The beauticians in training at Cameo College welcome visitors to the comfortable confines of their new cosmetic studio––a contemporary workshop space that mirrors the demands of the professional salon world. Upon arrival, follow the aromatherapy scents to the lower level's adult day spa, where you’ll be greeted by a friendly staff, more than 60 high-fashion styling stations, and an 800-galloon saltwater aquarium filled with impeccably groomed fish.
State-licensed manicurist and nationally certified massage therapist Brenda eases the chronic pain of fatigued muscles and occasional embarrassment of unkempt nails at Cosmic Touch. She draws from 15 years of experience and an education from a COMTA-certified school and the Aveda Institute of Beauty and Wellness to deliver Swedish and therapeutic massage, targeted foot reflexology, and manicure and pedicure services. Shellac manicures are available to keep polished surfaces chip-free for up to 2 weeks or one tool-free attempt at carving your initials into a tree.
At Lush Wax Boutique, it's all about making the client comfortable. The salon's waxers put clients at ease with a professional and amiable bedside manner. All staff members were hand-selected by the owners and passed a rigorous training program where they learned the best waxing techniques and how to tell the difference between body hair and a skein of yarn. Furthering client comfort, the salon also provides cleansing wipes, perfumes, and antibacterial foot sprays in each treatment room, so clients can freshen up before or after a waxing service.
Over time, Da~Vi Nails International has expanded to more than 200 locations. At each of these salons, friendly nail techs tend to clients’ fingers and toes with products by OPI, Tammy Taylor, Orly, and Creative Nail Design. In addition to traditional manicures and pedicures, they embellish talons with silk-wrap overlays, nail sculptures, and airbrush designs of flowers or milkmaids.
Echelon Edge Academy harnesses the evolving talents of its enthusiastic student stylists and apprentice aestheticians. In addition to executing hair, skin, and nail services, the academy's students ready physiques for barrel-wearing season with more advanced cellulite treatments and body wraps. The sleek, cozy facility exudes the hair-sprayed class of a high-end salon. Its emphasis on contemporary equipment and technique yields a high rate of success that’s unattainable with outdated instruments such as perm machines powered by exercise bikes. Echelon Edge Academy displays the professional-grade work of its students in collections such as the Pin-up Girls gallery. For information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit Echelon Edge Academy's website.
All of the students at Color My Nails School of Nail Technology have the same concentration. That's because the school is "nails only"—every teacher is a practicing nail tech, and the 300-hour course is designed to set graduates apart in the mani-pedi industry. To that end, it includes lessons on treatments that other schools might not delve into, such as how to use nail drills, perform white-tip fills, and forge a stunningly accurate van Gogh piece onto someone's thumb. Students practice on both mannequins and live clients, administering affordable manicures, pedicures, fills, and gel-polish applications. They also host children's parties that leave guests giggling at their newly glittery toes.