Bella Body Oils employs a new brand of mixologists. The staff here boasts a stock of more than 2,000 fragrances, which they turn into everything from soy candles to body butters, bubble bath, and massage oil. To accompany their oil business, they have a full slate of nail treatments. The salon’s skilled technicians can free-hand designs with paint, rhinestones, or even turn emailed photos into nail art.
After nails have been trimmed, filed, and buffed, the nail technicians at Pampered Nails really get down to work. They paint nails with artistic looks that include stripes, animal prints, and swirls, and even prep nails for holidays with festive designs including black cats and mummies for Halloween.
Aesthetician and hairstylist Tiffany Serpe prides herself in pampering clients. She creates a soothing environment where clients can relax and drift away as she clips, colors, or styles coifs. Tiffany keeps up to date with the latest trends by attending color specialty courses and continually training with experienced industry experts. In addition to whipping up stylish dos, Tiffany also specializes in skincare and helps clients tighten and lift sagging skin with a mix of facials and other skincare services such as micro-current skin rejuvenation treatments.
DuVall’s School of Cosmetology epitomizes hands-on education. Though students do spend time in the classroom, most of their training is spent in the 11,900-square-foot school’s salon and spa, where they perform a roster of services on real people under the guidance of their instructors. Cosmetology students shampoo and cut hair, add length with extensions, and add hue with highlights. Students partake of elite training from instructors versed in the Sassoon method, a system honed by Vidal Sassoon himself during his more than 50 years as a top stylist. Meanwhile, aspiring aestheticians perform facials with products crafted by Dermalogica, a skincare brand that is produced without such common skin irritants as artificial colors, fragrances, and puns. Those outside of the training program can also take advantage of the school's pedigree by basking in carefully mastered beauty services performed by students at a fraction of standard salon prices.
When hairstylist Shelton Ogle opened his first salon at 21, he quickly realized the secret to maximizing the number of gorgeous haircuts he could render: a well-trained staff. So two years later, he opened his beauty school, Ogle School of Hair, Skin & Nails. Now in its 40th year, the school leverages its accrued experience and knowledge to teach aesthetic arts ranging from skincare to hair coloring. In the school’s salons, students practice on the public, cutting hair into elegant, customized shapes, texturizing strands with relaxers and perms, and highlighting nails with manicures, rather than with rings with built-in strobe lights. A testament to Shelton’s success in building his vision, he was even able to develop a weekly show for PBS about the beauty industry.
Mocha walls drench Amour Nails & Day Spa in a warm and welcoming tone that, perhaps not by coincidence, correlates with a few of the spa’s mani-pedis. For example, both men and women can sink into a cushy pedicure throne and enjoy the Ooh-la-Latte treatment, which hydrates skin with a chocolate-latte bath and a sugar scrub. Nail technicians also indulge hands and feet with a range of other tasty-sounding products, such as milk and honey to moisturize skin and green tea to protect it from free radicals.
While the main floor—dedicated to nailcare—bustles with the sounds of whirling footbaths and chitchatting manicurists, private spa rooms whisk clients into a relaxation oasis where they can obtain a facial, massage, or one of four salt and sugar scrubs and body wraps. The beauty team also conducts waxing treatments in the private rooms to remove hair from bodies.