Today we’d like to introduce you to Maeyamonique Traylor.
Hi Maeyamonique, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started my journey in the beauty industry in 2017. This was the year I became a licensed permanent makeup artist. I love the feeling of making someone feel confident and look good. This passion is what initially attracted me to the beauty industry and is also my daily motivation. I enrolled in cosmetology that same year going after my dream to become a makeup artist, or so I thought. During this process, I opened my first business Beautifully Bold Brows. Like most small business, we had to close the doors after 6 months. With only a handful of services and no business experience, I knew I would need to learn more and do more in order to be successful. After completing 7 months of school, I dropped out feeling discouraged. Cosmetology school taught me a lot about hair but not a lot about makeup or skin. So, after 2 more failed attempts of completing cosmo school, I found Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers. This was the first school I found that focused on skin and makeup. I was relieved and happy. I finally felt like I could quit my regular 9-5 job and go full-time into beauty, but I was scared. Having tried entrepreneurship before and failed, fear played a huge role in me stalling and not taking action right away. Then my stepfather passed away in 2020. This affected me so deeply but also motivated me to START again. This loss magnified the saying “life is too short” and pushed me to not only go to school but to finish school at the top of my class. Losing my dad taught me to go after everything I wanted because time waits for no one. So now in 2021, I have finally achieve my goal of becoming a licensed tattoo artist and esthetician. I building a brand around the idea that skincare should be treated and viewed as a part of normal health care. I refer to myself as ” The Bald Esthetician”, educating and helping others care for and beautify their skin. Skin and beauty is truly a passion of mine and I am so grateful and excited to be a part of this wonderful tribe of skincare professionals.
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?
The road has definitely not been smooth. Between death, failures, finances, and just life, I’m so grateful to God for seeing me through this journey.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
The Bald Esthetician is a two-part brand. The first part of this brand is education, through social media marketing and community outreach my goal is to educate the African American community about their skin. For decades we have been excluded from the beauty industry, we are just now in the last 5 years seeing a major shift in representation. From makeup that didn’t have our shades to peels that literally burned our skin, we have come a long way. I want to now take the information that I have learned and teach it to people who look like me so it can help them in their skin journey. Also, I want to help debunk a lot of misinformation concerning black people and skincare. The second part of The Bald Esthetician brand is service. I want to make proper skincare available to my community. Most of us never had a facial, proper extractions, or a chemical peel because of cost. My goal is to make these services feasible and effective. I want to give more than just a skin experience; I want to create value in caring for your skin. When people understand the value of something they care for it more. The skin is the largest organ in the body and in our community it’s often the most neglected. Daily protection and monthly maintenance is a necessity not a luxury.
What matters most to you? Why?
Living God’s purpose for my life. This matters to me the most because he matters to me the most. As long as my work and life shows the love of God, I am immensely satisfied. God will tate care of the rest!
- Facials start at $45
- Deep Treatment Facials $75+
- Permanent Makeup starts at $300
- Waxing starts at $12
- Makeup Application starts at $35
- Email: Loudlacedlooks@gmail.com
- Website: www.TheBaldEsthetician.as.me/
- Instagram: Instagram.com/thebaldesthetician
- Other: Instagram.com/baldestibestie