Discovering Cinta Aveda

February 2, 2013
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I came to Cinta Aveda Institute in May of 2011. I had always had an interest in doing hair, however I never really recognized it for what it was. I was always the person who was asked to do a friend’s hair when they needed it, partly because I was very creative with my own hair, especially my own color.

I used to do my own color in my tiny dorm room in college. I started doing my friends’ hair by cutting my roommate’s hair. Gradually people just started asking me, and I started doing it. If I didn’t know how to do something, I researched it online and tried it out.

As I was nearing the end of college, I was doing regular cuts and color for most of my friends. I had an “Ah-ha” moment when I realized that I could do this everyday as a career and get paid for it. At the time I was about to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in photography. As I was making my way through college, I had started realizing that while I love photography as an art from and I love to do it, I didn’t want to do it as a career, day-in day-out.

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I started looking into cosmetology schools as a possibility for when I graduated. At the time, the economy was horrible and new college graduates didn’t have much hope for getting a job right out of college. It was all around a good time to start an education in cosmetology.

In looking into schools, I soon found out that many beauty schools only focus on getting their students to pass the state board exam, but they didn’t focus on actually teaching students how to succeed in a salon environment. I wanted a school that would help me transition into a higher-end salon. I knew I didn’t want to graduate and then immediately go on to rent a chair somewhere.

I researched and toured several different schools in the area. Cinta Aveda Institute impressed me immediately when I walked in. It struck me because everyone was so professional and welcoming, it was really a place I wanted to be. I haven’t regretted my decision at all. I am a few days away from graduating from their cosmetology program, will be moving on to the barbering program, and I am very excited to be finished and going out into a salon.

Trashion Show & Jeans For Greens!

January 26, 2013
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Earlier this year (last year) I participated in the Aveda Trashion Show. Every year Cinta Aveda throws a fashion show / competition to help raise money for the Clean Water Fund. The outfits are made completely out of recycled materials, and hair and makeup done in that extravagant hair show way.

Trashion Show Model

At our school, we helped raise money by doing what we called Jeans for Greens. At school we have a dress code of all black. But, for several months leading up to the Trashion Show, we were permitted to wear jeans on Fridays and Saturdays if we donated five dollars to the Clean Water Fund ourselves. We exceeded our goal! Although the Trashion Show is a runway competition for professional salons, as a school, we got to participate in the fashion show, but not in the competition. The clothes we made (mostly dresses of some sort) were primarily made from newspaper, coffee filters and rope made from braided newspaper. I worked on three models, two of which had short hair. The two with short hair I did a curling iron set on and sprayed them up with some Control Force, into a sort of wave effect. The long-haired model I added some green extensions to her vibrant red hair. I french-braided her hairline across the front and teased it up to give it some flare. The back I took into a french twist. The green tails of the extension I left out and sprayed up into a nice fan on the side of the twist. Voilà!

70th Anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards

January 15, 2013
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I know that it’s really important to know who the nominees are and who won the awards but let’s get real… hairstylists watch for the hair and the couture. Yes, the hair and custom-made designer dresses are of the upmost importance in this night of award winnings and acceptance speeches.

Trend alert! What does Megan Fox, Tina Fey, Jessica Alba, Connie Burton, Jennifer Lopez and Amy Adams all have in common?

Give up?

All of their amazing hairstylists had the same idea.

Their styles were gorgeously asymmetrical and side swept, with beautiful marcel wave-like curls that elegantly draped down one side, while the other is cleanly pinned back. This style is retro meets modern, which works well with the strapless corset and sweetheart neckline gowns. Not a lot of leg was showing but a lot of cleavage was. Cutouts in the front from the neck to the waist line tastefully showed cleavage and ripped abs but still leaving some room for the imagination.

Anne Hathaway’s pixie was adorable but circumstantial because she cut her hair in the movie, Les Miserables.

Lena Dunham from The Girls had a clean simple pixie but Halle Berry takes the cake on the best pixie. It was styled simply however don’t be fooled, it’s fierce.

Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper take the Golden Globe cake for the sexiest men with long locks of a whole lot of love. They both had at least chin-length hair, but it was worn back and cleanly kept. Typically I don’t care for men with longer hair than Anne Hathaway, but they pulled it off and wore it very well.

Why I Chose Cinta Aveda Institute

January 3, 2013
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I’ve always admired Barbers and the way they work, their shops, clientele and what they do. When I was a kid, my dad would always take me to the Barber Shop to get my hair cut while my mom always went to a salon. I have several friends who are Barbers and I spend time hanging out with them in their shops and as the saying goes: “Spend enough time in a Barber Shop, you’re going to get a haircut”. So, with the resurgence of Barber Shops, it’s now time for me to learn Barbering.

So my quest began with looking up the various Barber Colleges in the Bay Area. There weren’t many so I figured it would be easy, right? Yeah…not really. I toured three different Barber Schools and kept seeing the same thing: not a lot of happy students and no one (even the educators) seemed to be interested in being there. It felt that everyone was there to just learn the basics and get out to make that money. I found myself telling the admissions coordinators (at one school there wasn’t one) that I’d take the information and think about it. In short, I was starting to feel discouraged about my decision to become a Barber.

While visiting one of my friends, a recent graduate of Cinta Aveda, told me to try out the school. He told me how much he enjoyed coming to the school and while it was only Cosmetology, he got an awesome education and the school looks good on a resume. So I decided to check it out. I went to the website to set up an appointment to view the school, receiving a call within that same day from both Jocelyn and Katie to set up an appointment for later in the week. This amazed me because the other schools I looked at never set-up an appointment that fast. In fact, they never called me back in the first place. I had to “drop-in” to the other schools to get a tour or info for that matter.

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My appointment was on a Wednesday with Katie. We toured the school and I noticed that all the students on the salon floor were not like the other schools, everyone wanted to be there. All the students seemed like they wanted to learn and to do their best. This was evident on the salon floor and in the classroom too. Everyone was excited to be at this school! When it came down to brass tacks, Katie and I sat down to talk particulars. I expressed that originally I wanted to be a Barber but I could learn Cosmetology first and maybe go on to a Barber Crossover elsewhere (in California, Cosmetology and Barbering are both 1600 hours and an additional 400 hours for the crossover to get both licenses). I was then informed that Cinta Aveda was beginning to offer Barber Crossover to Aveda Alumni only so it was possible that I could get my education for both licenses at one school. That was it! That was what made my decision final.

Cinta Aveda Educators and Students

While on the school tour, I was more interested in coming to Cinta Aveda Institute than to any other school. But finding out that I could learn to be a Cosmetologist and a Barber from the same institute cemented my decision. This meant that I could put in my 1600 hours, learn from some amazing educators and set my state board test dates with the knowledge (and confidence) that I can pass that test, both tests, from the same institute. I signed up that same day. Two days later was the orientation class and the following Tuesday was my first day in school. Never in my life have I ever been so confident and the least hesitant in making such a quick decision!

My time here at Cinta Aveda Institute has been amazing! I’ve met some seriously creative people, some amazing educators that never seem to run out of things to teach and some awesome tricks to help me in my future as a Cosmetologist (and Barber, but let’s not get the cart before the horse).

Students at a Volunteer Event!

I am currently in the Alpha phase of school, on the salon floor and cutting hair already. I get to work alongside of the very first Barbering class coming out of Cinta Aveda (and I’m also their shave model…talk about win-win) watching those students learn and grow alongside of us. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me in Cosmo and look forward to starting the Barbering phase as soon as I finish my 1600 hours. For the first time ever in my life, I’m not looking forward to the day when I’m done with school.

If you’re hesitant about learning Cosmetology or Barbering, I recommend coming to the school to take a tour. You will see how awesome this school is!

Trending: Bold Brows!

December 20, 2012
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Eyebrows highlight the eyes and affect the over-all look of your face. By function, eyebrows prevent water, sweat and other debris from getting into your eyes, but adorning our eyes goes back as far as cosmetics. Ancient Egyptians are well known for their eye makeup and eyebrow enhancement. In many cultures, women have been known to modify their eyebrows in one way or another. Over history eyebrows have been pierced, colored, tattooed, tweezed, waxed, threaded, and shaved.

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In the 1920’s, eyebrows were worn thin and straight. By 1930, they were still worn thinly but at an exaggerated height. The women of the 1940’s had eyebrows that tended to be a thicker natural shape with an arch above the pupil. Ladies of the 1950’s drew their eyebrows in thick and dark with an arch at the center. In the 60’s a shaved off and then thick penciled in look was popular. 1970 brought thick more natural looking brows with a round ball at the beginning of the nose. In the 80’s women grew their eyebrows thick and heavy, only to go back to a finer, softer look in the 90’s.

The conscientious is that a thinner eyebrow makes you look older, while thicker darker eyebrows promote a more youthful look. As of late, celebrities have been spotted on the red carpet and on the covers of magazines sporting thick, full eyebrows.

If you have tweezed your eyebrows too thin, like myself, you can achieve this trending look with a little patience and technique. I would start by visiting a local esthetician for “brow boot camp”. A professional can help you map out where your full fabulous eyebrows should be and advise you on a new routine for growing them in.

The Journey

December 18, 2012
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I have two weeks until graduation and I have learned far more than I thought I would. Starting in July I have been commuting to the city to enjoy a dose of knowledge regarding facials, salesmanship, cleanliness, waxing, makeup and so much more. I am one in a class of sixteen. I personally love the smaller class sizes. I feel the learning experience is a lot more personal and I feel I am noticed and not just lost in a sea of faces. Learning the steps of a facial was a broken up process that we put together piece by piece. It felt so good when I was able to do an entire facial all at once. And the learning certainly did not stop there. I found myself learning more and more as each day passed. I had never waxed anything ever in my life until I came here. I admit that I definitely was frustrated when I could not lay the wax just right. I reminded myself to have patience and that with continuous practice I would be able to do it. Now I want to wax everything! I am sure, though, that if I did I might end up in some sticky situations.

I am grateful for the student spa. I think it is a wonderful experience as it helps me prepare for when I have a job out there in the world. It has made me feel more confident in my abilities and I know that I will be able to perform the treatments to the best of my ability. Here at Aveda you have the opportunity to participate in Creative Teams. These teams go out to different places and do makeup for models for fashion shows, photo shoots, and so forth. What amazing experience! And not to mention I am sure it will look amazing on a resume. I am so glad that I have come to Aveda for my schooling. I have learned everything that has been offered and more by educators that have a real passion for the field and teaching. I truly feel that some life-long friends have been made here at my time with Cinta Aveda. I cannot wait to show the world what I am capable of.

Choosing The Best Color Of Eye Makeup For You

December 14, 2012
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With the variety of colors and choices out there, it can be hard at times to choose the right makeup colors. Between eyes, cheeks, lip color, there are quite a few variables in makeup selection that can lead to it feeling a bit overwhelming. What is best going to accentuate one’s good features and minimize the features they’d like to minimize? What colors are going to show off my coloring? In this article, I will answer this question as it applies to the eyes by first giving a basic understanding of how darks and lights work with the skin as well as how color theory works. You will hopefully see, after all, that choosing makeup colors is pretty doable after all.

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In general, darker shades of makeup make the color of the iris appear lighter, while lighter shades make the iris appear darker. Lighter colors also make an area appear larger whereas darker colors appear smaller. This is only a guideline or framework to work with, however, as one of the only universal “rules” or expectations of eye makeup is that day-time makeup should be more subtle than night-time makeup. Matching eye makeup with clothing can always be nice, but isn’t essential.

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Eye shadow colors are usually divided into three different categories: highlight colors, base colors, and contour colors. A highlight color is generally lighter than the client’s skin color. It, therefore, makes the iris appear deeper and also functions to make the area, or the brow bone, appear larger (thus “highlighting” and accentuating the area). Pretty much any finish can be chosen to be a highlight, but matte or iridescent are common choices.
Base colors closely match the color of the skin and are often applied on the whole of the upper lid: from the lashes up to the eyebrow. Applied first, it functions to even out the eyelid skin tone and sets a base canvas from which the rest of the eye makeup can be applied. It can be a variety of finishes—depending on desired overall look and finish of the eye makeup.

The contour color is usually the darkest color, and therefore appears to be the smallest area and recedes the furthest back. Depending on the look you prefer, it can be used to minimize a specific area, create contour in the crease, or to define or line the eyelash line.

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Now that we have an understanding of the different types of colors, we can move onto the specific colors that will work best for us. Remember that when using the base, highlight, and contour you can choose three different colors to create a look. You can use all colors within the same category, a neutral or two with some color, or combine different complementary colors together. The combination your choose all depends on what you prefer, feels most comfortable to you and best works with your lifestyle. This can be quite fun, as you will likely find that there are a variety of options if that interest you. A lot of eye shadow palettes these days offer selections within the same color grouping, making it easier and more accessible to create looks that work for you. You can always just stick with a particular color grouping if that is of more interest to you as well.

According to color theory, the complementary color is the best color to accentuate a particular color. The complimentary color for your eyes and colors within that color range are summarized below.

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Blue eyes. Orange is the complementary color for blue eyes. Because orange contains both yellow and red, eye shadows with any combination of these two colors will make eyes look bluer. Some good colors with these combinations of color are gold, peaches and coppers and other similar orange-brown colors, as well as mauves and plums which contain a bit more red. Neutral eye shadows like light tan, taupe, or honey, or caramel also work well.

Green. The complementary color to green is red. Since pure red shadows tend to make the eyes look bloodshot or tired, it’s recommended to avoid such shadows. Instead, brown-based reds or colors next to red on the color wheel like red-orange, red-violet, and violet are good choices for green eyes. Like blue eyes, coppers, plums, and mauves also work with green eyes as they contain red. Pink shadow is another good choice.

Brown. Brown eyes are a neutral color and can therefore wear any color. Some good recommendations, however, are light neutrals like shades of cream, light tan, taupe, butterscotch, and light caramels. Shades of blue and green and many grays and silvers also work.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it was helpful to you in choosing your eye color. Please post below with any comments or questions. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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.

Natural Ways To Tame Your Curls

December 4, 2012
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Here are some helpful ways to give your tight curls a slightly looser spring without all the health risks and hair-damage associated chemical treatments.

Model with Thick Curls

1. Add Panthenol to the mix

Panthenol is water-soluble, which means you can add it to your shampoo
and conditioner. I like to make my own de-tangling mix. I add water,
conditioner, and panthenol in a spray bottle. It helps to de-tangle my mane
and relax my out-of-control curls.

2. Coconut Mask

My mom uses fresh coconut milk and lemon juice in her hair to tame her
mane, so I have been doing this since I was a little girl. Get fresh
milk from one coconut, mix it with half a cup of freshly squeezed
lemon juice and leave the mixture to chill until it thickens up into a
creamy whip. Apply this mask on your hair and let it sit for an hour
repeating the process two to three times per week until a desired
result is reached.

3. Easy Twist Bun

This is the easiest and fool-proof way to get loose curls. I like to
shower at night, and blow-drying is such a daunting task before bed!
So after your shower, simply twist your wet hair up into a bun. And
its magic by the time the sun rises. Wear until your hair is
completely dry or damp. Release your hair and finger-style your soft
waves. I sometime scrunch in a little Phomollient Styling Foam by
Aveda, to add a light control.

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.