I will have to admit this is all very new to me. So lets start by introducing myself. My name is Kait Rak and I am the owner and operator of Serenity Beauty Bar. I’ve been working in the beauty industry for a number of years now. I have to say, I never thought I would end up where I am today. I originally studied photography in University and Collage.
How does a photographer become a beauty salon business owner? Good question! Sometimes I wonder that myself. But lets be real. I wanted to become a fashion photographer and release my creativity to the world. Hard truth… It sucks being a female “photographer” in that world. You are constantly picked at and judged for your appearance not by your skill set. After killing myself assisting for some bigger photographers and feeling like hell doing it, I decided I needed to rediscover myself.
I had to get back to my creative roots, which for me has always been painting. I abandoned that dream when I was a kid when I had a hard truth that painters only make it big when they’re dead. Well I’m all for the starving artist life but I still love some sushi once in a while.
How can I do what I love and still make a life out of it? My answer was in front of my face the whole time I was on set during photo shoots… a makeup artist. Yup! So I ditched the judgemental fashion photography scene and headed back to school for makeup artistry.
Now after going through university and collage this little go getter was a bit strapped for cash. So I did what I could with what I had and took an intensive one year makeup course that I loved! I learned so much from it even though most of the time my hair was falling out over how jammed pack it was with information and how I had to be perfect.
After I graduated from beauty school I went to work for Sephora, yup I was a Sephora girl who had to wear that silly tunic that definitely looked like a Star Trek nightie. All jokes aside I did learn a lot from Sephora in terms of how to talk to people. I’ve always been an introvert who hated meeting new people. But living in Toronto and working where I did, helped me to break through and become more of my true self.
After paying my dues in the retail life I needed a change. I love makeup up so much and I wanted to learn more but had no more resources to head back to school for special effects makeup. So what do I do? I reinvent myself again! I signed up to be a BeneBabe with Benefit Cosmetics and learned how to properly wax and shape eyebrows. But again I got dragged back into retail, where numbers mattered more than the artistry. So what should my next step be? If you guessed reinvent myself, yeah you’re about right!
I have a friend who was working for a lash and brow bar in Toronto and she hooked me up with an apprenticeship to learn lashes and brows from the owner. Obviously I jumped on that opportunity because I wanted to keep learning and I had to get out of retail. So I learned lashes and I mean I learned everything with lashes, eyelash extensions, eyelash tints, eyelash lifts, you name it. I worked at this lash and brow bar for a while and I really enjoyed it but there always comes a time when a person needs to move on.
I left and started freelancing and working part time for another lash bar. I can tell you this there are a lot of shady and uneducated lash bars in Toronto. It drove me up the wall working for someone who was so willing to cut corners and risk a person’s eye health for the sake of money. Needless to say I didn’t last long there.
Long story short, here I am, I got the heck out of dodge, came back to my home town and built my own place. I learned quickly that I had to be my own boss because I am the type who will bust my butt to do anything and everything for my boss, but then the treatment you get in return leaves you feeling unappreciated and like a waste. So why kill myself like that for someone else? Why not just do that for me? So thats what I did and Serenity Beauty Bar was born!
It was a long road through getting funding to renovations to actually opening the door to clients. But I am here and I am doing everything in my power to make it into something amazing. I’m not your typical business owner or boss, its super weird to call myself that, boss, huh. Any way I digress. The type of business owner and boss I want to be is one who is always there for their employees and clients. I’m one who loves education so if someone who works for me or gets services from me has questions, I will always answer them.
I want my place to be the best place to come to where you can relax and enjoy yourself. I’m not pretentious, stuck up, judgemental or any of those snooty characteristics that I have found a lot of people have in the beauty industry, especially Toronto. I’m a pretty down to earth person who wants to help make someones day that extra bit special. I love making people feel good and I think what I am doing now is the best way to go about it.
Again long story short, thats me in a nut shell and thats how I got to where I am today. The other things I can tell you is that I hold multiple certifications in classic and volume eyelash extension applications and lash lift and tint applications. I am also a registered and accredited member and certified educator through the National Association for Lash Artists (NALA).
NALA is an amazing organization that sets high standards for the lash industry and is always the leader in education and procedures. I will leave a link so you can take a look for yourself.
I had no idea how I would start this blog off or what my first post should be, so I said screw it let me lay out who I am in black and white for everyone to get to know. Its time I fully exposed myself to my readers and clients. So with that being said I hope you enjoyed getting to know me and I hope you stop in and see me soon at Serenity Beauty Bar, located at 331 Bayfield st. second floor, wink wink, nudge nudge. No but in all seriousness I would love to have you stop in for a visit, even if its just to see the space, maybe ask some questions or actually come in for a service. I would love to meet you.
As always if you have any questions or concerns always reach out, I am always here to answer anything you are wondering about. If any one took any offence to this post, I do apologize, it is never my intent to offend anyone, I just like telling it as is. So that is the end of my ranting! Enjoy your day and always remember you are beautiful!
P.S. If you want to check out more on NALA click the link > https://www.nala-lashassociation.com/about