By Maria Koropecky, esthetician
As a New Yorker, Deirdra Cantrell, understands how stressful it can be to live in a big city and how getting your nails done can be a big production sometimes.
“As someone who would frequent nail salons, I was frustrated with having to wait to be seen or sit in a nail salon that was filled with the odors of all of the nail products,” said Deirdra. “Plenty of times, I would have plans for an occasion and found it very stressful and challenging to fit in running errands and going to a nail salon all in the same day. I always thought to myself, it would be so nice, if I could get a manicure and pedicure at my convenience, from my home.”
After years of running around the city and trying to get everything done on her to-do list, one day, Deirdra decided to skip going to the nail salon. “Instead, I would do my manicure. I realized it was truly something that I have always enjoyed doing and wanted to make a career of it,” said Deirdra.
“My best friend and I would always have discussions on starting a mobile spa business together until finally, I said the time is now,” she said.
Soon afterward, Deirdra enrolled in beauty school and is now a New-York-state-licensed nail tech and esthetician.
After working in different spas and nail salons around the city to gain experience and knowledge of nails and skin, Deirdra was finally ready to go out on her own. She first opened Free Your Mind Mobile Spa in 2007. Now she has a team of 10 nail techs, estheticians, and massage therapists assisting her. They offer manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages.
“I started the mobile spa as an entry to the spa industry and to become an entrepreneur. I couldn’t afford to get a brick and mortar but I knew I still wanted to start my own business providing spa services,” said Deirdra.
“I wanted to be my own boss and have control over my life doing something that I knew I was passionate about and that I could do it the way I wanted to,” said Deirdra.
Free Your Mind Mobile Spa can accommodate individual clients and big groups. “We also provide services for special occasion gatherings such as spa parties, birthdays, etc,” she said.
The “First Lady Deluxe Manicure” is Free Your Mind Mobile Spa’s Signature Service. “This service is for making the lady feel like she is the First Lady,” said Deirdra. The service includes upscale products, such as Christian Louboutin Rouge polish, and a Champagne and Rose scrub for the hands.
“We serve surrounding New York areas such as all the 5 boroughs (Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Westchester County, and Nassau County,” Deirdra said.
Deirdra has exciting ideas and plans for her mobile spa business. “I want to build a brand and also expand to making my own products and selling [them],” she said. “I also plan to franchise.”
For more information about Free Your Mind Mobile Spa, please visit www.freeyourmindmobilespa.com and call (917) 279-8485. Be sure to say, “Congratulations for being the Mobile Spa Network’s Mobile Spa of the Month for December, 2014.”