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Interview with Kelly Elaine Anker

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 15:13 -- Jess

Kelly Elaine Anker is a passionate curly hair stylist based in Pittsburgh, PA. I haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting her yet but as you can see in the interview and pictures below, she is a master at what she does. Thanks for letting me feature you on my blog, Kelly! 


Curl Stylist Kelly Elaine Anker


How long have you been in business?

16 Years as of  December 1,2013. I bought the salon when I was 26.


What made you go into the hair business?

I went to college for a couple of years then I told my Mom I didn’t like the school I planned on transferring to and she yelled “Well you aren’t going to stay home and sit on the couch!” As if I had done that. I had been working at neighbors and babysitting since I had been 14 and got my driver’s license when I was 16 and have never stopped working like lots of people. So I said “Well I guess I’ll get my hair license. I always wanted to get that too.” 2 weeks later I started cosmetology school.


If you specialize in curly hair, what made you adopt that focus?

I ALWAYS loved and wanted curly hair since I was a kid. Curly hair fascinates me, perfectly imperfect. It speaks to me.


Before and After Curly Hair Restoration


What changes have you seen in relation to curly hair in the last 10 years?

Curly hair is finally being recognized in the main stream hair world. Although I do think there is tons of misinformation out there swirling around our curly heads. That is why I am a member of Curly Hair Artistry (CHA) so we can get the proper word out to our clients.


How did you first hear about Jessicurl?

I heard about Jessicurl through a Google search.


Styled short curls back view


How long have you been carrying Jessicurl?

Just this past year 


What sets Jessicurl apart from other lines, curly or otherwise?

I absolutely LOVE the scent options. For people with allergies that is wonderful. I LOVE the Island Fantasy. To have unscented is great. The softness it adds and the body it adds to my fine hair clientele. Wowza! The Spiralicious is out of control, how it helps with control.


I also love that Jessicurl provides the Step by Step guideline cards and pamphlets for clients and samples with our orders to pass on to our clients.  It’s just such a perfect product.


Gorgeously finished curls by Kelly Anker


If you are in or near the Phittsburgh area, do yourself the favor of going to Kelly for a hair cut. Clearly, you won't be dissapointed. :) 

12810 Frankstown Rd. 

Pittsburgh, PA 15235