This Women's History Month, Nailpro is celebrating by sharing the stories of five women in the nail industry that we consider to be trailblazers.
Temeka Jackson (@customtnails1) is a celebrity manicurist and business owner. Below, she shares her story, including what advice she would give to other women nail techs who are looking to be just as much of a trailblazer.
Nailpro: How/when did you get started in the nail industry?
Temeka Jackson (TJ): I began doing nails as a hobby while I was attending college. I started off as a self-taught nail artist. I became more intrigued and took nails seriously in 2002/2003.
Nailpro: What makes you passionate about nails?
TJ: Nails are artistry, and I love art. From the foundation to the finish, it’s unique. My passion strives from doing something that I love and being able to be seen in an industry where I am not expected. That ability to be seen is also what fuels my passion even harder.
Nailpro: What is one of your favorite memories in the nail industry?
TJ: One of my favorite memories in the nail industry was having the opportunity to compete on Oxygen Network's inaugural show "Nail’d It." Also, receiving my California Nail license after fighting for so long.
Nailpro: What advice do you have for any women in the nail industry who are looking to make waves in the way that you have?
TJ: My advice to any woman would be ENCOURAGE YOURSELF. Even if it gets difficult, go into your secret closet, cry and wipe the tears. If you are spiritual, pray and push past those difficulties. Life is about betting on yourself, and if you don’t do it, who will? Lastly, never, ever give up. I am a true testimony of what faith looks like. My hometown Connecticut was not a licensing state for manicurists; however, that did not stop me. I started over after being in the business for 9-10 years. My dream was to move to Los Angeles, become a top celebrity Manicurist and have my own salon. I followed my dream and completed every task. You can do it, too.
Nailpro: What are any goals and aspirations you have for your career going forward?
TJ: My goal is to educate more up-and-coming nail artists, expand my brand and tell my story in a major magazine and TV show.