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.
Sensia Salon & Spa doesn't have any walls––or so it would seem. Floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides drench the space in natural light, giving the red wall partitions the glow of a ripe pomegranate. These are the stomping grounds of owner Cathy Reily, who draws on her background as a licensed aesthetician to beautify clients with invigorating facials, body waxing, and slimming body treatments. Also on premises is Tina Lukens, whose inviting black leather salon chair has seen bland strands transformed with bold color highlights. The staff can also whisk clients to a private room for a relaxing massage session, and they even purvey an array of retail clothing, ideal to complement a sleek 'do or replace the tattered invisible clothes of an invisible friend.
As he revealed in a 2011 issue of Fresno magazine, Jaber Audi first discovered alternative healing methodologies after injuring his back. Rather than risk the side effects associated with modern medication, he sought relief through various holistic therapies, including acupressure, craniosacral therapy, and aqua massage. Deeply impressed with the procedures’ effectiveness at naturally relieving pain, he went on to learn their techniques and open his own health spa, Touch of Japan.
By balancing the mind, body, and spirit, Jaber and his resident massage therapist, Sandy, have led clients to health and the spa to two Best Day Spa titles from Central Valley’s People Choice Awards. Clients can stop in for a range of treatments—sometimes incorporated into a single session—including lymph drainage, shiatsu, and relaxing Swedish massages. To alleviate chronic headaches and muscular pain, the spa encourages clients to enroll in preventative maintenance every week or month, depending on how often they want to play hooky from work.
Certified massage therapist Satchmo Gonzales allays aches and kneads away knots with a diverse range of soothing modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages. He aims to disentangle chronically stiff muscles with myofascial-release treatments, and helps to assuage allergy symptoms with acupressure sessions. During every treatment, he targets stress and tension as he flaunts his arsenal of skills, further cultivating comfort with holistic techniques such as cupping and gua sha.
Inside Electric Beach Tanning & Salon, amid neutral-hued decor and scents of tropical oils and lotions, nail specialist Anna works with hundreds of polish shades and acrylic sets to keep clients' hands, feet, and phantom claws fashionable. Anna specializes in various nail techniques, including pinks and whites, glitter acrylics, and Rock Starz—a shimmering glitter-and-lacquer application. In addition to handwork, Anna performs deluxe pedicures with sugar scrubs, foot masks, and extended massages.
Nail technician Arianna Genini tops nails with artwork ranging from intricate patterns to strawberries and flowers. In addition to traditional acrylic nails, she can coat both real and faux nails with glitter so talons go on shimmering whether they're covered in polish or shamelessly nude. Arianna works inside Trésorle Salon and Spa alongside other hair, massage, and skincare specialists.