Sometimes it's okay to treat yourself. Last night was one of those nights. I'm back in Ann Arbor, spending my days walking all over and seeing what's the same and what's changed. I passed by the Aveda Institute and had the sudden urge to have something relaxing done. I called up my good friend, Alyssa, and scheduled us both for appointments. I originally signed up for a manicure, but then decided I could shape and cut my nails myself and I don't really care about the massaging lotions and soaks and things, so I changed it to a polish change.
Here's a little info on the Aveda Institute - in case you're not familiar with it. All the cosmotologists are Aveda students and their work is overseen by a certified Aveda instructor. I personally have never been brave enough to get a haircut there, but the spa services are always wonderful. Since they are students, you aren't allowed to tip them - which can be weird because they are all so friendly and definitely deserve it :) I don't know if every service comes with a free product, but I do know all nail services come with a free bottle of polish. Considering each bottle is $10 retail, and my polish change cost $15, it was a really good deal.
I learned a few interesting things about Aveda while talking to my manicurist: the first was that some nail polish brands use fish scales and beetle carcasses to make their polish sparkle! I would never have thought of that...I thought they used actual sparkles. The Aveda brand products are touted to be almost completely all natural, but I haven't done much research on that, so I'd appreciate any knowledge you readers might have on the subject.