DuVall’s School of Cosmetology epitomizes hands-on education. Though students do spend time in the classroom, most of their training is spent in the 11,900-square-foot school’s salon and spa, where they perform a roster of services on real people under the guidance of their instructors. Cosmetology students shampoo and cut hair, add length with extensions, and add hue with highlights. Students partake of elite training from instructors versed in the Sassoon method, a system honed by Vidal Sassoon himself during his more than 50 years as a top stylist. Meanwhile, aspiring aestheticians perform facials with products crafted by Dermalogica, a skincare brand that is produced without such common skin irritants as artificial colors, fragrances, and puns. Those outside of the training program can also take advantage of the school's pedigree by basking in carefully mastered beauty services performed by students at a fraction of standard salon prices.
Licensed massage therapist Cassandra Dunlap has studied more than a dozen techniques in hopes of healing and rejuvenating her clients with integrative massage therapy. Rather than forcing each client to select a single massage style, such as reflexology or trigger-point therapy, she combines modalities based on individual ailments, recurring symptoms, or health goals. Before every session, Cassandra consults with clients to learn about any health issues—from chronic migraines to pulled muscles—and tailors her pressure and style to help ameliorate symptoms and reduce stress. House-made blends of aromatic oils inspire emotions and bolster positive moods; Pep Talk blends peppermint and sweet orange to bolster confidence, and Energize mixes lemon, rosemary, peppermint, and notes from the Rocky theme song. The spa's serene setting showcases a stone path winding through an indoor garden and an office decorated with ambient lighting and warm yellow walls.
At New Body Image, wellness professionals help clients transform their bodies through non-surgical procedures. Professionals channel their experience and knowledge to design custom weight-loss programs that work to trim anatomical inches. The plans often combine nutritional advice with more advanced treatments, such as noninvasive laser lipolysis, which he highlighted on Fox's San Diego Living. The New Body Image team of technicians also specialize in aesthetic treatments including radio-frequency sessions that target wrinkles and vibration therapy that tones muscles while shaking loose hidden pennies.
The staff at Styles of India focuses solely on the art of hair removal to shape brows and remove unwanted fuzz across the entire physique. An ancient technique, threading makes use of pure cotton strands, rolled and lifted along the face and eyebrows to remove hair in a straight line—ideal for eyebrows or sculpting sideburns into the style Benjamin Franklin sported: lightning bolts. The technicians at Styles of India are also adept with wax, removing unwanted hair from legs, arms, and bikini lines.
The beds at all seven Cancun Tan locations boast a variety of amenities to evoke a relaxing day at the beach, with headrests cushioning necks, body fans creating cool breezes, and stereos constantly playing the theme to Baywatch. Clients who prefer UV-free shades can step into the VersaSpa booth, which evenly mists a sunless-tanning formula all over the body and dries quickly to avoid any discomfort.
The Yellow Brick Salon's staff guides clients on journeys of beautification, indulging bodies and cosseting hairdos en route to relaxation and new looks. The salon's stylists prettify manes and faces for big events and day-to-day glamor purposes, washing, snipping, and sculpting locks into a neat facial frame during the classic shampoo and style ($25) or turning up the hair’s hue dial with a full color ($50). For a season of head-turning or increased reflectiveness during night bicycling, highlights ($85) may add a new visual dimension to formerly 2-D tresses. Massage therapist Kimberly Williams-Rios turns the focus toward tired body expanses with an array of massage services ($60–$80), including a traditional medium-strength, 60-minute, Swedish muscle-kneading ($60) and a 90-minute stone massage ($80) that can prevent tension from shifting muscular-tectonic plates.