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Esthetics Student Success Story: Emily Chao


With goals ahead of her, Ms. Emily Chao was recognized and awarded this past month at our Renton campus for building her name in the industry. Hard work is paying off for this future professional and I look forward to sharing her story with you.

About Emily Chao

“Skin care has always been an interest of mine which is the reason I decided to go into Esthetics. Lash extensions specifically are a reason I really wanted to get certified, so I could learn about them and to perform them. In the state of Washington you need to either have a esthetics or cosmetology license to perform lash extensions, out of the two, Esthetics interested me more. Before I enrolled in school I was a server and full time student; going into dental hygiene. Around that time I became a full time mom and decided that I wanted to go a different route and become an esthetician,” shared Emily.

“When it came time to choosing a beauty schools to attend, I chose Evergreen Beauty College due to many factors. Evergreen had a campus in Renton that was relatively close to me. They offered financial aid and an evening course that fit with my schedule and worked perfectly for my life. Also, when I went to tour the school the staff were very friendly!”

The Evergreen Experience

Since starting the evening esthetic program with us Ms. Emily has shared some of her highlights of what she has enjoyed, what has helped her so far and what sets her apart from other skin therapist:

“There are so many new things that I am still learning in school, but out of what I have learned within my program so far I’d say what I like most is microdermabrasion. Which is a superficial resurfacing treatment to improve skin texture and tone. I can’t wait to get into lashes, it’s one of the reason I sought out the beauty industry, I feel it will be a new favorite when the time comes!”

“We are in a hands on industry, so we don’t have too many assignments but out of the ones we have had I like our chapter glossary’s that we do every week. It is very helpful in remember terms because of the extra repetition we need in looking through the textbook. Being attentive and taking notes from theory has also been very helpful to me. We have had a couple projects so far that I liked, for an example, the skin layers project. It was helpful because we had to find the certain facts about the layers of the skin, what components are in each, and why they’re important to the skins function to the body. We presented these projects to the class so we took the extra time to make sure we were gathering the right information to share when the time came.”

“I definitely think I’ve got everything down so far, hands on techniques and the written material for boards. My strengths would probably be facials and the microdermabrasions. It collectively seems to come pretty easy for me and I’ve built a good clientele in the process. I believe because I am very ambitious and confident in what I do it has set me apart from other skin therapist. I was able to book my whole first month of appointments by the first day of being on the spa floor to the point I was needing to book out the following month as well.”

“Clients are the reason why I want to be great at what I do. I try to give my best with each service that I do, whether they are new or returning clients. I try to be very informative and reccommend a product or service as a problem solver rather than a sales person which makes a big difference in the relationships your building. I can say I truly care for my client’s wants and needs when it comes to skin care and because of this they are eager to rebook with me in the future. They get what they need and they leave happy!”

The Next Step

As Emily is moving onto the last half of her program we asked her if there was any advice she could offer to other individuals looking to start school with us and she shares, “I definitely advise everyone to do their best and to not get discouraged when they struggle getting techniques down at first. Practice, practice and more practice! If there’s a certain service you don’t enjoy doing because you don’t understand, ask questions and keep practicing! In the end there are so many different areas we can specialize in so don’t give up if you are struggling in just one of the many areas we offer,” expressed Emily.

“As for my plans after I graduate, I may start out working part time at a spa to build experience in the industry past school but being my own boss is definitely my end goal. I hope to build an even better clientele and open up my own spa. Starting off specializing with lash extensions, from there I will see where I’ll expand; microblading or adding on skin care to my services,” Emily stated when asked about future plans.

Ms. Emily Chao is set to graduate this coming July 2019 and what better way to support her other than to stop by and experience her attentive skin treatments at our Renton campus! And if you are interested in continuing to follow Emily throughout her Esthetics program, you can check her out on IG: @_beautybyemz profile . Congrats Ms. Emily, the staff wish you luck as you continue to grow and change lives in the industry!

If you are interested in pursuing a career in the beauty industry take the Beauty Biz Readiness Quiz, you can also check out our programs or contact us at one of our five locations: Everett, Renton, Shoreline , Yakima, and soon to be Mount Vernon as well.

About Sarah Herb

Sarah Herb is a licensed Esthetician, Manicurist and Instructor in Washington State. She has worked at Evergreen Beauty College in several department. Her mission is to provide opportunities and success tools for all those that she connects with.

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