Beauty

Beauty Word CloudMy definition of beauty is feeling beautiful inside and out and treating others the same way. To me beauty always has a powerful impact on humanity. Beauty surrounds and overwhelms everyday life and can really have a huge impact on you as a person. Beauty can boost your confidence and happiness or, in its absence, destroy your self worth and bring you down; that makes it powerful.

You—together with everyone else in the world—are beautiful in unique ways. There is beauty in more than you realize: different cultures, food, art, fashion, relationships, and more. Beauty comes from within and should be expressed in whatever way makes you happy.

In my life, I have a passion to want to help others without expecting anything in return. My beauty comes from hard work and little payoff, less sleep, and amazing results.

I wouldn’t change my view on beauty for the world and I am so appreciative of the confidence it has given me to feel love and compassion for others. It is unfortunate, though, that beauty can be a negative sometimes. Some people use their beauty to target and bully others. It is a shame that some take advantage of their beauty and waste it on hurting others or making others feel like they possess no beauty themselves. Never let others bring you down. As my girl Christina Aguilera would say, “You are beautiful, no matter what they say…cause words can’t bring you down.”

Swimming: A Real Work Out

Hair Splash in PoolI was part of a competitive swim team for six years. Not only did I make some of my best friends on the team, but, in a few months, I was in the best shape of my life. Swimming offers something no other aerobic exercise does: the ability to work your body without harsh impact to your skeletal system. Your body is lighter in the water—the deeper you are submerged, the less weight your body needs to support. When submerged up to your neck, 90% of your weight is supported by the pool. The pool is also the perfect place to work stiff muscles and sore joints, especially if you’re overweight or suffer from arthritis.

Unlike exercise machines in a gym—like a bicep curl or a bench press—that tend to isolate one body part at a time, swimming puts the body through a broad range of motions that helps joints and ligaments stay loose and flexible. The arms move in wide motions, the hips are engaged as the legs scissor through the water, and the head and spine twist from side to side. Plus, as you reach forward with every stroke, you’re lengthening your body, which is more efficient to move in the water and also helps give you a good stretch from head to toe.

To improve your flexibility beyond swimming, you might also want to finish your pool workout with a series of gentle stretches. The support of the water should help you maintain positions involving tricky balance such as a quadriceps stretch. Swimming truly is helpful for everyone and every body type.

Foods To Make You Feel Beautiful

Beauty Foods

  • Olive Oil

    Extra virgin olive oil belongs in the kitchen and on your skin. Apply it directly to your skin; it’s got tons of vitamin E and good fats to give your skin all the moisture it needs.

  • Water

    Drinking water for skin hydration is a topic that is highly debated, so let’s break it down. Your skin is an organ and is made up of cells. Those cells (like most cells) are mostly made up of water. Without that water, cells and organs would not be able to function. You lose lots of water daily, naturally, so it’s important to rehydrate your body and your skin when that hydration is lost. The truth is that water will mostly likely reach all your other organs before it reaches your skin, so definitely make sure to drink a couple of extra glasses a day.

  • Avocados

    A fan of avocados? Great! These fruits are full of vitamins C, E and monounsaturated fats—great for locking in moisture and promoting over all skin health.

  • Fish

    Salmon, herring, trout, sardines, and mackerel all contain lots of omega-3s. Fish fats help to protect skin from the sun, reduce inflammation, and strengthen your skin’s cells.

  • Carrots

    Next time you take a trip to grocery store, steer towards some yellow and orange veggies. The reason certain veggies take on this color is because they have the antioxidant beta-carotene in them. This particular antioxidant helps to fight off the sun rays and other environmental aggressors and help prevent or soothe dry skin.

  • Spinach

    Dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale contain iron, omega-4s, and vitamins A, B and E. All of those not only help your skin’s overall health, but help give your immune system a nice boost.

  • Fruits

    The majority of fruits contain lots of vitamin A and C which helps to replenish your skin’s nutrients and promote collagen production.

  • Nuts

    In just one nut you will find omega 3s, vitamins A, B and E, minerals, monounsaturated fats, and antioxidants. Therefore, eating nuts throughout the day helps give your skin hydration, promote elasticity, protect you against free radical and pollutants, and regenerate cells.

  • Eggs

    Eggs have very high levels of protein which is great in aiding cell regeneration. They also contain sulfur and lutein, both of which help to promote skin hydration and elasticity.

Masks for Healthier Hair

Aveda Hair Products Collage

Thick, shiny, healthy hair is something many clients come seeking from their stylist. Every day on the salon floor, we find ourselves offering treatments to enhance the look and feel of hair. Whether it’s color treated, damaged by heat styling, or dry, there are botanical treatments we offer to address these issues. In the salon, we offer botanical treatments for specific issues. These include a relaxing scalp massage with oils blended to meet the needs of dry or irritated scalps. Then we follow it up with a shampoo, botanical serum, and mask. Finally, we finish with a beautiful blowout to display your treated tresses.

Most guests at our salon are well aware of these salon botanical treatments—and frequently request them—but it’s a great next step to try masks at home. This allows you continue the process of addressing whatever concerns you may have with your hair. Aveda offers five great hair masks:

  • Dry Remedy Moisture Mask

    This mask is terrific for dry hair and scalps. It contains buriti oil and has a light scent. It’s a great companion for the dry remedy shampoo and will help maintain hydrated hair.

  • Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Mask

    Helps address dull damaged hair. This mask is great for previously highlighted hair. I always recommend it to anyone who has bleached their hair and notices it becoming frizzy, brittle, or generally damaged by processing. Because this mask has quinoa protein in it to help damaged cuticles, it leaves the hair feeling strong and looking shiny.

  • Smooth Infusion Smoothing Masque

    Perfect for frizz-prone hair. This helps defend against humidity. Especially great if you’re travelling through humid climates and want to maintain your sleek style.

  • Be Curly Intensive Detangling Mask

    This is a great new addition that I have used on my own extremely curly hair. It makes blow drying my hair straight so much easier. It moisturizes with babasu oil and shea butter leaving your hair feeling nourished.

  • Color Conserve Strengthening Treatment

    This mask is perfect for a post color treatment and the sunflower and macadamia nut oils help seal in color.

So the next time you find your hair feeling less than fantastic, think about a mask that can be both relaxing and a great way to treat your hair’s needs.

Graduation Celebration

CAI Graduation Celebration

I participated in Celebration (aka my graduation). I didn’t think too much about it at time but, looking back and reflecting on the event, I’m so glad I participated in it.

I used my four-year-old son as my model and turned him into a ’50s psychobilly-esque dude. He strutted his stuff down a make-shift runway and got a loud unexpected roar of applause. I then sat him on my lap and listened to the speeches made by fellow soon-to-be graduates.

The types of relationships you build here at Cinta Aveda Institute amaze me. A lot of people go into professional programs with a one-track mind: get in, get out, get a job. You never anticipate the connections you unknowingly make.

The tight-knit community of beauty artists is a very special one. It’s as if there’s this unspoken bond. We all know we’re doing what we do not just to pay the bills but because we love our craft. We all know we have one of the best professions because we remain passionate about our work through our lifetime. I realized this during Celebration. You can tell you’ve joined a great profession when the people you’re supposed to be competing against for jobs are standing right next to you, cheering you on!

Light Therapy

Light Therapy Product

Light therapy, or LED therapy, comes with many benefits for the skin and are great additions to skin care regimens. LED therapy uses light energy to penetrate through to the deeper layers of the skin. It stimulates collagen production, boosts cellular metabolism, and can speed up cell repair.

There are different colored lights, each with their own specific function for the skin:

  • Red light therapy is great for treating both acne and wrinkles. It stimulates the fibroblasts to produce more collagen, which, in turn, plumps up the skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It also reduces inflammation, boosts circulation in the skin, and controls sebum production.
  • Blue light therapy is used specifically for acne. The wavelengths of blue light kill the main acne-causing bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes.
  • Green light therapy is used to treat hyperpigmentation by reducing the overproduction of melanin.
  • Amber light therapy is used to treat redness and dilated capillaries but doesn’t penetrate as deep as the other colors, so is best if used in conjunction with other LED light colors.

The different LED colors can be used together in one treatment to treat multiple skin issues. They are, of course, best when used in conjunction with serums and creams to further treat the skin.

You can get light therapy treatment done at a spa, a dermatologist’s office, or through a personal handheld device to use at home. The LEDs on a personal device don’t tend to be as strong as those used professionally but are a more affordable option for more than occasional use.

Hair Color First-timers

Three Women with Colored Hair

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

  • Evaluate your needs

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

  • Bring Lots of Pictures

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

  • Choose Colors

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

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

The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid IllustrationAs we age, skin moisture can drop significantly, which makes the skin lose elasticity and expose the signs of aging on the skin. Hyaluronic acid (HA) plays a critical role in skin health with its unique ability to hold in moisture. Hyaluronic acid is a natural glycosaminoglycan (polysaccharides that are an important component of connective tissue) and is distributed widely throughout connective, neural, and epithelial tissue. Hyaluronic acid is a major component of skin, where it benefits tissue repair and protection. It is of the chief components of the extracellular matrix (the tissue that provides structural support to cells). It is able to penetrate the skin’s upper layers to improve and benefit the skin when applied topically. In short, hyaluronic acid supports many important areas of the body, with notable benefit to joints and skin.

Hyaluronic acid can be derived from multiple resources, foods, supplements, and HA powders. When applied in an HA cream or serum, hyaluronic acid forms an air permeable layer and penetrates into the dermis, thus boosting the elasticity and hydration of the skin. The protective barrier on the skin locks in moisture, which helps give the skin a youthful appearance. Moreover, hyaluronic acid further benefits the skin by helping protect against UVB rays (and the scavenging reactive oxygen species they generate). Among other effects, UVB can cause sunspots.

Look for these key properties in the various hyaluronic acid serums and creams. Prefer hyaluronic acid from a vegan source. More often than not, a “pure hyaluronic acid” serum will contain alcohol or preservatives that counteract the benefits of hyaluronic acid used as a topical. Avoid these products. Also avoid hyaluronic acid serums that also contain parabens, sulfates, or other ingredients that are harmful to the skin.

Green Science Masque-Age

Female Face with Esthetician's Hands

The Aveda Green Science Masque-Age is one of my all-time favorite Aveda products. It’s great to use during the massage or mask portion of a facial for any skin type. And it’s a great take-home product recommendation for a mature client who has dehydrated, dull, or wrinkled skin.

This masque/massage cream duo contains lots of hydrating and nutrient-rich ingredients including:

Jojoba Oil

This oil is very hydrating and makes an excellent natural moisturizer. Jojoba is said to be the closest oil in molecule structure size to the natural sebum our skin produces. That makes it easy for Jojoba to penetrate nutrients deeply into the skin. It has intensive hydrating properties and also promotes collagen production.

Murumuru Butter

This nourishing butter contains a powerful dose of antioxidants, preventing free radical damage that promotes skin aging. It is high in fatty acids as well as vitamin A, making it excellent for restoring the elasticity of aging skin.

Brazil Nut Oil

This oil is very good for aging skin, giving it a radiant, youthful glow. It contains vitamins A and E which act as antioxidants, minimizing the effects of free radical damage. This oil is also high in selenium, an antioxidant that aids in cell protection. In addition to its anti-aging properties, brazil nut oil is great for treating psoriasis, eczema, chronic dry skin, and other skin conditions.

Overall, this masque is a wonderful product choice for a mature client.

Baking Soda Beauty

Baking Soda

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of baking soda, Grandma’s cookies? Not anymore. Baking soda has become a major player in the beauty realm. It’s inexpensive, easy to find, and you probably already have it in your kitchen. Baking soda has many beauty uses; below are a few of them.

Clarifying Shampoo

If you use heavy hair products especially dry shampoo, your scalp most likely needs a deep exfoliating treatment every once and a while. Baking soda is a natural clarifier to cut right through all of that product buildup. Just add a small amount into your shampoo to give your hair and scalp a refreshing reboot.

Cuticle Care

Us girls (and guys) love our gel manicures, but sometimes they make our cuticles look a little worse for the wear, a small bit of baking soda mixed with warm water can whip them into place. Gently scrubbing your fingertips with this combo will exfoliate all of those dead, dry skin cells and leave you with healthier nail beds.

Exfoliant

For oily and acne-prone skin types, baking soda works as a great all-natural exfoliant. Just mix a little with some water in your palm, making a paste. Then gently scrub in circular motions to shed dead skin cells and reveal that glowing skin underneath.

Detox Bath

Baking soda also could be used in a detox bath to get deep into those pores. Mix it with equal parts sea salt and add your favorite essential oil for a spa indulgence.