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.
At Mirela’s Spa du Jour, aestheticians begin each deluxe facial treatment by engaging clients in a consultation to determine which version of the service will best shush their pore protests. Nimble hands then whip up one of six specially designed concoctions: an extreme-hydration treatment bans dryness, a vitamin C treatment brightens complexions, and a caviar treatment spares clients from dunking their faces in the wrong hors d’oeuvres at parties. An optional microdermabrasion mechanically exfoliates the skin, gently abrading mugs with a handheld mechanism that loosens weathered cells before drawing them from the surface with soft suction. Afterward, clients may notice a reduction in such signs of age as sun spots, fine lines, and birthday-candle burns.
Synergy Wellness & Rejuvenation Spa's founder—Dr. Steve Nelson, who was featured in Suzanne Somers's lifestyle-and-wellness book, Breakthrough—boosts clients' confidence with weight-loss and appearance-enhancing services that rely heavily on technology. He uses such equipment as the noninvasive i-Lipo laser to rupture fat cells' membranes and cause them to shrink, and the Asyra bio-energetic testing device to determine allergy sensitivity and hormonal profiles.
Dr. Richard Mantell and Ellen Salkin, RN, understand how important appearances are for generating self-confidence. That is why they dedicate their medical and technical expertise to aesthetic procedures that make patients appear more youthful by rejuvenating their skin from within rather than just covering it with finger paint. In addition to injectable dermal fillers, they also uses intense pulsed light and cosmetic-laser technology to smooth away cellulite, hide acne scars, and banish unsightly stubble.
Nary a chemical is found inside Lemongrass Studio for Well-Being. Instead, the professional aestheticians incorporate organic products into facials designed to clear up women?s skin issues. The staff also alleviates stiffness and improves circulation during bodywork such as deep-tissue and Swedish massages. To round out the services, holistic nutritional counseling helps clients fill their diets with super foods based on Batman?s favorite meals.
The tight-knit posse of stylists and aestheticians at Hi-Lites Aveda Salon spike every service with an extra dose of relaxation. Aveda's Pure Plant Essental Aromas send all-natural smells wafting through the air as clients weigh which complimentary spa extra will best suit their styling or waxing session: hand or neck massage, steam-towel treatment, or five-minute makeup application? Candlelight flickers in the secluded Hair Spa, where each snipping starts with a neck massage and a spell in a full-body massage chair that loosens up tense muscles and over-tight neck bolts.
Certified as Master Trainers by the State of California, the salon's owners mold their protégées in-house to ensure a shared camaraderie and uniform standard of quality. Hi-Lites' professional ethic includes eschewing tips and bribes to surreptitiously chop a political opponent's locks, with the team favoring higher wages and the simple rewards of satisfied customers.