Journal Staff


Essence Hair Artistry, a beauty salon owned by Gilda E. Espaldon, is offering makeup and more esthetician services after moving from its second-floor space adjacent to the BodyArts School of Dance, to a larger space on the first floor of the same building in Hagåtña.

The salon held its soft opening private event on Oct. 28 and opened its doors on Oct. 29.

The renovation of the 1,500 square foot-space was completed by Mavi Corp., which does business as Guam Customized Repair and Maintenance. The space vacated by Essence was 800 square feet. The construction started at the end of August.

Currently, the salon offers haircuts, styling and coloring, as well as facials, massages, waxing and eyebrow tattooing. Essence also has hair, beauty and skincare products available for purchase. Espaldon said the salon will be offering makeup application services when her daughter, Victoria, is employed as the salon’s certified makeup artist in March 2020. Victoria Espaldon is attending the Mariacy Beauty Academy in Maite.

Gilda Espaldon said two of her employees, Charlene Leon Guerrero and Emiliana C. Pascual, are independent contractors. “My esthetician, Charlene, has Charlene’s Waxing & Skincare, and then Emi[liana] is our certified massage therapist.” Pascual’s practice within the salon is named Emi’s Massage Therapy.

Espaldon’s son and employee, Christian, is a licensed esthetician and received a certification from AB Beauty Studio for nano blading and powder ombré techniques on client’s eyebrows. Both techniques are semi-permanent tattooing services that Gilda Espaldon said will be expanded when the company returns in December for another training class.

Gilda Espaldon said that Christian needs to be certified in more eyebrow-related techniques, such as corrective brows and brow lightening. “There are clients who had them done years ago. . .[now] they want the new nano blading and powder ombré style, but they can’t because the old brow tattoo is already there.”

AB Beauty Studio is a beauty supply store in Seattle, Wash., which also offers professional training and mentorship at its training center. The studio offered Lash and Brow Training classes for the first time on Guam in May 2019. Christian Espaldon is enrolled in its December training class to be certified for more eyebrow-related techniques.

The salon’s brow tattoo studio, according to Gilda Espaldon, is a separate room because of the permits and license involved, which classify it as a tattoo parlor/studio.

Additionally, Espaldon said that employee professionalism is important to maintain in the salon. “Once [they] step into the salon, all personal concerns are to be left outside. Leave it behind because now, it’s all about making a rich experience for the client.”

The salon’s business hours are Tuesday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; it is closed on Sunday and Monday weekly. Mbj