We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalie Allen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natalie, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success is my passion I have for my career and my drive to provide the best customer service I possibly can. I am successful because my character and genuineness shine through my enthusiasm to create a safe place where people feel welcomed and comfortable; I know that transpires into my work and I take pride in that. I am confident in my skills, I have a deep love for continuing my education and learning, and I have a natural ability of conversation. All of these things combined lead me to be successful but the shining star for me is the atmosphere that I create inside my treatment room.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career as an esthetician took shape a lot later in life than I would’ve liked it to but I am finally where I am meant to be. That within itself is a major accomplishment for me. I went to school at the University of North Dakota where I studied Communication and I knew that it wasn’t for me, I never really felt like I fit in and or found my calling. After school and a few dead end jobs later I ended up working for a well known cosmetic company as a makeup artist. That is where my life really started to make sense and I found my stride. There is something so beautiful seeing your client’s confidence increase and hearing them say “I look quite pretty, don’t I?” That is where my passion for other people really was ignited. Fast forward 4 years in the beauty industry, I was with a different cosmetic company as a makeup artist and felt like I had reached the ceiling. My supervisor at the time, Angela, was so encouraging about me setting my sights on a new career, a fresh start, and going back to school. It felt like a whirlwind but from my conversation with her, discussing it with my husband, and doing research… I had quit my job and started school just two short months later. Once in school, I knew this is exactly what I was meant to be doing.
If I could tell the world one thing about my story is that my client’s mental health is at the forefront of everything I do. No matter the service I am providing for a client, I want them to leave physically and mentally happier than they were before they came into my treatment room. That is what I want people to know about myself, is that I do in fact, care about how you’re doing. I have worked so hard to transform my treatment room into a safe place, a place where you can be yourself, a place where you are accepted, and a place where love lives. I am body positive, all genders inclusive, and a judgement free zone. Come as you are, be as you are, and know that you matter inside this room.
There is absolutely a stigma that surrounds waxing, and it truly is sad. I am trying to change that narrative by making the conversation and act of waxing no longer a taboo subject. I love reminding clients that their body hair is normal, their anatomy is normal, and their preferences are common! If you want to rock your underarm hair and color it bright blue, hell yes! More power to you! If you want to remove every unwanted hair on your body, hell yes, let me help you! There is nothing wrong with your body, your body hair, or your preferences. You are welcome to be yourself inside my treatment room, fully yourself, and I cannot wait to meet you.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of the most exciting things about Boulder and the Denver area is that you can find something for everyone! If I wasn’t a Colorado native this is what I would want my ideal day to look like… We would start the morning off by getting a bite to eat at The Buff in Boulder, more importantly with a Dirty Sherpa to drink which is a blend of espresso, chai, and whatever your milk preference is. Followed by a beautiful hike in Eldorado Canyon, just to explore and experience the beauty that is Boulder. There are so many amazing places to grab lunch/dinner but if it were up to me we would hit up Caprese Trattoria in Longmont. They are a family owned restaurant that makes in house mozzarella with a killer happy hour menu. And to cap off the night, we would go tailgate in the parking lot before catching a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. That would be my perfect day if I was a visitor to Colorado, mind you we would be exhausted, but it would be so worth it! I love that visitors have so many choices, I always mention Estes Park so we can go through Rocky Mountain National Park.
Growing up in Colorado, we would always take long weekend trips to Glenwood Springs, and now it just holds such a wonderful nostalgic place in my heart. We used to spend all day at the pool, head to the hotel for a quick shower, then go to the Italian Underground for dinner. Anytime I have a visitor or someone new to Colorado, I always take them for a long weekend in Glenwood Springs.
Outside of a long weekend away or a rock concert, there truly is no baseball stadium more beautiful than Coors field. I love taking people to Rockies games, they are always blown away by the magnitude and exquisiteness. There is nothing more perfect than a day in the Colorado sun, enjoying a beer while eating a hot dog and watching the Rockies.
I could go on for days about what there is to do and see here in Denver, it truly is an incredible place and if you have never been to visit then I highly suggest putting it on your list.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are a lot of people who have supported me throughout my life but here are the most important that deserve a little shoutout and recognition… starting with my parents and my brother, they have always been some of my biggest fans. I think they have known all along that I wasn’t meant for a cubicle 9-5 job. Hell, on every report card I’ve ever received I am pretty sure they all mentioned that I talk a lot. Thanks to my family I have always walked to the beat of my own drum and felt supported to create my own path.
I had a instructor at Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute Minneapolis, her name was Lori, I can honestly say that she had the biggest impact on my drive to not only be an esthetician but to be someone that changes people’s lives; because that is what she did for me. There were these times she would be teaching and you could feel the passion just by the way she talked. On top of instilling the drive and fire for esthetics into me, Lori genuinely cared about me as a human. I felt seen and heard by her every single day, what an incredible gift. I don’t know if I ever thanked her properly to her face but she is the reason I work with such dedication to my clients and devotion to my career. If you’re reading this, thanks for changing my life Lori.
However, there is one person who has been my biggest supporter and that is my husband, Drew. The moment I decided a “normal” job wasn’t for me, he was encouraging me to quit my job, go back to school, and find my passion. It’s truly a blessing when you find someone who not only supports you physically but someone who values and protects you mentally and spiritually. At the forefront of every conversation Drew and I have ever had about my career and my path, the first thing that he always has said is, “I want you to be happy,” and “your mental health comes first.” I am someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression on and off throughout my life, and to find someone who genuinely supports my mental health wellbeing is a blessing that cannot be put into words. I’m actually getting emotional just writing this… thanks to my husband, I know that I can live my life authentically myself, in every single way, and not only am I encouraged to do so but I am embraced and loved unconditionally. It’s a beautiful thing.
Another shoutout that is so deserved is to my clients… especially the ones who have been with me since I started working in Boulder a few years ago. I cherish our friendships, I appreciate your unconditional support in my career, and our conversations mean the world to me. I love you all.
Kyra Lee Photography