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Educated and Dedicated

By: Abby Penning
Posted: June 29, 2009, from the July 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Spending all day with your friends while helping clients solve their skin care problems may sound like a dream job, but for Deborah Principale, co-owner of Vogue Salon & Day Spa in Williamsville, New York, it’s a dream job she’s worked hard to achieve.

Starting out more on the clinical side of health, Principale stumbled into the beauty world somewhat on a whim. “I was always much more into my science courses in high school, and technically, I was going to be a pharmacist,” she says. After having a change of heart, however, she found herself pursuing a different kind of health care. “I ended up having some time I needed to fill and decided to go to cosmetology school,” Principale explains.

Studying at the Harkness Career & Technical Center in Cheektowaga, New York, Principale received her cosmetology license from the state of New York in 1982 and began working as an assistant at a local Williamsville spa. There, she spent time learning about the beauty industry and honing her skill set, as well as creating relationships with her fellow employees.

“This was back when facials weren’t such a big thing,” Principale explains. “The industry was just staring to evolve.” But as the popularity of skin care offerings at the spa grew, so did Principale’s desire to find out more about them. And the more she learned, the more she found the esthetic profession to be in line with her interests.

“The skin care side of things just suited me better,” she notes, and from there, she worked to integrate professional skin care into her repertoire, making the decision to focus solely on esthetics.