Today we’d like to introduce you to Brianni Lundy.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’ve always had a passion for nails. (I have a distinct memory of elementary-aged me using flour and water on some plain press-on nails from Walgreens pretending to be in the nail salon. Funny how that worked out, huh?).
I got my first professional pedicure in 8th grade and my first full set in 9th grade (shoutout to Dana Cody of Tippie Toes; my original nail-spiration).
Later on, in high school and college, I frequented nail salons more often, observing the process, and asking questions about certain steps, products, skill requirements, etc.
However, I didn’t consider taking it seriously as a craft, let alone a brand or business, until COVID-19 hit in 2020. Later that year, I purchased a starter kit from my former nail technician, Lioness Nails. With that, I set up an Instagram account (@_b.glossynails), along with a workspace in my home, and began to practice.
People took notice and started pouring into me; so much so, that I was gifted an entire case of nail supplies, equipment, and even workspace furniture by a good girlfriend of mine (I’m forever grateful to her). Of course, I continued to invest my own funds into products and learned what I could from YouTube until I had time to go to school.
In early 2021, I was hired as an apprentice by Mula Nails and quickly gained experience. Later that summer, I filed for my LLC and applied to LaBelle Beauty Academy, where I received my Nail Technology certification.
The opportunities kept coming, with my first full-time position as a nail technician for NailDega Beauty right after beauty school. Finally, as 2022 was upon us, my license was approved by the State and B.Glossy Nails was OFFICIALLY open for business.
I took my business a step further with B.Press’dxB.Glossy Custom Press-On Nails; and let’s just say I’m going to need assistance sooner than later.
Here we are in summer 2022 and I’m preparing for my first business trip to take a course at 2Cute Nail Salon in Miami, Florida. I learned quickly that the hustle never stops and the nail industry is evolving faster than a client removing their hand from a UV lamp. Get it?
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It was a bumpy road with plenty of detours, dead ends, and roadblocks. Some of my struggles included family dysfunction and mental health issues.
In late 2020, I was diagnosed with Adjustment Disorder; meaning I had more difficulty than the average Jane managing stressful life changes, leading to significant impairment in my functioning.
Let’s just say, my life lows were perfectly aligned with career highs because when something triggered me, it ran me over like an 18-wheeler just to leave me perfectly intact, questioning my sanity a little bit. Crazy right?
The worst thing to happen thus far though was my nail equipment being stolen during my flight from Miami to Augusta. Upon my arrival to Augusta in late 2021, I received my case from Baggage Claim, completely ransacked. Most of my supplies were gone.
It felt like someone had stabbed me in the stomach. Fortunately again, the right people were watching and I was able to recoup all that was lost and more.
I’m grateful to God and my village for helping me through those tough times.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
B.Glossy Nails is a Black-owned, home-based, nail technology brand ran solely by me.
I provide nail and foot care services to a range of clients. I currently specialize in custom gel polish colors and raw glitter mixes. I am known for being a mobile technician and for my custom press-on nails.
My immediate creativity is why I stand out; I always give my clients’ sets an extra dazzle to bring them back. I call it “The Glossy Touch”. My nail art allows free expression of my thoughts on the spot.
Right now, I’m most proud of seeing my name and logo more often, whether it be a business card, logo sticker, or a shared Instagram post.
I would like the readers to know that “getting glossed” is about getting pretty on the outside and exuding that confidence from the inside. Let’s be honest, we all act a little brand new after a nail appointment.
Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
You don’t have to be an entrepreneur to love what you do. Just make sure it doesn’t feel like work.
- Full Sets $45+
- Freestyle Sets $55+
- Fill-Ins $40+
- Manicures $30+
- Pedicures $40+
- Website: https://linktr.ee/bglossynails
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_b.glossynails/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bglossybyb/
- Other: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BPressedxBGlossy