Today we’d like to introduce you to Mai Le.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Mai. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Business Retail Management, I took on a management position in banking for a few years. In 2012, I came across on reading an article about a woman who quit her finance job to do eyelash extensions. Eyelash extensions, the idea struck me right away. I personally have a special relationship with lashes. Being born with small Asian eye feature, I was always self-conscious about my eyes looking tired all the time. The only thing that kept people from asking me if I was sleepy, was having false lashes on. After reading this article, I instantly questioned myself if this is the path I wanted to take. Growing up in a traditional Asian family in which, education and a stable job come first and foremost, this idea sounded very adventurous to me at the time. Nevertheless, I took on an eyelash extensions class. The 4-hour class was a poor educational structure at the time. Although I love it but with the lack of educational support and self-confidence, soon after that, I tucked the idea of doing lashes in the back of my heart and decided to stay with my “secured” office job.
Two years went by, I was so fed up with my corporate job, hitting the bottom line and hated going to work every day because this is not my passion. The idea of doing eyelash extensions popped back into my life again. I went to get my first set of eyelash extensions done. It was so painful, as the technician was using old-school methods. Nevertheless, I could not help but staring at myself in the mirror all the time, hurray… no more tired-looking eyes! I immediately asked my cousin to show me some of the newest techniques in doing eyelash extensions again. I fell head over heels again, like the first time! I now often jokingly say, “Lashes is my first love, it was love at first sight and still growing strong.” With all my courage, I gave in my 2 weeks’ notice. As I was giving in my notice, my head was spinning and asking me a million questions, “Oh gosh… What am I doing. This is crazy, why am I giving up my stable job for something that I don’t even know how it will turn out…” It was the scariest decision I ever made, all I knew was “I gotta do what I love and gotta make it work, no matter what!”
Fast forward, I obtained my aesthetician and nail license, had to work at a nail salon because most spas wanted some sort of experiences in related field. Within the first 4 months, I offered to do free eyelash extensions to close friends so I could gain some practice. I still remember doing free lashes until 9-10pm every night, but I was still so happy and passionate. Just the thought of those eyelashes will give an impact on someone’s life like it did on mine, kept me going. Within the next months, a combination of high quality skills and affordable prices, I was able to build a huge number of clientele through referrals and social media.
In 2015, I was awarded to be the World Individual Lash Master through a couple of competitions. I further took on extensive trainings and attended conferences to further knowledge and to be a Certified Trainer. Within the same year, MaiLash was founded to provide high quality products, based on the core values and believe that led me to success. “To provide high quality services and products with competitive prices.” In 2016, I opened up my own studio providing services with the same mindset, strategy, and hard work. Within a few months, we grew into a team of 4 girls. In 2017, we expanded to a bigger space with working staff, is voted the Best Eyelash Extensions & Microblading in AZ by the Modern Luxury Magazine.
My love for this beauty art did not stop. In 2016, I ventured myself into Semi-permanent makeup segment, Microblading. Being blessed with good eyebrows, I have always notice how important eyebrows are to the face. It feels good not having to put a lot of effort into doing eyebrows in the morning. My passion transitioned into the desire of wanting to give people the same feeling – to empower men and women self-confidence through my art. MaiBrows was born in this respect.
Today, our company MaiLash & Brows continues to grow bringing the best products to professionals. We have partnered with many vendors from over the world to source out the best quality products and making it strategically competitive prices to the market. We continue to strive for outstanding services in our studio helping men and women feel pretty about themselves. Most important of all, we get to express our love through creating an art on eyelashes and eyebrows.
My message to all women entrepreneurs, follow your heart! Have courage and conquer fear regardless, how scary it may sound. Create your dreams. Put 200% effort and your heart into doing what you love. In the end, it will bring beautiful results. You are creating a history of yourself and have lots of stories to tell your kids one day!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Once I decided to leave everything behind and go with my heart to follow my passion, I put in 100% effort even if that means working late nights with very little money or even for free to build my credentials and skills. The drive that keeps my fire going was solely my passion and love for what I do. Success never comes easy or without a price. My biggest struggle would be sacrificing all my time with my daughter. I never got to spend time for her school programs, homework or simply to play with her. Deep in my heart, I knew this is the biggest loss for me, my daughter’s childhood – to watch and enjoy each moment with her.
I love this quote, “Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach.” W.E.B Du Bois
As a working mom and wife, I live each day by setting examples for child and trusting that she will see all pieces of the puzzles one day – To follow your passion, work hard, never give up and be a successful woman entrepreneur.
Please tell us about MaiLash & Brow Studio.
MaiLash & Brows is a company that provides service, products and trainings specializing in eyelash extensions and semi-permanent makeup.
Our competitive advantage is we are able to source out luxury high quality products with great prices for professionals in the field. On the services side, I have trained our artists to be able to provide the best lash extensions applications while keeping prices competitive for clients. We house the best of all!
What sets us apart from others is not only products/services and prices but, most importantly our commitment to delivering consistent quality to customers, making sure each customer is well taken care of.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I probably will take on that opportunity years ago and should have trusted my gut to follow my dream. 🙂
However, I believe that everything comes with a reason. If I had not hated my job and experienced the bottom line of my life, I would never have had this much fire and commitment to make my dream come true. You know that feeling when you have nothing else to hold on to except, for your passion and belief! Then, you know you gotta make it work, no matter what!
- Eyelash Extensions Full Sets: $99 – $180 (www.mailash.com)
- Eyebrow Microblading: from $400 (www.mailash.com)
- Lash Refills: $55 – $75 (www.mailash.com)
- Address: 4234 N. Craftsman Court,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
- Website: www.mailash.com
- Phone: 480-707-3399
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mailashandbrows/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mailashandbrows
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