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Hidden Gems: Meet Krissy Morine of KM Beauty Palace

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krissy Morine. 

Hi Krissy, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I’m from a small country town down south of Colorado. I went to school for massage therapy and worked in that for a while and decided it wasn’t for me.I went back to school for nails to try it out. I ended up catching on very fast and found it very enjoyable . I worked from my home part time for maybe 2 years. During that time my passion for nails grew bigger and I wanted to make a career out of it so I decided to move to Denver. Moving to the city helped me gain more knowledge business wise and new techniques, both benefitted my goal to become a business owner. After working in a few salons, I felt ready to take the leap and started my own business. Luckily,my timing was spot on because COVID hit right after. I was glad I decided to venture this way because I definitely didn’t feel comfortable working around large amounts of people and working alone keeps myself and my clients in a safe clean environment. After joining numerous local beauty groups on Facebook, posting constantly on Instagram, buying ads on social medias: I began to build clientele very quickly. Now I am a fully booked every three weeks with a very happy and loyal clientele base, just waiting on a safe/healthy environment to open a salon of my own, where I will offer booth rent to other nail techs to help them build their business.

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?
As with everything there are tough times. Starting on my own was very tough at first. You definitely need to make sure you have savings or someone who can help support you. I am so thankful for my husband who has supported me and my dreams throughout this whole time. I don’t think I have ever been on my phone and computer so much in my life until now. When you want to be your own boss you need to take into consideration that not only are you doing the job you love but you are also your marketer, secretary, accountant etc. The best advice I can give is make sure you set boundaries between work and personal life, have a good policy, and have a backup plan for slow days. Your clientele needs to understand off hours are for your personal life and contact between each other will not be answered until work hours. It helps keep you sane and not overworked. A good policy not only helps your appointments run smoothly but also protects your business. A back up plan is always a necessity in the beauty industry, we have slow months. I also used my hobby of crafting as a retail point in my business and obtained several other trade skills such as eyelash extensions, facials, and waxing.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I offer Nail services; such as acrylic full sets, hard gel full sets, and gel manicures; eyelash extensions, waxing and coming soon facials. I also offer retail items I make such as; custom keychains, cups, shirts, sweaters, memorial tiles etc; lash baths for eyelash extension, cuticle oil, car seat seat belt clickers for long nails that can’t push the button, nail files, acrylic/gel nail remover kits, and women’s clothing. I mainly specialize in and am known for nail services. I believe my quality of nails and reasonable prices sets me apart from others. I have been told numerous times my nails are strong and don’t break or pop off.

If new clients mention this article with their appointment, they will receive 10% off any service.

You can book online at www.kmbeautypalace.com.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
The best advice I can give is make sure you set boundaries between work and your personal life, have a good policy, and have a backup plan for slow days. Something I wish I knew when I started out is that you cannot make everyone happy, you will have bad days and great days. Take the bad days as a lesson and learn to take criticism. Remember the industry is always changing so embrace the learning curve.

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