The stylists and aestheticians at The Art Of Beauty pamper their clients from head to toe with a full menu of salon and spa services. Relaxing massages leave both minds and muscles relaxed, while mani-pedis primp and polish nails. Ultrasonic cavitation treatments fight fat in problem areas such as bellies and thighs, whereas waxing treatments banish unwanted hair from faces, legs, and palms.
The manicurists at Serenity Springs Nail Spa bring style and color back to all 20 nails with standard and gel manicures and pedicures. In the same space, stylists do their part to beautify clients by cutting, conditioning, and styling their hair.
Rossie Nail Tech Salon's friendly team of technicians beautifies hair, hands, and feet with well-honed techniques and a specialty line of nail and hair products at a new location. Once nails are filed and freed from scraggly cuticles, daubs of traditional or Shellac polishes coat digits in vibrant, long-lasting color. Natural nails longing for length turn to acrylics, whose sturdy square or rounded edges adorn hands with white french tips, tiny inset jewels, and other embellishments. Each staffer calls on an arsenal of professional-grade tools, which are sterilized using the same autoclave technology used on medical instruments to ensure equipment is spic, span, and up to date on Doogie Howser, M.D. plotlines. On their way out the door, clients can pick up a bottle of Rossie Nail Tech Salon's specialty line of hardening topcoats, which are imbued with ingredients such as garlic oil and collagen, or grab bottles of shampoo and conditioner formulated to nurture hair before and after keratin treatments.
Guided by aesthetic intuition, the technicians at Touch of Life Med Spa use scientifically refined procedures to improve their clients' skin texture and tone. A Candela laser system bombards dermal blemishes with controlled pulses of laser light energy, helping to hide the appearance of stubble, spider veins, or acne scars. Additionally, the center's chemical peels and facials can leave countenances looking as youthful and as hydrated as an ice sculpture of Dorian Gray.
The squadron of aestheticians at Secrets Spa lavishes bodies with advanced skin-care treatments, organic scrubs and mani-pedis, and professional make-up application against the alluring backdrop of Arabian decor. Faces bloom when bathed in one of more than 20 facials at the spa, and the staff turns their carefully trained machines on the body with ultrasonic and endermologic body contouring treatments. Secrets Spa uses only fruit that has left the tree willingly in their healthy teas that refuel bodies after a massage therapist squeezes all of the toxins out of frames during a relaxing kneadfest.
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.