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.
Bella Body Oils employs a new brand of mixologists. The staff here boasts a stock of more than 2,000 fragrances, which they turn into everything from soy candles to body butters, bubble bath, and massage oil. To accompany their oil business, they have a full slate of nail treatments. The salon’s skilled technicians can free-hand designs with paint, rhinestones, or even turn emailed photos into nail art.
After nails have been trimmed, filed, and buffed, the nail technicians at Pampered Nails really get down to work. They paint nails with artistic looks that include stripes, animal prints, and swirls, and even prep nails for holidays with festive designs including black cats and mummies for Halloween.
Aesthetician and hairstylist Tiffany Serpe prides herself in pampering clients. She creates a soothing environment where clients can relax and drift away as she clips, colors, or styles coifs. Tiffany keeps up to date with the latest trends by attending color specialty courses and continually training with experienced industry experts. In addition to whipping up stylish dos, Tiffany also specializes in skincare and helps clients tighten and lift sagging skin with a mix of facials and other skincare services such as micro-current skin rejuvenation treatments.
Online, people create avatars as graphic representations of how they perceive themselves. But at the real-life Avatar Salon, stylists and aestheticians actually help people realize the looks of their dreams. They do this with an extensive menu of hair, nail, and skincare treatments. In the salon, stylists perform everything from basic cuts to hair-relaxing treatments. Not to be outdone, the spa team specializes in four types of massage and facials, as well as pedicures that carefully remove any calluses or piranhas.
At Blissful Escapes Day Spa, married couple Kendra and Scott McKellar bring out the stunning natural beauty of their clients with a long list of soothing spa treatments. A litany of massage modalities lift away stress from muscle fibers with the soft strokes of Swedish treatments, the quick tension release of a chair massage, or the warm, igneous hug of a hot-stone session. Facials and body scrubs exfoliate and nourish the skin with extractions, chemical peels, and body wraps, while waxing quickly lifts unwanted follicles from anywhere on the body.