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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jessica Duarte

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Duarte.

Hi Jessica, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
11 years in the industry and counting…I graduated in 2012 from The Academy For Salon Professionals, Los Angeles and started at an amazing Barbershop & Salon where I was assistant to Former Celebrity Stylist – Jazz Monroe worked my way up at Outlaw, then branched out on my own in November of 2016. Alongside being a hair artist, I am also a singer in which I have adopted the Stage name “J.Rae” Short for Jessica Rae, in which my clients have all decided to call me through the years and so “Hair by J.Rae” was formed. Established in late 2016 in a studio suite, I’m a seasoned self-sufficient professional who specializes in “Family Hair”.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
From the gain of a new business to high Los Angeles prices for property and products to even higher inflation to spending an entire year out of commission for a pandemic, to many losses and life lessons learned, to the hundreds of heads I’ve touched, it has not been the smoothest of roads….definitely have had some bumps but I’m so thankful for my journey and the road it has me on today…

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I pride myself in being the place mama, can get her highlights or balayage and a blow-dry, Dad can get his fresh cut for his work week, and getting the kids ready for their next milestone. I love to be the one stop shop for families that want great hair!

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
I’m now a resident hairstylist at Alexandra’s Salon & Lashes in Woodland Hills, owned and operated by my talented colleague, Alysha Ault. We’re the newest dream team taking over North Ventura Blvd. Book Your Appointment soon!

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @hairbyjrae
  • Facebook: @hairbyjrae

Image Credits
Gil Riego Jr. Photography

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