The skin experts at Martha's Beauty Salon know that beauty isn't only skin deep. They work to help guests tap into their natural beauty through a variety of services, such as microdermabrasion treatments that slough away superficial skin cells and collagen masks that hydrate skin and improve texture.
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.
Unless you live with a manicurist, a stylist, and a makeup artist, it's hard to get pampered at home. That's where My Dream Hair and Nails Salon Spa comes in. The beauty hotspot treats each client to the comforts of home, such as glasses of wine, coffee, and access to free WiFi. The aestheticians then enhances each client's look with a slew of services. Patrons can tame frizzy hair with Keratin straightening treatments, add sun-kissed hues to hair with highlights, and hydrate parched strands with deep-conditioning formulas. They can also get a full set of acrylic nails, shape brows with an eyebrow wax, and draw attention to eyes with eyelash extensions.
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.
Sleek lines and bold orange chairs fill Studio Chroma Inc, where modern furnishings intersect with morden hair treatments. Using professional products from L'Oréal and Pureology, as well as ammonia-free color, Studio Chroma Inc's team of stylists set to work on strands. They gild hair with highlights, smooth frizz with Coppola keratin treatments, and wax away unwanted fuzz along brows and lips.