Today we’d like to introduce you to Forever Nika
Thanks for sharing your story with us Nika. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
As a little girl, I’ve always loved doing hair. I grew up in a family full of women, most of them can style or braid hair, so being a hair stylist is second nature to me. Two of my aunts owned their own salons so I learned the basics to hairdressing early on.
Even though I discovered a talent for hair at a young age, it was not my first career choice. I love to write and listen to music, so my dream was to be a journalist and publish my own magazine. During my Freshman year in college I sent out several sample writings to a few publications trying to land an internship. I was soon hired full time as the Senior Research Editor for a local magazine here in Dallas.
After hitting rock bottom in that industry, I decided to go with what I knew best. I already had a few clients coming to my home to get their extensions done, so I decided to do it the legal way by enrolling in cosmetology school. Even though there were several bumps in the road along the way, I graduated in a year’s time and got my license. This was actually one of the first things I had committed to and finished in a while.
The first salon I settled in was a $50 sew-in salon in Oak Cliff. I experienced so much there, some bad but mostly good. Those experiences helped shape and mold my brand into what it is today. Overall, I learned the work ethic I need to survive in this industry. I developed a clientele that will follow me anywhere I go. They love my consistent work and who I am as a person. I always try my best to accommodate anyone who’s sitting in my chair. I think the number one thing that has gotten me this far is my faith in God. I’m a firm believer in “ask, seek, believe.” God provides, and I’m so grateful for his blessings.
Great, 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?
The greatest struggle in this industry is building a brand that separates you from others offering the same service. Being innovative and maintaining a passion for what you do is key. Overall, my creativity and personality are what keep me separate. I always want to make sure I stay true to who I am as a person and a business- this is why I decided to name my brand ‘Forever Nika’.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Forever Nika – what should we know?
Forever Nika is a full-service salon specializing in extensions. I offer traditional sew-ins, closures, frontals and wig installs. Closure and wig installs are my clients favorite service right now.
The thing I’m most proud of when it comes to Forever Nika is the success I’m having in an ever-growing industry. I’ve been able to avoid the drama and negativity that comes with being a stylist. My clients always tell me how I’m one of the nicest stylist they’ve met. I’m very big on providing good customer service, and my assistant, Ashley, adds in what I lack. I’m somewhat a quiet and reserved person, so she helps fill in the gaps.
Overall, my desire to be a good stylist is what I think sets me apart from others. I actually care about how my clients feel. I’ve been labeled as a perfectionist because I want to make sure each person who leaves my chair is highly satisfied.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I know it may sound cheesy or a bit cliche, but I love to love. One of my favorite quotes/scriptures is “God Is Love.” I try my hardest to be conscious of that with everything I do – work life, personal life or otherwise. I feel like if I do my part and love, God will do the rest. I attribute all my success to that one thing alone.
- Lace Wig Special $450
- Frontal Install $225
- Closure Install $180
- Address: 7331 Gaston Avenue Dallas, Texas
- Website: ForeverNika.com
- Phone: 214-924-3897
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Instagram.com/4evernika
- Facebook: Facebook.com/forevernika1