Techniques

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.

Waxing

August 10, 2014
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Cinta Aveda Institute Facilities. Image by Pipsqueak Productions.With a cosmetologist license you are also allowed to do waxing as well. I have come to find I love waxing! Waxing eyebrows, arm pits, nose hairs, legs, just about anything you need waxed, I will do, except for Brazilian waxes.

With waxing you have to be very careful in the way you apply it, the way you pull the wax off, and what you use afterwards.

When applying the wax, you have to examine the growth pattern and see which way the hair grows, and from there, you apply it with the growth pattern not against it. Also make sure the hair is long enough to wax. It has to be at least one half of an inch.

If it is honey wax, after you have applied it, apply the strip with the same way you applied the wax. Smooth down over the muslin strip with the growth pattern. Make sure to pull the skin taut before pulling the strip off. You want to pull the strip against the growth pattern, so pull the skin the opposite way.

With hard wax, you do not use a muslin strip, you simply let the wax harden. This type of wax is great for waxing the nostrils.

When finished with waxing, make sure to remove the wax with oil. The best oil to use is tea tree oil for it is used to help swelling and is antibacterial.

Make sure, before applying wax, you exfoliate the skin and take off any make up. The area must be clean.

Three Ways to Wear Your Pixie

July 30, 2014
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Short shaggy crops are fun and playful, and can be worn so many different ways! Depending on your styling routine, you can wear a pixie elegantly, edgily, or softly. I’m going to show you several different ways to wear your short cut and different styling techniques to prep your perfect coif.

Let’s start by assuming you have a finger length pixie cut, or perhaps a bit longer. Like this:

Short Pixie Cut Trends - Cute Short Cut with Bangs

This model has a slightly messy, yet dressed up look. You can do this by using a product that has some shine to make it look polished, or a product with a matte finish for a more casual look. I like to use AVEDA’s Texturizing Cream to create piecey-ness and then finish with the Light Elements Smoothing Fluid to add some glossiness.

To wear your short look for a more sophisticated event, create a side part when the hair is wet. Beforehand, towel-dry and apply a gel like Confixor, and then comb through. Like this:

Emma Watson attends the Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 World film premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on November 11, 2010 in London, England.

Let’s say you want to get a little crazy and spice up your image. Maybe you’re bored and ready for a change. You can use a product that has maximum hold to edge up your look and go punk! AVEDA’s Shaping Wax, Grooming Clay, and Control Force are a few favorites of mine that leave your hair with stand up results!

There is no reason to feel boxed in by your pixie cut! The short length makes it easy and quick to experiment with endless ways to style! And don’t be afraid to get a little messy!

Girl with Scrunched Expression

Applying Makeup

July 25, 2014
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With beauty school you earn all kind of beauty, such as make up, waxing, nails, a basic facial, tweezing etc. Well I think my favorite out of all of these is make up.

I have learned so much from YouTube, the internet and going into sephora and Mac. One thing that I did not know was how to apply and in which order. All I wore was powder foundation, mascara and eye liner.

Foundation has become my favorite thing as well as eye shadow application. People always wonder why it looks so “cake-y.” It could be a number of reasons. They may put on powder foundation and then a liquid/cream concealer or they just simply put way too much make up on. So I will tell you the correct way to apply foundation and the rest of your makeup.

  1. Have a clean and moisturized face.
  2. Apply your liquid foundation, as much 1-2 layers depending on the coverage.
  3. Apply your concealer, to your under eye area, and any blemishes you wish to conceal.
  4. Apply your setting powder or your foundation, depending on the coverage.
  5. Go into your contouring and highlighting. Make sure your contour is not shimmery, because then it defeats the purpose of contouring. Contouring is for making something look farther away. Shimmer does the complete opposite. It’s okay for your bronzer and highlight to have shimmer though.

Make sure your contour color is a mate brown color. You could even use a foundation that is two to three shades darker than your skin tone.

Makeup Kit from Cinta Aveda Institute.  Image by Jeffry Raposas.

The Difference Between Ombre and Tipping

July 15, 2014
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So many people don’t know the difference between ombre and tipping. They are very similar and it’s understandable why they wouldn’t know the difference. In alpha we learned creative color and found out what the difference really is.

With tipping, you divide the hair into six sections just like a haircut sectioning. You use your foiling comb and starting from the nape, you section out two 1/4 in sub sections and you drop those down. On the third section, you tease the tips so there is no distinct one when you apply color or enlightener. And you continue on with that two to one ratio.

With an ombre it is more than two colors on the hair. The beginning on the midshaft, what some would call roots, would be one color fading into another color in the middle of the hair shaft, then on the ends it would be another color. This is a technique that not everyone can do. They may not know how to tease in a way that it makes that blurred line.

I have been able to do this kind of style on a couple people and I am so thankful I have great teachers that have shown me how to get it to come out beautifully. When we learned, they did my hair, since I was bright blonde. It started out with this really pretty pinky-purple and faded into this gorgeous purple/grey color. I had this for awhile and had a lot of fun with it, until I had to cut my hair off because of it.

Woman Getting Her Hair Prepped with Foil in Her Hair

Growing Out a Graduated Bob: Step by Step

June 25, 2014
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Woman Growing Out a Graduated Bob.

  1. It is possible.
  2. Accept that it is a process, and be patient!
  3. Understand that the awkward phases are only temporary!
  4. Make regular salon visits for clean-up and healthy trims ONLY!
  5. Don’t give up!
  6. The back or nape of the head grows hair the fastest, so this will be only part of your hair getting trimmed. Don’t take too much length, if any, off of the front.
  7. Take biotin supplements, eat healthy & balanced, and exercise. A healthy lifestyle means healthy growing hair!
  8. Consider the possibility of extensions once your hair reaches a length that is long enough to conceal them.
  9. Style, style, style! Because hair will seem unflattering and awkward in the grow-out phases, styling is so important! Fake-it till you make it by adding extra volume in the back and perhaps use a flat-iron in the front to make the lengths seem longer.
  10. Get frequent scalp massages to stimulate blood flow and encourage hair growth!
  11. Avoid chemically treating your hair. Bleaching, perming, and relaxing hair will only keep breaking your hair and making it impossible for the lengths to match up to each other.
  12. Invest in some hair accessories like headbands, clips, and barrettes. These are easy embellishments to use that can give you more style and hides some of the unflattering lengths.

Fringe

June 15, 2014
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Bangs are the perfect way to add a hint of something fresh and new to your look. Bangs allow for a change in your appearance without drastically cutting off all of your precious mane. Bangs are fun because there are different ways to style and cut them, depending on if you want an edgy look, a soft look, a dramatic look, etc, etc.

Model with Bangs

A few different types of bangs or fringe include choppy bangs, blunt bangs, wispy bangs, and side-swept bangs to name a few. I will tell you a little bit about each type and how to maintain them.

Choppy bangs are great for most face shapes, and I love them because they are ready to wear. Not too much must be done to style these types of bangs because they are purposely cut asymmetrically, with unevenness to add texture and visual interest. Just add a bit of paste or pommade to create some separation and accentuate the piecey-ness.

Blunt bangs are lovely because they make a statement. A little bit more time must be spent on styling blunt bangs since they are meant to fall into a straight line. Also, those with small or short foreheads should avoid them. To style blunt bangs, make sure they are sufficiently wet. Take your blow-dryer and heat style with a basic comb by blowing the bangs back and forth in opposite directions. This makes sure the bangs fall straight across when they dry, and takes care of any pesky cowlicks in the hair line. If you want more volume, a brush can be used instead of a comb. Mist a minimal amount of light hair spray on your palms, and then gently pat down any stray hairs, making sure not to press bangs onto forehead.

Side swept bangs are a good option because they don’t get too weighed down. Side swept bangs can be worn more as a bang or as a face framing layer, depending on where they are pulled from. They look good on all face shapes. Because of their length, they are very versatile. Side swept bangs also look great pinned back, twisted, and clipped away with a cute barrette. Style with a round brush, using the blow-dryer and brush to feather hair away from face, softly.

Hopefully this gives some insight for the many options that are available to those desiring new fringe!

Updo Types

June 14, 2014
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Work on an Updo for a Fashion Show.There are three main updos that usually updos are built off of. One is the French twist and, in my opinion, is the easiest one. All you do is take the hair pull it straight back and twist the ends in on itself. And remember hide those pins! It’s simple, elegant, and always so beautiful.

The second is chignon, trust me I don’t know how to pronounce it either, but this is more like a bun. It’s a little more complicated but still very easy. You can make a bow chignon which has become very popular, even the Hilton’s wear it!

The last one is the drape. This is probably the most tedious of them all. You have to make a pony tail with only the center half of your hair. Then you take the rest and pin in sections lying across the pony tail in the middle. It turns out pretty, but I don’t think it’s in style any more.

What is always in style is definitely the Marcel waves like they wore in the 20’s and in the Great Gatsby. These are all just basic updos and can certainly become more than the simple elegance they are. They become extravagant, artistic, and creative styles. Besides, when the hair is down, almost every updo that a celebrity wears on the red carpet is taken from one of these designs.

They are all so easy and so buildable which does make it for everyone even if you are not a cosmetologist.

Work on Updos for a Fashion Show

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.

Protein for Hair Growth

May 25, 2014
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Your hair needs the same vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients needed for good health that the rest of your body needs to stay in shape. Your hair health is completely interconnected and reflective of your diet and lifestyle. Your habits effect the rate of hair growth and the condition of your hair, which is why it is good to be mindful the way you treat yourself.

Making sure to get enough protein in your diet is a good way to make sure your hair grows healthy and strong. Because your hair is made of mostly protein, it means you need to eat enough protein for your hair to grow.

At any time, 90% of your hair is in the growing, or anagen phase. For each hair strand, this phase lasts 2 to 3 years. After that, hairs enter a resting phase, or telogen phase, which lasts about 3 months before hairs are shed and replaced by new ones. If you don’t get enough protein in your diet, more hairs than usual may go into the resting phase.

Everyone sheds hair throughout the day. Most people shed about 50 to 100 strands a day and don’t even notice. However, if an unusually large number of hairs enter the resting phase at the same time, hair loss can become noticeable. This can easily be fixed by adding more protein to your diet. Even if you don’t eat meat, foods like nuts, beans, and dark leafy greens can give you a substantial amount of protein.

If not getting enough protein is the reason for your lack of hair growth, just change your diet!Aveda Damage Remedy - Graham Brown Photography, Inc.

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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It’s All About Color!

March 17, 2014
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It’s all about color! Ladies, let’s be real. You can have a great hair cut but it’s not perfect till your color is just right. New trends are coming and going all the time but having dimension in your hair is something we can all agree is essential. Some of my favorite coloring techniques consist of balayage, tipping, and circles. These are just a few types of creative coloring techniques that really add dimension and pop to you haircut.

Balayage is a wonderfully creative natural looking way to place highlights or lowlights. It is done by freehand so the color artist chooses every placement and can really customize it to their guests needs and desired look.

Tipping is a beautifully placed accent foiling technique that gives the hair a “sun kissed” look. It is great for all levels but is ideal for darker shades. The foils can be a lot or a few depending on the desired effect, but look the best when strategically placed to pop through the layers.

Circles of color provide multiple layering of color through the hair, there is ideally lots of layers in the hair cut and normally three colors. Looking at the head from the crown, the colorist would section out three sections each going all the way around the diameter of the head, hence the name circles of color. This technique can be subtle or dramatic, but is definitely highly customizable.

Color is a really great way to customize your look and there are so many wonderful new and exciting ways to stand out! Branch out and ask your stylist for a new look, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
Woman in a White Dress

Eyebrows and Face Shapes!

March 13, 2013
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Let’s talk about something we all have (though some have better ones than others): EYEBROWS!

Some people have naturally gorgeous, full, shaped eyebrows (go ahead and take a moment to dislike them), but some of us need more help with them than others. I will say personally, I am an eyebrow fanatic! I am always on the lookout for outstanding eyebrows, whether it be the shape, color, length, or what have you, and I have absolutely no problem telling the person attached to them how good they look. But on that note, some of us need help with our eyebrows and need to take more time focusing on them. I am the second one.

While I do have a good natural arch (toot toot!) I have to work everyday to keep good looking brows. On almost a daily basis I have to tweeze, trim, fill-in with a powder and look for symmetry to achieve the look I need to frame my face. That’s right, I said frame my face because that is what they do.

Have you ever seen anyone without eyebrows or imagined what you may look like without them?

Russell Brand with and without Eyebrows

Weird right?!

So why not take the extra few moments in the morning to put them on if you need them? Below I have a picture of basic guidelines to achieve the most fitting brow to frame that gorgeous face of yours.

 

 

Hold your eyebrow brush or pencil just resting right by your nostril straight up, this is where point A, or the head of your brows, should start. Now keeping it in the same place, just resting by your nostril, slowly angle it to line with your pupil. This is where your arch should be, or point B. Again, keeping it in the same place, angle the brush to the end of your eye, this will tell you where the end or tail of your brow should be, or point C.

Now that you know where your face wants your eyebrow to be, with some help of course, you have one more choice to make:

What kind of shape do you want?

Do you want the head to be more rounded off or more square?
Do you want the angle to be harsh or soft? Rounded or flat? Curved or square?
What shape will go best with my face shape? Do I know what face shape I have? How can I figure out my face shape?

Who knew so much went into such a small area of hair?! Below is just a quick little sketch of face shapes and a slight idea of a shape.

 

 

Oval

Forehead is wider than the chin
Prominent cheekbones
Face gracefully tapers to a narrow oval chin

 

 

 

Round

Face is almost as wide as it is long
Face is widest at the cheeks
Long

Forehead, cheekbones and jawline are all about the same width
Can tend to have a prominent chin
Has an elongated appearance

 

 

Square

Forehead, cheekbones and jawline all about the same width
Squared jawline is the most obvious feature

 

 

 

Heart

Similar to oval but the chin tapers to a point.

 

 

 

 


Diamond

Not as common as the other face shapes
Typically the face is highly angular
The forehead is somewhat short
The face is widest at the temples

 

 

I hope this helps you out, best of luck to you and your brows!