Just as its name promises, Xtension Xpress is dedicated to quickly giving guests longer, fuller locks. After purchasing top-quality hair in-store or turning locks they brought with them, patrons sit back as double-track installation weaves extra strands into hair. The salon's custom extension procedure outfits customers with their extensions as quickly and efficiently as possible, like April Fool's day at the DMV. Other coiffure-boosting services include feather extensions, perms, and trims that clean up 'dos.
Cosmetologist Marie Charles brings more than 20 years of experience in the beauty and fashion industry to her salon, Marie Hair Designs. In addition to working for top fashion names, such as Chanel and Armani, she’s perfected looks for styling shows across South Florida at Neiman Marcus and Saks. Tapping into this vast knowledge base, she beautifies her clients with everything from cuts and styles to hair-extension weaves and keratin straightening treatments.
Upon entering Robar Beauty Salon & Spa, a visitor might first notice the recently remodeled interior, splashes of canary yellow or vibrant fuchsia, or the smell of organic hair products wafting through the air. But owner William Robar—an industry veteran of almost 40 years—remembers his salad days in less prosperous locations. His first salon "was so busy I didn't know where to put the people!" he laughs, recalling its cramped layout. His clientele ranged from street criminals to drug dealers. "In those days it was wild. Every walk of life came into my salon."
Now a sought-after celebrity stylist, William has clipped and styled famous hair for Frank Sinatra, Barbara Walters, and President Bill Clinton, who needed a trim before delivering a presidential speech. Inside his upscale salon, William and his team of certified stylists use their fashion instincts and mastery of the sibilant scissor language to team up with shears and craft elegant coifs for men, women, and children.
For a dramatically different look, or just a professional style, leave your hair in Maia's hands. As a licensed cosmetologist and certified hair extensionist, she uses her knowledge and skills to beautify her clients' locks. Virgin hair extensions, Powerdose conditioning, or keratin-smoothing treatments transform hair with new texture or new lengths. Understanding that people have various schedules, Maia also accepts late-night appointments or will journey to clients to provide her beautifying services.
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.