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How I became an esthetician


Before becoming an esthetician, I went to college to major in culinary arts and a minor in early childhood education. When I look back at this time in my life, I laugh because I can't picture myself as anything other than an esthetician.


I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't struggle with acne. I've tried just about everything from OTC products to every DIY home remedy on Pinterest, but nothing helped. It made my skin issues worse. It wasn't until my sophomore year in college, where I discovered the magic of a facial.


I was getting ready to go to a concert, and I needed an eyebrow wax. There was a spa located across from my door room. The esthetician there at the time asked me questions about my skin, and at this time, I was desperate for help, so I scheduled a facial with her. LIFE CHANGING moment here! It was at that moment I realized that I was going to become an esthetician.


I finished up the last semester of my sophomore year, dropped out, and then enrolled in esthetician school that following year. I enrolled at Paul Mitchell, the School in Tinley Park, IL. I loved everything about esthetics school. I just knew all along that this was my calling.


Once I finished esthetics school, I took a job at a local salon and day spa as a receptionist. I knew that taking this position would help me learn the ins and out of the industry. It was such a great experience for me, but I eventually was ready to start my career as an esthetician, so I left that job six months later. Then I started my first job as an esthetician at another salon and day spa just down the road.


During the first two years out of esthetics school, I learned so much and even got my licenses as a nail technician. I eventually realized that I was ready to open my practice. Boy, oh boy, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.


I thought I could just rent a space, perform facials, go home, and then do it all over again. I was not prepared to run a business. I joke that I had $3,000 and a dream.



The first space I rented was in a salon suite. I was going by Autumn's Nirvana then, I performed facials, waxing, manicures, pedicures, and eyelash extensions. Way too many services, but I loved it. I was finding myself as an esthetician and business owner.


I eventually left the suite and started renting a little space inside of a vintage shopping center. This place had brick walls, so cute. While there, I decided that I no longer wanted to perform nail services. I wanted to get back to my roots, skin. So I rebranded and started all over again.


About a year later, I found out about this new yoga studio opening-up, and they had a space for rent in the basement. I was all in, and it was perfect for what I needed to grow my skin biz. Renting space in a yoga studio was always a dream of mine. Due to some natural disasters, I decided to move Nirvana by Autumn into my home.


Now I a little studio in my home that I like to call a treatment room with homie vibes. I love running my skin studio from home because it provides a sense of privacy. I know acne can be uncomfortable to deal with, but at Nirvana by Autumn, you can come as you are. I also love working from home because I get to be a stay at home mama for my 3 fur babies.




So here is my story of how I became an esthetician and my journey to where I am now. I am continuously growing and learning as an esthetician and acne specialist to provide you with the best skin and experience.


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