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New Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight

Product - Aveda Smooth InfusionHave you ever struggled keeping your hair naturally straight? Living in San Francisco and having curly hair, the fog always finds a way to bring back my curls. But with Aveda’s new Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight, I have found a balance. The other day I had a guest with curly hair. After her daily routine of letting her hair air, it always seemed to be frizzy.

I know what you’re thinking: “I thought that it was only for blowing straight and to help when flat ironing the hair.” But no, I’ve been trying new things. On the day that my guest wanted beach waves, I was very happy to hear it. I’d been telling her all day about the new Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight product. So I brought over the Dry Remedy oil, the Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight, Volumizing Tonic (for memory hold), and Air Control. They’re all light weight products, which I think is the best after a fresh hair cut.

I start with a little Dry Remedy oil and a little Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight (Naturally Straight also has heat protection in its formula), then I rough dry the hair to about 70% dry. Next, I take about a dime size of Dry Remedy oil and Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight, work into the hair starting from ends to root, then add the Volumizing Tonic spraying from end to root. I then choose the proper size round brush and section the hair into about 1/4 inch sections, split in two. With the round brush, I start with the brush under the hair and the blow dryer on top but not touching the hair or brush. I start directing the up and the down. Next I switch the round and the blow dry.

This next step is very important. I take the blow dryer and the brush and choose which way I want the body to flow. So I over direct the hair, flipping the hair the same way. Repeat throughout the whole head. Finishing touch with Air Control and a little lip stick or gloss to help polish off the new look.

Benefits of Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids

September 17, 2014
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We all have our issues with choosing products for our skin and finding the best effective products with ingredients that will benefit our skin! AHA’s and BHA’s are great ingredients for giving a youthful look to our skin. They both work in their own way for a particular skin type or skin problem.

AHA and BHA

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) is an acid that is derived from fruits that contain skin rejuvenating properties. Most commonly known are Glycolic, Lactic, Citric, Malic, and Tartaric Acids and are found in most skin care formulations as they promote the cell turnover rate. The process in which they work is by melting down the intracellular fluid letting dead skin cells to be removed from the surface of the skin. AHAs are water soluble and are best for the sun damaged or individuals with a thicker dermis. AHAs exfoliate the surface layers of the skin and help retain more water which, in turns, helps the overall moisture content. They do not penetrate as deep as BHAs; the overall effect of the AHAs is felt on the surface of the dermis.

Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is specifically one organic compound—a salicylic acid. BHA will work in the same way as the AHA does by breaking down and exfoliating dead skin cells. The defining difference is that salicylic acid is oil soluble, which has the ability to penetrate pores filled with oil and exfoliate those pores. BHAs are great for those individuals with oily or acne prone skin. There is an anti-inflammatory property as well as an anti-bacterial affect from using a BHA. It is also great for sensitive skin types and those that may have a specific skin condition.

Three Sweet Secrets for Healthy Hair Treatments at Home

June 1, 2014
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Carmen MirandaDid you just run out of your favorite store or salon—bought deep conditioner? Is your hair dehydrated and dull? Maybe you’re having a night in of pampering yourself and just want to get creative in the kitchen. I will show you a handful of ways to nourish your thirsty tresses, using easy natural recipes.

A papaya treatment can help remove build up and residue from cleansing products and chemicals, and also restore hair’s natural shine and softness. To make a papaya pack, buy a papaya and half it. If you have very long thick hair you can use the entire fruit. Peel the skin and discard along with all of the seeds. Mash the fruit until pulpy, add a half cup of plain yogurt, and blend. Apply this mixture to your hair and leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse.

Honey contains vitamins, minerals, and acts as a humectant to retain moisture. A honey treatment can be a solution to split ends and contributes to a healthy scalp, making your hair feel nourished and enriched. For a mask, heat together three tablespoons of olive oil with two tablespoons of honey. Then add a tablespoon of lemon juice and mix well. Apply it to the scalp and hair and leave it on for 30 minutes or longer. Rinse out, then shampoo. Do this once a month for healthy locks.

The ancient Egyptians were the first to recognize the fantastic benefits of avocado. It can add shine and luster to the hair, as well as prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. All you have to do is wet your hair, mash up an entire avocado, and make sure to coat all of the split ends. Leave the avocado in the hair for up to 30 minutes, and then rinse. Follow with shampoo if needed. The vitamins and amino acids will noticeably condition your thirsty ends.

Hopefully these fruity salves will help solve all of your dryness distress! Plus, you will be happy to save money by taking a break from expensive products and using these trusty treats.

The Many Ways to Use Dry Remedy Moisturizing Oil

May 4, 2014
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The new reformulated Dry Remedy line is an absolute favorite of mine. It adds just enough moisture without weighing hair down, and leaves hair smelling fresh with a soft herbal aroma. Dry Remedy just came out with a new additional styling product called Daily Moisturizing Oil. It’s 99% naturally derived and uses buriti oil from a sweet palm nut that is packed with hydrating nutrients, instead of synthetics. The lack of silicone means no grease slick on your hair, and only a drop or two is needed!

The most awesome thing about the new Daily Moisturizing Oil is that you can use it in various ways, in damp & dry, straight & curly, and fine & course hair! The product’s versatility makes it one of my favorites.

The oil acts as both a treatment for your hair, and a styling product. A few drops can be applied to damp hair before heat styling to create a soft, silky look. The antioxidants, beta-carotene, and fatty acids in buriti oil will work to penetrate hair and actually improve its health. The oil can also be used as a styling finisher to smooth away flyaways. Emulsify a couple drops in your palms and gently pat the crown of your styled, dry head. The oil will gently seal down any frizzies and enhance straight looks. Another way to use the Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil is to finger comb into curly hair, and/or mix a little bit with Confixor to add extra shine and separation to curls.

You will be so impressed with the luxuriousness of this product, and its ability to be used in so many different ways. Not only will your hair be instantly moisturized by 41% but it will smell wonderful and glisten.
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Graduation Reflections

April 26, 2013
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As I come to the end of my program, clocking in 1600 hours as a cosmetologist, I feel so much accomplishment in myself. As for myself, high school wasn’t exactly the scene for me: homework felt overrated and friends and socializing were more important. But when I started to realize that I was graduating school, cosmetology school popped in my head quite often. So I decided to pursue the career I always loved growing up: which is hair and makeup.

Cinta Aveda has taught me so many great qualities that I plan to take with me to my future career as a cosmetologist and business woman.

Graduation at Cinta Aveda Institute

Cinta Aveda Institute rules are there for many reasons. The main reason is just to teach discipline in the work field. I feel the morals that Cinta Aveda sends out are great and a life lesson into the big world. One of our grades as students is for “being punctual,” which is being on time. Then we have being “professional,” which is your interaction with guests and educators. I feel these traits are followed by in the real world and are very serious so practicing it now will help when going into an interview.

Students who are punctual and have attendance that is outstanding receive a certificate for their accomplishment: which gives us motivation so we have great things to show our future employers. I feel the attitudes Cinta’s educators try and show us are enthusiastic, creative, and understanding, which when working with all types of different people can come in handy.

I have grown up so much during my education and I owe a lot of it to my educators and friends at school. It was somewhat of a wake up call to reality for me. I love what I am doing and I know with the education I have received I will love doing it for many years to come. The hard work does really pay off, even with the good and bad days I will never take back anything I have learned from school.

The most important thing I think Cinta Aveda Institute taught me was to always keep your head high and to never let go of your goals and dreams.

How-To Care: Thick Hair and Hair Re-Growth

April 8, 2013
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As most ethnic women (like me) would say, having thick hair comes naturally for us; volume, weather, and heat are a floating recollection. We use the highest heat to try and flatten out our mane, don’t use product with fear that it will poof out, and steer clear of anything resembling humidity. What we fail to realize is we can’t keep taking our naturally voluminous locks for granted. Poorly treated hair, no matter what the density, is unhappy hair. I’ve noticed the clients of mine who have this trend also have a common complaint, “why is my hair thinning out?”

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Proper hair care comes in all shapes and sizes. First and foremost, if you keep applying heat to a hair follicle that repeatedly gets this abuse without having any buffers to restore the strength, the hair follicle eventually will become damaged enough to not be there anymore. Of course heat damage isn’t the only problem for hair thinning / hair loss. Environment, stress, hormone change and genetics all have effects on your growth. Taken all of this into consideration, I have a solution for you poor souls who feel you’ve gone from fab to drab: PRODUCT! But the right kind.

Aveda is known for being ayurvedic and green. Their products work with the protein (called keratin) your hair is made up of and solves the problem you’re facing in a holistic approach. Quite frankly, it’s the only way to save any problem.

Invati is their new line for hair re-growth. If you’re just having a problem with your hair being thin since birth and want thicker hair, they have their Pure Abundance line for that. Tackling hair re-growth has never been easier than investing in Aveda’s Invati line. Yes, there are many at-home ayurvedic rituals you could research and waste time trying to figure out. Personally speaking, I’ve done it, and it’s draining when you wait those 4-6 weeks to see results only to realize it hasn’t done anything!

Having recommended Invati to my clients, I’ve seen with my eyes the results of fuller, denser hair in 2 weeks time. Don’t be afraid of product: it’s worth the investment, and you can add “thinning hair” to the list of floating recollections.

Article of Inspiration: Antoinette Beenders

March 23, 2013
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Antoinette Beenders is Aveda’s creative director. She has been for years and continues to grow the Aveda name with her strong belief in education and perfection. She was premiered in the latest issue of Behind The Chair on paper. For those of you who aren’t aware of this magazine, it’s a must-have if you are in the beauty industry.

via behindthechair.com

There is an intimate article about her start in life as a hair dresser, emphasizing that her journey was not easy and it took determination and hard work to get where she is today. She never accepted ‘no,’ and never accepted anything less than perfect. As a young Dutch woman she moved to London without knowing how to speak English. Not really having a plan other than to surround herself with successful people, she achieved her goal and worked with industry leaders. Later, becoming a platform artist and accepting a position from the owner of Aveda.

Boudicca via behindthechair.com

Her decision to accept this job from Aveda didn’t come easy, but she was ready to make a name for herself and be a part of world that she was less familiar with. This article was inspirational for me as a student at Cinta Aveda institute. I take pride in knowing that Ms. Beenders worked so hard to get where she is now, she’s a perfectionist, and created an Aveda curriculum that ensures haircuts to be articulate and mindful.

Boudicca via behindthechair.com

I connected with her, because there was a point in her career where she didn’t get to spend any time with her husband. She decided that life’s too short to not spend it with the people you love, so her husband goes everywhere she does so they can spend as much time as possible together even on business trips. I admire this thoughtfulness, because it is difficult to spend time with the people I love, and I haven’t even graduated school yet. Her success is inspiring and I’m proud to be a part of the Aveda family.

My Time at the Institute.

February 14, 2013
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After almost seventeen months I am finally approaching the end of my time here at the Cinta Aveda Institute. I am so grateful for the knowledge the institute has given me as well as for how much my personal and professional skills have expanded. My experience here from the time I walked in to have my initial interview to now has been overall a great one.

I chose to attend Aveda after looking into a few other schools in the area, and I feel that this was by far the best choice. When I came for my tour everybody seemed friendly and fairly goal-oriented. I loved how clean and neat everything looked and the fact that sold it for me was that I would be using amazing products that I believe in.

I was really excited to start and Kevin, my intro teacher, could not have been more perfect for introducing the basics and the products. I was nervous at first but he is an amazing teacher and I think that he does a great job at keeping everybody feeling comfortable as well as staying on task.

Once I moved to the student floor I learned so much, I can’t even believe how much I have learned in such a short time. All the instructors here are very experienced and amazing at what they do. I am so lucky to be learning from such a talented group of people.

The Aveda color line is amazing and even though I am more interested in cutting I love that we can formulate to get the perfect color every time. Starting off with a more complex, customizable line will definitely benefit the Aveda student in the future whether or not they decide to stay with the Aveda family after their time at the institute.

After completing my sixteen hundred hours here I will feel prepared and confident while going into the industry and finding the right salon for me. I still have a lot to learn but the fundamentals that have been instilled in me here will stick with me forever.

Since I am approaching my end date I have been reflecting on my time here and I can honestly say that it has been overall a great time. I have made friends that I know will stick with me for life. I’m not going to lie and say that every moment here has been perfect, I have definitely had my ups and downs, but after all the blood, sweat, and tears I have become a better person and have learned how to work hard and be on time.

The institute has not only taught me how to cut and color hair, but also how to maintain a professional image and a work-friendly attitude. I have grown so much during my time here and I thank everybody who has helped me along the way. I am excited to finally graduate and start my career as a cosmetologist!

Career Change and Maintaining Personal Values

December 12, 2012
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Before I chose to attend beauty school at Cinta Aveda, I had spent nearly a decade working in the animal field. During my career I worked in wildlife care; I assisted in a breeding program aimed at re-building the population of an endangered species, and I worked in education- spreading the message of conservation and environmental protection. I am proud to say that in choosing to begin a career with Aveda, I am continuing to make a positive impact in the natural world. In keeping with their mission, Aveda is a cruelty-free company: they do not test their products on animals. However, there are several beauty companies that are cruelty free; Aveda goes beyond cruelty-free product testing. The plant where Aveda manufactures their products has been labeled as a certified wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

Certified Wildlife Habitat

Though I’ve worked with a variety of species, the majority of my time was spent working with birds, so I have a great appreciation for the work that Aveda does with Audubon– an organization that works to preserve all wildlife habitats, but with particular focus on birds. Aveda works with Audubon to provide nesting sites for wild birds living in the wildlife habitat of their manufacturing plant, and in the preservation of natural habitats in other places around the country. The beauty industry and protection of the natural world seem like two completely different entities, but Aveda has managed to make them work hand-in-hand- bringing a new meaning of “beauty” to the beauty industry.

Beauty Trends: Neo Goth

November 6, 2012
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Antoinette Beenders is the director of the Aveda Artistic Team and she has created the brilliant new Fall line. “Neo Goth” is the new look that everyone should at least want to re-create for a hot date or fabulous party. It has a twist of edginess and classy all intertwined.

With a strong dark lip, strong smokey eye, or both, it has created a fierce intense look to catch anyone’s attention. I think it is a remarkable statement and yet so simple that I’m not sure why no one has thought to do it recently.

Antoinette says,

We captured the strength and emotion of the neo-gothic movement and reframed it by adding fragility and romance to the look. By pairing it with graphic futurism of Japanese manga and anime we created images that are almost otherworldly.

Along with the makeup you can add an edgy haircut or straight and modern to go as an accessory. Just like with clothing you add a belt to your outfit to give it that extra ‘aw.’ Mixing a dark red-burgundy lipstick with a black matte smokey eye and a red violet hair color.

With dark hair color plays with the illusion of shadow by melting unique colors together. Using these dark tones around the featured areas of the face help accent in the perfect way and create the look of a classic beauty.

The styles are iconic in design, yet feel modern, even futuristic—and have our collection’s gothic edge.

Allen Ruiz, Artistic Director for Styling said. I think that this look is just the beginning of what new and fashion-forward steps Aveda is taking.

Aveda’s Invati Line

October 11, 2012
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So many people jokingly ask me if I can give them more hair, and I say “well, Aveda just came out with a product that reduces hair loss and makes your hair feel thicker and fuller!”

The new Invati line is quite an amazing development in terms of taking nautrual ingredients and doing something that heavy chemicals have only had minimal success with in the past. The Invati line is not Rogaine, it is not proven to grow hair where there is absolutely none. However, there are quite a few testimonials that it has at least some success in growing hair even in bald spots.

The secret is to use the whole system together.

  • Invati Exfoliating Shampoo: Uses wintergreen-derived salicylic acid to cleanse the scalp of sebum build up leaving the follicles open for the hair to come through.
  • Invati Thickening Conditioner: Uses arginine derived from sugar beets and soy protein to strengthen the hair and prevent breakage allowing the hair to grow longer and feel thicker.
  • Invati Scalp Revitalizer: Uses a blend of Ayurvedic herbs, such as turmeric and ginseng to invigorate the scalp and bring the blood full of nutrients to the surface to enrich the hair bulb so the hair can grow strong.

The shampoo and conditioner should be used as you would use any other shampoo/conditioner. However, the scalp revitalizer should be used twice a day, morning and night. To apply the scalp revitalizer take sections of your hair parallel to your part and going horizontally spray it on the scalp. Then, give it a good five minute massage all over. When you hair has reached the level of thickness you want you can reduce your use of the system to once a week or very fourth or fifth time you wash your hair.

Invati Commercial

 

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.

Aveda Brilliant Damage Control Spray

September 6, 2012
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As a Cinta Aveda student stylist, one of my favorite products that I have come to love and tend to use over and over no matter what type of hair my clients have is the AVEDA BRILLIANT DAMAGE CONTROL spray.  It is quite a miracle worker, useful for all hair types, no matter if one has fine hair or the coarsest,  thickest head of hair.  It is an amazing product that is the foundation for any hairstyle. It works great as a pre-styling tool to detangle, protect hair from heat and thermal styling and also condition the hair to keep from pesky fly-aways.  It contains 96% naturally derived ingredients such as moisturizing products like chamomile flower, calendula extract and aloe leaf juice. It also protects from UV rays.

To use, spray on freshly shampooed, towel dried hair, blow dry and then style as usual (it also protects your locks if you are a flat iron or curling iron junkie!) .  The difference is undeniable.  Hair is noticeably softer, smoother and less frizzy than if one didn’t use anything at all.  It is also quite light and does not leave hair sticky or heavy with product which I know is a great concern for a lot of folks.   I also tend to recommend this product to those clients who are a very low maintenance type of person.  If he/she does not like to use any product at all, I would recommend at least convincing them to use this one product at the very least!   They will notice a difference!

Voila, You Have Curls!

August 29, 2012
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For curly hair it is hard to find the right products and way to style. I would know; my hair is infuriatingly curly at times.  I have found the Be Curly styling products from Aveda make my hair quite manageable.  The Be Curly line is designed to give the hair moisture so frizz is controlled and the curls are sleek and bouncy.  All you have to do is wash with the Be Curly Shampoo, Be Curly Conditioner and use the Dry Remedy Treatment mask every third or fourth time you wash your hair.

 

While you hair is towel dried apply a half a dime size amount of the Be Curly Style Prep, then a dime size amount of the Be Curly Curl Enhancer.  If you feel like you need more of either product because you have a lot of hair or it is really long try and keep with the same ratio.  A good thing to do as well is start your product application at the bottom of your hair and move up so you don’t get too much at the top and make it look greasy.  Do not mix the products, apply one and then the other.

Section your hair going horizontally, the bigger the sections the looser the curl will be.  Then,  take a vertical section from that horizontal sectioning to make a “box” like section of hair.  Twist the hair around itself, then take another section. You can switch direction as you twist if you want to variate curl pattern.  Continue until all the hair is twisted.

Now, using a diffuser, set the hair in the diffuser attachment and keep it still while you blow it dry.  Movement will create frizz. You can tilt your head to the side and back or even flip your head down so you get volume at the top. When the hair is completely dry shake out the twists gently, and voila you have curls!

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.