Kefuoe Mophete, better known as Kay, is striving for success in business and motherhood. For her, time is of the essence and something she cannot afford to waste as she tries to balance being a businesswoman as well as a mother of two boys.
The renowned businesswoman who took the beauty industry by storm back in 2006, has not only grown her business immensely but also recently started her journey in franchising. Kay, who is a qualified nail technician and beauty therapist, has been in the industry for 12 years since her passion for the industry was ignited by her very first visit to a nail salon in 2006, when her father took her to Dream Nails to get ready for her matric farewell. “This is where I experienced the care and creativity that this industry has to offer. I proceeded to study at Dream Nails and Body in Johannesburg, after which I returned to Bloemfontein to start my career.”
With a demanding career and being a mother at the same time, Kay always makes sure to balance the two things out. She regards the time set aside for her husband and two boys as undeniably important. “When I am working, I sometimes feel like I should be at home with my kids and when at home I sometimes feel like I should be working. This does not stop me from striving for success in both. I do my best to do both well and although it is not easy, if I don’t make an eff ort, I won’t manage.”
“Simplicity, excellence, talent, and passion for my work are all equal to beautiful nails.”
In an interview with Get It Magazine, Kay shares that her secret to finding a perfect balance is by staying organised and properly managing her time at the same time. The help of her spouse also helps to make things a little easier for her, together with the support of her family. “I do my best to stay focused and I trust God in the process.”
Kay is the owner of Kay Beauty and Nails. She began her journey at Exclusive Image as a technician where she rented a space and then managed to establish her network within four years. “At Kay Beauty and Nails we are always evolving and constantly researching the industry for new products and trends. Our staff members are committed to excellence and the highest degree of customer satisfaction. No matter which of our salons you go to, we are all dedicated to maintaining the same legacy of hard work and quality that the brand was originally founded on.”
Kay is also known for being hands on when it comes to running her business. She believes that interacting with her clients helps her understand their needs and she has found that clients appreciate the gesture. In her free time she enjoys time cooking in the kitchen as well as dancing, which she both finds to be therapeutic. If she did not venture into the beauty industry she would probably have ended up as a pastor of a church.
The active businesswoman and mom has more up her sleeve and plans to own a number of beauty salons in the future. She also in return wants to give up-and-coming beauty therapists an opportunity to own a proper beauty salon under the established Kay brand. When asked what her secret to beautiful nails is, she answers, “Simplicity, excellence, talent, and passion for my work are all equal to beautiful nails.”
Text: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN Photo: KB PHOTOGRAPHY