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The aveda institute of Los Angeles offers a unique learning environment in cosmetology through hands-on, real-world experience. aveda, located in westwood, california, inspires students to exceed expectation and seek lifelong learning beyond the traditional classroom. Aveda promotes the concept that education encompasses more than learning basic technical skills. Our cosmetology curriculum is specifically designed to prepare beauty school students for the state licensing examination and allow them to learn the technical, personal and business skills necessary to work in a professional salon environment.

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5 Aveda Products to Spruce Up Your Holiday Makeup Bag

The holiday season is just around the corner, and we’re ready to get fancied up for all of the holiday parties filling up our calendars! You’ll be ready for a night out on the town after adding these 5 products to your makeup bag for the holiday season!

1) A not so red lipstick: a deep plum shade is a refreshing take on the traditional holiday red lip. We love Aveda nourish-mint smoothing lip color in snap dragon for a cool raspberry hue.

av_AG58_2542) A gift of smiles: our nourishing lip glazes will spice up any party, especially when they come in limited edition holiday shades! This year, give yourself a gift of smiles with our nourish-mint rehydrating mini lip glaze in nepali cherry and rose blush. 

3) A gift of twinkling eyes: we are obsessed with our limited edition a gift of twinkling eyes holiday makeup compact! This palette packs a serious holiday punch: 4 petal essence eye colors in moon orchid, silver peak, winter lilac and nepali tea plus a petal essence face accent in snow lotus. It’s your one stop shop for your holiday look!

4) An ultra-rich body butter: Perfect for keeping in the shower to apply on damp skin, Aveda’s stress-fix body creme is a rich and soothing body butter with an aroma proven to reduce holiday stress. A unique blend of sustainably harvested sea algae quenches dry skin while certified organic shea butter and sunflower seed oil helps your skin feel and look especially polished for all those holiday get togethers.av_AG16_185

5)  It’s the holidays, and a striking shade on your nails is a must! Enjoy a mani or pedi at the Aveda Institute Los Angeles, and take home an OPI polish, free! Our holiday favs are any of the shades from the fall/winter Nordic Collection, especially Viking in a Vinter Vonderland or My Voice is a Little Norse.

Don’t forget to shop all of these fabulous picks and more at our Holiday shopping event on December 4th!

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Aveda Institute Los Angeles Wins Modern Salon Excellence in Education Award for School Culture

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Aveda Institute Los Angeles has been honored with the 2014 MODERN SALON Excellence in Education Award for School Culture! This follows on the heels of last year’s win for Advanced Education and Alumni Programs.

The MODERN SALON Excellence in Education Awards is Modern Salon’s annual program recognizing leadership and best practices among the nation’s cosmetology schools.

Hundreds of entries were submitted to the Excellence in Education Awards program for eight different categories ranging from marketing to advanced education & alumni programs to school culture.

Aside from the Overall Award for School Culture, The Aveda Institute Los Angeles was nominated for the Marketing Innovation award.

“We are proud of the great things so many schools and educators are doing to secure a beautiful future for the professional beauty community,” MODERN SALON Editorial Director Michele Musgrove says. “We received applications from a record-breaking number of cosmetology schools this year.”

The Excellence in Education program has been presented annually since 2010 by MODERN SALON Media with the support of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools.

Take a look at our winning entry for School Culture here:

The education and training objectives at the Aveda Institute Los Angeles are to provide our students with the training they need to master entry-level skills, technical training, retail and guest service skills, and professionalism necessary for a successful beauty career.

The distinctive learning environment at the Aveda Institute Los Angeles encourages personal and professional growth, the continuous quest for knowledge and a commitment to teamwork. The following items exemplify the unique programs that the Aveda Institute Los Angeles has developed to enhance the cosmetology school experience and foster the personal development and growth of our students:

  • Our admissions process is designed as an educational tool to provide the students information about the beauty industry, our programs and career paths.  It also gives our Institutes an opportunity to learn about the student and work together to develop a strategy for achieving the student’s goals.  The admissions teams are dedicated to supporting and educating the student to ensure they are fully informed, motivated for success and prepared to begin their education with us. “Pass For Class” admissions program allows prospective students to experience a day in the life of a cosmetology or esthiology student.
  • The Aveda Institute Los Angeles is located on the campus of a major state university, the University of  California, Los Angeles. This offers our students the opportunity to learn and study in a world-class educational community. The high population density, particularly among college students and administrators, coupled with the state-of-the-art Institute facilities, provides our students with the opportunity to learn in a true salon/spa experience and provide services to a trendy, diverse clientele. Students average between 6 to 8 client services weekly while in our clinic classroom.
  • Tips for a Cause Program: Aveda Institute Los Angeles students do not accept tips. Rather, clients are encouraged to donate to organizations and causes such as the Surfrider Foundation or Breast Cancer Awareness. The Aveda Institute Los Angeles, along with its 2 sister schools has raised over $1.2 million for charity since 2004.
  • The Aveda Institute Los Angeles presents an annual fashion show and charity benefit directed by Hauns Korpela of Scott J Salon, NY, NY. This year’s fashion show was part of the Institute’s breast cancer awareness activities. Each event includes a student runway show to showcase student talent as well as a charity benefit auction.
  • The Institute created a financial literacy curriculum based on the FDIC’s “Money Smart for Young Adults” program. Curriculum includes four training modules covering the following topics: Borrowing Basics, Banking and Checking Basics, Personal Savings Goals, Paying for College, College Loan Programs, Setting Financial Goals, and Personal Budgeting.
  • The Aveda Institute Los Angeles promotes PBA Beacon scholarship opportunities. We pay each student’s registration fee and hotel charges for those who choose to attend annual Beacon program.
  • The Institute has implemented an Instructor training program, wherein select Institute graduates are offered the opportunity participate and earn instructor certification.
  • Three-day schedule accommodates students’ need to balance work and school.
  • The Aveda Institute Los Angeles is approved to offer Veterans Administration education benefits to qualified veterans and family members. We are also approved to sponsor U.S. visa applications for foreign students interested in studying cosmetology in the U.S.
  • Students participate in the Aveda ritual certification program as part of training in guest care and customer service.
  • As students progress through their program they are evaluated and, upon satisfying established benchmarks, certified as sophomore/junior/senior status.
  • Active involvement in NACCAS, AACS and Aveda Corporation to promote professionalism within each Institute. Institutes’ President is member of Aveda Advisory Board, Chief Financial Officer is a member of the AACS Government Relations Committee, and both are NACCAS evaluators.
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Fall Fun: Aveda’s Fractal Hues

This month’s American Salon magazine debuts an exciting new personal collection from Aveda Global Artistic Director of Hair Color, Ian Michael Black! The new collection, Fractal Hues, includes a variety of must have color shades, all the way from primary to pastel.

For color inspiration, Black attended most of the major fashion shows across the globe, taking a cue from fashion models Chloe Norgaard and Natalie Westling who recently sported vivid hair on the runways.

To create the strikingly bold colors, formulas were made using Aveda Full Spectrum Pure Pigments and Aveda Full Spectrum Deep, hair color that conditions and protects hair while being up to 99% naturally derived using plant power.

“I absolutely loved seeing vibrant color so strongly represented on the fall/winter 2014 runways,” said Black. “The fashion models and designers that aren’t afraid of bold choices in color are such an inspiration as it’s evident they have the confidence to do their own thing; it’s choices like these that create change.”

Take a look at some of the amazing colors in the Fractal Hues collection:






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Aveda Hair Shows Inspire Stylists Around the Globe

This fall, Aveda professionals were busy teaching and learning at two major educational events that celebrated the craft of hairdressing, held in North America and the U.K.

First was the Aveda Mid-America Show in Cincinnati, Ohio, attended by more than 1,800 regional stylists and salon owners, including over 100 staff and students from the Nurtur Aveda Institutes!

A few weeks later Aveda’s global presentation, Aveda Master Jam Europe 2014, was held in London, England for a crowd of more than 1,500 industry experts.

Each event showcased incredible hair and makeup looks and featured presentations and technical educational workshops led by the Aveda Global Artistic Team and Aveda Guest Artists from around the globe.

Check out some of the amazing looks created by the Aveda team at both shows:




2014 Aveda Master Jam, London




2014 Aveda Master Jam, London

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Joy Multiplies with Aveda this Holiday Season

gc-specials-holiday-sm-2014Now that Halloween has passed, the holiday season is officially upon us! Whether you’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or New Year’s Eve this year, we’ve got all the gifts and products for you to sparkle, shine and delight your hosts at your upcoming holiday parties.

This November and December, the Aveda Institute Los Angeles is focused on giving you more with all of your gift card and product purchases! The following specials will be running through all of November and December:

  • Free $25 service card with the purchase of $100 in gift cards or products
  • Free $10 service card with the purchase of $50 in gift cards or products

Also, be sure to Save the Date for our annual Holiday Shopping event on December 4th!


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