Roucou Oil: The Hair Oil To Beat All Hair Oils

These days, it seems brand new haircare ingredients pop up by the minute. But no matter how many new ones hit the beauty world, we couldn't resist looking into an ingredient that gives you longer, stronger locks that are insanely vibrant and glossy, with softer ends and a healthier scalp. This super ingredient makes hair easier to detangle, fights frizz grays and static, and has an SPF to boot. If roucou oil isn’t already a part of your everyday hair regimen, it’s time to revamp your routine. Read on for the roucou scoop!

Roucou oil comes from the fruit of the achiote, an evergreen shrub native to the Amazon rainforest, sometimes called the lipstick tree because of its vibrant pink flowers and red fruit. Also known as annatto and bixa, roucou oil is harvested from the seeds of this heart-shaped fruit. Roucou oil is one hundred times richer in beta-carotene than carrots, which means lots of vitamin A for a healthy scalp and strong strands.

Roucou oil stimulates the production of melanin, which is responsible for your hair’s color, keeping grays away and frizz at bay. It also contains ellagic acid, which neutralizes free radicals and has antioxidant properties that protect against UV radiation, while stimulating hair growth.

It amazingly rebuilds damaged hair and protects strands from the effects of harsh elements like pollution and weather. Roucou oil slows down the effects of hair aging, hydrates and detangles for smooth healthy hair. It even has astringent properties, making it an ideal treatment for dry or oily scalps, or ones dealing with dandruff or eczema.

Roucou oil is the key ingredient in OI Hair Butter, the most recent addition to the OI family of haircare products. Recently featured in Allure’s "All the New Hair-Care Products You Need to Know About in August," OI Hair Butter provides extra nourishment for all hair types and textures, making hair manageable, silky and soft, while fighting frizz and adding shine. As with all products in the collection, OI Hair Butter has the signature OI aroma: musky and floral notes of amber and rice, aromatic and balsamic undertones, and a citrus accent.

If you have fine hair, rub a small amount of OI Hair Butter in your hands and apply it to your dry hair before shampooing. Leave it on for five to ten minutes, rinse and shampoo. For medium to thick hair, apply to your hair damp post-shampoo, and leave it on for five to ten minutes. Comb through and rinse thoroughly.

If your hair is in need of added nourishment, apply OI Hair Butter both before and after shampooing, following the instructions above.

OI Butter joins a family of bestsellers in the Davines OI line including OI All in One Milk, a multi-tasking leave-in-conditioner, OI Oil, a lightweight tonic that conditions without weighing strands down, and OI Shampoo and OI Conditioner for healthy, hydrated strands.

The Ultimate Guide to Diffusing Your Curly or Wavy Hair

Using a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer helps reduce frizz and enhance your natural texture, and it’s one of the most popular ways to dry curly and wavy hair. However, diffusing your hair can be intimidating (and confusing!) at first. That’s where Aveda Artists Chelsey Hildebrand (@chelseycurlchronicles) and Melissa Guido (@manesbymell) come in. Both Artists have curls to die for and expertise to share. They’re sharing their best advice for diffusing with us; watch Mell’s informative and entertaining video on diffusing for even more tips and tricks.

Aveda: What it mean to diffuse your hair? How is it different from blow drying?
Chelsey:  Diffusing hair is a drying technique that uses a dryer attachment to "diffuse" the airflow; this cuts dry time, reduces frizz, adds volume, boosts your curl formation and gives longevity to your style. It allows you to dry your waves, curls and coils in a controlled environment and is more convenient than air drying.

Aveda: Which hair types respond best to diffusing?
Mell: Anyone whose hair has a wave or curl in it when their hair is soaking wet and moisturized with conditioner has the potential to have a natural textured hairstyle when styled correctly. I always say, “Where there’s frizz, there is curl,” because hair that is frizzy is actually curly/wavy hair that is parched and not properly cared for. 

Chelsey: Everyone can diffuse their hair. For example, someone with straight or loosely wavy hair could use Texture Tonic before drying for a lived-in, beachy look.

Aveda: What should you do before you start diffusing?
Mell: The key to successfully drying your hair is making sure you’re using the right products. Curls typically don't magically dry frizz-free and flawless. Before drying, it’s important to make sure your product is worked in and all key components are met: prep, style, and finish.

For a successful diffuse, I make sure to give hold to the curls so they have the fortitude to make it through drying. My favorite combo is Be Curly Curl Enhancer as a moisturizing styler with Phomollient (for finer hair) or Confixor (for fine and medium hair) for hold. I also like Flax Seed Aloe (for coarse hair) to scrunch with, which encourages bouncy curls.

The softer the curl pattern, the more important it is to use a product designed for hold. It’s more likely to frizz apart as it isn’t twisted into a ringlet like a tighter curl.

Making sure the curls already look good and defined when they're wet is key to seeing the same when they dry. Words to live by: "If it's frizzy when it's wet, it will be frizzy when it's dry."

Chelsey: I’ve found that waves and curls tend to need more “hold” with gels and mousses, while coily hair tends to need more moisture, like creams and oils. Textured hair in general tends to be more dry, so I like to use Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil in the hair first to let it sink into the hair strands and moisturize the hair from the inside out. Then I apply a cream, followed by a hold product. I know I’m using enough gel when I hear a squishing noise when I scrunch it into my hair.

Aveda: Great! This is very helpful. What are your best tips for diffusing?
Mell: Since everyone's blow dryer and diffuser attachment is different, it's important to set the right speed. The point of the diffuser is to diffuse and soften the air flow so you don’t disturb the curl pattern. If your curls are being blown away, turn the speed down. High speed and heat will get the job done faster, but some people prefer results using a cooler air setting. It’s all about personal preference, so see what works best for you and your curls.

Do NOT touch the hair during the early stages of drying! The more you touch your hair, the less defined your waves or curls will be.

Chelsey: I like to finger coil curls before diffusing to create the curl formation I want.

Aveda: How does one actually diffuse their hair? How much should you be moving around?
Mell: Start your diffuse with your head flipped upside down and hover the diffuser around your roots first, as they take the longest to dry. This will also give them more volume and curl definition.

If you want more bounce, scrunch the hair strategically with the diffuser midway through diffusing. Allow curls to fall in place over the attachment and scrunch up to your head, then hold for 30 seconds to a minute and release. This will set the curls and cause them to shrink up more if desired. If you want a more relaxed natural curl, skip this step.

To achieve movement in your roots, gently shift the position of your head from upside down to leaning one side, then the other, then leaning back and forward again. I always say, "If they dry in one position the whole way, that's how they'll want to stay."

Chelsey: When you’re done with a section, be sure to turn off the diffuser before moving it. This guarantees there’s no rogue air flow that can disturb your curls.

Aveda: These are great tips. What do you do when your hair is fully dry? What if it feels crunchy?
Chelsey: If your hair feels crunchy when it’s fully dry, don’t panic! Just scrunch the crunch away. Start from the tips and move up towards the roots “pulsing” your hand to break the cast.

 Diffusing the hair will soften some of the crunchy cast from your hold products, but if you wish to fluff them up a bit, I like to use a few drops of Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil or a pea size amount of Light Elements Smoothing Fluid to smooth out the hair.

For extra humid climates and frizz prevention, finish with a small amount of anti-humidity pomade, rubbed into the hands and smoothed over curls to finish. And voila — beautiful curls and waves.

Everything you need for a Summer weekend away!

Kick off summer in true Aveda style with these vacation must-haves, whether you’re heading for the beach, a cabin in the woods, a summer share or the comfort of your own backyard.

Daily Light Guard Defense Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Every summer packing list should start with Daily Light Guard, our lightweight-yet-powerful daily sunscreen. It’s 100% mineral-derived and glides on sheer, plus it helps protect against free radical damage thanks to a plant-derived pollution defense.

Texture Tonic For irresistibly tousled beach waves, reach for Texture Tonic. Our blend of sugar and salt gives you “just back from the ocean” texture without any crunch or stickiness. Spritz it on damp hair and scrunch, then let hair air dry and go about your weekend looking casually cool.

Mini Paddle Brush Save precious space in your carry-on or weekender with the mini version of our iconic Wooden Paddle Brush. It’s got all the same benefits you love in the original, like easy detangling and extended bristles that reduce stress to your hair and scalp as you style, in an adorable smaller size.

Rosemary Mint Vegan Soy Wax Candle It’s the ideal host gift. If you’re staying with a friend or family member this summer, bring them a sweet and thoughtful gift as a thank you. Our Rosemary Mint candle refreshes and revives any environment with a fresh and luxurious herbal aroma.

Cherry Almond Body Lotion Being in the sand, sun and swimming pool all day can seriously dry out your skin. Enter Cherry Almond Body Lotion, which infuses skin with all-day moisture. It absorbs quickly and leaves a gorgeous hint of radiance behind, making it the perfect product for summer. And what smells better on a hot day than the fruity floral Cherry Almond aroma? It’s practically made for sunny days.

Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture Swap out your heavy foundation for our lightweight tinted moisturizer this summer. It instantly increases radiance, moisturizes and provides a hint of color to even out your complexion — a weekend essential, if you ask us.

Travel sizes You never have to be without your Aveda favorites, no matter where you roam. Many of our products, including Invati AdvancedDamage Remedy and Be Curly, come in convenient and cute travel sizes, ideal for any summertime travel plans.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to start packing!

How to Keep Your Hair Color Shiny and Vibrant

You’ve just invested in a gorgeous new shade of Aveda hair color at our salon. It’s a work of art, totally customized just for you, and you love it. You’ve been showing it off to friends and family and enjoying the depth, richness and shine. Here’s what we recommend to help keep your big investment looking fresh and fabulous.

Invest in some protection. To extend the vibrancy of your new color, we recommend Color Conserve Shampoo and Conditioner. The shampoo gently cleanses without stripping your color-treated hair and helps keep your color looking vibrant longer. The conditioner smooths your hair cuticles, conditions, detangles and leaves your hair feeling silky, soft and shiny.

Wash your hair less frequently. Certain hair colors, like red, can be hard to maintain. To keep your color from running down the drain, skip a shampoo once a week (or more, depending on your hair type) and extend your style with Shampure Dry Shampoo.

Turn down the heat. While a hot shower feels great, it isn’t necessarily so beneficial for your color. Hot water can contribute to hair color fading, so when you rinse your hair, turn the heat down to a lukewarm temperature.

Limit your fun in the sun. Summer sun can wreak havoc on your color. If you’re enjoying the rays at the beach or the pool, be sure to throw Sun Care Protective Hair Veil in your beach bag. Spritz our lightweight, water-resistant UV defense mist all over your hair to help protect your hair from sun exposure to minimize damage and dryness.

Deep condition. This step is important, and it’s especially pivotal if you’ve lightened your hair. Make a date with a hair masque once a week. Color Conserve Strengthening Treatment helps nourish and strengthen your color-treated hair. If you need deeper repair, look no further than the Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment, which leaves your hair feeling healthy, smooth and strong.

Refresh it with a gloss. If you want a boost between appointments, book an in-salon Shine Treatment to get glossy hair that lasts through 20 washes. You can add a hint of your shade, add warmth or coolness or opt for a clear gloss. It takes just 5 minutes to process and can easily be added on to your next hair cut appointment, or whenever you want to treat yourself to some salon TLC.

Treat Dad to these Father's Day Favorites

Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 16, which will be here before you know it. We’ve made shopping for Dad (or any father figure in your life) easy with never-fail gift ideas just for him.

Pure-Formance Grooming Clay is a bestselling favorite that Dad will definitely love. This small-but-mighty styling clay provides strong hold, texture and a matte finish for a variety of looks and hair types, making it an essential in his hair styling routine.

The Rosemary Mint Trial Set makes every journey more exciting and invigorating. Treat him to our classic Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo and Weightless Conditioner, which clarifies and weightlessly conditions hair, along with a travel-size Hand Relief to nourish his hardworking hands. Or treat dad to the classic full-size shampoo and conditioner — the minty, herbal aroma is proven to energize, awaken the senses and improve focus, just like his morning cup of coffee.

One of our favorite, never-fail gift ideas is the Rosemary Mint Bath Bar. It gently cleanses, lightly exfoliates and leaves skin scented with the iconic aroma of Rosemary Mint.

For smoother shaves, give Dad the gift of Pure-Formance Shave Cream and Dual Action Aftershave. The Pure-Formance Shave Cream preps skin for a close, comfortable shave and helps protect from irritation and razor burn, and the 2-in-1 Dual Action Aftershave moisturizes and soothes his freshly shaved skin.

A new bottle of fragrance is a classic Father’s Day gift, and our Pure-Formance Aroma Spray is a refreshingly rich and spicy option. With its expertly-crafted blend of citrus and spearmint, vetiver and lavender, it may just become his signature scent.

Feeling creative? Make him a custom gift set, starting with our Recycled Fabric Bag, and fill it with his favorite travel-size products. Don’t forget Cooling Balancing Oil Concentrate in rollerball form to help Dad reduce tension during the workday or post-workout with cooling aromaology, and Lip Saver, our bestselling lip balm.

How to tell if your hair is damaged, and everything you need to fix it!

Think about your relationship with your hair. Do you heat style often? Do you color or lighten on the regular? Are you outside a lot without a hat or sun protection? Do you like wearing your hair in high ponytails, braids or tight updos, or do you wear extensions? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re probably damaging your hair — and you may be seeing the results staring back at you in the mirror. It’s time to assess the damage and get started on the path to healthier, happier hair.

How can I tell if my hair is damaged?
Does your hair look healthy? Is it dull, without shine? Does it respond to anything you do, or is it looking and feeling totally lifeless? That’s your hair sending “SOS!” signals.

Examine your hair strands. Do they reflect light? Is the cuticle lying flat? That means your hair is in pretty good shape. If the outer edges of your strands are flared, that’s another sign of damage.

Every time you chemically alter your hair with color, lightener or treatments like perms and straighteners, you’re changing its natural state and therefore, creating some damage. If you spend a lot of time outside, you’re exposing your hair to sun damage. Styling, whether it’s using a flat iron or pulling your hair into a too-tight ponytail, can physically damage your strands. If you live in a major city, you could be exposing your hair to environmental damage. The good news is, damage doesn’t have to be permanent. We can fix it together.

What should I do first?
The first step is admitting you’re probably not going to change your habits. Hey, we get it. If you can’t give up the hot tools, start using a protectant prep product that will give back to your hair and help strengthen it, like Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair. It not only provides moisture and strength, it protects against thermal damage up to 450 degrees and instantly makes your hair look healthier.

The second step is to get a trim! So many people tend to visit the salon only when their ends look really bad. Don’t be that person. The ends of your hair have been around the longest and are therefore the most damaged. Do an assessment; if it’s been six months or more since your last trim, make an appointment with us ASAP! If you’re trying to maintain a style, it’s important to remember that hair grows about a half-inch per month, so get a trim every 6-8 weeks for longer cuts and every 4-6 weeks if you’ve got a super short style. That will keep your hair looking and feeling healthier.

I can’t make it to the salon, but my split ends are really bad. What do I do?
A split end is hair that’s so incredibly damaged that you’re essentially removing the outer layer of the hair cuticle and causing it to be exposed to even more damage. Yikes! If you need an instant fix before your next trim, Damage Remedy Split End Repair “glues” your split ends together, smooths the appearance of your hair and helps new split ends from forming. It even lasts through a shampoo! Of course, this is just a quick fix, so make a point to get regular trims.

What if I need REALLY deep repair?
You can cut all your hair off and start fresh, but that’s a last resort. Visit Evolve for a Botanical Therapy hair treatment to repair damage. It’ll give you the jumpstart you need to get your hair looking and feeling healthier.

At home, apply the Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment masque once a week. It provides essential elasticity and moisture to make your hair feel strong and flexible, ready for whatever looks and styles you try next.

The Ultimate Mother's Day Gift Guide

April showers bring May flowers, and May means that Mother’s Day is just around the corner! This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 12, don’t wait until the last minute to get Mom — or any mother figure in your life — the perfect gift. Mom deserves more than a card, so let us help you find something that will show her you care and make her look and feel beautiful.

For the adventurous Mom
Is your mother an adrenaline junkie? Is she always on the go? Does she skydive, run marathons and astound you with her energy? Give her the “Gift of Invigoration,” which includes Rosemary Mint Body Lotion, Hand & Body Wash and original Hand Relief, to match her outgoing personality and zest for life. The fresh, invigorating Rosemary Mint aroma will wake up her senses and keep her feeling fresh after a long day of getting things done.

For the homebody Mom
If home is where your Mom is, give her gifts that make her living room feel comfy, cozy and as warm as her embrace. A Rosemary Mint or Shampure vegan soy wax candle will scent her home with delicious aroma, and she’ll think of you every time she relaxes by candlelight. Add a box of our classic Comforting Tea to really up the cozy factor.

For the world traveler Mom
If Mom is busy crossing states and countries off her bucket list, fill her carry on bag with her favorite Aveda products. The bestselling Paddle Brush now comes in an adorable mini size, so it’s ready to tag along on Mom’s every adventure. Add a limited-edition trial set in her favorite Aveda aroma, complete with adorable travel zip-up bag, and she’s ready to hit the road.

For the glamorous Mom
If Mom loves visiting the salon and has a new hair color or style every time you see her, give her one of our sweetest gifts: full-size Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo and Conditioner, paired with the iconic wooden Paddle Brush. Her hair will feel soft, shiny and bouncy, no matter what style she tries next. If makeup is Mom’s favorite splurge, give her the gift of color with Feed My Lips lipstick.

For the Zen Mom
Is relaxation Mom’s favorite activity? Help her unwind with Stress-Fix Soaking Salts and turn her bath into a spa. Make her a spa night gift set featuring Hand and Foot Relief, a skin care masque or two, and her favorite Chakra aroma spray.

Mom can chill from head to toe with the Shampure-centric Gift of Calm, or treat her to the ultimate pampering with an Aveda spa gift card — that’s a gift she’ll definitely never return! Book a treatment or two for yourself and go along, because the best gift for Mom is quality time with her loved ones.

No-Wash Day Products for Great Hair Every Day

Let’s face it — we’re busy. That’s why non-wash day products like dry shampoo have become so immensely popular; between work, family life, hobbies, self-care and household tasks, sometimes you just can’t squeeze in a shampoo! Perhaps you’re trying to save water during Earth Month or extend a great blowout or style and simply don’t want to wash your hair yet. Luckily for you, our no-wash day family of products is growing, giving you more options for those “skip a shampoo” days. If you’re not sure which one is right for you, here’s the rundown on our no-wash favorites.

Shampure Dry Shampoo is the original Aveda no-wash day favorite. Legions of Aveda fans and Artists can’t live without it, and we agree that it’s amazing! It’s a non-aerosol powder mist that revives your hair, absorbs excess oil, adds texture and smells like the iconic Shampure. What’s better than that? Just shake and pouf into your roots, then massage in and style!
Use it for: extending a blowout, refreshing hair, absorbing oil, adding texture to an updo, braid or style

Heat Relief Thermal Protector and Conditioning Mist is Shampure Thermal Dry Conditioner with a NEW name and some pretty new packaging. Hey, we all need a makeover sometimes! Heat Relief is essential for all your thermal styling needs.  It’s a heat protectant and dry conditioner, infused with the classic Shampure aroma, that instantly conditions dry hair and adds softness and shine. Heat Relief’s blend of certified organic jojoba and sunflower oils help condition and detangle hair while protecting from thermal damage from heat styling.
Use it for: Adding instant softness, heat styling your second-day hair 

Rinseless Refresh Micellar Hair & Scalp Refresher is brand new to our lineup this year, and we’re so excited about it. It’s perfect for the gym and no-wash days because its micellar technology cleanses the scalp, and it also refreshes and revives your hair texture, making it a must have for anyone with waves, curls and coils. (Or bedhead. Rinseless Refresh is great for putting some oomph into your bedhead and making it look presentable.) Plus, it has a brand-new fresh, floral aroma of jasmine and certified organic mandarin, lemon and ylang ylang that we think you’re going to love.
Use it for: Cleansing your scalp without washing your hair, fixing bedhead, reviving curls/waves/coils

 Ready to skip a shampoo during Earth Month and beyond? Tag your second-day (or third-day!) styles with #StyledbyAveda.

Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine

Spring is upon us! The season of rebirth and renewal is one of our favorites, and it always inspires us to clean up our act, embrace a fresh perspective and maybe even tackle some spring cleaning — even in our beauty routines. You spring clean your house, why not apply the same practices to your stash of products? Keep what works, discard old or expired products and take inventory of what you need. Switch up products as the weather changes, whether that’s with a brighter lipstick or a lighter moisturizer. For an even deeper dive, visit Evolve Lifestyle Salon and Spa to revitalize your hair, skin and scalp. The beginning of a new season is the perfect time to declutter and debut a fresh you. Here’s how we spring clean our routine.

Decide what to keep and what to let go of
Decluttering is trending. Think about it this way: If you have hair or skin care products taking up space that don’t work for you or makeup colors that you never reach for, go through them and toss anything old or give some to your friends or coworkers. (If you’re throwing anything away, make sure you check out how to recycle it first!) As you say goodbye to clutter, they may find a new product to love. You can also donate products; many women’s shelters will accept beauty products, as long as they’re unopened and unused. The beautiful cycle is that the products get a new life after you, so don’t feel bad about letting go!

Make some seasonal swaps
When the weather warms up, you may find your winter moisturizer or hair care products feel a little heavier than usual. It’s time to lighten up! Here are a few swaps we always recommend:

- Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Rich Crème to Hydrating Soft Crème
- Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo and/or Conditioner to Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo and/or Conditioner
- Heavy matte foundation to Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture
- Composition Oil to Body Moisturizer

One thing you should never sacrifice? Sunscreen! Sunscreen is necessity all year round, so if it’s time for a fresh bottle of Daily Light Guard SPF 30, you know where to find us.

Hit the reset button from scalp to skin:
Your scalp is probably feeling the after-effects of the cold and dry winter weather right about now. Here’s how to bring it back to life in three easy steps:

1. Exfoliate with the Pramãsana Exfoliating Scalp Brush to remove buildup and promote microcirculation. Use it on a dry scalp daily, massaging in a slow, gentle circular motion. The brush is lightweight, with looped bristles to thoroughly massage without tangling your hair.
2. Next, apply the Purifying Scalp Cleanser to your scalp, wet or dry. Massage in as you would a shampoo but focus on your scalp, not your hair. Rinse, then follow with your usual shampoo and conditioning routine. The Scalp Cleanser Deeply, yet gently cleanses and purifies the scalp to help instantly balance sebum levels and leaves your scalp feeling refreshed and invigorated.
3. Finish with the Protective Scalp Concentrate, which helps balance sebum levels and protects your scalp from aggressors like pollution and free radicals. Once your hair is clean and damp, part it in sections and apply the Concentrate to your scalp, then massage in.

If your hair needs a refresh, reach for Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo and Weightless Conditioner, which gently clarify hair and add body and shine. Or, make an appointment for a service or two — we suggest a Botanical Therapy treatment and a Shine Treatment for softness and shine?

If it’s your skin that needs some seasonal TLC, it’s time to exfoliate! Once a week, use the Botanical Kinetics Radiant Skin Refiner in the PM to reveal more radiant skin. If you really want to see a major glow for spring, book a Dual Exfoliation treatment — it’s like getting a chemical peel and a microdermabrasion treatment in one! You’ll be able to greet the spring sunshine with your best and brightest face.

Spring Break Beauty Essentials

Jetting off somewhere warm and tropical for Spring Break? Lucky you! If you’ve got a vacation coming up to a sunny place where a pool or beach are nearby, keep in mind that your hair and skin might need a little extra TLC. Salt water, chlorine and sun can wreak havoc on your hair and skin, so take our advice and pack these Spring Break essentials in your travel bag ASAP.

For the flight
Shampure Dry Shampoo is non-aerosol, which means you can pack it in your carry-on bag! If you’re traveling a long distance or taking a redeye, you may want to freshen up a bit when you land; reach for the calming aroma and instant freshness of our Dry Shampoo! We also recommend tossing a travel-size Hand Relief in your bag to keep your hands feeling soft and moisturized in the dry cabin air.

For the beach
You know that SPF is important for everyday wear, but it’s really important when you’re laying in the sun. We love that Daily Light Guard Broad Spectrum Defense Fluid SPF 30 is small and sleek, so it doesn’t take up a ton of space in your beach bag, and it glides onto your face and doesn’t feel chalky. (We don’t make a body sunscreen, however, so pick some up before your trip!)

We never hit the beach or the pool without Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, a lightweight water-resistant UV defense mist that forms an “invisible screen” on your hair to help protect it from the drying effects of the sun. Your hair will look beautiful and shiny and stay protected as you enjoy the weather. We also recommend wearing a hat to help protect your hair and scalp.

For humidity
If you’re heading to the tropics, stock up on Smooth Infusion styling products to keep humidity at bay. Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother controls frizz and defends against humidity for up to 12 hours, so don’t leave home without it! If air-drying on vacation is your goal, Nourishing Styling Crème will help seal in moisture and control frizz for an all-day smooth style.

For the hotel shower
After a long day in the sun, rinse off any salt or chlorine from your hair and body with Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser. It removes everything from chlorine to salt to product buildup thanks to corn-derived chelators, and the best part? It’s a two-in-one product, so you don’t have to pack shampoo and body wash!

Once your hair feels cleansed, grab the Sun Care After-Sun Masque. It’s an intensive cream masque that helps moisturize your sun-exposed hair and bring it back to life, and it’s the final step in our three-part “defense and recovery” system.

For easy, post-beach styling, try Be Curly Curl Enhancer if you’ve got curls or waves or Texture Tonic for instant, touchable texture. Many of our shampoos, conditioners and styling products come in travel size, so you can make your temporary vacation residence feel just like your permanent one without sacrificing precious suitcase space!

Those days in the sun will lift spirits and refresh you and you won’t have to worry about your hair! We have a feeling the compliments will roll in nonstop when you return from your trip.

5 Hair Myths You Should Stop Believing ASAP

You’ve probably heard them before — popular hair myths like, “If you pluck one grey hair, three more will come to its funeral” or “Hair loss comes from the mother’s side of the family.” While some popular hair tales do hold water, many of the others you may have accepted as truth don’t.

MYTH 1: If you want your hair to grow, get a haircut.
FACT: Yes! You have to trim your hair regularly to keep it healthy and looking nice. However, regularly doesn’t have to mean frequently. If your hair is already healthy, you can trim a half inch three or four times a year. If your hair is suffering from excess damage, you have to sacrifice the dead stuff before you can start the journey toward healthy, beautiful, longer hair.

MYTH 2: The more conditioner, the better.
FACT: Nope! It’s better to use LESS of the RIGHT product rather than A LOT of the WRONG product. Ask your stylist to help you find the right one for you.

MYTH 3: Your hair “gets used” to products and they stop working.
FACT: Nope! It’s actually that your hair can in change length, density and texture. Your hair is always growing, so products that work after a fresh cut might not be the best product when your hair is five or six inches longer. At times, including after pregnancy, a change in density can happen, making your hair slightly thicker or thinner. Because of all these variations, it’s good to switch up your products or add new ones to your routine.

MYTH 4: If you’re going to the salon for a hairstyle, go with dirty hair.
FACT: It’s best to show up for your appointment with your hair styled the way you prefer it to look. That way the stylist can see your hair how you see it and help you to improve your styling abilities with products and techniques. 

MYTH 5: Skip conditioner when you have fine hair or it’ll weigh it down!
FACT: Yes and no. All conditioners aren’t created equal! Some conditioners weigh fine hair down, but some conditioners are designed to avoid that.  For fine-haired guests, we always recommend applying conditioner to the ends of the hair and avoiding the scalp area. For guests with shorter hair, consider skipping conditioner or using it once a week. 

Beauty and Wellness Resolutions to make this New Year - that you will actually keep!

After the New Year we all have a blank slate and 365 days of possibilities to try something new in 2019. The new year brings with it the idea of change — changing up your routines, changing out the bad for good, changing your outlook and maybe even changing up your beauty and wellness routines too.

When the new year hits, you may feel pressured to make a resolution. We get it! Everyone’s talking about it, and nobody likes FOMO. The common “big ticket” resolutions are to begin a fitness program, change your eating habits or start a new job. The focus is usually on a personal goal and if we don’t end up meeting it, we feel deflated. According to an article in Forbes Magazine, on average only 8% of people who make resolutions stick to them. So let’s rethink a resolution. Focus on a few attainable goals or habits that will add a sense of pleasure or well-being to your life. Things that can be fun, like beauty maintenance or simple self-care practices.  For us, it’s being good to our hair by getting regular trims, boosting confidence with a new lip color, learning to meditate while trying a new face masque or finally taking a leap and going pink!Here are our top picks for 2019 resolutions that are simple and fun: 

1) Try a new hair color. May we suggest color of the year, “Living Coral”? Aveda’s Global Artistic Director Ian Michael Black created a gorgeous, vibrant option, but you could easily add a few streaks to your pre-lightened hair if you’re looking for a subtler coral vibe. “It is perfect for those who want to embrace being a redhead, but with soft, warm, feminine undertones. It’s very inviting and light-hearted,” he says of the trending shade. If coral isn’t your thing, Ian’s also feeling the allure of a cool, pearly blonde or a warm, more bronze-toned blonde. Stepping out of your color comfort zone could lead you to a beautiful new signature shade, but you won’t know until you try!

2) Treat your hair with extra care. We know, we know —squeezing an appointment into your schedule just to trim off a few inches feels like a pain. But those dead ends have gotta go! If you spent 2018 heat styling, bleaching or physically damaging your hair with combs, brushes and tight styles – make a date with your hair for regular TLC. We suggest trying Damage Remedy and using the Intensive Restructuring Treatment once per week to give your hair extra love in the new year.

3) Find time for self-care. Everyone is busy. That’s just a fact of life in the 21st century. But make a point to take some time away from your screens, your desk and your commitments once a day and indulge in some self-care to calm and center yourself. It can be a nightly bath, a phone call with a friend, quiet time with a book or some meditation. Did you know you can now meditate along with us on Google Home? Just say, “Google, talk to Aveda” to get started!

4) Bring back your glow. Twenty-eighteen was a tough year for some of us. If your stress is showing on your skin, restore your glow and greet each day of 2019 looking healthy and radiant. Our favorite way to get glowing? Tulasāra! After cleansing in the AM, use the Renew Morning Crème to instantly brighten and smooth fine lines, and in the PM, use the Tulasāra Wedding Masque Overnight and Wedding Masque Eye. The ultra-rich crème sleeping masque brightens your skin overnight, and turmeric extract helps even your skin tone over time. Plant stem cells and organic apricot seed oil work together to help support your skin’s natural repair processes, which happen at night. In short, you’re getting your beauty sleep and waking up to a gorgeous glow.

5) Drink more water. It’s good for you, OK?

6) Don’t go it alone. If you find you want to try something new but can’t quite stick to it, find a friend and ask if they will be your accountability buddy. If you have a similar goal, you can support each other in moving forward. If you both lack in the self-care department, make time for regular mani-pedi or dinner dates. Sure, it sounds simple, but even making time for that with a friend will add joy into your life.

How to "Winter-Proof" Your Hair

You “winterize” your wardrobe in the colder months, pulling out boots, sweaters, mittens and more. If you live in a really cold place, you may winterize your house and your vehicle, too — anything to make winter’s chill a little more bearable. You may find yourself reaching for rich hand cremes and lip balms come winter, but did you know it’s also important to winterize your hair care routine?

Think about it. Winter means dryness; it’s dry outside and it’s dry inside. When the weather cools down, we turn on the heat and that causes even more moisture to evaporate! A lack of moisture means curls can deflate, skin and hair can feel drier than normal and do we even need to mention the static? Oh, the static.

If your trusty summer/fall hair care isn’t working quite as well come winter, here’s how to winterize your routine — your hair will thank you.

First things first … It may be time to switch up your go-to shampoo and conditioner. If you’ve noticed dullness and dryness, opt for something with more moisture. You may find that lack of moisture is your primary concern in the winter, which is totally normal. Try Dry Remedy shampoo and conditioner for intensely dry hair or Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo and Conditioner for normal to dry hair.

The transition from fall to winter is the best time to start using a leave-in conditioner, if you aren’t already. We love Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair, which helps maintain your moisture level and reduces any static in your hair.

Speaking of static … Is your hair sprouting more static and flyaways than usual? Fight frizz and static with a few key products. Light Elements Smoothing Fluid is key for wintertime frizzies and gives extra shine too.  A stylist-tested tip: spray Brilliant Spray-On Shine on a makeup brush (like our Kabuki brush) and gently sweep it over the top of your flyaways to tame them.

Another pro tip we love? Use Air Control for both staticky hair AND clothing. A little Air Control is always a good thing. To be really precise with application, spray it on a tissue and wipe it down the surface your hair, or spray a small amount on your clothes where you’re experiencing pesky clinginess.

Feeling super dry? Everyone needs a bottle of Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil. You can use it to touch up during the day too; the oil doesn’t sit on the surface of your hair, but actually gets INSIDE the hair to nourish all day long. You’ll get the beautiful aroma of Dry Remedy plus shine and moisture.

Got hat hair? Don’t let flat, lifeless hat hair dissuade you from staying warm with a cute beanie this winter. Zhuzh your hair with Shampure Dry Shampoo at the root to bring back the body once you’ve arrived at your destination and ditched the hat.

Make a date with a masque. Come wintertime, hair masques are always a must, and should be integrated into your routine once a week if not more. Pick something with extra moisture, like the Dry Remedy masque, and use as directed whenever your hair is feeling parched. If you’re someone who shampoos on a daily basis, you can use a masque up to three times a week just to give your hair an added dose of moisture.

What about my dry, flaky scalp? Winter’s chill can exacerbate dry, itchy, uncomfortable scalps. To fight it, make a regular date with the Pramāsana Exfoliating Scalp Brush. The first thing you want to do is remove what’s already there. The rounded tips of the Scalp Brush help you work on the surface of your scalp in gentle, circular motions, and help lift up the debris that your hair traps close to your scalp. After you’ve exfoliated, follow with the Purifying Scalp Cleanser, then your moisturizing shampoo and conditioner as usual. See ya, winter woes!

Make your spirit (and yourself!) bright this Holiday Season

As the holiday standard goes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. That being said, the holidays can be majorly stressful. There are gatherings to plan, meals to make, cookies to bake, presents to buy, donations to be made, trees to decorate … the list can seem endless and overwhelming and can definitely dull your holiday sparkle. If you need a little help getting your shine back, don’t fret — we’ll help you make your spirit bright all season long.

Try some aromaology. Our Pure-Fume aromas are painstakingly created with essential oils to transport and transform you. For an uplifting boost, opt for Beautifying, one of our most beloved heritage aromas. Its blend of certified organic rosemary, lavender, bergamot and other pure plant and flower essences will awaken your senses and give you a bright, happy burst of aroma. You can experience Beautifying in many different ways, from the Body Moisturizer to Radiance Polish and Composition Oil. Wear it like perfume or use the Composition Oil from head to toe; it’ll uplift you from scalp to soul.

Pop by the salon for a shine treatment. Don’t have a ton of time to get your hair colored during holiday craziness? Our hair color shine treatments are perfect for anyone who’s short on time but still wants high shine and a quick color refresh. You can enliven your current color, try a glaze in a trendy shade or just get a gloss to really amplify your shine, and the best part? It takes just 20 minutes or less! The treatments are infused with plant oils that actually improve your hair’s condition, and the service can be added to your existing cut or color service too.

Brighten up your skin care routine. Get your glow back with a Dual Exfoliation Peel or a facial. Our Tulasāra Bright Concentrate serum instantly restores radiance, visibly evens skin tone and reduces discoloration, and when you pair it with the Tulasāra Wedding Masque Overnight in the PM and Renew Morning Crème in the AM, you’ll start seeing a seriously enhanced glow just in time for the family holiday photos.

Give in to glitter. If there’s any time to indulge your love of anything sparkly, it’s the holiday season. We’re currently obsessing over the limited-edition holiday Lip Glaze in Golden Lily, a warm and sparkly golden shade. Wear it solo for a subtle sheen or layer it over your favorite lipsticks for a rich, glam look.

Make time for wellness. Staying hydrated, eating healthy and exercising can be hard to accomplish during the holidays and their accompanying swirl of parties, treats and to-dos, but to feel your best during these busy months, maintain that commitment to yourself. Book time with yourself to exercise, grocery shop or even set reminders on your phone or smart watch to take a break or drink more water. It’s as simple as that!

Get some sleep. Go to bed a little earlier than usual — easy during daylight savings time, when the days get shorter — and make a point to mute your devices and unwind tech-free. Need help drifting off into dreamland? We love falling asleep after applying little bit of Shampure Composition Oil to hands and feet. You’ll be able to greet every day (and every item on your to-do list) fresh and well-rested.

Weekend Morning Self-Care Ideas

Is there anything better than a weekend where your calendar is free and you’ve got two whole days to do whatever you want? These open weekends are rare but beautiful and should definitely be taken advantage of! Practice self-care on a weekend morning and you’ll head into the work week feeling cleansed, refreshed and ready for whatever Monday throws at you. Here are a few of our favorite ways to relax and re-center ourselves on a lazy Saturday or Sunday.

Put the kettle on. If you’re a coffee person, by all means, indulge in your favorite coffee drink. But there’s something to be said about putting the kettle on, waiting for the water to boil and sipping a cup of hot, delicious tea that makes you feel instantly restful and stress-free. While we’ll always recommend our Comforting Tea, our beloved blend of licorice root and peppermint, you’re definitely free to choose the kind you enjoy most. Fill up your favorite mug and sit quietly for a few minutes; it’s the perfect time to zone out and let your mind roam a bit.

Put your phone away. Yes, scrolling Instagram all morning is fun, but you know what else is great? Not scrolling Instagram all morning! Make a point to put your phone away for 30 minutes or more and read a book or the newspaper — not your newsfeed.

Make a healthy breakfast. Fuel yourself for what’s to come with a healthy, homemade breakfast like a smoothie, a veggie omelet or — you guessed it — avocado toast! It’ll jump start your day in the best way.

Go for a walk. Grab your pet, a to-go mug of coffee or tea and either a partner or your favorite podcast and go for a walk. Go as long and as far as you want; it’s an easy way to get moving in the morning without hitting up a strenuous workout class. (Although that’s fun too!)

Meditate. Find your center with a meditative moment. You can meditate however you like, whether it’s with an app, a guided Aveda meditation with Mr. Chakra or simply sitting with your thoughts. If you’re a newbie, start with a short practice — even just a minute or two can be effective.

Do some masking. If you’ve got the whole day to yourself and nowhere else to be, why not spend some time masking (or as we call it, masque-ing)? Clarify your skin with our Botanical Kinetics Deep Cleansing Clay Masque, or calm and hydrate with Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Masque. You can “multi-mask” with hair and skin treatments. Try one of our hair masques, like Smooth Infusion Smoothing Masque for frizz, Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque for thirsty hair or Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment for extra deep repair. You can masque wherever you like, from the bathtub to your couch.

If overnight masques are more your speed, get your beauty sleep with Tulasāra Wedding Masque Overnight and Tulasāra Wedding Masque Eye Overnight to wake up luminous, no matter what day it is.

Your "Scary Pretty" Halloween Toolkit

Considering we’re obsessed with hair, skin and beauty, it’s safe to say we’re big fans of Halloween. On October 31st, you can transform yourself into anything (or anyone) you want, and what’s more magical than that? If you need a little inspiration this year, look no further than our handy-dandy Halloween toolkit of products that will help you achieve the look you’re dreaming of, whether it’s totally spooky or ultra-glam.

Tips for Your Halloween Hair

Whether you’re channeling a fairy princess, a television-inspired warrior queen, a zombie bride or a retro movie star, you’ll need some hair help. To give hair grip for braiding and updos, try using a little bit of Texture Tonic. Texture Tonic is also the perfect product for any aspiring mermaids; it gives hair a piecey definition that looks like you just took a dip in the ocean.

Give any super-sleek looks or flapper bobs shine and polish with Briliant Spray-On Shine and try Thickening Tonic if you really need to amp up the volume and thickness of your look. The Bride of Frankenstein definitely would’ve used Thickening Tonic to build up her trademark beehive!

Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, keep it in place for an evening of fun with Control Force. Not even a ghostly breeze will make it budge!

After Halloween, treat your hair to some TLC with Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment, which strengthens damaged hair with deep repair and leaves your hair feeling healthy, smooth and strong.

Easy Halloween Makeup Looks

Ghostly and ghoulish: Create a ghostly pallor with a powder foundation in a shade or two lighter than your skin tone, and fake some ghoulish shadows under your eyes with the Petal Essence Eye Color Trio in Plum Mist, a mix of red-violet, pink and silver shades. Give in to your inner goth with a deep lip color like the deep purple Acai.

Hollywood glam: Any Hollywood starlet look needs a killer black eye liner pencil and red lip, so opt for Petal Essence Eye Definer in Black Orchid and Feed My Lips lipstick in red shades like Jujube, a bright cherry, or Goji, a true, classic red.

Aveda Artists love using Feed My Lips lipstick when extra pigment is required. If you’re dressing as a scarecrow or a doll, use the bright pink Guava or red-orange Cana for more vibrant color on your face.

Caring for Your Skin Post-Halloween

When the party’s over, remove any stubborn eye makeup with our gentle Pure Comfort Eye Makeup Remover, and deeply cleanse with Botanical Kinetics Purifying Gel. Follow with your normal skin care routine and you’ll be ready to greet November with a fresh, not scary face!

Limited-Edition Hand Relief™ is here!

Feel better about doing good with limited-edition hand relief™ featuring calming shampure™ aroma made with 25 pure flower and plant essences including certified organic lavender, petitgrain and ylang ylang.

This rich hand creme deeply moisturizes dry hands leaving them noticeably softer and smoother. Andiroba oil and other plant hydrators protect skin’s moisture barrier, helping seal in softness through three hand washes with limited-edition calming shampure™ aroma.

In alignment with the mission at Aveda, Breast Cancer campaign donations are used to explore environmental causes and links to breast cancer. Since 2001, the Aveda network has donated over $4.25M to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) to help find a cure. The breast cancer research projects supported by Aveda do not involve animal testing but rather support projects studying breast cancer risks in human volunteers.

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6 Ways to Get That Fresh "Back to School" Feeling


There’s a certain magic to that “back-to-school” feeling that hits in late August. The days start to feel a little cooler and you may find yourself thinking about your fall wardrobe and hair style —or longing for the days when your biggest concern in life was picking out the perfect backpack. If you’re long past those dear old school days, don’t fret. You can still get the “back to school” feeling thanks to Evolve's salon services and Aveda products, and you don’t even have to buy any textbooks! 

1. Schedule a trim. Summer probably did a number on your hair, whether you were splashing in the pool or hitting up wedding after wedding. If your hair is feeling lackluster, book an appointment at Evolve for a trim or a deep-conditioning Botanical Therapy treatment. Say goodbye to any damaged and split ends. It’ll give you that “fresh and new” feeling you used to get when your mom took you to the salon for your back-to-school hair cut.

2. Fill up your “backpack.” Remember stuffing your school bag with the trendiest lip glosses and candy-scented lotions to share with your friends before class? You can still do that as an adult! If we were going back to school, we’d be filling our bag with Feed My Lips lipstick in Goji, a vibrant true red, and Honey Ginger, an easy everyday neutral. Don’t forget the Shampure Dry Shampoo for days when you NEED to hit the snooze one more time and a Cooling Oil rollerball for any tense moments spent hovering over your textbooks … or your laptop.

3. Embrace change. If you want a new hair color to match your fall wardrobe, ask your Aveda colorist about a Hair Color Shine Treatment. They’re quick services that deliver temporary (six-week) results and improve the condition of damaged hair. You'll see and feel the difference right away, whether you're glossing your natural color, trying a new color or coloring gray. Why not tweak your current shade a bit and go slightly warmer or darker for the new season? It will feel like a change without being too shocking.

4. Master a new style. If you used to spend hours in front of the mirror getting your bangs just right or flat-ironing your hair into perfect straightness back in your school days, you’ll remember how important a new hair style can be for your confidence. That said, you don’t need to throw out your back or tire out your biceps doing your hair every day; why not try these easier-than-they-look, five-minute braids instead?

5. Pick up some litres. Missing your dorm days? The best way to pretend you’re a freshman in college again is by stocking up on litre sizes of your favorite Aveda shampoos and conditioners — shower caddy optional. If someone you love is college-bound, you’ll make their year by gifting them a set too!

6. Keep the summer vibes alive. If you’re really not ready to let go of “summer vacation,” don’t! Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo and Conditioner’s juicy-floral aroma of tonka bean and certified organic orange and ylang ylang smells just like summer and will keep your hair feeling wildly soft and sweet all year long.

Survive the Dog Days of Summer

They call them the dog days of summer — that stretch between late July and late August where the weather is hot, hot, hot and you’re ready for a little relief. We’re big fans of summer time, but the need to chill out on a 95 degree day (or more) is essential, so if you need a quick cooldown when the temperature skyrockets, try these go-to summer products.

Cooling Oil Balancing Oil Concentrate
Keep a rollerball of Cooling Oil with you at all times in the summer months for a quick fix of cooling aromaology wherever you may be; you can even roll it on to reduce tension. We use certified organic peppermint, blue chamomile and naturally-derived menthol to refresh your senses deliver a burst of cooling refreshment. Pro tip: Apply a little on the back of your neck or on a pressure point on a hot day to mimic the feeling of a light breeze. Ahhhhh.

A longtime Aveda favorite, Peppymint can be used as a quick breath refresher (just a few drops on your tongue will do it) or a minty mouth rinse when diluted in your water. It may be small, but its blend of cooling peppermint and anise packs a big punch.

Rosemary Mint Body Lotion
When it’s really hot outside, the last thing you want is a heavy body lotion. Rosemary Mint Body Lotion is lightweight and invigorating to revive and refresh your skin, making it the perfect choice after hours spent in the sun.

Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser
After a long, hot day in the sun, cleanse your hair and skin with Sun Care. The color-safe formula gently removes chlorine, salt and product residue, while tamanu oil and organic coconut oil comfort your skin. The Sun Care aroma of certified organic neroli, ylang ylang and cistu (a flowering plant) feels summery and elegant at the same time.

Summer Beauty

Summer beauty can be low key and effortless, but the sun and surf can take it's toll on your skin and hair. Let Evolve Lifestyle Salon and Spa help you look and feel your best with our Aveda hair and skin treatments, and experience some of the most sought after stylists and estheticians in the Lehigh Valley.

Aveda's new hair color shine treatments are quick services that deliver lasting results. You'll see and feel the difference right away, whether you're glossing your natural color, refreshing color, or coloring gray. For vibrant, fade-resistant color that improves the condition of every strand Aveda full-spectrum™ hair color has you covered.  From permanent hair color services to glossing services, it’s hair color customized just for you for personalized results every time.

We believe that spa services are not just a luxury — but an important part of creating balance and wellness in your life. As the Lehigh Valley's premiere AVEDA Lifestyle Salon and Spa, we at Evolve are your go-to experts for skin care.

Evolve Lifestyle Salon and Spa merges the science of performance-driven plant-based skin and body care products with the art of high-touch experience to offer a comprehensive menu of facial treatments that are customized based on your specific skin and body care needs.

Aveda's signature Elemental Nature℠ Facial is perfect for all skin types. From dry and dehydrated, to sensitive, to oily and congested skin, a truly personalized treatment for the skin. Facials includes Aveda Rituals for your scalp, hands and feet.

Going on vacation? Stop by Evolve to stock up on your favorite Aveda products or shop online and enjoy free samples and free delivery.