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Conversations with the Inspiring Akriti Shrestha

Today we’d like to introduce you to Akriti Shrestha.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I like to joke that I was born with a thread in my hands. I first started honing my threading skills in my home country of Nepal. In Nepal, threading is part of the cultural fabric of womanhood. No matter the age of a female child, threading is virtually the only way to get your brows shaped. That’s why I am so adamant that no one should ever pluck or use caustic chemicals like certain waxes to do their brows. I transitioned to the US in 2013 as a student. When I was working on my bachelors, I met and married my wonderful husband. This is also when I started to work part-time as a threader in a salon. After a few short years, I knew it was time to open my own threading salon. We only recently opened in December 2017 but the response has been amazing. I am always striving to the do the best for my clients. If they are happy, that is only when I am happy. Thank you to my clients, my family, and my friends that have supported me in my endeavor.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I always believed if something is easy to do you are not pushing yourself to be the best version of yourself. In my case, I traveled almost 8,000 miles from my home country to live in a place where I had no family or friends. On a personal level, it was hard for me to adapt to my new home. I was constantly homesick and would always dream of running back to my family. I took all these stresses and emotions and I used those as a catalyst to push my family’s and my future to a brighter horizon. I couldn’t let my family and myself down. I still have huge dreams to achieve for myself. Never ever give up. If you fall always get up. I know it’s cliched but it is the truth. Believe in yourself and use your struggles as a motivation to achieve a better life.

What should we know about Eye Adore Threading? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I specialize in threading using only the finest organic thread. I thread any unwanted hair from your face. Although my expertize is crafting and shaping the perfect eyebrow based on facial structure and needs. That is one thing in my field most threaders do not listen to their customers’ preferences and will just shape an eyebrow according to their taste or skill level. I make sure the client knows every step of the way why I am removing certain hairs or why I am leaving certain ones alone. I believe that is my greatest strength is understanding what my client wants and delivering that to them. But if you ask around, a lot of my clients would say they come for the brows but stay for our friendly chats.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
I am currently trying out my hand at Instagram to grow and connect to my existing and new clients. To me, it seems like a daunting task especially when I compare myself to other more established businesses in my neighborhood. I really admire Olives & Grace work on Instagram. I am trying to develop a brand image like theirs so I doing researching on what camera apps to use and how to compose great captions. I know I could do better and that is one of my goals for this year is to create a more cohesive brand image and develop a more well-rounded Instagram and brands like Olives & Grace and my others in my South End neighborhood.

Pricing:

  • Eyebrow Threading – 15
  • Upper Lip – 10
  • Chin – 10
  • Sideburns – 12
  • Forehead – 10
  • Neck – 10
  • Full Face – 45

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Image Credit:

Alexandra Rodriguez

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