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John Jay

Retired Hair Artist and Cosmetology Professor

2017 Kingfish

John Jay, retired Hair Artist and Cosmetology Professor, combined his father’s accounting skills, his mother’s hairdressing skills, and his parents’ untiring work ethic to “stumble his way into financial and personal success” at a very young age. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, he opened his first salon on Canal Boulevard, soon expanding to a larger location on Robert E. Boulevard and, in 1963, opening the state’s first cosmetology school recognized by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology. He served for an unprecedented twenty-three years on the Intercoiffure Board of Directors, giving him the opportunity to style the hair of numerous celebrities and dignitaries. Despite major damage incurred by Hurricane Katrina, Jay reopened his schools and two salons, this time bringing his family into the fold. According to those who know him best, Jay is above all a “concerned and compassionate friend.” 

 

 

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