New Summer Hours!

Yes its summer time!! Which means my kids aren’t in school and all afterschool things are done so I can open up all evening appointments from 4-7pm.  But as my entire family moves out to camp in the summer I also will be not taking walk ins on Saturdays for the summer, hard to drive in a hour just for slow day. I also get very booked on saturday mornings in the summer for weddings.

Here is a list of weekends I still have open for weddings as well:

thanks everyone for understanding and I hope we all have a great summer!

Hunting and Makeup: Do You Ware It?

I had a very interesting conversation with my good friend Katie Ball (owner of Silver Cedar Studio). She is a hunter and a trapper along with being a fur fashion designer.  Katie called me the other day and had some questions about makeup and her line of work.

Katie’s business profile photo: soo beautiful and silky!

“Should I invest in lash extensions? Should I bother wearing makeup because right now why would I when I’m just checking trap lines?

But I see all the other women of hunting on shows and at conventions wearing it.”

 

Katie was even just on a all women’s hunting panel which has opened some door to possibly being on a hunting tv show. “All those women wear so much makeup, it seems almost too much.”

 

 

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OMG Pedicure Massge + Overdue Client= Baby!

Funny how things happen.

2 Months ago I wrote a article about pregnancy and how foot massage could be ambiguously good/bad/or nothing. (You can read it here) Without scientific consensus I am always iffy on things so I have it on my client form for them to check off.

My client had come in at 1 pm, she was 2 days past due and was hoping that some relaxation was going to help. She also asked for the full massage, to which knowing that it might help but wanting to make sure that if anything happened that she was aware of the risks. She signed a extra for saying she did want the full massage.

We had a super fun time, and we were talking about all the different wives tales and ideas about what can help start labour.  She was also planning on trying the new mexican restaurant to maybe the spices would help too: I called it the M&M trick, Massage & Mexican.

Afterwards she told me she’d let me know if anything happened, I figured it probably didn’t help minus just relaxing which is good for everyone.

So yesterday morning I wake up to this:

WOW!!!! I was soo happy for such amazing news in the morning. I guess it can work for sure!!! Just happy that baby Abigael is happy and healthy and out!

She had left the spa at 2ish, crazy it happened so fast!

I have never had a client told me it worked, I have had several in my decade of work who have signed in hopes it would get things starting but I never heard anything else, so I figured that it didn’t really work but still no matter what took the precautions with all pregnant clients.

I love with when life comes and suprises you like this.

I wish my client many many happy congratulations for her, Abigael and her family 😀

Gel is Gel. Powdered Gel is NOT!

I get so many clients in here asking for fills or fixes or horror stories coming from other places (usually the quickie nail salons) talking about how they asked for gels and then didn’t get them.

 

Gel is the most popular form of nail extensions and everyone wants to do it. But are you really getting what you are paying for? Here in Thunder Bay many places charge 10$ or more above the acrylic price because it is in such demand. But why? What is really the difference between the 2?

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Pedicures for Pregnant Women

When you are pregnant a pedicure sounds like the best idea ever! Your feet are swollen, everything hurts, you feel like you are being sucked dry and you can’t even reach them after a point.

While there are great points to getting a massage while you are pregnant, there are possible contraindications as well that you should be aware of.

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Stop Trying to Sell Me MLM’s!

I am generally patient and polite to sales people, even though my personality doesn’t like being cold called or appreciate being told that “I can’t live without” something. I understand local advertisers calling me looking for more ad sales, and they aren’t pushy.  Multi-level Marketing (MLM) sales people on the other hand: holy hell I just can’t handle it.

MLM’s like Rodan+Fields, Nerrium, Younique, and even getting to pushy avon ladies… just no.

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I’m Moving to My OWN SPA!

Big News!!! I will be moving my spa into its own location this year! I plan to move in a new suite in Victoriaville mall in February.

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This means I will be closing my spa room in Hair Infinity Salon January 23rd and will be closed all that week to  move and set up my new space.

The last 2 years have been wonderful with lots of ups and  some downs. A great big thanks to Hair Infinity salon to let me set up under budget and get my feet on the ground. I have made great friends with the stylists at shop,and have learned so much from their talents. I will miss you guys for sure; being by myself for a bit might get boring.

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Hair Infinity Crew halloween 2015

In this career it is hard to start from new. I had years of clients that I ended up having to leave when I left Merle Norman to have major surgery and then work at Everest College. I then took a year and a half off to deal with my grandmother and mother dying, get married, while still recovering from more surgeries.  By the time I was getting back into serving my clients I had maybe a handful. I had to backtrack 6 years with no current clients and barely any equipment.

I then found the amazing, life changing Starter Company Program funded through the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) which gives new business lessons and management skills to those who apply before they hand in their business plan and proposal for a grant. I was very fortunate to to learn so much and have great help from Stacia Keen (who has moved into a new company herself) and Ryan Moore and Lexi Penko. IMG_20151204_140929

I got the grant and another grant that was shown to me through the CEDC which gave my first year a giant boost! I was able to get some newer equipment, have time and money to spend on making sure I had the best organic, vegan, smart, safe and sweet products to use and sell to my clientele.

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I was also able to get a business mentor Angelo Petta (of Angelo Petta Consulting) who has been such a giant supporter and help. It feels so good knowing that someone who has tons of business and marketing experience is cheering me on and telling me that I am great at what I do both creatively and in managing my business. He also got me a place for writing health and beauty articles at NetNewsLedger.com.

What I’ve learned from starting a small business:

  • Be vigilant over every cent. This sounds easy but its hard. When you don’t really get a pay cheque its hard to factor how much money you can spend on yourself. I make sure that I have a personal list of expenses like bills that I pay at home, expenses that I want like pizza or a tattoo.
  • Self-promotion and Client word of mouth is the way to go. I spent the first 6 months after getting a advertising grant trying all sorts of ads. I tried the newspaper, coffee talks, The Walleye, radio adds, online news adds, facebook ads… you name it I’ve tried it. I found that only the Walleye readers actually tell me that’s where they have seen my adds, the rest is people googling and facebooking “thunder bay spa/nails/waxing/makeup”. Which means its up to only me to make sure my tags are correct, my reviews are there with prompt, polite and concise replies. You would be surprised how many people choose me because of my tactfulness to dissatisfied clients.
  • Cry but make it quick. Yes I love my spa, its my baby. When you are happy with your nails and I am happy I feel like 100$. When you aren’t, I feel like I might of well just sent my kid to school with lice (I feel embarrassed and ashamed). I am a artist at heart so I am very self critical. But that doesn’t mean that I wallow. No I cry a bit when I get home, or kick myself in a talk on the drive home but it always ends with I will do better. I go practice what I didn’t do 100%, I will go back to my books and spend hours on youtube trying to find better ways of what I was doing.

In this time too I was able to officially launch my freelance makeup artistry page scotiakauppimua.wordpress.com and been working 3x more than I have ever worked before in my career. Its great!

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I have been able to sponsor wonderful fundraising events such as Definitely Superior Art gallery’s The Hunger Caberet and Derelict art fashion show, The Howard Ball, the LU Men’s basketball fundraiser diner night, numerous shags and more. Having the opportunity to also sponsor and support many other projects like the grand opening work up for Silver Cedar Studio (working on makeup, hair and nail designs for the runway for this years Derelict Jan 28th) and, help my film maker friends getting their visions on screen with extra makeup and hair effects (currently working on “Mercy” by Scott Hobbs).

I can’t wait to continue on in my own shop, with building up to my own staff to work on more creative endeavors! My hours that I have and my contact information will not be changing so you can still get a hold of me for bookings.

Thank you everyone again for all your support!