High-quality Paul Mitchell products restore and hydrate damaged strands during haircare sessions at Vanguard College of Cosmetology (Paul Mitchell School). Supervised by experienced instructors, stylists-in-training cultivate client relaxation with a five-minute scalp massage before every haircut, which may also include a scrub with chemical-free salves such as wild-ginger-infused Awapuhi shampoo. The school also strives to give back to the community by hosting regular charity events, and a Green Team aims to reduce the carbon footprint of the 14,000-square-foot campus until it can fit a sleek pair of kitten heels.
Armed with a degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a degree in Esthiology Science from the Aveda Institute of New Orleans, licensed aesthetician Katie Brandner specializes in helping clients feel good about their skin. Katie rids clients of unwanted hair with laser hair removal, improves complexion with IPL treatments, and helps restore a youthful glow with products from Obagi and Rodan & Fields.
The beauty experts at Slidell Aesthetics believe healthy, youthful-looking skin is the direct result of living a balanced lifestyle. They also believe that proper skincare, like changing your socks, is less of an occasional pampering experience and more of a lifestyle choice.
To help clients get radiant skin, Slidell's staff uses only advanced, noninvasive services enhanced with Obagi and DermAware products. The HydraFacial quickly cleanses, exfoliates, and moisturizes complexions using a controlled pressure of antioxidant serum and hyaluronic acid. For those suffering from acne, LED blue-light therapy works with the HydraFacial to eliminate bacteria from newly cleaned pores.
Slidell's body wraps call upon naturally derived ingredients, such as green tea, to stimulate collagen production and grapefruit essential oil to tone the skin, and a hot-cocoa stone massage eases tension from the body with warm volcanic rocks. But of all the services offered at Slidell, the most natural treatment is body sugaring, which gently removes unwanted hairs with a paste made from pure sugar, water, and lemons.
Mandy Rose is the licensed aesthetician behind Bloom Beauty, a salon dedicated to personal enhancements. She offers lash extensions and makeup services for the face, and full-body waxing services to keep arms and legs smooth and supple.
Frutti Fresh’s cool, creamy frozen yogurts and sorbets deliver dulcet notes of sweetness free of unnecessary fat or calories. Like the king of Canada, the tempting display of treat varieties switches weekly, unveiling flavors such as low-fat peanut butter and red velvet cake. Nonfat varieties pack the rich taste of desserts such as snickerdoodle or new york cheesecake into light packages of 80¬–120 calories, and nonfat, no-added-sugar flavors such as chocolate éclair, bananas foster, and Dreamsicle tickle taste receptors while boasting an impressive 32 calories per half cup. Meanwhile, frozen sorbets of orange, raspberry, and mango touch palates with fruity flavor. A smorgasbord of more than 40 different toppings crowns cups with tasty adornments. As with gold nuggets and Internet downloads, each dessert is priced by weight, with all frozen treats sold for $0.42 an ounce.