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Conversations with Kalachia Baker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kalachia Baker.

Kalachia, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My love for hair & nails at the time drove me to pursue my dream as a licensed cosmetologist. After graduating high school I became licensed. Shortly after I became employed at a local nail salon with a close friend while attending a Technical College where I received my associate’s in Business.

I fell in love with the art of it. Even though I’ve always been into nails I realized this was what I wanted to do after a year of being employed. I made a decision to become self-employed and the rest is history. Growing up in a small town where I’m from small businesses have a 50/50 chance of surviving.

Running a small business isn’t always going to be peaches and cream however running a successful business for 6 years is a blessing & a learning experience. Every week a new goal is being made, Being a mother and business owner is no joke but I definitely wouldn’t trade it for the world.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Yes, but running a business isn’t always going to be peaches and cream. When I first started my business no one told me grasping clientele would be a job itself however that’s nothing prayer, advertisement and great customer service couldn’t fix. It was a risk I was willing to take if I wanted to become successful which I am very blessed for now. I’m booked every day of the week.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m licensed as a cosmetologist but identify as a nail technician. I specialize in Acrylic Enhancements, Manicuring, and Pedicuring, and am known for keeping up with the trends along with making my own. I’d say I’m most proud of my progress and how far I’ve become in the industry which leads me to say my passion for the craft is what sets me aside from others.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Of course, I have plenty of loved ones, friends, clients, and also strangers in my corner but the lovely individual who deserves credit for me getting full-blown into nails would be my close friend Typhanie Haynes. She played a role in this because She got me the job at the salon but I honestly walked into it thinking to myself like this is just another job to me not knowing I’d actually fall in love with it and be successful at it.

When I wanted to give up she encouraged me not to like a friend. She showed me the basics and made sure I comprehended them. Here we are years later she still plays a huge part in my life and supports me still. I’m very thankful to her for that.

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