My name is Rebekah Dessingue but I also go by Beck, Becky, Becka…basically I’ll answer to anything, just don’t call me late to dinner! I am a stylist, manicurist and pedicurist at Bella Nani and I have been technically in this industry for 20 years but only licensed for 4 years. I have been working at Bella Nani for 2 years this August! I can be found at the salon on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:30-8:00 PM, every other Friday from 4:30-8:00 PM, every other Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00 PM and Sundays by appointment.
BN: What made you fall in love with working at Bella Nani?
Rebekah: The atmosphere, and the charm of the place. I still love working there because it’s a no bad juju zone, while everyone has their own personalities we all get along like a family. There is a sense of teamwork that I personally don’t believe can be found in the chain salons. When one of us is better at something then another we are willing to help each other, and work together to come up with solutions to make sure that the client in the chair gets as close to or exactly what they came in looking for.
BN: How did you get into the industry? Who were your mentors or inspirations?
Rebekah: I honestly didn’t have any specific mentors or inspiration. Originally, I chose to take cosmetology through the Votec program in my Jr & Sr year because I hated regular school and Votec got me out for 4 hours a day and got me out of taking some of my least favorite classes. 14 years later while being the only mom who knew how to French braid on a traveling softball team of 12-year-old girls and having the girls lined up in parking lots before softball tournaments or having the girls lined up in my hotel rooms waiting for double French braids my daughter suggested I get back into school.
BN: What is an in-industry dream job for you (besides Bella Nani)?
Rebekah: I don’t necessarily have a dream job per say but I wouldn’t mind at some point in time being a cosmetology teacher. Or possibly opening a school / salon where the students would actually buy into it if they choose to and then once they have completed their state regulated hours they will be able to take the money used to buy into and secure themselves a spot within the salon attached to the school. I guess kind of like saving for their own future as a stylist and actually having a say in what is done at the school as far as curriculum, products they would like to learn about or with.
BN: What 3 tools in your kit can you not live without?
Rebekah: Definitely my shears my combs and a blow dryer.
BN: What is your favorite product offered at Bella Nani and why?
Rebekah: Well without being bias I would have to say my favorite product is the polishes. I mean without a good polish what more is there to pretty up your toes and fingers with? We also offer a great variety of sugar scrubs with coordinating lotions to polish up your tired and achy feet after a long day at the office or just before that special get away with your special someone.
BN: Any advice for anyone just starting out in the industry?
Rebekah: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you aren’t sure what the client wants then just take that extra couple of minutes to go over exactly what it is they are looking for. And the same foes for members of your team, if you don’t quite know how to do something then ask a coworker. Chances are they may have a better understanding and if you ask they can help you.
Also- know that you WILL make mistakes. There WILL be unhappy customers and you WILL get criticism. All criticism should be looked at as a way to learn. Learn from your mistakes and honestly don’t take it personal. You are only human and it is physically impossible to make everyone 100% happy every time. It can come in the form of something so little as forgetting to wipe a spot of excess polish off their cuticle or as big as over processing their hair. Just apologize and make every attempt to offer to correct and lean from it.
BN: Favorite service to do/hairstyle to create?
Rebekah: I wouldn’t say I have a favorite service but I would say I feel more comfortable with services I have been able to do more often and those services that get the most recognition. Lately those services have included cuts, extensions, waxing and recently I have begun to dabble in nail art.
BN: What has been your best day on the job?
Rebekah: The best day on the job?? Wow talk about asking the hard questions. Well I can honestly say I haven’t ever had a BEST DAY. I suppose all days that I can come in and make the person in my chair be it the styling chair, pedicure chair or manicure chair smile and appreciate the fact that I listened to them no matter what it was they had to say and made them feel appreciated in their own way then I guess those are my best days.
BN: Favorite Quote?
Rebekah: “Reach for the unachievable and you may receive the unimaginable” Loraine Koster- My Mom put this in my 5th grade year book.
BN: Any hidden talents or funny stories you want to share?
Rebekah: Oh man, well, hidden talents? Ssshh I tend to think I’m Wonder Woman from time to time so just bear with me…
Funny story, when I was about 3 my mom and I were at the mall with my grandmother. Now this being the early 80’s you were allowed to put your children on a harness without being criticized and looked at by every state and county official so yup my mom harnessed me so I couldn’t get away. Well little did she know how inquisitive I could be. There we were upstairs outside of the department store and little me decided to see what was going on downstairs so I stuck my head through the railing and well those darn ears just wouldn’t allow my head to come back through. And yup there we were me with my head in the railing, my mom with the harness in her hand and tons of people looking up at me as some kind-hearted men pried the bars apart to allow my head the ear room to fit back through.
And anyone who has ever met me knows that’s not all that is “wrong” with me..LOL Want more stories just come on in I’m sure I’ll have a couple of doozies for ya!