CIDESCO Section USA Presents

A Profile of Monika Machej, CIDESCO Diplomate and School Owner

CIDESCO Section USA offers estheticians the opportunity to take the next step in mastering their education and career with the prestigious CIDESCO Diplomate status. Around the world, esthetics schools can be found in 40 countries across 5 continents. CIDESCO Diplomates are globally recognized as having received the highest level of training in Beauty and Spa Therapy and Management, Aromatherapy, Epilation and Media Make-up.

The newly ignited CIDESCO Section USA education debuted during Americas Beauty Show 2017, in partnership with the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC) and will continue throughout the year at IECSC, ISSE and Face & Body events.

One of the most prestigious esthetics schools, which offers CIDESCO education in the United States, is owned by CIDESCO Diplomate and Educator, Monika Machej. Monika is not only a CIDESCO Diplomate, but she is also a licensed esthetics teacher, licensed nail technology teacher and licensed massage therapist. Her highly esteemed CIDESCO accredited learning facility, The New Age Spa Institute, Des Plaines, IL., trains dozens of estheticians every year and promotes CIDESCO to each one. Cosmetologists Chicago, as the holder of the CIDESCO USA section license, met with Monica recently and learned her inspiring story, her road to higher learning and educational excellence.

“I have known what I have wanted to do since I was 15 years old,” said Machej. “When I was growing up in Poland, my grandmother would take me to get facials every 2-3 months, as a preventative measure. I fell in love with the aromas, the herbs and the way the esthetician looked…so professional. I wanted to have that in my life.” While she was still in high school, Machej enrolled in a year-long nail technician program that she attended at night and was funded by her grandmother.

Machej moved to Chicago to be with her mother. After graduating high school and completing a year of college, Machej enrolled in the Pivot Point Academy for Esthetics and was a member of the 2nd class to graduate from the Academy. “I was always looking at the big picture,” she said. “I wasn’t just thinking about passing the test and working – I was thinking about teaching, continuing my education and having my own school.”

After graduation, she worked for an upscale spa in Chicago. Then in 1997, she began teaching at Chicago’s Conservatory of Esthetics and continued there until 2006. “I always felt there are too many estheticians with no passion, and I wanted to change that. Some students I taught were ‘missing something,’ and I wanted to help,” she told CIDESCO Section USA.

When the Conservatory of Esthetics moved, Machej saw the opportunity to open her own school, and in 2007 New Age Spa Institute (NASI) was created.

First located in Des Plaines, IL, NASI quickly grew to be one of the most popular esthetics schools in the Chicagoland area. Continuing to grow her school, Machej opened a second location in Arlington Heights, IL that specialized only in nails and massage. While both locations were successful, Machej wanted a central location to hold both schools under one roof with plenty of space for her students to learn. In January of 2017, the schools were merged and moved to a much larger location in Des Plaines. “We started with schools sized around 3,000 square feet, and our new location is 10,000 square feet,” says Machej, speaking at the grand re-opening. “The larger space gives our students more classrooms, more beds for clients, more equipment and storage. Overall, our students have better opportunities to learn,” she adds.

Knowledge and continuing education in any profession is very important. There is a constant need for learning, and it must be taken seriously. With more than 20 years of experience in varied aspects of the beauty industry, Monika Machej has a passion for education, and her graduates prove her efforts are not lost.

Because of her Polish background, Machej is well aware of the importance of the global economy and having the opportunity to reach a higher, global standard for you. In 2013 NASI achieved the highly sought after CIDESCO accreditation and began teaching CIDESCO classes and graduating CIDESCO Diplomates. CIDESCO Section U.S.A. aims to bring world-wide excellence and standards for esthetics and to provide students with the highest level of knowledge and global job security. “The market is saturated with estheticians,” Machej said, “but it is not crowded with truly professional estheticians - the kind of professionals CIDESCO schools graduate.”

Her efforts are aligned with CIDESCO Section U.S.A. to offer estheticians the finest education available --upholding the highest standards to estheticians and skincare professionals looking for guidance and a deeper understanding of their craft. “There is a need for global standards in Esthetics and an even bigger need for quality education,” Machej said. “I became a CIDESCO educator to provide opportunities to my students that they may have never dreamt. And I am excited about the new opportunities available through CIDESCO USA now that Cosmetologists Chicago is the power behind the education.”