the team

Kristie-Lee

Esthetician / Owner

Why did you become an esthetician?

While attending college, I was introduced to Mary Kay (my neighbor had the pink cadillac!) and I fell in love with make-up, skin care and helping women look their best. As time went on, I knew that I wanted to be more hands on within the field so I enrolled at the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics of Woburn, graduating with my esthetics license in 2004.

Learn more about Kristie-Lee…

What made you want to open a salon?

Upon graduating, I gained some experience at a few smaller salons until I was hired at a much larger and successful salon here in Worcester. After spending a number of years there, I again advanced my career by opening a salon with a friend which would allow us to provide a better and more personal experience for our clients. Since the beginning of my career I always knew that I wanted to open my own business and it felt like something was missing. I wanted to provide both my clients and employees with a salon environment that they loved being at and felt comfortable in. In May of 2011, I opened Nkd’s first location in downtown Worcester. Thanks to our wonderful clients and our reputation of providing quality services, Nkd has grown into what it is today at its second location at One Kelley Square.

What is your favorite service that Nkd offers and why?

My favorite service at Nkd is, well, all of them! Ok, so my favorites are waxing, lashes and makeup…those are the services I love to do, so that is why I named my business Nkd Waxing, Lashes & Makeup! We also offer skincare, massage, threading, spray tan and hair…those are services that the other girls love to do and obviously works with the original vision. A client can tell when the person working on them loves what they do. And I greatly enjoy getting all those services done to me! 

If you would bring just one beauty product on vacation, which one would it be?

If I could only bring one beauty product on vacation with me…it would probably be lip gloss because I would have gotten my lashes and spray tan on…so there wouldn't be a need for mascara, foundation and bronzer. :)

What is your "mantra?"

My Mantra is The Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Crystal

Esthetician / Manager

Why did you become an esthetician?

I’ve been in the beauty industry since the womb ;) My mom had a salon in our house when I was a toddler and then when she started working at a salon in Worcester, I would frequently go in with her and sit behind the desk and help the receptionist. After completing my Associates Degree, I attended esthetics school in 2004 and have worked in the beauty industry ever since. I love the variety of what I do- I could never sit behind a desk all day or work a 9 to 5. Some days I make people feel amazing doing makeup, some days I get to pamper people with facials and other days I give people gorgeous lashes! The creative atmosphere of Nkd is the best place to foster my love of all things beauty and 12 years later, I still love what I do! 

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What would the 5 songs be on the soundtrack of your life?

Delta Spirit: “Before the Devil Knows You're Dead”
Ben Folds: “Philosophy”
Beastie Boys: “Get it Together”
Saves the Day: “Shoulder to the Wheel”
Beatles: “In My Life”

What is your favorite service Nkd offers and why?

I love the Micro2 facial. It’s the perfect treatment for my mid 30’s complexion that is sometimes oily and sometimes dry. This treatment addresses all the concerns that I have: clogged pores, dehydration and fine lines. No downtime and immediate, glowing results.

Other than Nkd, what are some of your favorite businesses in central Massachusetts?

Living Earth, Ed Hyders, Rapscallion Brewery at Hyland Orchard.

Tiffany

Esthetician

Why did you become an esthetician?

I became an esthetician because I have always been passionate about the beauty and skincare industry. My many years in this profession has made me enjoy being able to help transform and improve a person’s appearance and self-confidence. I also knew that a career in esthetics would allow me to express my artistic side, which drives my desire to make a difference in someone’s life. I am motivated in hearing that someone really appreciates the hard work that I put into every person’s specific needs and wants.

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Other than Nkd, what is some of your favorite businesses in central Massachusetts?

Birchtree Bread Company, Fit Frenzy Studios and Krave Fitness and Nutrition.

If you would bring just one beauty product on vacation, which one would it be?

In the Winter: Supreme Beauty Oil by Amber
In the Summer: Balancing Beauty Oil by Amber

What is your "mantra?"

“Go big or go home!”

Audrena

Esthetician

Why did you become an esthetician?

I became an esthetician because I have a passion for all things beauty and find it to be a very rewarding profession that is always advancing and keeping me on my toes.

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What is your favorite service that Nkd offers and why?

My favorite services would be our skincare treatments. I believe the power of touch can be transforming and I love being able to increase someone’s self esteem when they see positive changes to their skin.

Other than Nkd, what is some of your favorite businesses in central Massachusetts?

You can often find me sipping cocktails at 111 Chop House, working out at Fit Frenzy Studios or wondering the aisles of Target.

What is your "mantra?"

“Don’t let anyone with bad eyebrows tell you sh%t  about life."

Caitlin

Esthetician

Why did you become an esthetician?

I always wanted to “grow up” to be a hairstylist after tagging along with my Mom to her hair appointments as a child. But as I got older, I found I was more passionate about skincare and makeup. So after I got my bachelors in Business Administration, I enrolled in school to become an esthetician. I always knew I would be doing something in the beauty industry. I love making people feel better about themselves and it was very important to me to have a career doing something I love, everyday.

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What is your favorite service Nkd offers and why?

Although I do a lot of eyelash extensions, spray tanning has a special place in my heart. I had my very own custom spray tanning business before I was an esthetician, and that’s actually how I met Kristie (the owner of Nkd.) I love spray tanning because having a tan makes you feel great, it’s the better alternative to UVA/UVB tanning and you get your desired results after just 8 hours. I love the boost of confidence I have when I have a spray tan. I also love how quick and customizable the service is.

Other than Nkd, what is some of your favorite businesses in central Massachusetts?

I love El Patron. The food is amazing and they have the best margaritas!

What is your "mantra?"

“If you can’t tone it, tan it!”

Marlena

Massage Therapist

Why did you become a massage therapist?

I took a massage course for the fun of it while I was living in San Francisco and selling public safety systems. About a week into the course I had an epiphany: “This is what I want to do with my life.” That was 17 years ago and here I am!

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Other than Nkd, what are some of your favorite businesses in central Massachusetts?

NuCafe, Birchtree Bread Company, Ed Hyders and Crompton Collective.

What would the 3 songs be on the soundtrack to your life?

“Tapestry” by Carole King 
“I’m Moving On” by Rascal Flatts 
“Save Me San Francisco” by Train 

What is your “mantra?”

Just Breathe.

Alexis

Hair Stylist

Why did you become a hairstylist?

I was looking for a job that would allow me to be fun, creative and to highlight my personality. Being a stylist gives me that freedom and so much more.

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What would the 5 songs be on the soundtrack of your life?

1. Brian Fallon: “A Wonderful Life”
2. Chuck Ragan: “Do What you Do”
3. Gaslight Anthem: “Stay Lucky”
4. Band of Horses: “The General Specific”
5. The Old 97’s: “No Simple Machine”

You’re the newest color in the crayon box… describe your color and name it.

Arsenic Grey: Because of my deadly wit and sassy one-liners. Also, I really enjoy the color grey.

If you could bring just one beauty product on vacation, which one would it be?

In the Winter: Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm 
In the Summer: Valor Hairspray by Beauty and Pin-Ups

What’s your “mantra?”

“I just want to drink coffee, pets dogs and sleep.”

Amy

Hair Stylist

Why did you become a stylist?

I love making people feel their best and I know I’ve done a great job when my customers smile.

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What would the 5 songs be on the soundtrack of your life?

1. “Everyday” by Dave Matthews
2. “Hymn for the Weekend” by Coldplay
3. “Christmas Lights” by Coldplay
4. “Send One Your Love” by Stevie Wonder
5. “I Lived” by One Republic

You’re the newest color in the crayon box…. Describe your color and name it.

Mauveine… a purple/pink combo of awesomeness.

If you could bring just one beauty product on vacation, which one would it be?

Winter SPF 
Summer SPF 

Nicoleta

Hair Stylist

Why did you become a stylist?

I fell in by accident, 12 years ago, and it was the best thing that happened to me career wise! What can be greater than putting a smile on people’s faces and making a decent living while you’re doing what you love most!

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What is your favorite service that Nkd offers and why?

Spray tan! I instantly feel 10 pounds lighter and 10 years younger!

Other than Nkd, what is some of your favorite central Massachusetts businesses?

Metro West Yoga and Sweet Kitchen & Bar.

What would the 5 songs be on the soundtrack of your life?

“Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay 
“Stereo Love” by Edwards Maya 
“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong 
“Formidable” by Stromae 
“When Love Comes to Town” by U2 & BB King

What is your “mantra?”

“One step at a time.”

Ashley Brochu

Hair Stylist

Why did you become a hairdresser? 

I became a hairdresser because I wanted to help people and do something that I love at the same time. This career offered both of those things and also catered to my creative side! I love seeing my clients smile as they walk out of the salon. There is no better feeling! 

Learn more about Ashley Brochu…

What is your favorite service that Nkd offers and why? 

I'm pretty obsessed with my lashes!! Can't go without them! 

Other than Nkd, what is some of your favorite businesses in Central Massachusetts?  

Ann's Tips and Toes!!! She's the best and my go to for nails! I'm also a Gourmet Donuts addict and proud of it! 

If you could bring just one beauty product on vacation, which one would it be?

In the Winter: Tinted moisturizer:) to keep me looking like summer Ashley in the cold/dry weather! 
In the Summer: SUNSCREEN! 

What is your “mantra?”

Keep your head up and your heart open.

Brenna Rinaldo

Esthetician

Why did you become an esthetician/hairdresser?

Being a client of many services at NKD, I began working the front desk part time which made me realize that after many years of uncertainty, I found my niche. I am now a recent graduate of Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics. I always knew that the greatest gift I have been given was my hands and I have a passion for detail and perfection. Although I am fairly new to the Esthetics field, I have fallen in love with how rewarding it truly is. It's never boring, your always learning and I love working on people. It’s such a fun challenge to be able to work with someone to achieve their skin care goals. You have to take into account their lifestyle, habits, time of year, skin type etc. It’s like putting together a puzzle! I could not be more grateful to begin and build up my career with the entire NKD team!

Learn more about Brenna Rinaldo…

What is your favorite service that Nkd offers and why?

Solid triple tie between Lashes, Spray tanning and Dermaplaning... may seem high maintenance but I can leave the house with just moisturizer!

Other than Nkd, what is some of your favorite businesses in Central Massachusetts?

You can find me behind the bar at Smokestack Urban BBQ, on the other side at Quinn's Irish Pub or working out at the Fitness Asylum!

What would the 5 songs be on the soundtrack to your life?

1. “Gypsy” by Fleetwood Mac
2. “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals
3. “Somewhere on a Beach” by Dierks Bently
4. “These Boots” by Eric Church 
5. “Chuggin Along” by Luke Bryan 

You’re the newest color in the crayon box… describe your color and name it.

Beachy B ... the perfect blue green with sparkles like when the sun is shining over the ocean!

If you could bring just one beauty product on vacation, which one would it be…

In the Winter: Skinscript cucumber hydration toner 
In the Summer: Skinscript cucumber hydration toner

What is your “mantra?”

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" —Wayne Gretzky

Megan Wadden

Receptionist

If you could bring just one beauty product on vacation, which one would it be…

Winter: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, perfect for full coverage foundation applications. 
In the Summer: The Balm Shelter by The Balm Cosmetics. I'm officially a tinted moisturizer convert. 

Other than Nkd, what is some of your favorite businesses in Central Massachusetts?

Grime Clothing, Nu Cafe, InHouse Coffee and Birchtree Bread Company!

Learn more about Megan Wadden…

What is your “mantra?”

"First thought, best thought" Reminds me to always go with my gut instinct!

Elizabeth McCarthy

Receptionist

Other than Nkd, what is some of your favorite businesses in Central Massachusetts?

My favorite local businesses include BirchTree Bread Company, The Fix Burger Bar, and Ralph's Rock Diner. 

What would the 5 songs be on the soundtrack to your life?

“Silver Lining” by Rilo Kiley
“Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
“All My Loving” by The Beatles 
“Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill
“More” by Bobby Darin 

Learn more about Elizabeth McCarthy…

You’re the newest color in the crayon box… describe your color and name it.

A bright, robust red that turns any drawing into a KNOCKOUT: Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Red

What is your “mantra?”

Worry is a misuse of imagination