Aveda Institute Denver

28 Mar Alumni Spotlight: Sariah Lee

At Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes, we’re always so proud of our students and what they accomplish after graduating! That can make it hard for us to choose just one alumnus to feature on our blog because we have so many alumni we want to talk about! We wanted to highlight Sariah Lee for killing it on social media and in the Aveda network!

About Sariah Lee

Sariah is one of our more recent graduates, and was an exemplary student while with us at Aveda Institutes! She traveled with us to London Fashion Week and also participated in the North American Hairstyling Awards. She was a model student, and is now an outstanding cosmetologist with Pura Vida Salon & Spa in Park City, Utah. Here are some of the questions we got to ask Sariah:

Why did you choose Aveda Institute?

“I chose the Aveda Institute because I wanted to be part of an organization that is innovative, creative, focused on moving into the future while still caring for the world around them.”

Why did you choose to stay with Aveda after graduation?

“I chose to stay with Aveda after graduation for a few reasons:

  1. I love the mission and wanted to be a part of a salon that lived up to the mission.
  2. I absolutely love the color line and can’t imagine using another one.
  3. The people who are part of the Aveda network are so supportive of one another and care for each other. I wanted to surround myself with those people.”

What are your most popular salon services?

“One of my most popular services in the salon is my men’s haircuts.”

What is the greatest lesson you learned in school?

“The greatest lesson I learned in school is that I will never stop learning, even after I’ve been in the hair business for years. It’s never too late to learn, and you shouldn’t be afraid to fail, because from failing, you learn.”

Who is your Aveda icon and why?

My Aveda icon is Anne Skubis (the Director of Marketing for Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes). She always has fun, fresh, creative work. More than just being a fantastic makeup artist, Anne also engages with people on a personal level, and you can tell that she truly cares about the people around her. Anne strives to inspire people and lift them up, and I aspire to live up to her example.

What are your top three tips for social media?

  1. ”Engage and interact with your followers. Respond to their likes and comments.
  2. Consistency is key. You want your page to be aesthetically pleasing and focused on what you want to convey to the audience. Is it hair? Makeup? Eyelash extensions? Stay consistent.
  3. It’s fun to post pictures of you in action because it makes your page more personal and you can more easily connect with the audience.”

What is your greatest accomplishment since graduating?

Two of my greatest achievements since graduating are:

  1. Finding a salon that is so supportive and positive.
  2. Building a consistent clientele.

It is one of the biggest compliments to me when someone decides they want to come back to me for their hair, makeup, or eyelash extensions.

Follow Sariah

If you want to see more of Sariah’s work and what she’s up to now, follow her on Facebook or Instagram! If you want to see what her salon is up to, you can check them out as well on Instagram. We’re excited to see all of the works of art Sariah will create in her career!

Learn Cosmetology

Are you interested in learning more about cosmetology and the career opportunities you can have in the beauty industry? Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes strives to provide an education that goes above and beyond to help our students be prepared for their careers. Reach out to us to get more information on how a cosmetology education can help your career goals!

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06 Mar From GED to Cosmetology School

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Growing up, the beauty industry has always inspired and fascinated you. You grew up giving makeovers and uneven haircuts. You stayed on top of beauty trends and might have even tried out some of the wild ones. Once you got to high school, the idea of waiting until graduation to start attending a cosmetology school was too hard to bear. So, you started looking into getting your GED. It can be an intimidating thinking about the process of getting a GED. But don’t worry, we are here to hopefully make the process a little bit easier.

Taking the Next Step

Congratulations! You are working on getting your GED (General Education Development).This is a huge accomplishment and one that you should be proud of yourself for. Once you have your GED, you will be qualified to begin your education at Inspire Greatness in one of our programs.

  • Cosmetology
  • Esthetics
  • Spa Therapy
  • Master Esthetics only available in our Provo location.
  • Massage Therapy only available in our Provo and Denver locations.
  • Getting Your GED

    The steps to receiving your GED isn’t as complicated as one might think. What can be complicated is figuring out which steps to take in order to take the GED test since each state differs on prerequisites and rules in order to qualify. We are here to guide you to the right places to get all the information you will need to prepare yourself. Make sure to visit the official GED website for any additional questions..

    Where to Get Your GED

    Inspire Greatness has four different locations. In order to be a student at one of our locations you must at least have a high school diploma or GED. Depending on which location you wish to study at, here is the information you need in order to receive your GED.

    Start Your Future!

    After receiving your GED, your next step will be to contact one of our locations! Choosing Inspire Greatness means choosing a family. We push each other to become our best selves and to perfect our skills. Start taking the steps today to begin your dream career tomorrow!

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22 Feb How Does Aveda Inspire Greatness Stand Out?

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Aveda is well-known for its products and its accomplished name. Aveda is unique in the way that the foundation of the brand is not built on style or beauty. Rather it is built and centered on love. Aveda was created with the idea that individual beauty is directly linked to the beauty of the world around us. Founded in 1978, Aveda has continued to practice love through education in beauty. After reading a bit about Aveda you will see how it differs from other brands and, in turn, makes us different than other cosmetology schools.

What Makes Inspire Greatness Stand Out?

Aveda was built on the foundation of practicing love. Obviously that’s not the conventional way a beauty, is created. Aveda stands out in more ways than one from other brands. We know that using ecological brands that has a social cause behind it are important to you. It’s important to us as well!

Our Programs

Here at Inspire Greatness, we offer a wide range of programs to excel in. If beauty is your calling, we have the resources for you. If you enjoy teaching then learn from us! We also have programs for those who are interested in spa or massage therapy.

Our diverse programs is filled with passionate people that are eager to learn from the best and to teach the best.

Extra Opportunities

When you decide on Aveda Inspire Greatness, you are deciding on endless possibilities. We want to see our students succeed so we offer a number of resources such as:

  • Modern styling tools
  • Workstations
  • Incredible facilities
  • One-on-one help from professional instructors

Not only do we provide resources for success, we also offer off-campus experiences to those that are accepted. These off-campus experiences are opportunities for growth growth, networking, real-world experience, and personal improvement!

  • New York Fashion Week
  • North American Hairstyling Awards
  • Study Abroad
  • The Power of Products

    Aveda is very well-known for our products. We offer products for every need, from hair and face treatments to makeup. We want to not only help you feel beautiful but to also be sure what you are putting on your body is safe and beneficial.

    Join Aveda Inspire Greatness!

    As you can see, Aveda is not just a beauty brand. We strive to make this beautiful world a better place to live and to show you that the beauty you have is within yourself. If you are interested in the beauty industry, you should consider an education with Aveda Inspire Greatness. Experience the Aveda way today!

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01 Feb The How and Why of Becoming a Beauty School Student

For many beauty professionals, working in the industry has always been a dream. The beauty industry is home to people who are passionate about what they do. Before they became beauty pros, however, they had to discover the best path to get them there. Everyone’s path to becoming a beauty pro is unique and special.

At the Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes we want to do what we can to help you discover your path to becoming a beauty pro. Here’s a few things to help you decide if beauty is for you and how to get your start!

Perks of Working in the Beauty Industry

You may still be on the fence trying to decide if going into the beauty industry is a good choice. There’s lots of amazing reasons to work in the beauty industry. Just ask any beauty pro. You get to be creative and help other people feel beautiful. This can make for a very rewarding career. The beauty industry can also offer very flexible work schedules for those who want or need time to spend with family and friends!

If flexible schedules and the ability to create don’t do it for you, take into consideration how many options you’ll have. As a beauty professional you can choose from a wide variety of career paths. Examples include:

  • Hairstylist
  • Colorist
  • Product company representative
  • Salon manager
  • Salon owner
  • Freelance hair and/or makeup
  • Wedding makeup and hair
  • Editorial makeup and hair
  • Platform artist
  • Many more

Enrolling in Beauty School

Once you’ve decided that you’re ready to take the lead and become a beauty pro, you’ll need to enroll. Sometimes this step scares people. They aren’t sure if they can fit it into their lives or if they can afford it. Don’t worry. It’s not as scary as you think. To enroll in beauty school you should:

  1. Pick the campus that you want to attend – There are four Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute campuses in Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Find the one closest to you.
  2. Schedule a tour of your campus – You can fill out a form here, and we’ll contact you to set up a tour. Don’t want to wait? You can also call us to schedule your tour immediately:
    Dever: 303-800-9042
    Provo: 801-305-4893
    Phoenix: 480-867-3916
    Tucson: 520-314-3172
  3. Take your tour – Show up with all the questions you can think of about becoming a beauty pro!

Taking a tour of your campus can help you figure out all the things your uncertain of. An admissions representative will show you around the school to let you see what it’s like to be a student. They’ll also tell you about financial aid which is available to those who qualify. They can explain how you can find out what you qualify for. This can help alleviate some of stress of not being able to afford school. During your tour the admissions representative can also walk you through the enrollment process.

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Why Choose Aveda

At the Aveda Institute we take education seriously. We want our students to be prepared for anything that comes their way. To do this we invest in experienced educators who can help and teach students. Our students also get to learn in beautiful facilities with industry standard tools. In addition to knowledgeable educators and stunning campuses, our students get the Aveda culture and network. Once you experience it, you’ll fall in love!

Get Started!

If you’ve been thinking and dreaming of a career in beauty, contact us today! We can schedule a tour with you, show you around, and help you get started. Your journey to a beautiful career can start today! We can’t wait for you to become a member of the Aveda family!

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19 Jan Massage Therapy – The Aveda Difference

Are you looking for a career that can give you the freedom to be your boss and help other people? Look no further! Aveda Inspire Greatness Institute offers a comprehensive massage therapy program (at our Denver and Provo locations only) that can equip you with the skills necessary to become a skilled massage therapist. As an Aveda Institute, there are some things that make our massage therapy program significantly different from other comparable programs. We have the Aveda difference!

What Can I Learn at Aveda Inspire Greatness?

Nearly every massage therapy program around the country teaches the same set of basic massage principles and practices. Western massage is rooted in what are known as “Swedish Massage” techniques, which is the most prevalent type of massage in the country. These techniques emphasize releasing pain and tension though massage by kneading, effleurage, stretching, tapping, and many more!

Teaching the basics of massage therapy is the core of the program, but it’s also important that our students are equipped to be successful professionals. Our massage therapy program covers the basics of best business practices, as well as practices that can help you build and manage a book of clientele. If you have a job in massage therapy, you either work for a business or you own the business, so we want our students to be ready to handle either case!

The Aveda Brand

The Aveda brand was born in 1978 from the mind of Aveda’s founder, Horst Rechelbacher, a prolific beauty expert and protector of the earth. The roots of the brand come from the ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda, which is a holistic health, wellness, and medicinal system that is still widely practiced throughout India to this day. Horst worked closely with Ayurveda experts to develop a brand lifestyle of holistic wellness that Aveda practices worldwide.

Massage Therapy and the Aveda Difference

Being an Aveda student isn’t just an occupation, it’s a transformative lifestyle. Horst believed that everyone wakes up each day with the ability to choose how they would influence the world. All of our choices, no matter how small, add up to a lifetime of change in the world. This is why Aveda takes special concern for the products that are used on clients, emphasizing the use of plant-based products as part of the regular massage routine. Not only that, but Aveda carries an earth-centric focus with the products created for health and wellness. Renewable, recyclable, and cruelty-free products are all integral hallmarks of what it means to be Aveda!

Massage therapy students at Aveda Institutes aren’t simply taught to perform massage. They are taught to care for the entire well being of their clients. This starts with the plant-based massage products that ensure that the client is receiving nothing but the best the earth has to offer. Students can also offer elevated massage services that use Ayurveda-inspired techniques to enhance wellness. Energy work, chakra alignment, and Aveda’s trademarked Aromaology are all taught to massage students to help them stand out among the massage therapists that graduate from a cookie cutter curriculum. Standing out from the rest is just a part of the Aveda difference!

Experience Aveda for Yourself

If being a health and wellness professional is something that interests you, Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute is the place for you to explore your potential! Check out our program pages to learn more information about our Aveda branded massage therapy programs available both in Provo, Utah and Denver, Colorado. Take the first step on a new journey today!

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26 Jul Stress-Fix Saturday Yoga and Fitness Fusion

Meet in the Street for Stress-Fix Saturday!

Join Aveda Institute Denver and FitLo Denver for two FREE fitness and yoga fusion classes, hosted on the 16th Street Mall (outside the Paramount Cafe) from 7:30 – 9 am. Enjoy the ambiance of downtown Denver with the Sound-Off Experience and the teachings of certified yoga instructor, Alicia Rae (@aliciarae_yoga) from Aveda Institute Denver, and certified fitness instructor Tricia Olson (@fitlodenver) from FitLo Denver.

Bring your workout shoes, dress in layers for cool and hot weather, sunscreen, water and don’t forget your yoga mat! Alicia and Tricia will blend the best of fitness and yoga techniques for a fusion guaranteed to Fix your Stress and get you ready for a Stress-Free Saturday!

Enjoy samples and network with presenting sponsors like Aveda, FitLo and Athleta.

Space is limited so we recommend grabbing a ticket online to save a spot! Get your tickets here (at Eventbrite.com)

 

 

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16 Jul

Welcome featured partner, FitLo Denver. Aveda Institutes in Denver, Tucson, Phoenix and Provo are pleased to partner with local businesses and communities in our neighborhoods, to connect and offer our Aveda salons and spa services at a relaxed price. We recently welcomed Denver local business, FitLo so we could offer their team and network a special week of appreciation at Aveda Institute Denver.

It just so happens that Tricia Olson, creator of FitLo Denver, is one of our loyal guests and biggest fans of our spa services. “I love the facials, they are my fav here. It’s such an amazing value and service for the price. The students really do a great job and the Aveda products are exceptional. The Shampure aroma is my favorite.”

FitLo and Aveda Institute Denver have been able to partner on several fitness events to help support various causes and support the community. The teams have partnered again to host a Stress-Fix Saturday Fitness & Yoga fusion class, as a part of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s annual Meet in the Street event. Enjoy a free fitness and yoga fusion class on Saturday 7/29 and again on Saturday 8/26 at 7:30 am in front of the Paramount Cafe on the 16th Street Mall. This is a free, public event but tickets are required to reserve your space. Get your tickets on Eventbrite.com.

FitLo is the lowdown on where to get fit in Denver. FitLoDenver.com is a local community resource that was founded and created in Denver with the goal of helping you find your home studio and connecting with the local fitness and yoga scene.

FitLoDenver.com features fitness and yoga studio reviews, blogs and an event calendar to keep you updated on everything fitness and yoga in Denver. The FitLo Passport will take you on a tour of Denver’s best studios and gyms. If you haven’t found a home gym, or if you are looking for one, the FitLo Passport will help you discover new gyms and studios in a way that will allow you to connect to not only the studio’s workout, but also the community. If you have a home studio, this is an affordable way to connect with local fitness enthusiasts and discover new studios around town while still maintaining loyalty with your home studio membership.

If you are a local business to our Aveda Institutes in Denver, Tucson, Phoenix or Provo and you want to partner, connect with us! Visit us online or reach out to our Marketing Director, Anne Skubis for more information about our partnership program by emailing askubis@avedatucson.com.

 

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24 Mar Day In the Life of a Student

Meet Kat Unruh, cosmetology student at Aveda Institute in Denver. She took over our Instagram to share what it’s like to be a student at Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes.

My morning routine always starts with my hair! I usually only wash my hair every other day, so for my day two (or three) hair I  use a touch of dry shampoo and I recently got a sample of the Aveda Shampure Thermal Dry Conditioner! It’s the newest part of my daily routine.

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Off to school with my fiancé Kody driving. To save money and to reduce car pollution we often car pool with other students in my class and he drops us off in the mornings.

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Striking a pose with one of my besties on campus, Brandi. Our class as a whole is super supportive of each other, we really have an incredible group of people.

IMG_6345I had to stop down by administration and say hi to Kristy Fiore. She’s part of our admissions team and helped me start my journey at the Aveda Institute Denver. She’s just the sweetest ☺️
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In the Expression Phase of our Cosmetology program we learn the 60 minute facial. Today we learned the first part of the facial and we got to receive a little pampering from each other.
IMG_6294After school, I get started on my before-bed routine. I cleanse my face and sometimes do a mask and to finish off I apply the Tulasara Wedding Masque to prep my skin for the next day.
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Since its flashback Friday, here’s a little photo of myself with the girls backstage at London fashion week for our recent study abroad trip

IMG_6348To follow Kat’s Instagram: @katunruhmua
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19 Feb A Journey into Healing Presentation

Ayurveda: Roots of Aveda
A Journey into Healing Presentation
NEW ! Wednesday 2/22 hosted by Namaste Salon
Thursday 2/23 hosted by Alicia Christus

Aveda professional use products for salon and spa services are rooted in Ayurveda. The aroma blends for customizing a guest experience create balance by targeting the dosha (guest's current state of being) that is out of balance and bringing it into homeostatis through breath and touch. The aroma blends balance Vata, Pitta or Kapha.

Aveda professional use products for salon and spa services are rooted in Ayurveda. The aroma blends for customizing a guest experience create balance by targeting the dosha (guest’s current state of being) that is out of balance and bringing it into homeostatis through breath and touch. The aroma blends balance Vata, Pitta or Kapha.

8:30 – 10:30 am
Presented to Aveda Institute Denver team, students, graduates and the Aveda Network

 

Ayurveda means the science of life and is a medical system rooted in ancient tradition. It has influenced many modalities of medicine, health and wellness today. Aveda is also rooted in this rich tradition. The word Aveda means “all knowing.” Through this workshop, this complex system will become more understood as a foundation to personal balance through learning about the connection of mind, body and being. Ayurveda focuses on each person having a constitutional type (dosha) and a means to be balanced through proper nutrition, wellness and daily routine. Today, this journey is about simple steps to understanding who you are and how to create balance. Students will leave with a basic understanding of the doshas, the keys to balancing the doshas and how to create daily routine known as dinacharya.

Namaste Pure Design Salons and Spa and Hansa are now combining their passions for education and offering certification and licensing in Pancha Karma Therapy and Massage through Namaste’s Artisan Ayurveda, Barbering, and Massage training programs.

Namaste, The first Namaste hair salon facility was opened in 1993 in the spirit of that belief and on the principle of Lord Jagannath, a Hindu deity, sustainer of life. Our mission is to create a highly personal, welcoming environment that honors the best in each staff member, student and guest. All Namaste staff members are focused on providing outstanding salon, barbershop and spa experiences that leave men and women feeling better than when they arrived. Namaste Salons and Spa in Denver, CO are aligned with Aveda and its holistic corporate mission of global wellness and community.

 

 

Namaste Salon located on Speer Blvd.

Namaste Salon located on Speer Blvd.

 

Alicia has been teaching yoga since 2008 and is a registered 500 RYT and ERYT instructor. She completed her 200-hour, Level II and CoreRestore training at CorePower Yoga and Level II Yoga Immersion course at Blue World Yoga.

In 2010 she completed the Journey into Healing Ayurveda workshop with Deepak Chopra and also attended the Off the Mat Leadership Training in 2011. Alicia leads yoga workshops, Ayurvedic workshops and cleanse programs and has been living an Ayurvedic lifestyle for seven years. Follow her blogs and posts @aliciarae_yoga #aliciaraeyoga

 

Alicia Parks Christus

Alicia Parks Christus

Take a few different dosha quizzes online to investigate what your primary dosha (constitutional type) is and where you are balanced and imbalanced. Here are a few Ayurveda quiz examples and more can be found online >>> 

Joyful Belly Quiz

Banyan Quiz

Deepak Chopra Quiz

Preview a documentary about Ayurveda 

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30 Jan Alumni Master Series: Greg Cooper Schulze & Marty Salinas, Van Michael Salons

Balayage and Bridal Updo StylingCosmetology Master Series
Marty Salinas & Greg Cooper Schulze
– Van Michael Salons –

Greg picGreg “Cooper” Schulze has been doing hair color for almost 7 years now. He started his career at Aveda Institute Denver in Colorado, where he learned from some of the best stylists in the industry. Soon after graduating he started working for one of the top salons in the industry, Van Michael Salons in Atlanta, Ga. Van Michael has one of the best training programs in the industry and has set Cooper up to be one of the top Hair colorists in Atlanta. Cooper’s clients include actors, top CNN personalities, and Atlanta’s elite. He’s behind the chair five days a week and is pleased to share his tips on balayage services.

 

 

 

 

Marty SalinasMarty Salinas is a Master Stylist and Educator for Van Michael Salons in Atlanta, Ga. During his seven years in the Beauty Industry, Marty has specialized in Cutting and Upstyling while working with some of the top stylists in the Industry. His services have been called upon for weddings, photo shoots, fashion shows and movie premieres. He has worked with the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) featuring designers: Daniel Vosovic, Burkman Bros, Emanuela Duca, and Whit; and a Campaign Commercial Shoot with Elizabeth Arden NY and Maybeline.

 

Marty was an Official Stylist for The Atlanta Falcon’s Cheerleaders, CNN and has worked with numerous Television and Radio Personalities. His work has been featured in Modern Luxury Brides Atlanta, The Atlantan, So Magazine, VoyageAtl and multiple Bridal Blogs. Marty was recognized as 2016 winner of “Best of Atlanta -Haircut” by Jezebel Magazine and recently had the opportunity to work NYFW styling for designers such as Kyboe, Chromat, CG(Chris Gelinas), Chiara Boni, and Delpozo. Marty will be demonstrating the secrets behind his success with updo and bridal styling.

Greg Cooper Schulze's photoshoot project.

Greg Cooper Schulze’s photoshoot project.

Marty Salinas' winning photo shoot for the cosmetology program

Marty Salinas’ winning photo shoot for the cosmetology program

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