Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners

Aveda Protective Toner Group

With the Summer now upon us, we see a transition to lighter shades of hair color; blonde with trends like ombre and balayage capture our guests’ attention.

Aveda’s Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders remarks, “Blonde is having a moment now, but it’s refined to be just the right tone for you. Whether you feel like channeling your inner rock star, bombshell, or flower child, there’s something for everyone.”

As part of their Rare Bloom collection, Aveda has their new Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners. They are designed to help each guest achieve their perfect customized shade of blonde lasting up to four weeks. The toner is 96% naturally derived and contains Aveda’s signature blend of protecting oils: certified organic sunflower oil, castor, and jojoba oil.

How is Aveda able to achieve perfect blonde results for every guest?

After achieving the desired lift result using Aveda Enlightener, the hair is then shampooed, towel-dried, and treated with Aveda’s Damage Remedy Equalizing Solution in order to rebuild, strengthen, and prepare the hair for even saturation of the toner. Then one of three “pre-blended” shades of toner are massaged through the hair and left to process for five minutes. Having an exact process time allows the Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners to create the perfect shade of blonde every time.

The three pre-blended Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toner shades are:

  • Ash—Violet-based
  • Beige—Violet/yellow-based
  • Gold—Yellow/orange-based

“This is clearly not your basic blonde,” says Ian Michael Black, Aveda Global Artistic Director, Hair Color. “Our new Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners give us the ability to refine blonde hair and really create customized and unique looks.”

The CIDESCO Experience

CIDESCO BannerWhen I enrolled at the Cinta Aveda Institute, I had no idea how much I would fall in love with the esthetics world.

As my time in school dwindled, I realized that I yearned to delve deeper into skincare. This thirst led me to continue my education in advanced skincare and more by seeking CIDESCO certification, an international beauty therapy diploma. The CIDESCO program gives another 900 hours of expertise including massage therapy, anatomy, and physiology, dermatology, chemistry, cosmetic science, ingredient knowledge, machines, electricity, as well as a personal thesis and an additional subject of your choice.

As I am rounding out the last of my 1500 hours, I couldn’t be more thankful for my experience and for all that I have learned. I am especially grateful for the wonderful educators that I have had. My teachers all have had decades of training as well as loads of hands-on experience, and they have given me precious knowledge that I will bring with me into the field.

If you are thinking of doing CIDESCO, or are not yet sure, I highly recommend this training. A CIDESCO certification brings a great deal of prestige in the industry. It is intense and involves a lot of work but, by the end of the experience, you will be a more well-rounded, knowledgeable, and polished practitioner.

Trendy Hair for Summer

Hairstyle that's casual and styled up

What hairstyles and trends are you picking up on this summer? Do you wanna go lighter, darker, longer, shorter, or maybe even really short?

Well, this has definitely been a year of trying new bizarre ideas for hairstyles. For one example, the half bun where the bottom half of your hair is down and the other half is up in either a tight or messy bun. I, myself, would never try that look but it is considered a new trend for summer.

Another would be the casual braid look. You can sport a mean fishtail or even a milk braid and then loosen it up in random spots and pull tiny strings out here and there to give it that messy casual look. A fishtail is perfect for summer because it is tight enough to almost last you a whole day, but loose enough to give you some edge.

Ponytails are always nice because you can do so much with them. The hot trend for this summer is to have a nice swept low pony for going out on evenings to avoid the hassle of up-dos but to also give that elegant glow to your outfit. Another would be the no part, swept back high ponytail or up-do. It shows off your face more and gives that fresh face look a chance.

One of my favorite looks is the medium-length slightly wavy, loosely curled, and lightly balayage hair. This style gives you the perfect beachy look without even trying. All you have to do is scrunch your end a bit when you get out of the shower, let it air dry, and then add some loose natural looking curls, and you are good to go. The balayage will give it that sun-kissed look and salty sea texture.

Take a look at the hair section of glamourmagazine.co.uk for some neat style ideas.

Getting the Perfect Haircut

Woman's Hair Cut with Many Hands

Let’s face it: at least once in our lives, we’ve had a post-salon meltdown. A bad haircut can ruin your day—or many days if it takes awhile to grow out. But that bad experience can be avoided. Here are some simple tips to get the right haircut, and clear communication with your stylist is the key.

Bring plenty of pictures. They give the stylist a general sense of the look and feel you’re going for. Not all stylists are mind-readers and a great visual is worth a thousand words.

Be realistic. A lot of celebrities’ hairstyles look amazing because of hair extensions, Photoshop, lighting, and the attention of a glam squad. If you know a celebrity has a similar hair texture and hair length to yours, then you can probably achieve something similar. Don’t expect the outcome to look exactly like your picture.

Saying “I’d like it short” can mean shoulder-length or even chin length to some stylists. Short. Long. Medium. These words mean different things to different people. Instead, physically show your stylist by using your hair and establish how much length you’d like to remove. Then they won’t take too little or too much off your hair.

Hopefully using these tips can help you better communicate the style and look you want and better establish a long-lasting bond with your next stylist.

The goal is to use good communication to establish a long-lasting bond with a stylist that you trust.

Pineapple: Beauty Fruit

Pineapple

Not only is pineapple tasty, but it’s also great for hair, skin, and nails!

Pineapples are full of important antioxidants, which work to prevent cell damage within the body by fighting against free radicals. When you are getting enough antioxidants in your diet, you are working toward preventing several chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, various cancers, atherosclerosis, and arthritis.

Additionally, this fruit helps to keep the skin flexible and firm because it increases collagen synthesis. It contains vitamin C and amino acids and these are all skin-friendly nutrients.

You can apply fresh pineapple directly to your face to reap the benefits.

Furthermore, this fruit contains high amounts of anti-inflammatory substances and vitamin C, both of which fight the causes of acne. The vitamin C helps to improve your body’s ability to heal while the anti-inflammatory substances help to prevent new breakouts and a worsening of current ones.

You can also use the pineapples wedges to naturally exfoliate the skin so that your complexion and tone always look their best.

Pineapple water assists with hydrating the skin.

Pineapple is great for your nails because it moisturizes and assists with cell renewal.

Finally, pineapple is great for your hair because it hydrates dull hair as well as prevents hair loss. The vitamin C content in this fruit helps to fight against hair loss. Simply eat some pineapple each day to strengthen your hair follicles from the inside out.

So eat pineapple and set some to the side and incorporate it into your beauty regime.

Welcome to Cinta Aveda

Cinta Aveda Institute Student Brushes Hair

Cosmetologists trained at Cinta Aveda Institute are taught the ABC’s of how to convert someone’s worn out hairstyle to a fresh, updated do. We know how to set a perimeter and add interior layers as a secondary move. We go from dropping our combs to making confident artistic calls on someone’s style.

As a super senior here at Cinta Aveda, I’m here to tell those of you newly embarking on this journey that it gets better. It’s human nature to not want to disappoint a fellow human. When they sit in your chair and leave their appearance in your hands, it can be the most nerve-wracking thing. But it can also be the coolest thing.

I won’t lie—there will be that occasional guest who is so particular it discourages you from working on them. I’m here to tell you to take it with a grain of salt and go through with it. It’ll just make every other guest seem that much more enjoyable.

I’ll also discourage you from being quick to decide what you like and what you don’t like. A self-fulfilling prophecy can subconsciously manipulate your thoughts. This is a huge mistake I made early on. I thought I hated color. I swore I liked cuts and only cuts. I would check the appointment books first thing in the morning so that I could brace myself if I had a guest for a color service later that day.

I talked to cosmetology professionals who gave me the best advice, changing my frame of mind about color services. They told me to stop thinking so much about your own dislike and focus your energy instead on the outcome of the service. Don’t count how many foils you have left to fold but instead think about how each pattern in each packet will interact with the next. Focus on how you can change up the weaves and patterns of the foils to create a different outcome for your last guest. Finally, remember that you’re in school. It’s a learning environment and, even if you make a mistake, hair grows and color can be manipulated. Realizing all this made every day at school more enjoyable.

After you graduate, you will most likely seek out an assisting/education program. You’ll get to touch hair, but the chances are that you won’t be doing up to five services a day like you do when you’re at school. So enjoy yourself at Cinta Aveda. Take each guest on as a new learning experience. Don’t focus too much on the negative things; rather focus on what will make you into a better cosmetologist.

And have fun!

Acne and Outer Peace

Aveda Outer Peace Cleanser

Acne can be a difficult battle for both a client and an esthetician working to promote healthy skin. The Aveda Outer Peace line is a great line of products to recommend to clients struggling through breakouts. In order to give your client the best possible result, it is essential to know what is in this cleanser that makes it such a great option for an acne prone client.

The Outer Peace Cleanser contains many powerful, naturally derived ingredients including the following:

  1. Oat Amino Acids

    This is the active ingredient in the cleanser that makes it foam, also called a surfactant. Oat grain contains many vitamins and lipids that promote healthy skin. In recent studies, as many as seventeen amino acids have been found in oats. Oats give the skin moisture, protection, and have PH balancing properties.

  2. Saw Palmetto Fruit Extract

    Saw Palmetto is plant sterols, fatty acids, and bioflavonoids. It is rich in polysaccharides which are used by the body to aid in immune system efficiency and act as an anti inflammatory. Many studies have shown that Saw Palmetto is especially helpful in reducing hormonal acne because it inhibits the conversion of testosterone into DHT, which is one of hormonal acne’s main causes.

  3. Salicylic Acid

    Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxyl acid that is derived from wintergreen. It aids breakouts by dissolving the dead, keratinized skin cells to keep the pores unclogged, decreasing inflammation.

This cleanser is gentle yet effective on the skin. It thoroughly cleans the skin without over drying, which is a huge selling point for many people who struggle with acne or even just the occasional monthly breakout.

Five Benefits of Rosewater

Roses and Rosewater

Rosewater is an amazing ingredient to include in your beauty routine. It helps soften your skin and gives it a healthy glow. Rosewater can benefit your skin in many ways and it is very inexpensive. I’m going to share with you five beauty uses and benefits of rosewater. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to get healthy, beautiful skin.

  1. Reduce Eye Puffiness

    Apply rosewater on a cotton pad and gently place it on your eyes. It will help sooth the tender skin around your eyes, preventing or reduce under eye puffiness.

  2. Soften Dry Skin

    Ladies with dry skin can experience amazing benefits with rosewater. When rosewater is applied to the skin, you’ll notice the softening effect immediately.

  3. Makeup Remover

    Apply rosewater with a cotton pad and gently massage your face. For a more effective makeup remover, you can dampen a cotton pad with rosewater along with bit of coconut oil. It efficiently removes makeup and is gentle on the skin. Never rub harshly or stretch the skin while removing makeup.

  4. Natural Setting Spray

    Rosewater can be misted over makeup as a setting product, providing a healthy glow and beautiful dewy finish.

  5. Skin Toner

    The regular use of rosewater as a toner can help prevent wrinkles by slowing down the aging process, tightening those pesky pores, and adding a natural glow to the skin.

The Magic of DMAE

Dimethylaminoethanol Chemical Structure

Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) is a nutritional substance that is a powerful anti-inflammatory and membrane stabilizer. DMAE is a precursor to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that causes muscles to contract and tighten under the skin. Therefore, it can help maintain muscle tone in the face and body as we age, helping to prevent both sagging and drooping of the muscles under the skin.

Application of a DMAE-rich topical treatment results in almost instantaneous benefits. The skin looks firmer, lifted, less lined, and smoother. If a DMAE-containing lotion is spread on one side of the face, gently rubbed into the nasolabial fold, around the eye, forehead, under the chin, and on the neck, results can be seen in about 20 minutes. The side of the face and jaw line with the DMAE will appear more contoured, the eye will be open wider, the nasolabial fold lessened. The effect is dramatic. There will also be an immediate reduction in lines and wrinkles. DMAE is also outstanding in tightening up the dimpled skin on the back of the thighs and the upper arms.

Continued use of DMAE lightens the age spots that are commonly seen on the face and the back of hands and arms. These brown spots are formed from the accumulated lipofuscin deposits in the body. Lipofuscin is a waste product of the cells and usually appears in older people. Another age-defying effect of DMAE is its skin tightening action that slows down the natural sagging of the skin. Aside from plastic surgery, DMAE skin treatments seem to be among the most effective means to lift and tighten the appearance of facial skin.

DMAE is used mainly for optimization of brain performance and enhancement of positive, upbeat moods. Brain functions including thinking, memory, learning, and concentration also benefit from the long-term use of DMAE. Based on studies, surveys, and patient feedback, DMAE is a valuable and, frankly, amazing tool for making brain functions higher. As a bonus, it also gives the user a younger look through clear, even-toned skin that retains its elasticity even at an older age.

Fun Home Mask Recipes

Estheticians have used food for facial masks for many years now, but, these days, the ingredients have been a little more out of the norm. Usual ingredients are honey and avocado. But what about wine and acai berries? I did a little research and found two new and unusual at-home masks anyone can try out.

Red Wine in Glass

Resveratrol, a strong antioxidant found mainly in red wine but also in smaller amounts in white wine, may help to repair the damage caused by sun exposure that can lead to wrinkles and sagging skin, according to a growing body of scientific research. Kaolin clay draws out impurities, while the grapeseed oil moisturizes and hydrates, and the oat flour gently exfoliates.

Wrinkle Soothing Wine Mask

  • ¼ cup wine
  • ¼ cup kaolin clay1
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic oat flour1

Combine all the ingredients. Apply to the face, neck, and décolletage. Rinse with warm water after 10 minutes.

  1. Available in health food stores.

Acai Berries

Berries are rich sources of polyphenols, a class of antioxidants that, besides being used as wrinkle fighters, have other benefits. They’re a strong astringent, so they tighten the skin and minimize pores. Fatty acids in high doses, like the ones found in acai berries, seem to fight hyperpigmentation. The sugar and the olive oil form a gentle scrub which also helps in removing dirt trapped in pores.

Pore Tightening Acai Berry Mask

  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons acai powder (or ¼ cup smashed acai berries)1
  • 10 fresh, whole blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or a mix
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil.

With a potato masher, mash the sugar and acai powder (or slush) with the berries. Slowly add the olive oil and combine coarsely with a whisk. Massage into the face. Leave on for about five minutes, then rinse with warm water.

  1. Available in health food stores.