Since 1974, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers' dedicated instructors have edified spa and salon hopefuls in the tricks of the beauty-boosting trade. Under the watchful eye of a seasoned professional, each soon-to-be beautician performs a variety of services on visitors to earn the certification of a license massage therapist or the gilded epaulettes of an aesthetician. At both the Hollywood and Miami Beach locations, clients can help students achieve their goals by simply indulging in rejuvenating facials, stylish cuts and colors, and relaxing rubdowns.
At Brilliance New York, professional technicians tend to the skin, nails, and hair of their guests. Within an atmosphere that pays homage to New York City, stylists create new dos, or anoint heads of hair with conditioning products. Meanwhile, make-up applications draw attention to the features with well-placed hues and accents, all the while using organic and vegan cosmetics.
The experienced nail nurturers at Harmony Spa adorn fingertips with Essie and OPI polish in a fresh, clean space with a lemony yellow glow. After buffing and shaping, the gel manicure shields nails with a color coat that outlasts traditional nail polish and most middle-school relationships. During the pedicure, clients unwind in the spa's reclining chairs, which massage the backside from neck to thighs. The massaging chairs also boast an audio port for plugging in an iPod or 8-track machine.
Featured on Style Network's_Split Ends_, Rapunzel Salon is a ladies-only beauty boutique that specializes in hair extensions and hair replacement. The hair emporium keeps an arsenal of all-natural human hair on hand, giving clients the opportunity to have floor-length locks installed on the same day as the initial consultation. Rapunzel's beauty genies can work with all hair types, ranging from fine to damaged to coonskin caps disguised as hair. Each skilled stylist will also help in selecting the best lock-thickening method from a long list that includes classics such as clip-ins, wigs, Hair Dreams, Paris Hilton's Dream Catchers, and more (prices vary depending on length and stylist). Aside from extensions, Rapunzel Salon offers a variety of standard salon services such as haircuts ($90+), blowouts ($50+), and more.
Waxing seems like a simple beauty treatment?but at Wax Spa, there's more to it than meets the eye. First off, aestheticians must be licensed to ensure safe, effective treatments, and the wax is imported from Europe. Then, there's the strict policy against recycling wax and spatulas, which ensures a germ-free salon.
The team complements their waxes with an array of body contouring treatments, which rely on technology ranging from ultrasound waves to radio frequencies, which is a cosmetic treatment designed to tighten skin without the need for an incision or recovery time. The treatment uses radio frequencies to uniformly heat the dermis, or inner layer of skin, to tighten and help initiate the production of new collagen. Depending on the size of the treatment area, the procedure may take anywhere from 15 minutes for a facial to upwards of an hour for a full body treatment. The salon also brightens complexions with diamond microdermabrasion, which sloughs away dead surface skin to reveal the bright, youthful-looking skin beneath it. And no matter the treatment, each team member takes a customer-centered approach to their services, and helps to cultivate a warm atmosphere that puts clients at ease.
A row of plush white leather seats stands out amid a sea of pink in Lace Nail Lab's main studio. The studio is furnished with seats that have soft red pillows, where the ministrations of dedicated nail technicians tend to feet and hands, maybe those of a client, maybe those of a clock that fell off the wall. Sparkling pink walls and Asian-inspired lamps add to the atmosphere of color-coded luxury. Facials, waxing, and massages round out the menu of beautifying services.