Jamie Baker of Fair Ladii Beautician works from Lotus Beauty Lounge on Hanover Square at 121 W. Franklin St. in Horseheads, NY. Jamie provides a variety of nail services. She also assists the owner with washing, blow drying hair customers and “filling in the blanks”. Jamie can be reached at (607) 857-6953 or you may email her at FairLadii@icloud.com. She is on Instagram and Facebook.
I offer nail care: natural nail care, polish, gel, enhancements, pedicures and Waterless nail services. Instead of soaking the feet in hot water, I use hot towels. It is safer, more sanitary and much more relaxing. When you soak your feet in water, it opens up the skin to whatever is in the water. You just don’t know.
I do not do acrylic at all (powder). It is very harsh on the natural nail. I believe you need to care for the natural nail as much as possible. The natural nail is the foundation for any enhancement you want to put on it. I also do not use an e-file (the drill/dremel file). This is very damaging to the nail.
In addition, I advise people to always take breaks between any enhancements you want to put on your nails.
How long have you been in business?
About 3 years.
What has been the evolution of your business?
I first graduated from Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute at their Binghamton location in the cosmetology program. I moved here for a job at Ageless in the mall as a guest facilitator (cleaning the spa – got to start somewhere). Since I didn’t have my formal license when I moved here, I needed additional income. Eventually I moved up. I wanted to be a full-time cosmetologist. When I went to Ageless, they needed a nail technician. It was not my first intention to do nails, but that’s what they needed. Then I fell in love with it. I became obsessed with it.
After being there a while, I decided to branch out into hair. I had admired Christie Diehl, owner of Lotus Beauty Lounge, for a long time. She had an opening for a nail technician and I took it. Then an assistant position for helping her with hair came up and I jumped on it.
Are there any misconceptions about you or your business?
There is a lot of skepticism about the whole waterless aspect of my nail services. Some people think it doesn’t do as good of a job because I am not soaking the feet. The hot towels are wet and still soften the nails to make them more pliable.
Some people think gel polish is bad for you. The products have come a long way. It is safe to use as long as it is applied and removed properly. People will come to have me apply gel polish. However, when they want to remove it to change colors, they will peel it off instead of having me remove it properly. They risk lifting the natural nail surface with it.
What about nail polish? It’s a chemical.
They are now introducing chemical free polishes that I am beginning to pull in to my practice. There are 5 major chemicals that can cause health issues. However, that is mostly for the practitioner who is working with them all day in the salon.
What are your greatest achievements?
Just being in the field for 3 years has been an achievement.
Being able to assist the owner of Lotus Beauty Lounge is like a dream come true for me. I have looked up to Christie for a long time. She has been an inspiration to me in her evolution. And now I finally get to do hair with her.
Have you had any stumbling blocks?
Oh! Every Day!
Every new client is a learning process. Whether it’s nails or hair, I have to learn about them and there are times when I don’t get it right. I am still new in the business. Every time I make a mistake, I learn from it and attempt to get better from it. Every situation is unique like that.
If you had a Do-Over, would you?
I would ask more questions as I am learning. I am a shy person. I need to get over that. If I had asked more questions and been more confident when I first started out, I wouldn’t feel as if I am so new at this.
Here do you see yourself in 5 Years?
Probably still at Lotus. The atmosphere is amazing there. I still want to do more hair and nails. I want to Excel and get better at that. It will take a long time – probably 5 years.