The aspiring beauticians at North Florida Academy pamper hair, skin, and nails while instructors with more than 20 years of experience in the field mentor from nearby. To prepare students for careers after course completion, North Florida Academy models itself after traditional salons, stocking its shelves with professional products such as Image, Redken, Chi, and Paul Mitchell, and requiring that all who enter sport powdered wigs. The same aesthetic equipment employed by med spas whirs and buffs skin within the relaxing treatment rooms, replete with dim lighting and light music, and warm wax deftly whisks away unwanted hair.
At TanGirl, customers can use the Infinity Sun tanning system to achieve a sun-free tan, using a skin-safe walnut-based bronzer. The formula can last up to 10 days and looks after skin with a blend of antioxidants and botanicals. Each tanning session is customized for the client, either on location in clients’ homes or at TanGirl's spa room at Divine Salon and Spa. A spray-tan technician uses the Infinity Sun airbrush device to apply the tanning solution more evenly. The versatile Infinity Sun brush can also cover the skin with a mist of moisture or shimmer for special occasions, such as beach vacations or family reunions with the pod of dolphins that raised you.
Beauty is the business at Second iMpressions Salon and Spa. Staffers offer a wide variety of services for a diverse clientele. This includes everything from haircuts, updos, and dreads to acrylics, pedicures, and nail art. The staff relies on high-quality products from Paul Mitchell and Redken to complete their beautifying treatments.
If a giant hourglass exploded, leaving a sand-hued floor and a temporary break in the flow of time itself, Paradise Grooming would be the result. Against a backdrop of murals featuring palm trees frozen mid-sway beneath a sun perpetually stuck in the warm golden hours, gents grab a brew and try to sink into vacation mode while shears flick through unruly curls. As spheres rocketing across a fully functional foosball table sound a sharp report, scalp massages grab the attention of nostrils by steeping skin in fragrant tea-tree oil that soothes heads stressed from living downstairs from a piano-and-anvil factory. On the way to a private room for a hot-stone massage or facial, guests pause to peruse a menu of manicures and waxing services.
The little town of Orange Park is set along the St. Johns River in northeastern Florida. Early residents hoped to grow citrus fruit on the land—hence the name Orange Park. The Great Freeze of 1894–95 put an end to that dream, and eventually the town became a suburb of Jacksonville. But though you may not be able to look out on orange groves from your room at The Club Continental, you can still visit The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, located about 15 miles from hotel. The facility's 100-year-old gardens showcase ancient oak trees, rare plants, and antique sculptures. There are also serene reflecting pools and an elaborate, azalea-filled Italian Garden. Orange Park is a 40-minute drive from historic St. Augustine, where several 17th-century Spanish forts, including the Castillo de San Marcos, stand guard over America's oldest port. Close by, Anastasia State Park, which encompasses 4 miles of white-sand beaches, is a daytrip-worthy stop on St. Augustine's Atlantic coast. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
A bright reception area welcomes beauty-seekers into Friends Day Spa & Salon, where stylists transform manes with cuts, color, perms, and twisty updos, which will impress pillows at bedtime. Soothing facials pamper the remainder of clients’ heads, and nail techs add flair to handshakes and footshakes with manicures and pedicures. For full-body buffing, massage therapists remove knots from musculature, sometimes utilizing warm hot stones. Each spa service is performed in its own roomy area, separated from the rest of the 3,400-square-foot spa and salon. The space also has a locker room and a wet room equipped with a Vichy shower, which provides clients with a place to refresh between services.