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I know it’s been a while since the last Tip Thursday but ain’t no room for sulking and crying over spilled milk because today we’ve got a new one here which I particularly love as it’s all about some good good self love. Self love they say, goes beyond manicures and pedicures both I’m one of those who would rather have it all including the manis and pedis, so I’m thankful for the internet for bringing someone whose life and style encompasses that my way and in today’s post, I’d be picking her brain a little for the benefit of us all…
Abimbola is the Creative Director of @Embellishbysarahjames and is fondly called SarahJames. She is a Professional Nail Artist, Nails and Lifestyle Blogger and a Content creator. She has a Masters Degree in Strategic Marketing from the University of Greenwich, London, UK. She is passionate about Nails, Nail Artistry, Self love amongst other things that makes her life beautiful.
THESVNFLWR ASKS : WHY THE NAIL INDUSTRY?
ABIMBOLA : It has always been a passion of mine that has grown over the years, I have been doing nails for 11 years now and I knew that with the gift God has given me after all my degrees the ultimate goal is to build a Beauty Empire which I have been working on actively since I got back to Nigeria.
After my Masters Degree which I did because of the business management aspect of been an entrepreneur I went to Beauty School also in the UK to acquire over 4 Certifications in Nails Artistry. I decided to establish my business in Nigeria because the Nail Industry in Nigeria needs more attention, building and standards restructuring and I want to contribute to growing it one step at a time.
THESVNFLWR ASKS : WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING THING ABOUT YOUR NICHE AND HOW HAVE YOU BEING ABLE TO DEAL WITH IT?
ABIMBOLA : One major challenge I sometimes still deal with is convincing people on the worth of my services. Due to the notion the Nail Industry already carries, people don’t think they should be putting so much value on nails so they price low or don’t even patronize at all. It’s been 2 years since I opened my studio and I would say that I have let my works do more of the convincing while building a clientele base for the business, people that know the value of the service they are been offered and don’t mind paying for it.
THESVNFLWR ASKS : AS A NAIL ARTIST AND EXPERT, WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 2 NAIL CARE DOs
ABIMBOLA : Always have some sort of cuticle oil or nail nourishing hand cream at arms reach because when you wash your hands you strip your skin and nails of all the oils which can cause dry skin or/and hang nails.
-Include fish, chicken, lean meat and vegetables like spinach, cucumber and other vegetables in your diet to ensure you are taking in enough protein, iron and zinc… This is will help keep your nails strong from the inside out.
THESVNFLWR ASKS : AS A NAIL ARTIST AND EXPERT, WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 NAIL CARE DON’Ts
ABIMBOLA : Never use a coarse nail file for your natural nails as they are too harsh and can take off the layers of your nail bed and cause lasting damages.
-Don’t pick or cut your cuticles, it is more advisable to get a proper manicure from a professional.
-Be careful the type of products you use at the salon for your nails, be sure they are using original products especially acrylics which is most common here in Nigeria, also do not use super glue on your nails for extensions it is not meant for nails.
Moving on to self love…
THESVNFLWR ASKS : What does self love feel like?
ABIMBOLA : It feels liberating I would say, for me it is the sense of owning yourself and not having to stress about the issues that would normally bother you or make you unhappy. It is accepting yourself now as you are.
THESVNFLWR ASKS : How and when did you decide to start loving yourself
ABIMBOLA : July this year I started to reflect on the past while reading HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself and I realized something that stuck with me- “People don’t necessarily have a ‘type’ they want to relate with, majority are attracted to and want to associate with confidence”. When that revelation hit me I realized that I have been selling myself short and depriving myself of happiness and relationship with myself and with others because I wasn’t confident in myself so I was just floating and going with the ‘vibe’.
It was then I decided to pick myself up, open my personal page @abimbolanimi and love me now while working the aspects of me that needs work. I also stumbled on a video that said paraphrasing… if the reason why you don’t love yourself is something you can work on or change then go ahead and do it and if you can’t change it then learn to embrace and accept it.
THESVNFLWR ASKS : Are there any limitations as to the kind of clothes plus size girls should wear?
ABIMBOLA : Should?? Never! You make your own rules, it’s a matter of personal preference. Wear whatever makes you happy and comfortable. Even though our society today frowns at women dressing a certain way, my view is that you dress for what you want to attract… As women generally not just for plus size women knowing who you are and what your goal is per time will dictate your choice of clothes.
Once again, I’m thankful to the internet for all the gems it’s brought my way especially the likes of today’s TIP-TOR who through her life and passion consciously wants to make positive impacts on the life of others, we honestly need more people like her. I hope you’ve been able to learn something even if one from this post, do feel free to ask any questions in the comment below, let’s help each other love ourselves even better.
You can find Abimbola on www.embellishedbysarahjames.com
Why does self love mean to you? What ways do you care for you nails? Did you like this post? Do share your thoughts with me below, thank you.