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Welcome to Brow Tinting

Woman with Tinted Eyebrows

With celebrities like Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins leading the trend of fuller, thicker eyebrows (and sparking our brow envy), it’s time we ladies acquaint ourselves with the benefits of brow tinting.

First things first. Brow tinting can be used in conjunction with brow hair removal—waxing, tweezing, threading, etc.—but the tinting service itself does not involve removing any hair. Brow tinting uses a semi-permanent vegetable-based dye to enhance the brows shape, color, and thickness.

Brow tinting is meant to add pigmentation to your brows. Boosting the color of your brows to a richer and darker shade will make you look more groomed, provide a stronger definition of your brows and, if you have lighter eyes, help define your eyes.

While there is a wide variety of brow tinting shade options, the most common shade is dark brown. It is best to select a shade one to two shades darker than the new growth color of your hair.

Brow tinting can also help to complement a new hair color. For example, if you were to lighten your hair to blonde, adding warmth or lightening your brows to a lighter shade may provide more balance to your overall look.

The added pigmentation will typically last between two to four weeks, so there is a committed level of maintenance involved in order to keep your brows on fleek.

In addition to boosting your color, brow tinting can help your brows look fuller by grabbing on to little baby hairs and adding pigment to even the smallest of hairs. Even those with already dark brows can see added volume and density when the tint coats the “peach-fuzz” hairs.

Finally, it is important to make sure that any eyebrow tinting services are completed by a licensed professional—either a cosmetologist or an esthetician. While there are many establishments out there that offer brow tinting, it is important to do your research. Personal recommendations are an excellent way to find a place that will be a great fit for your brows.

Aromatherapy-Essential Oils

Essential Oils

Essential Oils are the key ingredient with Aromatherapy. They are known as pure essences from plants that are natures gift to the human body and spirit. These oils are extremely beneficial and give off scents and health giving properties.

These oils, derived from plants, are used to promote good health. The beneficial effects of essential oils are applied many ways, through baths, massage, compresses, vaporizers, and so on.

It cannot be stressed too often how important it is to use pure, natural, authentic oils as aromatherapy uses the complexity of the plants to deliver therapeutic qualities.

Caring and where you store your oils is extremely important. Oils are extremely volatile, which can easily be affected by the environment, light, temperature, air, and moisture. They must be stored in cool and dry places.

I’m going to focus on one essential oil: lavender. Lavender is one of the most valuable oils for the treatment of acne, according to aromatherapists. Here are twenty conditions that lavender can improve.

  1. Aching Muscles

    Put a few drops in your bath water for aching muscles.

  2. Acne

    Bacteria thrives on the over-secretion of sebum. Lavender rebalances this to reduce scarring. Add a few drops of lavender oil to a plain cream or lotion. It is safe to use everyday.

  3. Bacteria

    Can use lavender to help fight infection.

  4. Cuts and Wounds

    Apply oil to soothe pain, This prevents bacterial infection and aid scar-free healing.

  5. Ear ache

    Warm a bottle of lavender oil in hot water for a minute or two, then massage a few drops gently into the skin around the ears and throat.

  6. Eczema

    Stroke infused lavender oil into dry, itchy skin.

  7. Fatigue

    Add five drops of lavender oil to a hot foot bath and relax while your feet soak in it. Lavender reaches your bloodstream quickly, exerting its stimulating and soothing effects on various systems of your body.

  8. Fevers

    For babies or small children, sponge them down very gently with tepid water to which you have added a drop of lavender oil. This works for adults also.

  9. Faintness

    Make your own smelling salts—sea salt, lavender oil, peppermint oil, and basil oil.

  10. Insomnia

    To help to induce sleep, put three to four drops of lavender oil on your pillow. For babies, add one drop of lavender and geranium oil in a carrier oil and massage into a baby’s back or put a few drops in their bedtime bath.

  11. Long Travel

    Keep lavender in your hand luggage and roll it over your pulse points to help you keep a clear head during those endless hours in the air.

  12. Menstrual Cramps

    Massage a few drops of lavender into your lower abdomen or apply a hot compress onto the area.

  13. Moths, Midges, and Mosquitos

    These bugs hate the smell of lavender. To prevent bites, splash yourself with lavender oil before you go out at sunset or to bed, put three to four drops of oil on your pillow. Lavender oil is also a remedy for insect bites, soothing itching and inflammation: dab it on to the bites as soon as possible. To keep moths off your clothes, hang lavender bags on your coat hangers, or keep them among your sweaters, and refresh them with a drop or two of lavender oil from time to time.

  14. Scabies

    Rub your whole body with neat lavender oil, then following every day until better with a mixture of lavender oil and alcohol. Change and wash bedding and clothes and sprinkle lavender oil on the mattress.

  15. Shingles

    Combine a mix of lavender oil with analgesic, antiviral and scar preventing essential oils neat or on compresses on the agonizing lesions of shingles. It usually produces a cure within five to eight days.

  16. Sinusitis

    Lavender is one of several essential oils that aromatherapists recommend for inhalations to relieve sinuses.

  17. Stress and Anxiety

    Keep a spritzer of Lavender Mist—Hydrosol handy to spray on your face during the day, or apply lavender oil neat to your temples.

  18. Sunburn

    Spray pure Lavender Mist—Hydrosol directly onto the skin or pour it into a cool-to-lukewarm bath and soak for ten minutes.

  19. Headache

    Mist around your head is refreshing and soothing. Alternatively, make a compress of a piece of gauze sprinkled with a few drops of lavender oil and apply to the forehead, or massage a few drops into the forehead, temples, and nape of the neck.

  20. Minor Burns

    After you have cooled the area by putting it in cold water for a few minutes, stroke on lavender oil. Pain relief is almost immediate, and burns usually heal without scarring.

Green Tea: Nature’s Healthiest Drink?

Green Tea

Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have amazingly powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cholesterol, and many other benefits.

Green tea is loaded with polyphenols, like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants. These ingredients can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a big part in aging, wrinkles, and diseases.

One of the more powerful ingredients in green tea is the antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). EGCG has been studied for its effects on the treatment of many diseases and it may be one green tea’s main ingredients that give it powerful medicinal properties.

Green tea also has small amounts of minerals that are important for health. The catechins in green tea have other biological effects as well. Some studies show that they can kill bacteria and prevent some viruses like the influenza virus, potentially lowering your risk of infections.

Streptococcus mutans is the main harmful bacteria in the mouth. It causes plaque to form and is a leading contributor to cavities and tooth decay. Studies show that the catechins in green tea can stop the growth of Streptococcus mutans. Green tea consumption is linked to improved dental health. Another awesome benefit of green tea is that multiple studies show that it can reduce bad breath!

Do you love that morning cup of coffee but not the jitters? One of the main active ingredients in green tea is caffeine! A known stimulant, green tea doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee does, so it’s less likely to give you that jittering feeling. But it’s defiantly enough caffeine to perk up the mind and body in a more gentle and healthier way.

I think that green tea is nature’s healthiest drink!

The Roots of Dreadlocks

Woman with White Dreadlocks, Four Up

Ever since I was three years old, with at least three to four inches of “long enough” hair, I was able to do these creative and exotic hairstyles. Growing up with an older brother who was a hairstylist, I was his canvas.

I continue to rock these hairstyles because I know there is so much history and artistic love put into being able to wear it. I’ve learned the history behind each hairstyle I had growing up.

The roots of dreadlocks go back all the way to the Rastafarians of Jamaica and then journeyed on to the Indian sages and yogis. It symbolizes a deeper meaning to their origin, defiance, power, and authority. There are still a lot of controversies today around dreadlocks since the hairstyle is more popular than ever. But a few of us actually understand its history and respect it enough to embrace it proudly. It’s beautiful.

To make dreadlocks, the hair is washed but not combed and is twisted while wet into tight braids or ringlets.

From the 1970s through today’s culture, a huge inspiration popularizing locks was reggae musician Bob Marley. He was a big role model for the Rastafarian movement and the wearing of dreadlocks.

It’s a proud heritage.

Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion

Product - Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion

Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion definitely falls into the easy decision column. It’s best suited for fine hair; it bulks it up and gives it a nice matte texture.

The Hair Potion is actually a powder that liquefies when it hits your hair or skin. You just sprinkle it sparingly onto your hair and then use your fingers to create the style you want. The bottle claims it thickens hair up to 17%, but that actually seems to me like they may be underselling it compared to the actual effects I’ve experienced.

This product is best for textured, matte styles, as opposed to slicker styles obtained using wax or pomade.

Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion is one of Aveda’s best sellers.

  • What It Is

    It’s a volumizing and texturizing product with an unusual formula that goes from powder to liquid.

  • What It Does

    As a dry powder, it absorbs oil and adds lift at the roots. When it’s rubbed between hands, it turns wet and can be used to create tousled, beachy waves. Aveda also claims that it will temporarily bulk up the hair shaft by up to 17 percent.

  • Key Ingredients

    Acacia gum and kaolin clay (temporarily thicken hair); pullulan and honey (add hold); silica (absorbs oil).

  • How It Feels/Smells/Looks

    It starts out as a powder, but when you rub it between your hands, it turns into a wet, sticky paste. There’s no discernible scent.

  • Why I Like It

    This product acts like a dry shampoo, volumizer, and beach spray all rolled into one—what’s not to love?

Colorful Hair

Woman with Colorful Hair

This has been a colorful year in terms of hair color trends! From bright saturated colors to more light and pastel hues, unnatural hair color has become exceedingly trendy. This trend has even made its way to the mainstream with celebrities like Katy Perry and Ke$ha debuting “rainbow,” hair. With different variations of this trend popping up everywhere, it is safe to say colorful hair isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

So is rainbow hair right for you? The great thing about this trend is there is a wide spectrum to choose from. There is not only color variation but also tone and saturation. For example, some skin tones might not pair well with a bright, bold, and supersaturated color like neon pink. However, a great alternative might be a subtle pastel peach or pink that appears somewhat faded.

Hair extensions are a great way to incorporate color into one’s tresses while forgoing some of the chemical damage. Many hair extensions made of genuine human hair can be dyed. The trendy cosmetics brand LimeCrime, has incorporated this colorful trend into their cosmetics line with lipsticks ranging from egg yolk-yellow to sky blue.

With the fun use of color on the rise, it is safe to say that colorful hair isn’t only a trend for teens. Many women are able to make this look work into adulthood and even in the workplace. I believe it is all about how it is presented. Pastel lavender hair can look très chic pulled back into a bun and topped off with some pearl earrings! If you are considering trying out this trend, I say, taste the rainbow!

Choosing CIDESCO

CIDESCO is a program at Cinta Aveda that starts off as an esthetician program, but adds 900 more hours that goes in-depth on international facial techniques as well as massage, body treatments, and manicure. Coming out of esthetics and diving into CIDESCO was best for me because it really provides much deeper knowledge.

It is a great program that ensures the highest knowledge in this field and opens a lot of opportunities to travel and be international. With a CIDESCO diploma, you are the top tier in the world of esthetics and many doors are open to you, whether it be working on a cruise ship or in a medical spa, you have the world (literally) at your fingertips.

I am so glad I choose this program because although I had learned a lot in the esthetician program, I feel a lot more educated and confident in my work and treatments. It is a big commitment because it takes a little over a year to complete but it is really worth the hours and dedication; it’s hard work but it pays off.

Cinta Aveda Institute is also only one of nine schools that offer this particular program which makes you more desired by employers and gives you an upper hand in the esthetic world.

I would highly recommend CIDESCO to someone who is considering Cinta Aveda’s esthetics program. I found it very rewarding. You might ask the Admissions Director about the program and see if you like what it has to offer you.

Your Body Needs Water

Water Splash

It goes without saying that water is very important for your body. Ionized water is what allows your body to absorb nutrients and function normally. Staying well hydrated has many health benefits.

Water, or the lack thereof, makes a big impact on your skin. Dehydration of the skin causes superficial lines which can give the appearance of aging. Dehydrated skin gets a crepe-like effect on the surface. The surface color can also appear dull.

Internally, water is important on a cellular level. Most of the important body processes use diffusion to move hormones, blood cells, and other important things around the body. When there is dehydration in the body, it can cause headaches, impaired vision, and even issues with judgment. Dehydration also causes fatigue.

It is important to drink water to keep the immune system healthy. Water is needed to flush toxins out of the body. Water is important to your kidneys and liver that work constantly to flush the body of toxic and unneeded waste. When your kidneys are dehydrated, your urine is much more yellow when it should be running almost clear. Your heart also needs water to keep blood flow moving well. Blood flow can become resistant when the blood is too thick from lack of water.

So how much water do you need a day? There is the theory that everyone needs eight eight-ounce glasses a day. Some people, however, believe you may need a personalized amount.

One personalized measure uses your weight and a simple formula. Take your weight, in pounds, and subtract a third. The resulting number is the number of ounces of water you need each day. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you would need 80 ounces of water. This amount should be adjusted based on how active you are every day.

Tortoise Shell Hair

Tortoise Shell HairstyleBeyond popular ombre and balayage hairstyles, there’s a slightly different look showing up in the hair of celebrities like Lauren Conrad and Jessica Alba. Very similar to balayage, it’s a new technique called tortoise shell. Khloe Kardashian sports another good example of the tortoise shell look, which is also known as ecaille.

Tortoise Shell hair is a little softer. You start by either coloring your natural color a little darker or balayage darker highlights to add some richness to your natural hair color.

After you deepen your hair, you put highlights on top of that. These highlights will generally start higher up than a traditional ombre and, instead of a dip-dye look, you will be left with something multi-dimensional.

Instead of gradually fading from dark to light, you focus more on specific shades. Highlights will be warmer tones like honey, caramel, chocolate, and mahogany.

Since you are changing your natural color to a slightly darker shade, the maintenance is similar to regular color or highlights and will need to be touched up every 4 to 6 weeks as your roots grow out and begin to show. If you would like something a little less noticeable between your color appointments, you can use a toner to darken your natural color, instead of using permanent color, so the darker shade will gradually fade over time.

Licorice Extract

Licorice ExtractAlso called anise, licorice extract finds a home in some kitchens for its syrup-like sweet taste. But licorice’s medicinal properties are not as well known. Licorice also has the ability to promote healthy, even-toned skin as an ingredient in personal care products.

Licorice extract has been used for its health benefits as far back as ancient China, and it is an ingredient in some over-the-counter cleansers, toners, face creams, and spot treatments.

The syrupy juice from the herb’s root contains beneficial plant sterols, which promote skin elasticity, fight inflammation, and suppress wrinkle formation. It is also a natural ingredient that helps brightens the skin. It is a great alternative to more controversial skin bleaching products like hydroquinone.

Licorice extract contains glycyrrhizin, an acid that plays a role in increasing steroid hormones that naturally occur in skin. Glycyrrhizin helps to combat several skin disorders that respond to topically applied hydrocortisone. Licorice extract also can help soothe irritation caused by some skin-care products and medications.

Here are some benefits of products that contain licorice root:

  • Healing Troubled Skin. Body cleansers, body creams and facial skin-care products that incorporate licorice extract have effectively treated skin disorders such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Licorice extract is an anti-inflammatory.
  • Fading Dark Spots. Consistent use of licorice extract over time has been known to fade dark spots and blemishes and lighten skin. It can also reverse the darkening of scars, which are fibrous skin tissues that remain when an injury hasn’t completely healed.
  • Preventing Skin Problems. Potent antioxidants in licorice extract fight skin-damaging free radicals.