Total Look transitioning

—School of Cosmetology, Massage Therapy now Salon, Spa


CRESCO - Total Look School of Cosmetology and Massage Therapy is transitioning to Total Look Salon & Spa.
Co-owners and sisters Heather Thomas and Holly Rasmusson said the change is complete as of Monday, Dec. 18.
Thomas said the reason for the change in focus is due to the increasing paperwork required to maintain the cosmetology and massage therapy school.
“For a small business, it’s hard to keep up on all of the paperwork and reports for the school, and because we are so small, it seemed like we were doing more paperwork than education, and we felt it was time to change emphasis so we can focus more on our clients," she said.
Total Look has served the area for 21 years, originating by Thomas and Rasmusson’s mother, Pam Burnikel in 1996. After she retired, the sisters took over the business.
Rasmusson said Total Look Salon & Spa will continue to offer massage therapy to its clients.
“We do medical massage therapy for conditions like sciatic pain, TMJ and headache pain, and we’ll also offer relaxation massages,” she said. “We have to take continuing education classes, and for the past 10-15 years, the classes have been focused on medical massages. Doctors and chiropractors refer people to us.”
Thomas said, “We have five licensed cosmetologists. We focus on coloring, we do waxing, haircuts, gel nail application and manicures and pedicures,” she said.
While excited for the change, Rasmusson said it’s also bittersweet:
“It’s sad because we had the school for 20 years. We have had wonderful students. When they leave here, they are fabulous colorists,” she said.
The legacy of the school continues in Total Look Salon & Spa’s new incarnation: Thomas said all of their current stylists and therapists are graduates of the school.
“All of our licensed cosmetologists and massage therapists were students of ours, and we are proud of all of the stylists we have throughout the cosmetology world; they have done amazing things,” she said.
Massage therapists are Rasmusson, along with Kenzie McCarroll and Amy Lyons. Cosmetologists are Thomas, as well as Lindsay Zahasky, Savannah Foltz, Jordan Grube and Amanda Larson.
Total Look Salon & Spa is open Monday and Saturday by appointment; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m.7 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, or call 563-547-3624 for an appointment. Address is: 806 3rd St W, Cresco. For more information on Total Look Salon & Spa, visit its Facebook page.

Cresco Times

Phone: 563-547-3601
Fax: 563-547-4602

Cresco TPD
214 N. Elm Street
Cresco, IA 52136

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