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At Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes, we love working with passionate people. Whether it’s a student, staff member, or educator, there’s nothing better than seeing someone who truly loves what they’re doing. Allison (Alli) Olean, admissions team lead at Aveda Institute Provo, is a stellar example of that kind of devotion.

Alli’s Background

Growing up, Alli spent a lot of time at the salon/spa where her mother worked as a neuromuscular rehabilitation massage therapist. However, she didn’t really get a taste of the personal, creative side of beauty until she was older. “My mother was very particular about me partaking in the beauty industry,” Alli says. “She wouldn’t allow me to wear makeup, color my hair, get my nails done, etc. until I was a senior in high school. Not being able to experience that world made me so curious.” By the time she was 18, Alli was completely immersed in all things beauty and knew she wanted to pursue a career in the industry.

“I guess you could say [that] being so restricted as a teenager caused my slight obsession as an adult!”

in 2015, Alli enrolled at Aveda Institute Denver in the esthiology program. After graduating, she worked as an admissions advisor at the institute and a spa team lead at an Aveda Lifestyle Salon (Glam at the Grove Aveda Salon and Spa). Working both jobs put her at about 80 hours per week, making it difficult to focus her efforts on either position. She relocated to Aveda Institute Provo in 2018 to be the admissions team lead. This gave her the opportunity to devote 100% of her time to the campus and students.

Dedication to Students

As the admissions team lead, Alli spends her days working with current and prospective students. It’s a busy job with a lot of responsibility and she loves every single minute of it. “[My favorite part of my job] is the connection I have with my students,” she says. “These students have seriously changed my life– the way I see other people, the way I see myself, and the way I view community.” From taking prospective students on tours, answering emails, and reviewing applications, to handling financial aid estimates and actual enrollments, Alli serves as an advocate and resource for students from day one.

Sharing the Aveda Love

When it comes to her love for Aveda schools and the brand as a whole, Alli has no problem sharing her enthusiasm. “What don’t I love about Aveda?” she says. “I love how Aveda integrates wellbeing and philanthropy into an industry that can oftentimes be viewed as vain. I love the products, I love their successful business models, I love their education, I love the way they give back, and I love the culture.” While it’s fantastic that our schools have high completion, licensure, and job placement rates, we also have a friendly, inclusive culture that fosters growth and creativity.

“I truly believe we have the best students in the nation,” Alli says. “We produce salon owners, NAHA and Edwin Neil winners, and New York and London Fashion Week stylists. Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute is incomparable.”

The Aveda North America Artistic Team

Just when we thought our incredible admissions team lead couldn’t get any more impressive, she proved us wrong. After rigorous auditions in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Alli was invited to become part of the Aveda North America Artistic Team! “My goal for being a member of the North America Artistic Team is to create excitement and awareness around what Aveda spa and skin care has to offer,” she says. “Going through auditions in Minnesota was not easy, but it reignited my passion for education and has shifted the way I talk to my students about career goals post-beauty school.” As an Aveda graduate, brand ambassador, and someone with experience in both a treatment room and a classroom, she hopes that her unique perspective can provide insight to the team.

Looking for some inspiration and positivity? Follow Alli on Instagram @allimaebabe!

If you’re interested in any of our programs at Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute, contact us today for more information! We’ve got awesome staff members like Alli at all of our campuses and they’d be more than happy to answer any of your questions. Reach out to us today to learn about pursuing an education in beauty!

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Sometimes your dream beauty school doesn’t always turn out to be the one of your dreams. You may find yourself needing to transfer because it isn’t the right fit for you or because of circumstances outside of your control. If you’re looking to transfer to a different beauty school, here are five steps you can take to make the transfer process easier!

One: Explore Schools

Transferring to a different beauty school can feel like a fresh start, and sometimes you’ll have to go back to the basics: looking for the right place for you. If you’re currently enrolled in a cosmetology program, make sure the one you’re thinking about transferring to offers a cosmetology program. If you’re in esthetics, make sure there’s an esthetics program. That’s often the first thing to do!

When looking for a new place, contact the admissions department. They’ll let you know:

  • How to apply
  • How to transfer hours
  • What documents you need from your previous school
  • Financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • When the next classes start

Much like your first beauty education endeavor, you should schedule a tour to get to know the place you want to transfer to. See how the culture and facilities are different, and take the time you need to decide if it’s the right fit for you.

Two: Apply

Once you’ve picked the new program of your choice, it’s time to start the application process. You’ll want to work closely with the school to see what parts of the application process you’ll need to do and anything you should know as a transfer student.

Three: Get Everything You Need From Your Current School

Transferring isn’t a matter of just choosing a different place and applying. Contact your current school to get the documentation your new choice needs to make the transfer easy. You’ll often need:

  • Your transcript and hours they’ve reported to the state board
  • A list of any outstanding payment balances
  • A release from your previous school

This step is an absolute must! A transcript can help you get the most out of the work you’ve already put in. It makes it easier to verify how many hours you’ve already completed and how many you have left. However, just because you have the hours doesn’t mean all hours will directly transfer.

At Inspire Greatness Aveda we cannot guarantee that any or all of your previously completed hours will transfer. However, we do look at each transfer on an individual basis to determine how many hours we can accept from your previous school. We’re happy to work with you!

You should also expect to pay any outstanding balances with your current school before you can enroll somewhere else. If you are transferring because the institution you are currently enrolled in is closing, they may prorate the amount you owe based on how many hours you’ve already completed.

Four: Re-Apply for Financial Aid

Your federal financial aid doesn’t automatically transfer when you move to a different place. You’ll need to log into your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) account and add the appropriate school’s code to transfer your application to your new choice.

Inspire Greatness Aveda has financial aid available to those who qualify. If you’re transferring to one of our locations, you’ll need to add the school code of the one you’re planning on transferring to on your application. Our codes are:

From there, your original financial aid should transfer, but you should work with the financial department at your new school to see if there are other steps you need to take.

Five: Believe in Yourself

It can be daunting to switch from one program to another, but you can do it! We’re here to help you every step of the way. Here are some other things to keep in mind when you’re thinking about transferring beauty school.

  • Keep in touch! Just because you’re transferring doesn’t mean you don’t have to stop talking to the friends you’ve made at your current school.
  • Make new friends. New school, new opportunities to find people with the same interests as you. You can get to know some great new students.
  • Work closely with your advisors. We want to see you succeed in your future. If you have any questions about what you need to pursue an education in beauty, don’t hesitate to ask!
Want to Transfer to Inspire Greatness Aveda?

If you’re interested in pursuing an education at one of our locations, book a tour with us today! We’ll be happy to help you get you started on your new journey.

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When you think of massage therapy, what comes to mind? At Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute, we see massage as part of an overall wellness journey. Our massage therapy program is rooted in Ayurveda, one of the oldest holistic healing systems in history. This practice is centered on the belief that health and wellness can be achieved when the mind, body, and spirit are balanced as one. The Ayurvedic system isn’t the only thing that makes our massage program stand out. To get a better idea of what makes our massage therapy program so special, we talked to Liz Aigner, a massage educator at our Denver campus.

Shaping Well-Rounded Massage Therapists

Before coming back to Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute in 2016, Liz Aigner was a lead licensed massage therapist and manager at a massage studio in downtown Denver. While she held this position, she noticed that many massage therapists had gaps in their knowledge. This propelled her to pursue massage therapy education at Aveda. “I knew that going into teaching would help me mold, facilitate space, and create a new generation of talented, sufficient massage therapists,” she says. “I knew this could change the landscape of excellence in bodywork and massage practitioners.”

Our Massage Curriculum

The Aveda massage program is one-of-a-kind. With its focus on holistic wellness, the curriculum incorporates anatomy, physiology, and guest customization techniques. This 600-hour program teaches multiple modalities so students can learn the various types of massage. To make sure every student gets the support they need, we keep our class sizes small and offer one-on-one attention. In addition to normal classes, we provide master classes to enrolled students and alumni. These advanced courses take the curriculum to the next level, with techniques like fire cupping and Thai massage. “Aveda sets up students so they can enter into any niche they feel drawn to,” Liz says. “Spas, wellness centers, chiropractic practices, gyms, yoga studios, and rehab facilities. We set up a solid foundation for students so they can decide what fits their style best.”

A Focus on Wellness

If you’re interested in healing and wellness, massage therapy could be a great choice for you. “As people, we don’t get enough human touch,” Liz says. “Healers of all practices benefit from educating society on the power of touch, the importance of a healthy body, creating a quiet and calm mind, and opening the spirit through healthy touch.” Liz also says that one of the most important things massage therapy students can learn in our program is the act of self-care. “When we take care of ourselves, we have the stamina to take care of our guests, family, and friends,” she says. “This program is meant to open you up to new experiences and self-exploration!”

Start Your Massage Therapy Journey

Massage therapy can be a great choice for those who are flexible, compassionate, and dedicated to wellness. With continuous chances to grow, it’s a career path with plenty of opportunities for growth and learning. To learn more about applying to our program, contact Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute today! We offer massage therapy at our Provo and Denver locations. We’d love to help you pursue your goals in health and wellness.

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At Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes, our team is constantly setting the bar for excellence. Brad Van Dyke (Director of Education) and Anne Skubis (Tucson Institute Director) have recently become directors on the Aveda North America Artistic Team. This team is responsible for advancing Aveda beauty education by developing programs specific to the North American continent.

Brad Van Dyke: Spa

With a background in exercise science and psychology, Brad has always been interested in total mind and body wellness. After working with other brands at the beginning of his career, he decided he wanted to work with Aveda in 2000 because of our dedication to holistic wellness. He started working in one of our spas and came to the institutes in 2005, eventually becoming director of education over all four Inspire Greatness Aveda campuses.

In his new role on the North America Artistic Team, Brad wants to show consumers how incredible Aveda spa treatments and products really are. He’s looking at what is happening in the spa world, what spa social accounts are doing well, and what best practices the Aveda brand can adopt. “My biggest vision [for this team] is to develop individuals who can be the future voice and cheerleaders of Aveda spa,” he says. “We will still have our global team but it’s great to have a North American focus… I’m excited for the team to showcase what Aveda spa is all about.”

During his 19 years with Aveda, Brad has seen what incredible opportunities are possible in the beauty industry when you’re willing to work hard. “As much as I wish people could have overnight success, there’s a beautiful, long career to be had in the beauty industry if you’re willing to put in the work, time, and hustle,” he says. “You need to be a cheerleader for the brand and the industry so you can educate the consumer.”

Anne Skubis: Makeup

Anne is a graduate of our esthiology program at Aveda Inspire Greatness. She found beauty as a refuge during some of her most challenging years and enrolled in our school after seeing a commercial on TV. She’s been with us since graduating about 11 years ago, working as marketing director, director of the Tucson campus, and now a director on the North America Artistic Team.

As a director for the North America team, Anne wants to bring more awareness to Aveda’s makeup line. “Aveda makeup is the best!” she says. “We’ve had makeup for guests for several years. I want to get the artist network to fall in love with it as much as I have.” In addition to using these products in our salons and spas, Aveda’s makeup team has gotten to work with models at events like the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) and Aveda Congress, as well as New York and London Fashion Weeks.

Just like all Aveda products, our makeup represents the brand’s dedication to holistic wellness and the environment. With Aveda makeup, consumers can feel good about the products they’re putting on their face. They’re not just beautiful, they’re sustainable. “We’re caring for the models, guests, and ourselves by using a product that’s good for our bodies,” Anne says. “[And] we’re caring for the world by sourcing ingredients responsibly and in ways that support communities.”

Get Inspired With Us

Do you want to be part of a brand that’s dedicated to sustainability, innovation, and creativity? Apply to one of the Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes! You could follow your goals in beauty while learning from talented professionals like Anne and Brad. Contact us today for program information!

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For the past few years, our staff and students have had the incredible opportunity to participate in Fashion Week. Designers and stylists across the globe want to work with Aveda because of our professionalism, quality products, and dedication to sustainability. This year, we traveled across the pond to London for Spring Fashion Week, which happened from February 14th-19th, 2019.

“Aveda has been sending artists to fashion week for many years,” says Sherrie Adduci, Digital Brand Director of Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute Tucson. “Our schools started participating about five years ago. We allow students to send a video application to us to be a part of the experience. Dozens apply from each campus.” The chosen students will then take online classes to prepare for fashion week. They learn everything they need to know about creating the looks and getting the right vibe.

The Designers

For this fashion week, our students got to work on shows for Roberta Einer, Roksanda, and Ashley Williams London. The looks for all of these lines were natural and undone rather than intense and glamorous.

Roberta Einer

With a focus on textiles and classic techniques, Roberta Einer designs playful, experimental clothing. The pieces feature are highly detailed with hand-sewn embroidery and embellishments, creating a couture look you won’t see elsewhere.

Roksanda

Roskanda’s cocktail dresses pack a punch. Not only are they vividly colored, but they also have unique silhouettes and interesting textures. This line is feminine, modern, and focused on the strength of women.

Ashley Williams London

This contemporary, quirky line is known for its logos and graphic pop style. With humorous slogans, recognizable images, and vintage shapes, this brand embodies the youthful, fun side of London.

The Fashion Week Experience

About 20 Inspire Greatness students attended Fashion Week with two chaperones, one for hair and one for makeup. Brad Van Dyke, Aveda Director Education and Director of Spa on the North America Team, oversaw the whole event. Sherrie was the students’ chaperone for makeup. She was there to serve as a guide and resource, as well as step in to do makeup when needed. “It was my first time there. It’s a little bit scary and nerve-wracking, but it’s an adrenaline rush,” she says. “You get to do what you love. It goes by quickly and then you wish it wasn’t over.”

This opportunity was a great chance for our students and staff to meet and work with designers, models, and stylists that they’ve admired on social media for years. “People wanted to work with the Aveda brand because of our beliefs [and commitment] to the environment,” Sherrie says. “They had high expectations for our students because every Aveda student they’d had before was professional.”

Aveda Opens Doors

These are the kinds of experiences you can be a part of as an Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute student. Aveda is respected across the globe for its quality and ethos. That means our students have access to a wide variety of educational resources and training opportunities. If you want a chance to be part of Fashion Week or another exciting event, contact us today. We’d love to answer any of your questions about applying to one of our programs!

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What if water coming from the faucet, shower, or hose was not guaranteed? Imagine you had to walk three miles to a well and three miles back to get the water you need to cook, clean, and drink. Most of us have been fortunate enough to have clean water accessible to us. However, many people around the world are not so lucky.

Taking care of the Earth is one of the core values that make Aveda different. In honor of Earth Day, Aveda has set aside an entire month to love, celebrate, and raise funds to protect the Earth and its people. We are especially focusing on Earth’s water.

The Aveda network has raised $60 million for Earth Month since its inception. Because of this, 1.2 million lives have been impacted in more than 90 countries! Aveda has helped with projects that tackle challenges like toxic pollution and lack of safe drinking water. They also protect 920 watersheds like lakes, wetlands, and rivers and address climate change issues in over 1,300 communities.

Since we began our own Earth Month efforts, the Inspire Greatness network has contributed $710,646. These numbers show that Aveda can have a big impact on helping the environment. Sometimes it can feel like there’s nothing you can do to make an impact, but when we all come together change is possible.

Global Water Crisis

At Aveda, we recognize that while water is essential to life, many people in the world do not have access to clean water. In fact, 663 million people live without clean water. That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide or twice the population of the United States without access to life’s most basic human need.

The majority of those people live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep kids out of school and take up time that parents could be working and earning money but the water often carries diseases that make these families sick.

When a community gets access to clean water, it can change just about everything. It can improve health, increase access to food, grow local economies, and help kids spend more time in school. The water crisis is huge, but it is solvable. We work with local experts and community members to find the best sustainable solution in each place where we work, whether it’s a well, a piped system, a BioSand Filter, or a system for harvesting rainwater. Our partners also coordinate sanitation, hygiene training, and establish a local Water Committee to help keep clean water flowing for years to come.

Aveda Inspire Greatness Initiatives

Charity: Water

Purchasing the limited edition Shampure Hand and Body Wash benefits clean water projects around the world through charity: water. Charity: water is a non-profit organization that provides drinking water to people in developing countries.

100% of sales of the hand and body wash go towards charity efforts. You can feel great that 100% of the purchase price goes directly to the organization. One bottle equals one person given clean water.

Catwalk for Water

Each Inspire Greatness Aveda campus will be having a Catwalk for Water fashion show event. This is a yearly tradition and has been a fun event for students, staff, and alumni in the past.

This year, our Denver campus’s event was on March 31st, Phoenix’s fashion show will be the 26th, Provo’s the 27th, and Tucson’s May 4th.

Appointments for Clean Water

In 2013, we helped the Aveda network set a Guinness World Record for fund-raising through haircutting during the 24 hour Global Cut-a-thon. We will participate with our global network again this year, donating 100% of our net service revenue the day of the Cut-a-thon. Provo’s Appointments for Clean Water day is April 11th, Tucson’s is April 17th, Phoenix’s is April 24th, and Denver’s is April 29th.

“What I love most about this event is that it is mostly business as usual! With a strong focus in Reservations, Education, and Experience Center on booking and maximized productivity, this day is sure to be a success,” said Sherrie Adduci, who is helping put on Earth month events at the Tucson campus.

Get Involved

If you’re passionate about taking care of the Earth and helping others, becoming a student at Aveda Institute could be the right path for you. Please get in touch with us to learn more about the opportunities an Aveda education could bring you.

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McKell Hird, a cosmetology student at Aveda Institute Provo, won Student Hairstylist of the Year at the 2019 North American Hairstyling Awards this January. As we celebrate her big win, she explains more about her story and the inspiration behind her designs.

Getting Started in Beauty

While McKell has always been interested in beauty, she only recently started on the path to becoming a cosmetologist. Her parents wanted her to try traditional college, so she spent a semester at college in Idaho. Her time in Idaho helped her realize it was not the place for her. It solidified her desire to go to cosmetology school.

Why Aveda?

Because she still wanted to be part of college life, McKell chose to go to cosmetology school in Provo, which is home to two universities and is known for being a college town.

“I toured a lot of schools in Provo, but Aveda was just so different,” she says. “I loved the feel of the school. It’s about more than just doing hair. I really liked the mission statement and beliefs of Aveda.”

Now that she is finishing up school, she is glad she chose Aveda Institute.

“Choosing to come to Aveda Institute Provo was the BEST decision I’ve ever made. I chose Aveda because they are more than just a beauty brand. Aveda is a network of inspired people with global goals of greatness. I never would have had so many amazing opportunities with any other school!” she said.

Journey to NAHA

On McKell’s fifth day of school last spring, her instructor Heggy Gonzalez pitched NAHA to the students. She told them about the competition and showed pictures of past finalists.

“I looked at all of the pictures of the hair and said ‘this is something that I want to do. I’ve only been in school for five days but I’ll still try,’” McKell says.

A few weeks after submitting her video application she found out she was selected to be Aveda Provo’s rep for NAHA. Then just a short time later, in August, she created her collection to enter the competition.

Inspiration Behind the Designs

McKell was in the middle of watching a movie about Marie Antoinette when she got the email saying she was selected as her school’s rep for NAHA. With Marie Antoinette as her inspiration, McKell wanted to make her collection based on female empowerment.

“With my collection ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ I wanted it to be more than just pretty hair. I wanted the images to tell a story that I believe in, feminine empowerment. I wanted it to be soft and girly with an overabundance of pink, lace, and pastels. But, fierce with the models’ stance and facial expressions. While women can be frilly and refined, they are also bold and powerful. Womanhood is a strength, not a weakness,” she explains.

The Awards Event

McKell describes the actual NAHA event where she received her award as a surreal experience.

“The first time I heard of NAHA was when I submitted the video to create a collection. I didn’t understand how huge it was going to be,” she says.

NAHA is one of the largest hair awards events, and McKell enjoyed meeting Aveda leaders from around the world.

“Everybody was so nice, they were immediately like family. Aveda is more than a brand, it is a family,” she says.

Future Goals and Plans

McKell graduates this April. She isn’t sure exactly where she will go yet, but she knows she wants to stay with Aveda.

“There’s honestly nowhere else I’d rather be,” she says.

When McKell started cosmetology school she had no idea she would earn the awards she’s earned so far. She wants other students to know they can achieve their dreams too.

“Go with your gut and never think your dreams are too big,” she says. “It’s easy as a student to think there’s a lot you can’t do, but just go for everything. When we were making my collection things didn’t go perfectly at all, but we worked through it. Everything will work out in the end if you are passionate and work hard.”

Interested in Cosmetology School?

If you have a creative passion and big dreams, cosmetology school could be the right fit for you. Get in touch with us to learn more about the opportunities available to you at Aveda Institute Provo, Denver, Phoenix, or Tucson.

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Demand for Cosmetologists in the Future

The number of cosmetology jobs available is growing fast. Careers in the field are projected to grow by 13%, manicurist and pedicurist jobs are expected to grow by 13%, and esthetician jobs are projected to grow by 14% by 2026. Compared to an average growth rate of 5-9%, cosmetology and related fields are experiencing rapid growth. Because of this, cosmetology has a very low unemployment rate. Many people consider beauty school a good investment for future opportunities.

What to do After Cosmetology School

As the demand for cosmetologists in the future grows, beauty school can prepare you for many different career paths. Cosmetologists can choose to become business owners, creative artists, skilled educators, and more.

Be a Business Owner

Many beauty students have a dream of opening their own salon and being their own boss. After working at a salon and building a clientele, some stylists go on to start their own business. If a stylist already has loyal clients, opening their own salon gives them more creative freedom, choice of products to use and sell, and flexibility. However, starting a business can be a more expensive and riskier choice than working for someone else’s business, so stylists turned salon owners are usually experienced with industry connections.

If your dream is to open your own salon, you can start preparing now by gaining loyal clients who would follow you to a new salon. It’s also important to build your own brand. If you go to different salons you can see that each has a different vibe: some salons are modern and edgy, others are upscale and classy, while some have a casual, urban-chic feel. Developing a style now can help ensure your brand is strong and recognizable when you’re ready to open your own salon.

You can start developing a brand with social media, like Instagram. It’s a great way to make industry connections and show off your work. The best time to start building a brand on Instagram is during cosmetology school. A good first step is connecting with students and instructors at school and posting your classwork.

Become an Editorial Stylist

While some stylists love to help ordinary people become their most beautiful selves, others want to experiment and push the boundaries of style. Editorial stylists create avant garde looks for the fashion industry, advertisements, and sometimes even just for the purpose of creating art. While editorial looks are not traditionally pretty, they are often designed to symbolize something else or tell a story with shape and color.

McKell Hird, a student who attends Aveda Institute Provo, won Student Hairstylist of the Year at the 2019 North American Hairstyling Awards. She created this editorial collection to contrast the delicate pastel hair and clothing with the models’ fierce expressions. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, the collection is meant to show women can be both pretty and powerful.

At a fashion show, the hair and makeup of the models has to further the designer’s vision and aesthetic. Next time you are looking at pictures from a high fashion runway, take a look at the models’ hair and makeup. Are the shapes continuing the lines of the clothing? Is the designer contrasting the style of clothing with the hair to make a statement? How does color coordinate between the clothing and the hair or makeup? Understanding why stylists and designers make their editorial decisions is the first step to becoming an editorial stylist.

If you want to practice coming up with creative ideas but you don’t have a model and photographer, you can try sketching out looks on paper. There are resources available online for face charts and body outlines, so you don’t need to be a professional artist to sketch out your editorial ideas! Recording your ideas will help you exercise your creativity and prepare you to make great designs.

Freelancing and Working from Home

Many students choose cosmetology because they want flexibility in their career. Unlike some jobs, cosmetologists do not necessarily have to work for a specific company from 9-5 each day. Even stylists working at a salon often have the flexibility to work part time or choose nontraditional hours.

A stylist can also operate a salon out of their home if they follow the relevant licensing procedures. This is attractive to people like moms who want to be at home with their kids or part-time stylists who have a different day job. They get to enjoy the convenience of taking clients throughout the day without having to drive to work.

Besides working from home, cosmetologists can also freelance for fashion, film, or the wedding industry. In the wedding industry there is a demand for cosmetologists skilled in multiple areas like hair styling, makeup, nails, or lashes. Brides and wedding parties are willing to pay generously for a cosmetologist who can come to the venue and take care of all their beauty needs.

If you are interested in working in the wedding industry, it’s a good idea to diversify your skills. You can start making connections by collaborating with wedding photographers, dress shops, accessories stores, and florists. Many of them are also looking to build a portfolio and they appreciate the help. To get in touch you can always start simple by sending out Instagram direct messages. Not everyone will respond, but many of them will be in great need of a stylist for their next shoot and they’ll be glad you reached out.

This is another reason it’s a good idea to start growing your Instagram now, because your profile will become a portfolio people will look at when deciding whether they’d like to collaborate with you. Use pictures of your best work on your feed, and try to only post photos and videos that you would want a potential client to see.

Educator

Are you wishing cosmetology school would never end? After you get some experience working in the field, you can come back and learn to become an educator. You will get to teach and inspire the newest generation of cosmetologists. Instilling your creative passion and skills into the students can be a very rewarding career.

Interested in a Career in Cosmetology?

These are only a few of the many career options in beauty. One great benefit of cosmetology is the variety of career choices available to you. If you have a passion for cosmetology and want to work in a growing field, beauty school may be for you! At each of our locations (Aveda Institute Provo, Aveda Institute Denver, Aveda Institute Phoenix, and Aveda Institute Tucson) we want to give you an education designed to set you up for success. Let’s get in touch about your future cosmetology options!

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Our Aveda Institute Tucson location is excited to announce their move to a new location! The school and salon open on Tuesday, February 26th at the new campus, which is located at 145 S. 6th Ave in downtown Tucson.

Why Are We Moving?

Over the last few years we have been growing and we are out of space! Our new location has twice the square footage as the old campus so our students and guests are comfortable.

The new campus will have a second story dedicated for the spa. This is exciting because in the past we have only had space for an evening esthetics program and a day cosmetology program. This new space will allow us to begin an evening cosmetology program and a daytime esthetics program later in the spring.

Salon and spa services will stay the same, but you will be able to schedule services at more times throughout the day and evening once the new program schedules begin.

Our New Location

We’re moving into the old Pueblo Hotel building, which is a historic Tucson icon. You may recognize it by its neon sign of a girl diving. It’s only about three miles away from our old Maingate Square location.

If you are traveling to the school or salon, there are downtown city parking garages nearby or metered parking on the street. You can refill the meters from an app on your phone. There is also a streetcar stop conveniently located near our building.

Beauty School in Tucson

Tucson’s lively and historic downtown is the place to be for beauty school. The neighborhood is filled with parks, museums, galleries, and trendy restaurants. With the University of Arizona, Tucson also has a fun and energetic college town vibe. There are many opportunities to make friends at school and then enjoy what Tucson has to offer when you finish class each day.

Come Visit Us

We want our guests to come see the new location, so until April 1 we are offering a 30% off discount on services booked at the new location.

If you are interested in learning more about our additional program schedules starting soon, please contact us!

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