It's always a party at Expressions Spa & Parties, where silver-beaded curtains glimmer against glowing purple-and-green walls. But the decor isn't the only thing that has guests celebrating. Adults kick up heels during relaxing paraffin hand treatments and mink-eyelash-extension sessions, and youngsters enjoy girly spa parties complete with cupcakes, spa robes, and kid-friendly treatments.
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 aestheticians and massage therapists at Wax Art Spa work every day to refute the age-old adage that beauty is skin deep. Fittingly, their treatments are designed to foster natural positive energy and holistic wellness, with services including natural aromatherapy massages, multivitamin facials, and sunless tanning spray infused with whole leaf aloe vera and beet sugar.
This sunless tanning blend is just one of the spa's many inventive treatments. The Luma firm facial tightens skin and increases elasticity with a natural blend of serums. Clients often opt to smooth out skin with a preservative-free green waxing treatment, which uses a waxing substance derived from organic pine and beeswax that's kept at a cooler temperature to minimize irritation. Technicians also leave bods beach-ready with a Vajazzling treatment, which dresses up the midriff and bikini area with colorful gems mined from Paris Hilton's system of underground caverns.
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.
In Greek, synesi means “wisdom,” which is exactly what Dr. Norma Roche has demonstrated in selecting which treatments her day spa will perform. She and her on-staff aesthetician stick to minimally invasive services, including dermal fillers that smooth wrinkles, spray tans that bronze skin, and microdermabrasions that get rid of dead skin cells and their tiny coffins. Dr. Roche also runs a general medical practice at the same site, performing immunizations and examinations and writing prescriptions. Regardless of whether an appointment serves an aesthetic or medical purpose, Dr. Roche and her team create treatment plans suited to each client, sometimes by using high-tech equipment for deep skin analysis.
Specializing in adult and geriatric medicine, Dr. Tzewan Wong of Pinecrest Medical & Wellness Center oversees a range of services, all of which are completed or supervised by physicians. His center’s personalized diet programs help patients slim down, while acupuncture treatments address a variety of issues such as chronic pains or difficulties blending in at porcupine conventions. Other treatments include Radiesse wrinkle fillers and Juvèderm injectable gel, both of which help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as well as laser hair-removal treatments and affordable labs, x-rays, and diagnostic testing.