Through her own experience, entrepreneur and businesswoman Christina Vlahos noticed the shortage of false eyelashes when she would go into a store and the struggle to find the right pair.
Vlahos has been doing her makeup since she was 12 and always knew she wanted to create her own business involving beauty, she just did not know exactly what it would be.
So a lightbulb went off in her head.
“I was telling my husband I was like, man, there should be a vending machine for lashes,” said Vlahos.
After a quick Google search, she realized it had never been done before and decided to start the process.
Saskatchewan women entrepreneurs in male-dominant industries breaking stigma
Story continues below advertisement
Friends and others she told about the new business venture were skeptical of the idea, and if she would actually go through with it.
“I’m always the type of person, when I get my mind to it, I’m gonna do it,” said Vlahos.
Through her passion for beauty and strong work ethic, designs were put together, wholesalers were contacted and the lashes were created.
Lashes by Sophia, named after her daughter, came to life in a matter of only eight months.
Two Saskatoon women entrepreneurs receive national recognition
There are currently 15 different styles of mink fur eyelashes priced at $10 a pair and four styles of luxury human hair lashes priced at $15 a pair.