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Hair Growth Supplements

October 30, 2014
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A lot of people have trouble growing their hair. Some hair growth problems are just genetics or time taking its toll. But for others, like myself, there are some products that may help. Nowadays there are so many shampoos and vitamins. But how do you know you’re not just getting tricked into buying the latest trend? I’ve read a lot about these things, and I see a lot of ads on TV, in magazines, and even on social media websites. And I’ve gone through my own experience with damaged hair that just wouldn’t grow.



My troubles started about a year ago after coloring my hair way too much. I have naturally curly hair but, at the time, it didn’t have such a great curl pattern anymore. While I was at school at the Cinta Aveda Institute, my educator observed me cutting an angled bob on a guest. That day, I tried to wear my hair down with the the front slightly brushed back with bobby pins. After I was done, she admired the haircut I just did, and asked me what was going on with my own hair. I only have a slight body wave at my new growth with straight dead mid to ends. So I explained to her my situation. Then, she said, you should get the same haircut you just did on your last guest. I was a little scared, but an hour later I loved my new look.

About three months later, a few classmates and I were talking about hair, of course, and I brought up the fact that my hair was growing. One of the girls mentioned Biotin. So I read about this hair and skin supplement: Biotin 1,000 mcg. What I like about Biotin is that it replaces the natural Biotin that my body wasn’t producing enough of, which is why my hair wasn’t growing.

Note: When taking any new supplement, know that it may take 60 to 90 days to start seeing any results. I started taking Biotin in February 2014, and by June 2014 my hair was fuller, a nice length, and my hair feels great. So I like Biotin a lot. It’s a great hair supplement that doesn’t cost a lot.

Argan — an Aveda Ingredient

October 29, 2014
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ArganOn the edge of the Sahara desert in Morocco is the indigenous argan forest. Local Berber women, determined to save it from desertification, found help in the form of Professor Zoubida Charrouf of the Faculté des sciences at the Université Mohammed V of Rabat. She was able to help them form the Targanine Network—a cooperative in their local village. In partnership with Aveda, the women of the Targanine Network are able to process the nuts from the argan trees more efficiently to sell to international markets.

For hundreds of years the locals ate the fruit and nut from the argan tree and it was a major part of their lives. Over hundreds of years, the Berber women have used the argan oil for medicinal purposes, cooking, and beauty, while the shells were used for heating. Aveda sources 100% of its argan oil, which is certified organic, from the Targanine Network and have provided funding to purchase processing equipment that helps the women separate the seeds, thus increasing their productivity.

The argan tree lives to be between 150-200 years old and does not start producing the fruit until it is 30-50 years old. The beauty benefits from the oil produced from the seed of the fruit have become well known around the world. For hair, argan oil adds moisture and tames frizzy ends. If you have a dry scalp, you can dab some argan oil along the scalp before washing your hair. For the face, people apply argan oil directly after cleansing and treatments. At Aveda, argan is used in the Green Science line. It has been proven in case studies to show more smoothness to the face creating a clear and radiant glow to the skin.

Barbering vs. Cosmetology

October 29, 2014
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As a cosmetologist who crosses over to barbering, I recommend getting licensed for both. Cosmetology gave me the fundamentals of hair cutting and shear work. I am confident in my color skills and can do amazing blow outs. Barbering put my skills to work by learning clipper cuts, straight razor shaves, and understanding shapes in a whole new way.

If you’re unsure about whether you want to do long hair, short hair, color, or cuts, I recommend starting in cosmetology and finding what you’re good at and what comes most naturally to you.

When I was in cosmetology, I disliked cutting men’s hair because it did not come naturally to me. I felt it was hard, and I was not good at it, so I tried my best to avoid men’s haircuts. But I did not want to be afraid of cutting short hair, so I decided to study barbering. I want to be a good hairstylist and, to me, you can never have enough education in this industry. New trends evolve every day and you are never going to stop learning outside of school.

Now that I understand short hair, I love it. I’m so glad I will be a dual-licensed hairdresser. I don’t think cosmetology is better than barbering or barbering is better than cosmetology. It’s a personal choice, but for me, having the knowledge of both, and the licenses for both, was a good decision.

Fall 2014 Makeup Trend: Gothic Beauty

October 27, 2014
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Fall Makeup Trends - GothicThe current gothic trend is about creating a darkly romantic look with a glowing fresh faced porcelain complexion paired with dark lipstick, be it in red or berry, purple or burgundy. Mixing a foundation just a touch lighter than your natural color with your natural color can give a slightly pale complexion without looking overly theatrical or cartoonish. Staying with minimal foundation and concealer keeps it looking romantic. Contouring should be downplayed with slight emphasis on enhancing the cheekbones at most.

Deep colored lipstick creates an aura of mystery and drama. It is the focal point of this look. Eyes are downplayed, with light, neutral shadow and simple mascara. False eyelashes and heavy eyeliner are not part of this particular brand of gothic look. The look is more ethereal and natural with touches of intensely deep color along the line of Lorde. For added drama, the brows can be heavier and filled in darkly to play them up.

In more dramatic eye shadows, the trend this fall is metallics and a subtle metallic can be worked into this look as long as it’s kept light and the lips are the main focal point of the look.

Fall 2014

October 22, 2014
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What is in right now? What colors, lipstick, or hair?

Everyone knows that once fall comes, it’s time to put away all the bright summer clothes and bright lipsticks. But you have to follow the fall trends.

It’s crazy: one day in class we had an assignment to ask a makeup artist what the fall trends were going to be this year and I didn’t expect the answer I got. She said, “Usually, for fall, everyone brings out the dark lip and the dark shadow, but that was a trend during summer so I don’t know if it’s going to continue into fall or whether the summer colors are going to be the new fall trends.”

That got me thinking. Personally, I love the dark maroon lip or maybe even a black lip which I have seen a lot lately. But, in my research, I see the normal dark fall looks, but I am also seeing the bright colors, like metallic blue shadow, and nude lips.

Everyone also always says that your hair has to go a little darker for fall. But I see many people with pastel colors in their hair and it is beautiful. Researching everything made me realize that, no matter what trend is in, you never know when it is going to change on you. So follow up with your hairdresser or go into a makeup store and ask. They are always going to give you the information you need.

Nutritious Hair

October 18, 2014
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Combing Damaged Hair
Everybody desires naturally healthy, strong, luminous hair. Why rely on endless searching for a costly “miracle product” to restore your hair, when you can find the answers you’re looking for in the foods you eat?

One of a stylist’s best-kept secrets to healthy hair isn’t which high-end product they squeeze from a tube; but rather a well-balanced diet. With the appropriate amounts of protein, iron, and other key nutrients found in the foods we eat, we can actually treat the overall health and appearance of our hair from a much deeper standpoint—from the inside out.

Magnesium, vitamins B, C, D, E and, most importantly, proteins and iron, are necessary to maintain healthy hair. Learning how to work these elements into your daily diet to coexist with your personal lifestyle will, over time, result in the reconstruction of your hair.

Non-Vegetarians: The best source for protein and iron will be in lean meats such as pork, beef, and fish.

Vegetarians: Non-animal sources for protein and iron include spinach, soybeans, lentils, and cereals containing iron.

As much as well-balanced diets create the condition for healthy hair, poor diets can cause poor hair. Malnourishment, which is generally the result of low-caloric intake from a restrictive diet, can cause dry, brittle, dull hair. “Crash diets” can lead to hair loss due to an insufficient intake of necessary nutrients. Cigarette smoking—and the nicotine in them—also affects hair-health. Nicotine affects the body’s circulatory system; if the scalp doesn’t have a sufficient blood supply, hair growth can be inhibited.

Aveda Botanical Treatment

October 17, 2014
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Most of us love to color our hair. Now, in 2014, silver ash color hair is very “in”, or color melting aka Ómbre. Have you ever noticed after your color service, your hair feels like hay? Yes, I said hay–with a stringy straw like texture. This happens because we’re opening the cuticle to lift cortex. With process, you walk out of your salon with beautifully colored hair, but now the pH level in the hair is off. What I like to do, both for myself and my guests, is use the Aveda Botanical Treatment.

Aveda Botanical Products

The Aveda Botanical Treatment comes in 3 different formulas: Damage Remedy, Scalp Remedy, and Dry Remedy. Plus, there are three concentrate oil formulas: Soothing, Conditioning, and Purifying. My favorite Aveda Botanical Treatments to use are the Dry Remedy and the Damage Remedy, mixed with the Soothing concentrate oil and Conditioning concentrate oil. This mixture really helped me after overly coloring my hair four different colors within a year. It’s safe to say that I had a lot of damage going on.

When I was in Beta phase is when I started doing more research on our Aveda Botanical Treatment. My educator at the time cut my hair into a very short bob. About three months later, another student and 
I were talking and she noticed that my scalp was super itchy (also I was probably scratching or patting my head a lot that day due to the irritation I was going through). She asked me if I’ve ever tried our Aveda Botanical Treatment since I’ve been eyeing it lately. I said no but I should.

We mixed Dry Remedy, Damage Remedy, Scalp Remedy, plus two concentrate oil, the Soothing concentrate oil and the Conditioning concentrate oil. I have to say, it’s been almost a year and about five treatments. I no longer have to use Scalp Remedy as much as I use the other because my scalp feels so much better and my hair is getting past my shoulders now. I love this Aveda Botanical Treatment. It’s hands down the best, and I’ve tried lots of different deep conditioning products. So go out there to an Aveda school or an Aveda salon and try a Botanical Treatment.

Home Remedies for Dry Skin

October 15, 2014
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Home Remedies for Dry Skin include Avocado

In this entry I will be discussing how to remedy dry skin at home. As the weather changes and we move into the winter months, I am sure we will all notice a change in our skin. When our bodies have trouble holding in the water and oil that it needs to keep skin moist, we end up with dry skin. One main reason you could have dry or scaly skin is due to low humidity. Heating and air conditioning can also contribute to dry skin.

  • Baking Soda

    A baking soda soak is a folk remedy to relieve itching and dry skin. Add one cup baking soda to a tub of hot water. Soak for 30 minutes and air dry.

  • Oatmeal

    Adding instant oatmeal to your bath will soothe your skin. The oats are packed with vitamin E, a nutrient vital to healthy skin.

  • Coconut Oil

    This can improve the moisture and lipid content of skin. Best applied after shower to lock in the moisture or add a spoonful to a bath for a 30 minute soak.

  • Avocado

    Since avocado is a natural emollient, it can hydrate and even prevent dry skin. You can use as a moisturizing mask one to two times a week. Mash half of the avocado and apply it directly to your face and body. If you are looking for more hydration, add a teaspoon of honey which will add moisturizing benefits to the skin.

  • Water

    Drink lots of water. It helps to keep your body hydrated and can alleviate dry skin. Eight to ten glasses daily is the minimum quantity, but it is ideal to drink more!

Microbead Controversy

October 13, 2014
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For years, microbeads have been touted as a great agent for scrubs and other cleansing products. Their small size and perfectly round shape allow for manual exfoliation of dead skin cells without any harsh tearing or damage that other exfoliating agents with rougher edges may cause. They also create a smoother texture in products.

Microbeads Shown in a HandBut what seemed to be a convenient and effective product is now a source of controversy. It turns out that microbeads have a significant negative effect on the environment. Microbeads are made of plastic and, because microbeads are too small to be filtered from waste water, they are becoming a major source of pollution. They are washed down the drain and flow into streams, lakes, and oceans. Once in the water supply, the microbeads are swallowed by birds, fish, and other marine life and, through the food chain, they eventually wind up in our food.

Microbeads have been especially harmful to the Great Lakes region. Studies have shown a high concentration of microbeads have collected there, especially in Lake Erie. They account for 81% of the plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Because of this, the state of Illinois passed legislation to ban the manufacture and sale of microbead products.

Other states are following suit with varying degrees of success. Unfortunately, the proposed bill to ban them in California failed to pass in August of 2014. Still, many activist groups are working to raise awareness. There is an app called “Beat the Microbead” to inform consumers of which products contain microbeads. There are many excellent alternatives out there.

How Do I Conceal My Problem Skin?

October 10, 2014
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How do I conceal my problem skin? While there is no fast fix for acne, eczema, or bad sunburn, I found some great cover-up advice that will help skin look its best. It’s all about the prep!

  • Acne

    Make sure skin is hydrated by mixing oil-free moisturizer with foundation containing salicylic acid. To apply, use your index finger to pat mixture into the skin. Let it set for 30 seconds then look for any dry skin flakes and remove with tweezers. Don’t use powder to set the foundation—the chalkiness factor can amplify any blemishes.

  • Eczema

    You want to apply a moisturizing cream cleanser onto a makeup-removing wipe. Rub all over the face in a circular motion. Then rinse with cold water. Blend moisturizer onto the skin with fingertip. Next combine a dollop of foundation with a pea-size amount of moisturizer. Rub your fingers together to blend together, and then pat onto skin, applying evenly. Using foundation with a moisturizer is a soothing yet effective treatment for concealing and breakouts.

  • Sunburn

    Rub fresh Aloe Vera Gel over the burn and let it sit for 30 minutes. This will allow the skin to cool, and will calm the redness. Aloe also helps expedite the healing process of the burn. You will then apply a creamy moisturizer on top. Select a foundation two tones darker than your normal skin tone to cover the redness. You should wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 daily to avoid burning in the first place.

As you can see, each skin ailment’s resolution is about mixing a moisturizer with a foundation. I hope this information helps.