2334 Atwood Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin, 53704

This shop and the people in it are magic and I wanted to be apart of it.
— Alyssa Pabón

What is your occupation?

I am the first Beauty Operator Apprentice for Midwest Beauty House! I specialize in makeup application but I am so excited to learn everything hair and nails.

How did you or why did you pursue a position at MBH?

About a year ago Alice and I got together and talked about me helping with makeup for the wedding business and I started this summer. When I found out Alice was thinking about taking on an apprentice, I contacted her immediately. This shop and the people in it are magic and I wanted to be apart of it.

How long have you been a Beauty Operator?

I have been doing makeup, lash extensions, permanent makeup, and nails for several years now, but this will be my first year doing hair.

What is your favorite MBH shop memory?

Am I allowed to say all of them? I love this shop and that it feels like my family. 

What do you love most about doing hair, nails, and makeup?

Connecting with people and making them happy. I’ve met some amazing people through the beauty industry that I would have never gotten to otherwise.

What is your current style icon/inspiration or favorite role model?

I take style and life inspiration from a lot of different people and places. From Micheline Pitt (artist/illustrator turned Pin Up Model and Designer) to Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) I’m also inspired by the local Drag Queens in Madison (a lot of whom I know personally). Strong, beautiful women who are unapologetic about who they are and don’t put up with nonsense.

What is your favorite or most used beauty product?

All of the Rose Jam products from Lush. Also, purple lipstick.

What do you love most about Madison/the Midwest?

There are so many creative and loving people here that it makes it really easy to fall in love with the Midwest.  The people make the place for me.

What is another favorite local business of yours?

So many! Revel for arts and crafts fun. Hatch Art House and Booth 121 always have fun stuff made by artists. I’m a frequent flyer at Steve’s Tattoo and Body Piercing. Finally, I have not stopped thinking about the tots and spicy garlic mayo at Players for a while now. I try to stick to the East Side as much as possible.

Why is receiving beauty services important to you?

I tell clients all the time that it’s okay to take care of themselves, by whatever definition they give “self care”.  Getting my hair or nails done is the way I practice what I preach.

What does “better beauty culture” mean to you?

Better Beauty Culture means supporting each other.  Whether it is us making our clients feel like their best versions of themselves or us supporting each other within the beauty industry.  We are all here for the same reason, why not cheer each other on and celebrate each other’s successes?