Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Bell.
Jasmine, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up in a small village of Croatia was exciting for my friends and me.
We used to watch American movies every Sunday afternoon, and we imagined that people in America are so fortunate and lucky and that they have absolutely everything they could want and wish for – if only I could get there.
At the age of eighteen I had the opportunity to come to America. It was like a dream come true. At that time civil war in Croatia just ended, and after experiencing it, I was more than willing to experience America. I came to America with one suitcase, not speaking a word of English and with $50 in my pocket, but I have learned very quickly that this is the land of opportunity and I couldn’t wait to start building my independent life.
At first I was cleaning homes for a living. In those American movies that I used to watch back in Croatia, I saw that American families had someone to help them with housekeeping, so I put an ad in the paper. I was never afraid to work and housekeeping was hardly work compared to milking cows and all the farm work that I used to do. I worked hard while going to school to learn English, I saved some money and enrolled full time in cosmetology school. After getting my degree in cosmetology, I worked as a hair stylist for couple of years and then decided to open my own business.
That’s how JAZYHAIR was born. I felt truly blessed to do what I love. My clients are amazing people. Many of them have been with me since the very beginning (going on two decades now) and I always welcome new ones as well. There have been many challenges along the way, but those have always made me stronger and taught me lessons. Being a single mom, my business allows me freedom and flexibility to be there for my son and all of his school activities.
Every day when I wake up I ask for the guidance and direction, and I get excited about all the wonderful people that I am going to help today and whose lives I’ll change. Yes, doing hair changes lives. The unique feature about Jazyhar studio is that it is very private. I always work with one guest at a time, so everybody is a VIP. My guests get yummy Chai lattes, soothing music, aroma therapy scalp massages with their shampoos and relaxing dimmed lighting. Some of my specialties are curly hair care, hair coloring and highlighting, hair cutting, smoothing treatments, color correction and special occasion hair. Often I travel to different locations to work on weddings and special events. I love to be challenged when it comes to hair. Being a curly girl myself, I love working with curls. Curly hair asks for unique way of cutting and styling, and I am happy to guide my clients step by step to truly loving and managing their curls. It is not always that I know exactly what to do with someone’s hair, but once I put my hands in it, magic happens. That’s it, from milking cows to living the American Dream.
Has it been a smooth road?
The biggest adjustment for me was learning English and getting used to much faster pace of living. Back in Croatia life goes slower. People have plenty of time for each other, the neighbor walks in unannounced because she just baked some fresh cookies and wanted to bring a plate over…and here life is much faster. A lot of times we don’t even know our neighbors. As far as doing hair, I absolutely love it; I’m great at it and very thankful to be able to do what I love. To be such an important part of my clients’ lives and to be here in LA is mind blowing, when I think back to where I came from.
So yes, there have been challenges, but I don’t think about them and I don’t dwell on them. I concentrate on good things and I teach the same to my son. Being a single, full-time mom and the only provider for me and my son, it is my obligation to show him how amazing he is and that there are no limits and how important it is to love ourselves. The only way that he will learn and believe that is if I demonstrate this to him. We visit Croatia every summer; my whole family still lives there. It is amazing to see my son experiencing both cultures, thriving and believing in his dreams.
What are your plans for the future?
I have worked very hard for a very long time and Jazyhair is a very successful business. Being a hair stylist is hard physical work, being on my feet 10-12 hours a day and it helps to exercise and stay in shape. Eventually I would like to create Jazyhair line of hair products, and this would allow me to share my knowledge about hair care with people and it would also provide passive income without me having to work hard physically.
It seems that curly hair people are having a difficult time to find a great hair stylist that knows how to work with curly hair, since curly hair asks for a specific cut and care, and having a curly hair myself I work with it well. Also, good products for styling curls might be a challenge to find, so I would like to create curly hair product line as well.
On top of my hair business, I have also invented and patented a very unique baby stroller. This stroller is like no other stroller out there because it provides full body movement, upper and lower and this is how I came up with it. It is ready for licensing and I am interested in finding the right buyer/ manufacturer.
I run and jog in the park and see many parents doing the same while pushing their babies and toddlers in their strollers. It was very clear to me that the public needed this stroller after I witnessed many times parents using strollers for power walking or running, but it was very obvious that they were not comfortable, and a consistent flow of mobility was limited. They would use all their strength to push their stroller way ahead of them and would then tirelessly make efforts to catch up to their standard stroller, while attempting to use natural arm and body movements needed for power walking or running (back-and-forth arm motion) Sometimes they would hold on to their stroller with one hand and move the other hand in a back-and-forth motion, then they would switch hands. This was extremely unsafe, and it was clear that there was a need for The Exercise Stroller ( TheExerciseStroller.com , I call it JazzyStroll), so I thought of a stroller that would offer complete natural hand to arm mobility that allows the rest of the body to flow naturally through exercise. It’s a perfect solution to this problem.
JazzyStroll is a modified jogging stroller for babies and toddlers that allows parents to exercise their upper body as well as move their arms in more natural motion while power walking/jogging. Instead of having the usual padded cross-bar style handle, JazzyStroll incorporates two arm action handles, similar in design to those found on dual-action exercise machines that work both, upper and lower body. The handles allow the adult pushing the stroller to maintain a natural back-and – forth arm motion as he or she walked or jogged with the child. This unique and ergonomically correct design could improve posture and eliminate stiffness of upper body (including lower back), by allowing this natural movement of human arms.
The resistance of the arm action handles on JazzyStroll could be adjusted to provide a more or less intense upper body workout. The length of the handles could be adjustable for taller or shorter individuals. The arm action of JazzyStroll could also be deactivated and the handles could be connected and locked together to form a standard stroller handle whenever the user desires.
This is my big project and I really believe in it. It is patented and now I am looking to license it with a manufacturer. I have applied for the TV show Shark Tank, they loved the idea, but with thousands of contestants applying, I wasn’t chosen. I continue to search for that perfect buyer and a licensing agreement.
This product would help many people and it would allow a financial security and freedom for my son and myself. It would provide a home for us with a beautiful views and a beautiful back yard and a dog that my son would love to have. This financial freedom would allow me to help others and to encourage them that dreams do come true if we dare to dream.
- Tel: (818) 388 2606
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.JAZYHAIR.com
- Instagram: @jazyhair
- Twitter: @jazyhair
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