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The Beauty Project History

Since 2015 Jillian has researched perceptions of  “beauty” creating an ever evolving project called The Beauty Project. Asking Questions like: What is beauty? What is beauty to you? What is beauty to the individual and us as a collective? Utilizing these questions to inspire growth and understanding of the Self, other people, and the big picture, The Beauty Project’s intention is to bring heightened curiosity out of the beauty of human beings and the world around us. The Beauty Project is an exploration of different people’s relationships with beauty. 


The Beauty Project was born from a dissatisfaction with a one-dimensional societal view of beauty. As Jillian’s heart career is fully involved with the beauty industry doing hair, she often finds herself frustrated with the way many people view themselves because she often finds herself frustrated with how she views herself from time to time. Her intention is to change conversations around beauty and make a positive impact on the beauty industry. In the 2017-2018 version of The Beauty Project, Jillian interviewed fifty people from the general public about beauty. During this time, she developed the structure and understanding of the project while connecting with her community. It was a meaningful and impactful experience exploring her own relationship to beauty and listening to others!


Jillian then went on to explore The Beauty Industry itself after the first shutdown of 2020 began. Jillian's intention was to use a similar structure to the one she used before to connect with her community.  However, instead of interviewing the general public, the interviews are with people that work in the beauty industry: people that work behind the chair, people that are nail techs, estheticians, salon owners, managers, and instructors. The Beauty Project: Exploring Beauty 2020's invitation was to explore their own perceptions of beauty, to celebrate them, look at how they have evolved, question them, express them, and, perhaps, even shift them. During this conversation we celebrate, explore, and take a step back to see where they stand in their views of themselves, beauty and how they got to where they are now. We talk about the things that inspired them to start working in the beauty industry, why they choose to stay, how they impact it, and how it has impacted them especially with current events. It was an amazing opportunity to connect over our experiences and journey of who we are as humans and stylists. 

In 2021 The Beauty Project was all about exploring the harmony of beauty and being a hairstylist without hair. What is it like to take a step away from being fully focused on your beauty routine? What’s it like to strip it away and focus on how we show up for ourselves and others without hiding behind our precious, beautiful hair. 

 
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2022

What is alive this year!

 

Interview with Lauren Boline, RDN

Empowered Eating Podcast

NEW PODCAST EPISODE

In this episode of the Empowered Eating Podcast, I’m chatting with Jillian Haun of The Beauty Project Salon in Kansas City about her passion:

Helping human beings blend inner and outer beauty to cultivate harmony

Jillian shares:

Her self-image journey

How she found this passion in her work as a cosmetologist

And all about her Beauty Project (which you can be a part of!!!)

Plus, in the episode she shares two great reflection questions to ask yourself what beauty really means to you.

At her salon, Jillian focuses on using eco-friendly products and provides gender-neutral, hourly pricing for her services.

The Empowered Eating Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or at the link in my bio to listen now & find other streaming platforms!

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Interview with Voyage KC 

Community Highlights: Meet Jillian Haun of The Beauty Project

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jillian Haun.

Hi Jillian, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I have been a hairstylist for eight years! I got the idea to combine and celebrate inner and outer beauty six years ago. I began interviewing people about what beauty is and what it is that makes them beautiful as, separately, I worked on my hair career. I now get to combine the two biggest parts of myself talk about beauty by asking questions while doing hair!

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Join Erica and Savannah's Beauty Project Interview

Erica's Beauty Statement:
Beauty to me is being beautiful, learning yourself, welcoming the uncomfortable and encouraging others to do the same.
I am beautiful because I am me no matter how weird that is and how unique I am.
Savannah's Beauty Statement:
Beauty to me is the love and empathy that I have for people, feeling it radiated back. It's not just the physical, it is an energy that people have. Beauty is an experience you have with people. 
I am beautiful because of how deeply I feel those experiences, how I treat people and how they see me in return. I draw a lot of positive people and energy.