We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Hanson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I started my own business as a response to a combination of re-entering the workforce after a divorce and the Covid shutdowns coming directly on the heels of that big life change. Instead of finding a hair salon to work in, I decided to open my own salon suite, but still couldn’t operate for most of this year. Because of this, I had to pivot. I started to incorporate my spiritual practice into my professional skill set and created Mystic Mane Co., a holistic hair salon that is eco-friendly and organic and utilizes low toxic color. I also started making my crystal energy healing hair accessories as part of this vision.
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.
There were so many external challenges in starting my business that I really had to tap into my inner strength in order to achieve my goals. I was not working for many years because I was a full time wife supporting my entrepreneur husband. We divorced at the beginning of 2020. not only did I have to re-enter a workforce that is heavily dependent on repeat clients and word of mouth (in a new city, no less. I was in Orange County prior to January of 2020), but I also had to combat issues from a pandemic and economic disaster. I’m still working through these struggles but I take every opportunity as a learning point. When salons were not allowed to operate, I started making and selling hair accessories online and at local flea markets (Thanks to Silverlake and Los Feliz Flea markets as well as Etsy!)
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Honestly I can’t really do that for LA since most of my time as a “local” has been in quarantine.
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?
There are two individuals that I worked with in my first salon job several years ago. They both came back into my life this year and were so encouraging and supportive of my journey. One was an owner of the salon in Costa Mesa, Holiday Salon. Her name is Mischa Nesselrod and she was my cheerleader when I first started to bring my dream to light. The other was a co-worker who has now fully embraced her spiritual practice as her business. She has been one of my many spiritual mentors and helped me start my path as an energy healer. I also have to attribute all of these connections and synchronicities to the Universe, my own spiritual practice and my ability to consciously connect with my authentic desires. Meditation had been an amazing tool and so many people have helped me hone that skill: the wonderful Vonetta Taylor a spiritual guru I found via the amazing app Saged, Phil the Cosmic Medium aka @philgoodlife on Instagram, Depak Chopra and his podcast the Daily breath, as well as many personal friends and connections.