Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacquelin Estrada.
Jacquelin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started doing lashes halfway into my 2nd semester in college. I was going to El Centro Community College trying to get a business degree. It was unsettling not really knowing what I wanted do achieve once I graduated. I quit my job and was focusing primarily on school. I had dabbled in the cosmetic industry before doing makeup and hair, but never anything particularly serious. I had been getting eyelash extensions for about six months and my lash tech suggested I take a shot at it. Imagine making your own hours, working on your own time, and being in complete control of your workplace.
To be your own boss. Coming from a world of craziness in retail ( I used to love my job at Dillard’s), I longed for a say in my schedule. And that was originally the initial attraction until I fell in love with my specialty. I signed up to the program and mostly got my hours during the night shift. I would head over to Garland every day after class and every weekend. I remember always separating myself so I could practice in quiet. It was so frustrating at first even holding the tweezers in place. Picking up the tiny extensions, isolating, dipping in the glue, trying to apply to the lash, dropping the lash, crying, etc.
The regularity of doing something for the first time. You’re not very good at it. I remember being so determined to get the lashes straight into place, then to have someone over my shoulder telling me to try again because it was out of place. The stress was real. And this was all on a mannequin head. But I will say once we got to the real bodies for some reason it wasn’t as stressful, or maybe the weeks of practice had paid off. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I enjoy working from start to finish. I love the satisfaction of a good before and after. What could be a more perfect match? Aside from what I now felt within myself having mini-projects, I now possessed the power to make people feel better about their outward appearance.
It’s amazing the power a good set of eyelash extensions can exert on your life. It’s like a pair of fresh eyes to your everyday life. Life-altering to the fullest extent, beauty without the hassle. A get-up and go hack for the everyday human being! It’s addicting making people feel confident and good about themselves and with such a little tweak to their regular 2-3 week schedule. I made the decision to get serious and make my lash business a realty after completing the program and getting my license.
I began working from home, and business soon picked up and I started renting a suite in a salon. My parents were so excited for me and remain my #1 supporters. So much that my father even renovated my suite. I work in a perfect pink suite and sprinkle my magic on clients and lash newbies alike. Through the humidity, temperature, and retention mishaps three years later I wouldn’t change a thing about my journey. From seeing 4 people a week to about 30 things have really progressed.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely not. First of all people, in general, are very mean and you have to understand it’s not you, it’s them. Not everyone it going to support you. And that self-doubt is a killer. A dream killer. I remember at first being my own worst enemy hearing negative comments about my leaving school to pursue my “lash career”. Apparently, that was a wild thought in 2016 for a 19-year-old. After getting out of my own head any physical problem I faced was easily tamed. A person’s outlook on a situation is extremely powerful and any in any situation it’s best to approach with caution and a calm mind.
I had the usual mini heart attacks every lash tech goes through. Humidity acting up, the temperature in the room going crazy, the no existence of the ventilation in the room, all looming over inevitable bad retention. All things which of course affect your client’s lash experience. Which is my number 1 priority. That brings along my biggest headache that of time management and the lack thereof. Getting organized was essential in getting on track to running a business. And once I got the right amount of caffeine in my system I was unstoppable.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Pink Suite – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My specialty is the application of classic eyelash extensions. I apply a synthetic mink extensions to 100% of a client’s “lashable” eyelashes. I like to make my girls look like their extensions free right out of their eyeball. “Are those your lashes?”, is exactly the kind of remarks I hope for. And a response reminiscent of “oh, of course, I paid for them”. My go to is natural, yet questionable, and my clients love it.
People know me for my full coverage I promise to get every “tiny friend” ( my reference to lashes) bonded to an extension with the health of the natural lash always in mind. I give everyone the best of my abilities in creating a customized look that best suits their eye shape. I take my time with every lash line that is put in front of me, and the lengths of time may vary due to the meticulous application. And I can almost promise after 1 set you’ll be hooked.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My plans for the future, of course, continue with perfecting my craft. I can learn something new and get even better each day I work on my technique. I’m looking forward into getting my own location, maybe have a few other suites up for rent. As well as harnessing the power of Volume lashes. It’s very exciting and I look forward to moving on up and showing anyone like me or not that you can literally do anything not excluding placing tiny hairs on tiny hairs. It’s pretty cool when we can all gather a little inspiration from each other. If I can be my own boss, so can you.
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