Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
Sensia Salon & Spa doesn't have any walls––or so it would seem. Floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides drench the space in natural light, giving the red wall partitions the glow of a ripe pomegranate. These are the stomping grounds of owner Cathy Reily, who draws on her background as a licensed aesthetician to beautify clients with invigorating facials, body waxing, and slimming body treatments. Also on premises is Tina Lukens, whose inviting black leather salon chair has seen bland strands transformed with bold color highlights. The staff can also whisk clients to a private room for a relaxing massage session, and they even purvey an array of retail clothing, ideal to complement a sleek 'do or replace the tattered invisible clothes of an invisible friend.
Charlotte Pugh, a licensed nail technician who works within the Hair Visalia salon, specializes in painting detailed images onto tiny finger and toe canvases, whether made of natural keratin or acrylic. Dazzling snowflakes, ghoulish monsters, and striking depictions of the Santa Maria adorn fingertips during holidays, and glitter, feathers, and shiny solid hues decorate digits year-round. Charlotte can apply chip-resistant layers of Gelish polish to fingers and toes for longer-lasting glam, or employ paraffin wax to soften dry skin lingering on the soles, knuckles, or hearts of curmudgeonly hall monitors.
If Nicole at Jazz Productions Salon & Day Spa has a knack for making guests feel at home, it may be simply because the salon was once a home. She and other stylists work out of carpeted rooms in a converted house, replete with furnishings that make it feel like a family still lives there: couches, golden chandeliers, and a juicer that seemed like it would come in handy. The home decor melds right in with the nail stations, the shelves of nail polish, and especially the leather salon chairs where Nicole delivers her cuts and color treatments.
Licensed cosmetologist Sheri Stevenson knows the importance of total-body beauty, which is why her services include nailcare, hairstyling, and facial waxing. During pedicures, she uses the OPI system to trim, shape, and polish nails and exfoliate hands and feet before moisturizing the skin with massage strokes rather than a fire hose. She also cuts, colors, and styles strands and makes liberal use of warm wax to remove unwanted facial hair.
Fresh frozen yogurt swirls into cups as guests look on with hungry stares. The fruit experts at Fruitland Fresh also satiate sweet cravings with smoothies with or without tapioca pearls in them, in a variety of flavors such as green apple or taro.