Retro Waves

November 28, 2012
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For the last few years I have become obsessed with retro styling. All so elegant and simple-looking yet difficult to create the “old-fashioned way.” However stylists are constantly coming up with new ways to create these old styles and I would like to share my favorite the “Veronica Lake” or “S-shaped” waves. Simple, stunning and wearable for any occasion.

Veronica Lake

First: Start by creating a very deep side part. This creates a sexy and smoldering look.

Hint: The deeper the side part the better. Veronica Lake used to cover one eye with her hair.

Second: Start by curling the section right above your ear and curl everything toward your forehead.

Hint: Using a curling iron with a 1” barrel is my personal favorite but if you want a looser wave use a larger iron, or for a tighter wave a smaller barreled iron. Make sure all the hair is getting hot without burning the hair.

Third: Repeat step 2 going all the way around the head until everything is curled. It will look almost as if your hair has a Shirley Temple type curl.

Hint: Have all the curls facing the same direction so the wave pattern is fluid.

Fourth: Spray your entire head with a misty hair spray, such as Aveda’s Air Control and let that set for about 10 minutes.

Fifth: Once the hair has set and cooled in those curls, grab a wide tooth comb and comb through each section.

Sixth: Spray once again all over with hairspray when you are happy with the wave.

Hint: Add a spray on shine over to keep the hair looking shiny instead of a matte texture.

There you have a style that was easy to create and will leave you looking elegant and unforgettable.

Twice Charity Event: Laurent Gallery

November 19, 2012
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Yesterday, on Sunday November 18th, there was a charity event by Twice at the Laurent Gallery in San Francisco. I had not heard too much about it, and was not sure what to expect. Twice is a secondhand fashion brand, where you can buy or sell designer clothes online. At the event you could bring clothes and sell them or swap with other people selling their clothes.

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This was their first time holding an event and I was so happy to be a part of it. They had a DJ and a catering service as well. The founders of Twice previously worked at Google and discovered that there wasn’t a website where you can buy secondhand designer brands. I think it is a great idea because I always have clothes that are still new and not worn that just don’t fit anymore, or that I don’t wear.

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They partnered with Cinta Aveda to do touch-ups with hair and makeup. I signed-up to help with the makeup and it was a great experience. All the people that came were so nice and were having a lot of fun.

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There was also three other girls helping with makeup and 4 hair stylists. Some of the women that came in didn’t have time to do their makeup so they were thrilled that we were there. It was fun just to have everyone in the room have their makeup and hair done up.

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The Aveda Institute vs Beauty School

November 17, 2012
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When I’m asked what the Cinta Aveda Institute is, I have a hard time calling it a “beauty school,” even just for the sake of clarification. The Institute is a much more than that. As a former student at a beauty school, I can’t stress enough the differences between the two. While a beauty school might be a more financially feasible option, I believe you really get what you pay for and then some at the Aveda Institute.

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As I approach the end of my 600 hours of training and await my upcoming State Board test, I feel confident in my skills and totally ready for the working world. After completing 1000 hours at the beauty school I was attending four years ago, I could not say the same for myself; I was totally unsure of where I was going and lacked confidence in my education. I feel what sets the Institute apart from other schools is the approach taken by the company as a whole. There is a constant push for all of us students to succeed and when we are faced with adversity or frustration in a certain topic, we are met warmly by our instructors to try a different approach while still being reminded to keep going.

 

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.

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.

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.

Young, Wild and Free Summer Fashion Show

October 25, 2012
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Being a part of Creative Team not only gives Cinta Aveda students a chance to explore their inner artistic side, but also allows us to make connections with other stylists and potential guests; therefore, taking us out of our comfort zone from school and letting us flourish within an unfamiliar setting. It’s a great opportunity to receive hours outside of our three-day school week, and helps with building our future portfolios and resumes. Eastside West (located on Fillmore and Greenwich) hosts a fashion show once a month on Thursday nights with different designers and promoters. The last show we participated in was the Young, Wild and Free Summer Fashion Show, which included designers from Bay Area Swag, Liv Fashion Boutique, Zoe Bikini and 31 RAX. It’s a great experience to work with volunteer models that have a variety of different looks, body structures, backgrounds and hair textures. The setting is fast-paced and crowded, but we work as a team to be efficient and make every model look unique and beautiful. We are fortunate to have students who are just as amazing in makeup as in hair.

Video: Young , Wild and Free Fashion Show

Although the space is small and power outlets are a hot commodity in our designated area, everyone has an amazing time meeting new people, taking photos, and expressing their talent. This last fashion show contained looks that required big, curly, crazy hair and more subtle make-up. Upon arriving, we immediately take any models that have already arrived and do a curling-iron hard set on their hair. This is to ensure that we have ultimate body and a base to work with when doing the final touches. The men models tend to be more simple and modern with little work needing to be done, which leaves more focus on the woman. We need to use enough products to guarantee that the hair will out-stand three to four outfit changes, the heat produced by the overwhelming crowd that comes to check out this event, and the girls tendencies to constantly play with their hair. Overall, doing Creative Team events like this is an amazing experience and fortunate to have it at this school!

Our next fashion show, The Young, Wild and Free Halloween Fashion Show, is coming up Thursday, October 25th!

 

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!

Creative Team

October 17, 2012
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Cinta Aveda Institute has put together a team called the Creative Team. This team attends fashion shows, beauty shows, and private photoshoots to give students a feel of the real world. The creative team usually works together with the Academy of Art University to complete a successful photoshoot.

The Creative Team is made of hairstylists and estheticians. Hairstylists main focus is on the hair and make-up if needed. Estheticians focus on make-up, mini facials to prep the skin and waxing if needed.

A couple months ago the Creative Team attended an event called the Trashion Show in which they created their own outfits with recycled materials. This event took place in SF at Ruby Skye and most of the money raised was given back to the Clean Water Fund.

After attending these events and photo shoots  students are given pictures of their work to put into their portfolio. The photographs that are taken at these events are done by professional photographers with years of experience.

Students in the creative team can also volunteer with the Academy of Art University and use their own time to attend some of their photo shoots.

Being in the Creative Team is a great experience and if attending the Cinta Aveda institute it is highly recommended. The Creative Team is all about art, fashion, beauty, and students work being expressed.  In the Creative Team you do a lot of networking which can lead to great opportunities in life.