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Bless These Brows

Normally, one doesn’t connect things like blessings, or Mother Teresa, with things like microblading, lash lifts, or body waxing, but indirectly, it was Mother Teresa who inspired Jennifer Solis to pursue her love for doing skin care.


    Mother Teresa’s observation that one should “never let anyone come to you without leaving happier,” blessed her, Solis says. “That gave me a great sense of purpose.”

    Solis fulfills that purpose in the attractive, brightly decorated office of her new business, Bless These Brows, located at 2310 East Oakland in Bloomington. As a licensed aesthetician and permanent make-up artist, Solis offers services from micro-blading to lash lifts and skin rejuvenation, striving to work with each client in a way that makes the client feel comfortable, confident, and valued.

    “I want to enhance the beauty that is already there, and help each client connect on a deeper level with the virtuous woman of worth and beauty we were each created to be,” Solis says, articulating the goal that reflects her strong faith in God.

    It is a goal she has pursued since she graduated from the Esthetics program at Midwest College of Cosmetology in Normal

in 2003. While working at a local Merle Norman studio, she realized she especially enjoyed working on clients’ eyebrows. Tucking that information away, Solis kept on practicing her profession, perfecting her art.

    Her next job took her to The Empire Spa in Bloomington, doing facials and body waxing. While she enjoyed the work — and particularly enjoyed getting to know her clients — she found that offering the same services over and over no longer challenged her. She wanted to do more for her clients.

    “Facials are good for healthy skin maintenance,” she says, “but they are not going to really change the appearance of your skin. I wanted to help women see changes in their skin for the better.”

    Several years later, Solis went to work for a local dermatology clinic, the Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute, as a medical assistant and as an aesthetician, where she worked on more than just the surface layer of skin. “I assisted with surgeries and biopsies,” Solis says, “and got to see things like adipose tissue and fibrous muscles. I watched cauterization of nerves, learned to recognize skin diseases and cancers, saw how skin responded to treatments — it really gave me a whole new perspective on skin care. After years of working with just the surface layer of skin, this new perspective was fascinating to me; I learned so much!”

    Finally, with Serenity MedSpa in Normal, she was able to achieve her dream of working on eyebrows, as she learned microblading, a relatively new process of adding “hair simulation” to an eyebrow in a semi-permanent way. Solis says, “I loved the idea of not only removing the hairs I didn’t want, but adding the ones I wanted to be there, too!”

    Training with Sandra Plasencia, a microblading specialist of the Chicago Permanent Makeup Academy, allowed Solis to hone her skills. While with Serenity MedSpa, she completed over 100 procedures of microblading.

    Along the way, Solis continued to expand her repertoire as well as her training and certifications. In 2013, she acquired certification as a lash and brow tint artist; in 2015, she achieved certification in medical aesthetics. In 2016, she became certified as a permanent make-up artist, and achieved a cryotherapy CO2 Slush Certification. In 2017 she became a Lash Lift Technician.

    On March 1, 2018, Solis was ready for the next big step: she opened Bless These Brows, offering skin rejuvenation, lash lifts, waxing, and permanent make-up services, and began accepting new clients.

    Bless These Brows got its name from an idea at one of the offices where she worked. “There was an empty space over the door to my treatment room. Co-workers joked that I should put a tagline about eyebrows in that space, as I was often called the ‘eyebrow lady,’” Solis says. “ I loved working on eyebrows, and whenever someone with a pair of especially pretty brows came in, I would say something like ‘the angels really blessed these brows of yours!’ It got to be my tagline, and when I opened my business, it seemed like the right name.”

    Several of the services Bless These Brows offers are relatively new. Microblading is a process that utilizes tiny, thin needles embedded in the microblading instrument to deliver semi-permanent pigment to the eyebrow. Solis says, “It is a more natural-appearing result than traditional tattooing.”

    “I use a pigment ring on my finger to load the tiny needles with color,” Solis explains, “then gently swipe the eyebrow multiple times in a way that gives the appearance of actual eyebrow hairs, which can thicken and enhance the shape of the eyebrow.”

    Solis is careful to screen clients before microblading, to be sure they are good candidates, that there are no contra-indications for the procedure, and she makes sure each client understands the post-care routine necessary to achieve and maintain good results from the procedure. She also posts information about the procedure on her website at www.blessthesebrows.com.

    “We go over those post-care instructions carefully here in the studio,” she says, “and I send a follow-up post-care card home with them as a reminder. I want clients to be satisfied with the results.”

    Microblading results usually last anywhere from 6 to 18 months with proper care and depending on variables like sun exposure, skin type, and what types of products are being used on the skin.

    Another relatively new service the salon offers is a “lash lift,” a process in which the eyelashes are curled and tinted with semi-permanent color. “Lash lifting is like a perm for your lashes,” Solis says. The procedure makes lashes look as if the client is wearing mascara, and has curled her lashes.

    A third service, also relatively new, is cryotherapy slushing, which utilizes CO2 to enhance the appearance of the skin. Solis says, “With cryotherapy slushing, pore size is reduced, inflammation and puffiness are improved, and dark spots are brightened, leaving skin with a healthy, youthful glow.”

    Solis offers other, more traditional services at Bless These Brows, too. In addition to microblading, lash lifts, and cryotherapy slushing, a client can book time for waxing — everything from full-body waxing to specific problem-area waxing — using organic honey wax. A client might choose eyebrow/eyelash tinting, or a variety of skin rejuvenation services, including microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, or chemical peels.

    The website for Bless These Brows links to an intake form, which allows clients to share their medical history, medications list, and skin care practices. This allows Solis to determine the right treatment methods for the client, and gives her an idea of how best to serve the client’s needs.

    Additionally, because of her experiences working with dermatologists, she is familiar with skin care concerns that may need a physician’s referral.

    “If I notice something that suggests a skin cancer, or a skin condition that may need to be addressed, I refer them to their own dermatologist. If they don’t have a dermatologist, I suggest they work with Dr. Leone and Dr. Schupbach at the Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute, to check out what is happening with their skin,” Solis says.


    Solis plans to participate in select special events, like Susan’s Slumber Party, an event sponsored in July by radio station WBNQ in conjunction with The DoubleTree. During that event, Solis will educate attendees about microblading, and offer a special discount for anyone booking an initial microblading treatment at Bless These Brows, while in attendance at Susan’s Slumber Party. Solis anticipates participating in other special events as they become available.


    Currently, Bless These Brows is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and on Saturdays from 9:00am to noon. However, Solis, the mother of two children, is willing to make arrangements to open for a client who has a special event, by request, when possible.


    Solis says, “I want my clients to feel loved; when someone comes in, I try to listen, not to judge, but to help them feel worthy and loved.”


    At Bless These Brows, it’s service with a smile, and a blessing.
    
    Bless These Brows is located in Suite 3-101, at 2310 East Oakland, Bloomington, Illinois, and is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and on Saturdays from 9:00am to noon. Their website can be found at blessthesebrows.com, and offers information on services, fees, promotions, referrals, and special events, as well as an intake form link, and an appointment scheduling link. You can also reach Jennifer Solis by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by telephone at 309-831-7433.



 

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