Every once in a while I like to do a small business feature and this is my latest one. I’d like to introduce you to this fabulous new small business in Longview, Smitten Kitten Lash. I met with Andria, the owner, to check out this beautiful new space, and asked about her story. Read on to find out what they offer, and to get a sneak peek of her studio.
How did you get into this line of work? Was it always a goal of yours to do hair, makeup, and lashes?I was a struggling single mom who needed a career. I had waited tables since I was 13. I always had an interest in skin care and makeup. The opportunity arose so I took it. It was 4 years into my career I was sort of forced into doing lashes. And that was it, I fell in love!
How long have you been in this line of work?I have been in this business for 11 years!
I know you’ve said you didn’t ever think you’d own your own salon. What changed for you?It was honestly all God. I literally said one day in February to Summer jokingly that I could open up next door. And I am 💯 faithfully following God and what he has for me. So I made the phone calls and a month later I opened my doors. All the steps leading up to it were all him. If it weren’t for him I would not have this. And I absolutely strive to use this business as a platform to show God’s love, grace, and blessings to others like he has shown to me.
What services do you offer?We offer airbrush makeup, airbrush spray tanning, eyelash extensions, lash lifting and tinting, microblading brows, body and facial waxing. We will be adding mini facials, powder dip for nails soon!
Tell me about the girls that work with you, and how you selected them to be a part of your team.Leslie-lash artist was my first hire. She has been my client for a couple years. She was the first to take my lash course. She is 19, currently in school working towards a nursing degree.Jennifer- 27 lash artist just so happens to be a client and a friend of two girls who work at Leo+Luna. She was getting her hair done one day and I heard them taking about how she was driving to Dallas to do lashes.Nickole- spray tan specialist was also a client of mine for about a year. She worked for a popular tanning salon in Longview, that’s where she got her training. She started spraying independently when she had her daughter.Tasha- our microblading brow specialist is also an RN she is new to us. She is my sister-in-law.
What inspires you?Being in a position to help a woman feel beautiful. It’s not just seeing a transition in her appearance. It’s a whole transition in the way she sees herself. She walks more confidently, her head a little higher.
Tell us how your studio differs from other salons that offer similar services.We want to build relationships with our clients. We are usually the first person to learn about things in their lives. We adore the time we get to spend with you. We love our guests. We also want them to have a luxury experience. We want you to feel like the queen you are. Be pampered, relaxed, and let us wait on you. You deserve it.