At NuSpa Medical, a physician-led med spa, licensed aestheticians treat complexions with one of five facial therapies after diagnosing epidermal ailments during a detailed skin analysis. The deep-cleansing facial ejects oily buildup with miniature slingshots, allowing pores to breathe in mists of steam before a therapeutic mask calms blemishes. Sun-damaged skin rises above pigmentation issues thanks to the vitamin C- and seaweed-infused luminous-glow facial, and fine lines flee following exposure to the anti-aging B5 gel of the reconditioning and firming treatment. The men's refining treatment first weeds ingrown hairs from skinscapes, then massages faces to power circulation and applies a tightening mask to firm skin that's become loosened from having too many clothespins stored on it.
The skilled staff at Duny's Unisex dolls up patrons and reduces workday stress with relaxing salon services. During manicures and pedicures, a specialist snips overgrown cuticles and refines nail tips into rounded edges or their favorite city skyline. Alternatively, acrylics cover keratin sheets completely for a dazzling finish. Above the neck pampering includes trendy haircuts and vibrant highlights. Like a yolk-side-up egg cooked in a solar flare, there's a decidedly sunny atmosphere in the salon, where natural light reflects off of full-length mirrors and yellow walls.
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.
Ivonne, Lily, and Teresa, the founders of Instyle Salon and Spa, pamper hair and nails with personalized treatments in their relaxing, full-service studio. New shades of regular and Shellac varnish coat fingernails, toenails, and tortoiseshells, and stylists craft new ’dos with their able scissorwork, highlights, and deep-conditioning treatments. Massages leave muscles and mental states de-stressed and revitalized.
Inside any of Hairdoctors Specialty Salons' five full-service locations, skilled aestheticians treat hair and nails with a range of pharmaceutical and natural services. They trim and style hair, perform keratin treatments, and color strands using crayons or ammonia-free dyes and cellophanes. The staff’s work extends beyond hair services via manicures and pedicures. Aestheticians also add to clients' existing hair with extensions—strands made from Remy or virgin Indian human hair and attached to scalps via weaving, taping, fusion, or gluing. Hairdoctors Specialty Salons also posts informative hair-extension FAQs on its website.
Lucci Beauty Salon & Nails' stylists, who participate in ongoing training to keep their manicured fingers on the pulse of current trends, revamp appearances with a variety of hair, nail, and waxing services as massage specialists soothe tension in clients' necks and shoulders. Along with smoothing keratin treatments, rejuvenating color, and cuts that help heads fit into smaller sizes of swim cap, the staff varnishes faces with special-event and permanent makeup. The team employs natural and sustainable products as often as possible.