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Meet Jacqueline “Jae Elise” Bell of Polly and Jae Hair & Let Us Slay in SouthBay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacqueline “Jae Elise” Bell.

Jacqueline, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always loved hair…for as long as I can recall. I remember negotiating with my mom to do my own hair when I was ten years old. I just wanted to style my own hair! I had so many styles I knew I could do and I wanted to do them myself. I won the negotiation with mom and I’ve been doing my own hair since that day. As time went on and my love for hair grew immensely, I learned how to do other people’s hair and they loved the styles I could create for them, how natural they looked. The feeling I got then is the same feeling I still get when I transform someone’s look! Nothing like putting a smile on someone’s face with your work 🙂

After years of being a “kitchen stylist”, I decided to formalize my talents and completed Cosmetology school in 2012. I worked in my God-sister’s salon between graduating school and getting my license. I quickly realized that I wasn’t a fan of the typical salon life…the long hours standing alone for days on end nearly took me out. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I could do it, I’m not stranger to hard work, however something told me that this just wasn’t it for me. I’d learned about lace wigs back in 2007 or 8…I remember trying to figure out what the heck Beyonce had on her head because I KNEW it was a weave lol! Well, needless to say, I figured it out and I started wearing them and learning them and pretty soon people caught on and I started selling wigs and doing sew-ins. I only wanted to do high dollar services with extensions. I ended up putting a full salon in an apartment I had in Charlotte and pretty soon, I had clients daily. Flash forward to 2014, I moved to LA and started my e-commerce business with a new home base, expanding into Medical Wigs in 2018.

My passion project building does not come easy as I am also a Jr. Level member of Corporate America. Working a FT position while building a brand takes some serious discipline and time management, however, I manage to get it done! Did I mention I’m also a blogger? My blog Let Us Slay is a lifestyle blog on how to live your best life, unapologetically! I started the blog as an outlet and realized that my content was hella relatable! People started asking me for advice on things and how I was able to achieve certain levels of success and I felt it was my duty to let the people see my journey, let them know that ANYTHING is possible, if I can do it, so can you. SLAY!

Flash forward to 2019, Let Us Slay is on the rise and Polly and Jae is now a provider of retail lace and medical wigs for patients with medically diagnosed hair loss. My mission is to show some women how to live their best lives as well as provide luxury wigs with a natural look for women from all walks of life. I have hair clients that wear wigs for leisure, entertainment, and others that are being introduced to wigs for medical reasons. Polly and Jae prides ourselves on being professional, knowledgeable and relatable. Our client’s experiences are our experiences. Our clients are the most important piece of the puzzle and we make sure to take care of them with white glove, VIP service.

Polly and Jae is currently available as an e-commerce provider and will be expanding to a styling space in Spring/Summer 2020!

Needless to say, I’m a busy woman!

Has it been a smooth road?
Tuh! The road has been all but smooth, however, I’m not stranger to obstacles.

When I moved to LA in 2014, I lost everything. Literally, everything. I was nearly homeless and the only things I could hold on to were my clothes and my hair tools. As long as I have my hair tools, I can always make money. I had to start over in a city where I knew no one and had no family (if you’re wondering how I got here…I was dating someone and well, needless to say, I ditched the loser and stayed in the city)! Best decision I ever made.

Working Full Time while building my brand has been one of the most challenging pieces to my puzzle. Making time to spend on my passion projects while fulfilling my obligations in Corporate America is definitely no easy feat!

From my struggles, I learned what NOT to do as well as how to do things BETTER.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We specialize in providing Lace and Medical Wigs for a variety of consumers. Our wigs are designed to go on quickly with no hassle for our customer. We want to make it as easy as possible for clients to change their hair in minutes by adding one of our luxury pieces to their look for an instant makeover. Polly and Jae is known for our natural designs and colors. Our wigs can be worn from the Boardroom to a tropical island and everything in between. Our hair is YOUR hair.

I am most proud of the development of my brand. Polly and Jae is my baby! I’m so happy to have improved upon my product as well as the way I put it into the world. Learning the medical wig industry has been challenging and rewarding. I love to be able to give back through my art. When I create wigs for women with medically diagnosed hair loss, I feel like I have build not only a lasting relationship but a level of trust and THAT is why I do what I do. My clients come to me not only to look beautiful but to feel beautiful as well!

What sets us apart is we take the extra step to provide the ultimate experience with us. We do not take overlapping clients, we only do 1 on 1 appointments to ensure all of our clients get our undivided attention and privacy. No interruptions, no stopping. It’s just us and your appointment is YOUR time.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think LA is a great place to start a business in the beauty industry. This is a place full of beautiful people who love to try new things, new trends. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere in the world!

For someone just starting out in any industry, I would say to just get out there and TRY. You can’t fail and improve if you do not try. You need to fail multiple times in order to tweak your technique, your product, your consumer base, etc. Do not be afraid to jump.

I think LA and surrounding could definitely beef up the networking events, perhaps even industry-specific events. Most of the events I’ve gone to end up as brunches with mimosas and we all know this is actually a party lol.

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