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.
Certified and experienced massage therapist Nathaniel Bangs helps relieve stress and tension with his pampering Swedish, deep-tissue, acupressure, and reflexology massages. Nathaniel specializes in therapeutic massage, which combines techniques from Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage. He also offers repetitive stress relief for desk-job workers, relaxing tight muscles in the necks, shoulders, and backs of clients, focusing each massage on each person’s treatment goals.
The staff at Alexandra's European Skin Care Spa keeps its aesthetic armory stocked with technology ready to aid in beautifying missions. The Formostar infrared body wraps help patients break down fat cells without undressing, and the two wands connected to the Beautiful Image Model 900 send zaps of microcurrents at facial wrinkles, unwanted body flab, and underperforming orchestras. A selection of diamond or crystal tips pair with the spa’s FDA-approved microdermabrasion system to fend off blotches and blemishes, and treatments, such as the oxygen facial, target complexions with high-pressure gusts of oxygen and mists of nutrient-rich serum that opens pores and revitalizes surfaces. The spa also schedules traditional treatments, including massage, waxing, and Bronze Biologic spray-tanning sessions. By stocking up on products from Image Skincare and Circadia by Dr. Pugliese, they can augment each of their treatments and never have to answer the sphinx that guards each drugstore's beauty aisle.
When the body is in pain, it’s difficult to clear the mind of stressful thoughts; but the body can’t fully relax until the mind first achieves inner peace. The therapists at Namaste Healing Arts seek to unravel this conundrum by relieving clients’ pain in a peaceful setting. They do this with an array of treatments, including aromatherapy, which uses scents to quell thoughts about work or overflowing hampers of clothes that now trail you to work. To match inner peace with outer beauty, an on-site shower rinses away any remaining oil, and stylists renovate strands with blowouts.
Beauty and relaxation are both top priorities at Purity Day Spa, where the staff pamper guests with spa services ranging from soothing massage and aromatherapy to diamond-peel microdermabrasion and bridal makeup. A variety of massage modalities, including hot stone and shiatsu, cater to muscle needs after one too many bathroom-mirror flexing sessions. Alternatively, skincare treatments such as extractions and collagen anti-aging facials leave skin glowing and healthy.
Cosi Bella Day Spa's patron’s enter through an ornate Corinthian-style archway, where they are greeted by lush wood accents, polished beige floors, and walls the color of a lightly toasted marshmallow. Amid these cozy trappings, skilled stylist Sherris Copley sculpts sleek layers and decks out tresses with bold color or highlights. Clients may also solicit Sherris for a deep-conditioning treatment or an elegant updo for an upcoming wedding or competitive-eating match.