Show me the Money

Apr 28, 2009 8:06 PM

Show Me the Money: Beauty Bargains

Getting gorgeous isn't cheap, but you can pamper yourself without going broke.

Highlights can set you back about a hundred bucks at some salons. But there's a hidden treasure tucked away in a Lafayette strip mall on Johnston Street, where highlights and haircuts are a third of the cost.

"We offer haircuts starting at $14, color starting around $20 and highlights around $25," said Aveda Institute Director Delanna Menard. The institute is one of only nine in the country, where tomorrow's beauty makers are trained.

"We do manicures, pedicures," said Menard. There's also affordable spa treatments, waxing, makeup application and facials starting at 20 bucks. "It does allow them to spend here and get what they want but also get bonuses on the side," said instructor Keri Domingue.

Jill Gravois made the trip from from Lafourche parish for her first-ever dye-job, after a friend told her about the institute. "Every woman's luxury is to say I want to go to the salon, I want to get my hair done. Here they have massages and great products, you can't beat it," said Gravois.

The beauty of the place is students are the stylists, so the prices are low. They all must have 500 hours on mannequins and in the classroom before they can touch a live person.

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