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Around age 10, I started going with my mom to get her hair cut. Sitting in the corner and watching the staff, I knew then that I wanted to be a part of the salon industry. I didn’t really have an interest in doing hair, but more in the connection that I saw taking place.

I tried to sign up for part-time hair-dressing in high school, but my parents wouldn’t allow it, saying “it would be a waste” of my brain. I went to college and then, to their dismay, quit my well-paying job and went to beauty school to get my esthetic license (I love that they were wrong about this!)

I recently shared “Why I’m an esthetician” in a staff meeting: To connect with women and teens. This is achieved by making them feel beautiful when they are in my skin care studio. By performing facials, educating about proper skin care, and demonstrating how to apply makeup, we’re continually using our license to combat the “pretty pressure” from society and the media.

The unrelenting pressure for teens and women to conform to the images they see around them can cause anxiety and seriously affect how they view themselves and life. My “why” as an esthetician is to empower women and teens. I love to be the person in a client’s day that is going to point out the good and come up with a positive plan to tackle problems. I must admit that many times this plan includes much more than just skin care!

I receive the greatest reward when I witness the transformation of a client’s bad day or a transformation in their skin, knowing I played a role in that positive change. My long-term vision is to reach as many women and teens as possible and help improve their attitude toward their skin.

Read more in our Beauty section.

See Lisa’s personal website at lisaskincare.com 

"The unrelenting pressure for teens and women to conform to the images they see around them can cause anxiety and seriously affect how they view themselves and life. "