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Today we’d like to introduce you to Asia Mathews.

Asia, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
From the time I’ve been 8, I’ve been into nails. I remember the first time I ever had my nails done. I stole nails from CVS, they were French tip press-ons, I was so happy I couldn’t wait. I put the nails on and went home and showed my mom, the first thing she asked was where I got them, I was 8 I knew no better so I proudly told her I stole them, well let’s just say she was not happy at all and I definitely got into some trouble. Fast forward 3 years later and this time I’m stepping up in the world!

I’m getting glue-ons! My dad was very old school and didn’t even want us (me and my siblings) to have them done. It took months of begging and pleading and he finally gave in, I could get my nails done, glue-ons. It was May of 2011, the beginning of a beautiful spring, my mom took us to a family dollar off the avenue where we picked up glue, nail polish, and nails. When got home me and my siblings immediately started putting them on, we laughed and joked and I was so happy, I painted them blue-green and red, trading each color with the next once the fingernail was complete. That was the last time I got my nails done until I turned 15. This time they were glue-ons as well from Walmart, yes these ones were paid for!

They were mint green with silver sparkles on some nails, but I also noticed a KISS acrylic kit. I immediately grabbed it because I never had money to actually pay to get my nails done. I instantly hurried home to try the new kit. I tried doing my own acrylics but they looked terrible and it was so hard. My nail application was a mess, the nails popped off like they were press-ons, I just had no knowledge of what I was doing and didn’t care to read the instructions. I felt so discouraged I gave up. At 17, I began working and finally had the means to pay for sets. I began to constantly get my nails done, every time I would watch and ask questions. I went to the same place for the next 2 years and began to pick up little bits and pieces of the information.

In the year 2019, I just wanted to go all in and do it, nail appliances are expensive so I told myself if I was to do this I had to do it and NOT waste my money. The whole year I was on and off, I had hit and misses. Some nails were good and some were terrible. I felt like I was no good so I stopped once summer started. I gave away all the products I was so sure I would never try again, but once Covid-19 hit, I lost my job and I was pregnant. I was so lost but I began to get back into it, I turned up my hustle mode. I began teaching myself and looking into my practice. With the help of my older sister, I was able to get a lot of appliances. I began practicing with family and friends. Continuing to think of how I could grow, there were times I doubted myself but at this point, it was too late to give up I spent thousands on my products.

I kept pushing myself and did them consistently until March of 2021, I fell into a depression and lost motivation for literally everything. I couldn’t just get rid of the product because as I’ve been saying this whole time it was too much money to go to waste. I let my product sit in storage until October of 2021. I still studied just not physically. I used all the negative energy and put it into my nails. I began back slowly, and I’ve gotten very good but I’m still not where I want to be. I’m very blessed to be a SELF TAUGHT nail technician and honored to have this opportunity.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No. There have been so many obstacles. From not being able to have the correct liquid to powder ratio, to building clientele and following base on social media. Something to always remember is Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Self-taught nail technician and working on becoming an influencer. I’m proud of myself as a whole I’ve come a long way with myself. What sets me apart from others is that there is no one like me, I’m outgoing, friendly, and loveable. A very fast learner and always willing to learn.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
YouTube and Google.

Pricing:

  • 35$ full sets
  • 10$ for an extended length
  • 25$ for manicure

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1 Comment

  1. Erica

    January 21, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    Yes I loved reading this! Good reporting & great responses!

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