Right now, I am sitting in the reception area at Aveda Institute Minneapolis. My ten-year-old daughter, Arianna, is having her hair washed, blow-dried, and flat-ironed. No, I haven’t abandoned the straightening comb(s); they are all stored safely under my kitchen sink (exactly where my mama used to keep hers). It’s just that sometimes this mama needs a break from doing all that hair, and at only $15 for the service-the price is right (you know that it’s always about getting that deal and I figure this was a good one).
Not familiar with Aveda Institute? Briefly, it’s a high-end beauty school that offers hair care, facials, and massage treatments, using their own (really good) plant-based products. Yes, their low-cost offering of the full salon and spa experience has only one small-ish catch: the stylists/students are practicing on you! But wait; don’t let that tiny fact send you running in the other direction quite yet. You just may find that (at least a few of) the students know their stuff!