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Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic is a boutique skin care facility in Harlem, with 8 years of expertise, specializing in facials, waxing laser hair removal (specifically for people for color) and a host of other wellness services. This November, they are launching their Beauty Apothecary. Read on to learn how you can get your skin just right for the holidays!
To support and create opportunities for customers to enhance their wellness after they leave the Clinic, they will also host on-going wellness education workshops and panel discussions. With all this being said, finding a skincare professional that you trust, can can be tough. POC? In NYC? Well, you just might be in luck!
“To see people who look like you, feel like you, think like you, and being able to do what you love in that space is a gift.” Seven Brown is a self-proclaimed Harlemite, Aesthetician and most importantly, an educator. A mother of 4, and grandmother to 6, Seven describes herself as a lover of people, who’s using her talents to change lives. Seven began her career waxing in an upscale gym. Laughing, she says “It wasn’t the love of my life, sweat doesn’t get upscale.” But she still was able to find the light somehow. “Being able to deliver a result for someone, even something as small as removing extra hair, the way that it changes them, it kinda stuck with me” Then one day she received her calling to teach. “I really had no preparation for that, so I thought. But being a parent, and the daughter of my parents, was all the preparation I really needed!” “When you’re talking about something you love, and take the time to understand the why, it becomes a love conversation, not just a classroom conversation.”
Seven recounts finally moving back to New York after traveling the world in her younger years, and the joy she felt to be back surrounded with people she was familiar with. “I was raised military so everywhere we traveled was either white people or some other foreign country.” “I was never around my people” she says. So coming back to New York and being in Harlem was magic. To see people who look like you, feel like you, think like you, and being able to do what you love, in that space, is a gift.” she expressed sternly. “I was never confused about that, so when people come in here and say things like “A black person owns this?” or “This looks like it could be downtown.” “No, this looks like the best that I could do and it looks like what we deserve.”
Seven took me on tour of her lavish facility. High ceilings decked out with glistening chandeliers, I’m instantly transported into a tranquil oasis, each room decked out with candles and crystals to set the tone. In the rear of the spa we reach the Beauty Apothecary, where she is hosting a CBD Seminar. Small, but potent tinctures lay lined along tables for customers to sample. Another fixture with shelves adjacent is filled with different adaptogen products (all women owned) like Chaga, Ashwaganda, etc. “This space is a marriage of the two (CBD + Adaptogens).” People ask me all the time how I do it? “Adaptability. If you look up Darwin’s Theory, survival isn’t about being strong. Survival is about having the ability to adapt. That’s what these things do in your body, and that’s what I do here.”
Seven’s hope for the Beauty Apothecary is that it can serve as a place of hope and change. “Picture a young woman is here with her grandmother, who’s had to her walk her in here because she’s afraid, she doesn’t know if it’s legal, illegal, if she should be embarrassed or not, but she’s in pain. This is a place where I can explain that to her privately, something I can’t do online” she explains.
She plans to convert to the lower level into a “wellness space + collective” where she’ll offer more health + wellness products, think CBD based tinctures, vape and topicals for pain, anxiety over all well being. She also plans to offer free to low cost services like acupuncture, reflexology, massage, nutrition counseling, meditation, reiki, and yoga. She’ll plans on inviting various teachers and instructors to take over the space for a small fee and make it their own. Her vision board for 2020 includes being debt free. “As a black business ,that’s volume” she says. She also hopes to have the wellness center and collective fully up and running. In the meantime make sure to make your way uptown to visit Harlem Skin and Laser Clinic and check out The Beauty Apothecary just in time for those wonderful holiday feels!
NYC Plugged readers can get a FREE Herbal Consult and 10% off any product until November 21st, tell them we sent ya!