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my A-game to work every day but I doubt I could
ever summon passion for it. You can’t “act as if.”
Passion doesn’t work that way. I’ll admit I came by
my passion for skincare naturally at an early age
as I noticed my grandmother’s incredibly beauti-
ful peaches-and- cream complexion and what she
did to maintain it into her golden years.
Secondly, you need to stay passionate with an
eye on the future. Where do you see yourself in
five, 10, even 30 years? If you don’t maintain your
passion now, the future you envision for yourself
isn’t going be what you expect.
Let’s talk about what you can do now to make
your future self a happy self. There’s lots of ways
to keep your passion fresh.
Take continuing education classes.
never have enough education. If you spend time
and money away from the salon/spa in a seminar
and tell yourself it was a waste of time, it’s your
loss. You can always find at least one thing you
Be an expert in your field.
Be that stylist or
nail tech or esthetician that other professionals call
when they have a question. And when your client
needs an answer, know the answer. But never, ever
try to bluff your way through something you don’t
know. And don’t be snotty about clients’ sugges-
tions or preconceived ideas about beauty.
There’s nothing wrong with fillers or even a
facelift to make you feel beautiful even though
we seem to live in a culture where only “natural”
treatments are acceptable.
Reach outside your salon/spa to do some-
thing for your community
. Do a benefit for a
local charity. How about “Haircuts for Hairballs”
giving a percent of hair services for the day to
the local animal shelter. Teach girls in a local re-
covery home how to do their make-up for a job
interview. Donate an afternoon at a senior center
to show the beautiful geriatrics how to take care
of their nails. Over the years, I’ve participated in
“Look Good, Feel Better”with the Red Cross and
taught a skincare class to my son’s Boy Scout
Troop as well as written age appropriate skincare
tips for local 55-plus community newsletters.
Celebrate your craft!
Did you create the Mona
Lisa with your client’s color and cut today? Hold
on to that image and the personal satisfaction
that you felt.
Have you been seeing a teen for a few months
and notice you’re doing a lot less extractions and
their skin is actually looking healthy? Do your
happy dance. Did your pedicure client who came
in with ¼- inch calluses leave with baby smooth
footsies? Give yourself a hug!
Power your day with passion for your profession!
Debra Simpkins became an aesthetician in 2003 after a 20+ year career in dentistry and moved
to Central Oregon from the east coast. She is passionate about healthy skin, helping her clients
age gracefully and making the world beautiful one treatment at a time. To contact her visitwww.bendskincompany.com or e