Stressed-out hands and feet succumb to thorough pampering during a one-hour signature manicure and pedicure at GG Salon and Spa. Licensed aestheticians first scrub appendages to remove dirt, grime, and outdated wood paneling before gently massaging away tension from fingers and toes. Then, they’ll brush nails with a colorful coat of paint to update looks with jewel-like shine.
Designed to be a one-stop shop for style-seeking men, Precision Barber Club keeps its clientele looking spruce with sharp haircuts, traditional hot-towel shaves, and a range of aesthetic treatments. Grooming services include mustache trims, haircuts and fades, and styling, and a range of facials helps keep skin looking masculinely clean. The shop also sells a range of grooming products for DIY hair and beard care.
Europe is known for three things: high fashion, The Final Countdown, and Jean-Claude Biguine. Celebrate the Paris-based salon empire's newly opened Upper East Side salon on Third Avenue with today's Groupon: $45 for a haircut, shampoo, blow dry, and Kerastase treatment (a $112 value).A parade is coming to town: Are you sure? Look closely at the carefully synchronized movements of the marching band, the uncanny, almost mechanical precision of the jugglers, and the exoskeleton of metallic sequins on that beauty queen. Your town is ground zero for the robot uprising. Consult a local law enforcement officer or the nearest adult.
Guided by aesthetic intuition, the technicians at Touch of Life Med Spa use scientifically refined procedures to improve their clients' skin texture and tone. A Candela laser system bombards dermal blemishes with controlled pulses of laser light energy, helping to hide the appearance of stubble, spider veins, or acne scars. Additionally, the center's chemical peels and facials can leave countenances looking as youthful and as hydrated as an ice sculpture of Dorian Gray.
La Bodeguita Meat Market encourages budding oenophiles to entertain and refine their palates during weekly wine-tasting events. Sommeliers in training can swirl, sniff, and savor unlimited samples of five preselected varietals, noting their unique flavors, aromas, and hair-dying capabilities. A maximum of 50 customers per tasting cultivates a small-group atmosphere and ensures grapes don't feel overwhelmed by the scrutiny. Although not included with this Groupon, snacks are available for purchase during the event. Call ahead to make a reservation.
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.