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24 Jan Balancing Beauty and Wellness during Kapha Season

Aveda is rooted in the traditions of Ayurveda, an ancient healing system originating in India. Ayurveda has influenced all forms of modern and alternative medical and healing practices and involves the art of balancing mind, body and being. Fast-forward to today, Aveda’s products and services are inspired by the idea of it’s founder, Horst Rechelbacher, that beauty and wellness work well together. Horst’s vision is also rooted in the Ayurvedic tradition. Products should be healthy and made of pure ingredients rather than toxic petrochemicals and synthetics. Products can be a part of the wellness process.

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Ayurveda focuses on balance of the three doshas: Vata (air/infinity energy), Pitta (fire/water energy) and Kapha (water/earth energy). Each of us has a blend of all three of the doshas that govern our mind, body and soul (being). Some of us have more Vata energy so we experience more air and infinity qualities like being cold, dry, quick in movement, enjoy change, have high energy and have a lighter, thinner body frame.

Vata doshas also exhibit dry hair and skin, usually show more nervous energy and have active, restless and creative minds. Vata’s can also be inconsistent and unreliable. Those who have more Pitta energy show more fire/water qualities like being determined, strong leadership, strong focus and sustainable energy. Pitta’s usually have an athletic build, have sensitive skin and have a higher body temperature. They are natural leaders and inspire easily but can also have high tempers and get angry easily. Kapha’s are considered the most fortunate in Ayurveda because they are less likely to become ill and are able to stay in balance more so than the other doshas. Kapha’s usually have thick, lustrous skin, hair and nails. They tend to carry more weight and move slower. Kapha’s are methodical thinkers, loyal and trustworthy.

The doshas also represent the three seasons in Ayurveda and govern certain times of the day:

 

Kapha season = mid-January to mid-May
Pitta season = mid-May to mid-September
Vata season = mid-September to mid-January

Kapha time = 6 am to 10 am / 6 pm to 10 pm
Pitta time = 10 am to 2 pm / 10 pm to 2 am
Vata time = 2 am to 6 am / 2 pm to 6 pm

Currently we are in Kapha season so no matter what our dominant dosha is, we all experience the elements of water and earth this time of year: slow, thick, heavy, dense, cold and fluid. This is the time of year to slow down, catch our breath and reflect inward more. It’s a time to eat heavier and nourishing meals, rest more often and take time to enjoy life. There’s a delicate balance to drawing in the richness of Kapha energy to soothe and nourish without becoming too sluggish, tired or withdrawn. Daily rituals involving beauty and wellness will help to ensure there’s balance during this time of year.

Kapha daily rituals:

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  • rise between 2 – 6 am, waking after 6 am is Kapha energy so it’s more difficult to wake up during heavier, slow energy
  • start with morning stretches, yoga, exercise or meditation to get the body and mind moving and unstuck
  • take pride in self-grooming with hair, skin and aroma – use only natural ingredients and non-synthetics so as not to add more toxins to the body
  • dry brush to help boost skin circulation, remove dead skin cells, and increase skin elasticity
  • drink two glasses of warm water with lemon or apple cider vinegar to help purify the body of toxins
  • enjoy a simple yet hearty breakfast every morning between 6 – 10 am
  • make lunch the biggest meal of the day between 10 am – 2 pm
  • enjoy time to be creative and inspired
  • take time to tune-in and appreciate life
  • eat a simple dinner before 7 pm and allow time for the body to digest and rest before bed
  • minimize TV and screen time, especially before bed

 

Too much Kapha energy can increase feelings of depression, withdrawal and disconnection. To balance the winter blues, it’s important to stay on routine and make the effort to be social and stay active. There’s less sun energy this time of year so it’s also important to enjoy sunshine by being outdoors when possible as well as increase Vitamin D3 intake. This is a great time to indulge in personal stress-relieving rituals like massage, facials, and play with new hair styles or makeup.

CoBeautifying Radiance Polishming soon to Aveda is the new Beautifying Radiance Polish – the perfect balancing solution during kapha season. This rich and luxurious body scrub will slough away dry skin cells and stimulate skin’s circulation, creating a nourished and beautiful glow.

Aveda’s services are rooted in Ayurveda and use the principles of this healing system to create balance through the products and services. Experience an Elemental Nature spa treatment that is customized to your current dosha or elemental nature of earth, water, fire, air or infinity. For more information about rituals and Aveda products visit www.aveda.com or check out the book Aveda Rituals, by Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda.

Prepared by Alicia Parks Christus for Inspire Greatness Institutes. Alicia is the marketing team lead at Aveda Institute Denver and a certified yoga instructor. She teaches Ayurveda and yoga classes and has led Ayurvedic wellness programs and yoga teacher trainings. For more information email achristus@avedadenver.com or follow along @aliciaraeyoga.

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23 Dec Indian Summer Giveaway

Inspire Greatness Institutes is hosting a makeup giveaway on Instagram at @inspireaveda

Enter to win the soon-to-release spring/summer 2016 Aveda makeup collection: Indian Summer. This limited-edition, 10-piece palette highlights the warm colors that burst to life at sunset and the cool, crisp colors of dawn. The colors will create bright, sparkly and also sultry looks perfect for the new summer trends. The winner will also receive a signed copy of the collection book from Aveda Global Artistic Director for Makeup, Janell Geason!

Contest details: Visit the Inspire Greatness Instagram page at @inspireaveda and like the page, the post and tag three or more friends. That’s it! See full contest rules in the post.

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About Janell Geason:

Aveda Global Artistic Director for Makeup, Janell Geason, is known for her awe-inspiring creativity, her technical expertise, and her innate ability to connect and inspire her students. Janell was awarded the 2008 and 2009 North American Makeup Artist of the Year and is again nominated in 2013. Her work can be seen in publications such as ELLE, Redbook, Lucky and Women’s Health.

Janell began her career working in Minneapolis as a hairdresser after graduating from Horst Cosmetology School. Her desire to further explore her creativity led her to pursue makeup as an art form. She moved to Europe and worked internationally in the fashion, video and print industry for nearly 9 years.

Upon returning to the United States, Janell’s talent and passion for makeup and education led her to the role of Aveda as Global Artistic Director for Makeup.  She travels globally to teach professional makeup artists and do stage presentations.  Her role includes leading education for Aveda makeup, collaborating on seasonal makeup launches, shade animations and products and images. Every spring and fall, Janell works with a multitude of designers as a lead makeup artist at New York Fashion Week.

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Aveda holiday gift boxes

18 Dec Live the Mission

Live the Mission – Holiday Edition
By Aveda Institute Denver Cosmetology Educator, Danell “D”

The holidays bring a lot of hustle and bustle. This year, think Green when it comes to holiday traditions. With a little effort and imagination, we can reduce the environmental impact of the holiday season.

aveda holiday imageBuy Less = Less is More

Some holiday gifts are more practical and need to be brand new but many gifts are really gestures of thoughtfulness. You can give more while spending less. Not all gifts have to be store-bought. You can give more while spending less by giving gifts that are personal and unique.

Look for locally made gifts. Many gifts in today’s marketplace come from halfway around the world, and the impact of transportation contributes significantly to greenhouse emissions and global warming. Local craft fairs and artisan shops are a good source for gifts that come without the added costs of transportation. Gifts made locally often have a story which goes with the gift, since the artisan and the origin of the gift are known.

Support a Cause

Aveda’s gift sets give back this holiday by supporting a small community in Nepal. Aveda purchases the eco-friendly hand-made Lokta bark paper which helps this community thrive. You can learn more about this story by following #LoveForNepal. Each gift set is adorned with a beautiful story about the products and packaging.

Shine Brightly – Minimize Energy

Use LED lights for house and Christmas tree lighting LED (Light Emitting Diode) holiday lights use up to 95 percent less energy than larger, traditional holiday bulbs and last up to 100,000 hours when used indoors.

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Reduce and Reuse  

Large wrapped presents usually have large enough uncreased sections to be reused for wrapping smaller gifts. If you open large gift packages with care, the paper can be set aside for re-use for other gift-giving occasions. Fancy ribbons and bows, of course, can be stored in a box till next year when you’ll appreciate having them around and not having to buy new ones. Aveda gift sets boxes, designed with handmade Lokta bark paper from Nepal, are easily reusable for future gifting or storing holiday ribbon, ornaments and treasures. Another easy tip is to re-use holiday gift cards. Simply cut out the portion that wasn’t written on and re-use as a postcard or make it into a new card, or even a beautiful paper ornament. Get crafty! 

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21 May Product Focus: Thickening Tonic Before and After

Have you heard about our newest product, Thickening Tonic?  It is awesome!  Amanda Martinez, Aveda Institute Tucson cos graduate, EC Advisor, and Marketing Coordinator gave current cosmetology student Alondra a blowout using Thickening Tonic.  Learn how to get these results in Amanda’s own words:

“I shampooed Alondra’s hair with Color Conserve and followed with the Invati Thickening Conditioner.  I towel dried her hair and sprayed the revered Thickening Tonic on her crown and combed it through her mid lengths and ends. Then I applied one pump of Phomollient to her mid lengths and ends.  Using a large round brush, I sectioned and blow dried her hair while lifting up at the roots. I finished with Air control.

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After

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Before

For her Finishing Touch, I applied Balsa concealer to her under eye area and on areas where she needed coverage. After, I lightly swept Honey pressed mineral powder on her T-zone. I used Rose Gold on her lids and Coriander in the crease. I put Peach Lights on her cheekbones and Apricot Whisper on the apples of her cheeks. I pressed Rare Orchid into the center of her lips and diffused it with Magenta Berry.”

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28 May Naturally Straight

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 8.19.21 PMWe  are SO excited for AVEDA’s new addition to the Smooth Infusion family – Naturally Straight! If you are looking for a way to cut down your style time in the mornings this is the product for you. It straightens curls more over time with continued use, amazing but what if you miss the curls? Naturally Straight will wash out in three shampoos. Come in today for a free sample and make sure to share you straight selfie with us on instagram #avedanaturallystraight @inspireaveda.

 

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06 May Review shout outs!

Lets celebrate our amazing guests for writing down their experience as well as our FP’s for giving all of their guests $500 haircuts!

 

“Kristina did a fabulous job! She is going to make an amazing stylists! 2 thumbs u=)”

“Amazing! There was no need for me to be apprehensive about a new person. She was awesome in every way” (Review for Katie H)

“Nicolette did an outstanding job-she is a colorist extraordinaire”

“Gilad was amazing and I was privileged to be part of his teaching process & work with the student”

 

 

Inspire greatness!

 

 

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11 Apr David Wagner visits AIT

We are so excited to welcome David Wagner, creator of the Daymaker Movement, as a Master Series on Tuesday April 15th! UPDATE TO LOCATION: We will be at the JW Marriot Starr Pass in the Tucson Ballroom. Professionals and Guests, you may purchase tickets at the door. Free for Fps and team, see you there! Screen Shot 2014-04-12 at 8.52.27 PM

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28 Mar Look Good, Do Good

Come join us in any of our locations on April 7th for AVEDA’s global cut a thon! All proceeds from this event will go to our local earth month partner Western Resource Advocates, to protect clean water! Book your appointment now (520) 207-2660!

(BTW, this number will let your book for any of our locations!)

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