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Meet Cynthia Lee

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cynthia Lee.

Cynthia, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started out as a college student wanting to have one foot in the door of beauty. Being a Hmong woman trying to fulfill the dreams of my parents, I also knew what I was passionate about. I decided to go for my certificate in August in 2018. I took the class with no intentions of liking it but just having the certificate by my side while I went to college. I started out in my brother’s basement and lashed down there for a year. My clientele grew so much within the first 6 months that I was able to quit my job at the local daycare I was at. At this time, I was still in school full time and lashing 7 days a week, 12-hour shifts on the weekends. I had felt that once my winter semester of school ended, I was going to put school on hold and see pursue this lash career. As time went on, I was lashing full-time, 12 hr. shifts every day, I finally took off Sundays but still worked 6 days a week. I was on a high with my business; on the free time I had, I was working on advertising and marketing for my business. I finally realized that I was ready to move into a salon suite and start my business. Unfortunately, I was denied a salon suite because I didn’t have a cosmetology or esthetics license. I felt scammed from the lack of knowledge and that lack of awareness from my class for this. Therefore, I decided to save my money and go to esthetics school for my license. I was ready by January of 2019, but then COVID-19 hit, and I was out of my own business due to that. I shut my business down until all restrictions were lifted. This was extremely hard on me mentally because I wasn’t able to attend a school or continue to grow my business. Then, I decided to take this time to create YouTube videos about lashing, and while I was doing that, my videos started growing in views, and my subscribers finally met 1,000. I was so happy because a goal of mine since 2012 (the beginning of my YouTube career) was to hit 1000 subs. I continued to push content out on my personal and business page until I was able to start lashing again. I had to regrow my clientele once I was able to start lashing again; therefore, from 2020-2021, I lashed Monday-Friday 12-hour shifts, saved all my money, and then signed up for the esthetics program at Elevate Salon Institute in Royal Oak. I started in November 2021 as a full-time student (Tuesday-Saturday from 9-430pm) and took my clientele from 40 clients a week to 10. This was hard because I had to let a lot of clients go and lost a lot of clients because I was only able to lash 2 clients a night Tuesday-Friday. I was mentally exhausted every day and night. A lot of those who don’t attend beauty school think that it is easy. It’s not. It can be mentally draining and hard to stay positive. I pushed through and graduated in April of 2022. I took both of my state exams, passed both, and received my license in June of 2022. As we move into July, I’m now a licensed esthetician with a full clientele and more services other than lashes, and now I’m finally signed, ready and moving into my salon suite in August of 2022. I’m officially retired from Glammed by Cynthia and finally forming into my business Khonsu Esthetics which represents all of me and my vision within my business. 

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?
– Being denied of my salon suite because of no license 

– COVID-19 

– Cutting my clientele down from 40 to 10 because of school 

– mentally not being okay because when you’re a business owner, one woman shows you take care of everything. 

– Mentally checked out of family events, family, and my boyfriend because I allowed my job to take over everything because I was chasing my dream so hard that it became unhealthy. I wasn’t able to attend to myself, the people who care for me, and my physical health. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I started as a lash artist and special in lash health and beauty of enhancement to the eyes, but I also specialize in all things skin and waxing. I also am an educator; I do training and focus on sharing my passion with others. Lastly, I’m most proud of myself for helping others in this industry and introducing them to more than just a “lash artist,” “esthetician,” or “beauty professional.” We are amazing beauty professionals, but we bring happiness, encouragement, and beauty out to others. What sets me apart is that I’m not here to be better than anyone, I’m here to build a community. 

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
– hard work – I don’t strive for motivation; I strive for the progress that is made off of consistency. 

– discipline 

– love, helpful and encouraging 

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