Written By: Samantha Cee
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How did the idea for your business come about?
M.Lashay’s (CEO) : M.Lashay’s idea came to mind when her grandmother became ill. She was/is a very jazzy lady who always traveled, wore gorgeous jewelry and kept her hair and nails done weekly. As a Cancer Survivor her grandmother was told that a lot of the things she took pride in would now have to change. Once she was diagnosed with neuropathy and diabetes she was told that she can’t have certain chemicals enter into her body. Melissa took that and felt sorry for her especially because her grandmother loved her nails; she grew them so long and kept them polished. After doing much research Melissa found that most mainstream nail polish companies uses many harsh chemicals some in which are cancer causing agents. After testing many other products she has found that you can have great nail polish with many colors to choose from without the harsh chemicals added. So to date we are 5 free nail polish meaning free of Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor. Doing this so that you are “Living your best life, where the hardest decisions are choosing your next nail color”- M.Lashay.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How do you find people to bring into your organization that truly care about the organization the way you do?
M.Lashay’s (CEO): I truly believe that God places the right people to you, for the right season that you need them. A lot of times ppl are there just for a season.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What three pieces of advice would you give to other children who want to become entrepreneurs?
M.Lashay’s (CEO) Believe in yourself! Never give up, and work hard at what you want.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
M.Lashay’s (CEO): If I had the chance to start over, yes I most certainly would and I would have started a very long time ago. I wouldn’t have listened to the nay sayers. Sometimes those are the people who are most closest to you :/
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur ?
M.Lashay’s (CEO): Setting realistic Goals, writing them down and giving yourself a deadline to crush them. Proper financial planning, and Networking.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from them?
M.Lashay’s (CEO): At this point I don’t think I would call them failures. It moreso a learning process, but I learned as a entrepreneur you CANNOT be lazy! Period you can really miss your beat by missing on networking functions, a sell etc.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How many hours do you work a day on average?
M.Lashay’s (CEO): I work at least 4 hours a day on my business.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :Describe/outline your typical day?
M.Lashay’s (CEO): For me I get up everyday at 5am, check my emails, social media get washed and dressed. I have two eighteen year olds, and a two year old so I have to prepare her for daycare. I check my stats on my posts to see how I did my previous days. I like to see what other nail polish brands and nail techs are trending to see what I can do better and learn from. I end my day early 8pm I’m in bed lol.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
M.Lashay’s (CEO): OMG intense! At the same time a blessing My Husband has has been my biggest supporter, it has been a many a day I want to give up but he wouldn’t allow me to. Also, my children. They are able to participate in events for us, and that shows them different avenues of the non corporate world.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What motivates you?
M.Lashay’s (CEO): My family motivates me I think I summed that up in the previous question.
Fashion Gxd Magazine: How do you generate new ideas?
M.Lashay’s (CEO): Well, I like to think of Things that go along with my brand. I make and sell Nail Polish after you get your nails done we get our hands massaged with lotion. So that was the next thing I came out with. I always like to give a thank you to my customers so with each purchase you receive a fingernail file, at one point they would get nail decals etc. Just something to say Thank you.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?
M.Lashay’s (CEO): Sleep! Lol time with family and friends, date nights...
Fashion Gxd Magazine : Where you see yourself and your business in 10 years? 20 years?
M.Lashay’s (CEO): I see myself in 10years owning a successful Beauty Bar, 20 years owning multiple beauty bars in the top cities around the USA hunty!