'Eyebrow Guru' Is BFF to Domestic Abuse Victims

After a tough beginning, VL Fanai is now a successful cosmetologist and designer of skin care products, and she's sharing her good fortune through her Bright Future Foundation.

Carlsbad cosmetologist VL Fanai has found a bright future and is helping others do the same.

After her divorce from an abusive husband, she and her four daughters were left homeless. Now she’s the owner of a successful Carlsbad Village business, (formerly VL Beauty Center), where she’s known, of course, as the “eyebrow guru,” and is the creator of a popular skin care line.

And she’s using her success to help other victims of abuse. Six years ago, she started the Bright Future Foundation, or BFF, to benefit women and children living in domestic violence shelters. She now donates 10 percent of all her profits to BFF. She also gives a free “day of beauty” each year to domestic violence victims at an Escondido shelter.

At her Carlsbad shop, Fanai, who just goes by VL, is best known for eyebrow threading, an ancient method of hair removal which originated in parts of India—her home country—and the Middle and Far East. Her latest skin care product—VL No9—is the new craze in her shop.

VL No9 is a face mask made from nine ingredients, including turmeric powder. Each ingredient comes from a different part of India. When mixed together, the coloring is gold. The mask is purchased in powder form in a bottle. The user simply adds a bit of water so it forms a paste. It can be used as a cleanser or a nine-minute exfoliating face mask.

Clients say it’s radically changing their skin. “My cousin had pimples all over his face,” said Angel Bonila. “After using VL No9 every day for 30 days, they are all gone.” Constance, our product tester in the video accompanying this story, says, “The first time I used it, I could feel the stress coming out of my face.”

VL says she chose to call it VL No9 and use nine ingredients for a reason. “Nine is my favorite number. It is the final number of accomplishment. Even when I was homeless with my four daughters after my divorce, the nine Fruits of the Spirit [Galatian 5:22] have always been in my heart to keep me focused and strong.”

The large container of VL No9 is $39 and the small shaker is $29—less than a dollar per use. VL says if Carlsbad Patch readers mention this article and buy both products, she will also give them a complimentary bottle of her VL Rose Water.

Doun July 23, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I love using VL No9 not only on my face snd neck but as an all over body scrub before I hit the pool or beach. I use it in the shower and it exfoliates and smooths my skin so when I apply my mosturizer my skin glows... Love it! Thanks VL for such an amazing natual product!
melissa August 11, 2012 at 02:40 PM
VL No9 is the perfect combination of exfoliation, purification, and hydration, which is exactly what our skin needs. I have battled acne since my teens and it's amazing to see the healing take place with each application. My skin is much more clear and less inflamed, is smoother and brighter. And I absolutely love the rose water! My boyfriend goes nuts over the smell of light and airy rose. Not only are VL's products magical, her story and her loving character are inspiring.
Alex August 29, 2012 at 11:04 PM
VL No9 works great for my problematic skin, and I've found it to be especially effective applied as a mask after I've been in a saltwater pool, a hot tub, or a sauna. And I can't live without the rose water spray! Thanks VL!
hollyinsd October 03, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Where can you purchase the rose water spray? I was given the no.9 & I will never be without it again but I need to know where to buy more & the rose water spray please? Blessings!
shannon October 10, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I have used No. 9 for the past couple of years and knew i loved it. But i just gave as a gift to a friend and she LOVES it! I am so happy to support this local business run by a good-hearted person who gives so much of her time and earnings back to charity!!


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