Today we’d like to introduce you to Vangie Ogg.
Vangie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Coming from a family of healers (and as a spiritually-connected person myself) I’ve always had a connection to people and it’s a big part of why I pivoted from being a professional photographer to stepping into the world of skincare in the first place.
A few years ago, I was digitally retouching photographs for a client and minimizing things like blemishes and hyperpigmentation – just as I often did with most proofs. In that moment, I felt disheartened that so many (!) clients in all different age groups were dealing with sensitized or distressed skin and it inspired me to action into becoming a licensed esthetician.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’ve been lucky that I had the means to pivot from a longtime career to a new one that I’m passionate about. The challenge, or so I thought, was my age. (My husband and I have been married 27 years and our two children are grown.)
While still in esthetician training, I made plans to set up a facial room in a nail salon in Brentwood as soon as I got my license. I became friends with the owners and couldn’t believe that they gave me this opportunity! It worked only for a short time. Because I shared the room with their wax tech, I lacked the adequate space, privacy and complete control of my schedule to have a viable practice.
As I watched my savings dwindle, I decided to seek employment. Again, I could not believe my luck that I got an interview with a VP of Operations at a skincare startup. Despite being aptly trained and being told I have healing hands, I was still not hired.
I then applied for a position at an established corporate spa. They were looking for someone with more experience.
I felt stuck. And worried that I was not hireable at my age and lacking experience, and I would lose momentum.
So I took a big risk in taking on a lease and established Simple Healing Space. From there, it’s been a labor of love, as I successfully sustain a business, continuing to promote health and wellness with a focus on skincare.
Simple Healing Space – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My holistic skincare studio is located in the heart of Santa Monica, where I offer customized treatments that incorporate sensory experiences for the mind, skin and soul through energy-balancing Reiki, soothing rose quartz stones and therapeutic facial massage techniques, like Gua Sha.
I purposely work with products that are formulated and produced locally and are made by companies that are founded and run by women.
As someone with a history of eczema, airborne allergies, and sensitivity, I truly understand what it’s like to have reactive skin. Through my own personal experiences of finding what works to keep skin healthy and breakout-free – not to mention tapping into the love I have for skin in general – I’ve learned so much and want to share that love and knowledge with my clients.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
The positive feedback I get from clients when they enter Simple Healing Space, and after a treatment, knowing that I’ve guided them through an impactful transformation to better skin health. That I’m surrounded by the loveliest community that includes not only my clients, but the vendors I work with, and my mentors and peers from whom I learn so much.
- Simple Healing Facial 60 minutes/$135
- Gua Sha Facial 60 minutes/$140
- Reiki Infused Facial 60 minutes/$140
Online services: https://simplehealingspace.com/virtualservices
- Skin Health Consultation 60 minutes/$80
- Gua Sha Facial Massage Lesson 60 minutes/$60
- Skincare Product Advise 45 minutes/$45
- Address: 1358 Fifth Street, Studio 501
Santa Monica CA 90401
(Inside Salon Republic on 5th)
- Website: simplehealingspace.com
- Phone: 21346500644
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/simplehealingspace
- Facebook: facebook.com/simplehealingspace
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/simple-healing-space-santa-monica-2
Monika Broz, Vangie Ogg