My Esthetic Journey

It started at 30,000 feet in the sky while I was working a flight. In one of my many former lives, I was a flight attendant. As a result of being overworked, my body was completely unbalanced, my sleep was irregular, my diet was horrible, my vitamin intake was dangerously low, I had chronic muscle pain, and my skin suffered. I was 21 years old. I have always had issues with anemia and menstrual pain. Every month (since the age of 9), I would get sick and have to call out of work or miss school to deal with uncontrollable fainting and vomiting. I was usually good about keeping track of my period, but this time, it snuck up on me like a thief in the night. I was fed up. I fought through the sickness, worked my flights for the day and immediately went to my hotel room to writhe in pain and research ways to change my life.

With the wonder that is the internet, I expanded my knowledge of natural health remedies, herbs, and wellness. I found out ways to improve my lifestyle and adjust to finding healthier options while I was out traveling. I learned basic food knowledge from documentaries like Forks Over Knives and Food Inc. The more I uncovered about the relationship between diet, self care, and beauty, the more interested I became in pursuing it as a career. I also began to heavily consider my future as a flight attendant. Was I willing to trade off my health for a lifestyle I wasn’t truly satisfied with? No. So, I took the steps to enroll in the esthetics program at Aveda Institute New York. I chose them because I felt their ayurvedic approach to skincare and company philosophy aligned the most with my interests.

Since completing the program almost 2 years ago, I expand my professional horizons by learning as much as I can from whomever I can at all times. This means attending lectures and hands on skincare courses. The best resource for that is The International Dermal Institute which offers courses in every major city. Also, subscribing to professional newsletters and publications is extremely helpful. They notify you of new technologies and methods related to your field. But the best teacher is always experience. Practice whatever your craft is on anyone who is willing to be your guinea pig. Try everything you can. Understand that nothing great was built in a day. Then go build!

 

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Nip, Tuck, or Suck

In the past few years, like many of its patrons, the plastic surgery industry has reinvented itself. It has gone from an industry of mystery and luxury to an industry of accessibility and popularity. Surgeons are being praised in everything from rap lyrics to Vogue magazines. It is no longer a business for the rich and famous but also for every day women who are willing to save for a few months or simply take out a personal loan. Some doctors offices even offer the option of credit! Anyone with three thousand dollars and a plane ticket can travel to the Dominican Republic and came back a whole new person.

This is a topic that I always find myself discussing with my peers in the beauty industry and with my clients (many of them have gone under the knife). I stand firm in my decision that I would never take part in it. I prefer to spend my money on things that help my inner growth as opposed to things that jiggle. I am not against the act of getting surgery, however I am against the trend of getting surgery. I am also mindful of how harmful the aesthetic that is being chased can be. 

It’s like when I get a client who has pencil thin brows because she spent most of the 90’s tweezing them at home. She comes in and asks me for brows like Cara Delevingne. I gently explain to her that Cara’s brows are full and lucious and made for Cara’s face, not hers. Usually after that we work to find the brow shape that compliments her face, eye shape, etc. 

Too many women are making their decision to go under the knife based upon the new, trendy body shape. In most cases, that silhouette is usually something found in the Kardashian family tree. I think it’s important you consider your own reasons for wanting the surgery, find what works for your frame, and choose according to your body type. Also, treat it as you would treat getting a tattoo and remember: good ones aren’t cheap and cheap ones aren’t good!