Those looking to add permanent makeup to their faces will soon have a new option in Sherman.

The city’s Planning & Zoning Commission recently approved a site plan and specific use permit to allow Madelyn Greenwood to offer permanent makeup services at Salon Thairapy at 19311 W. U.S. Highway 82.

“I’ve been doing permanent makeup for a year in Denison and I just recently wanted to move to Sherman to a little hair salon and permanent makeup studio,” Greenwood said, noting she will be the only person at the salon offering the service and that she’ll be in a separate room from the other employees during the process.

The specific use permit approved by the commission was actually to allow a tattoo studio, as the state requires this type of operation be permitted as a tattoo license. The Sherman City Council previously approved a specific use permit for permanent makeup services at Ivy’s Lash & Nail Bar at 1711 North FM 1417 last year.

The commission limited the specific use permit to Salon Thairapy, explaining it would go away if Greenwood were to leave the business. The specific use permit will next have to be approved by the city council before Greenwood can begin offering the service.

Ivy Nguyen, who runs Ivy’s Lash & Nail Bar, explained to the commission last year that the process for applying permanent makeup is similar to tattooing, but not identical. The makeup is not as deep into the skin as a tattoo would go, so it’s actually semi-permanent and people generally have to redo it after six months.

The specific use permit was granted by the commission after property owner Derek Irvin had to appear before the commission to get a zoning change for the land, which he said was annexed into the city a few years ago.

“We haven’t had any zoning or any changes until now, until she wants to become a tenant in one of the buildings that I lease and that requires a specific use because she wants to do permanent makeup there (and that’s) required by the state it can’t be done in a residential district,” Irvin said of the zoning change.

Irvin said the meeting was the first time he’d been required to appear before the commission for anything.

“At that time you were pulled into the city, basically they grandfathered the businesses that were currently there to continue operating,” commission Chairman Clay Mahone said. “Because of the type of business she wants to open, she has to apply for the special use permit. The special use permit can only be issued in a commercial zone, not a residential.”

Irvin said the property was originally built by his father in 1975 as a gas station and western wear store. Director of Development Services Scott Shadden explained Greenwood’s request started a chain of events that required Irvin to get your property zoned commercially and request an exception to use the existing buildings, which was granted by the commission’s board of adjustments.

One of the four buildings on the property has a brick and wood siding finish, which is what required the exception.

“So basically what you all are coming to us for is to ask ‘is it OK if we just keep the existing finish since we were already there,’” Mahone said. “If we grant that adjustment, then that would make you eligible to change this to commercial property, which would then make her eligible to apply for the special use permit to run her business.”

Mahone acknowledged the commission had granted similar exceptions in the past and commission member Sean Vanderveer noted it was within the last few months and within 2,000 of the property in question. The commission then approved the zoning change unanimously, as it did the specific use permit and site plan.