At Solution Medical Esthetic, owner Jackie Valdes and her team of aestheticians perform cosmetic services backed by medical research to enhance the appearances and confidence levels of their clients. They renew façades with treatments ranging from microdermabrasion to anti-aging facials. Moving away from the face, services such as laser hair removal further help clients achieve their aesthetic goals and accept the fact that lasers are real. Promoting lifestyle changes to complement their beauty services, Solution’s staff offers nutritional counseling.
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.
Dr. John Gutleber and Dr. Alejandro Espaillat champion CoCo Medical Spa's team of skin caretakers in a crusade to rescue battered countenances from the passage of time. During 30-minute microdermabrasions, a spray of miniscule aluminum crystals peppers uneven surfaces to dislodge lifeless cells and restore youthful texture, tone, and tendency to be carded at bars. Anti-aging marine collagen masks from DPC blanket faces for 15 minutes to restore elasticity to slacking cheeks and chins while stimulating circulation to delicate tissues. Gentle hands gather customized techniques including extraction, buffing and polishing with SkinCeuticals products, and massage to craft 15-minute facials that restore natural beauty according to each client's needs and the whims of a Roman emperor watching from a pillow of moisturizers.
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.
It’s not uncommon for the physicians and medical assistants at Total Body Wellness Center to simultaneously treat an unusual leg sore developed on a trip to Costa Rica and administer Botox. A combination general practice and med spa, Total Body Wellness Center administers this type of care daily, though the majority of its patients take advantage of weight-loss and anti-aging programs.
Patients slim down with the help of physician-supervised exercise and diet plans, lab tests, and B12 shots, and they rely on dermal fillers and hormone-replacement therapy to look young enough to get into a G-rated movie. The docs and assistants go on location for house calls as well, offering body wraps in the comfort of your own home.
In Essential Escapes' 5,000 square feet of space dedicated primarily to massage, clients have room to stretch each muscle and suspend every last worry in the air before watching it dissolve into the aromatherapy-perfumed ether. The entire sprawling space is awash in soft music and tranquil hues, from the lobby to the private treatment rooms, where licensed massage therapists treat clients to traditional massages and more exotic bodywork including Thai herbal ball massage, which incorporates steamed bundles of medicinal herbs to relax muscles and meet clients' recommended daily allowance of bliss. A repertoire of skin treatments and body wraps features ingredients such as tropical fruits and volcanic ash to smooth and brighten the skin.