Today we’d like to introduce you to Jada Agustine.
Hi Jada, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up wearing my natural hair, my mother was against little girls wearing extensions. But she let me try for the first time to winter formal when I was in the 11th grade. I was so excited, I got the hair from Paulines, at that time that hair store was mentioned in songs, so I just knew I was cute. After that, my mother would always install my weaves or I would make my own clip-ins. I preferred my clip ins because I would get my hair washed, trimmed, blow dried and styled for only 25$ at the local beauty school. Then I would go home to put the clip ins myself, rather than my mother paying hundreds to install at the salon. I loved them because I would change the colors, style different ways. About every other week, I would have a new style and color. I am still like that to this very day, it’s now a little harder with a little one but I still love to switch up my look whenever I can.
2018, I was working at LAX airport for TSA and I would always get questions about my hairstyles. I never once thought about cosmetology as a career so when people would ask if I can make them a wig or do their hair I’d shut them down instantly. It wasn’t until I started doing Lyft to make some extra, quick money. I’ll never forget, I had a couple I had to drop off, they were intoxicated and arguing. Once I dropped them off to their location and picked up my next passenger, they brought to my attention the previous people had spilled Cheeze-It crackers all over the backseat. That’s when I thought to myself “Okay somethings gotta give, I can’t do this.” So I decided, why not make wigs for people for money? I decided to post on Instagram to find clients and I had three my first post! I was so excited yet nervous. As far as pricing, I didn’t even know where to start. I was starting at 45$ for my wig installations.
After my first client, I was then immediately told by many to go up for the quality of my work. I had began to take clients before my 5pm work shift at the airport and I loved every bit of it. The money was great, and I was having fun while working. Beginning of COVID 19 is when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter Jade, so I had to slow down on the clients. I had been a traveling wig stylist before being pregnant, so to make sure myself and Jade were Safe I was forced to stay in the house. I would watch wig installment videos and practice almost everyday. I knew that I wanted to take this to the next level, so I studied and practiced on myself. Once quarantine was up, I was 11 months pregnant and I went to visit another wig stylist at Phenix Salon Suites in Torrance, CA. She had noticed my work and then convinced me I should also make my wigs there for a more safer and trustworthy environment. Once I got there, I enrolled in Untouchable Apprenticeship Program for cosmetology school, I am expecting to graduate January 2023.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
This has not been a smooth road, right when I started to get into the flow of clientele, pricing, timing, etc., is when COVID 19 struck and I got pregnant. I was so sad about the isolation, although the flow of my income didn’t slow down, I still missed the human interaction. I missed making women feel so beautiful, being their ear to listen and unwind. Even now, it still will be days of no clientele due to everyone trying to get back into the swing of things.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I specialize in Lace closure and frontal wigs. I am most proud of how far I’ve came with making wigs. I came from making them in my apartment for 50$ to now working in a Beauty Bar making twice as much. I think what sets me apart from others is that I was wearing lace products before they really got known. So that means trial and error on myself. I know what glue works well with what skin, I know which exact place to buy and how much the cost should be. I know how to maintain the lace after paying for an install. But most importantly, I am affordable. The reason I even learned how to do it myself is because I was tired of paying for the hair AND the install. I know what it feels like to spend so much on hair, so why not make it affordable for those women who want a night out looking pretty without spending 1,000 dollars. I am still able to live comfortably while making others feel beautiful.
Any big plans?
In the future, I’d like to open my own beauty bar. I want about two storefronts to run and then eventually, I want to become a cosmetology instructor. I don’t want to stop once I finally get my storefronts, I also want to help others with their cosmetology dreams.
- Lace Closure Installs- 185$
- Lace frontal Installs- 225$
- Wig Installations- 175$
- Coloring- 25$ per bundle
- U Part Wigs- 100$
- Website: Jaydidbeauty.com
- Instagram: Jaydid.Beauty
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