been featured in multiple high end publications, as well as used on celebrity events and even carried at Urban Outfitters and Saks 5th Ave in NYC. We celebrated our two year anniversary a few weeks ago and I still can’t believe how far we’ve come!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Let’s see. Most of my friends are from the midwest where I also grew up. I like to bring them to random, non-conventional LA spots. Sure, the beach is fun and we live within 10 minutes of Santa Monica, but I love to switch things up. I am a HUGE fan of Grand Central Market in DTLA. There’s an incredible selection of food vendors and I could spend a large part of the day trying new foods and exploring. The Last Bookstore isn’t that far away from there as well. One of my favorite weekend spots is Cliftons, which is also downtown. I am really into 50s music and swing dancing and would go there frequently. My boyfriend and I had our first date at AOC wine bar so that’s always a favorite spot for me. I’ve also been known to hit up Hamburger Mary’s for Drag Queen Brunch on Sundays when friends come to town. Now that’s a good time! The Sawtelle area has incredible Ramen spots, and I had the best pastrami sandwich of my life at a tiny hole in the wall place just down the street from there. I love the Comedy Store, the Melrose Trading Post (on Sundays) and random spots in WEHO. And Eataly. Don’t forget Eataly!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would definitely give a shout out to my boyfriend, Robert. Throughout the process of creating the brand, he’s always been there to support in anyway and “hype” me up. Ladies, if your man ain’t your biggest fan, find a new man lol.