Hi, my name is Holly, and I am a current International Flight Attendant with a major airline. I’ve been flying for the past 25 years, and have seen a lot of changes come and go in the airline industry (as you can imagine). With our airline filing bankruptcy recently, I started thinking of ways to reinvent myself. One thing I’ve noticed is that when the economy is not as good, we ladies don’t give up our manicures! We are out in the workforce, and must present ourselves professionally with clean, manicured hands at all times while working with the public. I’ve been told that I have an artistic, creative side, and I’ve always loved doing nails. Suddenly, I had this idea…. I could do wonderful manicures with gel and art to supplement my income. After that, the ideas just started rolling out of my head.
Then, I thought of opening up a salon with a retro-airline theme. The decor would be from the jet age (early 60’s) when flying was fun and safe. I’d fill it up with all those old travel posters, and make it bright and clean. The salon would have at the foremost cleanliness and care for our clients; with a huge emphasis on customer service…it’s what I know! We would be the nail salon where there are no racial barriers, we would be an international group of people from all different backgrounds and abilities working together, having fun, and helping each other like a good crew. Then I also thought of a loyalty program to keep our customers coming back, called a “Frequent Filer Program”! How much fun does that sound?! I could see if any of my other
Flight Attendant friends would like to get their licenses and do nails on the side to help them out, as well. I could be a job creator! And then it had become a calling.
Enter FlyGirls Nail Art. I did it. I opened up a salon. I knew that “Advance Beauty College” was near my house, and I heard that they were the best to train how to do great nails. I signed up for the 400 hour program (due to financial constraints), with the agreement that I could upgrade later to the 600 hour program that specializes in gel application (which I really want to excel in). I absolutely love it, and I feel like I am in my element. Beauty really has changed my life. It’s inspired me and given me a whole new excitement. It’s stirred something up in me, and I felt compelled to write this essay to let you know! With the new gel technology, and nail art as the new accessory, I feel like my future has unlimited potential. Not only for income, but to be able to help change other’s lives…one manicure at the time!