Friday, May 6, 2005
7 News Features: Free For All: Spa Secret
Who says being pretty has to be pricey? If you're somebody who likes to be pampered, we've uncovered a secret most spas would rather you not know. In tonight's free for all, it's now possible to feel like a million bucks without spending big bucks.
WSVN -- Imagine how laid-back the prince would have been if he never had to track down Cinderella.
And imagine how much easier life would have been if snow white never ate the apple.
To have a fairy tale ending, it's mandatory to pay a price. But in reality, feeling like a princess comes at a premium.
So if you want to cut costs, you can either try beauty sleep, wishing upon a star or you could sign up at one of South Florida's professional training schools.
At Beauty Schools of America in Hialeah, a $75 dollar haircut costs $15 dollars and a $30 manicure costs $7 dollars.
Ana Lopez from Beauty Schools of America: "They are not only receiving top service. they are also receiving the latest in style and fashion."
The only catch - you are working with students polishing their skills.
Jose Martinez: "We provide the same service other salons provide."
They even work on mermaids -- not that mermaid, the Florida Marlins "mermaids."
Marlins mermaid Adriana: "At the beginning I was a little bit scared, but now i trust them with anything."
Marlins mermaid Jennifer: "I'm shocked. I've never seen my hair look so good."
You'll also be shocked if you want a massage. If a relaxing rub down is rubbing your wallet the wrong way, head on over to the Florida College of Natural Health in Doral or Fort Lauderdale.
David Gonzalez from the Florida College of Natural Health: "They can expect the same type of services they will receive at any spa."
But every woman knows a massage like this can cost quite a lot of money. If you're used to paying upwards of $75 dollars, natural health will do it for $30 dollars.
Massage client Jeff Colasanti: "I will definitely recommend it to everyone I know. It's kind of like a hidden gold mine."
And when it comes to your face, between pimples and wrinkles, we all know beauty can be a beast.
At the Sheridan Technical Center in Hollywood, the skin becomes a canvas for aspiring estheticians.
Christine Sepielli: "People actually see a difference. The fine lines disappear and the skin is plumper and fresher and pinker."
Here, a specialty mask that would usually cost $100 dollars goes for somewhere around $15.
Christine Sepielli: "It's a considerable saving and we are using many of the same products if not better than they would be getting out there."
Even this prince charming is impressed.
Customer: "It's cheap, feels good, I would do it all the time for that much."
Now, that's what we call a happy ending.
All of the schools have a rotating schedule. It is always best to call ahead to make an appointment.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Beauty Schools Of America
1060 West 49 Street
1176 SW 67th Ave.
Sheridan Technical Institute
5400 Sheridan Street
Florida College of Natural Health
Massage & Skin Care Treatments
7925 NW 12th Street
Suite # 201
305 597-9599 ext. 210