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Hidden Gems: Meet Donna Capitle of Velour Esthetics

Today we’d like to introduce you to Donna Capitle. 

Hi Donna, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I always knew that I would be of service to other people. I enjoy being able to show up for someone in need, help guide them through their life struggles, or provide different perspectives on difficult topics. Growing up Filipino, being of service and giving back to my community meant that I would be working in the medical field. But after I graduated from high school, I decided that I would not go to school and just work because I was not sure about my path in life. So, for another year, I continued to work at a local Chinese restaurant called, Yenchim until I decided to pick up a receptionist job at a nursing home. After almost six months of working there, one day my dad hands me a pamphlet for a trade school that offered classes for Medical Assisting and told me to apply. I started classes that fall and continued to work as a receptionist at the nursing home. Then after almost two years, I graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Medical Science. This was a big deal for my family being that I was the first to attain a degree in college. I trudged a long three years of being a Medical Assistant for different offices and doctors, and I tried working in different specialties. But it was not for me. I gave up the dream of someone else’s, and I went back to what I knew. But this time I took the chance to work in a different setting. I was out of a job for almost two months until I was hired at a fairly new waxing salon called, Natura. This was where it all began. I learned so much from the people I met at this salon. To this day, I look up too many of them. Being there shown light to things I didn’t even know could be a career, let alone offered as a service. I just always knew of hair salons and brow waxing. I didn’t realize how much there was about this industry until I started working there. Which reminded of a lot of the things I would do for myself growing up. I was a very insecure, shy, and shameful little girl. I was always told what was considered “wrong” or not good enough about me, but I was never taught how to change those things or find solutions to those issues. But luckily, I found ways on my own; thank you to the early days on YouTube. The makeup tutorials, hair tutorials, and of course, skincare videos. 

I was inspired working there. I was never inspired that way in the medical field, so I knew this was different. Towards the end of 2019, I decided when the time permitted, I would apply to beauty school. In early 2021, I applied to Bellus Academy and graduated six months after. My career as an esthetician launched beginning of 2022. This was the first time I felt like I was doing something for myself. This was the first I truly understood the feeling of being of service. For me, it’s not just about giving facials, or shaping brows, or applying lash extensions. It’s providing what I was not always given growing up. For me, it’s about showing up and educating. For me, it’s about connecting and communicating. Just like in the medical field, people who see Estheticians come in with concerns and issues. It’s important that clients feel comfortable and feel that not only are you confident in your services but as well as in yourself. Which is the biggest difference working as an Esthetician compared to working as a Medical Assistant. I was not at all confident in what I could do or in who I was supposed to be in the medical field. And I think the reason for that is because being of service and giving back now as an Esthetician, feels like giving back to myself. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting a new career, let alone a business is not at all easy or smooth. There have been many bumps in the road. A lot of it comes from my own belief system about myself. There are days that truly test my ability to push through thoughts of doubt. There is also the challenge of balancing time and space between myself, family, and being a businesswoman. But I think that just comes with starting something new and being in very unfamiliar territory. I think trying to find my groove with how to run a business always changes and the path isn’t always consistent. And I think that is a big factor to always consider for those who are wanting to start on this journey. 

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Velour Esthetics came from the description from a client of mine that described what her facial felt like. She said it was a relaxing experience, like being on a cloud, and that her skin felt super soft and silky. In high school, I would do other people’s brows and my cousins would joke about me having a salon one day and that I should name it Donna’s beauty and brows. But I like the way Velour Esthetics sounds instead! I am based in Poway, CA. I offer five different facials; Glow Facial, Rejuvenating Facial, Blemish Treatment, Back Facial, and Microdermabrasion. I first started off only offering facials because I fell in love with the service, the very time I received one at the salon I used to work at. Then later in beauty school, learning about products and about all the different kinds of ingredients and what they do, I fell even more in love with the service. But now, I also offer brow shaping and eyelash extensions as well! I take pride in offering a place where beauty meets relaxation. I love seeing clients go from being concerned about their issues or who may be looking to spruce up their look, to being in a relaxed state and in awe of their results. I offer an array of services because I love both beauty and skin care. They are two of the three things I obsess over. The third being clothing. I think not only having pride and confidence in your services make you great Esthetician, but also that being someone who is passionate and excited to offer these services makes a huge difference in the client’s experience! 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
For my first-time clients, if it is intimidating or if there is any uncertainty about a service on the menu, I offer consultations to learn more about their concerns and answer questions they may have. All contact information is provided on my google page and social media. For new Estheticians coming into this industry, don’t be discouraged to follow through with your dream. It may seem as though there is not enough room for everyone. But it is not just about the services you provide that make you stand out. It is mainly based off of what you bring to the table that is based off of who you are. 

Pricing:

  • Facials – $80-$105
  • Brow Shaping – $20
  • Lash Extensions – $80-$90

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