We had the good fortune of connecting with Denese Lovvorn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Denese, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
After completing aesthetics school and working in a few different types of spa environments I knew that I wanted to start my own business. I wanted my clients to feel important and it was of paramount importance to me to not only provide great result but incorporate an element of relaxation into every treatment. I’ve found over the years it’s the little things that people appreciate the most. It can be anything from having a heated bed to climb into after a log day, a relaxing scalp massage or a complimentary set of eye care patches to remind them to spend a little time on themselves. People want to know you are listening to their needs and I do my best to reflect that in the services my clients receive.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m passionate about what I do as an esthetician and assisting people with their skin. I have a diverse range of clients from all ethnicities and backgrounds. I understand we all have different lifestyles, budgets and time to spend on our skincare goals. It’s important to me to meet clients where they’re at and approach this journey as team with a progressive not aggressive approach to their skincare goals.
I’m very excited about a few new treatments I have recently added to my menu, an oxygen facial that treats all skin types but is especially advantageous to those who suffer from sensitive, rosacea or mildly acneic skin. It reduces surface redness, discomfort and combats mild break outs. I’ve also added a year around peel alternative that has zero social down time and gives comparable results to a classic peel series!
Being a small business owner is never easy but it’s very rewarding, especially when you have the support of your clients, family and community. This past year was a huge challenge with how heavily our industry was affected by Covid-19. Like many other small business owners in my industry I had to learn how to operate my business outside of the treatment room. I focused on expanding my online presence and had fun learning the ins and outs of Zoom consultations for skincare and makeup lessons.
As an owner and brand, my intention when I opened was to provide effective treatments and services in an environment that would be considered a relaxing sanctuary for anyone who entered my doors. As a perpetual learner, I utilize the most current techniques, products and modalities to ensure you are receiving the most effective services while you unwind.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well if they visit in March one of my absolute favorite events to take anyone to is the Arizona Aloha Festival. You will learn about the culture, traditions, history, language thru the beauty of dance, music, crafts and amazing foods that make up the Polynesian community here in Arizona. This is an outstanding event for people of all ages and families to attend.
We will definitely be having lunch at Aloha Kitchen in Mesa. They make the absolute best manapua in Arizona, steam buns with sweet chard pork filling along with almost any traditional Hawaiian mix plate you can think of is a definite must.
One of my favorite ways to escape the heat is to take a friend to my local Alamo Theater to catch a movie. I love that the atmosphere is laid back, you can order a cocktail, burger and watch a movie from a cozy recliner in a quiet movie theater setting.
A drive to Flagstaff would also be on my list, people often assume that all of Arizona looks the same, it’s especially beautiful to see the landscape change and a plus to experience the drop in temperature.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, I want to give a huge, heartfelt shout out to Alexa Elkins of Glisten Skin & Ink in Phoenix, had she not recommended me, I would not have been asked to do this interview. Thank you Alexa!
I’m fortunate to have an abundance of amazing people and experiences in my life that have led me to where I am today. My family, clients and my esthetics community.
I am grateful to have the encouragement, support and mentor-ship of some of the most talented and outstanding professionals in my industry. I am blessed to be apart of a circle of inspirational people who are always there for me whenever I have a question or need support. Not to mention, they’re great people to unwind with!
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