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Meet Shanta Bustamante of Gilbert

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shanta Bustamante.

Hi Shanta , thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’m the eldest child of parents who emigrated from Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion. Our family settled in Northern California. Growing up, I was pretty much my parents right hand woman and played an essential role in helping them in their many business adventures. In addition to helping with the businesses, I was responsible for helping raise my three younger siblings. My parents struggled with raising us in a country with a culture that was foreign to them. I also struggled with trying to fit into two very different cultures.
I very quickly realized that my priority was to assist in raising and protecting my younger siblings. I’m proud to say that all my siblings ended up being successful, well-rounded, generous and productive human beings.
With all the responsibilities placed on me growing up, I had little time to focus on myself and ended up a bit lost and confused about my future. I felt like I was the least accomplished amongst my siblings with respect to education and career path. By my late 20’s I began to realize I need to find a solid career path for myself. I was tired of jumping from one job to another.
I found myself working in property management for the next 17 years, and I was miserable for 15 of those 17 years.
One day, a close friend of mine had her eyebrows microbladed. When I saw her, I was blown away with the outcome and became interested in the procedure.
After getting the procure done myself, I saw how youthful and rejuvenated I looked. I couldn’t believe how something as simple as your brows could have such an impact on your confidence level. I knew right then and her that I wanted to give this experience back to others. I decided to look into it as a potential line of work.
I did extensive research and found the best training course around. I fell in love with the work. Luckily, I had a natural talent and passion for it. I started my new business while still working at my property management job. I was working five days a week in property management and doing microblading on my two days off. This continued for about two years until I was fortunate enough to be able to find and afford to purchase a home in beautiful San Tan Valley, Arizona.

When I moved to Arizona, I gave myself a much needed break from working for about a year. When I was finally ready to return to work, I decided I wanted nothing to do with property management again. I decided to focus solely on my brow business.

I was fortunate to find a great spot at Savante Salon in Gilbert, Arizona.

So here I am. Living my best life and doing what I love. I couldn’t be happier!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I would say there have been a few bumps in the road. At the beginning of my journey, one of my biggest weaknesses was confidence in my craft. Not only was there the challenge of any business startup in regards to obtaining/gaining clientele, that resulted in not being able to practice in the art. This created doubt and many times I felt like giving up, I felt this field was not for me but then started to see how much of an impact I was making others and that was the driving force for me to continue.

Although part time, I was able to do relatively well in establishing my business in California. Most of my clientele being referrals and word of mouth. Unfortunately, between COVID and and moving to another state, I would say its been a bit of a challenge trying to reestablish but its slowly but surely getting there.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Well, I would say I’m in the business to beatify and enhance ones appearance. I specialize in Microblading and Ombre brows. These are two different types of techniques which help to enhance ones eyebrows. Microblading uses a handheld tool made of several tiny needles in a row, creating a sort of a blade which you then dip in a pigment. You then create a very fine slice in the skin to mimic a hair stroke. This can be done for a number of reasons. Many people lose hair over time or due to age, medication, cancer or they simply want fuller, thicker looking brows. Microblading and Ombre brows allow us to draw, reshape and give the appearance of a natural set of brows. An Ombre brow is the same concept with a slightly different technique. This technique uses a machine and gives the appearance of a soft shaded penciled in brow. I’m really big on a very natural appearance so I would say that would be what my work is most known for.
I’m most proud of being able to help woman as well as men regain their confidence.
Part of what sets me apart from others is my attention to detail. I really focus on making my clients feel as comfortable as possible as well as making sure they are aware of exactly what the process consists of and what to expect. I make it a priority that they are completely engaged throughout the whole process.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
DON’T give up, DON’T compare yourself to others. Give yourself time to find your own unique style. Manifest and envision your success. Finally, consistently practice…… practice makes perfect. Consistency is key.

Pricing:

  • Microblading-$300 for a full session including touch up
  • Ombre (Powder) Brows-$300 for one full session

Contact Info:

  • Email: Browvanity@gmail.com
  • Website: www.browvanity.com
  • Instagram: Brow Vanity
  • Other: Google: Brow Vanity

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