Today we’d like to introduce you to Kayla Gorham.
Hi Kayla, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Saint Monet started 6 years ago. Our first name was Princess Xstensions. I had named it that because I was completely obsessed with princesses and the feeling o being dolled up. I started the company after suffering from a disorder called Trichotillomania, which stems from anxiety and cause you to pull out bodily hair. After being treated, I realized that I only felt confident when I did my hair and lashes, which was the birth of everything. In 2016 I obtained a lash license in Maryland, Georgia, and Alabama and started doing individual lashes extensions for those who could not figure outstrips but wanted the fullness look. I continued through college, and after giving birth in 2020, I decided it was time for a revamp. My Graphic designer at the time, Erica, had told me princess played out anything and that I needed to redefine my audience and we came up with Saint Monet. Saint still being of royal connotation and Monet being my middle name. Saint Monet is for the females who want to look good, feel good, and take on the world with every flare they offer. Our motto is “When you look good, you feel good; when you feel good, you do good” with this motto, we want to help as many women as we can feel more confident while fighting life’s many challenges. With that being said, if you love lashes, we sell a variety of lashes for every woman, from CEO to College students, along with offering lash services. We do the same with hair. If you love your bundles, wigs, frontals, closures, tapes, or anything hair related, including accessories, we have it for you giving you the best quality and price. Saint Monet is not one of those brands looking to make a million. We are here to help as many women as possible gain the self-confidence they need to do anything they put their minds to.
Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I can say this has been a rough road. In the beginning, it was hard to get clients because I was only offering lash extension services. In 2016, people were not into individual lashes yet, so keeping a steady clientele was hard. I went into hair selling because, in college, everyone always asked where I got my hair from, so when I combined the two, it started great and then died down as the years went on. I took a break because school took over for a second and then my pregnancy. After my revamp, I have to say things have been slow because I am still trying to figure out the best way to reach my target audience and balance raising twins and my career simultaneously. The major struggle I had along the way was marketing. I am good at in-person, face-to-face marketing. Still, when it came to Instagram and other social media platforms, I was not as tech savvy as most, so it would take me hours to come up with a flyer and then try to understand when to post or what would catch the attention still really hard for me, but it is getting better.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a Mechanical Engineer working for Northrop Grumman. I currently work in the Software jamming systems for all military aircraft. I graduated from Tuskegee University with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering. I am also a Cosmetologist specializing in lash and hair extensions. I am most proud that I can blend my two career paths, so I work as an engineer by day and a cosmetologist by night, so I get the best of both worlds. What sets me apart is that you never know what I will do next. I am very creative, so anything in the aesthetics, I will try to figure out how to make a skill out of it or how I can make a connection between what I already do and how I can help someone with the new skill. When most people look at me, they naturally think I do anything engineering related because I have on the eyelashes, nails, and outfits. So when I say I am an engineer, it’s like a shocked look that goes across their face, but when I say I am also a cosmetologist, it clicks.
Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
I can say I am a risk taker. One of the major risks I have taken was raising my newborns across the country with no family help while trying to start a new career and do grad school, all while trying to be an entrepreneur. I would not encourage anyone to do what I did because it was super tough, and I did go through a terrible postpartum, but the business kept me sane, and Mae me realize why the world needs Saint Monet. I just stepped out on a leap of faith and prayed every day that god had my back and would not let me fail, and so far, he has been getting me through it.
- bundle deals start as low as $180
- All Hair services include the shampoo and blow dry
- Full lash sets start at $75
- mink lash sets (strips) are $5
- bundles are was low as $65
- Website: www.saintmonet.com
- Instagram: @therealsaintmonet