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Meet Meg Davoodian

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meg Davoodian.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I first began to do nails about four years ago. Before that, I was a stay-at-home mom for ten years. I had a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and worked in banking for several years before starting my family. As my growing children became less and less dependent on me as a mom, I felt bored and restless. I looked into many options for a career that would suit my need for a balanced and flexible lifestyle. As I was researching my options, I noticed that I spent a lot of time browsing nail designs on Instagram. While I loved simple nude nails for myself, I found myself fascinated at the many inspiring nail artists that exist and create art around the world. I was inspired! I knew that I needed to look into this field with a more critical eye. I called several Manicurist licensing programs in my area and chose the Simi Institute for Careers and Education to begin my journey to becoming a licensed manicurist and nail artist. I have never studied art, but I was determined to hone my skills and master my craft. I completed my program and became licensed in November 2018. Since then, I have worked at two different salons and decided that being a private nail artist was better for my lifestyle. I now have a private studio in La Crescenta, CA where I spend my days loving what I do! I pride myself on my attention to detail, my continuing education, and my commitment to make lasting, wearable art for my clients.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No journey comes with smooth roads, and mine was no different. I struggled because I had been out of the workforce for many years and had zero experience with nails and art. It took me time to navigate scheduling, new techniques and balancing the already hectic schedule I had in my personal life. I think I was very determined to keep going because no matter how challenging anything was, I fought through it. Working to break stigmas and barriers in this field have also been challenging. I often felt ‘less than’ other beauty industry professionals such as hairstylists and makeup artists. It seems that those industries have been able to raise the bar and raise prices and standards, whereas the nail industry still seems to be behind. Clients have also mistreated me and my colleagues and I feel compelled to educate the public and raise that bar for us nail techs as well.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I began this career thinking I’d be focusing on acrylic nails and nail art. However, over the course of my journey I have transitioned to only offering structured gel manicures, soft gel extensions, and gel pedicures. My passion is natural nails and maintaining the integrity and strength, allowing for longer wear and more quality outcomes. Nail art is something I try to offer to every client but I definitely have had challenges finding clients that are open to new ideas. I love creating beautiful art that lasts!

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
What matters most to me is a healthy balance in all aspects in life and nails! I think the culture in my field is to be overworked and underpaid and I am determined to ‘level up’ the clients’ mindsets and change the way they see nails and nail art. Quality is key, from the beginning of service to the next time I see you. With all those aspects in place, my clients return pleased and I am able to maintain quality time with my kids, too!

Pricing:

  • Structured Gel Manicure $60+
  • Gel X Full Set $70+
  • Standard Gel Pedicure $60+

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