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.
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.
Everything about Eleven Spa Delray says oasis. The courtyard is lined with palms. White-curtained cabanas billow around a tanning pool whose shallow water is dotted with surreally floating lounge chairs. The Blue Room acts as a cool cavern during the heat of the day, accented with white leather chaise longues and lime-green skylights. Even the private changing areas feature decadent touches such as waterfall showers.
If Eleven Spa Delray doesn't look quite like anything you've seen before, that's by design. To that end, aromatherapy oils and heated basalt stones can be added onto massages. Mani-pedis can be made ultra-luxuriant with mineral-rich volcanic masks and peppermint spa baths. The spa's own ElevenSkin line of skincare products are made from nutrient-dense marine plants.
The staff at Delray Tan Company & Spa keeps bodies bronzed with an array of tanning services. Their traditional UV beds range from Levels 1 to 5, aiding everyone from casual tanners to the most devoted color seekers in their quest for the perfect tan. The HD Mystic tanning booth use automated technology to spritz self-tanning formula on bodies from head to toe in five different colors to fit skin types. The shop's Fantasy airbrush tans, meanwhile, rely on a trained technician to apply an even glow that accentuates the client's best features and lasts 7–10 days.