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Community Highlights: Meet Pitrizz Gangcuangco of Pressed by P

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pitrizz Gangcuangco.

Hi Pitrizz, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My press-on nail journey began at the start of COVID-19, that second week of March 2020 when California was locked down. My mom initially introduced me to the nail culture at a young age because she would always have her nails done. I remember always loving how acrylics looked and touching her or my grandma’s nails when they had them done. So when I was finally able to get my own acrylics done for prom my junior year, I was hooked.

It soon became a ritual for me to get my nails done at least every three weeks, so when the pandemic hit, I was pretty concerned about what I was going to do about my nails. Because my nails were beginning to grow out and salons were shut down, I began looking into doing my nails at home. I’m a pretty artsy person as it is and was always lowkey interested in doing nails, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to create some cool designs for myself at home. I came across the Apres at-home Gel-X system and I always heard of Gel-X but never had it done on myself. I ended up buying the starter kit and watched videos after videos for hours on how to apply it properly. I remember even posting the kit on my Instagram story saying, “This is gonna be what I come out of quarantine knowing how to do.” I did about 3 Gel-X sets on myself until I came to the idea of designing the nail tips first and then applying them with either the gel extension or nail glue, aka press-ons.

I started posting on my Instagram story some of the designs I would make for myself or just random designs I would come up with and a lot of people would reply to me telling me to either make them a set. When I tell you I thought about it for weeks before actually making a set for someone else, I truly did. And when I started making more sets for my close friends and family and posting it, the more I was encouraged by so many people to just start a business doing press-ons. It was around May 2020 at that time and I became more confident in my work, so I started looking into the press-on business. Weeks passed by, again, of me just researching and making sure I have everything right before launching an Instagram-based small business. I finally convinced myself that I have nothing to lose and to just go for it. June 18, 2020 is when I launched my business Instagram @pressed.byp and the love and support I got was so overwhelming. I started off with only taking ten custom orders every month, and ten orders doubled to 20 then to 40 when I started squeezing more people in, and then by December 2020, I felt like I had enough clientele to launch a website.

By April 2021, I had two extremely successful website drops and then a pop-up opportunity came to me (shout out One Stop Shop Pop Up founded by my girls Sabrina and Joanna). Pop-ups took my business to another level because I was able to meet a lot of my clients that I didn’t know and I was able to showcase my work in a physical setting and not just by photos on Instagram. I’ve done about seven pop-ups to this day and am always overwhelmed with the amount of support I get and people who come from miles away just to buy a set from me in person. I really have to thank all of my friends, family and clients who have shared my business countlessly whether it be on Instagram or word of mouth. I really would not be where I am today without their genuine love and support.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I would say it’s been a semi-smooth road. A lot of the challenges I’ve faced were very internal. I’m pretty hard on myself and can tend to be a perfectionist, so when I don’t meet the standards I set for myself, I become discouraged. Another challenge would probably be life-work-school balance. I’m currently employed as a vet tech and have been going through a career change, so when I started my business, I was working part-time, plus going to school full time, on top of being a mom to my now five years old son. When you have your own business and can work from home, it tends to be hard to separate work from home. I found myself working non-stop because I could, which led to several cases of burnout. So I’ve definitely had to allow myself to take breaks regularly and to take care of myself, mentally, physically and emotionally first.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Pressed by P?
Pressed by P is a brand of press-on nails that are hand-painted, high quality and reusable. My press-ons are made of full cover soft gel tips and painted with high-quality gel products. I hand paint all types of designs from marble, stone, abstract, ombre, french tips, prints, *some* characters, etc. I also work with nail stickers, foils, chrome powders, airbrush, decals, gems, crystals and charms. I also have single color sets available and merch (sweaters, t-shirts, bucket hats, totes).

I always considered myself a creative/artist first before a business owner. But Pressed by P is definitely my baby that I’ve worked very hard on, so to allow myself to embrace the title of a business owner has been a journey in itself. I aim to build my business the way I live my life, and that’s to be very personal and intentional when it comes to creating sets while giving you an experience when receiving orders by mail. I take pride in the quality of my work along with the luxury of my packaging. Packaging and branding has always been something I wanted to make as me as possible, and for those on the consumer end to have an idea of who I am. My sister, Lalique is who I have to thank when it comes to all my graphics. Having someone who knows me inside and out helps so much when executing my packaging and branding vision.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
Growing up, I was very shy and to myself, but was always into art and creating. It wasn’t until middle school and early high school where I had a sense of who I am and what I aim to be. I always knew I wanted to end up doing something art-related, but definitely never imagined having my own business.

Pricing:

  • Single Color Sets- $25
  • Custom Designs start at $40

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