Category Archives: Guest Blogger

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????”