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Hidden Gems: Meet Kelly Lopez of Lashed Doll Life

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Lopez.

Hi Kelly, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Late freshman year, 2008, my sister took me to a nail salon(considered a no-no these days) I got my first set of lash extensions done. Mascara was basically dead to me at that point. The addiction began and I knew lashes were a passion. Growing up, I was always teased for my eye size. I even had people call me Nemo and frog eyes because of how big my eyes were. To me, my eyes weren’t exactly an insecurity but something I wanted to accentuate. Having lashes and not having to apply 3 to 4 coats of mascara really helped me boost my confidence, as I wasn’t blessed with long natural lashes. Fast forward to my working in the medical field, I was not feeling fully fulfilled and the idea of becoming a lash artist really was intriguing, I could not shake it. I was nervous at first so I decided to begin with selling lash strips as a brand. In 2019, I finally took the leap and took a course. I was so nervous with the first few clients that trusted me but quickly picked up on the fact that this was definitely a career path I was meant to be on. In 2021, I quit my job as a Licensed Vocational Nurse and decided this was the change I needed. I am happy to say that in 2022 I was able to open my own storefront.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I literally let out a chuckle at this question. It has not been all rainbows and butterflies – that’s for sure. You learn a lot as you go. There are so many factors that play into lash extensions and a lot of trial and error.

I started off home-based, part-time while also being a licensed vocational nurse. It was a lot of juggling my schedule, I am a single mother, so I frequently had my daughter at home. Luckily, my clientele was accepting of the environment and very understanding. They have watched me and my daughter grow as individuals and it feels surreal to have people follow you on this journey.

Switching to a salon was also a change that I had to adapt to. Having individuals with different personalities work alongside you who also wanted personal growth for themselves was motivational in its own way.

Now, getting keys to my own place and being in charge of all the repairs and renovations needed to set up shop was eye opening. An achievement nonetheless.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I specialize in lash extensions and lash lifts. I also offer brow waxing and facials. I own a beauty bar that currently also has an in-house hairstylist who I’ve trusted for six years, Jessica (@Majesstichair).

What I feel sets me apart is the connection I build with every client. I ensure they are comfortable physically, spiritually and mentally while they are in my chair. I give clients space to open up and share personal thoughts and feelings with no judgment. I am there to listen and to joke with. Each client leaves knowing I am willing to build a bond with them. Clients feel comfortable sharing life events, what their children have been up to, and what they have been feeling about certain situations. It feels great to be a part of their personal journey.

I hope to continue building my brand and adding other beauty artists to my team. My goal isn’t to only build myself but assemble a team who is just as passionate, visionary and strives for success and growth.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
The beauty industry is so unique and ever-changing, it does not die. Though there may be some turbulence, I foresee much growth. Artists in this industry are so passionate and there is so much room for creatives to express themselves, clients are becoming walking canvases. I think in the future, there will be even more groundbreaking looks achieved.

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