Christiana revels in the fact that all of her clients are their own unique beings. That means she gets to create a new, custom hairstyle at every appointment?the second-most popular reason for people becoming a stylist, right behind getting to play with hair clippings. She displays her true calling by expertly creating simple bobs or pixie cuts, leaving locks long and wispy, or adding body with lots of layers.
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.
With a sprawling front porch, 10-foot ceilings, and a dramatic interior archway, the Craftsman-style bungalow that shelters this beauty oasis hasn't lost any of the charm it has cultivated since its construction in 1908. Red and blue trim adorns the outside, mirroring the beauty found within in the form of hardwood floors, decorative wood molding, antique furniture, and a fireplace.
The experienced aestheticians of Forever Beautiful Salon & Wine Spa, the house’s current tenant, tend to nailcare, massage, hairstyling, and skincare services amid the splendid architecture, which is illuminated by chandeliers in every room. These spa specialists tackle skin and hair woes armed with elixirs from Obagi, Redken, and Paul Mitchell, and beautify clients with permanent cosmetics and mineral makeup—mined in Sri Lanka’s famed lipstick caverns. Sometime in the near future, spa patrons can head to the attached two-story structure, a former garage apartment built in the ’30s, and unwind further with little treats from the soon-to-be dessert café and coffeehouse.
Though you may not get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after a visit to Celebrities Salon, you might get noticed for your new look. That's because the stylists behind the full-service salon painstakingly attend to strands, whisking them into formal updos for weddings or elegant braids for Little House on the Prairie reenactments. And they don't stop with hair. They also offer permanent makeup services, skincare services, and mani-pedis that eschew cuticle cutting and polish with formaldehyde. To add to the pampering environment, they treat clients to complimentary beverages and invite them to bring along their own music or books to enjoy while relaxing.
Chenita Dickerson is an artist in many forms. An aspiring cartoon artist and book illustrator, she has displayed her work in magazine pages, art galleries, and on stage. As a licensed cosmetologist, she’s also displayed her skills on the heads of happy clients.
At Hair is Artistry Too, Chenita trades in her paint brushes and pencils for scissors and blow dryers. She removes split ends and adds ombre color or full foil highlights to craft exciting new looks when you’re tired of your hair or have to help an action hero tell you apart from a clone. She can also sew in hair extensions or glue in a quick weave to add fullness and length to hair.
Aside from beautifying clients, Chenita uses her art for other good by selling art through Autism Artistry and donating some of her proceeds to the Nathaniel’s Hope charity for kids with special needs.
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.