We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Vega and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vanessa, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born and raised here in Houston, TX. To a single mother and an older sister. We didn’t come from money, we were actually pretty poor for most of my childhood but we never went without. My mom always found a way. She came here at the age of 17 from Mexico to try to improve her life and her future children’s life. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life but I knew that I had to do something impactful to show my mom that all her sacrifices weren’t for nothing. She taught me the value of hard work, to stay humble, and to never give up. This one time when I was about 4 or 5, my mom left me and my sister who was 9 or 10 in the car so she could go sign a lease to an apartment. It was in a pretty rough area but it was all we could afford. While she was in the office, this guy came up to the car and held up a gun to us demanding money. He took the deposit that we had for the apartment. I can laugh about it now, but it was extremely traumatizing to my sister and I. It was small moments like that, that gave me the drive to succeed.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business, Glow Haus, specializes in full body waxing. However, 99% of appointments are for Brazilians. It makes me feel so incredibly proud that I have made a space where women can come in and not feel judged. Getting your first brazilian is not the easiest thing in the world. You are extremely vulnerable and allowing a stranger to see your most intimate you. October 2021 marks one year of being in business and it hasn’t been easy at all. I was so broke the first few months it’s not even funny. I knew as a new business the first few months maybe even years were not going to be very profitable. But even then, you hope that you’re gonna be that 1% that’s a success from the get go. That was not the case for me. My first month in business I had 8 clients total. But I kept going. Instagram was a huge help along with referrals. When I didn’t have clients, I would wax my sister or my friends for free so I could have something to post on Instagram. Every month I did a little better than the previous one and that motivated me to keep pushing for more. When I started to make profit I couldn’t even believe it. I had and still have bouts of imposter syndrome. It makes you feel like you’re not good enough and it makes you wonder why someone chose you to come to for a service. Im working on not letting that little voice get to me. Some days are harder than others but I just tell myself to keep going. No matter how slow you’re moving, at least you’re moving. I want my story to encourage others to do what they’re most scared of! You never know what you’re capable of until you get out there and do it. Don’t let a little doubt stop you from living your dreams. It’s not easy but it is achievable.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love Houston. It’s so diverse, theirs a little bit of everything especially with food! A few of my favorite food places are Pho Binh By Night in Alief. They serve the best pho ever and they’re actually open until midnight. If you’re not in the mood for soup, another favorite of mine is Tornado Burger in Stafford. They are know for their spicy Philly Cheesesteaks. They’re so delicious, my mouth is watering thinking of it. Another food place in Stafford is La Fogata, they have amazing Colombian food. For drinks, you can’t go wrong with Ambriza. They serve Mexican food but they have some of the best Margaritas I’ve ever had! Theres also a lot of drink spots in midtown, some of my favorites are Little Woodrows, 77 Degrees, and Pour Behavior. The best thing about drinking in midtown is that you can walk to different bars if you get bored of one. If you want to do some other things, you can’t go wrong with going to an Astros game. They’re always so high energy and you’ll have a blast. Houston also has great museums like The Museum of Fine Arts and The Holocaust Museum. If you’re here in the spring time, the rodeo always has great food, activities, and performances. If you want to have a picnic or a bike ride and enjoy the view of downtown Houston, Buffalo Bayou Park is where it’s at. It doesn’t matter what you’re in the mood for, Houston has something for you.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I couldn’t be where I am today without all the support and love from my family. My mom and my sister have been my number 1 supporters from the very beginning. They never doubted me even when I doubted myself. They have poured so much love into me that I can pour that love into my lovely clients. I can’t forget my boyfriend either. He celebrates every accomplishment that I achieve no matter how big or small.