Aveda Institute Tucson

28 Aug Three ways to use phomollient


Today we are featuring one of my most beloved AVEDA products, phomollient. If you have never used this before or you aren’t sure of all the ways you could be using it I am here to help! There are several ways you can use it, it’s designed purpose is to apply it through damp hair and blow dry for body, it will turn out beautiful every time! This beauty also has a few secret talents, it is an amazing curl booster not only will your curls hold without having a “crunch” they will also have body and shine. Another way you can use this product is for next day hair, apply one pump throughout dry hair and blast the blow dryer for a few seconds and you have fresh looking locks again.

Let us know how these tips work for you or share a few of your own!




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27 Aug The 4-7-8 relaxing breath

Feeling a little tense? Try this breathing texhnique that actually relaxes your nervous system

This exercise is utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere. Although you can do the exercise in any position, sit with your back straight while learning the exercise. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.

  • Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
  • Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
  • Hold your breath for a count of seven.
  • Exhale completely through your mouth to a count of eight.

This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths


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Find more breathing techniques here: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00521/three-breathing-exercises.html?print=1

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13 Aug A Monday Morning Bun

Today we will be showcasing a tutorial on how to do a quick bun, it takes approximately 3 minutes and it’s so easy. It is the perfect hairstyle for mornings when you just don’t have time to put together a full on hairstyle, but you’re looking for something that looks like you spent a ton of time doing.

Here to show us is one of our amazing educators in training Gilad.

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02 Aug Great Posture = More Energy

Today’s wellness comes from Guest Blogger Stephanie Christenson of Workout with Steph.  Stephanie has a BS in Kinesiology and she is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NCSA), a Practioner of Pilates Studio (Polestar Pilates), and a Certified Yoga Instructor (Yoga Alliance).  Oh yeah, she’s also an amazing sister.  😉

Let Go

As a professional you create a great experience for your Guest! How about creating a great experience for yourself every day through posture?  I would like to teach you just a few cues to improve your standing posture.  Posture is important to your health, wellness, and energy level.  Through proper posture (or alignment) you are able to move, stand and work most efficiently as a Future Professional. The first step to improving your standing posture is being aware of how your currently stand.

Great Posture = More Energy

Alignment is all about awareness.  Do you have great posture?  How do you know?  Are you aware of how you stand?  Let’s create an awareness of how you currently stand.  It will be fun! Then we will change it a couple times.  Then, you will return to how you usually stand.  In this way, you will be able to experience alignment and awareness.  This exercise is best done with friends so you can give the instructions to your friend and watch how their body changes, and then they can trade places with you.  Let’s begin:

  1. Stand comfortably and be aware of your two feet on the ground.  Now think about your two legs.  Notice how your pelvis sits on top of your legs.  Shift your attention to your spine.  Think about your shoulders and arms.  Finally observe your head on top of your spine.
  2. Now, feel as if your head is floating up and your arms, spine and legs are hanging from your head. (repeat this sentence again to your friend then pause for 30 seconds)
  3. Next, imagine all of the energy of the legs, spine and arms is surging up the body and the head to floating on top of this energy current. (repeat again and pause again)
  4. This time feel the energy of the spine traveling up.  Your head is floating on top of this energy current.  The arms and legs are hanging from the spine. (repeat these words to you friend again)
  5. Notice how your body feels in this alignment.
  6. Finally, very consciously, return to how your choose to stand everyday.  Feel how your body changes position and how it feels now.
  7. Pick the alignment image #2, #3 or #4 makes you feel best aligned.

You are now more aware of your posture.  Now you can play with the different images of alignment.  Try them out while you are in class, working with a Guest, standing in line.  Your awareness will change, your posture will change, and you will realize more energy in your life.

For more information on living a life with more energy, check out my website. There you can find free workouts you can do at home to increase your energy level even more!  Feel free to email me at workoutwithsteph@gmail.com.

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The visualizations used in this post are adapted from the book Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery by Erik Franklin


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30 Jul Brad’s Aveda Travel Essentials

For today’s post, we reached out to Brad Van Dyke, Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes Education Director, to share with us his must-have products for travel.  Having started his massage and esthetics career on a cruise ship, Brad is no stranger to packing a bag!  In his current role, Brad is continually on the road visiting our IG locations, in addition to his travels as an Aveda Spa Pure-fessional and personal travels around the world.  Check out his essentials below!

“As I flew to LA this weekend for a 2-day class, I fortunately did not need to put much time into packing. I always have a packed bag.  I travel with only a roller carry-on and laptop case, even if I will be gone for 5 days. Here are my essentials…

Brad's Travel Essentials

  • Shampure Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Botanical Kinetics Purifying Creme Cleanser
  • Botanical Kinetics Skin Firming/Toning Agent
  • Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant
  • Green Science Firming Eye Creme
  • Green Science Firming Face Creme
  • Energizing Body Cleanser
  • Aveda Men Pure-formance Grooming Clay
  • Patchouli Singular Note
  • Stress Fix Aroma
  • Stylist Brush
  • Blue Oil-this is a MUST  for everyone!
  • Nourish-mint Renewing Lip Treatment-this is a MUST travel for everyone!
  • Peppymint-this is a MUST travel for everyone! (along with St Claire’s mints-you can never have too fresh of breath)
  • iPad, and of course all the appropriate  gadgets, attachments, and thumb drives
  • Oliver People sunglasses
  • My favorite Starbucks travel mug
  • Running gear
  • All my black clothes rolled neatly to save space
Finally, I subscribe to National Geographic and Travel and Leisure an take time to plan my next excursion/vacation!”
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16 Jul Protect your color and our ecosystems!

Product focus: Color conserve daily color protect

Color conserce daily color protect

Keeping your color fresh and enjoying the summer sun is no easy task. Coming from a former red head I could not rave any more about color conserve daily color protect, its a life saver(even though I am now a blonde I still use color protect daily)! It will protect  your hair from serious summer fadage, but as with all AVEDA products it also gives back to the environment in which it came from. You can protect your color while protecting ecosystems! Did you know AVEDA color conserve daily color protect contains Larch tree extract? Our larch tree extract is salvaged from wood chips created by responsibly sourced lumber processing—which takes protection of ecosystems. Soil, water quality, wildlife habitat and tree regeneration into consideration. The chips are then sold as mulch—so nothing goes to waste. So all in all this product is amazing for your hair and mother earth, it’s a win-win!

Stop by your local AVEDA store/salon and try it out!


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15 Jul I mustache you a question… How can I can I trim my fringe?

Here is a tutorial from AIT’s cosmetology team lead Jacquie Rinder on how to trim your fringe! There are a few things to remember when cutting your own bangs… First: Don’t run to the kitchen and grab your average household scissors, you can get a cheap pair of haircutting shears from your local beauty supply store for under $10, they will make a world of difference! Second: Cut them a little longer than you actually want them, bangs will shrink up after they’ve dried  (you can always go shorter after once they’re dry if you need to) Last but not least-have fun, fringe is such a fast and easy way to achieve a new look without the commitment of an actual haircut.



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04 Jul Reduce, Reuse, Redecorate!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle are words Aveda lives by. When you purchase Shampure candle you are not only getting a candle that will fill your home with the calming aroma of ylang ylang and lavender, you are also purchasing a soy wax candle with glass that is 95% recycled. Which brings me to my next point reuse the glass- it’s beautiful. If you took a stroll through my house you would see them everywhere, from spoon holders to vases. After 50 hours of burning pure bliss, all you have to do is scrape the remaining wax out, set them in the dishwasher and voila! Now you have a beautiful vase for your island, or a sweet little glass to pour your fresh squeezed lemonade. I’m sure everyone can find their own unique way to use these wonderful glasses; share you favorite way to use your Shampure candle glass!



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03 Jul Gorgeously (Mrs.) Green: Photoshoot Prep at AIT

Last Wednesday, the Aveda Institute Tucson was proud to welcome Mrs. Green for a visit!  Mrs. Green, aka Gina Murphy-Darling, is “green royalty” in my book and also a great friend of the Institute.  As creator and voice of Mrs. Green’s World Radio Network, “Mrs. Green offers simple, creative ways to adopt green habits that benefit individuals, families and companies, and are good for the planet.”  She was a VIP at our Grand Opening and has featured Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes’ fearless leader/owner, Dale Lemonds, on her show.  You can find out more about Mrs. Green and subscribe to her podcast here.

During her visit, Jacquie Rinder, AIT Cosmetology Team Lead and Aveda Certified Color Coach, and I prepped Mrs. Green with hair and makeup for a promotional/branding photoshoot.  Check out the photos below to see the gorgeously green finished look!


Oooh la la!  Jacquie started by adding foils to highlight and brighten Gina’s face. She also retouched her base color and finished with an all-over gloss for a warm caramel glow.  (BTW, did you notice only reusable water cups on Jacquie’s station?)


To style, Jacquie combed through a dime-sized amount of Confixor to Gina’s towel-dried hair to hold her curl. She then blew it dry with a diffuser.


Jacquie used Air Control hairspray and Brilliant Spray-On Shine to finish Gina’s look, giving flexible hold and photo-worthy shine.


Aveda skincare is the best “primer” for flawless makeup. These are my go-to products for when prepping a model’s skin for a photoshoot. (Not pictured: Pure Comfort Eye Makeup Remover and Lip Saver)


To create a cohesive makeup look and harmonize with her hair and skin, I used a warm makeup palette. To define Gina’s brows, I used the define color of the Petal Essence Eye Color Trio in Copper Haze. Brows are the frame of the face and flash photography will wash color out, so I made them slightly bolder than I would for a day-to-day look. I let Gina know ahead of time so she would not be shocked, but assured her she would see the positive difference in the finished photos.  Very important to note, especially to brides!


Jacquie and I working together to complete the look.


Mrs. Green is ready for her close-up! Keep an eye out on her website for the final photos. What a great green day at Aveda Institute Tucson!


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02 Jul May the (Control) Force Be with You!

photo-9Today’s product spotlight shines bright on Control Force and Air Control hairsprays.  I stock up on both of these amazing aerosol as they offer different finishing results!  (And because I am a product junkie.)  Don’t make me pick a favorite!

Control Force is Aveda’s firmest hold hairspray and offers long-lasting hold and humidity-defense for all hair types.  (Not that we need much humidity defense in the Sonoran Desert, but monsoon season is fast-approaching!)  It is also fast-drying and brushable, and contains UV filters and anti-oxidants. The calming aroma includes Bulgarian lavender, bergamot, palmarosa, and vetiver- but if you ask me, it smells like Lucky Charms marshmallows!

Where Control Force is firm, his sister Air Control is very flexible!  Air Control has a dry delivery, which is quite unique for a hairspray.  Another unique feature is the breakthrough pine resin technology that delivers hold. Most of the hype around Air Control, however, focuses on its yummy aroma.

What I love  most about both products is that they have a net-zero impact on the Earth’s climate. What does it mean to have a “net zero climate impact” you ask?  Well, in our day-to-day lives, we produce Carbon Dioxide emissions by burning fossil fuels (gas, coal, oil) for energy. CO2 is a Greenhouse Gas. Greenhouse gasses present in our atmosphere greatly affect the temperature of the earth, and the temperature of the earth greatly affects the life (plants, animals, you and me!) on it.  We can offset these emissions by funding projects that cause an equivalent reduction in greenhouse gas elsewhere. Aveda’s funds renewable energy through NativeEnergy to offset the CO2 emissions associated with the manufacturing, transportation and use of Aveda aerosol hairsprays.  Because the emissions are offset 100%, there is a net-zero climate impact!  Got it? 😉

When I polled our fans and followers on Facebook and Instagram, it was  pretty close, with Air Control taking a slight lead!  Most comments mentioned the aroma of Air Control, while the Control Force supports cited the incredible hold that it offers for their unruly locks.


The battle rages…James, Tucson Educator, and Mariah, Tucson Future Professional, battle climate impact (and each other) with their favorites!

So, have you picked a favorite yet?

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