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Aveda’s Invati Product Line

Aveda’s Invati Product Line

So I’ve come to realize that men are actually quite vain. It’s incredible the lengths a man might go if he fears he’s going bald, either to cover up a receding hairline or try to avoid it altogether.

Time to blast someone I hold near and dear to my heart—let’s call him Bob (sorry, Bob). Bob is a pretty confident guy except that he started showing a receding hairline before he was 21. He wore hats or shaved his head down to a #1 guard (about ⅛″). He would seek my advice on different haircuts or obscure Eastern home remedies.

One day, I suggested this new Aveda product line called Invati. I tell Bob it’s a commitment, but a worthwhile one. He agrees to give it a shot. I bring home the Invati shampoo, conditioner, and spray scalp supplement. It took a few months of daily use, but then even I start to see a noticeable difference. The Invati line took the baby hairs he had and toughened them up to be full grown adult hairs like the rest of them. It also cleansed his scalp so that the hairs he did have could grow to their fullest, thickest potential. Now he swears by the Invati product line and he has made a believer out of me to have seen it first-hand.

You do need patience and diligence for the Invati line to work well—it’s not a quick fix. But if you stick with it, I think you’ll see amazing things happen to your hair and your confidence.

A woman can benefit from it too if she wants a fuller head of hair too.

Go ahead and grab the Invati product line for him or her and watch the “miracle grow” right before your eyes.

Hair of Your Dreams

Mermaid Hair

Mermaid hair, Beta Fish Hair, Unicorn Hair…Whatever you call it, it’s dreamy and it’s happening now.

The pastel hair trend definitely rules the roost now and you can get involved with some of Aveda’s high lift colors or enlightener. It’s a commitment, but it’s glorious to be able to see your hair go from natural to fanciful.

There’s nothing new about crazy hair colors but now it’s become a lot more prevalent and a lot softer in hue. These soft shades are achievable when your hair has been lightened enough. They look great with long or short hair.

Shades like lavender are insanely easy to maintain with Aveda’s pigmented shampoos and conditioners. So, if you’ve already taken the plunge and want to return the technicolor to your tresses, try Blue Malva Shampoo and Conditioner. It adds a silvery, cool hue back to hair that’s become brassy or lost its luster. The shampoo is gentle and suitable for all hair types and the conditioner deep conditions hair.

If you’re going for a big change to your hair, why not make it of the mythical variety?

Exploring The Product World

Jumble of Beauty ProductsFinding the perfect products sometimes feels like a never-ending journey. I am still trying to find the perfect products for myself. The truth is you will never stop searching. Everything is in constant change—your life, your environment, your skin. What you eat, how much you sweat, cry, use the sauna, bake in the sun—it all changes constantly and affects which products you need.

The key is to find a base product that will take care of your needs now and one that you can be confident using into the future. Makeup, cleansers, moisturizers, and shampoos—products are never perfect and can always get better. You’ll need to do a lot of exploring and testing.

Going into the Esthetics Program at Cinta Aveda institute, I walked in with my nose up. I had no intention of giving their products a chance. I had it set in my mind that none of their products would work for me, and I wouldn’t want to offer them to my future clients. It took working on other students, and testing them on myself, to really see the magic Aveda’s products were doing to my skin. I can now honestly and confidently recommend these products, especially a few favorites.

Hand Relief is my go-to. I use it after every facial and, from washing my hands all day, it really saves my hands.

I like everything in the Green Science line, specifically, the face crème. Since I have dryer skin, the thickness of it just leaves my skin feeling new and fresh.

And I really enjoy the Tourmaline Skin Refiner. This exfoliant does great things for my skin. The fact that it is all natural and will dissolve into my skin just makes it even better!

We all need to keep our minds open to new products as our needs change and new products become available. I hope that you find a set of products that really work for you.

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.

Seven Best Plants for Skin Care

Here is my list of the seven best plants for skin care, most of which we use during facials and waxing at the Cinta Aveda Institute.

Aveda Plant Ingredients

  1. Aloe Vera is the top medicinal plant on my list. It is common in lotions. Aloe soothes and hyrdrates. The gel of an aloe plant contains nutrients vitamins A, C, and E; folic acid; zinc; and potassium.
  2. Lavender works to soothe your skin. It also has antiseptic properties that make it great for cleansing.
  3. Roses do more than smell good, they also boost the health of your skin. Rose is good for hydrating skin and it also helps soothe overworked skin. Rose is a great toner and can ease redness and irritation from breakouts.
  4. Calendula can relieve dryness and make your skin look and feel more hydrated. It also boosts blood flow and is used to treat burns.
  5. Tea tree oil is an ideal choice for treating acne. You can also use it as an alternate to deodorant. At the Cinta Aveda Institute, we use it after we wax a body part, to prevent breakouts and ingrown hairs.
  6. Witch hazel is great for cleansing your face. It helps clear away dirt, bacteria, and debris that can lead to breakouts. It’s also great for relieving skin irritation and fighting inflammation.
  7. Neem oil can help if you suffer from chronic skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, or recurrent breakouts. Neem oil has a lot of antioxidants, which means it supports healthy, youthful-looking skin.

Aveda’s Perfecting Plant Peel

Aveda Product - Perfecting Plant PeelI love Aveda’s Perfecting Plant Peel, and every client I do this on absolutely loves the way their skin looks and feels immediately after. Powered by plants, Aveda’s Perfecting Plant Peel system performs like 30% glycol without the redness and irritation. It is a facial masque which actively smoothes with instant exfoliation and radiance. This can be performed as a standalone 30 minute service or an add on to our signature facials. Your skin will have an amazing glow immediately after the service.

I believe you get the full plant peel when used with the steamer. I like to apply the plant peel and let the client sit under steam for about seven minutes, while I do a hand/arm massage. When the seven minutes are up, I spray the activating spray over the face and massage it in so it warms up. I like to combine this with the hydrating mask mixed with a little Outer Peace Cooling Masque to cool and hydrate the skin after. When the client looks in the mirror they immediately notice smaller pores and a glowing face. I always get excited to see the look on their face when they see their skin. If you feel the client could benefit from this peel, you should always recommend and explain the amazing immediate results they will get. It is an extra $10.00 on top of the facial price, but I promise it is worth it.

The Perfect Blowout

Blonde Female ModelDuring my education at the Cinta Aveda Institute, I have been assisting at the Zindagi Salon on Grant Street. Absorbing as much as I could in a real-life professional salon, I was able to perfect my skills in shampoo and style. It matters what tools you are using and, as a stylist, it is important to invest in the right tools. Although it may be pricey to have the perfect arsenal while in school, saving up and acquiring sturdy tools will help you save in the long-run, as cheaper tools, non-specific for hairstylists, will break or deteriorate faster. More expensive tools will produce better results and last you longer. The saying is true in this case: You get what you pay for. Be savvy and shop around; you can find discounts if you look hard enough.

Personally, I enjoy using the ceramic round brush, specific for volume and shine. My guests so far have all enjoyed having voluminous “Texas Hair”. This calls for the Aveda Pure Abundance line, which comes as both shampoo and conditioner to create grit and texture, allowing the hair to be more full. I like to be generous with the volumizing tonic, it’s my go-to for every style. It’s a sweet-scented spray, heat-activated, and helps the root elevate creating a nice 60’s beehive look reminiscent of Amy Winehouse. I like to keep the crown last, and when working on the section, spritz the tonic at the root of the hair again after blow drying the rest of the head. Then I divide the crown into sections small enough and narrow enough to fit my brush, then blow dry upwards making sure the root gets blasted with heat. I make sure to have a nozzle on; that concentrates the heat to flow directly onto where I’m concentrating to create volume. Hair has a memory, when you wet the hair and dry it into a certain shape, this shape will stay until you wet the hair again, so blow drying upwards will coax the hair at the crown into feeling and looking fuller. Pin these sections into curls as if you had hot rollers with small clamp clips. Pin at the root. Finish off the crown and let cool dry, then take those curls out, and spray them with some Air Control hairspray to maintain this style during the day.

There you have it! My perfect blow-out for any day of the week and any occasion.

My Love for Aveda

When I first came to Cinta Aveda Institute, to me it was just another school. Now that I’ve been here and have done more research, I have a genuine love and respect for this place. I love how Cinta Aveda is so passionate about the world we live in and about the ways we can come together to help make it a better place. From the products we use to the different fundraisers we do to help give back to our environment, Cinta Aveda cares.

This month at Cinta Aveda is Earth Month. We partnered with the Clean Water Fund to help keep our local waterways clean and sustainable for future generations. I think this is just amazing for Cinta Aveda to be so generous with helping hands. Since 2009, Aveda has raised over $400,000 to protect clean water in Northern America. This has made me more aware of my water usage and has given me more of an interest to be more involved to really care about our environment and make a change.

Cinta Aveda is truly a wonderful Institute in more ways than one; I am proud to be a student here.

Homemade Bath Products Using Aveda

Since schooling at Cinta Aveda institute, I have been inspired to integrate more clean and natural products—and ways of life—into my daily routine. I decided to make the beauty and skincare products that I use at home. The recipe below has been one of the most successful of my endeavors, and the most fun as well. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Happy bathing!

Aveda Bath Bombs

  • 8 ounces baking soda
  • 4 ounces cornstarch
  • 4 ounces Epsom salts
  • 2 teaspoons of organic turmeric1
  • 4 ounces citric acid
  • ¾ teaspoon water
  • 2 teaspoons Aveda Singular Note [I used Ylang Ylang]
  • 2 Tablespoons Aveda Composition Oil [I used Beautifying Oil]
  • Dried flowers or herbs of your choosing [optional]
  • Equipment: plastic craft ornaments as molds. Use the type that have two halves that snap together which makes beautiful perfect sphere shapes. Depending on the size of your molds, you’ll need three to six of them. You’ll also need gloves for hand protection—citric acid is abrasive.
  1. Mix all the baking soda, cornstarch, Epsom salts, and turmeric in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, mix the water, and oils. If you are using an optional liquid natural dye, add it here.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. At this point, your mixture should resemble wet sand. Adding the natural coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed: an even color means a good mix. When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add water a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Put on gloves, and add the citric acid and mix again. Citric acid is abrasive, so don’t skip the gloves.
  5. Tightly pack the mixture into your mold. Let it dry for 24 hours.
  6. Carefully remove the bombs from molds and let them dry another 24-48 hours before packaging. Make sure to store in a dry area.
  1. The turmeric adds a yellow tint to my bombs. You could use another natural dye depending on your desired scent.

Makes 3 to 6 bombs depending on size of your molds

4 Benefits of Bergamot Oil

There are a lot of essential oils out there. One of my favorites is bergamot. There are so many benefits from using bergamot oil in your everyday light. Bergamot has a very sweet smell and it is very citrusy. It’s also very refreshing. I love putting it on after I get out of the shower or bathtub. So what can Bergamot oils do for you?

1) Bergamot is a natural anti-depressant and stimulant. Bergamot creates a feeling of freshness and joy and energy. In cases of depression it helps with sadness by improving blood flow and circulation. The stimulations also increases the secretions of digestive juices, biles, and insulin by basically acting as a natural digestion aider.

2) The oil is also known to be an antibiotic and disinfectant. Bergamot inhibits the growth of germs and virus and fungi. The oil also prevents infections including those on the skin. Bergamot also reduces the feeling of pain in the body. Another one of the great qualities of bergamot is that it can reduce nervous tension and it can treat ailments such associated with stress such as sleepiness and high blood pressure.

3) The oil is also a cicatirsant which means it aids in pigmentation issues and leaves your skin tone attractive and even in tone. You can use is on the after effects on long term acne post inflammatory hyper pigmentation.

4) Bergamot is also a popular as a natural deodorant. You have to be careful with un-natural deodorants because the lymph nodes in your under arms can easily absorb the toxins and fillers and nasty crud in those drug store brands. Nothing to worry about when bergamot is absorbed by the body! You get all the benefits from the oil flowing around in your body and you will smell great and natural!

A Few Words of Caution: Bergamot oil must be protected from sunlight, because bergaptene, one of its components, becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. That is why the oil should always be stored in dark bottles in dark places. Exposure to sunlight should even be avoided after it is applied or rubbed onto the skin, at least until it absorbs into your skin

9 Benefits of Patchouli Oil

TZtIkLag5PsLv2JY2nQSRlObBCaceLfLosQIWZ6pKJcPatchouli oil is my favorite of all the essential oils. The scent is the most relaxing thing in the world to me. I really enjoy rubbing it into my scarf so I can enjoy the scent all day. The best and most common benefit of patchouli oil is that it relieves stress! It is known to help with anxiety and also enhance the senses. Regular use of patchouli oil will keep you peaceful and calm. Here are some of the benefits to this oil:

1) Patchoulis fragrance also appeals to the soul and touches the mind directly. You will often find it used in perfumes and incenses.
2) The oil can also be used for massages and aromatherapy. Patchouli oil massages stimulate and relax the mind and relax the nerves.
3) Patchouli can really help people with depression.
4) Patchouli also has many healing properties.
5) The oil can help prevent infections from getting worse.
6) It is also known to have helped people with dermatitis and eczema and psoriasis.
7) The oil also has anti- aging properties.
8) The oil helps you looking young and healthy!
9) Also patchouli has been known to help acne scarring, dry skin and wrinkles.

Overall, my favorite thing about the oil has to be the way it makes me feel after I have put it on. It takes me to my favorite happy place, somewhere in the hills around my house surrounded by a redwoods. I love that the scent feels somewhat earthy and fresh. There are so many different essential oils and I feel there is one for everyone. There is something extremely spiritual about smelling and choosing an essential oil. The oil you choose will no doubt become a part apart of your life.

Here is a little more history on Patchouli oil:

Patchouli has been around for literally ages. Over the years people have discovered many uses of the oil, ranging from medical uses to cosmetics. The popularity of patchouli reached its peak during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Patchouli originates from southeast Asia and the herb grows wild in Sumatra and Java at an altitude of 3,000 feet. However, the cultivation of the herb is extensive in lower tropical jungles. The plant grows to be three feet tall and has a very strong stem with little hairy leaves. To extract the oil the plant is harvested two times a year, sometimes three. The best oil quality is considered to extracted during the rainy season. The process of the extraction involves hand picking the leaves, bailing the leaves, and then followed by draining in the shade. Afterwards, a few days of fermentation is needed. Then the oil is extraxted through steam disillation process. Patchouli is one of the rare essential oils that actually gets better with age! As the oil ages into a deep amber from a light yellow, the fragrance becomes smoother and richer. Patchouli over the years has been used for insect repellant as well as in cosmetics.

Benefits of Using a Toner

Toners seem to be underrated and I’ve noticed that a lot of my clients either don’t use them or understand very little about the benefits of incorporating a toner in their beauty routine. Some people think that creams are enough, but that isn’t always the case. Here are some facts about toners and the reasons why they are so important.

One of the worst things you can do to your skin is upset the PH balance of your Acid Mantle (the top layer of skin). The most common way is by using products that are too alkaline (hint: most soaps). Although these soaps help clean the skin and can feel great, it actually is changing the balance of the PH level of the skin. Disrupting the acid mantle can weaken the skin’s immune system, can cause premature aging, or can cause a host of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne.

The ideal PH for the Acid Mantle is slightly acidic between 4 and 6.5. Using a toner after cleansing helps to balance the Acid Mantle, and soothes the skin.

Aveda’s Botanicals Kinetic Skin Firming Toner

This toner is my favorite. It not only balances the PH level of the acid mantle, but it hydrates your skin as well. It is infused with sodium hyaluronate, echinacea, rosewater for hydration, and it is very soothing. It is also excellent for all skin types. By adding this one small step each day will change the health of your skin. I highly recommend starting to use a toner after each cleanse.

My Top Three Favorite Skin Care Products from Aveda

Everyone who has ever used Aveda knows that every ingredient in their products are natural, safe, and leaves you feeling beautiful.

Aveda oils smell delicious and also serve to improve your skin. After being enrolled in the Esthiology Program at the Cinta Aveda Institute and having months of practice on myself and others, these are some of my choices for their top products and why.

Botanicals Kinetics Exfoliant:

This is a non-abrasive liquid that helps exfoliate the surface cells for a smooth and clear complexion. I love how this product keeps my skin smooth without stripping it! To keep your skin looking fresh we all need to exfoliate more, so this is a great step to add to your beauty regimen.

Your skin will look softer, smoother, and more supple. BK Exfoliant is great for all skin types, and can be used one to two times a week after cleansing.

Intensive Hydrating Masque:

This is my favorite Masque with Aveda! Everyone needs to moisturize and sometimes just using creams are not enough. It’s a great way to pamper yourself in between facial visits, using it after traveling on a plane, or giving your skin more of an intensive boost of moisture. It contains Hyaluronic Acid in it that will smooth and plump your skin. It is more than 1,000 times more moisturizing then your regular moisturizer! Remember, when you hydrate your skin, you keep it looking young! This masque is also great for all skin types.

Beautifying Composition Oil:

Most people think that if you put oil on your skin you will break out. NOT true! Our skin is actually lipid-loving and if you properly moisturize with the proper oil, it can keep your skin balanced. Sometimes your skin can be too oily because the sebaceous glands are working overtime to send moisture to the acid mantle to balance out the PH level.

I like to apply it before I use my moisturizer as a chap stick all over my body. The Beautifying oil has a lovely aroma of rosemary and bergamot that I can smell all throughout my day.

Guest Blogger, A Beautiful Whim: How to Get your Makeup to Last Longer with Aveda Botanical Kinetics

June 15, 2015
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botanicalKinetics_600x500One of the most common questions I get asked about wearing makeup is how to get the makeup to last longer and how to achieve a flawless finish.  The answer is not to seal your face with a finishing spray or apply heavy base products.  The key to long lasting and flawless makeup lies within how you care for your skin and prepare it for the application of makeup.  Usually, makeup gets applied during the morning rush and sometimes there’s simply not enough time to incorporate steps into the morning routine that set the stage for a day where makeup still looks good by the lunch hour.  Aveda’s botanical kinetics skim firming and toning agent will consolidate more timely steps in the preparation process and also address common skin concerns including dry and oily skin.  The toning mist is a versatile, natural product that can be used regardless of skin type.

Let’s focus on the morning routine for a moment.  The necessary steps to produce the best cosmetic result are to cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Typically, when using moisturizers you need to wait 10-15 minutes before proceeding with your makeup application so the skin can fully absorb the product.  Otherwise, your makeup doesn’t blend well or adhere to your skin.  This prevents you from achieving a flawless finish.  Also, do you know what’s in the moisturizers and other products you are using?   Often, they can produce superficial and temporary results from chemicals additives.  What’s the result?  Eventually, your skin produces more oil and pores becomes clogged leading to break outs.

I hear a lot of complaints from people indicating within four to five hours of applying their makeup, it appears to have worn off or it breaks up as the skin produces oil.  It’s especially problematic during warm and humid weather.  We’ve all been there!  You start applying powder to improve the coverage and reduce shine but the next thing you know, the powder is caked on and the makeup looks patchy.  What was intended to beautify has resulted in an obvious mess. Personally, I have gone as far as removing and reapplying products midday (secretly in a bathroom stall) but this an unrealistic solution.  It’s simply a matter of having the right balance of time and products and understanding what your skin really needs.

skin tonerTo achieve a flawless finish and get longer lasting wear from your makeup, adequate hydration and a good toner can be applied to cleanse the skin, minimizing the production of oil and keeping your skin healthy.  The quality of your cosmetics and the techniques used to apply them also factor in but regardless of the quality of your cosmetics, if you aren’t caring for your skin properly, you’ve set yourself up for disappointment. The Aveda botanical kinetics toning agent is a regular part of my morning and evening regimen, instead of applying a separate toner and moisturizer. You can see in these photos from one of my makeup tutorials that I achieved a flawless makeup application using the Aveda product to prepare my skin and this makeup lasted all day.  I often spray the Aveda mist on my face and neck to prepare my skin and I use a moisturizer at night.  A good toner and moisturizer are certainly beneficial and highly recommended but it’s important to know what is in those products that you are applying to your skin.  Look closely at the products you are using today.  The ingredients appearing first on the list is what the makes up a majority of the product.  Do you know what they are?  You may be using products that contain harmful additives causing you to chase cycles of dryness, breakouts, and effects of product build up on your skin.

I love the clean and refreshing feel I’m left with after using the Aveda product.  Witch hazel, white oak, and peppermint leave my skin feeling awake and revitalized and the mist contains natural moisturizing agents.  This simple spray creates the perfect canvas for makeup. Skin is hydrated, ph-balanced, and absent of unnecessary products with mystery ingredients.  While the Aveda mist is ideal for all skin types, those with oily skin will notice a reduction in oil build up with regular use.  Before applying your makeup, cleanse your face and spray your neck and face with the mist.  Gentry pat it into your skin with clean fingers and begin your normal makeup routine.  It’s as simple as that.  For best results, also apply the product after your nightly cleanse.  I’d like to know if you can resist applying it only twice daily; I keep a bottle on my nightstand and use it more frequently because I love the herbal scent and the refreshing feeling after I spray it on my skin.  By the way, you don’t have to limit the use of the product to your face.  I like to spray the mist on my chest and occasionally the back of my neck as well.  Have you used the Aveda botanical toning mist and if so, what do you love about it?

3 ways to apply Aveda’s Beautifying Oil

beautifying_oil (2)Before Attending Cinta-Aveda Institute, I used a variety of different brands and products to remove my makeup. I started using Vaseline and a makeup removing cleanser from Nu Skin then I switched to Neutrogena oil free makeup remover and cleansing wipes and then, I switched to Garnier Fructis makeup wipes. Some of those products dried out my skin or some did not fully remove my makeup, especially around the eyes.

When I began learning about Aveda’s products in my intro class and we started performing facials on one another, I fell in love with Aveda’s beautifying oil because it was the perfect makeup remover. It literally removes everything including waterproof mascara. It has worked better than any of the other products I’ve listed above and is also very versatile. You can use it as a makeup remover for the entire face. It can also be used as a pre-cleanse and massage oil.

When using Aveda Beautifying Oil, I recommend these three ways to apply the product:

1) use a wet cotton rounds and apply a moderate amount of the beautifying oil to the cotton rounds
2) begin removing foundation or powder from the face by first weting your face
3) then apply the beautifying oil and proceed with an Aveda cleanser of your choice. I prefer the All Sensitive Cleanser or the Botanical Kinetics Cream Cleanser.

Some other additional ways that I use the beautifying oil are to add moisture to my scalp and the ends of my hair before I take a shower. Did I also mention that it smells fantastic? The balanced aroma consists of lavender, rosemary and bergamot. Other great ingredients include organic soybean oil, organic olive oil and organic safflower oil. This product also relieves dryness, restores moisture, and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. We sell this amazing item in our experience center for $30, however if you are a student you can use your discount to try it out. Have fun giving it a try!

What’s not to love about Control Force Firm Hair Spray?

aveda control sprayI’ve always had a problem with hair spray. It’s usually flaky, never holds my style or smells bad. But, Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hairspray provides maximum hold, control, 24-hour humidity resistance, with a net zero impact on the environment and above all, smells good.

I absolutely love that with this product I can still brush through hair. The hair keep its style, doesn’t flake, and keeps a nice strong hold. No matter if you have curly hair, straight, or wavy, Control Force is a great way to keep your style looking great and lasting longer. The spray also helps fight frizz and prevent static with a fast drying flake resistant formula.

It is best to apply this product about 10 inches from your hair and try not to stay in one spot for too long. Once again, you won’t regret investing in this prodcut–it’s optimized sprayer provides a fine mist and ensures a controlled application.

Top Products To Use For Getting the Perfect Pomp

Pompadour Poof haircutThe pompadour has definitely made a comeback in the last couple of years and it requires products that are going to provide a lot of support and hold.

The first product you want to use is Aveda Men’s pomade, which is the most essential. Once the wet hair is blow-dried to a state of 100% dryness, take a healthy scoop of pomade with one finger and run through the hair in all directions until the pomade is evenly distributed. The hair is now ready to be sculpted into the pomp shape by using any grooming comb.

For extra flatness on the sides, another great product I recommend is to use Aveda Control Paste. It is dime-sized to help literally paste the hair flat.

To finish your perfect pomp, I then recommend spraying Aveda Air Control all over to set the hair.

The relationship of these three products is seamless when executing this style not just functionally, but also aromatically, providing a fresh scent of spearmint and leaving the client feeling ready to go.

Men’s Hair Care

Aveda's Men's Care Products

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.

Enbrightenment for Skin Lightening and Hyperpigmentation

Aveda Enbrightenment Skincare Line of Products

I love Aveda’s Enbrightenment line simply for the way it feels! Not only does this line of products leave your skin feeling great; it brightens the skin, helping to even out the tone and fade dark spots. The cleanser is amazing. It’s creamy and non-stripping, leaving skin feeling moisturized and hydrated. The toner is just as wonderful. It’s alcohol free and hydrating, prepping the skin for the correcting serum and moisturizing lotion or cream. Though both the lotion and cream moisturize the skin without being too oily, the cream is a bit heavier: best for those with drier skin.

As a budding esthetician, and a lover of this line, I had to investigate the ingredients to see what makes these products rich and creamy while brightening the skin. Aloe barbadensis leaf is known for its healing benefits, and it is the first ingredient in all of the products in the line. In addition to aloe, featured ingredients include caprylic triglycerides, shea butter, and rice bran oil, helping to make this line feel silky, while moisturizing and nourishing your skin. Because they are brightening products, I expected to see familiar lightening ingredients like kojic acid, licorice root or glycolic acid, but I didn’t. Instead, there were ingredients that I wasn’t familiar with such as genetian root extract, mulberry leaf, and aphyllum nodsum leaf extract. I decided to go to the Aveda website to see if they were the active skin brightening ingredients. This is what they had to say:

100% naturally derived Plant-Powered Brightening Blend including Ascorbyl Glucoside (a vitamin C derivative), mulberry root, and grape extracts to help diminish the appearance of discoloration and dark spots.

Salicylic Acid and Glucosamine help promote surface cell turnover.

A soothing aroma made predominantly with organic lavender, sustainably sourced sandalwood, organic rose geranium and organic rosemary essential oils also helps soothe and calm the skin.

Step 3 in the enbrightenment skin care system which is clinically proven to improve skin’s clarity by 52% and diminish the appearance of dark spots by 34%

Beta-Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid)

Salicylic acid exfoliates skin and can improve its texture and color. It also helps with acne.

Sounds great right?! But do these ingredients alone help to lighten the skin? Are they effective in lightening all types of hyperpigmentation? And how do they compare to other types of lightening agents and methods?

Before beginning a skin lightening regime, it’s important to know the cause of discoloration, and the best way to treat it. There are many things to consider. Choosing natural versus synthetic ingredients may effect the amount of time you need to use the product before seeing results, or the type of results you should expect to see with prolonged use. You also need to consider the complimentary care you’ll need in order to maintain the results. Finally, you need to be aware of contraindications, or possible allergies to certain ingredients.

Hyperpigmentation

Being natural, the ingredients in the “brightening blend” gently help to even out skin tone, fading dark spots—hyperpigmentation—caused by sun damage. The Enbrightenment line may not be beneficial for other forms of hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage can appear in a number of ways: lentigenes, chloasma, and melasma.

Solar lentigenes are small yellow-brown spots caused by exposure to the sun. Chloasma, also called liver spots, is increased pigmentation from sun exposure or from other causes. Melasma, a type of chloasma, is triggered by hormones often occurring during pregnancy or because of the use of birth control. It appears on the face during pregnancy. It usually fades over time, but is worsened with sun exposure. It is also said to be more prevalent in men and women of Native American descent (on the forearms) and in men and women of German or Russian Jewish descent (on the face).

Solar-caused hyperpigmentation usually effects the top layers of the epidermis and can be effectively treated with natural ingredients. However if the damage is deep and effects the dermis, more aggressive treatment may be necessary. Lasers, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and ingredients like hydroquinone may be used when seeking more aggressive treatments.

A Closer Look at Aveda’s Ingredients

Ascorbyl glucoside, a stable form of vitamin C, is made by combining vitamin C with glucose. It is an antioxidant and, when applied on the skin, it breaks down into L-ascorbic acid (pure vitamin C) which has powerful antioxidant properties and inhibits the synthesis of melanin.

Mulberry leaf extract is a tyrosinase inhibitor which aids in reducing melanin production. It’s non-irritating to the skin, and works best in combination with other skin lighteners.

Grape seed extract is effective in lightening skin pigmentation due to UV radiation. Taking grape seed extract internally is also effective in reducing hyper pigmentation due to melasma when taken for 6 months.

Salicylic acid exfoliates the skin, helping to promote greater skin clarity and luminosity.

Beta hydroxy acids are less irritating than alpha-hydroxy acids, yet have similar results in improving skin texture and color. However, people who are allergic to salycylates (found in aspirin) should not use products containing salicylic acid. Salicylic acid can be absorbed into the bloodstream and may cause an allergic reaction or contact dermatitis. Pregnant or nursing women should not use products containing salicylic acid.

Other great ingredients in the Enbrightenment line that help to reduce hyper pigmentation are ascophyllum nodsum extract and aloe vera. Ascophyllum nodosum extract, a seaweed, actively reduces melanin synthesis and pigmentation of synthesized melanins. It also eliminates the pigmented scales. It offers anti-radical protection against aging of skin.

Aleosin, is a C-glucosylated 5-methylchromone, a component of the aloe vera plant. It is a naturally mild tyrosinase inhibitor, with no cytotoxicity recorded. It is best combined with other ingredients, due to its hydrophilic (has an affinity for water) nature.

It may take up to eight weeks, or several months of regular use, before seeing results. However, your complexion will look dewy, hydrated and have a noticeable glow and brightness immediately after first use. For added results, using the Enbrightenment Intensive Massage Masque once every two weeks boost the effects of the line. To maintain results, use a moisturizer with SPF to protect your skin from the sun and reoccurring hyperpigmentation.

Like I said, this line is amazing! I highly recommend it.

My Outer Peace Experience

The Story

At the age of seven, I can remember being mesmerized watching my father wash his face and apply hydrating cream. It was our first bonding moment that I can remember, and what started me in my love for skincare.

Then, like the majority of us, at age of 15 I started having basic teenage acne. What did I do? I hopped on the Proactive wagon and it worked perfectly for me. It cleared everything up. I was an excellent candidate for Proactive because my face produced so much oil that I had no drying and could use the entire system flawlessly.

Aveda Outer Peace Line

The Challenge

As I got older, I felt that I had outgrown the acne stage of my life because of the significant decrease in breakouts. I began researching different products that I should be using for cleansing and I wanted to incorporate some anti-aging products as well. I began toying with other products, getting samples and so on. But the challenge was that the products all caused me to have massive breakouts. This reaction made me think…hmmm…I still have acne.

The Answer

After some education on my skin type and how excessive oily skin works, I tried Aveda’s Outer Peace line. I was not disappointed. In three weeks, my oil production decreased and my skin looked better than it ever had-even when I was using Proactive. When using Proactive, I tended to have somce redness to my skin, and that went away with the Outer Peace product.

I rarely break out, and when I do, it is most often due to the food I have eaten. Did I mention that the smell is amazing?