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The Nail Counselor Turned Her Passion for Psychology Into a Nail Business

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at FSU chapter.

When we think of a psychologist or a counselor, we think of that individual through the lens of only medicine. Very few people are able to uniquely look at the profession and think of ways to impact the lives of others that are artistically creative. For T’Ziahrean Escarment, this is not the case. T’Ziahrean is not your typical aspiring psychologist whose goal is to only be visited by clients in an office. She has created a platform and business where she will not only be providing services in an office but also behind a nail station.

Meet T’Ziahrean Escarment, from Orlando, Florida and a current junior at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) where she is majoring in psychology. She is also the founder and CEO of the Nail Counselor.

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Her Campus (HC): Thank you for joining us today T’Ziahrean. I wanted to start by asking what made you get into nails?

T’Ziahrean Escarment (TZ): I’ve always liked doing my nails since I was younger. Surprisingly, I actually didn’t want to do other people’s nails, but my love for nails is what made me turn it into a business.

HC: How did you come up with the name for your business?

TZ: It was actually going to be called The Nail Therapist, but I am going to school to eventually be a family and marriage counselor, so I was like, why not The Nail Counselor. It ties in with my major and career. I also thought about being able to counsel my clients while doing their nails.

HC: How did you learn to do nails? Was it easy? Did you ever think about quitting in the beginning?

TZ: I learned through YouTube, and it was definitely hard. I gave up a lot of times, but I would still watch videos all day, and eventually, I bought a starter kit from another nail tech that did nails, and that’s how it all started.

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HC: Where do you see yourself taking your nail business in the near future?

TZ: Hopefully, I will own my first nail salon based in Texas, where I plan to go to grad school.

HC: When it comes to nail trends, how do you keep up with them?

TZ: Social media; it always has the latest design and trend. Like right now, there is a lipstick shape that’s trending, and it’s because of social media. Pinterest also works with having nail design and inspiration images.

HC: Last question, if a client is interested in your work, what is the booking process?

TZ: Many of my bookings happen through Instagram. There you can find highlights that detail the booking process. When booking, clients have to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit that is applied to the amount of service to secure their appointment, along with their name, date and time, as well as nail inspiration. My availability is updated weekly to work around my school schedule.

Keep up with T’Ziahrean and her business on social media @thenailcounselor on Instagram and The Nail Counselor on Facebook.

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I am excited to escape the perception of what it means to be ordinary in order to be creative and innovative!