SPOTLIGHT ON: TAJA HOLLIMON – VEGAS PRESSED VEGAS CANNABIS MAGAZINE: Tell us a little about yourself. Are you originally from Vegas? TAJA HOLLIMON: My name is Taja Hollimon, I am 32 years old and I recently started my company, Vegas Pressed. I was born in Las Vegas but spent the majority of my life […]
SPOTLIGHT ON: TAJA HOLLIMON – VEGAS PRESSED
VEGAS CANNABIS MAGAZINE: Tell us a little about yourself. Are you originally from Vegas?
TAJA HOLLIMON: My name is Taja Hollimon, I am 32 years old and I recently started my company, Vegas Pressed. I was born in Las Vegas but spent the majority of my life in Iowa, and now I am back!
VCM: What did you do prior to starting this business?
TH: I was in sales prior to this which inspired me to create and sell my own products.
VCM: What prompted you to start Vegas Pressed? And, what type of business is it?
TH: Being furloughed while living in a tourist city during covid-19 allowed me the time to focus on and grow a small business. I can’t wait to see what it evolves into! I create press-on, custom nails.
VCM: Why the artificial nail business?
TH: I’ve worn press-on nails since I was 25 and worked at Twin Peaks. One of the rules there was that you had to keep your nails done and most of the girls I worked with wore them. It was a product I understood and saw ways I could make better.
VCM: Have you encountered any obstacles?
TH: Oh my God, yes. First off, the emotional strength you have to have to do multiple jobs at once is something I didn’t expect to endure. Between keeping up with social media, advertising, building a website, shipping, and hoping you’re making the right decisions can be draining in the beginning.
VCM: What are the advantages to your press-on nails as opposed to people visiting a salon for acrylic or gel nails?
TH: My nails stick to your hands as if they were a full salon set, they don’t lose their shape, they’re strong and reusable and less than half the price you would pay for salon nails. It’s hard for people to get over the stereotype of the word “press-on” in itself, but trust me these aren’t your typical 7th grade press-on nails. In addition, you can apply them in the comfort of your own home without wearing a mask which is comforting for a lot of people right now.
VCM: How do you personalize your service? How do you know the nails people order are going to fit them?
TH: I personalize my service through practice and consistency and build upon my technique. I’ve always had an aesthetic eye which I believe sets my nails apart. As far as sizing goes, if you are local to Las Vegas I can size you personally. Otherwise, first time orders are required to purchase a sizing kit or a (1) color set of 24 nails so I can document their correct sizes.
VCM: What comes with a set of nails?
TH: The application kit includes a cuticle pusher, nail file, buffer, alcohol wipe, adhesive tabs, and glue.
VCM: What options do you have? For example, can people choose the length, shape, color, etc?
TH: Customers can choose between long square, short square, medium almond, long coffin, medium coffin, and long stiletto. Extra long lengths are available in certain collections, for example, the Valentine’s Collection includes xxl coffin and xxl stiletto. All shapes are available in any color or customization of choice.
VCM: Of the nails you have made, do you have a favorite set?
TH: I don’t necessarily have a favorite set but my number one go-to set is the long, coffin style in matte red. I love the dark brown stiletto nails and the holographic ones as well.
VCM: How can readers order and also follow you on social media?
TH: The best way to reach me is through Instagram @vegaspressed or my personal instagram @janaetaja. The @vegaspressed Instagram is the easiest way to see all of my current and previous work. Orders can be placed on the website vegaspressed.com. And, for Vegas Cannabis readers, enter VEGASCANNABIS at checkout and receive $5 OFF.
VCM: Anything you want to add?
TH: Thank you to everyone that has already ordered from me. I’ve never had one complaint about the quality or look of my nail sets, every set I’ve sold has received a “wow factor” feedback.