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Spa Professional Discovers Dharma

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: February 26, 2009, from the March 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Obviously something is working for Waters, who was named West Coast Salon Entrepreneur of the Year by The Global Salon Business Awards in 2008. “It was one of the proudest moments of my life,” she says. And another source of great pride for Waters are her children. Her 17-year-old daughter is the exact age she was when she opened her first salon and is herself expressing interest in the beauty industry. “At the age of seven, someone asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up, and she said, ‘I want to do what my mom does.’ As the years have gone by, the answer has remained the same,” explains Waters. Although her daughter wants to earn her business degree before looking to the spa for a career, Waters thinks she would fit into the spa world comfortably. “I also have a 14-year-old son and just hope they both find jobs they love and that they feel great about,” she says.

Waters knows the importance of doing something that you love—after all, she’s found her dharma. “I love the people in this industry so much. I’ve never not wanted to come to work. I feel very fortunate in that,” she says.