Students of cosmetology, eager to hone their skills as hairstylists and registered skincare professionals, roam the studio at MCI, taking in tricks of the trade from their professional instructors. Under the watchful eye of their teachers, pupils practice their newfound skills on willing clients, who in return receive services such as haircuts, highlights, and keratin treatments at prices lower than traditional salons. In the spa, aestheticians-in-training use PCA Skin products to cleanse and exfoliate skin during European facials and three types of peels: marine enzyme, cranberry, and detox gel. They also wave microdermabrasion wands across complexions for resurfacing or minimizing wrinkles, and they customize treatments to combat everything from acne to dry, aging skin.
Clients who wish to naturally exfoliate their skin may opt for an enzyme peel, which promotes cell renewal while visibly diminishing appearances of scars, stretch marks, age spots, sun damage, and skin discoloration. Enzymes penetrate the upper layers of the tissue, cleansing pores and improving skin texture, tone, elasticity and tautness.
Named Best Overall Spa 2011 by Spa Week, Eden Day Spa focuses on providing tranquil experiences for its clients. Featured in magazines such as Marie Claire, Vogue, and Shape, and honored by Spafinder, the boutique spa has been in the same location since 1996 with an elegant interior accented by flickering candles. The lengthy treatment menu includes waxing, microdermabrasion, holistic treatments such as reiki. More than 15 types of massages that take place on heated tables, all of which can be enhanced with add-ons such as hot stones and aromatherapy. Staff remove unwanted hair during waxing and threading services, and aestheticians beautify the skin of women, men, and teens during more than a dozen facials and a variety of peels including Brightening Oxygen treatments and Organic Yam and Pumpkin peels. Manicures and pedicures refresh digits with Shellac, french tips, and organic polishes?with aromatherapy swirling around the mani-pedi room as nails are painted.
At Mint Beauty Boutique's downtown Boca Raton spot, a staff of stylists and aestheticians stands ready to perform an unyielding variety of soothing services. Using products from brands such as PHYTO, Moroccanoil, and Schwarzkopf Professional, they deftly snip hair into stylish new cuts for women, men, and kids. Their color and highlight services add new dimensions to coiffures, while their extensions and formal styles renovate faltering hair dos. Meanwhile, skin experts increase the aesthetic value of faces with makeup applications and rejuvenating facials, and by recreating famous Monet landscapes on foreheads. The boutique itself calms busy minds with its minimalist decorative theme, surrounding visitors with white walls, counters, and chairs dotted only by the colorful labels of product bottles.
Squares of sunlight filter into Wild Hare Salon & Spa through floor-to-ceiling windows, illuminating black salon chairs resting on a tan floor of the 6,500-square-foot studio. For the past 25 years Wild Hare stylists have cut, color, and smoothed out frizzy strands with a special ventilation system and OHSA-approved formulas, while clients gaze outside at a serene lake or glance into a free standing mirror which lets them check the progress. In addition to hair services, the skilled staff also offer mani-pedis, waxing treatments, and facials. Yet no matter the service they are performing, seven days a week the multi-national staff of 45-plus employees is dedicated to giving clients a relaxing, positive experience that results in a transformed look.
Licensed dermatologist and aesthetician Nellie Novillo knows that trust is a necessary part of any beauty procedure. She therefore cultivates it with each of her clients, ensuring that they're comfortable before she touches up their eyelids, brows, and lips with permanent makeup. Given her 20 years of experience, she can confidently match different skin tones to their most flattering makeup colors, and guarantee that her work will never smudge or come off after a particularly long shower. In fact, her reputation for gorgeous results attracts fellow aestheticians to classes where she teaches her techniques.