Eye for Beauty: Get to Know Girl Boss Michelle Takijima of Tokyo GLAM
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Eye for Beauty: Get to Know Girl Boss Michelle Takijima of Tokyo GLAM

Eye for Beauty: Get to Know Girl Boss Michelle Takijima of Tokyo GLAM

Business & Career | August 16, 2022
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According to Michelle Takijima, it all began with a love for beauty. Now, Tokyo GLAM Eyelash and Nail Salon has grown to new heights. This is her story.

Michelle Takijima’s love for beauty has been a longtime personal interest. “I’m a huge fan of beauty services, I always loved to be pampered and to look good all the time,” she begins.

In fact, her love for it even extends beyond the country’s borders—with frequent visits to Japan where she gets the chance to try the country’s innovative services. “I admired the Japanese technique and style because I feel that it’s really worth it. The technique, technology, and materials are really amazing,” she gushes. “Somehow, it came to my senses to bring authentic Japanese eyelash and nail services to the Philippines.”

From Japan to Manila

For Michelle Takijima, it’s always been about value. “My mission with Tokyo GLAM is to establish the concept of Japanese eyelash and nail salons to customers that value sophisticated and high-quality service at a reasonable price.” Thus, by bringing in the latest and highest quality Japanese techniques, products, designs, and services, Michelle says that she believes Tokyo GLAM’s services will truly satisfy Filipino beauty lovers.

“From the start, we have committed ourselves towards being the best in our field,” she adds. “At the end of the day, we just want our customers to feel confident and beautiful about themselves, Ready to take on the challenges ahead of them.”

As for the company’s overall vision? “For Tokyo GLAM to be the top choice when it comes to quality beauty services and to bring good and sustainable life to our company members.”

Michelle Takijima on Overcoming Challenges

While Tokyo GLAM was established from a place of love and the desire to succeed, Michelle recognizes the hurdles of the industry as well as her own. “Salon businesses go through a lot of hard times. Being in the business of service has never been easy for me.”

Handling staff, their training, managing operations, and handling customer expectations are a few parts of the job that Michelle has learned to be better at. “I overcame those hurdles through failure, then I came up with a better strategy and solution in order to avoid troubles and conflict,” she explains. “The learning process is my way of improving and overcoming future problems.”

Likewise, Michelle believes that being competitive also plays a great part in overcoming trials and tribulations. “Honestly, I’m a very competitive person, and being competitive in business is a must,” she opines

Do What You Love and Love What You Do

Marrying together your business and passion is rare, but Michelle made it happen with Tokyo GLAM. Her secret? “Always be responsible, capable, and passionate with what you do.” As someone whose business stems from her lifelong love for beauty, she advises, “When you love what you do, you always find balance because you always try to find ways on how to do it and make time for it.”

One great solution she’s found for herself is creating a weekly timeline of tasks. “I make sure to finish everything on my target days,” she reveals. “I always have the days for my work and at the same time for my pamper day—even a time to socialize with my friends, and of course have time with my family.”

Even though her business focuses on outer beauty, Michelle believes in taking care of our character as well—inner beauty, so to speak. “For me, real beauty is about how beautiful you are on the inside. Physical beauty never lasts, but being beautiful on the inside is everlasting. The real success is happiness,” she ends.

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