Institute of Beauty Artistry was founded by Beatriz Hernandez, aka Mrs. BETTY in November of 2011. Mrs. Betty has 30+ years of experience as a Master Nail Artist, salon owner and Nail Artistry Instructor. Mrs. Betty refers to Nail Technology as Artistry, because to her, Beauty is an ART, and being a nail artist is her passion. “I don’t have blood in my veins, I have mix of polish, gels and liquid monomer” she says.
Mrs. Betty, born and raced in the Puerto Rico, started doing nails when she was 17 years old, right out of high school as something to do until she decided what the college plan was. The college plan change to be a technical career that will change her life forever.
In 1996, she decided to move to United States (mainland), single, 7 months pregnant, $280.00, one luggage full of clothes, a second luggage full of nail products and unstoppable dreams and goals to be an entrepreneur and open a Nail Salon.
She started working immediately in factory jobs; as a side job, she started doing nails door to door, carrying with her, her infant baby boy, diaper bag, car seat, that luggage full of nail stuff, and everything else needed to do nails to anyone who gave her the chance so she could make some extra money to support her child.
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In 2000, Mrs. Betty, speaking almost no English, decided to jump on FAITH and open her first Nail Salon, changing the Nail Salons market by being the 1st puertorrican female, single mom opening a Nail Salon in her city. Not only a Nail Artist with a full bag of nails supplies and dreams, Mrs. Betty reached her goal to be an entrepreneur at such young age and months after she expanded to be a Full Service Salon & Spa.
In 2005, then happily married and mother of 3 children, her family decided to relocate to Greenville, South Carolina. Soon after moving, Mrs. Betty shines again by opening the 1st nail salon in the Upstate own by a Hispanic woman and then in 2011 is when she shines brighter than ever, opening IBA, the 1st Beauty School in South Carolina owned by a Hispanic woman and the only school statewide teaching in both English and Spanish, and opening endless opportunities to students.
Mrs. Betty, founder and director of IBA is not only an entrepreneur; she is also a leader, a mentor and a coach. One of her purposes in life is to empower woman, and she enjoys “polishing rough diamonds, helping them grow, not only as a professional, but as a individuals; I work on their self-esteem, their fears and insecurities; they learn how to talk and treat people, I teach them the important value of customer service and satisfaction, and when they graduate, start working and start making good money, they feel so accomplish that I can see them shinning with their own glow, is magical” as she said.
“when my students call me from the state board location parking lot, after they finish and say to me, “oh my God Mrs. Betty, I love you so much, thank you, thank you for teaching me so much, I’m so blessed to have you and call you my teacher. I was the most prepare person in that room” and then, when they come to see me holding their license and hug me and say THANK YOU SO MUCH” “that’s when I feel that I have accomplished my purpose with every one of my students”
“I KNOW THAT WE ARE FAR FROM PERFECT, WE MAKE MISTAKES, LIKE WE ALL DO, AND WE MAY NOT HAVE THE BEST SCHOOL, BUT WHAT MAKE OUR SCHOOL SPECIAL IS THE LOVE AND DEDICATION TO OUR STUDENTS”
Since 2011 we have been preparing students to change their life and start an amazing career in the beauty industry. We fully prepared for not only their State Licensing Exams but fully prepared for their future career as Nail Technicians. We cover one of the most important factors of the beauty industry, CUSTOMER SATISFACTION. Almost anyone can provide customer service; but customer satisfaction is the highest level of a service. We’ll train you on how to deal with the day by day beauty business situations as well as how to fix those minor problems before they become bigger. Mrs. Betty also prepare you with her very own strategy to build clientele fast enough that in a year or less you can have sufficient clientele to easily open your own salon.
IBA is 100% diverse, all our instructors are fully bilingual in English and Spanish, and we have students with many different cultures and from all over the world. Once every few months we do “MY COUNTRY DAY” and we all bring a traditional dish from our country to share with each other, and it’s simply amazing to see all the nations together from all different places in United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Dominican Republic, Belize, Peru, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Nicaragua, Slovakia, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and more. This diversity helps to create a very interesting, fun, and unique educational environment.
If you think you are ready to start your career in the beauty industry, or if you still have some questions, please contact us, we would love to help you in any way we can and answer any questions that you have.
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