Today we’d like to introduce you to Cydney Stephens.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Growing up I’ve always had a love for all things health /beauty related and a strong curiosity of how the human body works, how dose everything function internally?! I wanted to know the literal ins and outs of what we all are made of. As I got older, The curiosity had become an obsession so I had to figure out ” How can I make this curiosity a career??”
In my late teens early twenties, I was going to school for Kinesiology / Athletic Training, halfway through my program I randomly started to feel a little empty and had all of a sudden lost interest in what I was going to school for. I had realized I love healing and helping others in need but my thoughts and daydreams kept bringing back to the beauty industry. Coincidentally, I had just found out what an Esthetician was and what they do. I wasn’t happy and withdrew for school.
Soon after the withdraw, I enrolled in The Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics (SWINA) to become an Aesthetician and Cosmetic Laser Technician. I can honestly say while attending SWINA I have never felt more in my element. I finally found an industry that has the perfect balance between beauty and science! After graduating from SWINA in 2014, I started working my way up in beauty establishments in Tempe, Paradise Valley and Scottsdale. From beauty supply stores, waxing studios, Lash studios, Laser clinics, and Medical Spas here in the valley, I’ve worked them all.
BUT I noticed one thing here in Arizona … Male or Female, people of color are NOT catered to the same due to lack of knowledge & education. It takes time and a lot patients to learn how melanin works. This irked me but I had no input where I worked at the time.
In 2018 I had the opportunity to move to beautiful Bozeman, Montana where I ended up having the privilege to help run a Holistic Med Spa/ Cosmetic laser clinic in the heart of Downtown Bozeman. Once COVID-19 presented itself, it was time move back to Arizona to be near family.
After being away from Arizona, I was inspired to stop working for others and start working for myself. I am Mommy to a 6-year-old boy and a fiancé to my best friend. Having a family motivates me to keep taking these leaps of faith. I decided If wanted to focus on Multicultural Aesthetics in Easy Valley Arizona, I have to be my own Boss. We ALL deserve to feel beautiful in our skin and I am here to help!
As of TODAY, my business has been open for a year!!!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Not at all! I love what I do so much that I’ve taught myself how to change my perspective when times are tough. When you decide to open a small business the middle of a pandemic you need to expect the unexpected and realize it is up to you and only you to get where you want to be. Be accountable, get organized, stay present BUT move with pure intentions.
I love this question because social media easily misconstrues your perception, no one truly sees the hard times of being a small business owner.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a licensed Aesthetician and Laser Technician of 7 years that specializes in Multicultural Aesthetics offering services like Customized Facials, Dermaplaning, Booty Facials, Back Facials, Microneedling, Chemical Peel, and Waxing services.
Specializing in Multicultural Aesthetics and being a Black Aesthetician is what makes me stand out. The beauty industry could be more diverse, specifically here in Arizona!
Darker complexed skin types are one of the most sensitive skin types to work with due to the melanin production, it’s a skin type that is neglected in the beauty industry.
My younger self got me to where I am today. I didn’t forget about my inner child. I am a young black woman that owns a small business, doing what she loves while having a family. I am pretty damn proud of myself.
For now, all I can say is, I am in the process of becoming a Traveling Esthetician. 🙂
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