Licensed cosmetologist Michelle spends her days juggling bottles of nail polish in bright yellow, blue, pink, and red. She paints keratin sheets in monochromatic hues and multicolored art displays, including cosmic-looking designs and the molecular structure of DNA. Her mani-pedis also include extras, such as skin-softening paraffin dip.
Nick Casteel has been cutting hair for almost 10 years and is currently wielding his scissors within Pro 31 Salon and Boutique. Nick is well trained in creating modern styles with professional cuts and color treatments such as highlights or single-process color.
A certified prenatal massage therapist working towards getting her massage doula license, Jodi Emdy earned her massage-therapy license in 2007 and remains an enthusiastic practitioner dedicated to massage as a means of holistic wellness. Her repertoire of five modalities expressly links mental and physical health, including reflexology and prenatal massages that assuage stress to help regulate hormone levels.
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.
Privato Salon & Spa is filled with sleek, modern decor, from plush leather chairs to long wooden tables, highlighted by pops of green and purple. Amiee's nail services mirror the salon's lustrous, contemporary atmosphere. She exfoliates feet with Bella Luccè scrubs and pampers them with hot-towel treatments during spa pedicures and combines crushed rice, sea kelp, green tea, coconut, and lemongrass to soothe feet during Touch of Thai pedicures. Hands and fingers aren't left out, either. After shaping, trimming, and buffing them, Amiee decorates digits with vibrant lacquer from butter London or chip-free polish from Gelish.
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.