Since 1974, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers' dedicated instructors have edified spa and salon hopefuls in the tricks of the beauty-boosting trade. Under the watchful eye of a seasoned professional, each soon-to-be beautician performs a variety of services on visitors to earn the certification of a license massage therapist or the gilded epaulettes of an aesthetician. At both the Hollywood and Miami Beach locations, clients can help students achieve their goals by simply indulging in rejuvenating facials, stylish cuts and colors, and relaxing rubdowns.
Carla Cardoso had one question in mind when she opened Massage Rio Spa: “what can I do to help people?” A massage therapist, aesthetician, and practical nurse by trade, Carla realized that she had many ways to help others relax and feel beautiful.
She draws on her diverse skill set at Massage Rio Spa, alleviating stress with barefoot shiatsu massages in the morning and soothing skin with deep-cleansing facials by the afternoon. Carla is joined by a team of similarly skilled technicians who specialize in massages, facials, waxing, and airbrush tanning. Clients can even get an application of permanent makeup, which saves the hassle of getting ready in your neighbor's bathroom every morning.
Lyn Anthony Salon and Spa’s professional team gussies up clients with a range of services that include Skincare treatments performed with Dermalogica products, waxing procedures, and hair styling sessions employing Moroccan Oil and Osis brand coloring agents. Nail techs bedeck manicured digits with OPI polish as massage therapists banish tension using kneads, strokes, and percussive taps that spell out strongly worded threats in Morse code. Cool and organic tones, along with glossy tiled murals, sweep across the walls to create a tranquil spa setting.
Sadia Baig, owner of Marhaba Threading Salon & Spa, and her staff of licensed technicians specialize in hair removal using the ancient technique of threading. During sessions, they lasso a thin piece of cotton thread around errant hairs and quickly pull them out at the root without taking any skin along.
Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa, which references the nickname given to her by her patients, and bills itself as "South Florida's First Dental Spa", doesn’t take it personally that many of her patients don’t like the dentist. Instead, Dr. April Patterson does what she can to help. “There are about 30 to 40 million Americans that suffer from dental anxiety,” she said during a segment on Good Morning America. “I wanted to do everything I can to make those clients feel like they are not at the dentist.” So she bolstered her routine dental services—preventative care, implants, bridges, whitening, crowns, and braces—with a full spa menu. The result is Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa, which references the nickname given to her by her patients. And it’s not just the soothing, spa-like atmosphere that calms clients, she says, “A client … coming in to have their dental veneers done [can] come in an hour early, and they can have a facial or a massage while their Valium kicks in… they come in to start their dental procedure and they’re nice and relaxed.” Her aestheticians adhere faux eyelashes to lids, arch eyebrows, and artfully apply permanent makeup. Dr. Patty also administers facial rejuvenation treatments such as Botox, Juvéderm, Dysport, and more. Additional services include invigorating lemon-scented warm towel service, silky paraffin-wax treatment for hands, temple massage therapy, refreshing cucumber eye presses, and personalized movie and music selections. Clients can also enjoy access to a spa locker room with many amenities such as complimentary robes, slippers, and a private shower area available for use before and after treatments.
Blushing Society's beauty professionals travel straight to their clients. It makes their personalized spa treatments even more stress-free. Their massage therapists can thoroughly knead away aches and pains using deep-tissue, aromatherapy, or pregnancy modalities. Facial treatments help add nourishment and hydration to skin, while waxing treatments can leave it as smooth as a sandblasted slip-and-slide. The stylists help create eye-catching new looks as they trim, shape, and revitalize tresses.
Additionally, Blushing Society offers the services of beauty and fashion concierges, who provide individualized guidance for clients looking to buy new clothing or accessories, regardless of budget or style.