Jean Madeline Aveda Institute beautifies hair and bodies with a wide array of pampering services while preparing tomorrow's stylists to forge the fashion frontier. Wielding an arsenal of contemporary knowledge and organic Aveda products, these well-educated cosmetologists-in-training can sculpt over-tussled manes into timeless coiffeurs ($16) or snip a couple inches off to avoid sweeping stray candy wrappers across the floor with every step ($12). An aromatherapy wrap can relax away inner city stressors by massaging in a choice of scented oils ($35). Those whose facial planes have dulled with the sandpapering of time will enjoy the customized facial, where a torso massage is combined with a mix of products to treat specific skin types until countenances are as radiant as a cherub in a spotlight ($33). Jean Madeline Aveda Institute also offers waxing services to lay bare lips ($8), brows ($11), underarms ($20), dorsal fins, and more.
Thick, red, floral-print cushions top a purple bench looking down at the pedicure stations where feet luxuriate in warm, bubbling water. Nearby, a glossy spectrum of OPI and Essie polishes sit poised on white cubed shelves, ready to lay claim to newly groomed nails. While guests relax amid the modern décor at Polish Nail Salon, licensed and trained nail technicians clean and shape nails before lacquering them in glossy hues and Shellac polishes, which won't chip for up to 14 days, no matter how much the anxious person in the airplane seat next to you chews on them. The staff also gussies up faces with eyebrow shaping and eyelash extensions.
On Girard Avenue in Brewerytown, Luxxe Nail Spa caters to a wide range of clients, from those who want a simple polish to anyone looking for more elaborate designs. Manicures, pedicures and even eyelash dyeing options are available inside this simple space, where pastel lavender walls are painted with uplifting sayings like “Cherish yesterday, dream tomorrow, live today” and “Life is art, live yours in color.” Clients have been known to take their own art to extremes, even bringing in photos of trendy nailwork to see if the Luxxe staff can pull off the looks. The sweet, friendly atmosphere isn’t surprising considering owner Mimi Lim, who likes to post photos of rescue dogs on the salon’s Facebook page next to the pictures of fabulous nails she’s created.
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Brands Used: Influence, CHI color, Jane Carter, DermaOrganic
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I first developed a passion for the beauty industry while working at my aunt's salon in 1983. I loved meeting new clients, and seeing their faces after I finished doing their hair. As a woman, getting your hair done can boost your ego, elevate your mood, and make you feel like a brand-new person. All that being said, I just love people, and I love making them feel like a million bucks.
For 15 years, certified colorist Drimaine Mills has approached each client's head as she would a canvas brimming with artistic potential. Emerald Cutz Hair Salon acts as her studio, where she and her stylists craft flattering 'dos with cuts, color services, and spa add-ons such as spray tans and mani-pedis.
As a celebrity hair and style coach, Drimaine is also familiar with the concept of special treatment—she customizes her conditioning methods to suit each guest's hair type, from brittle to curly to fine. By using salon-exclusive products from brands such as Moroccanoil and Goldwell, the staff continue to make patrons feel famous without painting George Clooney's facial hair on every station's mirror.