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The latest in our series about successful island businesses run by non-Mexicans.

This article looks at beauty and hairstyling at Cozumel's Island Spa, recently taken over by its new owner, Carole Crespin.

The Island Spa in Cozumel was established 7 years ago and already had a solid reputation and client base. So, when US licensed hair designer, Carole Crespin, heard it was up for sale, she bought it. At a snip.

Carole, originally from Colorado, has 26 years of experience and has been living in Cozumel for 12 years.

When she took over the spa she told This is Cozumel, "I want customers' experience at the Island Spa to be the same consistently professional and exclusive one as has been offered during the last seven years."     

And with Carole's resume, she's sure to deliver.

Carole started her career in Boulder, training at top beauty salon, Michael of the Carlyle. Some credits to her name include photo shoots for hair magazines and books, hair show platform performance, in-salon teaching and numerous hair cutting and styling awards.

Previously on the island, Carole worked as a manager in jewelry retail sales and as a part-time hairstylist. She says she has always kept up with the latest trends by traveling to the US for hair shows and on-going training.

Taking over an established business is an attractive option for many foreigners looking to move to Cozumel and work in a dream job. But bear in mind there is still a lot of work involved.

"The paperwork!" is Carole's immediate reply when asked what the hardest thing about doing business in Mexico is. It's very important to research the idea thoroughly first, including the necessary documents.

Try to find out the true costs of running the business before making any decisions and stay for an extended period of time on the island before committing. Make sure you really like it before you make the big move.

Business has got even stronger at the Island Spa since Carole took over earlier this year, despite a tough summer tourism season in Mexico.

She includes shampoos with a scalp massage in all hair services and with haircuts starting from $12 for men or $19 for ladies, customers leave with great hair and a smile on their face.

Cozumel hairstylist
Facials, manicures and more.

As well as hair styling, the spa offers massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, by appointment.

Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm, but Carole will even try to meet your schedule if you need a particularly early or late appointment.

If you dream of an enterprise in paradise then the Island Spa serves as a great model for success. Just do your research first and you could be a hair's breadth away from a great new island life too.

See our Directory for more information and contact details for the Cozumel Island Spa.

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Multimedia services agency, Cactus TV.
Furniture and interior design company, The Magic Of Design.
Boutique downtown accommodation, the Hotel Flamingo.