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Exploring Life and Business with Thuy Pham of Brows by Thuy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Thuy Pham.

Hi Thuy, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Well to start off, I am a certified Permanent Make Up artist.

Like most artists, I’ve always been interested in the beauty industry ever since I was a little girl. Makeup, hair, nails, you name it. I even attempted to enroll in Cosmetology school in my early 20s but it didn’t quite spark anything in me.

I think the idea of becoming a business owner/entrepreneur came up when I was working my first job at McDonald’s several years ago, and we were busy, understaffed, overworked, I was tired and over it. I would think to myself that there has to be more out there for me and that this will be my life if I don’t do something about it. It was at that point I decided I’m going to be my own boss. I didn’t know how I was going to do it, I just knew I had to make it happen someday. I finally left McDonald’s but for a new job opportunity.

Fast forward to when the pandemic started, I was laid off from my marketing job like most people and took that as an opportunity to venture a new life. I had plans to move to Texas, but that never happened.

I saw that my brow artist and friend Danica, who is now my mentor (Brows by Danica) offered training for brow henna. So, I asked her if she would be teaching Permanent Make up since that was my area of interest.

Then I signed up for the brow henna class because I figured, “why not, just do it all.”

You hear about faulty PMU instructors that leave you to figure it out on your own and don’t offer ongoing support or they gatekeep a lot of information. I specifically wanted to learn from her not only because her work is great but I knew I’d be in good hands and that she’d have my best interest.

I was her first apprentice and got my certification in December 2020. I didn’t have my own car at that time but I would go to Escondido every week to shadow her. During that time, I’d take henna clients at my house, at my friends’ house, and even at the clients’ house. I would do brow henna on my friends for free to build my portfolio. I was 150% all in.

Seven months later, I think I have a pretty consistent clientele, I continue to reach new milestones and slowly but surely improving. I enjoy helping people love what they see in the mirror and making their day to day lives easier.

Lastly, I’m so grateful for all my clients and friends that believed in me and put their trust into me.

Also, Danica for taking me under her wing, always being there, and just knowing when to be tough on me.

I couldn’t have made it as far as I did without them.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Not at all. Being that I learned henna and ombré powder just a month apart, it was definitely a lot of information to take in. I was juggling 2 or 3 different skill sets I had to learn. Machine work shading, mapping, henna, etc. and also keep up with marketing.

I started with no previous experience in the beauty industry so I had to build most of my clientele from scratch, and I couldn’t use any family members as models or clients since a majority of the women in my family already have tattooed eyebrows. However, a good amount of my clientele also came from my mentor’s network, so that helped a lot as well.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Brows by Thuy?
Brows by Thuy specializes in eyebrow services. It started off with just brow henna, then ombre powder, which is a form of permanent make up, and brow lamination.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
At the end of the day, it’s all about discipline. A person can only be motivated for so long. I had to learn to stop being so hard on myself but still be strong.

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart and neither is the Permanent Make Up industry. You have to be willing to take risks and reinvest in yourself.

There’s some good days but there’s also a lot of bad days and I had to learn to be okay with that as well.

It’s all part of the journey.

I’ve done countless ombré powder brow procedures but I still practice every chance I get. There’s always room to improve, learn, and grow. I’ll always be a student.


  • Ombre Powder Brows $275
  • Brow Henna $50
  • Brow Lamination $65

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