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Meet Jessica Michelle of Jess Adore Nails

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Michelle.

Hi Jessica, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Hello, world my name is Jessica Michelle.

Honestly, I would have never thought I would be an entrepreneur doing nails. My first love is actually music. At a young age, I use to fantasize about being a performer like Beyoncé, so I started chasing that dream. But after realizing that the dream wasn’t promising, I stepped back and started praying about what I should do.

In high school, I started doing my own nails and began to stand out to a lot of people. I then started to design nails, this eventually led me to go to school where I received my nail license. Doing nails seemed like a more promising career than being a music artist.

Back in 2015, there were little to no black nail technicians in the nail industry, but now we have become big in this arena. I didn’t necessarily hit the ground running after receiving my license but in 2018, I start running and haven’t stopped since.

Doing nails has made me realize how creative, social and free I am. I’ve encountered a lot of new friends and business leaders and I couldn’t be happier I stuck with it. What I enjoy most, is making people feel good about themselves, especially when they look down at my piece of art.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No, the road was not smooth but when you are learning anything, it never is. I didn’t necessarily have a rhythm and technique down with the acrylic application.

Meaning, that my nail application would break or not be smooth enough; Which caused some complaints. There were times when I cried and wanted to quit but my mom would always remind me that I would be wasting a license and a promising career.

My biggest challenge was being up against other nail technicians that would make fun of me instead of helping me become better at my craft. Even after literally humbling myself to ask for help, it would feel like a smack in the face which made me feel very insecure about doing nails.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Jess Adore Nails?
I am a licensed nail technician and have been in the nail industry for 4+ years.

I also teach one-on-one classes for those who would like to be nail entrepreneurs. Business services include cleaning, filing, trimming, polishing, and repairing/enhancing fingernails, and toenails. My specialty is applying artificial nails or moisturizing/massaging hands and feet.

People gravitate toward me because of my bold fashion sense and creative nail art. I think what sets me apart from others is continuing to be a student, creating a space that is therapeutic, and being genuine. I am honest and don’t mind referring clients to other nail technicians if I am not available or cannot perform the look they desire.

Which, most nail technicians will not do. This could be due to the fear of losing a client or being jealous. I don’t like the idea of putting another person down, so I lift and help where and when I can.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is having a colorful snowball fight.

My mom was always planning new and exciting things for us to do. So one day, she went to the store and grabbed different kool-aid packs, buckets, and white T-shirts. I and my 7 siblings picked out a kool-aid pack, then put it in a cup with some water.

We went outside with our cups, put the white t-shirt over our coats, and spaced out in the front yard. To make the snowball change colors we poured a little bit of our kool-aid on it. I remember it being so cold out that my brother doubled layered his gloves.

We put our colorful snowballs in our buckets waiting for my mom to do the count down. Counting down from 5, we took off running throwing snowballs at each other like paintballs. My mom is so competitively funny she did not hold back, she was getting us good. After the snowball fight, we took off our shirts to see who got hit the most.

I dodged them pretty well, at least I think I did lol. The night ended with a bunch of laughs and the kid in me this day would love to randomly have a snowball fight.

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