According to Cara Mia's licensed aestheticians, the average woman spends about 15 minutes a day applying makeup. Over the course of a year that totals more than 91 hours?hours that could have been spent on more important activities such as helping the kids with their homework or turning the dishwasher into a clubhouse. Cara Mia's team helps women save that time with its permanent makeup sessions, where pen machines add long-lasting pigments that help create fuller lashes or smudge-proof lip liners.
Cara Mia's other services enrich clients' skin and bodies in equal measure. Massage therapists soothe achy muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques, and waxing gurus remove unwanted hair from the underarms and Brazilian areas. To enliven epidermises, try a deluxe facial, which includes a deep cleaning, exfoliating mask, massage, and moisturizer.
Stylist Shellie David—understudy of haircare icons Vidal Sassoon and Paul Mitchell—acquired her styling and coloring skills from the industry's best. For more than two decades, Shellie has honed her techniques and trained her scissors to manifest the ideal cut and color for each client's facial tone and shape. Passionate about her craft, she seeks ongoing education whenever possible, and has earned certifications in color services, Brazilian blowouts, and Chi Enviro smoothing.
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.
America's Massage & Wellness's 12 licensed therapists use their skills not only to ease their clients into a relaxed state, but also as a therapeutic intervention when muscle tension and pain becomes chronic. Deep-tissue, trigger-point, and hot stone are a few of their seven modalities. The team renders each massage in a room awash in colors such as spring green and purple, which foster tranquility better than the therapist whispering "spring green and purple" during sessions. Therapists can also give sessions a boost with other services, such as body-balancing or reflexology treatments.
Natural light pours through the salon's floor-to-ceiling windows onto merlot-hued walls and sleek checkered floors. Amid these mod accents, Reina Fischer flatters clients' features with a diverse array of cut and color treatments. But hair is just one strand in the salon's ample coif. Guests can also request an invigorating facial, a mani-pedi, or a specialty waxing session to remove that unflattering third eyebrow from their cheek.
Since its inception as a medical skincare center in 2007, Splendor Medical Spa has blossomed into a full-service day spa maintained by a staff of aestheticians, massage therapists, and acupuncturists. With a multitude of techniques inspired by traditional Eastern medicine, the team works to assuage aches and cleanse skin. Included in the talented lineup are two doctors, who engage their medical know-how during therapeutic massages, comprehensive health consultations, reflexology treatments, and seminars on how to keep the nose from beeping in Operation. Aestheticians tackle epidermal woes alongside their medical brethren, brandishing imported Japanese and Taiwanese products from brands such as SK-II and Dr.Ci:Labo.