The ample hands-on experience that Aveda Institute's students receive in cosmetology, hair styling, and skincare is only one part of their extensive training. Even as these burgeoning professionals master more advanced techniques, their instructors work to impart a sense of social and environmental responsibility. These are the tenets of founder and environmentalist Horst M. Rechelbacher, whose vision of living in sync with nature led to Aveda's botanically based products for hair and skin.
At the institute, students cull knowledge from industry experts through extensive practical training under the supervision of mentors. Stylists learn how to cut hair and soothe stress with complimentary mini facials, makeup touchups, and horn sharpening. Future aestheticians restore balance to faces and bodies with relaxing skincare treatments.
To connect with both the local and global community, students also apply their efforts toward charity events such as Earth Month. This campaign helps raise funds for the Sierra Club, who in turn uses the donations to help protect sources of clean water worldwide. The Institute is also hosting an upcoming fashion benefit show on April 23, with procedes going to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Columbus.
No head of hair is the same to the stylists at Naama Salon & Day Spa—each requires its own customized treatment. For women, those range from perms and cropped cuts to designs inspired by rock star mohawks. Even more complicated 'dos, like dreadlocks, are fair game to the Naama team, which can deftly re-twist or restyle dreads. Using L'anza Healing Haircare products, stylists can also brighten hair with highlights and color or soften tresses with L'anza's customized five-step deep-conditioning treatment. Besides haircare, the Naama team specializes in removing unwanted hair with waxing or rejuvenating skin with exfoliating peels, including Vitamin C and pumpkin varieties.
For the pants-inclined, the StrandCafe offers a load of beautifying treatments for hair, nails, and skin. Welcome warm weather by keying up dull tresses with a color retouch ($50+). Social butterflies can freshly flap their way through an event or date by surrendering locks to a thorough shampoo and thermal style ($50+) or full makeup makeover complete with fluttery, eye-catching eyelashes ($60). Peel fingers out of gloves and toes out of boots for a mani-pedi shot ($30, solid polish only) or a full manicure and pedicure with massages, soothing scrub, and paraffin ($80). StrandCafe also mollycoddles mugs with indulgent facials ($50–$80) specially concocted for smoothing out men's rough edges, treating tender skin, and reworking other epidermal blights.
Freelance stylist Liz Moore spruces up hair designs with a bevy of services. Liz specializes in crafting stylish ‘dos for weddings and has done hair for photo shoots and fashion shows, and offers haircuts for women and men, color treatments such as highlights, and keratin treatments. Customers can check out her portfolio packed with style examples.
Within the beautifying outpost of Salons at High and Hubbard, aesthetician Eugenia Garnes flaunts her transformative prowess in makeup, skincare, and waxing. Soothing mint-green walls surround Eugenia and her clients during aesthetic treatments, which can refine visages with organic facials customized to individual skin chemistry or with salon makeovers that use classic cosmetics or the precise artistry of airbrushed makeup. Eugenia also smoothes areas of the face and body with waxing sessions that, like caresses from an on-fire stunt man, rid skin of unwanted hair.
In the midst of invigorating cappuccino-colored walls, bold original artwork, and mirrors filled with smiling reflections, Phia Salon, an Aveda Lifestyle Salon, infuses hairs and pores with pure flower essences and plant-based botanical products. Four levels of talent are available to tackle every service, from an extensive list of cut and color services to hair extensions, waxing, and skin care. Each of their cut and color services is accompanied by a stress-relieving sensory experience that ranges from a mini facial to a soothing hand-and-arm massage.
Phia Salon extends Aveda's commitment to natural products and the environment to its own salon with eco-friendly business practices, such as constantly monitoring and recycling waste and using phosphate-free soaps. The salon’s cork floors are sustainably harvested and surrounded by eco-friendly paint on the walls, and the organic milk used in coffee and tea comes from local, grass-fed cattle who carpool to work.