FLINT, Michigan — With more than 10 years of experience under her belt as a Licensed Esthetician, businesswoman, and entrepreneur, Flint native Ranesha Cavette exudes a mixture of self-assuredness, etiquette, and what I would describe as sister-like care toward each of her clients. Cavette is the owner of RC Beauty Lounge which sits nestled snugly amongst a row of quaint brick shops located in downtown Flint.
A Jack-Of-All-Trades within the beauty industry, Cavette provides a variety of services such as makeup application, facials, and brow waxing while also using and selling products from her own beauty and makeup line called 'Skin On Glow
She launched her grand (re)opening just a few months ago and has been successful at creating a high-quality salon where women and men alike can both go to relax, be pampered by a vibrating massage table, and even enjoy a nice glass of champagne while immersing themselves within a luxurious safe haven.
The attention to detail, aesthetically-pleasing environment, and skills displayed within her salon and craft alike are made meticulously obvious each time I pay RC Beauty Lounge a visit. In a recent interview with Flintside, Cavette opened up about her journey as a professional in the skincare industry and gave us an inside look into her beautiful world.
RC Beauty lounge offers a range of services, including facials, makeup application, lash lifts, brow tinting, waxing, and more.Flintside: What has the experience of navigating the beauty industry professionally been like for you?
: "My experience in the beauty industry has truly been a blessing! It was a lot of hard work and sacrifices, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I started my journey in 2010 and I remember working 9 to 5 at the bank and then from 5:30 to 9:30 going to Esthetics class. I started making connections with teachers and students, and as soon as I finished school, I started working at a popular salon. That’s when my career really blossomed. I started posting online and it was amazing to see how social media really helped blossom my career.
I’ve had my work featured in Essence Beauty from hashtag challenges like #Essencebeautymagicmakeover. I was able to do [makeup for] celebrities like Jazmine Sullivan, Cardi B, and Tamela Mann, and be a key makeup artist for a show called “Being” on BET/Centric as well. Just from starting to have a social media following on Instagram. So my career has definitely been rewarding, I just had to sacrifice a lot of my time by doing [makeup for] clients and not showing up to a lot of the fun things or events that family and friends had."
Flintside: For those that may not be familiar with the work of estheticians, why is it important for us to place emphasis on taking care of our skin?
: "It is extremely important and necessary for you to care for your skin because eventually, your skin will tell the story! Your skin is the largest organ of your body. If you have a good skincare routine, you can help prevent health and skin issues as well as slow down aging. If you’re stressed, not eating right, and not cleaning your skin, it’ll eventually show on your skin. At the very least, everyone should cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize and use sunscreen! Sunscreen can prevent skin cancer."
Flintside: Can you tell us a little bit about your 'Skin On Glow' product line?
: "'Skin On Glow' is a clean, all-natural skincare line that is cruelty-free, paraben, and gluten-free. Its main focus is to give your skin a glow and improve skin texture and hyperpigmentation. I noticed a lot of my clients struggled with hyperpigmentation, uneven skin, and skin texture. I also wanted to create something gentle enough that would give the skin results and a glow as well."
Flintside: Where would you suggest someone start when it comes to building their own skincare routine?
: "I would say start with a need. Whatever that need may be for yourself or for who your target audience looks like. Then think about those around you. What’s their need? Do your research, test products out on yourself, people that will be honest with you, and people who have skincare issues or concerns. Look up [the] ingredients! The research portion is key and it takes time. Before I even told my clients about my products, I used them on myself for over a year! I also took before and after pictures to track my progress."
To stay up to date with Ranesha, follow her on Instagram, and her brand RC’s Beauty Lounge on Facebook.