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Getting the Perfect Haircut

Woman's Hair Cut with Many Hands

Let’s face it: at least once in our lives, we’ve had a post-salon meltdown. A bad haircut can ruin your day—or many days if it takes awhile to grow out. But that bad experience can be avoided. Here are some simple tips to get the right haircut, and clear communication with your stylist is the key.

Bring plenty of pictures. They give the stylist a general sense of the look and feel you’re going for. Not all stylists are mind-readers and a great visual is worth a thousand words.

Be realistic. A lot of celebrities’ hairstyles look amazing because of hair extensions, Photoshop, lighting, and the attention of a glam squad. If you know a celebrity has a similar hair texture and hair length to yours, then you can probably achieve something similar. Don’t expect the outcome to look exactly like your picture.

Saying “I’d like it short” can mean shoulder-length or even chin length to some stylists. Short. Long. Medium. These words mean different things to different people. Instead, physically show your stylist by using your hair and establish how much length you’d like to remove. Then they won’t take too little or too much off your hair.

Hopefully using these tips can help you better communicate the style and look you want and better establish a long-lasting bond with your next stylist.

The goal is to use good communication to establish a long-lasting bond with a stylist that you trust.

Utilizing Social Media

Social Media Apps

Social media plays an important role for branding us as individuals. As a student, we can utilize these networks now to help with our future jobs, clients, and so on. It’s free advertising for yourself and your brand.

Here are some tips for taking advantage of these powerful tools available just at our fingertips.

  • Create an Instagram Account: Make sure to document clients haircuts, colors, etc. Post these on your Instagram Account to get exposure. You may even gain lots of followers—and new clients who like your work and want to get their hair done by you. You can also post any promotions or model days going on at your salon or school.
  • Make a LinkedIn Profile. LinkedIn is a social media app for business professionals and students. On there, you can meet new people in the same industry and may even get offered jobs. Make sure you list your education and work experience. Also make sure your picture is professional looking and write a short bio about yourself. You can also list your skills there as well.
  • Use Facebook. Facebook can help keep friends and family up to date with what you’re doing at the salon and the services offered. Post photos of your work and any events or promotions happening at your salon or school.
  • Make a Pinterest: Post photos of your work with a watermark to get exposure. You can gain new potential clients this way and a watermark will help them find you or your salon.

Have fun and be creative with it!

Hair Color First-timers

Three Women with Colored Hair

If you are new to hair color and unsure of how to get started, here are some tips that will help you choose what’s right for you.

  • Evaluate your needs

    Are you low maintenance? Do you live a busy lifestyle? Do you want something permanent? These are all questions to take into consideration since some hair color needs to be touched up every two to six weeks depending on the style. Do you work somewhere conservative? You need to consider whether the color will be appropriate for your work and lifestyle.

  • Bring Lots of Pictures

    Visuals speak louder than words. A picture can help a stylist achieve something similar to what you want or even nail it. Never say “do whatever you think looks best”; a stylist may have an opinion about what would look good on you, but your opinion may be different.

  • Choose Colors

    Choose colors that compliment your skin tone. This can help you narrow down your choices.

Don’t be scared of change. Coloring your hair is a change that can be dramatic or subtle. Be prepared to embrace and have fun with it.

Why I Chose Cinta Aveda

Logo - Cinta Aveda Institute - San Francisco

San Francisco is known for their art and culture. Growing up in this amazing city has always inspired me to be creative. I used to do my own hair and my sister’s hair as a teenager. I did everything from bang trims and cute pixie cuts to coloring and bleaching. It has always been an underlying passion.

Choosing to start my journey and go to the Cinta Aveda Institute has been one of the hardest and most rewarding decisions I’ve ever made in my life. I was nervous to take the plunge into something new and exciting, but I was frightened of being too old, not good enough, or even the possibility of failing.

On the first day of school, all those fears disappeared. There are students of all different backgrounds and ages trying to achieve the same goal—to learn. The teachers are really helpful and not intimidating at all; they seem like they really want to help you become successful. The staff really cares and values students opinions and views of what is going on around us.

This school amazes me every day with the education and outline of each phase. The curriculum is always changing and being updated for the benefit of its students. And the fact that it’s in the heart of downtown San Francisco is a big plus! I’m really happy with my decision to come to this school and am very excited for what comes next in my future.

Importance of Hair Products

Aveda Hair Products Collage

I never really knew the importance of product until I started studying at Cinta Aveda Institute. Aftercare is vital for the longevity of your hair style, cut, or color. Without certain products, your hair won’t look the same when you leave the salon. It’s important to realize this when you’re spending a lot of money on salon services.

If you spend for beautiful hair color, you might not know that the shampoo you bought at your local drug store actually strips away your color in the shower. It’s always important that you ask your stylists questions about aftercare and that they are educating you with their knowledge of appropriate products.

Essential products that I always use are:

  • Shampoo and conditioner: the most important products you can buy. Most drug store brands actually do more damage to your hair because they contain sulfates and chemicals that dry out the hair and strip away color or the essential oils that your hair needs.
  • Prep or style primer: if you don’t like a lot of product, a style prep or primer is a great choice. You just spritz throughout your hair and blow dry. Benefits of some preps or primers are that they can be moisturizerizing, maintain a style, and can protect against heat damage.
  • Hair oil: this is good for dry or damaged hair. You just take a pea-sized amount, emulsify through your palms, and add to your mid-lengths and ends. Oils add moisture and some contain damage repairing vitamins and proteins that can help restore your hair.

Next time you visit your favorite salon, make sure you are using the right aftercare products. This will help your hair look fresher longer.

Haircare for Chemically Treated Hair

Woman with Chemically Treated Hair

After-treatment care is crucial for lightened hair. Let’s face it, breakage is a nightmare. The texture of highlighted or lightened hair may feel dry and like hair.

Here are some tips for keeping your locks luscious and healthy after a chemical process:

  • Shampoo less

    Shampooing less can sound scary. But every day shampooing can strip your hair of natural oils leaving your hair dry and even turn your ashy or golden locks brassy. Try to shampoo every other day, use a dry shampoo, or just condition and skip the shampoo. You can put your hair in a bun or a ponytail on the days you don’t wash it.

  • Hair Masks

    Use a hair mask treatment at least once a week. This type of treatment will restore proteins in the hair. Furthermore, your hair will feel softer and not as dry.

  • Deep Conditioning Treatment

    Most salons offer professional deep conditioning treatments. Usually, you can do them once a month. They are more concentrated than your at home hair mask.

  • Use Fewer Hot Tools

    Skip the blow dryer and try air drying. If you’re going to use a flat iron or a curling wand, apply a heat protectant beforehand to minimize heat damage.

Developing a Skincare Routine

Skincare Routine Application

Finding the perfect skincare regimen can be a hassle. Here are four essential must haves for developing the perfect routine to have flawless skin.

  • Skin Cleanser

    There are many face washes on the market for oily skin. I would recommend a gel cleanser. If you’re acne prone, it can contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. For sensitive or dry skin, you can use a cleansing milk or cream cleanser that is much more gentle and moisturizing.

  • Toner

    Start with a spray toner. These are easier to use and it’s just one or two spritzes and you’re done! Toners are good because they restore the PH balance in your skin and can be firming as well.

  • Moisturizer

    SPF, SPF & SPF! Make sure your moisturizer has sun protection factor in it. Depending on its strength, you may need to reapply it throughout the day. Also make sure it’s not a chemical SPF which can cause free radicals that can irritate and damage the skin.

  • Eye Cream

    Eye cream can be selected depending on your needs. There are a wide variety on the market, designed to treat different problems. Some are for moisturizing, some are for dark circles, some for puffiness, and so on.

Oh, and ask for samples! A lot of cosmetic stores offer take home samples so you can try out products before you buy them.

The Beauty Of Balayage

Balayage Hair from the BackBalayage has blown up in the past couple years. It’s very popular among celebrities and salons all over the world. The beauty of balayage are sunkissed highlights that look like natural pops of color.

One reason people are obsessed with this hair trend is because it’s low maintenance. The highlights are painted free-handed, and away from the root, with no lines of demarcation. When your hair grows out, you don’t need to get it retouched every four to six weeks. Some people even go up to six months without touching it up. Typically, the base color isn’t lightened, so the grow out is beautiful. It’s versatile—the look can range from natural to dramatic. Think “beautiful sunkissed goddess”; it’s never boring, and it can be downright amazing!

Personally, I’m obsessed with this hair trend. I don’t feel like it’s going away anytime soon. I have been balayaging my hair for the past two to three years and I never get tired of it. I can truly say I’m possessed!

Simple Yet Versatile Hair Brush

Aveda Paddle-type Hair Brush

Brushing your hair can be a pain especially if your hair tangles easily. One brush I feel that is essential for any hair type is a paddle brush.

Aveda makes a great wooden paddle brush. I like this brush because it’s so versatile. I use it to detangle and while blow drying clients. It’s great for all hair types including curly, coarse, fine, short, and long.

Using the paddle brush as a styling brush is simple and easy. You simple blow dry the hair following the curve of the head. Once the hair is pre-dried, you can take sections and use the padding on the brush to smooth out the hair, perfect for a sleek look.

Also the brush is very gentle. My hair never snags on the brush and it easily detangles the most unruly hair. I would definitely recommend this brush to anyone who just wants an all around good brush for everyday styling and blow drying.