USD isn’t the only place hosting classes in Vermillion.
Studio Muse, a new Vermillion business located right off Cherry St. holds free cosmetic classes every month.
Studio Muse is locally-owned by cosmetologist Schelby Stark and opened about a month ago. The salon, though new to Vermillion, already has a good customer base, according to their Facebook page.
“We offer all kinds of services, from massages, to eyelash extensions to hair and nails,” Stark said. “We have five girls working here: three hair stylists, one massage therapist and our nail technician.”
Stark said they plan to host a monthly beauty class on Mondays and would eventually like to host two a month.
For February, they chose to do a hair tutorial regarding flat iron curls. Stark said each class will be different relating to hair, nails and massages.
“Each tutorial will focus on only one product line so that people don’t feel overwhelmed,” Stark said. “We want people to go home and know exactly how to style their new hairdos. We do small tutorials for every client.”
Stark, one other hairstylist and the store’s massage therapist were all present at Monday’s class. Stark has been a cosmetologist for six years. Danielle Baker, the other cosmetologist who works there, has been practicing cosmetology for ten years.
“I love doing hair,” Baker said. “I love my kids very much, but I also love leaving them to come do this.”
At this month’s event Baker showed the attendees how to curl their hair with a flat iron. After that was finished, Stark showed them how to do some simple up do’s with their newly-curled hair.
USD student Brooke Larsen, a graphic design major, received her nail technician license last fall and started working at Studio Muse this semester.
“We love making our customers feel good,” Larsen said. “That’s why these classes are cool. I’m excited to have a nail class. I know that some of the other cosmos working there want to learn some acrylic and design stuff too, so that will be fun.”
Larsen started her nail design hobbies back in eighth grade on her friends and family, she added.
Most of Studio Muse’s customer base so far has been middle-aged women, Stark said.
“Our customers leave often hugging us all after their appointments,” Stark said. “It’s really cool that we can provide this for people.”