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Dorian survivor working on a better future

Before she became known as the brow angel, Ashuntay Reckley worked in residential services at Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club Resort.

Although she lost everything when Hurricane Dorian leveled portions of Abaco, the devastating Category 5 storm created a business opportunity for the certified semi-permanent makeup artist in New Providence.

Reckley, 24, had already received certifications in microblading, a technique that creates the illusion of fuller brows, lash extensions, and brow waxing prior to the storm.

She told The Nassau Guardian, “Before Dorian, I always told my colleagues and friends that I always want to have a skill that if I go anywhere in the world, I can make it; I will be able to work; I will be able to provide an income.”

Reckley admits that she was depressed and didn’t want to do anything in the immediate aftermath of the storm. She spent two months in the United States before she decided to move here.

Reckley recalls, “One day, I was laying down and I said it’s time to shake off this negative spirit.

“I had already invested so much money into doing courses and classes before Dorian [and I] needed to put my talents to use.”

Reckley found a home for her business at Relief Wave Pamper Studio on Mount Royal Avenue and Ludlow Street.

Through marketing on Facebook and Instagram, Reckley has experienced a growing clientele since she started offering her beauty enhancement services, with a focus on microblading, in Nassau six weeks ago.

She said, “Once you make up your mind to do something, it’s very easy to push forward and move on.

“Even though I would like to be back home, I feel as though I probably would not have had such a big clientele back home. I guess everything happens for a reason.”

Reckley recently took her craft to Grand Bahama and hopes to soon afford women on other islands the opportunity to have perfectly groomed eyebrows.

The young entrepreneur is taking more advanced courses in the semi-permanent makeup field and, while she’s not prepared to disclose what they are, Reckley said she intends to expand her offerings in the new year.

Reckley said, “This is something that I’m passionate about; this is my heart’s desire. I’ve been blessed to possess such a unique skill and I just want to be a blessing to other women [by] enhancing their beauty.”

Reckley said that she had a lot of help from people whom she met while working at Baker’s Bay.

Reckley said maintaining her independence has always been important.

“You just have to make up your mind that by all means necessary I’m going to do it. I walk to work with a smile every morning because it’s something that I love doing. I always tell people when you do something that you love, you never work a day in your life.”

At the moment, Reckley is focused on building a better future for her six-year-old son.

She said, “My family and I lost everything but old things bring new. I might have lost a lot of stuff but those are just material things that can be replaced.”

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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