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DIY Dry Shampoo

sgnvhRa9IsYXaPhOLrk8scxlZpk-2japkoqgjzkwmAwIngredients you’ll need to make this DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe:

For light hair:

* Corn Starch

* Baking Soda

* Essential Oil (optional, provides scent)

* Empty Salt Shaker

For dark hair:

* Cocoa Powder

* Corn Starch

* Essential Oil (optional, provides scent)

* Empty Salt Shaker

To make dry shampoo for light hair:

Combine 1/2 cup of corn starch with 2 table spoons of baking soda. It’s true that you could just use corn starch on its own, but baking powder absorbs the scent of the corn starch. If you aren’t concerned with the scent of corn starch, you can omit the use of the baking powder. Add a few drops of essential oil of your choice. I used peppermint because it’s my favorite, and I wanted to smell fresh. I love it.

To make dry shampoo for dark hair:

Combine 1/2 cup of cocoa powder with 2 tablespoons of corn starch. Just as with the last one, you can add essential oil if desired. But this one has a great chocolate-y scent when left alone. I love it!

To use the wonderful dry shampoo you’ve just made, you only have to sprinkle some onto the root of your hair, where you want to freshen it up. After about a day or two, my hair starts to look a little limp as it gets more and more oily. I use dry shampoo in between washes to keep the volume in my hair that I love to see.

Sprinkle it in the desired area, and use the same motions you use when actually shampooing for best results. When used correctly, dry shampoo absorbs oil and gives volume. Give it a try!

How to Create Boho Curls

unz2L4hUXnwSzCcGK4oxa376p9YCejlC01BvZYgYFVMThe point of Boho curls is to accomplish a style that looks very lived-in rather messy. Surprisingly, achieving a lived-in look requires a fair amount of work!

First, prep your hair with the products and tools listed above. After drying your hair completely, section your hair and prepare to curl it with your hot tool of choice.

If you’re using a Marcel Iron/Wand:

I would suggest wrapping your hair around the barrel, as you would with a wand. Alternate the directions you curl the hair to add a more natural look.

If you’re using a flat iron:

I would suggest using a wand or a Marcel iron. Flat iron curls take a lot of patience and practice. However, if you insist on using one, use it as follows:

After you’ve curled your entire head, let your curls cool. Set them with some hair spray and then lightly brush through the curls.

Finish your style with a little sea salt spray, if you’ve got some, and off you go! Below are some great tools for prepping your hair:

* Aveda Pure Abundance Style PrepKJDU22cDFW183QQ3WoUMMLQX7Hm15Z1MwNZRpZt6xdM

* Aveda Phomollient

* Blow Dryer

* Round Brush

Tools needed for styling your hair:

* A hot tool used for curl forming, such as:

* Marcel Iron

* Flat Iron

* Curling Wand

* Sea Salt Spray (optional)

5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Rushing off to your Salon

Fb305E_UURjZdMjedUDCfd2Dc0V04sF68ltqCEqVGvMIt is easy to look at a picture of the hottest celebrity hair styles and think “huh! I could pull that off!” and run quickly to the nearest salon and have your hair either hacked off, or colored into oblivion. Before you do that, (and you should!), you should ask yourself these five questions:

1.) “Is this something I plan on maintaining?”

Shorter hairstyles require more frequent trims to keep the style fresh, and the same can be said for a more dramatic color. If you have dark hair, is going platinum something you want to maintain when you start to see new growth?

2.) “Is this something I can afford to maintain?”

A color drastically different from that of your natural color is one that is difficult, and often expensive to maintain. That’s why you have to make sure it’s a change you can afford to keep up. Going platinum when your hair is naturally dark brown is going to result in high upkeep, and usually, a fairly high price tag. The same can be said of going darker when you naturally have very light hair.

3.) “What will this look like as it grows out?”

Is this style or color going to be something you’re comfortable with as it grows out, if you choose not to maintain it?

4.) “Will this style work with my natural texture?”

If it does, great! If it doesn’t, are you willing to style it frequently so that it does?

5.) “Does this style require daily styling?”

Some shorter or more dramatic hairstyles have to be heat styled daily. They often require more than just the daily dose of styling products. If you plan on doing that every morning before work, awesome! However, if it is something you don’t think you’ll have time or patience for, perhaps pick something of a lower level of maintenance.

These are the same questions I ask clients who come to me asking for a drastic change. When your stylist asks you these questions, don’t think they’re trying to talk you out of doing something fun! Just know that they want to make sure you’re up to the challenge of having awesome hair.

Empowering Yourself Through Your Hair

F4ck3UFrvWv7usneGWTrjjr8dUuyTTNRWUxrKd3TjYgAs a stylist, the only thing that breaks my heart into a million pieces, is when someone sits in my chair and is only allowed to do what their significant other decides for them. As someone who cares too little of what other people think of her, I have never understood this kind of mentality. I have never understood giving someone the power to control my physical appearance.

There are so many things about life that you often cannot control, but your hair has to be one of the things you do control. There is something so deeply empowering about realizing that you own yourself, and showing it with the way you carry yourself and stylize yourself through your physical appearance.

I once had a client who came in to have her hair bleach-and-toned. When I asked her why she decided to go so much lighter, she responded with “my fiance wants me to be blonde for our wedding and I just want him to look at me and think I’m beautiful.” I had to stop myself from going on a rant. All I said was “he had better look at you that way even if you show up to your wedding in pajamas!” and we laughed. But it got me thinking. She should have been bleaching her hair because SHE wanted to go lighter. Not because she was afraid someone would find her less attractive on her WEDDING DAY if she wasn’t a perfect blonde. She should wear her hair the way she loves to wear it. And if she loves it blonde, then by all means! But if she doesn’t, well…she should reevaluate why she’s damaging her hair. Is she damaging it because she wants to be blonde, or because she wants someone else to like her more because she’s blonde? These things matter greatly to a person’s psyche.

I have always believed that in order for other people to truly love you, you first have to love yourself. And sometimes that shows through your hairstyle, your makeup, and your clothes. But before you love all of those things, you have GOT to love yourself. Everything else will follow.

So love yourself. Do what you want with your hair. Make yourself happy first, and the rest will follow. Love yourself. LOVE. YOUR. SELF.

Always Bring a Picture!

Salon Cartoon

The communication between stylist and client is of vital importance. How can you get exactly what you want if you and your stylist aren’t on the same page? Being on the same page starts with a really thorough consultation, and often, that begins with you.

Always bring a picture in of what you have in mind for your hair. This provides the perfect starting point. And it lets you know exactly what can be done in that visit. Sometimes, when you want a completely new color, it may take a couple of trips to the salon to achieve that. The best way of knowing where to start with your hair is if you have a picture of what you want your end result to be.

It also lets your stylist know exactly what you have in mind for styling it, and it allows them to let you know if they think it is something that can be realistically achieved for your hair type and for the time you typically allot yourself for doing your hair every day.

Never be afraid of being specific. Most stylists prefer it when a client knows exactly what they want. Have a good idea of what it is you want, but also be open to suggestions. No two hair styles, cuts, or colors are the same. What works on one person may not be what’s best for you.

In the end, it’s always best to bring a picture!

Always bring a picture to the Salon

Specializing vs. Generalizing in the Salon

Imagine yourself on your last day of cosmetology school. The world is now your oyster! So many decisions to make; and perhaps one of the most important ones to your career is whether or not you’ll specialize in either cutting or coloring, or whether or not you’ll generalize and specialize in both! Other than having a passion for either cutting or coloring, what are the benefits and drawbacks?

Why would someone Specialize versus Generalize?

  • Colorists, or Color/Cutting Specialists, kind of get to set their own prices once they’ve established themselves. Can you imagine deciding how much you want to be paid for doing something you love already?
  • You’d literally be filling your day always doing things you absolutely love to do—and only the things you love doing. If you really love one thing or the other, imagine only doing the one thing you love. Sounds glorious if we’re being honest.

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Why would someone Generalize versus Specialize?

  • When beginning your career, it may be more financially beneficial to generalize. You get to do more, and can double book yourself.
  • Clientele can easily transfer from one stylist to you if you generalize. For example, if a specific cutting specialist isn’t available to do a haircut, but you are, you’ll be able to take that haircut and add that client to your clientele.
  • Plus what if you just love to do everything? Why would you choose to limit yourself to only doing one thing?
  • What if you don’t know which you enjoy doing more? What better way to find out, while furthering your education in a salon environment, and sharpening your skills? There isn’t a better way.

Before making serious decisions, it’s always good to reflect on the things you love to do, and the things you don’t really enjoy all that much. There are lots of things to take into consideration, make sure you think about all of them.

Most of all, enjoy your life as a licensed professional. You’ve absolutely earned it!

Why the Cinta Aveda Institute?

Being from out of state, and already having started studying cosmetology at a different institution, I was looking for an experience better than the one I’d had.

I moved here in the beginning of 2013, and I was in kind of a weird funk. Stuck between nanny jobs and doing nothing, I realized quickly that what I missed the most, besides my family, was doing hair. So I started shopping around for a new institute to start my career over again.

I came across Cinta Aveda’s website kind of randomly one evening, and decided to request more information. Katie Phillips, in the admissions department, gave me my tours and helped me to enroll when I decided the school was the best fit for me.

The beginning phases were rough for me, but I found my groove in Beta and really became comfortable with my style and the work I produce. I heartily believe that the education offered through Cinta Aveda is a step above most other cosmetology institutions. I’ve been told that the work my classmates and I are able to produce is often comparable to that of high end salons, and sometimes better.

When you’re looking for somewhere to start your career, make it an Aveda Institute. I was lucky to find one so close to where I was living. I’m happy every day I go to school and learn something new. It has been an honor to meet the people I have met. I’ve made lifelong friends here and I’ve worked with and under fabulous educators.

Cinta Aveda is worth it.Students in class at the Cinta Aveda Institute.

The Importance of Customized Salon Hair Color

Good Hair ColorIn the age of Pinterest and Instagram, it’s hard to tell if the hair you’re looking at in a picture is gorgeous because someone went to a genius colorist, or if it’s gorgeous because someone likes to go a little heavy on the photo filters.

You can guarantee breathtaking hair color for yourself by going to an experienced colorist who takes pride in the art they create on the canvas that is your hair.

If you’ve ever been to a hair salon before, there’s no doubt you’ve heard stylists talking about how awful drug store hair color can be for you hair. It’s not an unfounded claim! Drug store hair color is something you have to hope works. I just feel like you should know your hair color is going to look the way you want it to, not just hope that it does. The only way to absolutely guarantee that 90% of the time is to get your color at the salon.

There is no knowing the exact amount of hydrogen and ammonia being used in store-bought hair color. When you get a color service done at the salon, however, they can tell you the exact amounts of all ingredients being used. This is essential information if you know that you have allergies, or are particularly sensitive to certain chemicals commonly used in any artificial hair color.

Health and safety benefits aside, it’s important to get your color services done at a salon because of the quality of the experience. If you want to look like you have expensive hair color, but only want to pay $7.00, you’re going to go walking around looking like you have seven dollar hair. Most people don’t trust themselves to cut their own hair if they know that they don’t know the science behind hair cutting. Why should hair color be treated any differently?

Leave the hair coloring to the people who know it best!

The Importance of Heat Protectants

Aveda Brilliant Damage Control

Do you blow dry your hair all the time? Do you use a straightener/flat iron? A wand? A curling iron? If you do, do you also use a heat protectant? If not, you absolutely need to be!

Excessive heat can be so damaging to the hair if it isn’t prepped properly! Aveda offers some of the best style preps I’ve ever used. All of them work as heat protectants while still helping hold a style.

If you’re looking for a sleek and smooth blowout, use Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Style Prep. Are you looking for a bouncy, voluminous blowout? Use Pure Abundance Style Prep. Not sure what hot tools you might want to use after blow drying? Use Brilliant Damage Control.

Brilliant Damage Control can be used even if you aren’t going to blowout your hair. It detangles hair, and dries like there isn’t anything on the hair at all. Apply it after towel drying hair. Spray liberally, and then let it air dry. This product is seriously the greatest!

Just Make the Cut!

Before and After Trim

Many of my clients are attached to their hair, and I get it! Trust me. But, I’ve come to learn a couple of important things about hair cuts:

  1. While growing, hair stays healthiest if it is well maintained. Styling with heat can severely damage your hair but, by keeping up with regular trims, you eliminate all of the damaged ends. Split ends have the potential to split up the entire hair strand, all the way to the root. This causes those unattractive fly-aways that everyone hates! Keep up on the trims.
  2. Chemically over-processed hair has a tendency to not style well. This can be especially true for clients that have had their hair highlighted to the moon and back. Those ends break as a result of what we call a chemical cut. This results in a really weak perimeter and even weaker styles. Volume is easily achieved with a fresh hair cut. With a strong perimeter, hair looks healthy and full.
  3. Nothing renews confidence like a fresh hair cut and a new style. Ever feel a little off? Like you just aren’t completely happy? Something as simple as fresh bangs can give you a new outlook and a large boost of confidence. Sometimes that’s all you need for a pick me up!

So next time your stylist tells you that you would see some serious benefits with a hair cut, take a leap of faith: Make That Cut!

Holiday Party Hairstyle

Holiday Hairstyle

To achieve this look, you should prep your hair with:

  • Pure Abundance Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Pure Abundance Style Prep
  • Volumizing Tonic
  • Phomollient Styling Foam

You’ll need these thermal styling tools:

  • Blow Dryer
  • Medium-sized Round Brush
  • Thermal Styling Iron/Wand

Use these products to add volume and texture:

  • Aveda Hair Potion
  • Aveda Air Control Hair Spray

Begin by spritzing towel-dried hair with the Pure Abundance Style prep, and then add the Phomollient Styling Foam and Volumizing Tonic. Work this into your hair so that everything is evenly saturated. Comb through the hair to ensure thorough saturation.

“Rough dry” the hair. This means to dry hair to about 80%. It sounds crazy, I know. But trust me, it makes styling much easier!

Section the hair into three to four equal horizontal parts. Begin in the lowest section on the back of the head and blow dry with the round brush. It’s okay if the curls you form aren’t perfect, as you can touch them up with a thermal tool later. Continue working this way up the head until all the hair is 100% dry.

After all the hair is dry, add Aveda Hair Potion to the root if more volume and texture is desired. Then section the hair again to begin adding finishing curls and waves. This is a deconstructed look; remember, it doesn’t have to look perfect; the messier, the better!

Section it one final time, into a half-up-half-down pony tail, and secure it with a hair tie. Use bobby pins if required. Finish the style with a little holiday ribbon tied in a bow, and enjoy yourself on your night out! You’ll look great!

Aveda’s Holiday Gift Sets

The holiday season is just around the corner. Why not use an Aveda Holiday Gift to bring some bliss, peace, and tranquility to the people you love?

My favorite Aveda Holiday Gift is the “Gift of Peace and Light.” It’s a soy wax candle that features the renewing scent of Aveda’s signature Shampure shampoo and conditioner. It also features 50+ hours of burning time!

Still not convinced that you should get your stocking stuffers from Aveda this holiday season? Then think about this:

The green paper used to wrap Aveda’s gift sets are hand crafted by—and employ—5,500 people in Nepal. Mothers on this income are able to send their children to school. This income provides clean water, and it helps to provide food for their families. Since Aveda has teamed up with this small community in Nepal, 2,400 families now have sufficient income to repair their homes, send their children to school, buy and prepare food properly, and save for the future.

If that doesn’t make you want to buy a $40 candle, nothing will.Aveda Gift Packages on a Mountain

Fall/Winter Hair Color Trends

Combo image of five female hair styles.Fall is here, and that means the holidays are at hand! You can’t go into the holidays looking a mess. It’s time to change up that color! Shake off the lighter tones of summer for some richer ones to ring in this new season.

As always, the holiday season means warmth. Add some warm tones to your hair! Aveda Full Spectrum Color offers complete customization when it comes to your hair color. Want that gorgeous ombre? Take a picture of what you have in mind to an Aveda salon near you, and get your very own, completely customized color.

Want to rock some beautiful red locks? Done! Aveda colorists can make your holiday dreams come true.

Why do I love ‘Brilliant Universal Styling Creme’?

Aveda Brilliant Universal Styling CremeWhat a great question! Sometimes a heavy styling cream is intimidating when you’re unsure of how exactly to use it. But after some experimenting with Aveda’s Brilliant Universal Styling Creme (goodness, what a title!) I’ve come to absolutely love it. It has become a must have for all of my blow outs!

Most of my clients want that soft, lived in, beachy wave look when they leave after a fresh hair cut. And they want it to last ALL day. Who can blame them?

Brilliant Universal Styling Creme adds just enough weight to smooth everything down and protect the hair from excess heat and humidity, while providing the perfect amount of hold for an all day style. I only ever use a dime-size amount, after applying some of Aveda’s Brilliant Damage Control Style Prep, and away I go! All you need is a blow dryer and your favorite round brush!

Be cautious when using this product on extremely fine hair as it is can get heavy. When someone with fine hair comes in and wants a beachy blow out, I’m able to make do with even less than a dime-sized amount of Universal Styling Creme. This stuff goes far, guys! You really don’t need a lot.

Give it a try, or have your stylist use it next time your’re in an Aveda Salon! You’ll love it.