Corey Kygar, Outstanding Esthetics Instructor at Bella Institute

by PC Geigle

Corey KygarAs I was watching the Academy Awards ceremony in February, it occurred to me the performing arts are the only fields of professionalism acknowledged in such an elaborate fashion.

A doctor cures us of disease and our therapist listens to our problems, but it's our esthetician who has the power to take us away from the physical world and sends us to paradise.

One such esthetician worthy of an "Oscar" nomination is Corey Kygar, an esthetics instructor and assistant director at Bella Institute in Portland, Oregon. Kygar encompasses the essence of everything an esthetician should be.

Kygar began teaching esthetics after realizing his passion was with instruction more than the actual service itself. This was a fortunate decision for many aspiring estheticians, for Kygar's gift is with instruction. He believes in allowing his students the "experience" of the art of esthetics. He knows the technical ability will arrive at its own pace, but the intangible qualities of the service must take time and patience. It's a noisy, mega-watt world out there, but in the facial room; there is peace.

I have watched our profession evolve from something exotic people did in Sweden, and only at the most exclusive of resorts and spas, to the sophisticated salon/spas that are seen everywhere today. Corey Kygar is the quintessential professional who is respected and admired for his patience and calming demeanor. He understands the artist in the cosmetology student and he shows respect for staff, clients, students and prospective students.

Esthetics, as defined by Webster's Dictionary, is: "aesthesia;" capacity for sensation or feeling… in Milady's Standard Esthetics Fundamentals: Chapter 1; "esthetics," from the Greek word "aesthetikos," meaning "perceptible to the senses" is a branch of anatomical science that deals with the overall health and well-being of the skin."

Technical skills are tangibles that we learn through study and practice, but what about esthetics? Can esthetics be taught, or must it be instinctive? Will you enjoy a fulfilling and lucrative career simply by knowing what to do and how to do it? I believe we must love what we do first and foremost. To be successful, estheticians must possess an innate instinctive sensitivity towards nurturing that cannot be taught in the classroom or esthetics room.

There is indeed something ethereal in the way some estheticians approach this service. Esthetics should be silent. There must be sensuality about the entire experience that transcends the technical. Kygar is one of those rare individuals who has the ability to calm his client down with a gentle touch. No words are spoken. The client is immediately mellowed into a state of relaxation. It is a sort of hypnosis.

Skincare is a science but it is much more than cells, muscles and manipulations. Our skin can be improved upon with lotions, creams and massages but the approach that Kygar takes transcends from simply skin care to bliss. It's as if your face is being massaged without physical touch.

Bella Institute is very fortunate to have Kygar as assistant director and head of the esthetics department.