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Meet Iman Denteh of Monnie Nailed It in Inglewood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Iman Denteh.

Iman, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Doing nails has always been something that interest me I remember a coworker giving away a box full of nail polish and that’s where my journey began. I would go on YouTube day in and day out looking up different tutorials and literally replicating them daily. YES! I would do a design and then remove it the next day to attempt another one. This went on from 2010 to around 2012 then I completely went cold turkey and stopped, I no longer had interest in it anymore. Up until recently, last year 2018, to be exact I left a traditional nail salon and was baffled by the lack of compassion and customer service the employees displayed. I’ve been getting my nails done for years now so this wasn’t my first encounter but it was this last encounter that made me say “I refuse to step in another nail shop again”.

So then began the research again me turning back to YouTube to find out how I could achieve a nice set of acrylic nails. I told myself “this looks so easy!”, so I started buying all the equipment and supplies upon doing research on what was best for a beginner like myself. Before I knew it I literally had spent thousands of dollars over a period of time and couldn’t believe it. So then began practicing, let me tell you something … I sucked! My first full set I tried to attempt on myself was horrible, nails were crooked and lumpy oh it was a complete mess. I started going back gathering receipts because I’m thinking to myself there’s no way I just wasted my money thinking this was going to be easy and here I am struggling to do a set. So I almost gave up but something told me that I couldn’t give up and that it wasn’t going to be something I was going to perfect overnight. So I practiced and practiced .. 1 year later here I am with a pretty steady stream of clients I’ve even been honored to do a celebrities nails and its only been a year. I’m so glad that I pushed myself and didn’t give up because now this is something that I’m so passionate about.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Whew, where do I begin? In the beginning my struggle was the time it took me to do a set. It would literally take me 3-4 hours to complete a full set and it was the most frustrating thing. I couldn’t figure out a shortcut or anything that could speed up my time. I started off being a mobile tech which means I would travel to peoples homes or their businesses to provide my service and that was a very big headache. Time management was very important when I was mobile it became extremely hectic. The last thing I can think of that was a struggle for me is juggling the fact that I did also and still do have a full-time job on top of doing nails. Nails is clearly my first love but I would be so exhausted sometimes. All in all the struggles have made me a better artist.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Monnie Nailed It – what should we know?
So my business is an independent black-owned nail service. Currently, I provide nail services that include basic manicures, applying artificial & designing and creating. I specialize in acrylic application that’s originally what I taught myself to do first then I moved on to manicures and designs. I’m most proud of the fact that I’ve had so many supporters throughout this journey it’s because of some very valuable people in my life that I stood my ground and kept going. I’m proud of the buzz I’ve gotten thus far I never knew I’d be actually taking clients. I believe what sets me apart from others being an independent nail tech is my clients feel catered to, I listen to their needs and give them exactly what they want. Since I am an English speaking African American there is no language barrier like you would typically stumble across at a traditional nail shop, so not only am I listening I am understanding and deliver to my client’s wants. I am open later than normal nail shops and I also do house calls which many nail salons don’t do.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being personable is most important in my opinion. I want to build a relationship with my clients so they feel at ease whenever they come to see me. I’ve made so many great connections with my clients just solely on my bubbly personality. They can talk to me. A lot of my appointments turn into what I call “therapy sessions”, where my client can vent about their day or just anything. I’m always there to listen. Most of my clients look forward to their appointments just for those “therapy sessions”.

Pricing:

  • Full Sets – $50
  • Ombré – $55
  • Freestyle – $70 (starting price)

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