We had the good fortune of connecting with Cindy Aguilar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cindy, how do you think about risk?
We never know where that risk will take us. We are never fully ready. Coming from an immigrant household, we are taught that going to college after high school is the “right” thing to do. While attending Santa Monica College, I got a job as a receptionist in the beauty industry, I gained interest right away. I took the initiative to leave school without the knowledge of my parents and worked full time at the salon. I was not sure if the beauty industry would be the fit for me but I decided to give it a try. Everyday, I was learning something new with my coworkers and their clients. Three months passed by, I gathered my savings and took beauty school tours. The second school tour I took, I was able to speak to someone about enrollment and any other questions. After finishing with Palace Beauty College, I left my deposit that day, I took the risk of doing what I wanted to do before talking to my parents or anyone about it. I was scared but I had the support. I knew that school would always be there, although I knew it was not for me. I was 18 when I first started, it was the perfect time to make mistakes and get back up again. Fortunately, I found what I love doing the most and worked towards it. In my 3 years of being an esthetician and specializing in eyebrow waxing, I was able to become my own boss. During the pandemic in 2020, I was not sure if renting my own space would be ideal. The beauty industry took a big hit during this time, but I believed in myself. No one ever enjoys “What If’s” moments, which is why I take the risk, “What If’s.” do not exist. I am 23 years old and I have built a successful business located in West Hollywood. It was scary, but staying in my comfort zone or left wondering was scarier.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a successful business owner at the age of 23. I have made a living off of waxing/shaping eyebrows. I discovered my passion for eyebrows when I took a course for eyebrow waxing in LA. When I was 18, after finishing beauty school, I fell for an ad. I left a deposit at the time thinking I was paying for a great offer but in fine print it included the total investment. Back then, to me It was a lot of money because I was working part time 2 days a week. I did not want to ask my dad for the remaining balance because I knew I could do it myself. I showed up to the class with no knowledge of eyebrows. I had never done my eyebrows before I had just received my license two days before the course. I came with an open mind and I loved it. The next day after my course, I automatically began practicing and taking models from home. I would work for free just to make some progress. I got to work on my parents and family. Consistency was key for me. I stayed up at night looking at before and after, telling myself what I can improve on for next time. I kept getting better and better because I enjoyed it. Things began to come naturally. Horror stories from waxing are very common. I wanted to change that, I grew up with insecurities for my eyebrows because they were too thin and light. I felt like no place could work with my eyebrows and bound to mess them up. I wanted to contribute to enhance natural brows and make people feel comfortable with the first features that are first to be noticed.
I am proud of what I have built. I love making people feel good about themselves. Not only am I a Brow Expert to my clients, but I am a friend, a therapist, a safe place for them to vent or tell me their news, I have built a strong foundation with my clients and my business. I become someone they can trust, I always loved helping people and my job allows me to do that,
Consistency is key to my success. Achieving goals takes far more than motivation. Action is required and that action requires consistency. Being consistent allows us to deliver our services efficiently and profitably. Getting to this point of my profession was not easy but I knew it could be done. Reading comments, talking to clients, or talking to my family/friends made it possible to overcome challenges, I was always reminded of my potential which made me not want to let them down.
There are several lessons I’ve learned and continue doing so. Learning to define YOUR OWN success is so important. We live in a time where social media takes a big role in our lives. you begin to compare yourself to others and it makes it easy to lose your focus towards your goal. What is meant for you, will not pass you. I remember applying for a job as a wax specialist and I was not hired. I felt like all my classmates at the time had a job in the industry that I couldn’t get. The following week I was messaged by a celebrity brow stylist, Kelley Baker, offering me a position as a brow stylist.
I want to continue encouraging people that it is possible to achieve our biggest goals and just start. I was never prepared but I knew the hardest part is always just starting because once we do it, it becomes part of our nature to continue doing the best we can. I learn from my mistakes and remember to give myself credit.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love stopping for coffee at Blue Bottle, their warmed up croissants and New Orleans Iced Coffee starts my day the best. I enjoy grabbing a burger at the Carving Board on sunset, their aesthetic is pleasing and they serve great cheeseburgers!
My boyfriend and I love to eat sushi hand rolls at KazuNori on Wilshire.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I will always be thankful for the support and love I receive from my parents. My parents are one of the hardest working people I know. They allowed me to work from home in our apartment and convert my room into a brow room. My parents reminded me to never give up and take advantage of the opportunities that were presented. My dad always reminds me to keep my feet on the ground and enjoy the journey. My success is dedicated to them. To my cousin, my boyfriend, and friends, for being my models and offering their help in any way. Their endless support continues to help my business grow.
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