Business Profile: Thuy Mai

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2002

Title and company: Owner, Thuy Mai Skincare & Cosmetics of Paris

Biographical Information: Mai grew up in Vietnam. She came to the United States in 1972 for a heart treatment. While in California she fell in love, married and stayed. In 1985 she decided to go into cosmetology. She studied at four schools, including John Wesleys International Barber and Beauty College, the Pan Beauty College and the Los Angeles Beauty College. In 1992, she opened her first shop, which she gave to a friend four years later. She had two other shops in California. In 1998 she came to visit Juneau for a month, and a year later she came to stay. She worked for LA Nails for two years, then opened her own shop a year ago.

Services: Mai does facials, waxing, body wraps, skin peels, lash and brow treatments, manicures and pedicures. She offers specialized treatments for acne or wrinkles. She named her shop Skincare and Cosmetics of Paris because many of the techniques she uses come from Paris. Her first teacher was from France and she's visited there.

Though most of her customers are women, some men come in for nail care. Many of her customers come from outlying towns.

"I have a lot of support from all my friends here," Mai said. "First they were clients, but now we're just like one big family."

Family: Mai came to Juneau partly because her boyfriend, Ralph Burkhardt, lives here. She has a 26-year-old daughter and many cousins in California. Her mother and an aunt are still in Vietnam.

Quotable: "I love to make people look pretty. When I do (a) facial for (a) customer I put my heart into it. ... If I see my customer look pretty when they walk out of my shop then I'm happy."

Contact information: Call 789-1826 or stop by her shop at 9105 Mendenhall Mall Rd. No. 130.

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