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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.

Bikini Wax

October 8, 2014
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Everybody might have different opinions about bikini waxing but I feel like you might need the right education about it before you make up your decision. Personally I think every girl should try it at least once in their lives.

Bikini waxing in the Middle East was considered a method of proper hygiene. This is pretty self-explanatory; some older woman might not see it as something they would consider due to the fact that it is such a personal area on the woman’s body. But nowadays, girls shave. Honestly, that’s the same thing. When you shave, you are removing hair, but some girls don’t seem to realize that shaving doesn’t change anything about the hair growth. For example, if you were to wax in the bikini area, the hair would grow back thinner and slower because you would be removing the hair from the actual root.

There are also different types of bikini waxes depending on how much hair you would like to take off. There is an American bikini wax, which takes off everything outside the bikini and also includes a trim. There is a French bikini wax, which takes off everything but a “landing strip”. And there is the Brazilian bikini wax, which takes off every hair in the pubic area and also includes a butt wax.

For someone that has never done this but has thought about it, I would recommend they try it at least once. They won’t regret it.

The Power of a Haircut

October 4, 2014
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“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”Coco Chanel


Sometimes the importance of a haircut goes beyond just necessity. Although in a salon, we maintain our clientele by keeping them on a schedule for trims and touch-ups, every now and then you will have guests in your chair relying upon your haircut to change their lives. 


Women often hold onto their hair as a “security blanket”; maybe they’ve always had long hair and that’s all they’ve ever known; or maybe they feel that it’s more feminine to keep their length. Whatever the case, never underestimate the power you have as a stylist to not only change a guest’s physical look, but to also change a guest’s lifestyle.

Too many times, I’ve walked a guest with long hair back to my chair and spoke the phrase: “So tell me a little bit about your hair, and what you’re looking to have done today.” I’ve expected, “Oh, just a trim.” But always expect the unexpected. Transformations such as these—from a simple long layered haircut to a drastically shorter haircut—are what keeps me inspired as a stylist. More than likely, there’s an important reason behind the guest’s decision as to why they’re “making the chop”; I believe that half the fun of the service is being the person responsible for their new outlook. 


I’m sure any stylist would agree: doing a “big reveal” and observing your client’s expression has to be one of the most rewarding feelings you can experience in this industry. I encourage everyone not to overlook their appointments, and remember the impact that your service has on your guests!A woman with long hair gets a new hairstyle in three images.

Life in Gamma

October 3, 2014
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“Gamma Phase—finally!” you’re thinking.

Also known as the “State Board Phase,” the Gamma Phase is one of the most important parts of the cosmetology program. You learn each step to pass the skill certifications for the State Board including all the official verbiage that will be used.

One of the best things about being at the Cinta Aveda Institute, during the final phase of the program, is that the school provides us with a practice State Board kit which most other cosmetology schools don’t provide. There are lots of practice tests.

Now this is the home stretch. When you first get into gamma phase, you’ll talk about the things that we’re going to complete this phase. The State Board haircut, basic blow dry and curly iron set, the perm, the relaxer (virgin application and retouch application), color (virgin application and retouch application), manicure, sculpture nail, waxing procedure, and last but not least, the facial.

One of the most important steps for State Board are the three S’s: sanitize, sanitize, sanitize. You can do everything right at the State Board, and I mean perfect to a “t”, and you can still fail if you forgot to sanitize. I try to always keep in mind what our Gamma teacher has taught us—you can never “over sanitize” during the State Board. Even if you get confused and think you don’t need to sanitize, do it anyway. It might just help you pass your test.

Don’t get scared of State Board. You’ll get plenty of time to practice. And you can take advantage of the fact that our school offers us an opportunity to come in on our off days to get extra help with the State Board’s practical.

The Gamma Phase is very very important. You may not be motivated. You may be working long hours. You may have many kids and little time. But whatever your situation, you need to find some motivation and get here. The last thing you want is to get to State Board and not know how to do a procedure. The practice State Board tests are scary, so I can only imagine being in a room full of people I don’t know trying to perform under pressure. Study and take the time to learn and understand every step to State Board. I’m so ready for State Board because of what I learned during Gamma Phase.

Body Machines: CoolSculpting

October 1, 2014
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Triptych of midsection showing before and after of CoolSculptingCoolSculpting, approved by the FDA in 2010, is a non-invasive fat reduction technique, sometimes considered a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction. The technology uses a medical treatment process called Cryolipolysis. Fat cells are destroyed by controlled cooling which then, in turn, reshapes the contours of the body. The cooling process is to cause cell death of subcutaneous fat tissue without damaging the outer layer of skin. In the weeks that follow, once the process is complete, those dead fat cells are naturally eliminated from the body. Lipids from the fat cells are slowly released and transported by the lymphatic system to be processed and eliminated, much like that of fat from food.

Undergoing this service is quite simple. The client is seated in a treatment chair and the technician will place a cold get pad across the area to protect the skin. There is an applicator cup that is positioned by the technician and then a gentle vacuum pressure is applied to draw the tissue between the cooling panels on the applicator. The applicator stays on the treatment area for one hour. Once that is completed the technician will then massage the area to break-up the fat. The client can return to their normal routine post treatment. Some average responses to the procedure are redness, swelling, some numbness, mild cramping, and possible bruising. On average about 20-25% of the fat cells will be eliminated within that one hour service. A technician would design a treatment plan tailored to each individual’s desired results.