Ashley changed my life. OK, so maybe that’s a tad bit hyperbolic, but things *have* followed a forward trajectory since I saw her, 6 months ago, for the duo microblading and ombré service. I had very, verrrry patchy brows, due to nearly 15 years of damage from Trichotillomania, a disorder I developed in grade school. The taunts from my classmates only exacerbated my prepubescent insecurities, and those same insecurities I carried with me well into my adulthood. I used to love being outside, the wind, swimming on the beach, sleepovers— I never did any of these things again; no one could see me without my rather crudely drawn on brows. You don’t realize how important self-esteem is until you realize you don’t have much of it. I spent my Twenties hiding behind bangs. When microblading became popular, I made a wish and booked an appointment with Ashley. My wish came true in more ways than I ever dreamed! If I was feeling any ill at ease, Ashley’s warm, instantly friendly personality set my mind at rest. Her salon is intimate, she’s probably watching an episode of ‘Sex and the City’, and if you’re feeling lightheaded, a bowl of sweets sits on the front desk. She’s a pro who loves what she does, and she knows what she’s doing. No one’s better. The whole thing only took about 2 hours, between stenciling the perfect brow shape and the process itself. Beauty = pain, but the numbing gel she used made the degree of it minimal. Healing time depends on the person’s aftercare and skin type, but my scabs fell off in a week, leaving— for the first time in over half of my life— perfect brows! They faded a little, yes, which Ashley touched up, 6 weeks later. (And because she’s a sweetheart, she offered to touch them up for the third time if they faded, for free.) Better yet, my hair started to grow again! I was so satisfied with Ashley’s work, I sent my mother to see her, too! I’d forgotten what it was like to take a selfie, something I never did much because all I saw were my terrible brows. But now, I’m confident in my appearance. I feel pretty. Thank you for that, Ashley. I’m your client for life, wherever you may go, because you’re destined for Big Things. A talent!