The aesthetician at Nadia's Spa tends to stressed bodies, problem skin, and weary spirits with head-to-toe pampering services. She customize facials to each client's skin type?helping to smooth wrinkles or clear blemishes?infuses skin with collagen, and creates glamorous looks with lash extensions and tinting. She also quickly removes unwanted hair with face and body waxing and uses paraffin wax to softens hands chapped from assembling countless paper fortune tellers during NBA draft week.
Kids often take after their parents, and Armin Khavari is no exception. After growing up watching his parents run a beauty business, it seemed only natural for him to use his own experience and found Armin Salon-Spa. Alongside a group of skilled stylists, Armin clips and reshapes hair into trendy forms, colors locks with bold new hues, and conditions strands. On the spa side, massage therapists knead away stress, nail technicians retouch hands and feet, and aestheticians restore skin's youthful vitality and original shrink wrap.
Revival Skin and Body Care prides itself on being a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. To that end, each facial comes with customized aromatherapy and a neck-and-shoulder massage with hot stones that melt tension on contact. Other studio offerings include spa staples such as waxing, salon services like eyelash extensions, and med-spa treatments including microdermbrasion and lymphatic drainage. To cap things off, each client can have a complimentary cup of tea, which they can drink themselves or donate to a presumably trembling ice-cream-truck driver.
For the past 20 years, Tiano Salon Spa's owners, Tiano and Joseph, jet set to fashion capitals all over the world, including Paris, Berlin, and New York City, scooping up the latest and greatest in beauty techniques and trends. Joseph is a Pureology Serious Color Care educator, and together the two men helm a crew of stylists and skincare specialists who give their full attention to clients during Japanese hair straightening, formal up-dos, massages, and mani-pedis. Dark wood accents add a chic edge to the salon's modern aesthetic—an aesthetic that carries over into the stylists' sophisticated cuts, which they prep hair for with Redken, Pureology, and Schwarzkopf haircare products. Spa-going clients can indulge in customized treatments, from seaweed facials to waxing services, amid the dimly lit, private treatment room. Clients who drive in find ample metered and garage parking, as the salon resides amid the charming boutiques and restaurants of Coconut Grove.
Aromas MedSpa is a full-service wellness enterprise with noninvasive treatments that heal ailments and enhance beauty. Specializing in skincare, cosmetic professionals aim Candela and Cynosure lasers at body hair, permanently reducing unwanted tufts or mutton chops. The specialists complement cosmetic procedures for the body and face with health services that eliminate unsightly warts and funguses or promote sustainable weight loss.
Aromas MedSpa's spa services incorporate new, uncommon technologies. For instance, the infrared sauna and the DermaLife Spa Jet create a two-part program of multisensory, holistic healing based on the therapeutic properties of infrared heat. In the dry carbon sauna, warm infrared rays beam deep into the body to catalyze sweating, ease chronic aches, recharge the body's inner reading light, and melt tension in the limbs. Then, the 60-gallon DermaLife pod immerses guests in clouds of soothing steam heated by infrared energy. Infused with aromatic essential oils and antioxidants, the pod's enriched atmosphere awakens the senses and conditions the skin while four LED stations illuminate droplets of vapor with colorful light shows known to soothe the overactive minds of most disco dancers.
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.