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Conversations with the Inspiring Kathy Mitchell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kathy Mitchell.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My story started from a very young age with a love for all things related to helping women feel beautiful about themselves on the inside and the outside. I was raised by my grandmother, who was an amazing self-made woman. She had less than a high school education, left her family when she was 13 years old, married young and lived in a small rural town (Trinidad, CO) and somehow managed to earn her GED and put herself through real estate school and become one of the most successful real estate agents in her small town.

She raised me to never give up on my dreams. I was determined and I worked and paid my way for my undergraduate degree in Business from Colorado State University. I worked at various jobs in higher education, doing everything from financial aid counseling to admission application processing. I wanted more. I wanted to be my own boss. I wanted to go back to the world of I loved, the world of aesthetics. I then went on to start my own business in 2008 making soap! I created Bubbly Girlz soap creations and I managed to earn the business of Kroger grocery stores and there went my soap on the shelves in 12 different stores though-out Colorado. I sold this business in 2014 and decided I still wanted to be part of the growing esthetics industry. I went back to learning and in 2016, became a licensed esthetician. I started another business in 2016- Pretty Flawless Aesthetics. I became certified in advanced modalities such as permanent makeup and body contouring procedures. I have my own thriving practice in Centennial. I became involved with Swedish Medical Center in 2017 helping to provide men and women suffering from cancer with new and improved eyebrows. Losing your eyebrows isn’t a “thing” people think about when undergoing cancer treatments. Creating new beautiful eyebrows through micropigmentation techniques became one of my specialties. The techniques I have learned from many great artists have enabled me to give back a little something to these beautiful souls. I also give people new eyebrows for various other reasons as well. Eyebrows frame the face and when they are missing the picture isn’t complete.

I never stop learning! I recently invested with an MD and became certified to perform Coolsculpting. CoolSculpting is a branded, FDA-approved form of fat reduction called cryolipolysis. CoolSculpting and other forms of cryolipolysis use freezing temperatures to break down fat cells. This is an amazing procedure for men and women.

In addition to all of the above, I am also passionate about education. In 2016 I became an educator for Elleebana, an Australian company that is a world leader in lash extensions and other lash enhancement procedures. I continue to teach classes to licensed estheticians and cosmologists.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Being a business owner is not for the faint of heart. I have had many bumps in the road including dubious business partners, vindictive competitors and more. I have learned to never ever give up. Sometimes you have to take a different path, one you didn’t see, but that is ok. When you start out, don’t be afraid to reach out to other business owners in your industry. We have all been through our own trials and you must learn to ask for help. You must be flexible and willing to go through some tough times of stress, financial strain and more. Being your own boss and having a job you love makes it all worth it.

What should we know about Pretty Flawless Aesthetics? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am most proud of my permanent makeup work, in particular my eyebrow design and tattooing. I think what sets me apart is I am not afraid to take on hard projects. I have worked with burn victims, cancer survivors and people in severe accidents. I try to give back as much as possible. I want everyone that leaves my studio to feel beautiful, accepted and confident.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
Women have so many more career opportunities today than we did years ago. One industry in particular where I see women dominating is in aesthetics, whether that be as an esthetician, a med-spa owner, a plastic surgeon, spa and resort management or a self-employed business owner. Women are definitely breaking the glass ceiling in this area of the job market.

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All photos are the work of Kathy Mitchell, owner of Pretty Flawless Aesthetics

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