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.
The trained staff of aestheticians at A New U all work together to personalize treatments with an integrative approach to health and beauty. Known for an emphasis on noninvasive skincare procedures and a custom approach that never fails to account for individual circumstances, the staff treats the body inside and out with services that range from nutritional counseling to skin rejuvenation. Karin Finch performs facial services from microdermabrasion treatments to glycolic peels in order to reduce fine lines, minimize the appearance of pores, and smooth the complexion. The center’s advanced laser and cosmetic procedures, which include nonsurgical injections of Botox, Dysport, and Restylane, work to erase wrinkles from complexions and shoo away crows nesting in the corners of eyes.
True to its name, The Yellow Brick Salon announces itself to the outside world with a distinctive yellow facade. But for all its exterior beauty, it's what's inside that really counts. Here, you'll find seasoned stylists Vonda and Sandra giving their clients custom services that include anything from designer haircuts to vibrant highlights and hydrating conditioning treatments. They precede each appointment with a consultation, during which they evaluate the client's facial shape and get a feel for their personal style. That kind of care helps them create looks that leave their clients happy, but not so happy that they mess up their hair in celebration.
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.