Rectangular ceiling lights glow overhead, illuminating the salon's tall mirrors, red accents, marshmallow-white floors, and sleek black furniture. In this mod environment, skilled stylists rehabilitate tresses with voluminous layers and highlights to suit personality and skin tone. Clients may also request a special-occasion updo, ideal for an upcoming wedding, birthday, or competitive-eating title bout.
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.
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.
At first glance, Lil Miss Ooh La-la looks a lot like your average up-scale salon, but with a few noticeable differences. Touches of fuschia-pink pepper the interior, popping against the sleek black chairs and elegant black and white wallpaper. The pedicure stations are situated a little closer to the ground, and the white foot baths are filled with colorful, floating flowers. The patrons sip beverages as they relax in plush, pink robes––but instead of champagne, they have pink lemonade in their glasses.
These whimsical touches make all the more sense when you consider the fact that most of the clients here are under age 13. Girls as young as 3 come to Lil Miss Ooh La-la for some age-appropriate pampering or to celebrate a special occasion with their friends. Spa parties can include everything from mani-pedis to glittery up-dos to fashion shows with music, and moms can even get in on the fun too, by enjoying adult-style mani-pedis and a glass of wine.
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.