Category Archives: Aveda Institute Denver

Naturally Straight

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 8.19.21 PMWe  are SO excited for AVEDA’s new addition to the Smooth Infusion family – Naturally Straight! If you are looking for a way to cut down your style time in the mornings this is the product for you. It straightens curls more over time with continued use, amazing but what if you miss the curls? Naturally Straight will wash out in three shampoos. Come in today for a free sample and make sure to share you straight selfie with us on instagram #avedanaturallystraight @inspireaveda.


NAHA Nominee

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 1.03.22 PMCongratulations to IG’s own Brad Van Dyke for his nomination for Make-up artist of the year!

Earth Day 2014

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Happy Earth Day! At AVEDA every day is Earth Day but today especially. Today we honor Horst Rechelbacher without his love for others, commitment to the environment, and passion for wellness, we would not have this family which we call Aveda. Thank you, Horst!

Look Good, Do Good

Come join us in any of our locations on April 7th for AVEDA’s global cut a thon! All proceeds from this event will go to our local earth month partner Western Resource Advocates, to protect clean water! Book your appointment now (520) 207-2660!

(BTW, this number will let your book for any of our locations!)

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Guest Blogger(s): Men’s Cutting Coaches Meagan MacPhee and Robert Kelly

Our Men’s Cutting Coaches, Megan and Robert, put together a weekly newsletter for our educators that highlights techniques, pedagogy, and products.  I loved this feature on the importance of workshops.  I hope you enjoy it, too!  ^AS

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” William Butler Yeats

I am sure we can all agree as educators that one of the things we hear the most from our Future Professionals is that they are afraid to take a service.  This seems to be especially true for men’s cuts.  How many times, if any, have they had the opportunity to work on a male guest?

Salon floor workshops during downtime may not be the all-inclusive fix to their fears, but it’s a great place to start!  As our team lead Carrie Bellus says,” the Salon floor is our largest classroom.”  In light of that, are we utilizing our time on the Salon floor to model techniques and to invite them to experience hand’s on during a workshop?

Our Future Professionals have the answer on where they feel they need further instruction.  Want to know what to show the FPs? Ask!  Once we have the information, 4mat a salon floor workshop and watch for your F.P’s ah-ha moments and celebrate the fact that you care enough about their education to deliver a better understanding of our curriculum. AM10_47_crop_r7_Lores

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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????”

Inspiring Greatness at New York Fashion Week

The Inspire Greatness New York Fashion Week Team

The Inspire Greatness New York Fashion Week Team

Each September, we offer our Future Professionals and Graduates a once-in-a-lifetime experience to work alongside Aveda masters, Janell Geason and Jon Reyman, doing hair and makeup backstage at New York Fashion Week.  This experience begins with a 2-day Runway Essentials Workshop in Hair Styling or Makeup followed by New York Fashion Week shows.  This year, our makeup team participated in six shows!  Here are some of the highlights from the Argentine Designers and Porsche Design Shows.

Runway Essentials Workshop at the Aveda Advanced Academy in New York

Runway Essentials Workshop at the Aveda Advanced Academy in New York


Argentine Designers


Argentine Designers


Argentine Designers


Argentine Designers


Argentine Designers


Argentine Designers


Porsche Design


Porsche Design


Porsche Design


Porsche Design

To view all  please visit our Facebook pages!

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What AID has been up to…

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The Aveda Institute in Denver handed out over 60 PB&J Sandwiches as well as chips, water, cookies, bathroom essentials and used clothes to the homeless. Talk about living the mission statement!

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If you want to be the best, learn from the best!


Timothy Howard, a Salon Owner and an Aveda hair cutting educator/master pure-fessional was at the Aveda Institute in Denver this past week. He demonstrated for our Future Professionals razor cutting for our latest master series! Aveda Institutes are all about bringing in the best to help further your education.

If you want to be apart of this great learning environment, look up the nearest Inspire Greatness Institute near you!


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Brad’s Aveda Travel Essentials

For today’s post, we reached out to Brad Van Dyke, Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes Education Director, to share with us his must-have products for travel.  Having started his massage and esthetics career on a cruise ship, Brad is no stranger to packing a bag!  In his current role, Brad is continually on the road visiting our IG locations, in addition to his travels as an Aveda Spa Pure-fessional and personal travels around the world.  Check out his essentials below!

“As I flew to LA this weekend for a 2-day class, I fortunately did not need to put much time into packing. I always have a packed bag.  I travel with only a roller carry-on and laptop case, even if I will be gone for 5 days. Here are my essentials…

Brad's Travel Essentials

  • Shampure Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Botanical Kinetics Purifying Creme Cleanser
  • Botanical Kinetics Skin Firming/Toning Agent
  • Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant
  • Green Science Firming Eye Creme
  • Green Science Firming Face Creme
  • Energizing Body Cleanser
  • Aveda Men Pure-formance Grooming Clay
  • Patchouli Singular Note
  • Stress Fix Aroma
  • Stylist Brush
  • Blue Oil-this is a MUST  for everyone!
  • Nourish-mint Renewing Lip Treatment-this is a MUST travel for everyone!
  • Peppymint-this is a MUST travel for everyone! (along with St Claire’s mints-you can never have too fresh of breath)
  • iPad, and of course all the appropriate  gadgets, attachments, and thumb drives
  • Oliver People sunglasses
  • My favorite Starbucks travel mug
  • Running gear
  • All my black clothes rolled neatly to save space
Finally, I subscribe to National Geographic and Travel and Leisure an take time to plan my next excursion/vacation!”
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