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.
Highlighted by a black-and-white color scheme, high ceilings, and exposed ductwork, Erika Taylor Urban Spa’s industrial aesthetic stands in contrast to its botanically based spa treatments. And though the skincare and massage services involve plant-based emollients, they also leverage cutting-edge techniques and technologies. For instance, HydraFacials resurface skin and deliver an intense dose of moisture via an instrument that loosens and lifts away dull skin cells by creating a vortex. Hair and nail treatments round out the service menu, helping clients become beautiful from head to dewclaw.
The technicians at Simply Elegant Nails draw on specialized training to care for natural and artificial nails with relaxing mani-pedis. Women and men flock to the salon for the spa-like treatments, each of which begins with a soothing soak in warm water. Exfoliating scrubs, warm-towel wraps, and hand-and-foot massages follow, complementing standard services such as shaping and grooming. When they aren’t pushing back cuticles or brushing vibrant polish across nails, the salon’s technicians study up on new trends in the nail industry. Their continuing education helps them recommend nail products and polishes to match any skin tone or scaly, reptilian coat.
Relaxation is one of the primary goals at Five Star Vogue Salon and Spa. In fact, the aestheticians consider it a great compliment if one of their clients dozes off during a manicure or starts levitating during a shampoo. In addition to nail services, the beauty experts can administers waxes, chemical peels, facials, and lash extensions. Stylists, meanwhile, cut, color, and smooth hair.