The aspiring beauticians at North Florida Academy pamper hair, skin, and nails while instructors with more than 20 years of experience in the field mentor from nearby. To prepare students for careers after course completion, North Florida Academy models itself after traditional salons, stocking its shelves with professional products such as Image, Redken, Chi, and Paul Mitchell, and requiring that all who enter sport powdered wigs. The same aesthetic equipment employed by med spas whirs and buffs skin within the relaxing treatment rooms, replete with dim lighting and light music, and warm wax deftly whisks away unwanted hair.
At Beauty Complexions Clinic, licensed aesthetician Mary Hsieh seeks out the latest noninvasive technology to help clients look and feel their best. She uses the high-frequency current of the Super Frecator 6800M machine to remove skin growths and the low-level microcurrents of the Beautiful Image device to target wrinkles and loose skin on the face or body. To address cellulite, Mary relies on LPG's Endermologie system, which rolls and lifts the skin to help stimulate collagen and elastin fibers. The skincare expert also fights signs of aging with custom services such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
The staff at Blush Beauty Salon & Day Spa are well aware that the little things matter when it comes to looking your best. Their manicures and pedicures, for example, maintain peace of mind in addition to nails by using organic and vegan products, and their massages dispel tension and stress to complement any outwardly beautifying services. Pores can feel refreshed with facials, and hair is treated to high-quality care with everything from simple bangs trims to full-on color treatments and cuts. With a hot-pink accent wall and cushy chairs outfitted in damask print, the salon’s decor gives off a relaxing vibe that further manifests its stylists' attention to detail.
Chances are you’ve seen stylist Kimberly Screws’ handiwork before—on the heads of local news anchors and internet freestyle rapper Ed Hardee. These local celebs entrust their appearance to Kimberly and her more than 12 years of experience and professional training in designer cuts, color, and waxing services. And because she conducts her beautifying services in Elite Look Productions, clients get their hair spritzed with such professional products as Sudzz FX, which replaces hair-stripping sulfates with natural honey and keratin.
The prestigious hair academies of TONI&GUY employ a learn-by-doing approach, giving students a chance to apply cutting-edge techniques that shape their careers upon graduation through daily hands-on experience.
After hundreds of hours training on mannequins, students move on to real heads in each fully operating salon, cutting and styling the hair of patrons as well as whipping up their own dyes for highlights and all-over color. Instructor supervision provides further education and ensures standard Toni&Guy quality.
Long ago, barbers honed their skills by trimming lawns one grass blade at at time. Now with the innovation of the mower, stylists such as Dina Sousa have found a more appropriate niche, snipping hair into flattering layers to flatter clients' face shapes and personalities. Dina's skills also extend to coloring. In the comfort of Beauty Express, she can decorate strands with an all-over color, or world-championship medal highlights of gold, silver, or bronze.