Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay Walters.
Hi Lindsay, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’ve always loved doing nails – when I was little I set up a lemonade stand-style booth outside my house offering manicures for a quarter! As time went on the hobby came and went, as most hobbies do when you’re younger. I started to get more serious about nails when I was 19 – I had been in a toxic/abusive relationship and honestly just needed something to throw all of my time and energy at. In that way, it gave me something to obsess over and fill my time, which was exactly what I needed. Over the course of the next few years of college, I got more practice, more energy, and more passion for doing nails so I started offering Gel manicures for $10 to fellow students – from there it really blew up! I had usually between 10 and 20 girls coming through a week and talking to all these different women became the best part of my day every day. When the pandemic hit, I obviously wasn’t able to see my ladies anymore – that’s when I began press-ons, which is the majority of my business today!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It definitely has had its ups and downs. With all the love and light and support I get, there are also people constantly invalidating my business – just the other day someone called it a “little hobby”. I would say my biggest struggle was navigating the post-pandemic world – I remember calling my mom and saying “Mom, the initial investment in supplies to start selling press-ons is $40…. is it worth it? what if no one buys them and I lose $40?” she encouraged me to take that leap of faith and now here I am, nearly 400 sets sold since then, GLOBALLY!
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I create custom press-on nails! I also do acrylic nails on myself and close friends, but I will be offering this service to all once I finish with my nail tech license! I would say I am most known for my extravagant sets – I love doing extra long, extra colorful, and extra blinged-out sets for people. What I am most proud of, however, is not my nails per say, but the space I provide to my clients. I have been told on numerous occasions that people feel immediately safe and comfortable when they walk into my space and begin interacting with me. In a big old scary world, the best possible thing I can provide is a safe space for women (and men) to feel comfortable and lay down their burdens, even if only for a couple of hours. My long-term goal with this business is to open a brick-and-mortar location that offers all manicure/pedicure services that is partnered with a non-profit that helps women who are victims of abuse and assault get back on their feet. Hopefully offering free services such as therapy, job searches, child care, a safe haven to stay, and maybe nail tech school! Research shows people are more likely to share trauma A. to someone they aren’t super close with and B. when you’re not looking them in the eye. Nail techs are perfect for that, and many people have shared with me their stories and I wished I had the resources to help them – one day I will 🙂
We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
I am a firm believer in risk taking. I recently took a risk and relocated from Chicago to Atlanta – when I moved here I didn’t know one soul, my closest relative was 5 hours away in Charleston. But I am also a firm believer in intuition and something was telling me to take my passion and my services to Atlanta, so mid-pandemic I packed up all of my belongings and I drove my Uhaul down to Vinings! It was a difficult adjustment (mostly the big bugs and the drivers oh my gosh) but I never regretted it for one second. I think without taking risks, how will you ever know truly what life has to offer.
- My press-ons range from $25 up to around $65 depending on the set!
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