Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
Massage therapist Star Sanders sends calming ripples across muscle ponds during private one-on-one massage sessions. Her diverse menu of techniques ensures fully personalized care. Clients can curtail chronic muscle aches with deep-tissue pressure, or help improve athletic performance through targeted sports massage. Star also soothes the aches and pains of weary business travelers with mobile massage services.
Larry Lang has been uncoiling tense muscles for more than 20 years. His Swedish and deep-tissue massages incorporate heated stones and reflexology for added stress relief. Larry also offers soothing mud, skin-retexturizing, and chocolate body-butter body wraps.
Alicia Dieringer of Totally Polished By Ali adorns nails with traditional polish, acrylic overlays, and full sets of falsies during her artistic manicures. Pedicures leave soles softened and toenails varnished, ready for sandal season or footsie tournaments.
Xscape Salon and Boutique provides a comprehensive array of exterior enhancements to help its clients stay comely and confident. Curtail the unchecked spread of unwelcome whiskers with eight available waxing services, from a standard brow wax ($15) to a Brazilian bikini wax ($50). Clients can also update their facescapes by choosing between five different facial and peel options, including the sonic youth ($75), which uses ultrasonic technology to penetrate the deeper skin layers with a vitamin C serum like those used by pirates to prevent forehead scurvy. Administered by skilled professionals, spa mani-pedis impart pulchritudinous hands and feet that proud owners often refuse to cover up with shoes or hand cages.