Since 1974, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers' dedicated instructors have edified spa and salon hopefuls in the tricks of the beauty-boosting trade. Under the watchful eye of a seasoned professional, each soon-to-be beautician performs a variety of services on visitors to earn the certification of a license massage therapist or the gilded epaulettes of an aesthetician. At both the Hollywood and Miami Beach locations, clients can help students achieve their goals by simply indulging in rejuvenating facials, stylish cuts and colors, and relaxing rubdowns.
Stepping inside A Couple Gals Salon is bound to brighten your mood. Cheerful aqua walls line its interior, and the decor hews to a colorful tropical theme. But the salon's inviting look isn't the only thing that leaves guests smiling. There's also an array of treatments designed to make them feel beautiful.
Skincare is just one of the staff's forte. Aestheticians reveal healthier, smoother complexions through custom facials and deftly remove unwanted hair using dollops of warm wax. Hairstyling is another specialty?services range from precision cuts to sleek Remy extensions. Nail designers groom natural nails, decorating them with regular polish or long-lasting gel color. They also create new length with acrylics, freeing clients from the chore of sprinkling Miracle-Gro on their fingertips.
Elena Zabala first became interested in beauty as a child back in her native land of Cuba, where she took careful notice of how people groomed themselves. By 1980, she'd followed that childhood passion to a full-blown profession, attaining a certification in cosmetology and traveling the world to learn other cultures' beautifying techniques.
Since 1993, Zabala has owned and operated EZ Skin Care and Wellness Center, where she oversees the skin treatments she learned throughout her career. From weight-loss management to chocolate body treatments to HydraFacials, there is enough variety of treatments to totally transform clients before big events such as weddings or wallaby-smuggling stings. To help clients maintain the results of their treatments, Zabala stocks her center with skincare products, including a vitamin-rich cream of her own design called Noche. She works alongside her partner, Dr. Diosenis Hernandez, MD, a graduate of the University of Havana and University of Matanzas. Having previously worked as a general practitioner and ER specialist in her native Cuba, she continues to pursue her full US medical license while treating clients to a variety of massage therapies including rehabilitative therapy, hydrotherapy, shiatsu, reflexology, Swedish, sport, and PNF stretching.
Pilates Studio 1 presents a full curriculum of Pilates-based classes, including equipment classes and mat classes for beginner through advanced skill levels. To help its students further achieve their wellness goals, the facility also offers various therapeutic services, from craniosacral therapy to more common treatments, such as restorative massages.
Hair By Debora is home to a suite of beauty services that includes facials, waxing, manicures, and, of course, hairstyling. Inside the salon, stylists curl, crimp, and straighten tresses or pin them up into stylish buns and braids. Elsewhere, technicians tend to nails and faces and strip away unwanted hair with wax.
Licensed dermatologist and aesthetician Nellie Novillo knows that trust is a necessary part of any beauty procedure. She therefore cultivates it with each of her clients, ensuring that they're comfortable before she touches up their eyelids, brows, and lips with permanent makeup. Given her 20 years of experience, she can confidently match different skin tones to their most flattering makeup colors, and guarantee that her work will never smudge or come off after a particularly long shower. In fact, her reputation for gorgeous results attracts fellow aestheticians to classes where she teaches her techniques.