Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Shirokova.
Hi Anna, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I started by taking a one-day lash class in 2011. It was the beginning of the lash industry and I got very lucky to be a part of it and grow. I started by taking clients at my house as beauty salons weren’t offering eyelash extensions service at that time. My clientele grew and in 2015 I decided to open my own studio in Bonita, CA which I called UniLash. It was only me in 1000 sq ft lashing 6 days a week 8 hours a day. Shortly my team joined one employee and then another one, and another one. By the end of 2016 I had a team of 5 stylists, by 2019 we grew to 8 stylists. I am very passionate about lashes and was enjoying training my teammates and see how they are growing and perfecting their skills. That’s when I had an idea to offer a lash training. I created classes for beginners and advanced stylists in 2017 and started offering them in San Diego, Now I hose one to two classes every month. Passing my knowledge and experience truly makes me feel satisfied and accomplished. I get to meet a lot of women who are very ambitious and eager to learn, and pursuit their dream to become a business owners. I love seeing their success after the training and being a part of it. I believe this industry has a lot of potentials and every stylist can succeed and make their dreams come true.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome
I would say I was pretty lucky with the journey, my perfectionist personality definitely helped me to achieve my goals as I am very eager to learn about anything that grabbed my attention. I was taking a lot of online classes, researching information about every subject that has to do with lashing including chemical properties of the glue and other solutions, allergic reactions, lash styles and etc. Of course, opening your own business takes a lot of time and dedication. Besides being a good lash stylist, I had to learn how to advertise my services, how to communicate with clients, how to communicate with employees, and all the legal aspects of owning a business. It is a lot of responsibility but at the same time, I found it interesting to grow and learn new things. My accountant background helped me to deal with all documents and legal aspects of the business.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My lash studio is called UniLash and we offer lash extensions services, lash lifts, and brow lamination. I created a line of products for clients’ aftercare and a line of tools and products for eyelash stylists including lash shampoo, tweezers, lash extensions, glue, primer and etc.
Right now, my focus is Eyelash training. I opened a Lash Training center located in San Diego where I teach classic and volume eyelash classes, lash lift, and brow lamination classes. I collaborate with California Advanced Esthetics school where I also do lash and brow training,
Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up I had a pretty calm personality but was very curious and ambitious. I would always come up with some ideas and try to make them a reality. I was always very competitive and tried to be the best at what I do. If I get into something I would invest a lot of h time until I get good at it.
- Website: www.lashtrainingcenter.com
- Instagram: lashtrainingcenter
- Facebook: lashtrainingcenter
- Other: annashow_lashstylist (Tiktok)