Inside a renovated bank vault, stylists in training cut, color, and style the manes of their clients with Paul Mitchell products and techniques. In addition to foil color and highlights, the student stylists provide services such as chemical relaxers, deep-conditioning treatments, and perms.
For the past 15 years, Samantha "Sami" Angelini has been manicuring nails, banishing fuzz with honey wax, and wielding makeup brushes. She's freelanced for MAC and Laura Mercier, filling her portfolio with images that typify her natural, yet evocative makeup style. Today, she enhances eyes, lips, and cheekbones with Motives Cosmetics mineral-based makeup. She demonstrates her techniques during one-on-one lessons, and preps brides for their nuptials. Sami's artist's eye also guides her hands as she shapes brows into flattering forms—one of her specialties—or tops finger and toenails in chip-resistant polishes or thimbles.
The beauty experts at Makeup by DiLieto take the stress out of primping for weddings or other special events. They give skin a flawless finish with high-definition, silicone-based airbrush makeup and assemble hair into dramatic updos. The team also conducts weekly makeup courses, in which they detail the tools and techniques needed to create stunning looks at home.
Aesthetician Christine Zimmerman executes Vasculyse treatments to banish vascular blemishes ranging from broken capillaries to skin tags. During the treatment, a handheld device emits a low-level energy current to force the cells that compose the imperfections into a form of coagulation, after which the body absorbs them. The device's tiny tip, similar in width to a piece of thread, targets even minuscule marks such as ruby points or drops of nail polish that help patients to tell one elbow from the other. Although minor marks can clear up after one visit, harder-to-treat lesions such as telangiectasia and spider angioma may require up to three sessions to eradicate. Sessions last approximately 20 minutes, and most clients report only a slight pinching feeling, similar to crowd-surfing on hermit crabs.
With 25 years of experience in the corporate world behind her, Susan Catenaro channeled her human-resources training in founding Bien-Etre Wellness Centre. Equally as important to her business, though, are her certifications and training in life coaching, hypnotherapy, past-life-regression therapy, and aromatherapy. Today, she and her staff aim to help clients live more holistic lives, with everything from classes on essential oils to sessions in an infrared sauna.
The term "full-service" can vary greatly from salon to salon. But at Dolce LLC The Academy, students really do primp clients from head to toe. Student stylists perform precision cuts for men and women, as well as a host of coloring and straightening treatments.