BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 3 - (Page 20)
Taking Nail Art to New Heights
"If you have
a dream and
it, you'll have
fuel to spare
at the end of
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Advance Beauty College
Garden Grove, CA
March 1, 2014
Those words introduced the judges of the BCL CND Tippi Hedren
Professional Nail Competition to Holly Kalil. The
clever essay application reflects Kalil's two decades
of flying the friendly skies as a flight attendant for
a major carrier.
As a full-time student at Advance Beauty College,
owner of Fly Girls Nail Art salon and a working flight
attendant, Kalil's career is taking off on many fronts
and she understands the value of being prepared for
unforeseen situations. Following the tragic events
of September 11, 2001, the airline industry experienced severe financial difficulties and Kalil began
thinking about a second career.
She dreamed of a salon where nail enthusiasts
could go to indulge in a variety of treatments ranging
from a simple manicure to a coordinated mani/pedi
design. Her vision expanded to include a franchise
component that would put nail salons in airport
locations, attracting not just frequent flyers but
"frequent filers" through a loyalty program. In 2013,
Kalil founded Fly Girls Nail Art in Newport Beach,
CA, and found that she was not content to simply
serve as the salon owner, but wanted to become
licensed as well. Her interest led her to Advance
Beauty College and she began taking classes to
earn her license. "I was intrigued by the advanced
classes available that focus on gel and nail design
as well as the fact that they also offered courses in
cosmetology and esthetics," Kalil said.
What does a typical week look like for this student, business owner and "high flyer"? Kalil typically works round trip night flights from California
to Hawaii on Sunday and Monday and occasionally works another flight mid-week. From Tuesday
through Saturday she juggles classes from morning
to early afternoon and works in her salon from midafternoon to evening. Amid this schedule, she still
finds time to attend the ISSE and Nail Pro trade
shows and research the latest nail design trends
on Instagram and Pinterest.
Kalil says her role as a salon owner shares many
commonalities with her work as a flight attendant,
particularly when it comes to customer service.
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"When customers come into my salon, I use the
same skills I use as an air hostess. I greet them, offer
them a beverage and try to make them comfortable,"
she said. Passengers often compliment her on her
nails. "Our hands can be conversation starters," she
remarked. Beyond word of mouth, Kalil grows her
nail salon through fliers, an advertisement in the
Orange County Monthly, messages on cash register
receipts, Groupon and social media.
How does she keep so many roles in the air? "When
you're doing something you love, you don't consider
it work," she says. Education is also important. In
her late 30s, Kalil wanted to work on international
flights, so she learned French as a second language.
"It's important to dedicate yourself to education so
that you can achieve your dreams," she said.
Looking to the future, Kalil plans to take advanced
nail programs and continue perfecting her craft,
while retaining her role as a flight attendant and
franchising her business. "I'd love for Fly Girls Nail
Art to be a household name," she said.
Does she have any concerns about making it happen? "If you have a dream and work toward it, you'll
have fuel to spare at the end of the day," she said.
As an entrepreneur, aspiring nail tech and beauty
school student, Holly Kalil is truly taking beauty
and wellness to new heights.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 3
Message From the Aacs President & CEA Chair
The Workings of Washington
The Art of the Consult
A Student’s Perspective
Celebrating Our Graduates
Access and Affordability
And Then There’s Compliance
Are You Ready to Thrive?
Navigating the Acquisition Path
Creating a Marketing Mixture
Culture Trumps Strategy
Beauty Changes Lives
20 Ways to Celebrate You
Battle of the Strands
Students Leaving the Beauty School “Nest''
Why Every Educator Needs to Be at CEA This Year
Step by Step
Voices From the Classroom
People & Places
Create a Recipe for the Future
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Furniture Manufacturers
New School Members
Upcoming 2014-15 Events
Index to Advertisers
BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 3