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ENTERPRISE ENCORE

Lovely Lashes

Kami Hill finds success in the blink of an eyelash by

LISA MACKINDER

In February 2015, when Pure Lash & Beauty opened its doors at

1106 W. Centre Ave. in Portage, business instantly boomed — and that’s an understatement. The shop specializes in eyelash extensions, and Kami Hill, a certified lash stylist and the shop’s owner, had anticipated demand and planned on hiring one other lash stylist. But almost instantly a line of enthusiastic clients created a three- to six-month waiting list for lash services, which changed her plans a bit.

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“We have seven (lash) stylists now, and I’m hiring more,” says the 37-year-old Hill, “and I have two in training.” In 2006, Hill discovered the demand for lash extensions after taking classes in Detroit. She received certification from Lash Affair, a Phoenix-based company that provides professional eyelash extension supplies and training. Lash extensions used at Pure Lash & Beauty are made of polybutylene terephthalate, Hill says, which is a soft, flexible lightweight material

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