About Cinta Aveda Institute

Opportunity to Meet Surgeons, Business Owners & Experienced Estheticians

November 14, 2012
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I would like to share how great it was that Cinta Aveda allowed other business owners and professionals to come to the school on more than a couple of occasions.

I recall when I was in my first 3 months of theory to become an esthetician we were asked to be models for the advanced esthetics class. It was during school hours of course with champagne and hors d’oeures. Each of us models sat comfortably while business owners walked freely amongst the students who presented us as their work of art, as well as exchanging resumes for business cards and contacts. I thought it was a great idea for breaking the ice as for some of us shy individuals who may have a fear of going out into the beauty world.

We have also had the opportunity to speak with facial surgeons and estheticians who have been in the business for over 20 years and have either worked in a medical setting or started a business of their own. It allowed us to ask any and all questions and inquires we could ever wonder about that may be uncomfortable to ask during an interview let’s say.

We have had demos from experts and speakers who have even brought their products from the company they worked with. As an esthetician it is great to have an array of products and avenues as to starting your own business and where to get started!

The Experience Of Being A Student

November 10, 2012
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The experience of being a student here, at the Cinta Aveda Institute, has been a great one. I’m always learning from our exceptional educators and getting hands-on help. Putting the education into hands-on learning makes learning and understanding skin care and product knowledge become second-nature. The professional environment mimics that of a real spa/salon. We even use the same computer/ booking system as many spas. This makes for an easy and stress-free transfer to a job at a spa. They prep us for the State Board test and we mock the practical part of the test as well so that we aren’t overwhelmed when we actually take the test. The percentage of Aveda students that pass the State Board test is 97% which shows how prepared we are for the test.

Student giving a Facial to a Client

The attitude around the school is always uplifting and positive. When you’re spending 600 hours in a place over the course of 6 months it makes coming to school something that you enjoy because of the great attitude the staff and educators have. They always smile and say ‘hi’ and remember you from your original beginning interview. I was so impressed by how friendly and knowledgeable Jocelyn and Katie as well as the other girls were on the first day I came in for interview, it had a lasting effect on me. When you enroll you get a free facial from a student currently at the Institute. The facial I received reinforced that my decision to enroll in the Esthiology program was a great one. The student was so friendly, welcoming, and made sure to explain to me the product line she was using. I was so impressed by her confidence in answering my questions and explaining the product line. Everyone is here is approachable and more than willing to help, always.

Take Control Of Your Future

October 30, 2012
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I began my education at The Cinta Aveda Institute a year ago. I decided to enroll based on the suggestions of a few of my friends. Sure, I had styled my own hair, however I had never really touched hair prior to my intro classes.

Additionally, I didn’t realize the passion that the institute would help me develop for the industry of cosmetology.

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I have two degrees already, one in advertising and a second in creative writing. Neither of which I am currently using.

I was incredibly skeptical of The Cinta Aveda Institute considering I have already earned an “education,” and I can say my prior experience with higher learning has left me with a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t believe that my time spent at the University was spent wisely. Sure, a lot of the responsibility fell on my shoulders, but I can see many ways I was failed by the University system. I was never told the practicalities of the professional world and upon graduating I was set free with no real world experience and an astronomical debt.

I hold true to the idea, that any place of education that costs so much to require major financing has an obligation to its students to give them every opportunity to succeed. Yes, I believe that a huge responsibility falls on the shoulders of every place of higher education to: open doors to their students and aid them in applying what they are learning in real life, and give them a fair shot at paying back their education without the fear of financial insecurity for 20+ years.

As far as opportunities for students of The Cinta Aveda Institute, I have been met with enthusiasm and encouragement from industry leaders in the San Francisco area. I got hired at a salon in Union Square almost immediately after enrolling. I guarantee having The Cinta Aveda Institute on my resume helped me land the job. That alone has put me on the fast track to working as a professional stylist in the cosmetology industry.

I have been encouraged by my educators to push myself toward success, and my successes at school I have carried to the work place. I am excited to transition to a stylist in-training at my job.

I keep close photographic records of my cuts, colors, and styles at school and I share them with my current boss and other stylists in the city. Showing this seemingly minimal excitement has put me ahead of the game and I now have a number of salons contacting me for potential jobs.

Although, I have moments of fear and frustration at school, I know that if I continue to put my best foot forward I will have a solid education and experience behind me to reach my dreams and work professionally; and, most importantly, pay back my debts and live comfortably. I am confident that The Cinta Aveda Institute has given me the tools, the drive, and the foundation to be a great stylist.

Professional Halloween Makeup

October 23, 2012
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Our speaker for October was very appropriate for the time of year.  Jordan, from Kryolan,  a professional makeup company, came as our guest speaker, and showed us a great demonstration of how to create bruising, cuts and scars.  One of the esthiology students volunteered to be the guinea pig, and I’m not sure she knew exactly what she was getting into, especially when he turned her into a zombie with cuts and bruises all over her face. It looked amazing.


Within minutes, he had sponged on a few different colors of purple and reds, to create a fresh-looking realistic bruise.  On another area, he used more greens, yellows, and grays to simulate an older, fading bruise.  I was surprised how easily he created the look, with a controlled chaos manner of application.

Next he used an acetone based liquid that was applied directly on the skin in overlapping layers, to create a recessed scar that was accurately gruesome.  Then using mortician wax, he rolled out 3 laceration pieces to be place on her cheeks and blended into her natural skin with flaps of the wax raised above the skin.  Using cream based colors, he added reds pinks and purples to highlight the cut in places to make it look realistic.  Fake blood was applied to the middle of the cut, and splashed around the area to really finish the look.

And to finish the look off, he used dark reds, purples and grays to highlight the skull structure to create a hollowed, sunken-in skin look.  All of this was set with translucent powder including the bruising, the cut and the zombie make up.  When he was finished, he had successfully created a bona fide walking monster!

Happy Halloween!

Au Natural: Tips For Rocking Your Natural Beauty

October 9, 2012
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My friends joke that I always say, “Today was a total waste of make-up”!

Some days I wonder why I bother with makeup at all when it is so much easier to be a natural beauty. Foundation, concealer, eye shadow, liner, mascara, blush, it is a lot sometimes!

Here are some quick tips to help embellish your bare face:

  1. FLAWLESS SKIN IS VITAL: Healthy skin is beautiful skin! The first step is to have  a good skin care regimen. My favorite skin care is from Aveda.
  2. BE NATURAL FROM INSIDE OUT: I recently started juicing and noticed my hair, skin and nauls are on point! They say, you are what you eat! So, if you inhale junk food it is time to change your diet to enhance your natural beauty. Opt for fresh fruits and veggies rather than sweets and salty chips. Drink lots of water and skip the sugary soda. You don’t have to go as sever as juicing, but eat as natural as possible. General rule of thumb is — if it comes in a box or was made in a factory, don’t do it!
  3. KEEP YOUR BROWS TIDY: Natural beauty doesn’t have to mean unibrows. Eyebrows frame the face and therefore can be a focal point when you don’t have anything else on your face.
  4. ALWAYS WASH BEFORE BED: Take it off and let your skin breath! Even though you’re not wearing makeup during the day, it is still important to wash away the dirt and pollution from the day before bed at night.

Fantasy Makeup Day

September 26, 2012
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Another reason I was enticed by esthetics was makeup. I continue to be fascinated by the world of makeup. Despite the fact I love makeup and love putting it on, I initially had little to no confidence in my application skills before coming to the Institute. Now, after my education here and thanks to my instructors and a very talented classmate, I feel so much more competent and fluent in my knowledge of makeup. Now when I have a certain look in my head, I can easily translate it onto the face.

One of my favorite days in class was when we had a fantasy makeup challenge. All day, my class and I did each other’s makeup, ranging in looks from a vampire-inspired look to a full blown Gay pride unicorn! I think part of what made this day so fun was the fact that we all had gotten used to giving each other facials and nothing more and being presented with the opportunity to be more casual, talkative and creative, it was a really nice break from the norm. My classmate who did my makeup did a really amazing job; she went for a mermaid look and used fishnet to give me “scales” and she ended up winning the contest.

I really enjoyed seeing the creative sides of my peers. I think my classmates share my sentiment in that day being one of the best during the Estiology program.

Guest Speakers

September 24, 2012
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Besides getting to pick our educators brains everyday at school, we get the rare opportunity to hear guest speakers on a regular basis. At school we are constantly hearing about different opportunities available to the students.

The Academy of Art and Cinta Aveda students team up and put their artistic talents together to bring what’s in front of the camera and behind the camera together. You can use the pictures with the photographer’s permission and start a portfolio. Its also great real life work experience. You can even get hours from the school this way.

Some of the guest speakers have included Cinta Aveda graduates, company owners, different skincare lines and many other people in the industry. It’s awesome that we get to hear about the industry from such successful individuals and it’s a great way to make connections. All the speakers are more than willing to answer questions and give the students helpful information about finding jobs, and working the field.

We also get special invitations to shows that are for professionals only. Last month I had the opportunity to go to a backstage Makeup Forever show for pros only. Not only were the products discounted for us but we got to hear first-hand about great makeup techniques and situations that happen in real life from some extremely talented makeup artists. We’ve even had speakers come to talk to us about how to run a business and the financial side of the business which was really eye opening. We are always getting the inside scoop here at a Cinta Aveda which just puts us one more step ahead after we graduate.

Different Styles of Learning

September 20, 2012
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We took a test today that targeted our different styles of learning. There were 4 types and it was to allow the instructors to better communicate and teach us in a way that we each could understand. Whether you are a visual, kinetic, auditory or logical learner you would be accommodated at Cinta Aveda.

It is very important to be taught effectively, otherwise what is the point? I found it very difficult in school to concentrate let alone have the desire to continue paying attention hour after hour. The comical thing is, I scored almost equal in all 4 styles. That translates to me that I can become fairly bored fairly fast, so for Cinta Aveda to keep me interested the entire time I was there, high-five to them!

Throughout the day and the entire program, some days would start off with theory and some with appointments. As for the theory portion, it was a mixture of hands on, group work, artwork, reading (can not escape that), projects, presentations (for extra credit, no pressure) and barely any homework. I have a 5 year old and a part time job and was able to handle any projects Cinta Aveda delegated my way.

A Year Later

September 17, 2012
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Since is my last week of school, I thought I would write about what I have learned in cosmetology school over the past year. It is really hard to believe that it has been a year. It is weird thinking of the person I was a year ago and the person that I am today.  Not just my skill level as a stylist, but personally as well.  Getting married and finishing school and moving away from the towns and coast I grew up on, I guess I am just being a little nostalgic. Whatever it is, I am filled with gratitude for everything I have been taught at my two Aveda Institutes, by my teachers and peers and from life experiences over the past year. I think it will be good for me two write all these thoughts out, and I am going to try to not tear up as I write this.

So first I am going to write about the technical things I have learned about the beauty industry.

1: DON’T FIGHT WITH YOUR HAIR

I spent most of my teen years trying to have different edgy haircuts that did not work well with my hair texture. I flat ironed my hair every day. I used some heat heat heat on my hair and did some damage making the process of trying to make my hair do what I wanted even more difficult. Learning this lesson was a biggie for me. Right after I started school I bleached my hair and SEVERELY damaged it (it felt like limp spaghetti). Luckily I didn’t lose any hair and it didn’t fall out of my head. But, yet again I was hurting my naturally beautiful hair because I was trying to make it do something completely UN-natural. So I am not saying don’t color your hair, I am just saying try and enhance what you have. Get haircuts that work with the hair texture you have. These will be the most flattering for your face as well. Get color that enhances your natural color and makes it really beautiful and stand out. DON’T bleach your hair for 10 hours straight because you just have to be platinum. 😛

2:WORK TOWARDS A ROUTINE THAT WORKS FOR YOU

Trust your stylist to show you the best way to style your hair. Of course there are scumbag stylist that just wanna make a quick buck on product sales, but most of us are genuinely trying to help you make your hair look and feel how you want on a daily basis. A reoccurring theme among my clients happens when I am shampooing them or right after a blow-dry. “I wish I could have this every day! Can’t you come to my house and do this in the mornings?” Now I am aware most of them are joking,  but the thing clients seem to not understand is you can have a VERY similar experience at home. Our bodies are triggered by scents. You can carry lots of memories in your sniffer. Smells make you remember. Soooo at home in the shower as you are scrubbing you hair if you are smelling that wonderful smell you were smelling as I was shampooing you (with something I recommended to help you with whatever hair issue was ailing you) your brain will take you back to the relaxing experience you had in the chair, enhancing your at home experience. — using the products on your hair I recommenced and letting me show you how to blow dry and style your hair every day enhances your experience at home. The smell can take you back to the salon and you can walk out of the bathroom feeling like you did (or at least close to) when you left my chair. Honestly, I would never tell someone use something if it wasn’t going to work for you. SOME stylists are scumbags looking for product commission, but hey those people are in every business don’t judge us all by the scumsters.

3: BANGS

When in doubt less is more. After finishing my hours at my first aveda institute in North Carolina I went out for a pedicure with two of my favorite instructors. While having a relaxing foot rub we began to talk about the oops and uh-ohs of hair school. They told me a story about the bangs one of my fellow students cut that were so far up the forehead they were barley bangs and the face framing another student cut that included most of the woman’s hair being cut to the short face frame length. Fringes, bangs, side sweep whatever – they seem so delicate and impossible when you start cutting hair. Making an uh-oh in the back of someone’s hair, that can be worked with, covered up, or fixed. Bangs….not so much. To all cosmo students: When you start working on clients, have an instructor cut all the fringes, face frames and everything delicate, and WATCH THEM. Pay attention its how you learn. Then start cutting them yourself. And like I said LESS IS MORE. Give yourself some wiggle room. You, your instructor, and your guest will GREATLY appreciate it ;]

Ok so top three hair things I have learned over the past year.

1. Emotionally I feel as though I have greatly matured over the past year. I have been through a lot of ups and downs. I started my year of school with the end of a messy and destructive relationship and starting school was my new beginning . Unfortunately I found that there are a lot of people out there who are selfish and only care about themselves. There have been a few teachers ( who I believe know who they are) who I would really like to thank for saving me. (And now is when I tear up) I truly believe I wouldn’t have emotionally made it through without you. No one in my class in NC liked me. The drama and the things said and done were out of line but I made it through. And it was the wonderful teachers that really helped me do this. Many days I didn’t think I could make it through another day in that place. Only a couple know this but I was severely depressed and some days I just wanted to die or disappear and didn’t think I could keep going. To the teachers that showed me I could keep going and could keep doing this thing you will never know the impact you have made on me. We may keep in touch or may not, but sincerely I want to thank you for helping me start my journey and making it through. You have been a blessing to me more than you know.

2. To everyone at Cinta Aveda I must say you completely changed my outlook on this industry. You truly showed me what this industry is supposed to be. I enjoyed going to school here. You made it a peaceful learning environment that really helped prepare me for life after school. You made me see that not everyone sucks. All of the staff is caring and loving and so so so helpful to students. Even just little things you all do, that you may not even think about, make such a difference to me coming from a place that I felt as though no one cared. Thank you for opening my eyes and giving me hope in people and this wonderful industry. I am so blessed to have finished my education in such a wonderful school.

3. Overall, Keeping myself guarded, but letting people in when I need help. Perseverance. Never ever give up. Never let anyone stand in the way of accomplishing your dreams. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Karma is real and will come back around to you. When someone is unkind or hurtful, don’t return it. Always act in a way to be able to walk away when all is said and done with your head held high and proud of the person that you are.

So I learned a lot about hair and much more about becoming a better person and what a reward it is to serve others.

Thank you to everyone, my family, my fiance, my friends and teachers. You have helped me grow in enormous ways and I can not wait to start my journey in the “real world”

Outer Peace Acne Relief

September 12, 2012
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Ever since I was in high school I have dealt with acne.  I have tried everything for it, from Neutrogena, Clean and Clear and even a doctor prescribe benzoyl peroxide topical cream. Finally I decided to be an esthetician and came across Cinta Aveda Institute. I had never used Aveda products, so when I saw that they had an acne line (Outer Peace Acne Relief) and an acne facial I was really excited.  After trying both of those combinations together my skin has been better than ever and healthier too. I have learned that there is no cure for acne but it can be treated.

 

Outer Peace Acne Relief Product Descriptions:

  1. Cleanser : Cleans deep into pores—dissolving oil, makeup and other impurities—without irritation or over drying skin
  2. Acne Pads: Cleanses, exfoliates, unclogs pores—to help wipe out blackheads and prevent new breakouts.
  3. Acne spot relief: Eliminate breakouts—and the bacteria that lead to more—while reducing redness and swelling. Ideal when extra help is called for.
  4. Lotion: Helps clear blemishes—and keep oil under control—while shrinking the look of pores. Balances moisture, so skin’s not over dry or shiny.

My results:

  • I follow this 4-step skin care regimen once in the morning and once at night. It doesn’t dry my skin at all. It leaves it smooth and feeling refreshed. I must say I truly love these products and so does my skin. If you have dealt with acne and nothing is working I would definitely try this line.

Tip:

  • like with all skin care regimens you must follow a strict regimen to get the best results. It might be a little more expensive than drugstores acne regimens but its worth the price.

Esthiology Program

September 4, 2012
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The Esthiology program is a total of 600 hours which is completed in a total of 5 months. You have the choice to attend school either Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday.  The program is split in half. The first 300 hours introduce you to Aveda and how it all began and includes most of the theory, which covers all subjects from make-up to waxing and facials.  The last 300 hours are mostly practical, hands on in a spa room performing services.  When placed in a salon / spa environment you begin to take clients, perform facials, skin analysis, waxing, etc.

The school does a lot of marketing to bring many guests so students have a lot of practice and will be ready once graduating. Guest speakers come in at least once a week to teach you about advanced topics.  At the end of the class the speakers usually give out their contact information to give students the opportunity to attend more advanced classes outside of school, or to contact them if they are seeking employment.  Many spas love Aveda students.  They welcome you to bring in your resume and be interviewed by them to see if your a perfect candidate.

Cinta Aveda Institute acknowledges students for their hard work. Once a month there is an assembly where they recognize students with certificates when they achieve their  goals or perfect attendance in that previous month. If wanting to take more advanced training there is now a program called CIDESCO which is for candidates that seek to get not only an esthetician license but also a massage therapist license. You can continue on to this program after completing your 600 hours of esthiology training.

 

My First Photo Shoot at Cinta Aveda

August 27, 2012
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I loved working on the Creative Team at Cinta Aveda Institute.  For my first photo shoot, I was privileged to work with Emily Rosser, a Masters photography student from The Academy of Art.  She was given a budget to hire a stunning model from Ford Modeling Agency.  We shot at a fabulous location on Fillmore Street called, Le Labo.  Le Labo is an adorable perfumery that custom blends signature notes four your unique and personalized aroma. From the bare bones warehouse/lab-like set up inside, to the simplistic packaging of the scents and candles, to the zen-like spa vibe, this place made for a great day of shooting!

Emily was in charge of styling the model, while she left all artistic creativity to her hair and make-up up to me. I airbrushed all of the models make-up and gave her a beach wave in her hair. I wanted her to look done, yet effortlessly flawless.

I really feel like this great experience helped me grow artistically and professionally.  I realized that going on site is a lot of work, but when your are well equipped with an organized kit and have all the essentials, you are golden! I built a stellar rapport with the photographer and she calls me all the time with gigs. I also realized the power of networking. I had a stack of by business cards with me. The photographer took some to give to her fellow photog colleges and my phone is off the hook!  Thanks Cinta for this opportunity!  : )

Please check out my other work here, DianeSemanik.com!

Bangin’ Brows

August 22, 2012
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Being a Cosmetology student I never thought I could see myself interested in waxing, but I was definitely wrong! My eyebrows have gone from a part of my face that was continually overlooked, to a part of my face that is now constantly looked at!

After getting brow training from a Cinta Aveda educator I learned the importance of perfect eyebrows and how they complete the face and look for every individual! I learned the points to accentuate when waxing or tweezing and how the arch can completely change your face.

Ever since, my brows have become an obsession! I have been practicing my waxing skills and teaching other people about the importance of having and maintaining perfect brows!

In the past I had days where all my makeup came out amazing, but for some reason it still felt like an off day. I would stare at the mirror trying to figure out what I needed to fix and now I realize it was because that morning my brows weren’t up to par.

For upkeep I usually wax my eyebrows about once every two weeks and tweeze a few out of place hairs throughout the waiting period. It has worked wonders for me in keeping a flawless eyebrow appearance. Eyebrow waxing has not only become a hobby but a hidden passion I discovered while at school. I would recommend perfecting your brows as a hobby to anyone!

 

Study in San Francisco!

August 20, 2012
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There are many benefits that my classmates and I enjoy about the location of the Cinta Aveda Institute. First of all, it’s fairly convenient to commute and my classmates and I come from all different parts of the Bay Area. The easiest way is taking BART via the Montgomery stop, which is  just two blocks away from the school. When we have our lunch break, there are tons of delicious restaurants and cafes, great shopping  in Union Square and the Yerba Buena Gardens are just blocks away!

The location also offers great exposure from the clients that come in, most of them being professional types trying to fit in a brow wax or mini facial on their lunch breaks which in turn, pushes us to stay on our A-game. It’s great to experience this hustle and bustle and to be able to get the opportunity to deliver to a more time-constricted and results-driven clientele.  And, with so many salons and spas in the city, it really says a lot about the Institute that we stay busy and that these time-constricted professionals of such a chic city choose to come here again and again.

Last but not least, at the end of the school day it’s nice to unwind and have an amazing night in one of the most exciting cities in the world, San Francisco!

CIDESCO Educators

August 15, 2012
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Every esthetics educator at Cinta Aveda Institute has an immense knowledge of ingredients, skin care, machines and the overall integumentary system. They truly care about their students and are passionate about training us for success.

We also have many educators that are CIDESCO ambassadors. CIDESCO is like grad school for estheticians. It means that you are certified anywhere in the world. It is the system that they use in Europe. It is a very challenging test and encompasses the body, massage, more machines, skin, many advanced techniques and how everything in the body works together.

The fact that our educators are willing to push themselves and make time to study after being at school from 9am-8pm really says something about how much they care. They make you feel at ease about asking any question and make sure that if you’re struggling grasping a concept that you have one on one help in the area that you are struggling with. They teach you advanced techniques as well as explain some real-life situations that one day you may find yourself in. Hearing about their experiences makes it easier to know the do’s and don’ts in the industry.

You can tell that they are all very passionate about what they do and eager to share their knowledge with the students. They are always willing to help with schoolwork and make you feel comfortable in the classroom and on the spa floor.

Interested in the CIDESCO program at Cinta Aveda Institute? Click here!

Discovering Aveda

August 13, 2012
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It was all an accident, how I found Aveda.  I originally was looking for a specific product with another company to help my severely damaged hair. I was shopping in Santana Row and had walked into 3 salons and Aveda was the last.  I did not know anything about Aveda and was about to walk out, because they did not sell the product I wanted.  A sales associate approached me and asked what it was I wanted to achieve and I am grateful she did!

I explained to her how I bleached/lightened my hair 4 times in 1 week, going from black to platinum blonde.  My hair was fried, frizzy and definitely dry.  She introduced the Smooth Infusion line to me and I purchased the serum, shampoo, conditioner and prep product.  Before I purchased each item I went into the bathroom and quickly read the reviews online to ensure it was going to work. It is a must to research any product I purchase before I add it to my daily beauty regime. There were over a 1,000 ratings for the products rating it close to perfect.

I was more than satisfied with the results. My hair was amazingly soft and shiny. It was then I realized how great Aveda must be. I had tried many other well known brands, but nothing compared to Aveda.

I can say I was no longer embarrassed to walk around because of my hair being severely damaged.

This was the first great experience I had with Aveda before I even knew I wanted to attend the Cinta Aveda Institute.