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.
MEDermis Facials' board-certified medical director captains a team of certified laser specialists and medical aestheticians, who help their clients reach aesthetic goals with the help of advanced technology. Together, the team has safely erased more than 200,000 unwanted tattoos of all shapes, sizes, and colors using Lutronic Spectra lasers. The cutting-edge apparatuses emit q-switched beams of high-energy light, which help disband ink particles and prepare them to be naturally jettisoned from the body via the lymphatic system—technical speak for "laser eraser". The lasers flit over skinscapes, fostering smooth, even skin with minimal risk of scarring, disrupting natural pigments, or attracting bored cats. In addition to getting rid of unwanted ink, the talented staff can also help to correct skin troubles with peels, microdermabrasion, and other skin care services.
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.
Dr. Carolyn W. Quist and Astrique fight fat cells with the powers of FDA-approved Zerona cold-laser technology, designed to reduce corporeal circumferences by an average of 3.5 inches. During each session, clients relax beneath a beam-slinging apparatus for 40 minutes as it glides low-light lasers over their waistline, back, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue so that fat can sneak its way out of the body. The disintegrated lipid depots can then be absorbed by the body’s obsessively tidy lymphatic system and expelled through the body’s natural detoxification process and complex system of water-slides. The noninvasive treatment does not require any recovery time.
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.
Licensed esthetician Alessandra endeavors to make all of her clients feel beautiful, whether she's layering on a facial chemical peel or concentrating on their backs. In fact, her back facials include all of the soothing standards you would find in a spa treatment for your face: steam, an exfoliating scrub, a mask, and moisturizers, as well as extractions, if needed.
Alessandra customizes all of her services to address different conditions—her anti-aging facials reduce the appearance of fine lines, whereas acne facials cleanse pores to fight blemishes. However, clients can also augment their appointment with add-ons, such as a galvanic-electric-current treatment that improves their skin's absorption of PCA Skin products. Alessandra also removes unwanted hair with waxing services.