Claudia Elliott

Jessica Gregorio fulfilled a long-held dream when she opened her hair salon in Brookings in February. In April she added tanning services and on Sept. 22 she achieved another milestone as a businessperson, becoming a member of the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

That would be an accomplishment for anyone; it’s even more impressive because Gregorio is only 21 years old.

The Crescent City resident moved to Portland to attend beauty school after high school. After completing the 20-month training program, she returned home and started work after getting her cosmetology license.

Her salon is called Hair by Jessica. It is located at 605 Chetco Ave., Suite 5.

Before opening her salon, Gregorio worked at Simply Beautiful in Brookings and Shore Pines Assisted Living in Gold Beach. She currently works at Ocean Park Memory Care in Brookings on Thursdays, providing hair care services for senior citizens who live there.

Gregorio enjoys working with people of all ages. She’s styled hair for clients ranging in age from 2 to 102.

“I really love doing hair,” she said. “When clients are happy, I’m happy. Sometimes a new hairdo can make their whole day.”

Her services include haircuts, permanents, coloring, facial waxing and tanning.

The beauty school curriculum barely touched on the business aspects of hair styling. Gregorio had to learn a lot on her own as she set up her salon.

Financing, insurance, and even what cleaning products to use in the shop were among the challenges she had to overcome to set up her business.

Now she’s working on building a clientele.

Hair by Jessica is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 541-813-2424.