Aveda Institute Tucson

26 Jun Staff Spotlight: Anne Skubis

Anne Skubis is one of Inspire Greatness Aveda’s greatest success stories! Her journey has been an inspiring one, and we’re honored that she is a permanent part of our staff and family. We hope you enjoy getting to know her in this blog as much as we did!

About Anne Skubis

Anne was one of our many students who changed careers to pursue a career in beauty. She originally graduated from college with a degree in secondary education, but quickly discovered that she didn’t enjoy the student teaching. She tried a few different jobs in retail and management, but didn’t find anything especially fulfilling. Anne always performed well in school, and she had a strong desire to help people, so she enrolled in law school so that she could make use of her intelligence and compassion in tandem.

Before long Anne discovered that law school was a competitive and densely toxic environment. Many of the students took to alcohol or drug abuse as a way to manage stress, and Anne found herself trapped alongside her classmates. After two years of feeling like law school was destroying her, she made the difficult decision to leave law school behind and return to her home in Tucson to get a clean start on life. It was during this time at home that she saw a commercial for Aveda Institutes and felt a connection with the school. During her time at law school she worked at Sephora and she loved working with beauty products and helping people there, so she figured that beauty school would allow her to help others through beauty!

Anne’s Role at Inspire Greatness Aveda

After seeing that commercial, Anne enrolled at Inspire Greatness Aveda right away. She graduated from the esthiology program about 10 years ago, and she’s been working at Inspire Greatness Aveda ever since. She was hired to work at the school right after graduation and worked as the marketing director until her recent promotion to director of the Tucson campus. As director, Anne has her hand in everything that happens at the school, from day to day education to the travel abroad experiences! She continuously works to improve the school and uplift both educators and students. She’s in charge of keeping Inspire Greatness great!

In addition to being the director of the Tucson campus, Anne is also an Aveda Purefessional, which means she is a highly specialized educator. She specializes in makeup, and works directly for Aveda to teach about makeup. The audition process to become a Purefessional is exceptionally rigorous, requiring a preliminary video audition before being invited to a boot camp and in-person audition with the Aveda global artistic team. It was a very challenging process, but Anne’s Purefessional title is well-earned!

Why Inspire Greatness Aveda?

Anne discovered the meaning of Aveda when she traveled to India with a group of students and staff that included Brad VanDyke. During her trip she was able to visit the Himalayan Institute where Horst Rechelbacher was taught about Ayurveda and came up with the Aveda brand. She also learned about many of the rituals of Ayurveda and really came to understand the importance of the Aveda brand. The commitment to ingredients, responsible packaging, and giving back to the community isn’t just part of what Aveda does, it’s part of what Aveda is. Anne’s biggest takeaway from her trip to India was why Aveda matters, and she hopes to share that inspiration with the students at Inspire Greatness Aveda.

Advice for Future Students

Anne has a deep and abiding love of what she does and the Aveda way of life she leads. When asked about advice for future students, she says:

“Your education is what you make of it. Focus on developing and competing with yourself and don’t worry about what your classmate next to you is doing. Take advantage of every extra opportunity, class, workshop, guest, or speaker that is scheduled. Ultimately, be positive. If you encounter challenges along the way, immediately begin thinking of solutions instead of excuses.”

Anne exemplifies this in the way that she takes advantage of all the opportunities in front of her, and she helps others along the way!

Live an Aveda Lifestyle

Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes are beauty schools, but they are also places for our students to call home. People come to the school from all different walks of life to find their passion for beauty and helping other people. If you’re excited about the life you can build for yourself at Inspire Greatness Aveda, contact us at one of our Tucson, Phoenix, Denver, or Provo locations to learn more!

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21 May 7 Product Essentials Every Dad Needs

Father’s Day is right around the corner. This year give dad something different! Though spa days, skin and hair care products, and gift cards are often associated with the women in your life, don’t be fooled. Treat the father you love to an Aveda product or experience. Check out these 7 product essentials, and then contact your local Inspire Greatness to see if they have these products in stock for fathers day or book his treatment at one of our student salons!*

1. invati men™ scalp revitalizer

This hair product is meant as a leave-in treatment and is perfect for men who have thin hair. When massaged into the scalp, it invigorates the follicles and disperses the signature pure-fume™ scent for hair that smells great all day long. It also instantly thickens the root of the hair. Give the gift of wonderful, full, revitalized hair!

2. aveda men pure-formance™ set

Help dad master his morning routine with this Aveda washing and styling set. This shampoo, conditioner, and styling product trio help dad cleanse, moisturize, and groom to perfection. It’s the simplicity of a shampoo and body wash, but for dad’s hair! This set makes showering and grooming effortless, simple, and fast.

3. aveda men pure-formance™ thickening paste

Dad looking for thicker, healthier locks? Look no further. This Aveda thickening paste instantly adds body and makes styling easy. This styling product will keep dad looking sharp starting from the office through to date night.

4. aveda men pure-formance™ shave cream

A clean-cut man is always in style. Dads with all skin types will appreciate this shave cream that helps provide a close, comfortable shave. It even helps protect against irritation and razor burn. The aroma this cream boasts of certified organic spearmint, vetiver, lavender, and other pure flower and plant essences just adds to the list of benefits of this product. Put this product on your shopping list for every father in your life!

5. aveda men pure-formance™ aroma spray

A man’s scent can help him create his identity, especially with the ladies. This aroma spray is made up of kunzea, citrus, and certified organic essential oils including spearmint, vetiver, and lavender. Dad can use this spray as a cologne, keeping him smelling fresh all day long. This alluring spray is sure to impress everyone on your list.

6. invati men™ system

Got a dad struggling with hair loss? It’s nothing to be afraid of, but if he wants to reduce the amount of hair he’s losing, check out the Aveda invati line. This pair combines the power of the scalp revitalizer with the shampoo for a routine that is a solution for thinning hair. These products were created to reduce hair loss, and 4 out of 5 men said their hair feels stronger and looks thicker (after a 12 week consumer test).

7. Aveda Travel Sizes

Have a globetrotting dad? He can take all the benefits of Aveda with him in his suitcase. The hair care line as well as a few body washes are available in these little sizes, perfect for on the go. These are also great for dads who frequent the gym. Your gym bag real estate is precious, so be conscious of what you pack! Just make sure your Aveda shampoo and conditioner make it in there.

Make Father’s Day Relaxing

Give the gift of relaxation to dad this year. *All of the services in our student salon are provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

Aveda Institute Tucson

Treat dad to a haircut, facial, or body treatment at our Tucson student salon and spa! To book his appointment for this location, click here!

845 N. Park Ave. Suite 105
Tucson, AZ 85719

Aveda Institute Phoenix

Help dad look as good as he feels by booking a men’s cut, facial, or body treatment! Our student salon and spa is the perfect place to feel revitalized! Book his appointment here.

8475 South Emerald Drive Suite 111, 113
Tempe, Arizona 85284

Aveda Institute Denver

This location boasts its own barbering services in addition to our regular men’s cuts. You can also schedule dad a facial, body treatment, or even a massage! Make his day, click here to book an appointment.
700 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Aveda Institute Provo

Make Father’s Day extra special by booking him a haircut, facial, body treatment, or massage at our Provo student salon and spa! To get in touch with his and book his appointment, click here.

210 N University Ave.
Provo, UT 84601

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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!

Click Below to Learn More About Why People Love Cosmetology!

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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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30 Sep We are here for you.


We are saddened to hear of the closing of Regency beauty schools nationwide. Our hearts go out to the team who have lost their positions and the students who have lost their education. We are here for you.

Professionals, if you would like to submit a resume please visit avedainspiregreatness.com/careers.

Students, we are committed to doing what we can to help you continue on your journey to a dream career. If you have questions about transferring to one of our campuses, please email, text, or call the following team members for the campus close to you:
Denver Kristy kfiore@avedadenver.com (720) 560-2155

Tucson Melanie mvindiola@avedatucson.com (520) 425-1700
Provo Kennedy kvermilion@avedaprovo.com (801) 448-2683
Phoenix Sarah slambie@avedaphoenix.com (480) 280-3781

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06 Sep Inspire Greatness Presents: Master Series with Christopher Hermann

Christopher Hermann

Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes is proud to host Master Series productions in which we invite guest artists in the industry to inspire our students, team and network. This month, we are thrilled to welcome Christopher Hermann from Aveda Corp.

Christopher Hermann has been a member of the Aveda tribe since 1996. He began his career at Aveda as a Retail Educator, working with Aveda institutes, salon/spas and Experience Centers, and eventually transitioned into marketing to serve as the Global Marketing Manager of Pure-Fume™ and Personal Blends™.

Christopher later returned to education and focused his efforts on growing the global Experience Center business as Director, Retail Education. Christopher then served as Director, Learning and Development, where he developed programs and facilitated growth for the Aveda network globally. Christopher is currently the Director of Educator Development.

His focus is on growing a team of passionate, engaging and effective educators worldwide. Christopher is a certified facilitator for Franklin Covey® and Fierce Conversations®. He brings more than 25 years of knowledge, experience and passion for the industry and loves using real-life situations and humor to educate, motivate, inspire and create change.

The Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute Denver leadership team giggles at the chance to have their picture taken with the Aveda-infamous, Christopher Hermann at a recent leadership retreat. Christopher hosted a presentation on guest service.

The Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute Denver leadership team giggles at the chance to have their picture taken with the Aveda-infamous, Christopher Hermann at a recent leadership retreat. Christopher hosted a presentation on guest service.

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11 Aug Save Your Hands Master Series with LoraLee

LoraLee Kautz, Aveda Massage Coach and educator for Aveda Institute Denver has created an inspiring Master Series for our spa students that teaches techniques to help improve posture and increase longevity for estheticians and massage therapists.

“The goal is for you to feel better in your body years and years down the road than you do today. This workshop will teach you how to keep your body working well so you can be successful in your spa career for a long, long time – and feel great at the same time,” shares LoraLee.

LoraLee save your hands workshopCurrently, the average massage therapist or esthetician in this industry is only able to last about five years before the body begins to respond to the physical demands through aches, pains and injury. This Master Series is inspired to help practitioners enjoy longevity in their career by taking care of the body and preventing pain and injury. Loralee is passionate about helping others take care of themselves so she created this training to teach positive ergonomics and postures as a practitioner. Rooted in Ayurvedic philosophy, this class will guide you into learning how to take care of yourself so you can continue to take care of others, and be successful in the spa industry.

 LoraLee trained at the Utah College of Massage Therapy and completed the 815.5-hour long professional Massage Therapy Program in 2000.  Upon graduation she was offered a position as the Career Services Counselor for UCMT and later a chance to be a Teaching Assistant for Professional Development and Reflexology classes. After working on the business side for a while, LoraLee began working hands-on in the spa industry including Sego Lily Day Spa in Layton, Ut where she grew to become the Massage Team Lead. Eventually life brought LoraLee and her family to Colorado where she joined the spa team at Aveda Institute Denver. She continues to grow and learn as she’s achieved multiple certifications and leads students to becoming the best massage therapists.

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