WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY?
SVETLANA KOLMAGOROVA: Every beautician has some story. I've always been looking after my hands. Back in junior high I liked putting polish of various colors on my nails, I was trying simple designs, too. My college friends would sometimes ask me to do something with their nails, some design. And when nail extensions became the thing, I had that done for me at once. I really liked the looks of it, and in 2006 I decided to learn the technique myself. I never thought of nail care as a profession, because at that moment I was pursuing career opportunities elsewhere, and quite successfully, I must say. So, it was just a hobby for me. I was taking care of my nails, friends sometimes would drop by for new design. And a year later I just realized that I take great pleasure in my hobby, and this hobby is generating more income than my regular job. The best part was, of course, to learn something new and see satisfied customers. My clientèle was expanding rapidly, days were getting busier and busier. I was working at my own salon and still managed to find time to be a nail design instructor. The more I learned, the more I wanted to improve my skills. I became really picky when it came to new training courses, as I was craving for something new, some exclusive knowledge. I had so many course completion certificates that I was really hard to surprise. And yet I found my perfect mentor, and our corroboration brings me enormous joy - it is astonishingly stimulating, allowing me do my job even better.
WHERE DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION? WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?
SVETLANA KOLMAGOROVA: That would be my students. Inspiration I draw from them is like perpetuum mobile: the teacher inspires the student, and vice versa.
SVETLANA KOLMAGOROVA: I don't have any. But I know many people, people I care about, who motivate me and help me realize my goals and desires. My family, my parents set a great example for me. My mentor, Victoria Klopotova. You wouldn't believe how supportive she is. My children - my guardian angels. And my team - the key to success.
WHAT IS STALEKS PRO FOR YOU?
SVETLANA KOLMAGOROVA: It's the quality that is placed everywhere, from the looks (design, packaging) to the instrument features (steel, shape, sharpening, etc.).
WHAT ACHIEVEMENTS OF YOURS MAKE YOU PROUD?
SVETLANA KOLMAGOROVA: My greatest achievement is my professional evolution. My determination and clearness of purpose contributed greatly to my success. In my opinion, every achievement one can be proud of roots from little victories over self - you must conquer your laziness, fear, insecurity.
ANY ADVICE FOR BEGINNERS?
SVETLANA KOLMAGOROVA: Never stop dreaming about bigger, greater things, even if today it sounds just like a wild fantasy that can never come true. Be patient, because if you set your goals high, the road to success is full of obstacles. Don't be afraid to ask about something that you don't know, the only shame there is the shame for not having learned something while you had a chance to do so. Try to look up to people you admire, surround yourself with them. Never loose faith in yourself and your powers. And remember: quality instruments contributes 50% to the success of the job!