Kevyn Aucoin Beauty at Visions Salon and Spa

kevynaucoinAucoin was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, to parents Isidore Adrian Aucoin and Thelma Suzanne Melancon, who adopted him as an infant through Catholic Charities of Alexandria, Louisiana. He had three siblings, Carla, Kim, and Keith, all of whom were adopted as well.

Aucoin was interested in makeup from the time he was a child, and frequently did his sisters’ makeup and photographed the results with a Polaroid camera—something he’d do throughout his career. Afraid to buy makeup, he would shoplift it. The guilt of stealing and fear of getting caught made him stop.

He realized he was gay at age six, and was frequently bullied at school. His parents were initially in denial of their son’s emerging sexual orientation; his mother later said, “I didn’t think Kevyn was a sissy; I just thought he was a gentle child.” In one instance, he had a teacher spank his bare buttocks in class, which Aucoin later regarded as sexual abuse. The bullying continued in high school, and he dropped out after being chased by several classmates in a truck. He enrolled in beauty school and had hoped to learn more about applying makeup, but ended up teaching the class instead.

At 18, Aucoin worked in a small corner of an exclusive women’s store in Lafayette. But the women were uncomfortable with a man doing their makeup. Thelma Aucoin recalled, “It was $30 for a makeup lesson, and these were women who paid $3,000 for a dress, but they’d never let him.”

In 1982, Aucoin moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hoping to start a career as a makeup artist. While in Baton Rouge, he was assaulted by a security guard at Godchaux’s, a local department store. He was there with male friends to check out new makeup, when the guard approached them and said “upstairs or downtown,” meaning they could be taken to the store’s security office or be arrested. Aucoin and his friends opted for the security office, where they were beaten by security personnel. Fearing for his life, he decided to move to New York City with his then-boyfriend Jed Root (who sometimes posed as his manager) to begin his career.


At Visions Salon and Spa, we have the most highly skilled professional beauty specialists. Our friendly staff and informative approach to beauty and spa is the hallmark of our service. Contact us to find out how we can bring joy into your everyday. As a leading provider of a Salon and Spa service, we take pride in offering the best product including Schwarzkopf, Aquage, Kenra, Chi, Nixion, American Crew, Big Sexy Hair, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty Control and Hair-U-Wear “extensions & wigs”. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our customers each and every day. Visions offer’s there services in a registered historical building downtown Breaux Bridge for over 25 years. Our clients are very special to us. We provide a wide range of services from High-lighting to Low-lighting, Straightening to Perming, Manicures and Pedicures, Spray Tanning, Arching eyebrow to waxing hairline. We shape your hair to frame your face. We also have a Massage Therapist on staff.

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