Bossed UP featuring Tina D’Von

Tina D’Von is her own BOSS at The Skin Studio located in Cary, North Carolina! She is originally from Kinston, North Carolina and currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tina is passionate about everything she does! She holds a degree in Fashion and Marketing Merchandising from Bauder College and an Esthetic degree from Miller-Motte College.

Tina is a licensed and skilled esthtician for hair removal services such as Facial Services, Body Waxing, Bikini Services, Leg Waxing, and Arm Waxing. Tina decided to open her own waxing business after being terminated from a well- known waxing franchise. She didn’t let one set back keep her from following her dreams and doing something she is passionate about. Indeed, she was scared, but she’s a thinker and was able to come up with a game plan of owning her own skin care business.

Tina isn’t new to the entrepreneur lifestyle; before starting her business in North Carolina, she lived in Atlanta, Georgia for 13 years where she managed her online fashion boutique, KonTroversi! Her girl boss ambition lead her to styling several models for photoshoots and working behind scenes at fashion shows all while still running her online business and working in the medical field as a nurse. During Tina’s time in the medical field she developed interest in skin care which is what developed her interest in Esthetics.

After moving home to North Carolina, she started studying Esthetics and working at a well-known wax franchise. Tina’s studies at school and her work experience allowed her to learn first-hand about the daily business of keeping books, increasing clientele and skin care. Tina continues to educate herself through workshops, trade shows, and networking events. She’s also pushing to “provide and educate” her clients the best way she can.

We love Tina’s ambitious Bossed UP moves! She’s passionate about her business and making moves to accomplish all her goals!

Tina D’Von answered some questions for us; find out what this girl BOSS had to say!

Photo Credit: The Skin Studio by Tina D’Von

Qualatrice: How long did you work for a company before you developed your own business?

Tina: I worked within a different company for approximately two years. During my time there I perfected my skills which lead me to create my own Signature Wax Technique.

Qualatrice: What or who inspired you to build your dreams?

Tina: My father keeps me inspired. My father was a hard worker who constantly pushed us to work hard and pursue our dreams. May he Rest In Peace.

Qualatrice: What do you love about working in the waxing business?

Tina: I ABSOLUTELY love educating my clients. I educate them on proper hair removal, the importance of consistency and the prevention of ingrown hair.

Qualatrice: What’s your company’s value and purpose?

Tina: It’s our mission to provide expert waxing services to our clients with the highest degree of customer service in a professional and unique setting. We are committed to providing at-home regimens for the Supreme Wax Experience . We combine this with performing our craft exceptionally well, leaving our clients with Flawless Brows and Ultra Smooth Skin.

Qualatrice: What advice would you give to your younger self?

Tina: Patience!

Qualatrice: What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue entrepreneurship?

Tina: Work hard, don’t be afraid, ask questions, read as much as you can, commit yourself to lifelong learning, leverage your strengths, develop and maintain empathy personally and professionally, and pursue what you wanna do. Just NEVER give UP!

Qualatrice: Would you want to expand your business beyond the Cary/Raleigh North Carolina area?

Tina: Absolutely, I have put some thought into it. I would love to expand my business by building a team. My goal is to educate others to do what I do in the skin care business and launch my own products.

Qualatrice: What inspired you to start your own line of products?

Tina: I wanted to create some natural products for the intimate areas that really work. I started working with different t ingredient and creating samples in December 2017. Today I have 5 different products with more to come later this year once I expand my menu to vagicals and facials.


Searching Within You!

One night in Costa Rica my thoughts were every where as I swung back and forth in my hammock. I reflected on my day and how I wished I had a few more days at the lovely bungalow at Rancho Margot. My thoughts went from what I did that day, when will I visit the lovely Costa Rica again, my love life, my career, family, and my future. My thoughts started racing so much that I placed them on paper, and I now I want to share them with you…

This is wh
ere I sat in the middle of the night writing.

Sometimes in life we tend to go searching for things or people to fill a void; however, filling our void with the wrong things or people can be toxic. One’s void will only be filled when there is an understanding of oneself, which is very important.

It’s important to search within yourself so you can understand and know YOU better. When you are able to search within yourself, you get to know your fears, your likes, dislikes, your tolerance level, strengths, weaknesses, desires and a lot more.

Using myself as a example, at one point in my life I was trying to fill a void through other people, but I was finding myself bringing toxic energy into my life. Therefore, I started focusing on me and searching within myself to figure out what really drives me. I started stepping outside of my comfort zone in order to find what I was missing. At one point, I thought I needed love and support from a lover, but the true desire was more of self- love and respect for myself.

Being able to find exactly what is missing can come from doing more things one enjoys or aiming towards one’s goals. When I personally started searching within myself and doing more things that dealt with traveling, exercise, writing, teaching, and helping others develop in areas he or she desires, I started to fill my glass. You know, the glass people always try to fill so they can have a glass to pour from. You know like the quote, “you can’t pour from an empty glass.” I do believe everything takes time. When it comes to searching within and understanding one self, it takes as much patience as it would when you’re trying to accomplish a goal or getting to know someone new.

Having patience requires anyone to continue to learn and understand themselves and the things around them. Searching within will not just give a better understanding of self, but it will drive the self-love that’s WITHIN!

The Importance of Travel and Mental Health by Tabitha James

Let’s face it, life is demanding – work, family, bills, organizational commitments, social life (ha) – we spend a lot of time doing “the things”. Our personal wellness and mental health often fall victim to neglect as we focus on getting “the things” done and maintaining the moving parts of life. For many, the thought of travel is a luxury, an illusion that time away from “the things” will be relaxing and refreshing however the lingering notion that there is no time for vacation haunts the mind. Continue reading “The Importance of Travel and Mental Health by Tabitha James”

Dear Sis: Be Bold

Dear Sis Dare to be different, dare to be BOLD!

Being bold is being confident in whatever you do or say. Being bold is having the courage to do something outside of your comfort zone  or just doing something you may be afraid  or uncomfortable at doing.  Being bold is taking risks in life. All of these charters link together  making you the BOLD TYPE.

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Bossed UP ft. Domonique Janaya

She Slay, Pray, and Proceed!  She is a Girl Boss to be reckoned with!

Meet Domonique Janaya a creative self-starter in all things from Charleston, South Carolina. She’s a very spiritual and influential individual who really steps out on faith to make her dreams and goals come true. This entrepreneur is Bossed UP and on her grind to grow her brand.  Continue reading “Bossed UP ft. Domonique Janaya”