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Conversations with Christina (Teennaa) Khiev

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina (Teennaa) Khiev.

Hi Christina (Teennaa), so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Born and raised in Kansas City, MO by two Cambodian refugees, all I knew how to do was work hard. My heart wasn’t always in the beauty industry. Growing up, I had my heart set on becoming a pediatrics nurse. I always enjoyed taking care of others, so I knew the healthcare field would be perfect. I worked in the healthcare field for a few years and soon realized it was too much for me. While working in the healthcare field, a friend once told me that I would be successful in the beauty industry. And that was nearly ten years ago! I brushed it off and didn’t think twice of it. Fast forward to 2017, I became a nail technician! A year into doing nails, I launched Flirt and Flutter Lashes. Three years into being a lash enthusiast, I launched F&F The Brand! Needless to say, the beauty industry is where I was meant to be.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Being a single mother of three is a struggle within itself. But learning to balance a family, a career, a business, a social life and furthering my education has been the biggest struggle. I’ve failed numerous times with numerous ideas, but those failures taught me to get up and do better. I’ve dealt with droughts of clientele and sales to being booked and busy and selling out of inventory. A challenge that I still face is today is I sell myself short. I’m learning my worth and I want everyone to know my worth, so this is just a new beginning for myself and F&F The Brand!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a nail artist and a lash enthusiast. I specialize in dipping powder and freehand designs. I am known for my ability to not say “no” to any of my clients’ wild designs. I am also known for my soft and fluffy mink lashes. I am most proud of being a single of three and having the ability to maintain a booked schedule as well as running a business. Being able to do all of this has been my proudest moment.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
Over the next 5-10 years, I see my brand opening up its first beauty bar, F&F The Beauty Bar. The Beauty Bar will specialize in nails and lashes.

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