Today we’d like to introduce you to Katya Dmitrenco.
Katya, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I founded KD Brows in 2015 after a lifelong passion for perfection. Perfection can mean a lot of different things to different people, and my version of perfection is consistently showing up as the best possible version of myself at all times. The attention I give to friends and family when I am with them, the attention I give to eyebrows when I am working – it’s all the same. If I’m not my best version of self first, I can’t be anything else to anyone. We all work so hard in life juggling friends, family, and our work obligations, it’s my job to remind people of their own self-care and help my clients achieve their own level of perfection.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t been a smooth road, but those bumps also made me who I am, so I can’t say I would change anything. I was born in Moldova with roots based in the Ukraine. When I was six I parted ways from my mother and began living with my grandparents. That change brought an understanding of my own independence and from an early age I had a strong desire to carve out my own path and find my own way.
That way was closer to my new home than I thought, as my first official “client” was right under my nose (or technically her brows were right above her nose). I vividly remember as a child sitting on my grandmother’s lap staring up at her eyebrows and wanting to pluck them. Finally, after months of convincing, she trusted me enough to listen. Barely able to stand high enough to reach, I jumped on her lap plucking and shaping each of her brows into perfection. My grandmother was impressed, and it became a regular appointment. I knew then and there that I had found my calling. My grandmother explained to me at the time that I could eventually charge for my services. I told her that was great, but I also wanted a family one day. She then told me that I could have both and I didn’t need to limit myself to one or the other. I was always astonished by her and how she was running her business at the time yet still made a homemade dinner every night for us while raising her grandkids.
I carried her lessons close to my heart when I emigrated to the United States at age 13, where I was finally reunited with my mother after years of separation. I arrived in Denver without a cultural clue or the knowledge of a single English word. I then learned English while attending regular school during the day and beauty school at night. Mind you, I was also waitressing not one but two jobs on weekends just to help make ends meet. It might sound crazy to be working so young, but I knew nothing different. My family needed the money, and I wanted to start saving for my future.
Six years later, at age 19 with finally enough money saved, I moved to Los Angeles sans well wishes from friends and family. That was one of (if not the most) difficult decisions I have ever made.
Here I had not only established myself once but twice, and while I didn’t know much about LA, I knew I felt a draw and was inspired to follow my heart and keep moving (literally). I knew I was going to make my mother and grandmother proud, I also knew I needed to do it for myself and explore what that would even mean.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without my mother and my grandmother. My mom inspired me a lot because she moved to this country wanting to give me a better future. She struggled and worked really hard and despite the years of separation from her kids she never gave up.
Thanks to their support, I developed a vision of what I have established today and always dreamt of it. I also had a lot of people believe in me and many who didn’t and who doubted me. I wanted to prove to myself that I can accomplish it all on my own. I never received any help from anyone and everything I have today I achieve by myself through hard work and hope that level of discipline will inspire others. Many sleepless nights, sacrifices, tears and sweat, determination is what took to get here. Now that I am here, new challenges will appear and I am ready for them.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with KD Brows – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I started KD Brows in 2015 renting a single chair in a small studio. A year later, I discovered microblading and that’s where everything changed. What started off as pounding the pavement (I used to hand out flyers to people in the neighborhood), turned into word of mouth customer after word of mouth customer. The phone rang so much I had to hire an assistant and went from penciling in appointments to building my first website and setting up my own booking system digitally.
In the summer of this year, I was the first person in LA to start doing Brow Lamination on my clients. Thanks to social media, that too has lead even more clients requesting the new trend, and even an invitation to demonstrate at Hollywood Sephora. Brow Lamination is the best procedure for taming tough and unruly hairs as it sets every hair in the same direction giving a beautiful combed effect. Think of it like a keratin treatment for your brows.
Brow lamination kits are launching beginning of October as well as the online course for other artists to learn this technique.
For as much as I’ve felt like I’ve learned (and am still learning) I am proud that I also run my own academy where I teach in person seminars.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am so excited to be opening up a new salon in December inside a two-story place where I will provide all of the brow services and classes located in Studio City. The KD Brows Salon and Academy is a dream come true and a huge accomplishment. I’m most excited about establishing a beautiful brow bar and being able to teach students regularly.
- Microblading $950
- Brow Shaping $45
- Brow Shaping + Lamination $95 Lamination $60
- Website: www.kd-brows.com
- Phone: 7205798600
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/kdbrows