Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
At Mirela’s Spa du Jour, aestheticians begin each deluxe facial treatment by engaging clients in a consultation to determine which version of the service will best shush their pore protests. Nimble hands then whip up one of six specially designed concoctions: an extreme-hydration treatment bans dryness, a vitamin C treatment brightens complexions, and a caviar treatment spares clients from dunking their faces in the wrong hors d’oeuvres at parties. An optional microdermabrasion mechanically exfoliates the skin, gently abrading mugs with a handheld mechanism that loosens weathered cells before drawing them from the surface with soft suction. Afterward, clients may notice a reduction in such signs of age as sun spots, fine lines, and birthday-candle burns.
Pink Tanning & Body Spa’s sole aesthetician, Danielle Pinkerton, has been featured in ieStyle Magazine for her results-driven, personalized facials that leave human frontispieces glowing with the help of organic and vegan Osea products. When applied by such a professional, Osea's skin-nourishing salves seep into pores to deliver vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids derived from the earth, sea, and cereal-box prize pouches. The seasoned aesthetician's repertoire of epidermal services also includes organic body scrubs that render skin silky smooth and merciful waxing treatments that oust unwanted hair with fragrant Escential wax. Her steady hand can also augment skin color during custom spray-tanning sessions held in her salon or in the comfort of the client's home through her mobile service.
With 18 years of experience, the aestheticians at Haven Skin Studio turn to nature for their inspiration as well as for their tools, relying on organic products whenever possible. Their dedication to natural ingredients might explain why skin of all types takes so readily to their pore-cleansing facials, streak-free airbrush bronzers, and vitamin-infused enzyme peels. Moisturizing skin treatments eschew parabens and chemical additives in favor of fruit oils; in a similar vein, waxing treatments swipe away hair with the help of sticky fruit rolls. Promoting a tranquil atmosphere of privacy and comfort, customers enjoy services with candle light and soothing eucalyptus aromas while receiving care full customized to suit their needs.
Dr. Richard Mantell and Ellen Salkin, RN, understand how important appearances are for generating self-confidence. That is why they dedicate their medical and technical expertise to aesthetic procedures that make patients appear more youthful by rejuvenating their skin from within rather than just covering it with finger paint. In addition to injectable dermal fillers, they also uses intense pulsed light and cosmetic-laser technology to smooth away cellulite, hide acne scars, and banish unsightly stubble.
The concept behind All Tressed Up Blowdry and Beauty Bar is simple: start with a standard salon menu, trim off the fat, and enhance the remaining treatments with a dual focus on speed and luxury. At the blowdry bar, stylists serve up stiff blasts of hot air, lengthen hair with clip-in extensions, and smooth out kinks with Keratin Complex Express treatments that last up to six weeks.
Not to be outdone, their counterparts at the beauty bar enhance appearances with browdries and makeup applications. Though the stylists pride themselves on their express services, they don’t skimp on accoutrements. Clients are welcome to sip on a glass of champagne or use one of the salon’s complimentary iPads to check email while they wait.