Category Archives: Wellness

Review shout outs!

Lets celebrate our amazing guests for writing down their experience as well as our FP’s for giving all of their guests $500 haircuts!


“Kristina did a fabulous job! She is going to make an amazing stylists! 2 thumbs u=)”

“Amazing! There was no need for me to be apprehensive about a new person. She was awesome in every way” (Review for Katie H)

“Nicolette did an outstanding job-she is a colorist extraordinaire”

“Gilad was amazing and I was privileged to be part of his teaching process & work with the student”



Inspire greatness!



8 Ways to BEAUTIFY!

Have you ever tried Aveda’s Beautifying Oil? Here are 8 ways to use it, treat yourself with a little relaxed wellness.

8 ways to beautify

A New Kind of Resolution

Our AIX Admissions Dream Maker, Sally Halder, shared this New Years Resolution Wellness today that I had to pass on!  As many of us have learned from Brad Van Dyke, our Director of Education, in his “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” Master Series, setting goals for ourselves is key to the second habit: beginning with the end in mind. Why I like this wellness that Sally shared so much, is because it breaks large resolutions down into 12  short-term goals, which may eventfully become habit. I also love the idea of setting and sharing these goals with my friends for accountability, support, and group celebration. So, will you be in my “resolution of the month club?” 🙂

Happy New Year!



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5 Little Known Benefits of Drinking Water!

5 Little Known Benefits of Drinking Water 



We are so fortunate to live somewhere where we have water accessible, and that it is clean. Yet most people are not drinking enough! With winter and dry climates here in full force, it is important to remember to stay hydrated.

The benefits of drinking water have been much discussed in the media. Water helps keep you hydrated, which is important because every single cell in your body needs it in order to absorb nutrients and expel waste products. But what are some of the less well known benefits of drinking water?

1) Drinking Water Keeps You Young

Drinking plenty of water is great for your skin. If you don’t drink enough water, you’ll suffer from dry skin, and you’ll be likely to use more creams and lotions to moisturize. However, creams and lotions don’t strike at the root of the problem. Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin moisturized and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

If you don’t drink enough water, your body will try to retain it in order to conserve resources. This retention makes your skin puffy and can even lead to bloating.

2) Drinking Water Helps You Lose Weight

There’s a reason why most diets and fitness programs ask you to drink a lot of water. One of the benefits of drinking water is that it helps you lose weight.

Water suppresses your appetite, so you don’t eat as much. Drinking plenty of water also prevents fluid retention, because your body won’t try to retain water if it’s getting enough.

Drinking water also helps your body burn stored fat. If you’re not drinking enough water, your liver will be forced to help your kidneys detoxify your body. When you drink plenty of water, your kidneys don’t need any extra help, so your liver will be able to metabolize stored fat more efficiently. Drinking water flushes toxins from your body and prevents constipation.

3) Drinking Water Helps You Build Muscle

Another benefit of drinking water is that it makes your muscles stronger. That’s because water carries oxygen to the cells of your body, including those of your muscles. Drinking plenty of water enables your muscles to work harder and longer before they feel tired, and this can help you build muscle.

4) Drinking Water Makes You Smarter

Drinking water can increase your cognitive function. Your brain needs a lot of oxygen in order to function at optimum levels. Drinking plenty of water ensures that your brain gets all the oxygen it needs. Drinking eight to ten cups of water per day can improve your levels of cognitive performance by as much as 30%!

Drinking plenty of water also supports nerve function. It ensures that your body’s electrolyte levels remain high enough to allow your nerves to relay messages to and from the brain in the way they were meant to.

5) Drinking Water Is Good for Your Joints

One of the lesser known benefits of drinking water is that it helps keep your joints strong, healthy and lubricated. Your joints need moisture in order to remain strong and flexible, so that your movements are smooth and pain free.


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.




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.



AFFIRMATIONS – “5 Things to remind yourself Daily!”

One of our educators this morning did this wellness for the future professionals and I loved it! I think it is so important to encourage OURSELVES, and one of the best ways to do that is through affirmations. I thought these were pretty great and wanted to share them with you all this morning 🙂

“5 Things to remind yourself Daily!”

I am amazing.

I can do anything.

Positivity is a choice.

I celebrate my individuality.

I am prepared to succeed.

And if that wasn’t enough…

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Green tip of the day

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It’s getting a little chilly outside, and many people think that letting their cars idle will help “get their engine running” but in all actuality driving is a much more efficient way to warm your car up then letting it idle. If you often idle in fear that restarting your engine wastes more gas then I am here to bust yet another idling myth, idling for 10 seconds uses more fuel  than restarting your engine. By stopping idling for just 10 minutes you are saving 1 pound of carbon dioxide from being released into the air(the primary contributor to global warming).

Great Posture = More Energy

Today’s wellness comes from Guest Blogger Stephanie Christenson of Workout with Steph.  Stephanie has a BS in Kinesiology and she is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NCSA), a Practioner of Pilates Studio (Polestar Pilates), and a Certified Yoga Instructor (Yoga Alliance).  Oh yeah, she’s also an amazing sister.  😉

Let Go

As a professional you create a great experience for your Guest! How about creating a great experience for yourself every day through posture?  I would like to teach you just a few cues to improve your standing posture.  Posture is important to your health, wellness, and energy level.  Through proper posture (or alignment) you are able to move, stand and work most efficiently as a Future Professional. The first step to improving your standing posture is being aware of how your currently stand.

Great Posture = More Energy

Alignment is all about awareness.  Do you have great posture?  How do you know?  Are you aware of how you stand?  Let’s create an awareness of how you currently stand.  It will be fun! Then we will change it a couple times.  Then, you will return to how you usually stand.  In this way, you will be able to experience alignment and awareness.  This exercise is best done with friends so you can give the instructions to your friend and watch how their body changes, and then they can trade places with you.  Let’s begin:

  1. Stand comfortably and be aware of your two feet on the ground.  Now think about your two legs.  Notice how your pelvis sits on top of your legs.  Shift your attention to your spine.  Think about your shoulders and arms.  Finally observe your head on top of your spine.
  2. Now, feel as if your head is floating up and your arms, spine and legs are hanging from your head. (repeat this sentence again to your friend then pause for 30 seconds)
  3. Next, imagine all of the energy of the legs, spine and arms is surging up the body and the head to floating on top of this energy current. (repeat again and pause again)
  4. This time feel the energy of the spine traveling up.  Your head is floating on top of this energy current.  The arms and legs are hanging from the spine. (repeat these words to you friend again)
  5. Notice how your body feels in this alignment.
  6. Finally, very consciously, return to how your choose to stand everyday.  Feel how your body changes position and how it feels now.
  7. Pick the alignment image #2, #3 or #4 makes you feel best aligned.

You are now more aware of your posture.  Now you can play with the different images of alignment.  Try them out while you are in class, working with a Guest, standing in line.  Your awareness will change, your posture will change, and you will realize more energy in your life.

For more information on living a life with more energy, check out my website. There you can find free workouts you can do at home to increase your energy level even more!  Feel free to email me at

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The visualizations used in this post are adapted from the book Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery by Erik Franklin


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How Daddy Does Hair: How To Hairstyle With a Vacuum

Laughter is the best type of wellness if you ask me! So today I thought I would put a smile on your face. While we don’t encourage using vacuums to do hair here at the Aveda Institute, this video was just too cute to not share. Pay particular attention to the end and how he gets the elastic around the pony, genius! HA. Enjoy!

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