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

FALL IS A TIME OF REINVENTION - EVEN IF YOU'RE LONG PAST THE DAYS OF BACKPACKS AND BINDERS

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.

Peppymint
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.