The combination of business acumen and a passion for esthetics is a powerful thing, and Christal Petrak, owner of The SkinSpa Institute in Signal Hill, California, is living proof.
Petrak grew up and went to school in Michigan, setting her sights on the beauty world at a young age. “I graduated high school early and earned my cosmetology license in 1980, and have been doing hair and nails at various places throughout the years,” she explains.
In 1986, after visiting her sister in California, Petrak caught West Coast fever and moved to Long Beach herself. She transferred from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, to California State University, Long Beach, and transferred her cosmetology license, too, so she could keep practicing.