Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Puckett.
Hi Jennifer, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
It all started with my grandma, who loved her hair and nails. She convinced me to go to beauty school. After graduating high school, I enrolled at Regency beauty in st peters. I started with the cosmetology program but didn’t finish due to personal family issues. I then apprenticed with an old family friend of my grandma’s and practiced doing manicures and pedicures, but distance became an issue, so I never finished my apprenticeship. Given all honesty, I worked at many salons unlicensed. I still used my knowledge from beauty school and always practiced sanitation and proper techniques at work. I have always worked with my grandmother’s friends, and each friend has allowed me to learn how to do acrylics and continue learning different skills in applications, drilling, and shaping. But It was hard to work with people my family had a history with, and in all the salons I worked at, each boss taught me what not to do. I always stood up for myself and what I believed was fair. Many would say I wasn’t a good worker, lazy, or I am irresponsible. I took all of that as jealousy. I have clients who knew the truth about my not being licensed and still trusted me more than any other nail tech. And many would agree it is hard to find a nail tech that would provide great service. I made many friends along the way and became close friends with some. I took a break from nails and followed another passion of mine, culinary. I became pregnant with my firstborn and had a few complications, so I went back to doing nails. I started working for my best friend, who taught me pretty much everything I knew. She encouraged me to get my license. So I then enrolled at Grabber beauty in south county. In my final hours before graduation, I found out I was pregnant with my second baby and was at high risk, so I had to take a break. We ended up moving further away from my best friend’s shop, and it was hard to commute, so I ended up working for an old friend and stayed there for a year. As embarrassing as it may be for me to say, I have worked in 7 different salons, and in each salon, I couldn’t continue working for them because of poor management (except for my best friend’s shop), so I told myself this was going to be the last time I work for someone else. My husband and I agreed to start a new chapter and open our salon.
I have taught my sisters and friends the same way I was taught and started an apprenticeship for my girls, and it brought me here today, opening Posh Nail Lounge. I started with nothing, living paycheck to paycheck. I found a bank willing to take a leap of faith by giving me a loan so that I could pursue this dream of being a business owner. I took over an established salon and made it my own. It feels good to be my person and boss and provide excellent services to our surrounding area. Though we can please everyone and with so many competitors from other salons in the area, we most certainly try to do our best. I have no secrets. I love sharing my knowledge and helping other entrepreneurs succeed. My competitors are not my competitors but our neighbors and my friends, and I wish them the best. Even with the nail salon, I want to open my restaurant one day. And pursue my dad’s dreams, but that’s another story to tell.
My advice to others is never to give up, and if you have a gut feeling that something is meant to be, fight to make it happen. It took me 4 months to pull it all together, and I thank my friends, family, and, most importantly, my loyal clients and followers for believing in my team and me. It was a rough path, but I made it work so that I could make my grandmother proud.
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It was rough. We didn’t have much money saved and lived paycheck to paycheck. I have a lot of medical conditions that took a toll on our journey. We have been denied loans from the bank after bank. But with the right networking, we found our way and were given a great opportunity.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Posh nail lounge?
We specialize in nail enhancements, manicures and pedicures, lashes, and nail art. Most of our clients show us a picture, and we can recreate that image and bring it to life. We are a family-owned and family-friendly business. Our business provides a family-friendly atmosphere where everyone feels at home. Our business is known for its diverse cultures and languages, including English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. We are proud to make sure each of our clients comes and leaves with a smile.
In terms of your work and the industry, what are some changes you expect to see over the next five to ten years?
We do plan to remodel to give it a unique feel and attraction. We hope to build our business clientele and upgrade our salon equipment. And provide all the necessary affordable, trendy services that everyone requests.
- Spa pedicures range from $20 to $75
- Spa manicures ranges from $18 to $45
- Nail enhancements ranges to $38 to $150
- Nail art ranges $6 to $100
- Dip powders $38 to $60
- Website: Www.vagaro.com/poshnaillounge35
- Instagram: @poshnails_ofallon35
- Facebook: @poshnailsmo
Nails done by Jennie, Michelle, Jessica, Liliana, Jazlyn