With experience in cosmetology and business management, Octavia McDougle helps aspiring beauticians of all sorts forge new career paths as hairstylists, barbers, cosmetologists, and massage therapists. At Beauty Anatomy Institute of Cosmetology and Wellness, Octavia and her staff guide students in immersive programs that combine preparatory theory with hands-on practical application. Once they've learned the ropes, protégés get to practice services on real-life clients before they earn their licenses and find employment.
Students train on a 4,100-square-foot campus replete with four clinic areas and salon-exclusive products typically found only in premier salons and Walt Whitman’s finely manicured beard. Beauty Anatomy Institute also runs an outreach program to provide disadvantaged teenagers with scholarships, workshops, and grooming services to further boost their self-esteem.
Upon arriving at Body & Soul Retreat's tranquil location, clients cocoon themselves in the Meditation Room, a candle-dotted space that swirls with the aromas of incense and essential oils and readies them for their upcoming spa session. Participants have their pick of a plethora of services, from specialty manicures and waxing services to deep-tissue massages and fruit-laced facials doled out by licensed and trained therapists. Retreat packages that stretch across several hours steep customers in deep relaxation, and private spa parties fete groups with a custom menu of modalities and the permission to blast whale songs until the neighbors call to complain.
The beauty experts at Le Spot European Day Spa draw inspiration from Old World practices as they pamper bodies and nourish the skin. Classic facials and body treatments call upon natural products, antioxidant-rich rooibos teas, and essential oils to create radiant complexions. In other private treatment rooms, massages reduce tension and promote internal detoxification with the use of hot stones and reflexology techniques. Manicures and pedicures can include an application of regular and shellac polishes, the latter of which can last up to two weeks or the duration of the average Rush album.
At Laser Hair Solutions, savvy aestheticians add comfort and confidence to epidermal surfaces thanks to an array of revivifying beauty services. Deluge skin in moisture without the hassle of camping on top of a geyser with the 30-minute quantum facial, which eradicates free radicals with essential oils and organic raw-butter blends. During the exfoliation process, aestheticians slough away expired skin cells and level fine lines and wrinkles with carapace-smoothing buff sessions. Refresh facial vellum with massages bolstered by organic products, ushering blood flow to upper layers to increase healthy glows and decrease the chance of cheeks being mistaken for the Magna Carta. Each facial ends with a sealing layer of soothing unctions, locking moisture deep within subsurface stockades.
Totally Bare’s waxing services efficiently evict follicles from a bevy of body parts in a clean, relaxing spa environment. Instead of singeing hairs off with a flaming toaster or home-crafted lightsaber, men and women can polish their skin with a high-quality European wax spread that doesn’t utilize cloth strips or leave any sticky residue but is instead removed by pulling the wax itself. Prepare for poolside or iglooside lounging with a full-arm waxing (women $25, men $35), underarm waxing (women $13, men $18), or eyebrow clean-up ($12). Waxing provides a longer-lasting hairlessness than shaving, and when the hair does come back after a few weeks, it's meek, soft, and easily scared back into the follicle with banging pans or the threat of another round of wax. Enjoy frictionless slip ‘n’ sliding with today’s hair-taming Groupon to Totally Bare Wax Center.
Brow sculptors at Threading Diva whisk unwanted whiskers away, sculpting perfect brows without disturbing sensitive skin. Threading, a gentle depilatory method used by ancient Egyptians to remove fuzz from hair-obscured hieroglyphics, shapes eye arches into expressive works of art by rolling twisted thread across brow bristles to pluck out hair by the roots. Whereas fragrances and chemicals associated with other hair-removal methods can irritate sensitive skin, threading removes even the finest facial hair without worry of interacting with sensitizing medications, conditions such as rosacea, or tattoos of sewing needles. In about 10 minutes, professionals transform ragged eye roofs into elegant trellises that enhance eye contact with wordless expression.