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March 12, 2017

#BeautyHeals : India Study Abroad Experience

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At the Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes, we host study abroad opportunities as a Point of Difference in our curriculum. Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute students and graduates are able to apply to be accepted to represent the schools during these excursions. In 2016, we visited India for the second time in our study abroad experiences, which over the years has also included Madrid, Berlin, Tokyo, and London.

The obvious question here is why would a beauty school send students to India for a study abroad experience? Let’s back up a bit…

Aveda: The Art and Science of Pure Plant and Flower Essences. Rooted, in Ayurveda, Aveda has been a pioneer in blending the world of beauty with the environment to create inner and outer beauty, balanced in wellness. It was …

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February 19, 2017

A Journey into Healing Presentation

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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.

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 …

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January 30, 2017

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

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

Greg “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 …

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November 19, 2016

Aveda Gift Sets Give the Gift of Hope

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Hope for the Holidays

Every Aveda gift set brings joy, light and hope this holiday to mothers, daughters, families and wildlife in Nepal. In the spring of 2015, massive earthquakes devastated Nepal as millions lost their homes and livelihoods. This also happens to be the source of Aveda’s *lokta bark paper for its holiday gift sets, and has been for over nine years. Aveda immediately took action back in the spring and donated much of its Earth Month proceeds to help support the disaster-relief efforts. Today, those efforts are still taking place which is why this partnership is even more important to us this holiday season.

*The paper-making cooperative in Nepal was created by the Himalayan Bio-Trade (HBTL).

We’re bringing hope to the mothers who are able …

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October 30, 2016

Graduate Spotlight: Nikay Higgins, NAHA winner

Graduate Spotlight: (Nikay) Nicole Higgins, Aveda Institute Denver cosmetology graduate

Nicole graduated from AID in 2012 and and left a legacy as the first Inspire Greatness student stylist NAHA nominee. A few short years later she won the 2016 NAHA Men’s Stylist of the Year. She easily recalls working with Brad VanDyke, Inspire Greatness Education Director, Carrie Bellus, then Cosmetology Team Lead, and Heggy Gonzalez, Inspire Greatness Creative Director on her 2011 student NAHA collection. Nicole’s current career focus is editorial hair while also running her own hair studio in Denver, Roots Salon. She’s also the elite ambassador for Balmain Paris.

Nicole strongly encourages students to participate in events and the extras the Inspire Greatness offers, like study abroad, NYFW, London Fashion Week, Beacon, NAHA and Editorial …

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