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Aveda How To: Tie the Knot Look

At the 8th Annual Supima Design Competition fashion show during Paris Fashion Week, the cotton brand showed off looks from students of top design schools around the United States, while Aveda Guest Artist Jon Reyman styled hair for the models.

The annual Supima Design Competition was created to give exposure to emerging talent and was modeled after the competition in the 50’s that launched the careers of Yves St. Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld.

Seven of America’s top design schools (AAU, FIDM, FIT, Kent State, Pratt BF+DA, RISD, SCAD) select one finalist from among their graduating seniors. Each finalist is asked to create a collection of women’s eveningwear gowns from premium Supima denims, knits, corduroys, twills, and shirting.

Inspired by the unique pairing of cotton-made evening wear, Aveda Guest Artist Jon Reyman created a youthful and wearable style.

“This flower petal-shaped knot is fanned out for an edgy, but refined look,” Reyman says. “Showing in the heart of Paris, I wanted the hair to be high-fashion and fun.”

Here’s how to get the look at home:

1) Allow hair to hang naturally. Spray your entire head with Aveda Thickening Tonic for added fullness.

2) Blow dry the hair back, focusing on the root.

3) Pull hair into a high, tight ponytail and secure with an elastic.

4) Taking the middle of the ponytail, slightly twist and pull hair over the base of the pony to create a knot, making sure to leave the ends out. Secure with hairpins.

5) Finish with a light mist of Aveda Air Control Hair Spray.


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Aveda How to: the Party Pony

This past month at NY Fashion Week, Aveda Global Artistic Director for Textured Hair, Tippi Shorter, kept things playfully stylish and fun with a pretty ponytail for the Latinista Spring/Summer 2016 show featuring CZAR by Cesar Galindo and Batista Collections.

“The look is a blend of two cool styles; there’s an undone crown with wispy pieces of hair framing the face and a sleek, finished and plumped up ponytail,” Shorter said. “I love to think of this as ‘fun in the front and business in the back.’”

Here’s how to recreate the look at home with 4 of your favorite Aveda styling products:

1) On dry hair, spray Aveda Thickening Tonic until hair is damp.

2) Begin taking 1” sections of hair and gently twirl from root to end and set for texture.

3) Once all hair is twirled in sections, take one piece at a time, and blow dry. Lay the dried sections over the face to create volume at the roots while continuing to dry remaining sections.

4) Flip the dried twirls back and with a small amount of Light Elements Defining Whip in hands, gently unravel the twirls and massage hair to create added textured at the crown.

5) Pull hair into low ponytail ensuring the top has volume. Secure with a bungee. Wrap a small section of hair around bungee and secure with a pin under the ponytail.

6) Spray ponytail with Aveda Brilliant Shine-on Spray, then flat-iron the ponytail smooth.

7) Finish with a light mist of Aveda Control Force Firm Hair Spray.


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Nurtur Aveda Institutes at the Fashion Meets Music Festival

This past Labor Day weekend, our sister institute, the Aveda Institute Columbus, had the incredible opportunity to participate in the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio!

The two-day, four-stage festival featured a variety of the best acts in live music and some of the most talented designers in the country. Each year the festival fuses two loves into one celebration elevating music and fashion into an experience with live performances, runway shows, local food, beverages, unique activations, and much more.

Students and alumni from the Aveda Institute Columbus teamed up to provide amazing hair and makeup services for the models in the fashion show. Check out some of the photos of our student and alumni work here:

















Congratulations to the students and alumni at our sister institute on some seriously stunning work!

*All photography by Sen Bai and Jonathan Westbrook

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Aveda New Trend Report: Multimasking

These past few weeks Instagram has been abuzz with the hashtag, #multimasking, declaring it to be the latest and hottest beauty trend. While the skincare practice is just beginning to take flight on social media, most estheticians have been performing multimasking on clients just like you for years.

The idea behind multimasking is that using several different mask treatments on your skin at the same time can help you create a customized skin remedy, almost exactly like what an esthetician does for you during a facial. Always getting breakouts around your nose? Apply charcoal or clay in that area. Dry patches of skin? Use a hydrating mask or cream in those spots.

Aveda’s Manager of Professional Spa Education and Global Educator, Helga Hefner, explains the science behind the multimasking phenomenon: “Multimasking is about applying facial masques to separate areas of the face for optimal results in beautiful skin. For example, our t-zones may be oily, while the cheeks dry, so it’s important to use the right masque for the job of combatting each skin ailment. The skin on our faces can be quite different in various areas so it’s imperative it’s cared for properly.”

We love this handy chart created by Aveda to show you the best way to use Aveda masks for the #multimasking trend:


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Aveda How To: Smooth Volume

FT15_1041_R4_cropNow that summer is coming to a close, we are super psyched for all of the new fall looks that will be gracing the covers and pages of our favorite fashion and beauty magazines.

This month, we’re excited to share that Aveda was featured as the cover story for American Salon’s September issue. The magazine features an in depth look at the new Aveda autumn 2015 collection, Sublime Spirit.

If you don’t have a chance to get your hands on a copy of American Salon, don’t fret. We’re sharing one of our favorite looks and how to recreate it at home, here on the blog. Here are 7 easy steps to creating a sleek and voluptuous look for fall:

1) Prep damp hair with 2 pumps of Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother from mid-lengths to ends, and comb through.

2) To add volume, apply Aveda Volumizing Tonic from roots to mid-lengths.

3) Blow-dry hair with fingers until about 70% dry. Switch to a medium round brush, and perform a round brush set, working in sections from crown to nape. Blow-dry each section from roots to ends until 100% dry, roll around fingers and clip hair in the top sections off base. Continue drying until all the hair is set.

4) Cool for 5 minutes, and remove the clips.

5) Apply 1 pump of Light Elements Smoothing Fluid for extra shine and a misting of Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray for added hold.

6) Using an extra-large round brush, smooth the set with a blow dryer, working from back to front while keeping a soft bend in the hair from mid-lengths to ends.

7) Apply 1 pump of Light Elements Smoothing Fluid to the ends for additional shine.



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