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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 Tips from Aveda for Weekend Wellness

During the week you fly around like a hard working machine. You rock the fast paced lifestyle, but every now and then, you start to feel burned out. Every so often, we need to take time to rejuvenate in order to feel energized and ready to take on what the next week has in store for us. Here are 5 tips for weekend wellness to help you rejuvenate your mind and body quickly:

1. Hello Sun! Wake up with the rising sun this weekend to help repair your circadian rhythm, and perform a yoga sequence to greet the day. If yoga isn’t your thing, allow Aveda’s aromaology to awaken your senses – we love our Rosemary Mint Hand/Body Wash infused with the invigorating scents of rosemary and peppermint!

2. Morning Meditation – Once you’re stretched out, practice alternate nostril breathing for 3 to 5 minutes to meditate. This breathing style can help to calm anxiety and nervousness and help you focus. To do, place your index and middle finger on the point in between the eyebrows (6th chakra). This leaves your thumb and ring finger free to close off either nostril. Close the right nostril, inhale through the left; at the end of the inhale close the left nostril and exhale through the right. Inhale through the right, and at the end of the inhale, switch, close off the right and exhale through the left.  Inhale again through the left and repeat this cycle for 3-5 minutes.

3. Relaxing Cleanse  – A short warm shower can be a simple, beneficial way to relax and unwind over the weekend. Enjoy a few quiet moments beneath the water with Aveda’s Stress-Fix Cleansing Oil – it nourishes skin with certified organic sunflower and babassu oils while certified organic lavender, lavandin and clary sage aromas from the French Alps reduce stress.

4. Moisturizing Massage – After your warm shower or bath, lightly towel dry, then massage your favorite body cream or Aveda Composition Oil into arms and legs using circular motions on joints and back and forth motions between joints. Our pick: Aveda’s Stress-Fix Composition Oil.

5. Final Fix – Slip into comfortable, casual clothes, and then brew a cup of Aveda Comforting Tea; its licorice and peppermint blend steeps you in calm. Ice it if you want to cool down from the hot summer sun.

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Aveda Men's Products Take Center Stage at Men's Fashion Week

Aveda Men’s styling products took the stage to shine at the first-ever Spring 2016 Men’s Fashion Week in New York City. Aveda‘s Global Artistic Director for Hair Styling, Allen Ruiz, and Aveda Guest Artist Frank Rizzieri created two cool-guy styles for presenters Public School and Richard Chai.

Designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School presented utilitarian menswear for their Spring 2016 menswear collection. To complement the theme and clothing, Ruiz embraced each model’s natural texture and style to give a look that was fitting to the idea of true individualism. “This is my fourth season with Dao-Yi and Maxwell and each time their designs get more innovative which allows me to have that much more fun with styling the hair,” Allen says.

Here’s how to get the look at home with Aveda styling products:

1. Prep towel-dried hair with the new Aveda Thickening Tonic by spraying throughly from roots to ends.

2. Comb through hair to distribute evenly.

3. Blow-dry hair using fingers to separate and help style strands.

4. Emulsify a dime-size dollop of Aveda Men Pure-Formance Grooming Cream between the palms of your hands, and gently massage into hair.

5. Add a small amount of Aveda Men Pure-Formance Pomade to mold the hair into your desired style.

6. Set with a light misting of Aveda Air Control Hair Spray.



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3 Tips and Tricks for Curly Hair

Curly hair has a reputation for being one of the hardest hair types to manage and style. It’s drier, affected more by changes in humidity and is more prone to split ends and breakage. If you’re a curly girl, step away from the flatiron and follow these tips and tricks from our Aveda master stylists for achieving some major curl power!

av_AJ22_2541. Moisturize – Whether your in the depths of a dry winter or the stickiness of a hot summer, curly hair begs for moisture all year long. To combat frizz and achieve gorgeous looking curls, you must moisturize! We love Aveda’s new Be Curly Intensive Detangling Masque. The rich and intensive masque with certified organic babassu oil and shea butter separates even the most tangled of curls while helping to moisturize and fight frizz.

Our experts say: 

“The best advice I can offer to curly girls, like myself? You can never over-moisturize curls.”

- Tippi Shorter, Aveda Global Artistic Director for Textured Hair.

“I truly believe it’s all about finding the right amount of moisture that’s going to keep curls locked into place without getting overly frizzy.”  

– Geno Chapman, Stylist, Julian August Salon, Beverly Hills, CA

2. Color – Adding color to curly hair brings out the texture and dimension of gorgeous curls and coils. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new and trendy color shades.

Our experts say:

“I think a lot of people are scared of coloring curly hair, because it has a very interesting texture. But I think you can really play around with color to bring out that texture.”

– Ian Michael Black, Global Artistic Director, Hair Color

“As a colorist, I really love to work with natural curl and texture and to highlight the natural beauty of individual curls using hair color.” 

– Terry Varty, Aveda Mentor, Juut Salon, Edina, MN

3. Be selective - Select the right products to gently tame your curly mane. When washing curly hair, it is especially important to be gentle during the cleansing process to help tame frizz and without being abrasive to curly strands. We love our new Aveda Be Curly Co-Wash. The new Co-Wash starts the conditioning and moisturizing process all the way through the cleansing and conditioning experience, which is key for maintaining moisture. Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil instantly moisturizes hair by 41% with the hydrating super power of buriti oil.

Our experts say:

“I advise my clients to keep Dry Remedy™ Daily Moisturizing oil in their bag so whenever they experience dry, static-filled air, they can simply squeeze a few drops into hair to calm it down.” 

– Dylan Sit, Creative Director, Civello Salon and Spa, Toronto Canada




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Aveda Leaves Vegas with 4 North American Hairstyling Awards

On Sunday night, more than 3,000 hair care professionals descended on Las Vegas for the 26th Annual North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHAs). NAHA is the leading hairstyling and beauty competition in North America where beauty professionals join together to celebrate and present their craft while honoring their peers.

We are thrilled to share that three Aveda professionals won four of the NAHA awards on Sunday night: Student Hairstylist of the Year, the People’s Choice Award, Contemporary Classic Award, and Hairstylist of The Year!

Aveda Global Artistic Director Antoinette Beenders presented the award for Student Hairstylist of the Year to Dustin Villa from the Aveda Institute Tucson. The People’s Choice Award went to Dallan Flint of Boeau Belle Salon & Spa in Irving, Texas and, Aveda editorial artist Robert Grimes of Austin, Texas won the Contemporary Classic Award and was named the 2015 Hairstylist of the Year.

During the awards show, Beenders also presented a riveting performance inspired by Joan of Arc. In keeping with the Aveda mission, all clothing featured was fashioned from organic cotton and black straws made from recycled plastic. Beenders was assisted by a team of Aveda stylists including three members of the Aveda Global Artistic team: Allen Ruiz, Janell Geason and Ian Michael Black.



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Aveda Institute Students Nab Top Honors at Beacon

We are so proud to announce that this year, a total of 46 Aveda Institute students nationwide were honored as Professional Beauty Association (PBA) Beacon Winners, and 90 students were given honorable mentions.

Students from around the country had the opportunity to attend industry events and celebrate their results at Beacon this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Beacon is an invitation-only education and networking event allowing students to be a part of PBA Beauty Week. Each year, a competition is held to determine the nation’s most promising cosmetology students, with the highest scorers gaining unlimited access to specialized classes and the opportunity to network with the industry’s highest profile salon owners, professionals, stylists and industry pros.

A panel of top salon and spa owners as well as manufacturers and distributors from across the country decide who makes the cut. We are thrilled to announce that several of our own students were selected to attend Beacon this year.

Congratulations to the following students from the Aveda Institute Los Angeles who were selected as Winners and Honorable Mentions this year:

Beacon Winner

  • Kathy Kim

Beacon Honorable Mention

  • Mayra Neyra
  • Lizette Rodriguez
  • Tamesha Scott
  • Marva Stokes

We can’t wait to see the amazing impact you have on the beauty industry after graduation!

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