Today we’d like to introduce you to Estefany Mendia.
Estefany, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve been doing nails professionally for about three years, but the art of nails has been my passion since I was a kid. Giving myself a regular polish manicure with some cute art or getting nail enhancements was a must. However, I never thought my career would be a nail technician/artist.
Before I decided to do nails I did what most people do, go the traditional college route. I graduated with a Bachelors degree in criminal justice, but I wasn’t sure if the passion was still there for the field. I then realized how much I loved doing my own nails and how much I hated the way they turned out every time I went to my local nail salons. So I figured I should go to school and do what I love, nails!
I started the nail program at Bellus in National City and received my license six months later. About a month after receiving my license, I was a nail tech/artist at a beauty bar for about two years. Today, I work for myself, Nailed by Estefany, in a studio located in downtown San Diego.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There were a lot of slow days for me when I first started working at the beauty bar. I wasn’t making enough money and I kept doubting myself. I thought that I had made the wrong career choice once again. I would stop myself from thinking negative and instead would get behind the bar and perfect my craft!
Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I specialize in nail enhancements (acrylic and hard gel) and nail art. My favorite part about doing enhancements is shaping. Nail art needs a beautiful foundation! As a nail tech, I love to see my clients fall in love with their nails when they leave my chair. I create what I want to be created on me. I also believe that every person that sits on my chair should be educated on what they are putting on their nails. This is something that many of us have never experienced throughout our lives in the nail salon.
Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
All I can say is never give up on your craft. When you are passionate about what you do, you will always be successful. You should always see a challenge as a lesson. Always educate yourself on the new trends and be open to new techniques. And always treat your clients how you would want to be treated as a client!
- Instagram: @nailedbyestefany