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Life and Work with Jazmine Ruvalcaba

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jazmine Ruvalcaba.

Jazmine, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
For most of my childhood, I was surrounded by the beauty Industry, my mom was a single mom and at that time a very successful salon owner. I spent most of my after school time at the salon as I preferred it over a babysitter or a nanny. At 17, I dropped out of high school to commit my time to being a full-time student as a cosmetologist, I was very aware of my skill in hair crafting and people skills, it was evident that I was born to be a hairstylist. Over the last 12 years of being a hairstylist, I’ve worked very diligent towards mastering techniques that appeal to my style of craft and have met many people who value what I offer and what I do as a hairstylist and Bridal freelancer.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s been easy, smooth, rough, and discouraging all together but never have I wanted to quit. I learned resilience at a very young age and I knew that if I wanted to experience some form of success, I’d had to be tenacious, strategic, and undaunted. And so that’s what I was. Steadfast. I started my bridal freelance business in 2014 in Costa Rica when my friend asked me if I could do her sister in laws hair and makeup for her wedding, I knew then that was an option to make a side hustle as I was living temporarily in Costa Rica, interning for a non-profit that rescues men, women, and children from human trafficking. I had already been establish as a hairstylist at that time for five years and when the opportunity was offered, leaving behind a steady and fast-growing clientele was a risk I was willing to take for the sake of growth, new culture, people, and new experiences.

I lived in Costa Rica for eight months, my initiative goal was to return to Costa Rica, early Jan 2016 to help run a trade school that teaches men and women affected by impoverished communities how to rebuild their life’s with life skills and trades like cosmetology. Returning to California as a hairstylist who had just lost a clientele, a home, and transportation; I was lost. Somehow I managed to get a job as a hair educator for a cosmetic company and that opportunity helped build people skills and develop entrepreneur skills. Left that job after working for them six months, got hired at a local coffee shop. Where I begun my journey on re-building my clientele.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am Hairstylist and rent a booth at Ohana Salon and Style Bar. I specialize in Balayage, Textured bobs, & bangs. My bridal freelance business services include; makeup and hair. I am passionate about finding eco-friendly and chemical-free products like Kevin Murphy and empowering my clients to choose products that are essentially good for my clients and the earth.

Who have you been inspired by?
Bruk Marsh, is my friend and roommate. Bruk is a incredible hard worker who also tends to find a way to accomplish whatever her mind and heart is set on. I admire that very much! She’s a self-starter, go-getter, who makes and designs her own clothing, jewelry and is going to school full time to become an architect, all while waitressing. She’s a total Badass.

Pricing:

  • Bridal (Hair & Makeup) & Travel fee included $300
  • Balayage Service $145 & up
  • Haircutting $55

Contact Info:

  • Address: Ohana Salon and Style Bar
    1789 Orange Tree lane
    Redlands CA 92375
  • Phone: 951-500-6081
  • Email: bobandweave90@gmail.com
  • Instagram: jazzruvalc

Image Credit:
Wedding photographer: @estefaniaherreraphoto @_themcfarlands_; Personal photo: Willisthegorilla

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