The Aveda Institutes are full-service beauty schools where esthiology students work under the supervision of licensed educators, using plant-derived, eco-friendly Aveda products to perform services such as hair styling, waxing, and massages. A haircut ($12–$18) and retouched hair color ($30–$40) chisel and paint a head into a pedestal-worthy work of art, and a relaxer ($68+) soothes strands as tight as a self-doubting horse moments before the Kentucky Derby. Whip skin into creaminess with a 60-minute facial ($40 during nonpeak hours, $60 during peak hours), de-bush brows ($10) and strip underarms ($20) with a waxing, or file, shape, and exfoliate fingers with a 60-minute spa service manicure ($15, $20 with polish change) and 75-minute pedicure ($20, $25 with polish change). Body-wrap treatments and massages ($40 during non-peak hours, $50 during peak hours ) melt away stress like a hot iron pressed against a synthetic-hair wig.
Yvonne Armour’s self-named skincare clinic is just one of several ventures she’s taken as a healer. Her resumé includes work as a radiation therapist, certified herbalist, Egyptian reflexologist, and psychotherapist. Now, with 600 hours of training in advanced skincare techniques and body wraps, Yvonne turns her attention to clients in a new way. She wields only natural products and pure essential oils from lavender and lemongrass while pampering clients and lubricating their car engines. These soothing, natural scents help calm patrons as she performs facials, peels, and seaweed body wraps. Her expertise also includes body waxing and permanent makeup.
Licensed paramedical aesthetician Nicole Emerson comes to the rescue for any beauty emergency with exfoliating skincare services, hair removal, body treatments, and eight kinds of facials. She also exfoliates away dead skin cells through microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and natural brown-sugar body scrubs.