Showing posts with label aveda. Show all posts
Showing posts with label aveda. Show all posts

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fashion Week: Backstage at Jason Wu

One of my favorite looks so far is that of the models at Jason Wu. It's polished yet still young and fresh. The makeup is pristine and the hair is intricate and beautiful.

Here, Aveda lead hair stylist Odile Gilbert explains how you can get the look:

“The Jason Wu hair look for this season is simple yet sophisticated, with 1970’s inspiration. We’re braiding chiffon—scraps from the collection—into the hair and twisting the ends into a flower. This look captures the happiness and excitement of spring and summer.” –Odile Gilbert for Aveda–Odile Gilbert for Aveda


1. Prep damp hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Style-Prep Smoother™ for smoothness and to tame flyaways. Use a fine-tooth comb to create a strong, clean part on the right side of the head and then blow dry straight using a Mason Pearson brush. 

2. Pull hair tightly back and separate into four sections along the nape of the neck. Spray each with Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray for shine and flexible hold.

3. Tie a long ribbon or piece of fabric—in a shade close to the hair color—around the top of each section of hair. 

4. One section at a time, braid the fabric through the hair and secure at the bottom with an elastic. Leave excess fabric out at the bottom of each braid. Spray each braid liberally with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray for ultra-strong hold.

5. Collect all four braids and tie the fabric into one large bow at the end to create a ‘flower.’

6. Pull the fabric ‘flower’ upwards and secure at the nape of the neck with hair pins, creating beautiful braided loops stemming from the flower. Finish the look with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray.

Q: What was your inspiration for this look? How did you collaborate with the designer to create the look?

“Jason’s collection was inspired in part by the 1970’s, so we wanted the hair for this season to reflect the hair of that era. Though the look is ultra-sophisticated, it’s also young and playful, with clean, slick hair in front and a mélange of braids and twists gathered into a gorgeous flower in back. The addition of Jason’s material completes the look, like chiffon highlights.” — Odile Gilbert for Aveda

Q: How could a woman achieve this look on her own?

“This look is very simple to recreate and works on anyone. Prep hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Style-Prep Smoother™ and blow dry straight. Separate four sections of hair in the back and twist a piece of fabric into each. Leave a little fabric out at the ends and tie them together into a bow. Twist the braids up and pin to the back of the head. Set the style with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray.”—Odile Gilbert for Aveda 

More fashion week coverage coming up, so check back!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Trend Alert: Back Braid Is Back

While I've gushed over this season's side braid (click here for a recap), I'm also quite enthusiastic about the back braid. It's, again, simple, easy to wear, and automatically makes a bad hair day into a chic hair 'do. The updated braid is younger, fresher and entirely hipper.

“The Jason Wu hair look for Resort 2011 is a slightly tousled, modernized braid that is both innocent and sexy. The freshness of the braid complements the romantic florals and pretty plaids in Jason’s collection.” —Jenn Chiminiello for Aveda

As seen at Jason Wu's Resort Collection Show.


1. Prep damp hair with Aveda Brilliant™ Damage Control™ to add shine and protect hair from the hazards of heat styling. Then massage Aveda Phomollient™ Styling Foam from roots to ends to add body. Blow-dry with a round brush, curling the ends of hair under as you dry.

2. Use a comb to create a messy part wherever hair parts naturally. For extra volume at the crown, backcomb the roots with a fine-toothed comb.

4. Divide hair into two side sections and one back section. Create a tight braid with the back section of hair and secure at the end with a clear elastic band.

5. Take the left section of hair and lace through the braid, securing at the bottom with a clear elastic band, on top of the elastic already holding the braid. Repeat with right section of hair.

6. For layered hair, take any flyway pieces near the front of the face and secure with bobby pins at each side of the braid, behind the ears. Secure other loose strands into the braid as needed.

7. Finish by spraying the braid liberally with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray to keep hair steadily in place.   

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Aveda Celebrates Earth Month

April 22, 2010 is Earth Day but as eco-consciousness rises the movement has spread from just one day to an entire month of green. Aveda has long been known for their ongoing commitment to the environment. In 1999 they launched Aveda’s Earth Month Campaign raising over $14.2 million to benefit environmental organizations. The Aveda Earth Month Campaign, calls for “strategic local and global action to protect local waterways, empower communities and help make clean water accessible to everyone—everywhere.”

One in seven people on this planet are without clean drinking water. ONE. IN. SEVEN. In an effort to raise $3.5 million this Earth Month, Aveda is spearheading the Walk for Water campaign and selling the LIGHT THE WAY™ Earth Month candle ($12). 100% of proceeds from these fabulous lavender candles goes to the Global Greengrants Fund.

I was thrilled when Aveda contacted me about this candle and the campaign...I love all things lavender and this candle is no exception. Long known as a stress reliever, this therapeutic blend of organic French lavender, lavendin and clary sage has been approved by Dr. Pierre Franchomme (he wrote the book on modern aromatherapy). The soy wax candle contains zero petro-chemicals and the glass holders are made of 100% reclaimed wine bottles. I love the ingenious eco-packaging: the cartons are made of leftover Aveda boxes that have been repurposed (my box housed an Aveda bath bar in a former life).

The limited edition candle is available in Aveda spas and online here. For more information on the Aveda Walk for Water campaign visit and find out about events taking place in your area during the week of April 22nd (with one mouse click I found a few here in L.A. to look into). Think global, act local. xo alex.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


The biggest hair trends so far: adornments. Be it a rubber band, a hat or flower pieces here at Rodarte, hair accessories are a must-have come fall 2010.

Aveda helps us get the look from one of the most beautiful show's this season: Rodarte.

Odile Gilbert created glossy, childlike hair adorned with handmade flower pins at the Rodarte Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Week show in New York.


1. Prep damp hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Glossing Straightener for shine and sleekness, and blow-dry smooth with a flat brush.

2. Create a clean left side part. Straighten hair layer by layer using a flat iron.

3. Create anchors for the flower pins by forming three small braids along the scalp: one along the left side of the occipital ridge, one across the center of the head, and one vertically along the left side part. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray for maximum hold.

4. Brush hair over the braids, keeping the left side part clean and strong. Spray each layer of hair with Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray and blow-dry for intense hold and shine. Hair should be sleek and close to the head.

5. Use small bobby pins to secure hair in a clean line from one side of the occipital ridge to the other, just above the nape of the neck. Let the ends of hair fall loosely in back and over both shoulders.

6. Secure a selection of metal flower ornaments into the hair horizontally across the head, using the covered braids as anchors. Finish the look with Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray.

Q: What was your inspiration for this look? How did you collaborate with the designer to create the look?
“Kate, Laura, and I wanted to create a hair look with a dreamy, almost childlike feeling. From the front, the hair looks like it is left down, but in back, it is controlled, adorned with metal flowers that look like barrettes. There’s also a Mexican influence on the look, since the Rodarte collection this season is inspired by bordertowns. We wanted to reflect this inspiration with the vintage flower ornaments and shiny, side-parted hair.” –Odile Gilbert for Aveda

Q: How could a woman achieve this look on her own?
“This look is pretty and playful, especially for daytime. Prep damp hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Glossing Straightener for sleekness and shine, blow dry smooth, and straighten with a flat iron. Pull hair tightly back and secure with bobby pins in a clean line—from one side of the occipital ridge to the other. Spray liberally with Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray for all-day strong hold. Bring loose hair over both shoulders and finish the look by adding vintage hair ornaments.” — Odile Gilbert for Aveda

Q: What is the inspiration for your collection? What is the look you are capturing?
“Our collection this season explores the idea of sleepwalking. The idea of a dream state, or an in-between state, inspired us.” —Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte

Q: You have made a real effort to “green” your show this season. How do you feel about this accomplishment?
“Laura and I are committed to protecting the environment. Our greatest inspiration comes from the natural landscape that we grew up in, so we are proud to be partnering with a company like Aveda that promotes environmental awareness and responsibility.” —Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Think Pink - Shopping to Support BCA Pt. 2

As I said the other day, I have found so many wonderful products in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month it will take more than one post to share them all. Today I’m focusing on those benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Check in with me Friday for more fabulous finds for the cause.

For dry skin that comes with cooler weather, Aveda Hand Relief moisturizes with soothing Licorice extract, Meadowfoam seed oil, Vitamin A and Vitamin E. Retailing for $21, Aveda will donate $4 from each tube up to $300,000. Available at Aveda Experience Centers and participating salons.

Professional makeup artist Sonia Kashuk brought her runway looks to the real world with a line at Target a decade ago. As a breast cancer survivor, Kashuk has created a limited edition line to be sold at Target with 15% of all sales going to the BCRF. For eyes, there’s the pink Curl for a Cause eyelash curler ($9.99) and cheeks, the Sweep of Pink powder brush ($12.99). The Brush up on Pink 4-piece brush set ($12.99) zips up into a pink floral case making it perfect for travel. The 7-piece Brushed to Perfection is great on the go or on your vanity in its slim floral clutch. The same signature floral print can be found on the Bag Lady cosmetic bag. All items can be found online or in Target stores nationwide.

Throughout October, Bumble and Bumble is donating a $1 for every can of its Classic Hairspray ($12/four ounces or $21/ten ounces) sold online, at their two New York City locations, and participating salons.

Master parfumer Jo Malone created her Red Roses Collection by blending

seven types of rose with violet, lemon and spearmint. Jo Malone will contribute $15,000 from the sale of Red Rose colognes ($55/$100) and bath oil ($60) throughout the month, online and at Bergdorf Goodman, select Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and Saks.

Origins designed a special edition of their classic Peace of Mind On-the-spot-relief ($10) for the World Pink campaign. The blend of basil, eucalyptus and peppermint promotes relaxation and relieves stress, and Origins will donate $35,000 from sales this month at Origins stores and department store counters.

Bobbi Brown created the Pink Ribbon Collection for BCA Month, a limited edition set of lippies including a new Creamy Lip Color and Glitter Lip Balm. $40 for the pair, Bobbi Brown will donate $35,000 from sales at Bobbi Brown counters nationwide.

There are so many organizations raising funds for the breast cancer research, education and advocacy this month. I’ll be back with more products and deserving organizations on Friday, and throughout the month. If there’s a product benefiting BCA you think I should know about, leave a comment. I’d love to know what I’m missing. xo alex.

Friday, September 18, 2009

GET SMART: Eco-Beauty with EarthSmart's Kim Carlson

I love sharing my eco-beauty finds and helping people understand why it’s so important to green your beauty routine. But I am definitely not alone in this and continue to be inspired by those who were championing the cause way before me, like Sophie Uliano over at Gorgeously Green and Kim Carlson of EarthSmart Consumer. Kim founded five green companies, has a national radio show “Livin The Green Life” and is NBC’s “EarthSmart Expert.”

At you can learn more about eco-conscious living and, if you like quizzes like I do, take her Green Quiz to find out how green your lifestyle is. And remember, going green doesn't mean sacrificing your sense of style. Kim “has one foot in earth-friendly idealism and the other in style-conscious living. And she’s wearing stiletto heels.” She shared her favorite beauty picks with Beauty Banter for morning and night.

Kim’s morning routine:

- Tom’s of Maine Whole Care Toothpaste
- Kiss My Face bar soap for the shower (because bar soap have little to no packaging)
- Belegenza shampoo and condition (free of parabens and sodium lauryl sulfates)
- Alba Very Emollient Body Lotion
- Makeup by Dr. Hauschka, including eye shadow (containing black tea leaf which is rich in antioxidants and skin soothing), Dr. H’s mascara (with anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory Neem leaf) and Dr. H’s lipstick (with Rose Hip Fruit extract to protect and soothe chapped lips).

Kim’s bedtime ritual:

-Remove makeup with an Aveda Shammy Cloth and water
-Soak in Avalon Organics Lavender Bath & Shower Gel
-Replenish moisture to face and hands with Organic Shea Butter from L’Occitane

Kim believes, “one thing at a time is the best way to green your beauty routine.” And I agree. Same goes for clothing (Kim’s eco-friendly picks include jeans by Karmel & Alden and earth-friendly frocks like the Chitin dress by Linda Loudermilk). What I love about Kim’s philosophy is that she knows that a) change is hard, and b) you don’t have to suffer to look and feel good. With that in mind, her advice is “starting with small changes can make a big difference and impact.” Switch out one or two beauty products with eco-friendly counterparts and you’re on your way! Kim’s new book Green Your Work: Boost Your Bottom Line While Reducing Your Eco-Footprint, is in stores now. And check out her website for great articles and videos as well. I love all the recipes for homemade scrubs and masks. xo alex.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Tips To Cut Costs During Economic Crisis

Are you suffering from the plummeting stock market, sky-high interest rates and quote-on-quote recession?

Well, if the answer is a big YES, than this post is for you!

Thanks to the cash-conscious folks at Aveda, here are some fab tips for saving face - and money (with my added two cents - pun completely intended!)

  • Turn your hair cut or color into the “new day of beauty" - Do it all at once - cut, color and blow dry - and schedule salon day around a special evening where you'll bask in the glory of great looking hair! At Aveda, for the price of a hair cut or color, you’ll also get a complimentary wellness massages.
  • Extend the life of your hair color - Try a sulfate-free shampoo that also adds a boost of color in between visits to the salon.
  • Get a complimentary beauty boost - Department stores are constantly offering free beauty trials and gifts with purchase... and at Aveda, you can partake in complimentary wellness rituals.
  • Be a “litre in these lean times" - You get more bang for your buck by buying in bulk. If you have a favorite shampoo or body wash, purchase the oversized litre jug instead of the slender ounces one.
  • Create an at-home spa - Although spa day is nice, it can also be a bit pricey. Why not do it yourself in the comfort and convenience of your own home? Boil water and add a drop of your favorite oil, let the steam envelop your face, deep condition your hair while you draw a bath and exfoliate with a delicious and calming body scrub, use products that relax and unwind the mind, body and senses (anything with lavender usually does the trick!)... you get the point.
  • Extend your time between facials - Put your skin on a fab at-home regimen. Lots of moisture, face mask and exfoliators. And being cash-conscious means turing in your La Mer cream for something a bit more... frugal. Drugstore finds work just as well - especially the organic products from Target like Weleda...
  • Here's my personal tip: USE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE! Combine left-over shampoos into one bottle, same goes for conditioners and body washes... who knows, you might actually create a perfect smelling, amazingly potent new product!
Have a great cash-conscious tip? Let us know! Leave a comment below!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Sweat-Proofing The Scalp

It is SOOOOOO hot in Los Angeles.... the thermometer is peaking at close to 100 degrees. Beads of sweat are everywhere... even on my scalp... yuck!

So, what's a girl to do when her hair is as shiny as a newly polished penny? Oil is understandable in the T-zone region (although still not appreciated), but on the scalp.... UNACCEPTABLE!

Don't fear, I've discovered two AMAZING products for scalp oil control (oh, and they both contain mint as an active ingredient... Mint is a natural cleanser.):

Aveda's Rosemary Mint Shampoo
is great for a deep clean yet it's subtle enough for daily use. Adds body to fine and limp hair by getting rid of all that gunk, oil, and buildup... and it won't strip color! I use it about times a week (more frequently now that it is so hot and sweaty). It's what I like to call, my "Sunday night" shampoo (after a long week of product buildup, Sundays are reserved for deep cleanings and fresh starts)!

8.5 fl. oz. - $9.00

Biolage's Cooling Mint Oil Control Treatment is a pretty incredible product, like nothing I have ever used before. It's meant to balance oil secretion by actually reducing the amount of oil that your scalp produces. It's a wet spray that is to be applied directly to the scalp... and it will make your hair wet at first. But once it dries, it really does "suck up" the excess oils. This is the perfect summer product for sweaty day-to-night activity when there just isn't enough time to wash your hair before hitting the club! A little spritz, and you're good to go - refreshed and oil-free!


So, this summer, remember to sweat-proof your scalp! Nobody wants to cuddle with a greasy teddy bear...

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