Monthly Archives: November 2013

Give Thanks!


Hope you all are enjoying your Thanksgiving with friends and family! There is so much to be thankful for! In fact, studies have shown that you should be thankful everyday, not just on a special day of the year.

Scientists have found that people who practice being grateful regularly, experience many health benefits including:

  1. Smoother and coherent heart rhythms.
  2. Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
  3. Stronger immune system.
  4. Higher sense of attentiveness, alertness and energy.
  5. Less physical pain.
  6. Longer more restful sleep.
  7. Better able to handle stressful situations.
  8. Healthier relationships with others.
  9. Better physical fitness.
  10. Fewer feelings of sadness and depression.

To experience many of these benefits try to become consciously aware of what you are thankful for in your life. There are ways you can do this; the key is to pick something that works for you and to stick with it. Some ideas you might try are:

  1. Write in a gratitude journal every night before going to bed.
  2. Upon waking in the morning think about everything you are thankful for before getting out of bed.
  3. See how many things your can think of to be grateful for and appreciate while doing one of your daily routines like brushing your teeth or taking your dog for a walk.

Studies have found that people who focus on what they are grateful for everyday for one week straight can experience the benefits up to a six-month period.  Let us take it a step further and share some of the things you are thankful for in the comments section below.



Hunger Games Fashion Show!

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Our AMP students had the opportunity to help out a local Aveda Salon, Life Salon and Spa, and get models ready for the Hunger Games premier and local movie theater Fashion Show Event! The students did amazing work, and made the models look like they had just come from the capital! Heggy led our talented group of students!

Millie’s Princess Foundation


We had such an awesome opportunity to have some of our esthetician students and staff go to salt lake and be involved with the Millie’s Princess Foundation. The Aveda Salon Landis hosted the event in honor of Amelia Flamm, who is the little girl the foundation was named after. She passed away 5 months ago from a 4 year battle with cancer. Millie was 7 when she passed.

Her family wanted to start a foundation that could help other families with children that have terminal illnesses. Financially it is a huge burden. This charity helps raise money to help families with their financial loads, so they are able to have more time with their loved ones.

During Millie’s short time on this Earth, she reminded others to see the beauty everywhere.

So in honor of her life, please partake in an act of kindness today!!

We all enjoyed our time meeting families and friends of Millie’s.
Lots of nails were painted, Lipstick applied… And the happiest little girls meeting their favorite princesses.


One of our educators played this video as wellness and it brought FP’s to tears! It such an amazing story of kindness and an amazing way to start your weekend.



Aveda’s About-Face Approach to Exfoliation

With winter approaching, dry skin is on the rise, therefore we must consider what we are doing to exfoliate.  Find out more about Aveda’s approach to exfoliation as stated in the Spa Quarterly Newsletter:

“Q: What exfoliation ingredients does Aveda use and why?

A: Physical friction through touch, movement and massage is enough to remove surface layers of skin—simply walking in sand will exfoliate the feet. Particles ranging from rough and sharp to small and smooth can fine tune the degree of exfoliation. All of Aveda’s physical particle ingredients come from botanicals, such as bamboo, jojoba beads and walnut shells.

Aveda products rely on two naturally derived exfoliation ingredients, each with a different mechanism of action—salicylic acid and glucosamine. Combined with physical friction through touch, movement and massage, they can provide the benefits associated with microdermabrasion and glycolic acid peels.

Salicylic acid exfoliates by breaking the desmosome bonds between keratinocytes, allowing skin cells to be released. Most salicylic acid on the market today is synthesized from petroleum derivatives; however, Aveda’s salicylic acid is naturally derived from wintergreen. Glucosamine is a natural molecule that gently reduces cell adhesion by speeding up cell turnover and reducing cell reaggregation after the desmosome is broken. The most common source of glucosamine is shellfish; however, Aveda’s non-animal glucosamine is derived entirely from fermentation of specific fungi.

These naturally derived ingredients have helped Aveda products achieve clinical performance in smoothing and radiance on par with such procedures as microdermabrasion and glycolic acid peels, but with less of the associated redness and irritation.

— Cindy Angerhofer, Ph.D., Aveda Executive Director of Botanical Research”

Stop in today to find out which products contain these awesome ingredients and how you can incorporate them into your skincare regime!

All Souls Procession

In Tucson every year we host an All Souls Procession, it is my most favorite part of Tucson yet! At AIT we incorporate this amazing part of culture and history into a master series where future professionals learn the art of day of the dead make up. The All Souls Procession is a ceremony inspired by Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos holiday. During this ceremony 35,000 participants walk two miles down the streets of downtown Tucson. The Procession ends in the finalizing action of burning a large urn filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes of the public for those who have passed.All Souls Procession



We recently had a Graduation here at AIP! Every graduation we hand out a special necklace with a bead on it. We call them Graduation Beads, and only students who have graduated from an Aveda Institute receives them. These beads are actually Tagua Nuts, which we source from Columbia! Check out the sourcing story below 🙂

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Have you heard the news? Last Earth Day, our Aveda family joined together to do a 24-hours global cut-a-thon in an effort to set a world record. AND WE DID IT!

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“On April 22 (Earth Day) Aveda raised a cool US $220,000 for clean water causes during a 24-hour global hair-cutting marathon. By exceeding US $75,000* Aveda set a Guinness World Records® title for the most money raised for charity through haircuts in a 24-hour period.

Feverishly snipping, trimming, chopping and shaping to accommodate every head of hair seeking a dream cut, Aveda stylists from over 900 salons in 15 countries worldwide volunteered their time and expertise in exchange for a client’s donation. Participating countries included the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, Japan, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and UK.”

– See more at:

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Guest Blogger: Carrie Bellus, Aveda Pure-fessional and AID Cosmetology Team Lead


Today we have a guest blogger, Carrie Bellus.  Carrie is the Cosmetology Team Lead at the Aveda Institute in Denver, as well as an AVEDA Cut and Style Pure-fessional!

“I didn’t go to college.  The day I told my high school teachers I would not be applying to college was day one of becoming a little self-conscious about my chosen career path. Parents of friends would reply with “Oh” (that was usually accompanied with an awkward pause and disappointing look) when I shared with them my decision.  I had multiple teachers who approached me often in my senior year to try and ‘save’ me from ruining my life.   Thankfully my mom was my biggest fan and told me repeatedly I was making the right choice.  The right choice started with choosing AVEDA.  I want to share a few strong memories from my AVEDA education.

Dress code.  I learned about the Aveda Unified Look right away.  This even included black socks ONLY!  (they actually checked my socks!) We were taught to take pride in our look including how we wear our hair.  I was actually coached on wearing ponytails! I was taught I represent Aveda and the beauty industry.
Product knowledge.  Let’s put aside the product brand for a second, the product we use in hair is an important tool used to help get the desired result.  It literally changes the ‘fabric’ that is our hair.  Think about the days you’ve received compliments on your hair, what product did you use to finish the look?  In a lifetime I think everyone can think of ONE product that they would take to their grave with them.  AVEDA is (obviously) very passionate about their products , their story, their aroma, their performance and even their packaging.  Because they have a love affair with their products they LOVE TALKING ABOUT THEM!  I still clearly remember the day we had our product knowledge day in school. I could have listened to her talk ALL DAY LONG.   And that was 14 years ago!  I am thankful to Aveda for seeing it is not only important to know about hair, skin & nails but also about animpressive line of products (tools) to help get the job done.
Inspiration.  AVEDA has a lot of artists to look up to and be inspired by.  And AVEDA Institutes make it their business to make sure these are names we know.  It is important for a student in this industry to look up to someone who has achieved such high levels as well as the stages of the next step, working in a salon or  being an assistant .  Inspiration that I can achieve ANYTHING and that AVEDA is a FASCINATING company to work for is something I learned early on.  I remember the day I had to choose a look to recreate on a mannequin head for a career fair.  I chose an Aveda Collection look that Lisa Vann ( had created.  I permed a head and then cut it with thinning shears.  I was SOO proud of myself.  The fact that I recreated an AVEDA collection look while still a student… well I thought that was pretty impressive. (although I later found out I never mixed the perm right and may have been why my curls looked a little ‘off’)  But I am thankful that Aveda Institute education gives you that opportunity over and over again to feel as your technical level is reaching new heights
AVEDA family.  From day one I felt a part of something bigger.  It’s not every hairstylist against each other.  It’s a community and a network that is always seeking new levels of support for each other.
Community.  Let’s give back….’la dee dah dee dah…..”  Okay they’re talking about charity stuff again.  My paradigm of charity work changed when I joined AVEDA.  Everyone here/there/everywhere was/is SO EXCITED ABOUT IT AT ALL TIMES.  I couldn’t help but get more and more involved to the point of seeking out opportunities on my own.  I couldn’t get enough of that feeling you can only get when someone says thank you, you have helped make my day, change my life, and/or made me feel good about myself again.  Whoa, I thought that was only for therapists.  Nope, it’s AVEDA’s mission.
Wikipedia says… “Emerging as one of the coolest cult brands of the decadeand as a lovemark, AVEDA became a global brand itself known for merging two previously divergent concepts – great products and green design for the welfare of the planet and its inhabitants.”
The thing about AVEDA is they pave the way for our future professionals of this industry to have a head start, have good professional behaviors and make SUCCESS a TRUE ASSESIBLEachievement.  It’s not even about having to say I am an AVEDA stylist, it’s just knowing through AVEDA institute education, my path is set up for success.
I love being out and having a stranger say “you smell like AVEDA”….  I literally smell amazing ALL the time ;))))
I love having a dress code that isn’t business as usual.  Black is sexystylish & looks good on everyone!
I am not alone in loving AVEDA.  The statement “I work for AVEDA” is always followed by “I love AVEDA”.
AVEDA continues to achieve new heights continuously.  As we know is always an awesome website to check in with to find out the latest.
Beauty school has a stigma.  But AVEDA isn’t just a beauty school.  It’s an opportunity to be a part of something great, something inspiring, something that smells good, something successful and something I CAN BE PROUD OF.  I thank the AVEDA brand for allowing me to proudly shout from the rooftops what I do and who I work with.
This past weekend I stopped into my old Aveda school and it has had me reflecting on the great experience I had while I was there.  It is pretty powerful to know that our education team has the ability to shape over 300 futures.  What will they say about you and the experience you gave them 14 years later????”

Lokta Bark Paper from Nepal

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Aveda’s beautiful green paper is not only beautiful for the color but also for where it comes from. Read the amazing story on Lokta Bark paper from Nepal!