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Christina ‘Nina’ Hayes, LE

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Christina moved to St. Louis where she now resides and completed her initial esthetician training in the top 5% of her class at the prestigious Skin Institute. After realizing the lack of skincare services tailored to clients of darker skin tones, Christina decided to focus her education into treating the specific concerns of skin of color. 

In late 2017, she opened Nina Skin Studio with custom treatments tailored to unique skin conditions such as eczema, sensitive skin & post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. Her ability to treat a wide range of conditions specific to skin of color, along with understanding various cultural & psychosocial influences, makes her an invaluable asset to her clients.

Christina prides herself in maintaining elite customer service, confidentiality, privacy and one-on-one appointments for all of her clients. Her extensive private client list includes realtors, local business leaders, tv/radio personalities, a pageant queen, a print model and a reality tv star between two major cities - St. Louis, MO and Atlanta, GA.


  • Facialist certification in Multicultural Skin of Color. Trained with JoElle Lee, celebrity esthetician to Michelle Obama

  • Certifications in Dermalogica, Epionce, Body Contouring & Post-Operative Care

  • Product Distribution Team of over 30 people in USA

  • Finalist, 2018 International Skin Games Awards

  • Veteran, USAF, Operation Iraqi Freedom

UPDATE: Nina is currently not accepting new clients for 2019 in St. Louis. It is highly recommended to book with her team members to receive care this year. If you decide to wait, you may call our office at 314-328-4994 to be added to the waitlist for 2020.


NSS Elite Esthetician team is comprised of amazing specialists that have been selected and trained in the esthetic specialties for skin-of-color. Our mission is to train other estheticians on our professional standards and educate the world on the importance of specialized private care.

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Alicia Upchurch, LE

Alicia is originally from St. Louis and performs customized facials and full-body waxing services at the studio. She completed her initial esthetic program at the prestigious Skin Institute at the top of her class and trains directly under Nina in the St. Louis studio. With a background in retail and customer service, she knew her purpose was to make people smile, feel beautiful and feel confident. She is able to combine that care with her extensive knowledge in body waxing and yoni (women’s health) care specialty. She believes that everyone has perfect imperfections and it’s not about changing who you are but enhancing what you have.

Alicia’s extensive client list includes corporate professionals, makeup enthusiasts, brides and a pageant queen.


  • Body Care Specialty including body waxing by hair and skin type.

  • Facial care with experience in medical-grade peels.

  • Certifications in Dermalogica, Epionce, Skinceuticals

  • Certifications in Mink Lash Extension application

Interested in becoming a part of our Elite Esthetician or Distributor teams?