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.
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.
Do you want your eyes to pop? One of the easiest ways to increase eyes' allure is by making lashes stand out. Flirt & Flutter's eyelash extensions and tinting add a 3D curl and a hint of color to lashes, drawing people's attention to your face. Brow-threading services can complement these treatments by shaping a smooth, dark arch above your eyes. The staff can also apply permanent makeup to eyes and mouths to give them everyday glam. After the Flirt & Flutter beauty experts are finished highlighting your look, they can help you relax with a variety of massage modalities, including reflexology, heated-stone therapy, and aromatherapy.
The beauty professionals at Body and Spirit Wellness Spa believe that there's a direct connection between relaxation and happiness. They strive to make that connection with a menu of spa services performed in soothing treatment rooms. The treatment menu goes beyond facials and massages, though, to offer other whole-body services such as gluteal lifting, which augments and lifts the buttocks, laser lipo cavitation, and reiki.
Licensed tattoo artist Cachy has been applying makeup to faces for more than 24 years. Working inside Hair Impact salon, Cachy carefully fills in lips, brows, and eye rims with color. Her permanent-makeup services make it easier to get ready in the morning, help even out features, and safeguard makeup against the elements and extra affectionate dogs.