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Aveda Romantic Grandeur Autumn Makeup Collection

Romantic GrandeurNow that fall is here we are super excited to share our new fall makeup collection, Aveda Romantic Grandeur! Everything about the new autumn makeup collection is soft, beautiful and refined. Aveda Artistic Director of Haircutting, Ricardo Dinis, describes the collection as, “it feels like I’m picking up a storybook and I’m flipping through the pages of some elaborate fairytale.”

We’re digging the romantic and whimsical colors in this collection! Here are 3 of our must-haves from the autumn Aveda Romantic Grandeur collection:

Petal Essence Single Eye Color in Aubergine – we are in love with this deep, satiny shade of eggplant! Combine it with Winter Lilac and Gypsum Grey for a killer smokey eye.

Nourish-mint Rehydrating Lip Glaze in Mangosteen – this is the perfect deep, red-violet lip shade. Pair this with minimal eye makeup and flawless skin using our lightweight tinted moisturizer.

Petal Essence Eye Definer in Delphinium – this cool shade of vibrant blue is stunning! Need some inspiration to rock this shade? Check out this article by Byrdie: 9 Ways to Wear Bright Eyeliner.

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Product Spotlight: New Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil

av_AEC8_254Now that fall is here, drier, cooler weather is upon us. And while we’re thrilled about pumpkins, football and the cool temps, we aren’t looking forward to dry locks. As the seasons change, it’s important to make sure you are keeping your locks properly moisturized. Recently, we reformulated our Dry Remedy haircare line, designing it to quench dry hair, tame frizz and tackle flyways even better than in the past.

One of our favorite products from the revamped line is the Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil. Here’s what we love about it:

  • Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil is 99.9% naturally derived, with the hydrating power of buriti oil
  • Proven to instantly moisturize hair by 41% after just 1 application
  • Leaves hair soft and full of shine
  • Formulated without silicone (healthy for your hair), so it takes only a few drops to moisturize (healthy for your wallet)

Here’s a link to an amazing twisted pony chignon that Aveda Global Creative Director, Antoinette Beenders, created for the Stella McCartney Autumn 2014 Fashion Week show using new Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil! To create this soft look, Beenders took a traditional ponytail and transformed it into a tousled bun. Check out the look and how to recreate it here: Antoinette Beenders’ Soft, Twisted Pony Chignon from Behind The Chair.


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Aveda How To: Ann Yee Hair at New York Fashion Week

RedHair-2Shots-AnnYeeLast week, Aveda Guest Hair Artist, Jon Reyman, styled hair for the Ann Yee Spring/Summer 2015 collection presentation at Refinery Rooftop. The Spring/Summer 2015 collection was inspired by New York City’s unstable weather patterns, specifically the time of year between winter and early spring.

To coincide with the clean lines of the clothes, Reyman created a sleek style that transformed into bent waves to add a slightly wild look. “The super straight top that develops into rapid waves speaks to Yee’s vision of that time of year when an urban dweller is suddenly faced with a storm that can be forceful, moody and exhilarating,” Reyman said.

We love the unexpected boldness of this modern ponytail! To recreate the look, follow these steps:

Step 1: Create a strong side part on the left side of the head and divide hair into a left, right, and back section.

Step 2: Prep the sections with Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight and blow dry. Be sure to direct hair away from face.

Step 3: Once hair is straight and dry, mist with Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray. Begin working horizontally from one side, and wrap sections of hair around large U-pins in a figure-8 pattern. Secure each with a small clip.

Step 4: Hold each secure clipped section with a flat iron for 10 seconds to set shape. Once cool, gently release the pins and brush out hair.

Step 5: Work Light Elements Texturizing Creme into the waves with hands carefully, and smooth down the top of hair at the crown.

Step 6: Pull the sides of the hair back to a meeting point that is just left of center, secure sections with a clear elastic. Take a bottom section of hair at the nape and wrap around the elastic and secure with a pin.

Step 7: Finish with another spray of Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray to set the look.



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Aveda How To: Novis Hair at New York Fashion Week

One of our favorite things about the Novis Spring/Summer 2015 presentation was that it was all about vivid color and bold patterns! To compliment the boldness, Aveda Guest Artist for Hair, Frank Rizzieri, created a sculptural knotted bun as a fast and fresh updo.

Frank Rizzieri described the look backstage at New York Fashion Week: “This is definitely the bun of that cool girl who just happened to easily twist her hair up and off of her face. It has natural pieces poking out so it’s not too perfect. It’s definitely graphic, different, but simple looking to match the details of the clothes, but not take too much away from the collection.”

We love this look for its chic simplicity and quick construction! Follow these steps to recreate the knotted bun at home:

Step 1: Spray hair with Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep for volume and thickness and to prep hair for the finished style.

Step 2: Blow dry hair straight to help expand the volume while also creating sleekness; add a light mist of Aveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine for a touch of shine.

Step 3: Pull hair tightly back into a ponytail that rests just above the nape, but below the center of the head; firmly secure with an elastic.

Step 4: Taking two sections from the ponytail begin to knot the sections tightly until you reach the end of the ponytail.

Step 5: Coil the knotted sections up into the base of the ponytail letting random pieces poke out for added detail. Secure the knotted bun with pins until it is tight to the head.

Step 6: Apply a small amount of Air Control Hair Spray with the fingertips to gently smooth away flyaways.


Aveda Guest Artist for Hair, Frank Rizzieri, works on a model’s hair at the Spring/Summer 2015 Novis Presentation.

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Aveda Institute Los Angeles Hosts Career Fair

The Aveda Institute Los Angeles held its second career fair of the year on Monday, September 8th! Our senior and junior students were given the opportunity to showcase their talent in both portfolio and action form while prospective employers observed and conducted interviews. Nineteen salons, several of which were within the Aveda network, attended and gave Aveda Institute Los Angeles students glowing feedback on both their professionalism and skills!

Check out some of these photos from last week’s career fair:









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