Guided by aesthetic intuition, the technicians at Touch of Life Med Spa use scientifically refined procedures to improve their clients' skin texture and tone. A Candela laser system bombards dermal blemishes with controlled pulses of laser light energy, helping to hide the appearance of stubble, spider veins, or acne scars. Additionally, the center's chemical peels and facials can leave countenances looking as youthful and as hydrated as an ice sculpture of Dorian Gray.
We spoke with Jack Macaluso—Regional Social Media and Web Coordinator at Beauty Schools of America—about how the academies prepare students for careers in the real world and why it's important for the schools to give back to their communities.
On the schools' mission
Above all else, Jack says that the schools "try to focus and harness the students' creativity," while giving them all of the experience and practical skills they need not simply to be prepared to enter the work force, but to succeed and thrive. The relatively lengthy training programs ensure that aspiring stylists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, barbers, and massage therapists fully understand the intricacies of their chosen specialty, as well as what they need to do to continue advancing their future career according to Jack.
On the role of the instructors
With a roster of instructors that includes industry professionals with international spa and salon experience, Beauty Schools of America strives to give attendees a broad view of the numerous options open to them. Jack is also clear that the teachers' guidance isn't limited to classroom environments. When the advanced-level students are allowed hone their talents by performing treatments for actual clients, "an instructor or two will always be there to assist and answer questions," he says.
On the products that the students use during treatments
Students use brand name products like Moroccanoil, Sojourn, Nioxin, and others. Working alongside their instructors at modern service stations, these stylists use these products to craft en vogue cuts, color, styling and therapeutic practices.
On the schools' charitable involvement
Beauty Schools of America embraces opportunities to give back to its communities while providing real-world experience for students at the same time. Jack goes on to describe events where the schools' aspiring barbers and cosmetologists performed complimentary services for underprivileged residents, and he mentions one specific occasion when massage students provided free treatments for community members who participated in a bike ride dedicated to raising awareness about multiple sclerosis.
Above tasseled curtains shielding private treatment areas, two whimsically lettered signs read “Dream” and “Laugh.” The words might serve as a fitting motto for Comfort Beauty Spa, a haven that warmly welcomes guests for aesthetic services. Beauty professionals perform cleansing and anti-aging facials while clients relax atop soft treatment beds, daydreaming about a world where car horns sound like Enya. The staff also shapes and polishes nails during manicures and pedicures, and uses warm wax to shape brows and smooth faces.
Like an Easter egg, Elements Salon Studio’s walls are painted in pastel green, pink, and yellow hues––a stark complement to the grayscale artwork of studio owner and stylist Juan Carlos Navas. Flanked by his own ceramic pieces and photography, Juan transforms tresses with face-framing cuts and high-end Aveda coloring products. While sipping on a glass of wine or gourmet coffee, clients may also solicit the salon’s waxing services or request a specialty manicure with long-lasting Gelish polish.
Located in Los Pinos Plaza, Temptation Hair Salon creates new looks for clients with a slew of hair and nail services. Stylists sculpt hair with cuts and color, and nail technicians beautify fingers with custom nail-art designs and long-lasting Shellac gel polish.
Designed to be a one-stop shop for style-seeking men, Precision Barber Club keeps its clientele looking spruce with sharp haircuts, traditional hot-towel shaves, and a range of aesthetic treatments. Grooming services include mustache trims, haircuts and fades, and styling, and a range of facials helps keep skin looking masculinely clean. The shop also sells a range of grooming products for DIY hair and beard care.