We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Thomason and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jennifer, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
A lot of people don’t understand how much science is involved in esthetics. I for one had no idea until I was enrolled in school. It was a surprise to me when learning that you are required to take human anatomy, chemistry, and a class on electricity. Yet, in the end, esthetic basics and fundamentals are exactly those things. Now with COVID, these fundamentals are more important than ever. People need to feel safe and I am so thankful my services help provide them that security. The first project I had in esthetician school was a presentation on viruses. You quickly understood how important it is to sanitize and disinfect your workspace in order to protect your clients. It then evolved into how to operate the equipment needed to give facials and balancing pH levels in skin. Now, I am constantly trying to learn about the ingredients in skin care products (there are hundreds) and their benefits. It’s a fun, never ending learning process.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What I love about this field is that each client is unique in their own way, and as an esthetician we personalize our services to best fit our clients needs. To me, the most artistic part of my skill set is lash extensions or brow shaping. It does not come easy and takes a lot of practice. For example, almost 2 years ago I took a lash course and in order to get better I needed models to practice on but didn’t know where to find them. I quickly learned that one of the best tools to find models is to advertise on Instagram. I would often create posts seeking models interested in free lash extensions. Everyone loves free services. But as a beginner it is not likely you will have a salon space to work out of. There are times where you will have to lug your table and supplies all over the place after 8 hour school days. My house calls would be in Silverlake, West Hollywood, Venice, Santa Monica, and The Palisades. All of that can feel extremely taxing at first and you will likely be slow at the lash application process. But as long as you are mindful of the money, time invested into learning the craft, and keep trying, the hard work will begin to show. I began to hear positive feedback. The more I posted, the more inquiries I began to receive. In such a short period of time, a couple of clients a week has now turned into at least 15-20 clients a week. There are 179 clients in my rolodex! It is a constant reminder to create a positive feedback loop within the space. Even if you aren’t exactly where you want to be, the biggest lesson learned is to recognize the process it took to get you here and to feel proud about the steps that were taken. This industry has been extremely rewarding for me because I love to help others embrace their natural beauty and confidence.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Luckily my best friend lives 10 minutes away, and we are great at eating and drinking. I would make sure the bases of our itinerary covered Malibu, Santa Monica, Downtown LA, and Venice.  Our day time activities would include visits to Santa Monica Beach, The Proper Hotel rooftop pool, a picnic at Malibu Wines, and a hike at Los Liones Trail. We would go to a Laker game one of the nights, and spend some time beforehand exploring scenic rooftop lounges.  Our favorite spa to hang out at is Tikkun Holistic Spa in Santa Monica. I would carve out a day for facials, massages, and time to experience the spa facilities. For dinner, it is a must that we have handrolls at Kazu Nori and eat tons of pasta from Forma.   Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are countless people who have helped me along my journey. My parents were very supportive in my late decision to switch career paths. I originally had wanted to be a real estate agent, but had a change of heart. I decided to quit my job, move out of my apartment, move back home with the parentals, and travel to Europe for a couple months. I lived with the most incredible host family that taught me how to appreciate the simpler things in life. I needed that reset. However, I came home and still felt lost. My former roommate, Liana Vitale, really motivated me to try esthetician school. In school, I met Lisa Koyama who showed me the ropes in the lash extension world. She trained me to be a Lash Tech, is my Lash Tech, and my lash supplier. Ali Reynolds, a coworker turned friend, taught me all things skin care and how to really connect and care for clients. My boyfriend Kyle has been a massive support and has really shown me how to look at my work on a larger business scale. I have learned so much from his work ethic and am figuring out how to apply it to my business. Lastly, I would have no clientele if it weren’t for all of my friends. They really have hyped me up and referred me to so many other networks of people and new friends. All of the people I listed have connected the dots for me and made a huge impact on getting me where I am today.

Instagram: jennsbeautyden

Image Credits
Gloria Mesa Photography (headshots)

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