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Guilderland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, June 5, 2008

Skinsation tailors beauty to individual needs

By Saranac Hale Spencer

GUILDERLAND — Deborah Waljamitz focuses on the individual.

As the sole worker in her new beauty shop on Western Avenue, Waljamitz said, she prefers to take appointments and cater to one person at a time.  “Everything is tailored to the individual’s needs,” she said.

Skinsations, which she just opened near the intersection of Carman Road and Western Avenue, offers facials, body waxing, manicures, and pedicures.  She opened her first shop in Guilderland over a decade ago, said Waljamitz, and has spent most of her time since then in Rotterdam. 

“When space opened in Guilderland,” said Waljamitz, she scooped it up.

When she used to get her nails done years ago, Waljamitz said, she would always end up changing them, so she decided to make a career of it and went to beauty school while she worked as a bartender.  A few years after getting licensed to do nails, she went back to school and got her aesthetics’ license, so that she could give facials.

She now offers her services Monday through Saturday, with prices for manicures starting at $12, facials at $45, and pedicures at $20.

“It’s really a very calm and serene atmosphere,” she said, adding later of her clients, “When they’re here, it’s their time.”

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