Natasha Ray Interview – The Feel Good Holistic Tech
Tell us a little about you, what is your background & where do you come from?
I am a single mother of two fabulous sons’ ages Santana 14 and Mateo 10. I am a very self motivated individual who spends a lot of time journaling.
Where are you located?
I am located in Washington DC.
What was the Industry like when you first became involved in it?
When I entered the industry in 2000 it was saturated with the Asian market and not a lot of manicurist I could reach and communicate with at the time.
Can you give up part of your secret on how to make a manicure/ pedicure longer lasting?
I am very big on moisturizing and client education… I really focus on callus control, and great scrubs, oils, and lotions. And finally a great base coat/top coat and lacquer always seal the deal.
Coming from the field of dentistry I learned you always have to express your expectations of home care to your clients in order to get the ultimate results.
Tell us a little about the holistic nail care treatments you offer?
Holistic Touch is very important to me in my treatments… The use of essential oils, natural scrubs, relaxing teas, candles, and Reflexology are all the elements needed to create that holistic energy.
You are one of the first manicurists to ever use Minx, tell us a little about the effect this has had on your career.
Being one of the first manicurists to be exposed to Minx was an amazing experience and a challenge all in one. When I met Dawn and Janice I had just jumped into the business fulltime without any other hustle to fall back on. I had literally just open up my Nail lounge on Capital Hill the same week after leaving LA and meeting with them.
That opportunity opened up major doors for me, some of which I wasn’t even ready for at the time. I had NO clients!! I had to hustle to get my name out there so that I could show the Minx I wanted to be on board… It was an experience like no other when I think back on it.
You are one of Minx’s top pros, what’s involved in being a Minx Master?
Being a Minx Master is great! It has given me the opportunity to train and motivate other manicurist from all over the world. Working the trade shows and training other manicurist on a product that I truly believe in has been a blessing. I have been sought after by salons in Bermuda and had the opportunity to go there a number of times to train woman who are inspired by me. I can only say that getting involved with Minx nails allowed my light to shine! I feel that being considered a master was a pay off from all the hard work put in to master my craft.
What is your favorite Minx design?
My favorite Minx design is the black and white checker board… I also love the silver and gold lightening.
Have any advice in turning a footfall customer into a longterm client?
Honestly, I have always believed that killing people with kindness places them in a position of looking at what type of energy they are putting out into the universe. And from the moment a client sits in my chair they are educated about the importance of nail care and why they are important to me.
How do you balance your work, family and social life?
Tricky… Can’t say I totally mastered this aspect of my life as of yet… What I will say is I have a great support system (my MOM) and spiritual balance. I spend lots of quality time with my boys and include them in my business which keeps them looking forward to whatever I have going on… I give them lots of gratitude for supporting me while I pursue my dreams and being patient with me.
For the past few years I have been blessed with lots of opportunities that require me to travel… I honestly walk with motivation and success on my mind at all times… It’s really cool because my boys love what I do!
You recently attended The Independent Blogger Conference to pamper the attendees, what did you take away from it?
The IBE was awesome! I met so many beautiful people at that event who inspired me to do what I love the most which is writing. I have been journaling since I was 8 years old. These women sparked up something in me that was really waiting to be ignited. It was a great opportunity and great exposure for me.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My kids give me all the inspiration in the world!!! These two dudes really want to see me SHINE!
I am inspired by people who never take NO for an answer and are driven to success in the darkest moments of their life.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in nails?
If I wasn’t doing nails I would mentor young inner city girls between the ages of 10- 18 daily. I feel that I was put on this earth to inspire and motivate those who can’t find their way out of the dark. I had a mentoring program 2 summers ago where I taught nails to the summer youth in Washington DC, this experience changed my life.
I am now pursuing a non-profit organization to aide and assist these girls in finding self worth, journaling, and finding their purpose in life. I also LOVE photography and fashion, yet those things don’t give me the inner peace I find in working with kids.
Do you have a lot of men customers who like to get their nails done?
I do have male clients who come in for routine manicures and pedicures. I even have a few male clients that come in and get Minx on one nail. It’s funny because my oldest son has started a trend at school by wearing Minx on his thumbs. Most men are there for the relaxation and conversation.
What else are you passionate about?
I am really passionate about the success of my boys. Being able to expose them to life and all it has to offer is important to me. Providing the tools and knowledge for them to fly like eagles is what makes my world go round.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
If I had super powers what would I be… WOW! Got to think for a second.. I would be a healer of all those who lack the ability to express love and affection. If the world had more love it would be a much better place. 😀
The sky is the limit!
Thanks to Natasha for answering our questions and sharing a little more about her artistic talents. To learn more about her, visit her website www.MsDainty.com.
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