We had the good fortune of connecting with Rashounae Paulk and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rashounae, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
The most difficult but BEST decision I’ve ever made was moving to a new state last year. After living in Savannah, Georgia for 5 years, i grew uncomfortable and desperate for a change. I prayed about it and began looking for cities that were known for growing small businesses.. that’s when i came across Charlotte, NC. I was terrified at the thought of having to start completely over (absolutely no family, no friends, no clientele… i literally had to start from scratch)… but i had to do it if i wanted to grow. Since moving to Charlotte my life has completely changed. My first week of opening my shop, i was booked solid. I even had clients that booked me out 3 months in advance. In August of last year i had the amazing opportunity to service the owner and founder of Kaleidoscope miracle drops- Jesseca Dupart, my clientele grew by hundreds, i got featured on The Shade Room for my press on collection and so much more! God has truly blessed me and i’m just thankful i stepped out on faith and took that risk! 

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business is my baby. It has literally grown with me over the years. Ive taken many losses but never allowed those losses to define me, so for that i would have to say that i am most proud of the GROWTH. Not just with my business but myself as a person as well. There have been many times where I’ve wanted to throw in the towel and work for someone but i know that’s not what God called me to do. Pushing forward and staying consistent in spite of circumstance, is definitely what I’m most proud of.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shoutout the owner of the first salon I’ve ever worked in- Mrs. Kim! Mrs. Kim gave me the opportunity that i feel like no one else would’ve given me. She allowed me to work in her very popular nail salon at the age of 17, BLACK, still in high school, absolutely no license and no proper training! If it was not for her giving me that opportunity, i wouldn’t have had that motivation and drive to want to have my own popular nail salon one day as well!

Website: Www.nailsbynae.com
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Facebook: Nae Paulk
Youtube: The Nails by Nae

Image Credits
Mike Hall

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