Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Brunier.
Hi Danielle, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Back in 2013, a freshman entering high school, my hobbies were only basketball. I didn’t think much of doing “girly-girl” activities since I was committed to basketball. One day I went over to my cousin’s house (who’s a hairstylist) and she mentioned that she said had nail supplies that she doesn’t use. The conversation continues and I believe I bought her supplies for $40.
From that point, I started doing my own nails and practicing on my sisters, but it didn’t last long. Of course, I’m still committed to the game of basketball. I went on a hiatus for five years! 2018-2019 rolls around, at this point I’m enrolled in college as a nursing major. I decided to go get my nails done and the experience wasn’t what I was expecting, even though my mother used to take me with her to the nail salons. I started thinking about the experience and what I knew could be better, so I started watching YouTube. I watched this instructor by the name of Natali Carmona day and night! Mind you I don’t even have nail supplies to practice with (obviously the supplies I bought back yonder was expired). My strategy was if I can gain the concept of visually doing nails, ill be able to grasp it to the T once I have the supplies in my face. Believe it or not, but that’s exactly how it went. I ended up using my financial aid money to fund my business, buying all the supplies that was in style at the time. Started using my sisters as guinea pigs and eventually started taking volunteers to help me improve my craft. It did not take me long for me to realize I really love doing nails and with that, I knew I wanted to take this serious and become licensed.
Unfortunately, I was still trying to pursue my nursing degree and working so I did not have much time on my plate to do so. Plus, the beauty school makes you pay out of pocket for that program and I definitely did not have the money upfront. 2020 rolls around and as I call it “a blessing in disguise” we are in a pandemic. I was jobless and now in online school with a major change for Business Administration. At this point, my lovely mother offers to pay for my tuition for the manicurist program and I am excited! I get enrolled and I start in August 2020 and graduated in November 2020. Due to the pandemic, state boards was backed up because of all the rescheduling, but as of May 2021, I was finally licensed. Ever since then, I have been working full-time as a licensed manicurist, which is a blessing to say.
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?
It has been a struggle to say the least! I am young, and trying to start and run a successful business is hard! I am not a person who likes to ask for things, I literally will do everything on my own before I ask for help and that’s where I know I’m wrong and tend to get stressed at. The lack of motivation is a killer. There is a lot more I could accomplish, but I have not because of that.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Boujee Nails 909 is all about the hands and feet. I have dabbled in a lot, but I specialize in acrylic nails and healthy nails. If anyone is coming to see me, it’s more than likely for a full set. At Boujee Nails 909 I pride myself in professionalism. When it comes to being punctual, quality service, being heard and versatility that is what I want my clients or new clients to remember me for. Word of mouth goes a long way and I want my business to be spoken about positively at all times, so I make sure I stay vigilant with my work.
Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Let me first thank my Mother because if it wasn’t for her I would not be exactly where I am in life without her help, Thank you Mom! Of course, my family and friends have encouraged me along the way. My clients especially the ones who have stayed with me from the jump know the progress I have made and are excited for me every time! I love them all and am so grateful for their continuous support.
- Short full set starts @ $70
- Basic pedicure starts @ $55
- Boujee’s freestyles start @ $125
- Travel Appointments start @ $200
- Website: boujeenails909.as.me
- Instagram: instagram.com/boujeenails909
- Facebook: facebook.com/boujeenails909
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Boujee nails 909 Danielle Brunier