Guided by aesthetic intuition, the technicians at Touch of Life Med Spa use scientifically refined procedures to improve their clients' skin texture and tone. A Candela laser system bombards dermal blemishes with controlled pulses of laser light energy, helping to hide the appearance of stubble, spider veins, or acne scars. Additionally, the center's chemical peels and facials can leave countenances looking as youthful and as hydrated as an ice sculpture of Dorian Gray.
The squadron of aestheticians at Secrets Spa lavishes bodies with advanced skin-care treatments, organic scrubs and mani-pedis, and professional make-up application against the alluring backdrop of Arabian decor. Faces bloom when bathed in one of more than 20 facials at the spa, and the staff turns their carefully trained machines on the body with ultrasonic and endermologic body contouring treatments. Secrets Spa uses only fruit that has left the tree willingly in their healthy teas that refuel bodies after a massage therapist squeezes all of the toxins out of frames during a relaxing kneadfest.
La Bodeguita Meat Market encourages budding oenophiles to entertain and refine their palates during weekly wine-tasting events. Sommeliers in training can swirl, sniff, and savor unlimited samples of five preselected varietals, noting their unique flavors, aromas, and hair-dying capabilities. A maximum of 50 customers per tasting cultivates a small-group atmosphere and ensures grapes don't feel overwhelmed by the scrutiny. Although not included with this Groupon, snacks are available for purchase during the event. Call ahead to make a reservation.
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.
An all-star team of hairstylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians reinvents beauty inside the hip and colorful Exquisite Salon & Spa. Here, red and green walls alternate with touches of sandy taupe, and big, metal storage cabinets double as mirrors. Hairstylists take their positions behind modular, black styling chairs situated right beside the space’s collection of floor-to-ceiling windows, the perfect spot for sunlight to illuminate freshly cut and colored tresses. In the nail corner, clients can sink into cushy, high-backed chairs as technicians work diligently to shape fingers and toes into uniform parabolas, all while sloughing dry skin from the hands and feet. Aestheticians, meanwhile, swathe skin with warm wax in an effort to remove unwanted fuzz or to create the world’s most lifelike wax figure.
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.