I’m Debbie, Founder and Managing Director of Bella Lash Brow.
I love to travel, my favourite place to visit is Italy. Not only do some of my family live there, but I am also fluent in Italian! I’m ambitious and absolutely love owning my own business.
Let me start at the beginning…
After graduating from my degree in journalism in 2012, I did a skydive; it was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life! It helped to teach me that fear is often irrational and helped me to gather the courage to travel on my own for a year.
In 2013, I moved to China and taught English. It was in China that I observed the incredible work ethic of my peers, as I got the opportunity to meet a fantastic and diverse range of friends. I often call my year in China the year of “self-discovery”; learning about a new culture and most importantly, learning more about myself. Whilst I was in China, I came across the opportunity to learn how to do eyelash extensions; at this point, it was just a curiosity and just for fun.
I knew that I didn’t want to teach long-term, so I decided to go back to university and completed a Masters degree in Marketing. I loved learning and joined a Leadership Development Programme whilst studying. I was encouraged to consider doing a PHD or to apply for marketing graduate positions, I knew it was the right time to get away and travel again.
I headed to my motherland of Ethiopia in 2015, it is there that I really began to ask myself “what do I really want to do with my life?”. The trip was exceptional, I was able to learn more about my own culture and family history. After booking a few days in a secluded resort, on my last day in Ethiopia (15th October 2015), the concept of Bella Lash Brow was born.
I quit my graduate role after three months, I knew it was time to go it alone. At the very start, I was working extremely hard, working Monday-Sunday with no days off. I decided to rent a room at the back of a Brixton salon and invested a lot of time and money into training with experts. Lashes are my passion, and that’s what kept me going. About ten months into my journey, I learned the skill of microblading; every week I would dedicate hours to practising and perfecting my craft.
In my first year alone, I saw over 1,000 clients and turned over £63,000!
I decided to move into a 1 bedroomed flat and converted this into a studio. I slept on a sofa bed within the studio, sacrificing my comfortability to make my dream happen. And my dream was becoming a reality! I began developing products and was encouraged by people around me to start training.
In 2017, I lost my brother suddenly and work became a coping mechanism. It taught me that life isn’t promised, and to grab every opportunity with both hands. In 2017 I also gained my UK teaching qualification and had my courses accredited. I thrive on helping other women reach their true potential. I have now trained over 100 students to date through Bella Lash Brow Training in London.
I finally got my own high street salon and could offer lashes and brows in London at my own premises! I was delighted to get the keys to somewhere that I could call mine. Unfortunately, a few weeks after launching the new salon, my whole team left without notice with the intention of breaking me. This was a difficult time for me, but instead of letting it break me, I actually saw it as a new challenge and managed to recruit a whole new team in less than 24 hours!
“I’ve been through SO many hurdles to get to where I am today”
The journey to where I am today has been incredible. If I had to give my younger self advice, I would definitely say “believe in yourself and go for it, ignore peoples projections and always be yourself.” I still live to that today.
Bella Lash Brow
Bella Lash Brow offers much more than just eyelash extensions and brows in London. From expert microblading to a YUMI lash lift and tint, the team and I are on hand to provide you with professional beauty treatments.
In the past, before I trained as a technician, I had a bad experience with my lashes that caused long-lasting damage. I always vowed to ensure that Bella Lash Brow use products that are kind to our skin, and ensure that all of our technicians are high-level skilled technicians.
At Bella Lash Brow you will always see the real us – we are authentic and you’ll leave feeling a million dollars.
Bella Lash Brow Training
I’m proud to deliver accredited training courses tailored to your needs. Our focus is to deliver a first-class student experience, and ensure all of our students are trained perfectly to set them up for success.
Bella Lash Brow Training is different from other eyelash training courses in the market, the certificate is “earned” and isn’t provided straight away. With a written & practical exam and a six-week portfolio, students leave confident and well-skilled. There’s an immense amount of support offered after and this sets us apart from other courses.
I’m always looking for my next business move, but right now I’m focused on how I can give back to my community in the form of a social enterprise for marginalised people. This would be in the form of lash and brow training for young girls in the community who would thrive in a practical environment. Stay tuned.
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