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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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29 Jul Inspire Greatness Sponsors Arizona Mrs International

Nikki Black

Nikki’s story is inspired and one that fits perfectly into our mission here at Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes: education, leadership, community and beauty, or as Nikki says, “I am learning how to build an effective lesson plan during the day, and how to perfectly blend eye shadow at night.”

Just recently, the Mrs. International Pageant, hosted in Jacksonville, Florida crowned the their winner. Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes was pleased to sponsor Nikki Black, Mrs. Arizona International in her competition for the crown. Although she didn’t take home the title this year, her story of how she suddenly became Mrs Arizona International is worth a listen. Nikki is also sister to one of our Aveda Institute Phoenix cosmetology educators (and an Aveda Institute Denver graduate), Rae Black, who’s been a support with Nikki’s styling, hair and makeup. Before the competition last week, we caught up with Nikki to learn more about her experience.

Q: What is the Mrs. International Pageant all about?

A: The Mrs. International Pageant showcases the accomplishments of today’s married woman by giving them the opportunity to share their passion, commitment to their families and affiliation with the platform they support. This pageant system has been around for 27 years and is led by Mel and Mary Richardson. This system is successful due to its high ethical values and adherence to rules and regulations. I am honored to be a part this organization.

Q: Tell us how you got to this point and where you hope to go from here?

A: A last minute turn of events brought me here. I watched my friend spend the year as Mrs. Arizona International 2015. I thought it was an awesome opportunity for her but I did not necessarily see myself in her position. The Saturday before the Mrs. Arizona International competition, she called me and said a contestant had dropped out and asked if I would be willing to take the spot. After some consideration, and talking to my husband, I decided to go for it. On Monday my paperwork was complete and I was an official candidate. On Friday, I met with the official Pageant Coach after rehearsal. I competed Saturday morning and by that afternoon, I was crowned Mrs. Arizona International 2016. I was absolutely stunned, grateful and ready to promote my platform on a larger scale. As I move on to compete in this pageant, I will support my passion for teaching by sharing my love for Montessori education. I will also put time and effort into building a network of veteran teachers who are willing to share their experience with newer teachers. My long term goal is to build a foundation that supports teachers on a physical, mental and spiritual level. I believe that when we care for our teachers, our children excel and the future is bright.

Nikki and her sister, Rae

Nikki and her sister, Rae

Q: Why is this opportunity important to you?

A: This opportunity is important to me because it challenged me to really think about the kind of contribution I want make to the world. Pageantry, especially in this circuit, is about much more than beauty and evening gowns. It is about giving married women a way to give back to their communities and build a legacy that will thrive. It is also a wonderful opportunity to spread the word about Montessori and why I believe it is such a rich and inspiring method of education that really puts the children and their needs above all else.

Q: What has this journey been like since it started?

A: This journey has been a whirlwind! I am currently wearing two hats: Montessori teacher and Pageant Queen. I am doing my best to be successful in both areas, which means I’m spending time in front of my computer and wearing 5-inch heels! I am learning how to build an effective lesson plan during the day, and how to perfectly blend eye shadow at night. On top of that, I am maintaining my commitment to being the best wife and mother I can be; without the support of my family, none of this would be possible.

Q: What’s a typical “day in the life” with your current title?

A: A typical Saturday, prior to an appearance, would require waking up very early to get my makeup and hair done by my talented sister-in-law and Aveda educator, Rae Black. While I am gone, my husband wakes the children up and gets them ready for whichever sports’ game they may have that day. After cheering on my kids, I would go home to change into my appearance outfit, spend a couple hours at an event and then return home. Once I am home, I am mom again! My family and I may eat out at a restaurant or I would prepare dinner. We may catch a movie on Netflix or a new release in the theater. Then, suddenly, it is bed time for my children and work time for me. I usually stay up about three or four hours after they have gone to bed. I use that time to catch up with my husband, then I spend at least two hours on school work and Pageant work (which is a conservative estimate). I try my best to take Sundays completely off and dedicate my time to my family.

A typical weekday requires getting my children and myself dressed and ready for school. We arrive at school at 7:30 am and stay until 4:00 pm. Once we arrive at home, I would prepare dinner, then take one (or both) of my children to which ever sports’ practice they are participating in at that time. Once we arrive back home, the kids take showers and prepare for bed time. Once the kids are tucked in, I get busy with school work, Pageant preparation and planning for the next school day for another three to four hours. Then I go to bed, and we start the process all over again.

Aveda Be Curly Products

Aveda Be Curly Products

Q: How do you prepare for competition? Do you have a ritual or routine?

A: I am preparing for competition by doing a lot of research. I want to be knowledgeable about this pageant circuit, as well as the contributions of former title holders. I stay in close contact with my Pageant Director and Pageant Coaches, who provide tips on maintaining confidence in new situations and ways to present my best self. I also practice mindful meditation, which allows me to calm my nerves and stay open to new experiences. I will be using mindful meditation each day in Jacksonville—especially in the hours prior to competition.

7. What are your favorite Aveda products and why?

My love affair with Aveda started at least 10 years ago. It began with the Be Curly Curl Enhancer. For the longest time, I was searching for a product that would respect my natural curl, while adding definition and shine. What I did not expect was the softness that Be Curly gives my hair. I have also used Brilliant to add extra shine. I have recently fallen in love with the Be Curly Co-Wash and Dry Remedy Oil. I am really looking forward to exploring the skin care and cosmetic lines that are equally amazing. I love Aveda for their commitment to producing natural, plant-based products and the responsible sourcing of high-quality, naturally derived ingredients.

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18 Jul Inspire Greatness Presents: Master Series with Jim Pacifio

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Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes Denver, Tucson, Phoenix, Provo are proud to offer Master Series presentations on campus as a point of difference in our education. This July, we are pleased to welcome, Jim Pacifico.

Jim has been in the industry since 1970 and is currently the owner of Centre Salons and World Class Financial Services. In 2014, Jim was the recipient of Aveda Corporation’s “Lifetime Achievement Award”. Jim was honored by Aveda with this prestigious award last month for his many years of hard work, dedication and philanthropy work over the many years in the beauty industry…

Jim began his career in 1970 with Clairol, in 1980 he worked with Zotos and in 1986 he joined Aveda Corporation as the Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Education. In 1989, Jim moved to Southern California and became the Senior Vice President and General Manager at Caesar’s Beauty Products, exclusive Aveda Distributor. In 1991, he moved to Colorado and became the President and CEO of Pacifico’s Beauty Products, exclusive Aveda distributor for Colorado and Wyoming. His success led Pacifico’s to acquire a six-state region. In 2007 Jim merged his distribution back to Aveda to become the Consulting Vice President for Aveda Services, Inc. for the West Coast Region. This allowed Jim the opportunity to own his own Aveda Concept Salons; five Centre Salons & Spas in Colorado, one in Utah and one in California. He is also the owner and founder of World Class Financial Services which provides accounting services to over 100 Salons and Spas throughout the Aveda Network.

Dale with Jim and Van Council Jim has never lost sight of the community during this time. His philanthropy work over the years has been very generous. He has led his employees to raise money and awareness for many different charitable causes. Some examples: collecting food, toys and money for underprivileged children & their families, the homeless, Katrina victims, as well as raising money for clean water in our region. Jim latest quest in philanthropy work is leading his salons to fund-raise over $67,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; visit www.realbeautydenver.com for more info.

Jim is dedicated to providing legendary support to the beauty industry, its professionals and customers. His passion in the industry is evident in his desire to improve the salon industry as well as giving back to the community.

 In 2014, Jim was the recipient of Aveda Corporation’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Jim was honored by Aveda with this prestigious award last month for his many years of hard work, dedication and philanthropy work over the many years in the beauty industry.

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07 Apr Inspire Greatness Cat Walk for Water for Aveda Earth Month 2016

Inspire Greatness Institutes take the stage for the annual Aveda Earth Month tradition: Cat Walk for Water. The Institutes in Denver, Colo and Phoenix, Ariz have already walked the walk and their sister Institutes in Provo, Utah and Tucson, Ariz will soon launch their shows, all in honor of Earth Month 2016.

Aveda Institute Denver kicked off their Earth Month events with their Cat Walk for Water on Saturday, April 4 alongside partner salon, La Tierra Salon and Day Spa in which 40 models took the stage and featured hair, makeup and upcycled looks inspired by recycling, composting and pollution. Looks were created by team, students and graduates. The show opened with a special sound healing featuring a drum circle, didgeridoo and chant to invoke the intention to create transformation: the idea that when we come together as a community with a common goal, we can transform and create change. The intention for this show is all about water conservation and supporting local partner, Western Resource Advocates to protect water resources in the West. The show raised $3,000 to go towards Aveda Institute Denver’s goal of $65,000. Aveda Institute Denver Phoenix also kicked off their Earth Month with their Cat Walk for Water and raised $1,800 from their show.

The shows primarily focus on hair and makeup using only Aveda products; however, some models did wear upcycled garments made from various materials like Aveda packaging, Aveda color tubes, paper products, aluminum foil sheets, soda cans, plastic water bottles, post-consumer goods, compostable materials that naturally return to the earth, and materials donated by Eco Products, a Boulder-based company supplying natural compostable materials like cups, plates, cutlery.

The Provo Institute is changing up the Cat Walk for Water theme with a fashion show called “Fashion 2 Trashion'” featuring designs made out of recycled materials and materials from Kinabuti, a Nigerian-based design house. The show is presented by the team and students on Earth Day, Friday 4/22 at 6 pm. Tickets range from $10-$42. Aveda Institute Tucson will host its Cat Walk for Water on Saturday, 4/23 at 6 pm. The show carries the same theme as Denver and Phoenix but will be hosted at the Arizona History Museum. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com and range from $15-$40.

All shows support Earth Month partner, Western Resource Advocates. Visit the Inspire Greatness Institutes on Instagram for more pictures from the shows and future show info @inspireaveda.

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22 Mar World Water Day

Exactly one month away from Earth Day, today we celebrate WORLD WATER DAY. Here, at Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes in Denver, Colo; Tucson and Phoenix, Az and Provo, Utah we are naturally, inspired to take a moment of wellness to reflect on water conservation locally and clean water rights globally.

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Our Institutes are each working to raise various amounts to collaborate with the entire Aveda global network to raise $6.5 million for Earth Month causes around the world. Here in the Rocky Mountain West, we are partnering with Western Resource Advocates to focus on water conservation with the Colorado River. Currently we are in a 14-year drought which has cause the Colorado River Basin (where the river meets the sea) to be dry for over 20 years. The Colorado River currently feeds seven states and three major cities, including Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In 20 years, the Colorado population alone is expected to double from nearly 4 to 8 million people.

In short, we are running out of water. Today, on World Water Day, we are given the gift of awareness. Today we can take a moment and ponder that the average person uses 200 gallons of water daily: water to grow foods, water for lawns and gardens, water to bath, water to wash dishes, water for laundry, water to drink. In our salons/spas we use water daily for services from shampooing guests and mixing water into products so our usage increases exponentially.

Through our efforts at Aveda to raise funding for Earth Month projects and initiatives, we have made positive change. In partnership with Global Green Grants, Aveda has worked to provide clean water resources to developing countries and communities. Mostly recently we helped create water resources for communities in India where we source our Amla for some of our products like Thickening Tonic and Invati. Years ago, about 1.2 billion people lacked access to clean, safe water. Currently this number has decreased to 750 million. Locally, Western Resource Advocates has been working with state, city and county on having sustainable solutions to water. Colorado, for the first time ever, now has a water plan!

Change is happening, thanks to our Aveda network and to supporters like you. We invite you to help us make a difference today. Visit our Crowdrise account to make a donation to our Earth Month campaigns in any of our locations: Denver, Phoenix, Tucson or Provo. Visit our area Facebook pages to find out about upcoming events like our annual Hair & Makeup Shows, Walk for Water, Services for the Earth and other initiatives.

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You help us make a difference. So, raise a glass of clean, fresh water – because we are so lucky we can just turn on a faucet and have access to water – and make a toast to honor World Water Day. Craving a creative way to save water? Consider our Shampure Dry Shampoo! Skip the shower, save water and still keep your hair feeling clean, fresh and ready-to-style! Or purchase our limited-edition Light the Way Earth Month Candles for a $12 donation, which will help provide water to a family of six for six months!

Aveda Earth Month 2016 – Think Global. Act Local.

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10 Mar Water Tips in and out of the Salon and Spa

Water Conservation in and out of the Salon and Spa 
Prepared by Aveda

Take these steps in your salon, spa, institute, Experience Center, and even home to save water. By using water more wisely you can help to save this precious resource and save money, too.

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Identify and complete these simple water conservation measures which are applicable to your business:

Contact your water utility to schedule a water use survey of your facility. Surveys are usually free and provide an easy way to identify the most effective means to save water in your salon/spa.
Keep an eye on your water bill and the water meter. A higher than usual water bill could signal a leak. Learn to read your water meter and review your bill for unusual increases to catch problems early and prevent additional, costlier problems. Click here for more info

Simple Water-Saving Tips

  • Turn off water when not in use (e.g. between cleansing and conditioning hair) and when rinsing color use the following steps to save water:
  • Rinse with water.
  • Turn water off.
  • Emulsify for 1 minute.
  • Rinse again.
  • Take the Water Flow Test: Use a bucket and a timer to measure how many gallons of water you use per minute for sinks, shampoo bowls and showers. Aim for a goal of 2.5 gallons per minute or less to avoid water waste.
  • Regularly check for and repair all leaks in your facility.
  • Remind staff to turn off water when not in use (e.g. between cleansing and conditioning hair).
  • Change window-cleaning schedule from “periodic” to “as required.”
  • Use dry-floor cleaning methods, followed by damp mopping, rather than spraying or hosing
    with water.
  • Retrofit existing fixtures and appliances to realize greater water savings.
  • Replace pre-1992 toilets with low-flow 1.6 gallon-per-flush toilets.
  • Install water saving devices such as low-flow aerators in kitchen-type faucets, low flow showerheads, ultra-low-flush toilets, water efficient washing machines and self-closing faucets. Ask your water utility about available rebate programs in your area. www.h2ouse.org/action/index.cfm
  • Choose water efficient washing machines. Look for horizontal-axis washers that are ENERGY STAR qualified.
  • Look for the WaterSense® label when choosing plumbing and landscaping fixtures such as faucets, toilets, etc. You can view all current WaterSense® certified products at http://www3.epa.gov/watersense/products/

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Outdoors/Landscaping

  • Mulch all non-turf areas.
  • Sweep your sidewalks and other hard surfaces with a broom rather than spraying with a garden hose.
  • Use repeat cycles when watering lawn or shrubs in clay soils (if you are planning to water for 8 minutes, water twice for 4 minutes each).
  • Modify your existing irrigation system to include drip irrigation, where feasible.
  • Test irrigation sprinklers 4 times per year to ensure proper operation and coverage.
  • Repair all broken or defective sprinkler heads, nozzles, lines and valves.
  • Adjust sprinklers for proper coverage—optimizing spacing and avoiding run-off onto paved surfaces. Your local water utility may be able to assist you with sprinkler adjustments.
  • Choose water-efficient shrubs, native plants and ground cover in place of turf.
  • If installing new turf, limit area and use drought-tolerant species.
  • Space sprinkler heads so the water from one sprinkler head reaches the adjacent
    sprinkler head.
  • Install rain shut-off devices as part of the irrigation/landscape control measures.
  • Renovate existing landscape to include native and drought-tolerant plants. (Water efficient landscape guidelines are available from your county extension service or local water agency/utility.)

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19 Feb Day-in-the-Life of an Aveda Beauty School Student

What’s it like to go to beauty school? Well, not just any beauty school… Aveda Institute Denver, an Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute? Our cosmetology student, Alexus Gallegos gives us context from her point of view on a typical day-in-life for her as a student. Alexus toured our institute last year during our Earth Month awareness, which inspired her even more to choose Aveda. Here, at Aveda Institute Denver, the Aveda mission to care for the world we live in, truly comes to life each and every day through our team and students.

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My day begins with all things Aveda, like Control Force, Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme, Volumizing Tonic and Pure Abundance Hair Potion to create lots of volume! #pumpupthevolume #avedaproducts

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Then it’s off to school, which begins at 8:30 am. Aveda Institute Denver is located on the 16th Street Mall between Stout and California streets, which happens to be the busiest block on the mall. We have over 20,000 residents and 120,000 workers in downtown Denver. Students offer all the salon and spa services at a relaxed price. Hair cuts start at $15, spa services range from $40 to $50. #downtowndenver #visitdenver

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This is my pose! These two girls have made my life so much brighter! What’s beauty school without the amazing friendships? I can definitely say it wouldn’t be nearly as fun without them. #classmates #bestfriends #beautyschool

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My mentor and educator, Jenna has truly made learning the best thing it could ever be! I’ve learned so much from her, not only about beauty but also about life. She has helped me face all of my fears – head first. She has the sweetest heart and is by far one of the greatest educators I’ve ever had. Thank you Jenna, for everything! #inspiregreatness #bestteacher #avedaeducator

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I learned what it truly means to be patient during this service. I did my first live color cleanse and, wow, was it an experience! Since I started the program July 2015 and began services in the fall. Since then I have completed over 50 services so far. I attend school three days a week so I am on the clinic floor for two and in class for one day each week. #colorcleanse #avedacolor #process

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School is out! Dinner for two. Every night I cook dinner and it’s my favorite time of the day. I’m discovering that cooking is another passion of mine. #burritobowls #avedalife #topchefhairstylist

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Goodnight world. Wrapping up my day-in-the-life as a cosmetology student at Aveda Institute Denver. Time to sleep with soft, clean skin with help from the Botanical Kinetics line and then wind-down with some hot tea and a good book. I am a sucker for social media also. I love seeing all the new trends. #socialmedia #zzz #avedaskincare #industrytrends

~shared by Allexus Gallegos @allbyalexusg 2016

Our next programs begin soon! Enjoy our 3-day program for cosmetology, esthiology or massage therapy. For more information text or call Kristy at 720-560-2155 or email kfiore@avedadenver.com For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.avedainstitutedenver.com

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2015 NAHA finalist Madison Wade's entry for Student Hairstylist of the Year

11 Feb Inspire Greatness Beacon Experience

Madison Wade working on her NAHA application.

Madison Wade working on her NAHA application.

As the deadline to apply for Beacon 2016 nears, we caught up with our graduate, Madison Wade to shed some light on how she got her start to success in this industry. Ironically, it all began with her application to Beacon.*

“My advice to students currently enrolled at Inspire Greatness Institutes is to apply yourself. Just try. Sometimes it’s intimidating but if you don’t try, you’ll never have the chance,” – Madison Wade.

Though she didn’t move along through the Beacon process back in 2014, she didn’t get discouraged or give up. It was the beginning of a journey where she learned to never give up. Madison eventually went on to take Editorial ReMix in Denver, London Study Abroad and eventually applied for NAHA, all while she was a student at Aveda Institute Denver.

Madison credits her NAHA experience in teaching her how to work with a team, and more importantly how important having a team is.

“I would never be able to do this without Brad. He’s been my mentor, my teacher and inspiration,” says Madison as she mixes color. She’s working with Brad Van Dyke, Education Director for Inspire Greatness Institutes as she prepares her next application for NAHA. Brad is coaching Madison and overseeing her finished looks.

 

Each Inspire Greatness Institute had one student finalist for the NAHA 2015 Student Hair Stylist of the Year!

Each Inspire Greatness Institute had one student finalist for the NAHA 2015 Student Hair Stylist of the Year!

Brad shares, “Madison being here today working with us in our Institute is a representation of how once you graduate from IG, you’re always a part of our family.”

She applied for NAHA 2015 in the category of Student Hairstylist of the Year. Madison, along with students from our sister locations in Tucson, Phoenix and Provo became a finalist for the competition. The winner was Dustin Villa from Aveda Institute Tucson but all four nominees, including Madison, were recognized at Aveda Congress this past fall and were able to be backstage working with the industry professionals, including the Aveda Institutes section which was formatted by our Creative Director, Heggy Gonzalez.

“Being a part of the NAHA experience has opened so many doors for me in this industry. I’m building an incredible network, sharing talent, meeting so many inspiring people and working more and more to build my career. NAHA was just the beginning,” says Madison.

Currently Madison is working at Matthew Morris salon but she shared it wouldn’t surprise her if becoming an educator is in her future, maybe even here at Aveda Institute Denver.

“Foundation is everything, it’s who you are. My foundation is here at Aveda Institute Denver.”

 

 

Madison Wade's collection for NAHA 2015 Student Hairstylist of the Year

Madison Wade’s collection for NAHA 2015 Student Hairstylist of the Year

 *NAHA, North American Hairstyling Awards, is a globally recognized opportunity to receive recognition in our industry for our technical skill. Our NAHA Experience continues to be a significant Point of Difference for our Inspire Greatness Institutes. We were excited to celebrate NAHA finalist from each of our Inspire Greatness locations in 2015 in the category of Student Hairstylist of the Year.

*The Professional Beauty Association’s Beacon program is a renowned program designed to encourage and inspire beauty industry students to effectively and aggressively prepare for successful careers. This program provides the nation’s most promising cosmetology students with education and opportunities to network with the industry’s highest profile salon owners, professionals, and stylists during PBA Beauty Week.

To learn more about Madison Wade, visit her Web site or book an appointment with her at Matthew Morris Salon in Denver, Colo.

 

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Ian Michael Black talking to students about color

09 Feb Ian Michael Black Visits Aveda Institute Denver

“Go as far as you can with that job and see how far you can go. If you keep changing careers, you’ll never get anywhere,” says Ian Michael Black to an audience of cosmetology students in all levels at Aveda Institute Denver. Today, we were humbled, honored and inspired to have Ian Michael Black, Aveda Global Artistic Director for Color, join our Institute to inspire greatness, share a few laughs and tell his story of how he came to be where he is today. As poised as we all were to be in his presence, many of us were crumbling a little inside at the notion of having an “Aveda celebrity” speaking casually to us like he was catching up with a friend. Meanwhile, there’s a huge parade in Denver to celebrate the Bronco’s winning the Super Bowl and we were all happy as could be staying indoors, cozy like with Ian.

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He shared his timeline of his full career in the beauty industry, which began at age 16 when he started school. The program is much longer in England so he was 18 when he completed his education and started his career. Today Ian has been with Aveda for 17 years and as a part of the Aveda Global Artistic Team, Ian spends his days working on education pieces, discovering new ways of teaching others, overseeing how education is pushed out to the network, he collaborates on Aveda collections and product development, works with marketing and also travels and presents often. Though it may seems he spends a lot of his time on stage, he shared he’s literally only on stage maybe a few hours a year. Prior to Aveda, Ian got his start at Toni & Guy.

“Aveda is a company I can work for and feel really proud of.”

Having shared that he feels he could die happy tomorrow because he’s lived the life he wanted, Ian said that he still desires to take a few months off from work and spend some time in Cambodia to help young women trapped in sex trafficking.

Ian shared some of his work with Aveda and a teaser of never-before-seen images of some recent work he’s done on his own. Editorial work is hard work and Ian called it “grueling” when giving an example of the photo shoot in Hawaii for Aveda Damage Remedy. The rain, the lava rocks and the continued challenges with weather in creating a perfect image that was about beautiful, healthy, conditioned hair, that would tell the story of quinoa protein in the products.

“It’s not always about the hair, it’s creating the mood to create the image. And it’s not about YOU. It’s about the model. Editorial style is not the same in real life.”

Understanding what you want from a picture is unique to the subject, Ian says. You have to understand what you are trying to show, tell in the picture. Going back in time a bit to November, 2014 when Aveda shared on their Living Aveda blog Ian’s work featured on the cover of American Salon magazine, Ian spoke of seeking to inspire more diversity with models and how he loves the “in-between” when it comes to images – that place between the current image and the next one about to happen. The image that cannot be recreated, that’s what he’s capturing.

Color Wheel from Ian Michael Black Living Aveda Blog

Color Wheel from Ian Michael Black Living Aveda Blog

“What makes something great is when you create your own version of it.”

Ian doesn’t really think often about what’s happening tomorrow but he will question where he will be in the next five years. Will I be doing the same thing? Will it be different?

Ian didn’t shy away from sharing that this is an industry that requires hard work to start. He urged us to continue on our own journey and make it our own. First, we must master the basics. If we don’t learn to create perfection from the basics, we’ll never learn to advance. This is where establishing trust begins. Trust in the process. Trust in the unknown. Trust in the fear.

“You’ll learn the most when you’re uncomfortable.”

What else did we learn from Ian today? With over 150 of us in the audience today, I’m sure each of us learned something different and the journey will continue to unfold. Having personally watched Ian from afar, in the fan club of many, and seen his work come to life in our Aveda collections, seen him on stage at Congress, seen his work from a screen – having Ian walk from behind-the-scenes in what seemed like a far-away world and suddenly arrive in person, made me realize how our Global company is a community. I was most inspired by him sharing that at Aveda, “the people here work with each other out of respect. You build relationships.”

That’s what it was all about for me today. The inspiration to continue to live the Aveda mission, inspire others and build relationships. And also keep posting Instagrams about my new #avedacolor

Ian Michael Black with Alicia Christus, the voice behind this blog today.

Ian Michael Black with Alicia Christus, the voice behind this blog today.

“What I love most about this career is you don’t have to fit a mold. You don’t have to be anyone else. You don’t have to be the best but you need to be consistent and be consistently good. Do your own thing, don’t be like everyone else.” – Ian Michael Black

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