Today we’d like to introduce you to Damia Faucette.
Hi Damia, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Wax Cat actually started with my best friend Ari and I when we both didn’t know what we were going to do after we left from working for a franchise waxing facility. I was 20 and I knew for sure that I didn’t want to work for someone else. I also dropped out of college when I realized that environmental engineering wasn’t a career passion but more so a human passion. So Wax Cat was born with no real business education, no money, and a lot of passion and love for my trade. LOL, a love for ripping hair out of people using hot wax. But no, really, I love being entrusted with the very intimate parts of us in which most people don’t get to be. I honor that, respect that, and uphold that to the highest degree. So getting Wax Cat off the ground wasn’t that easy. I had to work odd jobs such as bartending, food delivery, dancing, etc. So much beautiful life experience all the while making my dreams come true.
After a while word got around that, I had opened my own waxing spa and so many of my old clients found me. It really touched me to see all these familiar faces and new faces with all these stories about how great the experience was with me, how great life has been, and how much they missed me. I missed them all too. I actually do remember all my clients; names, jobs, kids, life events, etc. I can’t help to take my business personally. My clients are like family to me. I had eventually gotten to a point where I could stop all the odd jobs and focus on Wax Cat. Then in 2018 while I was pregnant with my son, I met Tiah the owner of Uzuri Spa. I came to work with her and she really showed me strength and professionalism. She embodied strong leadership in my career and that gave me the courage to move into my own Pikesville location soon after in 2019. Wax Cat now is thriving and looking to expand in the coming months!
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Like I said, at the beginning I definitely had to work some odd jobs to fill in the financial blanks. Working seven days a week, 10am-8pm then getting off to go bartend, dance, or deliver food from 9pm-2am. It was brutal and tiring but I knew it would pay off. I found a new respect for women dancing in the clubs, a new confidence for being the one serving drinks, and a new integrity for being the one delivering other people’s food. Once I had my son, It was difficult finding a flow and even to this day, it can be hard. My son isn’t in daycare and I co-parent with his father. I choose to not work on the days I have him because It’s more important to be with him for me. We adventure outside most days and play and learn and grow together. This is the life I always dreamed of. However, it does come at a price. Literally. By choosing to not work on days I have him, I lose the ability to work and make money. I have such an influx of new clients and my pre-existing clientele, hence why I will be expanding my team this year.
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 am a licensed cosmetologist who specializes in skincare/hair removal. I also am a self-taught herbalist, wildcrafter, and gardener. As well as a poet, painter, and writer. I am known for my business Wax Cat and being a hair removal specialist. I am most proud of how far I’ve come. I didn’t anticipate to be where I am, and I’m so honored to be here! I would say what sets me apart from others is that I do take my business personally. I aim to create more space for what it is to be a Black business professional. That it can be me standing full in my authenticity, my integrity, and truth. Most of my clients have watched me grow up. They’ve watched me become many versions of myself constantly refining and searching for my peace and happiness out loud. I only hope to see the same from them as well. We are taught that we have to be this one person in a professional setting and this other person at home and this other person here and there etc. What if you could just be You, any and everywhere?
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
I honestly could use the advice. LOL. I’m looking to find one myself. I don’t find it’s ever too late or that you too experienced to have someone mentor you.
- Brazilian Wax: $49
- Vacation Special: $103
- Eyebrows: $16
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- Website: waxcatspa.com
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