We spoke with Jack Macaluso?Regional Social Media and Web Coordinator at Beauty Schools of America?about how the academies prepare students for careers in the real world and why it's important for the schools to give back to their communities.
On the schools' mission
Above all else, Jack says that the schools "try to focus and harness the students' creativity," while giving them all of the experience and practical skills they need not simply to be prepared to enter the work force, but to succeed and thrive. The relatively lengthy training programs ensure that aspiring stylists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, barbers, and massage therapists fully understand the intricacies of their chosen specialty, as well as what they need to do to continue advancing their future career according to Jack.
On the role of the instructors
With a roster of instructors that includes industry professionals with international spa and salon experience, Beauty Schools of America strives to give attendees a broad view of the numerous options open to them. Jack is also clear that the teachers' guidance isn't limited to classroom environments. When the advanced-level students are allowed hone their talents by performing treatments for actual clients, "an instructor or two will always be there to assist and answer questions," he says.
On the products that the students use during treatments
Students use brand name products like Moroccanoil, Sojourn, Nioxin, and others. Working alongside their instructors at modern service stations, these stylists use these products to craft en vogue cuts, color, styling and therapeutic practices.
On the schools' charitable involvement
Beauty Schools of America embraces opportunities to give back to its communities while providing real-world experience for students at the same time. Jack goes on to describe events where the schools' aspiring barbers and cosmetologists performed complimentary services for underprivileged residents, and he mentions one specific occasion when massage students provided free treatments for community members who participated in a bike ride dedicated to raising awareness about multiple sclerosis.
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Forever Young Skin & Hair Spa offers treatments that transform from head to toe. The common factor is the staff?talented and accommodating hairstylists and skincare specialists that turn each service into an experience. That goes for manicures and pedicures, which include OPI nail polish and lavish much-needed attention onto hands and feet, a rare treat for appendages that are usually confined to socks, gloves, and cement puddles. That same sort of pampering is doled out during facials and microdermabrasion treatments, administered attentively with the goal of revealing softer, more refined skin.
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Marion Medina has spent 25 years in the salon business, honing her craft while staying ahead of the styling curve. Marion's wealth of experience and penchant for listening has earned her a reputation around Miami, and clients flock to her to enhance their hairdos with cuts, highlights, and conditioning treatments. While they're at the salon and spa, they can also indulge in relaxing services that range from manicures to facials.
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