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Small Biz Bites Spotlight: Detra Harrell of B.A.A. Beauty

Updated: Jul 6, 2023


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D. Harrell, small biz owner of B.A.A. Beauty

The Power of Small Biz Bites


We enjoy opportunities to celebrate and promote other small business owners. The small biz community is a tight one. We tend to support, uplift, and use our resources best we can. This is one of the reasons Small Biz Bites exist. Today, that's sharing a few more details about one of our partners.



How G Photography by G Supports Small Businesses


At G Photography by G, we remove the job of locating a professional make-up artist from our client's to-do list. With a good handle on what a photo project requires, we do all the screening and leg work. Be it in Arlington, Dallas, or Houston; we have a directory of professional make-up artists we can call on. Detra is one of our awesome options in the Arlington, Texas area.


Naturally, we crafted some time to chat with D about her business.



Learning more about B.A.A. Beauty


Let’s cover the basics first…what’s your name, and who are you? What or who is your spirit animal?

My name is Detra Harrell, and I am a Mom, a wife, and a business owner. I'm a licensed esthetician and professional make-up artist who owns and operates a mobile spa and makeup studio. I come to my client's homes, and my customers love the convenience. I would say my spirit animal is bull because I am very focused like a bull. When I set my sights on a goal, I follow through until I achieve it.



Why did you choose to start your own business?

I started my own business because I felt like I kept getting shut down in corporate America. I wanted to create my own lane.



What do you enjoy most about operating a women-led business?

The thing that I most enjoy is the community within the women that are entrepreneurs like myself. We give each other so much support and advice.


black woman business owner, licensed esthetician and MUA wearing a black top and lab coat. Headshot of her holding a makeup brush.
Licensed esthetician and MUA Detra Harrell
What advice do you have for other women (young and old) who are looking to start their own business?

I would say anything is possible, but ensure you have all your ducks in a row. Do it the right way, and make sure that your business doesn’t FEEL like work.



What one quote reenergizes your spirit when you feel the train is off the track? This can be a Bible verse too…

Philippians 4:6 says: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God.


I believe in manifestation and putting out what you want into the Universe. I believe if you do that combined with faith, whatever you manifest will happen.



How can readers contact you?

There are a few ways I can be contacted. I can be contacted via my website: www.mobilebeautybaa.com. I'm also available on social media as well. I am on Facebook (B.A.A. Beauty LLC) and Instagram (@mobilebeautybaa). Lastly, I'm only a phone call away: (817) 721-4982.



Thank you, D, for sharing your thoughts with us! We know more women are deciding to start their own businesses, so we must share whatever we can with those making the leap.



About Gwendolyn R Houston-Jack


Creating portraits shouldn't be difficult or painful. Many parents get frustrated with booking family portrait sessions. At G Photography by G, we take the lead on your photo ideas to create a memorable portrait session that allows you to enjoy the moment and the memories.


Gwendolyn Houston-Jack is a Certified Professional Black woman photographer and family portrait artist who consistently delivers photo session joy. As a lifelong storyteller, her style of photography aligns with her message of family, self-love, inclusion, and defining beauty for oneself. G curates and decorates homes with wall art and heirloom albums and serves Arlington, TX, including the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area and Houston.


Most small business owners also need help navigating entrepreneurship. HouJack Digital Marketing Solutions offers quality digital marketing and career coaching services to black and brown small women-owned business owners without breaking the bank. We believe in "exhausting the free" and strategically using investment dollars. Our career coaching service delivers timely career growth advice and builds a solid digital presence for the future. With a focus on purpose, passion, and competencies, we're about personal growth, not just job skills.



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