For the past 16 years, Taylor Lane & Co. Day Spa's aestheticians have pampered guests from scalp to sole with services from haircuts to massages to pedicures. Amid umbers, earthen pinks, and cream-toned tiles, nail techs massage feet with basalt stones and apply products such as Harmony Gel cured by ultraviolet light. The spa's eyelash-extension specialist is certified by several lash companies. Aside from increasing the range of her client's butterfly kisses, she teaches professional certification courses in eyelash extensions.
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.
Weight & Body Solutions' experienced physicians employ technologically enhanced weight-reduction techniques and more traditional nutrition-based programs to help clients melt away unwanted fat and reveal svelte silhouettes. Patients relax in the comfortable atmosphere of a private room as they discuss their beauty goals with informed counselors, asking questions about their various treatment options, which include weekly plans enhanced with thorough exams and energizing vitamin shots along with medical treatments such as tumescent liposuction. Liposuction is done under local anesthesia using a small cannula and requires very little downtime, sending patients back to work within 24 to 48 hours—just in time to sport sleek silhouettes for Risky Business–themed casual Fridays.
Signature Service: Advanced skin care
Brands Used: Skin Scripts, Nardo's Natural,
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment so you will have time to complete paperwork.
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
Spa Escape prides itself on giving each client exclusive personal pampering [with] hot towels, aromatherapy, warm hand stones, hand and shoulder massages.
People go to spas to forget about the outside world. How does your decor help create an atmosphere where visitors can unwind?
Spa Escape is decorated in warm colors with a fireplace and cozy blankets on a comfortable facial bed. Wonderful scents in the air, soft music, and flickering candles welcome you to a friendly, unpretentious, warm environment.
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
Bunny is a full time middle-school teacher who first trained as a licensed advanced skin care therapist, then became licensed as a massage therapist?all while continuing to teach. After working in some of the local spas, she decided in March 2014 to open Spa Escape.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Spa Escape is a full service spa that offers advanced skin care, massage therapy and full body waxing.
Chocolate Salon & Spa's coiffure clippers reinvent human plumage with custom haircuts, intensive conditioning treatments, and vibrant feather extensions. Spiff up follicles with a set of two multichromatic feather hair extensions available in three lengths. Expertly woven into tresses in fewer than 20 minutes by the salon’s deft stylists, feathers imbue hair with the flair necessary to wow onlookers at weddings or trick bouncers at peacock-only night clubs. Clients can sport the reusable wisps for up to six weeks, safely flat-ironing or curling them for added texture. Or don an alter ego during the salon’s three-part haircut. After infusing hair with strand-softening conditioner, stylists prune split ends, flyaways, and lonely creeper vines with precision snips. A blowdry follows, manipulating manes into wash-and-wear coifs.
A graduate of Aveda Institute, a licensed massage therapist, and a stylist/aesthetician who’s done work for a fashion magazine, films, and fashion shows constitute the skilled team at Envy Salon & Spa. With their impressive experience guiding them, they go out of their way to make their customers feel comfortable while augmenting the natural splendor of their hair, skin, and eyelashes. Their diverse slate of services covers all aspects of salon and spa work; they give men and women modern hairdos, fight stress with massages, and wax out unwanted hairs from the body or excess shag from rugs. To accomplish these various prettifying tasks, the team employs products such as Redken, Pureology, and Pink Up by Kaaral.