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Let’s face it, most men are clueless, when it comes to anything beauty or hair-related.

So here are some useful tips and tricks that every guy should have in his hair care arsenal. These are the products you need, fellas!

The first product you need is a good daily shampoo. The Aveda Men’s Pure-Formance Shampoo is great for daily use to exfoliate your scalp and keep it healthy and flake-free. It is infused with 100 percent naturally derived walnut shells and jojoba beads.

The next product you need is a conditioner and you can pair your shampoo with the Aveda Men’s Pure-Formance Conditioner to keep your hair soft and moisturized. This conditioner is proven by 72 percent of users to leave your hair feeling less greasy and oily. 62 percent of people have also found that it leaves their scalp feeling less irritable and itchy.

Now on to styling. I have two favorite products when it comes to Men’s styling, Control Paste and Brilliant Humectant Pomade. Before deciding on the right styling product for you, assess your needs. Do you like to accentuate your curls, smooth out frizz, have strong hold, or use a product that’s light and flexible? The Brilliant Humectant Pomade is great for curly hair or defining your style and adding shine, while the Control Paste is perfect for all hair types and has a matte finish with a strong but natural looking hold.

What to Expect when Enrolling in the Institute

Exterior, Cinta Aveda Institute

I started my journey here at the Cinta Aveda Institute last October in the Cosmetology program. This last year has been one of the craziest, busiest, most exciting years yet, and it’s all thanks to this school! We hear it all the time: “Going to beauty school is going to be some of the best times of your life!” It’s so true! I have gotten a great education, and met some of my best friends, while attending cosmetology school. Here’s a run down of my experience.

The program begins in the Introduction phase and, from there, you work your way up to Alpha, Beta, and all the way through to Gamma—the final phase. During your time at the Institute, you learn everything from facials, nails, hair care, product knowledge, cutting, and chemical services. This is a breakdown of what each phase includes:

  • Introduction is exactly what it sounds like: the basics. In Intro, you are a scared little puppy version of your future self. You know nothing and that’s okay; you’re not alone in your lack of knowledge! For most of us, I think, this was the hardest part of school: feeling unsure of yourself. But you quickly realize it doesn’t last long. After the educators have drilled all of the color theory and haircutting basics into your memory, you move on to the next phase: Alpha.
  • Alpha is the first time you work with real guests: people who are actually paying for you to play with their hair! This portion of the program is when you make the majority of your mistakes and learn through trial and error. It’s great!
  • In Beta, you are literally moving up, meaning you are now on the third floor: the salon floor. This marks your halfway point in the program. All of the hard stuff is over with, or at least that’s what you’ve convinced yourself. You still get the occasional tricky guest who you don’t know how to deal with or a service you have avoided this entire time—*cough cough* a perm!—but it really is all about perfecting and feeling confident in what you already know.
  • Now on to Gamma, which is the final phase, and the last step in completing your education. Gamma is all about the State Board! We do theory in the morning, and guests in the afternoon. The theory time consists of State Board written theory and running through all of the practical operations that will be on your licensing examination. This is the second most important part of your experience here at the Institute, right after learning the basics in intro, because it prepares you to pass the State Board and become a licensed cosmetologist. Yea! So if you are looking to get the complete package out of your cosmetology education, the Cinta Aveda Institute is probably the place for you!

At Home Skincare—The Lemon Yogurt Honey Mask

Honey is a great cure for acne and other blemishes. Though it can used along with oatmeal as a facial mask, honey itself is also sufficient. A honey mask is especially helpful for those with sensitive skin that can’t tolerate chemical treatments. Without using harsh chemicals, honey cleans out the pores and prevents microbe growth that typically promotes acne. In addition to healing blemishes, honey’s natural properties can lead to a smooth, soft face, its stickiness grabbing dead skin and dust from the surface while also acting as an exfoliant.

For the mask, one would just use honey and apply an even layer on their face. When used frequently, this natural method is able to successfully clear acne, dark spots, and blemishes.

To supplement the honey, lemon and yogurt can also be used effectively. Lemons have two great components actively working to cure acne: citric acid and L-asorbic acid. Citric acid is best for smoothing the skin’s surface while L-asorbic acid dries out oily acne when applied appropriately. Because lemons are incredibly acidic, it’s best to use the juice in small amounts or paired with other ingredients like yogurt and honey. The live cultures and nutrients in yogurt also helps gently cleanse the pores.

The Lemon Yogurt Honey Mask is a combination of milk, honey, lemon juice (from a lemon), yogurt, and lukewarm water. After mixing them together sufficiently, one applies a single layer of the mixture, and eventually rinses it off once it has dried completely. The most successful approach is to apply another layer after each rinse until the entire batch has been used.

Styling: Is it Necessary to Use Product?

The answer to that is yes! Product is everything. It can be the difference between beautiful soft locks and a boring frumpy do.

Some people think that if they don’t heat-style their hair, it means that they don’t need to use products. But that is definitely a myth! This doesn’t mean you have to go to the store and buy 15 different products for each hairstyle—there are a few products that are great for any hair type and style!

My go to product for any hair type is the Aveda Dry Remedy Oil. I love this stuff! It’s extremely concentrated, so you only need about two drops on fine hair and three to five on medium to coarser hair. This product can be used on wet or dry hair and helps moisturize, soften, and reduce frizz. It’s great for wash and go or heat-styling.

Another product that I find extremely versatile is Brilliant Damage Control. It is a light-weight product that comes in a mist form. It’s used as a heat protectant, detangler, and helps protect your hair from damage due to UV rays. You can apply this product on towel-dried hair.

The last product that I’m going to touch on is the Light Elements Defining Whip. Defining Whip is for dry hair only and is a great way to finish your style. Whether you have air-dried your hair and want to seal your natural wave or curl, or you have just blow-dried your hair sleek and straight, this is the product to use! Its mousse-like qualities provide the perfect smooth finish to conceal frizz and fly-aways without weighing your hair down.

Products That Deposit Color with Every Use

A great way to maintain your hair color, and keep it looking fresh and vibrant, is by using products that deposit color with every use. Each time you use one of these conditioners, it deposits color and tones the hair.

Aveda carries a number of products that work with every color. Black mulva—for black hair, blue malva—for blue tint, camomile—for blondes, clove—for brown hair, and madder root—for red hair.

  • Black Malva deposits dark brown and black cool tones to the hair, this is great for anyone who wants to cancel out any red hues.
  • Blue Malva is similar in the sense that it is also great for anyone who loves cool tones, but this product is a lot lighter. It’s great for blondes with naturally copper-ish hues that prefer cool or natural tones.
  • Camomile is meant for blondes as well, although this conditioner deposits a gorgeous golden tone with organically grown camomile and calendula.
  • Clove enriches warm tones in brown to dark blonde hair.
  • Madder Root can be used on brunettes or red heads and deposits a red hue to the hair. It also deep conditions and leaves the hair feeling softer and more manageable.

These products are the perfect way to keep your hair looking shiny, soft and vibrant in-between each salon visits. They’re also great for anyone who can’t come in every six weeks and likes to spread out their appointments to every eight weeks.

Finding The Right Shampoo For You

There are a couple of questions you want to ask yourself before purchasing any hair care products, including shampoo and conditioner. Ask yourself the same questions that your stylist asks you whenever you go into your salon for a service:

  • Do you ever get scalp irritation or redness?
  • Is your hair color-treated?
  • Do you have dry or damaged hair?
  • Is your hair starting to thin?

These are important to consider before choosing any products. The more you pay attention to your scalp and hair, the better equipped you will be to give yourself exactly what you need to look and feel good!

Here is a list of some of my favorite Aveda shampoos and conditioners, and what they are good for.

  • Pure Abundance: This is the best shampoo and conditioner to use if you have limp hair and want volume. Its clay-based conditioner adds some grip to your hair and helps give it volume when styling.
  • Color Conserve: Color Conserve is pretty self explanatory. This is best for color treated hair so that you can avoid premature fading.
  • Invati: The Invati system reduces hair loss by a third and contains densiplex—a blend of Ayurvedic herbs, including turmeric and ginseng.
  • Damage Remedy: Helps hair that has been damaged by color, chemicals, and heat styling. This product deep conditions the hair with quinoa protein.
  • Smooth Infusion: If you struggle with frizzy hair or fly-aways, this is the shampoo and conditioner for you. It moisturizes, reduces frizz, and softens hair up to sixty percent.
  • Scalp Benefits: This is a balancing shampoo that’s great for anyone who suffers from dandruff or an oily scalp. It provides a deep clean, and removes excess sebum and buildup.

Your Hair in the Winter

Winter HairWhile you’re enjoying your holiday season, your hair could be suffering! Harsh winter winds, snow, and rain can cause seriously dry and brittle hair. This can take away your hair’s luster, shine, and softness. I know that my hair sees a dramatic change once the winter season kicks in!

One of my favorite products to combat this is Aveda’s Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque. It can really be a hair lifesaver this season for all hair types. And, yes, it is safe for color-treated hair too.

This masque locks in intense shine, moisture, and softness with Aveda’s patented Deep-Moisture Complex, featuring natural ingredients like buriti oil. 93% of women agreed that their hair felt immediately softer and more moisturized after using this product just once, and I agree.

This is one of my favorite products for dry hair, especially during the winter season. This product only needs to be used once a week. Just smooth the product evenly through your damp hair and leave it in for two to five minutes, then rinse it out thoroughly. For best results, you should use the Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo before applying, and then follow the masque with Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil.

The new aroma made with natural ingredients like lavender, ginger lily, and bergamot will leave your hair smelling as great as it feels!

Aveda’s Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme

Aveda's Hand Relief Moisturizing CremeOne of Aveda’s best sellers—and rightfully so—is “Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme.” This is one of my all-time favorite hand creams.

Being a hairstylist takes a toll on your hands. We are constantly washing them and thus stripping our skin of its natural oils and moisture. The best thing about Aveda’s Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme is that I only have to use it two times a day: once in the morning and once before bed. I find that if I apply it once in the morning, it locks in moisture so well that I don’t feel the need to use it again until the end of the day. It’s said to last through three hand washes, which is great for anyone who works with their hands!

One of the main ingredients in Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme is licorice or “Glycyrrhiza glabra,” which is also known as “sweet wood.” It acts as an anti-irritant. This product really is great for all skin types, even for those of you with sensitive skin! The only thing you should be aware of is that it does have a thick consistency. But two to three minutes after applying it, you can already feel that it has fully absorbed into the skin, leaving your hands feeling smooth and silky soft.

So if you’re looking for a new hand cream this season, you really should try out the Aveda’s Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme. It works wonders!

Getting a Facial

Getting a FacialBeing a student at the Cinta Aveda Institute includes many benefits. My favorite is being exposed to all of the incredible products and services.

If you are a student on the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday side of the program, you can come in on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays for any service, hair appointment, or facial/massage. Being in the cosmetology program means that most of my time at the Institute is consumed doing hair or occasionally getting my hair done. After a long week of school and work, nothing sounded better than a day of pampering. Because I don’t do facials myself, I decided the next best option was to come in to the Institute on a day off and book a facial. This is my review of the experience.

Being a student myself, I was more than confident in my fellow classmates’ ability to provide excellent service and I was right! When I arrived with a friend, we were both greeted promptly and offered water or tea. Then we were escorted to our private rooms and asked a few questions about our skin and our daily routines. This was one of my favorite parts of the service, because it really showcased how customizable each facial was. After explaining my skin type along with all of my problems and concerns, I was given some very helpful tips, tricks, and solutions to help improve my skin in days to come.

The facial itself was about an hour long and included a foot, and neck and shoulder massage. When the service was over, we were both taken downstairs to the experience center where we did the basket program. The basket program is essentially a run-through of all the products that were used on our skin, and what our esthetician recommended for a new and improved skincare routine.

Overall, we both had a great time and would definitely come back again for another facial!

Bouncy Blowouts

Blowout with Big Curls

No great haircut is complete without a great blowout; the style truly is everything! Every cut has a blowout that suits it best. For example, a concave graduation looks great with a sleek smooth style, and a natural graduation, on curly hair, looks great with a diffused style.

Today, I’m doing a run-through of my favorite blowout for long, round layers.

Before I go into details, here is a list of all the products you will be using for this round brush blowout:

  • a round brush,
  • pure abundance prep,
  • phomollient, and
  • defining whip.

The end goal is a voluminous blowout with loose curls.

The first step is to add in your prep and the phomollient.

By the time you are ready to style your guest, their hair will be about 50% to 60% dry, so the second step is to rough-dry your guest’s hair until it is about 85% dry.

I like to section out a mohawk subsection and one subsection on either side of the head. In the back, I work my way up from the bottom, taking horizontal subsections. To achieve the look you want, make sure to create as much volume as possible when you get to the crown and the mohawk section. If your guest’s hair really doesn’t want to hold a curl, feel free to pin the curls in the mohawk as if you are doing a hard set.

Once the hair is completely dry and has the effect you want, take a dime-sized amount of the defining whip, rub the product in between your hands to warm it up so that it applies evenly, and apply it to the ends of your guest’s hair. This will give a piecey look and define the curls. If your guest likes a strong hold, you can finish off the look with a little bit of air control—it’s up to you!