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Educators and Mentors

Chalkboard with the word Mentor written on it.At the Cinta Aveda Institute, I’ve had the privilege to get to know and bond with my educators.

Every single one of them has made my experience here one to remember. They make me laugh constantly and always show me what a community should look like.

Being so comfortable with my educators has made it an experience of ease and warmth. I’m not afraid to ask them questions, or express any type of concern, because they come back to me with honesty and the uttermost care towards my concern. That was one thing I felt deeply when I came to this school; I never felt shame or embarrassment when I asked a question, even if i knew it might be nonsensical.

Educators at the Cinta Aveda Institute are mentors in this industry, constantly displaying different approaches to skin care and technical matters. I’ve learned from them that the skin care industry is neither black nor white—there are many shades of gray and variations on how to do things. Each has their own techniques or opinions about certain products or treatments.

I’m excited to see what they have in store to teach me. Each of them has their own distinct characteristics that make enliven every class. I’m very grateful for these wonderful people who have enriched my journey here. I only hope to carry forward these many attributes to upcoming estheticians.

One thing I have taken from them is to approach skin with different alternatives. Every client has multiple options available to them; and, with the many mentors I’ve had, I can properly advise them.

Embrace What’s Yours

Curly Hair

For the past six years, I have been altering my curl pattern: keratin, Brazilian blow out, and at home relaxers. At the time it was all great. I was getting those long beach waves I’d seen in Allure or Vogue. I felt like I needed to be something I wasn’t in order to “fit in” and feel sexy and confident.

When you’re in middle school, your body is awkwardly changing, your face doesn’t fit the rest of the picture, you have braces, and your curly hair just doesn’t cut it. Throughout high school, I styled my hair constantly. I saw the curl permanently change from beautiful tight ringlets to looser and looser curls, eventually turning into awkwardly straight/curly hair.

I didn’t understand how beautiful my old curls were.

Since attending Cinta Aveda, I’ve been trying to transition to my old curls again, returning to my roots. With all these style gurus around me, I got to ask them a million questions about how to get a curl back again!

I’ve been emptying my pockets on products for my poor hair, and I’ve finally found a certain routine that gets them to ringlet again. They are coming back to life!

Yes, there are days when I feel like I want to flat iron my hair, making it picture perfect and obtaining a certain look. But mostly, I feel like myself again–fully myself.

As a word of advice, embrace what’s yours.

Going Beyond Skin Deep

Silhouette - Makeup Artist Applies MakeupBeing an esthetician allows you to meet clients, of course, but also possibly mentors and friends.

I had a makeup application and brow wax that took two hours. During that time, my client and I bonded over many topics. We talked about beauty, skin, hair and makeup. But we also talked about meditation, poverty, and nature.

Not only did I get to totally transform her face (and make her feel like a million bucks), but I got to go outside the realm of my practice. It was really satisfying for me to get a deeper understanding of someone by putting makeup on her.

I am a person who wants to know everyone’s story, I want to make a difference. This experience reaffirmed the path of my profession. I got to connect and transform my client and I could feel how much she appreciated it. She was more than satisfied with all the Aveda makeup I used on her. I used our copper and blue tones on her lid and taught her how to do a gentle and natural looking contour. I wouldn’t just use certain products and colors on her, I’d give her options.

I realized that, with a makeup application, you need to deeply communicate with the client. At the end of our appointment she asked me to take pictures of her, she was feeling so confident. That made me feel really good.

A makeup application can do so much more than just change someone’s face, you can really alter the way they see themselves. And you can go way beyond skin deep.

Educators at Cinta Aveda Institute

Classroom at Cinta Aveda InstituteI had the privilege of getting to know and to bond with my educators at the Cinta Aveda Institute. Every single one of them has made my experience one to remember. They make me laugh constantly and always show me what a community should look like.

Being so comfortable with my educators has made my time at the Institute an experience of ease and warmth. I’m not afraid to ask them questions or express any type of concern because they will respond with only honesty and uttermost care. I’ve felt this deeply at the Cinta Aveda Institute; I felt no shame or embarrassment when I asked a question, even if I knew it was nonsensical. Usually, there was some real question underlying my query which the educators could also answer.

These are the mentors in this industry. They constantly display different approaches to skin care and technical matters. I’ve learned from them that the skin care industry isn’t black and white, there are so many variations on how we do things. Everyone has their own techniques or opinions about certain skin products or treatments. I’m always excited to see what they have in store to teach me.

Each one of Cinta Aveda Institute’s educators has their own distinct characteristics; class is never boring. I’m very grateful for these wonderful people who have enriched my journey here. I only hope to pay my education forward to upcoming estheticians.

Fading Dark Spots on Skin

Product - Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening SerumI’ve always been a picker. I can’t leave my skin alone and try to pick things that don’t even exist.

I’ve been using all these different products over the years, pro-active brightening spot treatment, Derma’e and other concoctions.

I walked into my favorite beauty supply and a friend of mine handed me a sample of Murad’s “Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum.” I saw my dark spots and pick marks start to fade in just two days. I couldn’t believe all the good it did for me in such a short amount of time. Murad’s product has really been a discovery for me.

It has two active ingredients: Hydroquinone, which is a progressive and intense bleacher, and Glycolic Acid. You have to use Hydroquinone sparingly because its effect can wear off; three days using it and two days off. Glycolic Acid is an AHA, which gently exfoliates the skin and sloughs away old skin cells.

This product doesn’t only get rid of old skin but helps renew skin as well. Though I love Murad products, I realize that what helps foster good skin and not having any dark spots is to also use vitamin C and exfoliate at least twice a week to help promote cell turnover and get rid of bacteria buildup.

For anyone out there who hasn’t found their answer to dark spots, I suggest using this Murad product. It worked for me.