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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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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

Aveda Institute Denver is a school for cosmetology, esthiology and massage and is a part of the Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes in Colorado, Arizona and Utah. We also offer an Editoril ReMix class, a week-long course focusing on editorial photo shoot practice for hair, makeup and the full production of a shoot. For more information about Aveda Institute Denver, visit our Web site or follow along on Facebook: Aveda Institute Denver or on our Instagram or Twitter feed @inspireaveda.

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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.

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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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22 Jun Do you want to be Insta-famous?

Is your Instagram feed full of beautiful, inspiring hair photos? Would you like to build your business through the use of social media?  Posting your work on Instagram and Facebook can be a great way to generate new clientele. To be sure that you have the best representation of your work on social media, follow these easy steps from Aveda!

“How to Take Instagram Ready Photos

1. Find beautiful lighting. If the mantra for business is location, location, location, then that of photography is lighting, lighting, lighting. A window, lamp, streetlight, or doorway can also work as great light sources; just face in the direction of the light, and snap.

2. Keep your lens clean. Even a small smudge or a fingerprint on your lens can really affect the quality of your images. Fortunately, keeping your lens clean is quick and easy. Make sure you clean it before you shoot.

3. Take lots of photos. Well, regardless of what your subject is, you should always take lots and lots of photos. Pick the best one out of the bunch and post it.

4. Filters can be bad. No matter how cool the Instagram filter, there are some moments when nothing beats a nature. Harness the sun’s rays by turning your back on them — so that the sun is behind you.

5. Always obtain permission. Obtaining permission to use is a must. You can’t post it unless you do. Also, be clear on how you’re using it, especially if you’re posting it on Instagram.

6. Watermarks are not free advertising. A picture that’s worth a thousand words can look cheap with ‘@sallyssalon’ plastered on top of the most beautiful part of the image.”

A few other things to keep in mind:

1. Don’t post EVERYTHING. Pick your absolute BEST work.

2. Take before photos and place them side by side with the after to show transformation.

3. Use hashtags of industry websites to get your work featured.  But don’t use so many that your caption is a mile long!  🙂

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17 Jun Take 10: Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme

In our Denver Experience Center, we do something called a Take 10 each week, where we take 10 minutes to share more info and insight on our products, and the Aveda mission/lifestyle. Today, we would love to share a Take 10 from Advisor Bri Massey on our newest product, Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme.

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  • ​A little goes a long way. A generous application wont weigh your hair down
  • Does not require heat so you can use it with a blow dryer or naturally drying
  • Even when air-dried in 85% humidity, it still performs beautifully
  • Smooth with natural movement as opposed to Glossing Straightener that is used for occasionally straightened hair
  • The pure-fume is a fresh, citrus-floral blend featuring Turkish Rose and certified organic palmarosa, bergamot and Australian sandalwood.. yum yum! =)
  • What does it do? It is a conditioning creme that smooths frizz and fights humidity all day
  • It washes out with every shampoo
Q: Which Smooth Infusion™ styling product is right for my guest?
A: Smooth Infusion™ Glossing Straightener is ideal for guests with wavy or curly hair who occasionally like to wear their hair straight. Smooth Infusion™ Naturally Straight is ideal for guests with wavy, curly or coily hair who blow-dry their hair after every shampoo and always wear their hair straight. Smooth Infusion™ Nourishing Styling Creme is ideal for guests with medium to coarse wavy, curly or coily hair who want a styling alternative that provides smooth, frizz-control benefits and the option to blow-dry or air-dry
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