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Check Out Jordyn Terry’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordyn Terry. 

Hi Jordyn, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started my nail career fresh out of college— well, I dropped out. I was pursuing elementary education along with a minor in creative writing. While in school, I did not feel like it was the right direction for me. I wanted to put my heart into something I genuinely loved. As a child, I was very artistic and creative. My dream career had to embody that. 

After dropping my classes, I realized there was more for me. In 2018, I began making glitter lip gloss from scratch at home in my dining room. I enjoyed playing in makeup, as every other woman would. My friends would support me by buying a tube of lipgloss for $5. This is where the love of entrepreneurship sparked. 

While working as a parking attendant, inactive in school, and not really enjoying the making of lip gloss after a few months, I knew that my heart longed for more. I wanted to be passionate about something. I craved it. 

An old friend referred me to a black-owned nail technician in Downtown, St. Louis. As a little girl at the age of 13, I’d go to a local nail salon to get a gel polish acrylic set and pedicure. As I got older, I’d make it a habit to go regularly every 2 weeks (at this point it was an obsession and I did not need anything but a color change) and this did not change until the day I was able to do my own set of acrylic nails. My nail technician at the time had 1 on 1 classes— teaching how to apply acrylic, shape, and polish nails. At the time, I was struggling to find my passion. I gave in and took her class. I did great as a first-timer. From that day forward, I practiced day and night, literally. While working full-time as a parking attendant, I would practice acrylic nails on my friends after or before work. My friends saw my progress and from there, I gained clientele. I received multiple messages from strangers, phone calls, texts, asking when I was available to do a full set. I felt as if I finally accomplished something. 

While still practicing, I convinced my aunt to help me get into nail school. She believed that I would go far. I was enrolled in February 2020 during the Coronavirus-19 pandemic. I wanted my business to have it all— I made sugar hand scrubs, pedicure foot scrubs, cuticle oil pens, glitter acrylic, you name it. When I officially launched, it would be epic. 

I graduated nail school in August of 2020. I wanted so much for my business. My business needed its own space. In the summer of 2021, I rented out my first suite to do nails in. I’ve made so much progress since I first began in September 2018. I now have a full clientele and my heart sings every day because I found my happy place. 

All the long, sleepless nights, thousands of dollars out into my empire, finally paid off. 

Alright, 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?
It hasn’t been a smooth road. In the beginning stages of starting my business, I had to take a leap of faith and quit my job. This was not very hard because Coronavirus-19 became a huge setback for almost everyone worldwide. Once my full time job sent me home due to COVID-19, it felt like a sign to really start up my business however, COVID-19 pushed me back. Not being able to work to make money was a huge struggle at home. Once we were off lockdown, I was able to slowly get back to work and continue pushing my business.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I specialize in acrylic nails, acrylics toes, gel pedicures, gel manicures, and nail classes. I am most known for the way I blend ombré nails. Those looking to learn acrylic application, shaping, and designing also take my 1 on 1 nail course. I am most proud of training. I went to school to be a teacher and I am able to teach what I love. What sets me apart from others is my ability to teach while working and that I take my time when working. I never rush the process. I am also very creative and if a client came in looking for a design, I’d come up with it in a matter of minutes. 

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I love watching @flynih__ on Instagram. She is a huge inspiration and you can see her hard work and dedication in her work. 


  • 1 on 1 BEGINNER NAIL CLASS (kit included)- $650
  • Apple Juice (colored acrylic full set)- $80
  • Juicedd Ombré (colored acrylic full set)- $85
  • Acrylic Toes- $70
  • Pink Lemonde (children’s manicure w/ 2 simple designs)- $20

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