Today we’d like to introduce you to Melanie Brumsted.
Hi Melanie, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’ve been in the beauty industry since I was a teenager. I started as a shampoo assistant and when I was 20, I went to hair school. I always had a passion for everything this industry has to offer. When I started working after being licensed, I always daydreamed about opening my own salon.
Those dreams seemed so far away as time went on especially when the recession happened. There were weeks I would only have one haircut if I was lucky. During that time, I ended up going back to waiting tables to help pay bills and worked seven days a week sometimes both jobs in the same day. I was feeling defeated and didn’t think I would be able to keep fighting to stay in the hair business.
At that time, I had been getting lash extensions which weren’t really a big thing but I was so addicted to them. They made me feel beautiful. I decided to take the course. It was so challenging but I had spent a lot of money that I didn’t really have on the course. In my mind, I had no choice but to get good at it and make it work. I ended up falling in love with lashing and before I knew it, I was growing my skills and my clientele again. In 2017 I decided I wanted to work towards opening my own business. So I found a place that I could rent a suite from. After two years, I was growing so much I had to turn business away. That led me to finally take the leap of growing a bigger dream. I opened Vanity Beauty Lounge January 7th of 2020.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It definitely hasn’t been smooth. There were lots of times where I struggled to pay my bills. When I found lashing things finally felt like they were falling into place. I finally found my real niche in this industry. When I opened the salon in January 2020, I had one employee and was so ready to continue to grow. When we had to close in March, I was devastated. Not only did I have the salon to worry about but I had a baby on the way. My husband and I found out we were pregnant also in January. I had just spent my entire savings opening the salon and had a plan of how to save for when the baby would be coming in October. In our industry, there are no benefits for maternity leave so I would have to plan income for myself to take off. I had no idea how I was going to afford to keep our doors open with having to be closed with no end in site. It was a really scary time.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We are an open concept salon that offers a luxury experience. We specialize in everything lashes! We really take pride in our skills. We have had multiple certifications to perfect our craft. We offer lash extensions and lash lifts which are a perm for the lashes. We are currently looking for lash and brow artists to add services to our menu. We also have a wonderful esthetician who runs her business SkinbyTatiyana inside my salon. She offers amazing skincare and full body waxing.
What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
I’ve learned that nothing is promised to us forever. We have to constantly evolve and stay humble to grow.
- Email: Vanitybymel@gmail.com
- Website: VanityBeautyloungemd.com
- Instagram: Vanity_beauty_lounge_md
- Facebook: Vanity Beauty Lounge