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Beauty is a family business for Whitney Davis. Her father, Lyle Kleppelid, has been in the field of cosmetology for 45 years. When Davis graduated from Ridgeland High School in 2006, she enrolled at the Mississippi Institute of Aesthetics, Nails & Cosmetology in Clinton. By age 18, she was already working as a professional esthetician. She worked at the Blackledge Face Center for six years before joining The Nail Bar last July.

“When I say facial, (you) probably think about wiping a bunch of goo on your face, lying there with cucumbers on your eyes, and 20 minutes later, you’re done,” she says. Clients are often shocked that Davis spends an hour with them, learning about their face regimen and solving some of skincare’s most puzzling riddles. —Micah Smith

WINNER: Best Facialist

Address: Lefleurs Gallery, The Nail Bar, 4800 I 55 N, Jackson, MS 39211

Phone number: 769-216-2152

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