A Beauty Compass
~the right direction in all things beauty~
It is that time of the year again where we are all feeling the need for a CHANGE!!!
I love it! We are toning down summer blonde and adding in deep rich chocolates, violets, coppers and rose golds…honestly my fav time of the year as a hair stylist. Here is the thing, by now you know that booking an appointment at an Aveda salon means all of the pampering and comforting tea a gal can ask for but it also means spending a good amount of money on your hair color. The most we do is offer a solution to insure that your color lasts the next 6-8 weeks before that pesky “tinsel” starts to poke out again or the color inevitably loses its newness.
When you buy a car, a house, or a diamond you invest in insurance to protect those purchases. Likewise, when you spend your hard earned money on your hair! We want to insure that it lasts too! This month’s blog will teach you easy steps on how you can “Protect Your Investment!” The best way to do this is by investing in the right products and following a few easy steps! Take a deep breath because….good news it’s not going to add anything too overwhelming into your already crazy schedule!
See! Not too bad right. None of these add any time to your day, in fact they can decrease the time you are spending primping. You are welcome!
Hope you enjoyed my insurance tricks to keep your color fresh as long as possible! Let us know if you have tried any of these tips! We would love to hear from you.
School starting already?! Where has the time gone? This month is all about getting back into the swing of things. With a new school year starting, I thought I would share some tips and tricks to help mornings go smoother. This is for you busy moms and students in a rush on early school mornings.
An easy tip for the days when all you want to do in stay in bed an extra 10 minutes is whip out your Dry Shampoo!! It’s a life saver and I can easily say Aveda’s Dry Shampoo is the “holy grail” of all my products! It absorbs excess oils and provides texture without drying out your hair. Combine a couple sprays of Thermal Dry Conditioner to provide protection from styling tools while adding a touch of moisture! These products will help get rid of unwanted oils and keep your hair conditioned at the same time!
Showering the night before is also a great way to save on time! Not a fan of sleeping on wet hair but feel like blow-drying takes too long? We have the trick for you! Coming soon to Aveda is the Speed of Light Blow-Dry Accelerator (available in salon Mid-September.) This spray makes it easy for you to dry your hair in record time! You can use this even if you shower in the morning because it will help get you out the door while saving you the unwanted blow-dry time.
Last but not least…
The guys that want a fresh style will love Men’s Thickening Paste. This product instantly thickens hair while adding pliable hold to create any style. Take a small amount, rub in hands and then apply! Can be used on towel dried or blow-dried hair!
Remember the no-make up challenge we had last month? All True North staff participated in the challenge, even our esthetician Isabel! She made it 2 days out of 3 days for the no-makeup challenge. Isabel mentioned she found it challenging because it was a big step out of her comfort zone, but likes the idea of change and wants to continue with the challenge. Join us this month in continuing to embrace your natural beauty! Keep us updated on how your challenge goes! Tag us in your no-makeup pics on our socials (Instagram, facebook) with the hashtag #embraceyourtruenorth!
I hope you have an amazing September!
This past month we have had some amazing women step up to stop the stigma of hiding your natural beauty by starting the process in going grey. These women inspired me to start embracing my natural beauty and I want to inspire other women to join in on embracing theirs, too. Whatever age you may be, let’s flaunt it together!
This inspired me to start thinking of other things we should start embracing. Why aren’t we embracing who we are as people? What is it that makes you, you? When did it all start that we had to hide who we are? We should be nothing but happy in our own skin. My feelings towards this were also sparked by Aveda’s new campaign “Know What You’re Made of” and if you follow our socials you will notice we post a lot about it. The thing is, posting and truly embracing ourselves are two different things. My question is, why are we holding back from allowing others from getting to know who we really are? The fact that all these women are starting to embrace their natural hair color makes me want to start embracing things about myself that I try to conceal. On that note, I decided I am going to try to go 3 days without makeup. I have put a lot of work into my skincare routine and have become really happy with how my skin has turned out. I used to always feel the need to wear makeup to cover up the unevenness and bumps I had. Now that a lot of that has changed I need to start embracing how it looks and flaunt what I have! So I am challenging all of you to come up with one thing you try to conceal and flaunt it! Only if it’s for a day it’s still a step in the right direction. Continue to try to make it longer until it becomes something you are confident in. I will keep you posted on how my challenge goes for myself! Let me know if you think of something else we should be embracing that we don’t. Tell me how your challenge goes, I’d love to hear about it!
July is here which means, 4th of July!! Time to kick it on the lake while representing the red, white, and blue! Don’t forget to protect your skin with SPF while relaxing under those rays!
For this month, I just wanted to share a couple helpful Aveda beauty hacks that I use in my daily life. I am a very busy person that has minimal storage space so I love using versatile products! I am a firm believer in the protection of my hair and skin and Aveda knows the perfect way in helping me do just that! The first product I want to share with you is Aveda Composition oil (my favorite is the Shampure aroma) these oils can be used in SO many ways such as: body moisturizer, hair and scalp oil, can be added to bath water, and you can even add it to your lotion or shampoo for added moisture or just for the aroma! (tip: don’t apply before direct sunlight. This is an oil which can result in sunburn. Again, remember your SPF!!) Another product that I love using in the summertime is the Tinted Moisturizer. It leaves my face with a natural dewy glow while still protecting my skin with SPF 15! It is lighter coverage which I love for the summertime because it enhances my appearance without covering up my freckles! Having a night on the town and want a full coverage look? Ready for the hack? Mix in a little bit of Aveda dual foundation (powder) with tinted moisturizer on the back of your hand, apply to face with a damp sponge or foundation brush and BOOM full coverage foundation in seconds!
I hope you enjoyed learning a couple beauty hacks! If you are ever interested in learning more tips about ways to use our products or want a makeup lesson, stop into the salon! I, along with all the girls here at True North would love to share our knowledge with you! Have a fun and safe 4th and I will talk to you all again in August!
It’s June and you know what that means? Summer’s coming!!! Time to protect those luscious locks and sun-kissed skin with the help of Aveda! My favorite Aveda summertime essentials you ask? Daily light guard with SPF 30 to keep my skin looking and feeling fresh while staying protected from the harmful UVA and UVB rays! To top off a relaxing day at the beach I apply my Intense Hydrating Masque to help calm and add moisture to keep that fresh faced glow! (Tip: put the masque in the fridge to create a cooling masque or apply to help relieve sunburns!)
In the mix of all things summer, (spoiler alert) Aveda is bringing back a line to the shelves….drum roll please… NEW Cherry Almond shampoo and conditioner!!! Some of you may remember Cherry Almond as one of the original products Aveda launched in 1978, but they have re-vamped the formula and it’s going to be better than ever! Guysss, you have no idea how excited I am to share this wonderful line with you!! It’s coming out in July but you can get your name on the list (right next to mine) on the pre-order form!
Last thing, True North is kicking off summer with a bang! June 7th through the 12th we will be celebrating Guest Appreciation! 20% off eligible Aveda products! (product list) We are so thankful for each and every one of you and we can’t wait to share our summer with you!
Hope you all have a wonderful month of June and I will talk to you all again in July!!
Hello Beauty Blog, it's been way too long! Things have been very busy and full of changes here at True North. I would like to introduce myself as the new blogger, Isabel! I am a recent graduate of the Aveda Institute Minneapolis in Esthiology (skin care) and began my new journey at True North two months ago. I will be taking over filling all of you in on the new products, easy tips and ways of incorporating wellness and beauty into your life to help you find your "True North". Don't worry, you will still hear from the other girls from time to time. You can look forward to our monthly blog and weekly posts that pertain to what's happening. I'm excited to be the new blogger and hear what you have to say!
Hey beauties!!! So last week we had a bit of technical difficulty getting our blog posted, so we will save that one for a rainy day. Today I just wanted to post a quick fact sheet about how awesome Aveda is and how happy we are to be a part of such a rock star company!! Hope you enjoy!!
Guys!!! This month has been so great! We have been learning a ton of ways to stay hydrated during these wintry months. But GUESS WHAT!!!!! People are hearing Pileated Woodpeckers, you know those stylish red-mowhawked, bad-asses that like to wake you up during your last 30 minutes in bed! Ok, so what does this have to do with anything other than having a feather color that is very hard to attain? Their beautiful drumming is a tell tale sign of SPRING!!! YES!!!! My personal favorite season! Anyways we will talk more spring in later, but today; a recap of what products we should be using until actual spring is here and even better; some Aveda ingredient info!
Product ingredients are so important this day and age. You are what you put on your skin, right? Well here at True North we are strong believers in this and that is why we carry only AVEDA! If you aren't familiar with Avedas long history keep reading, they are such a wonderful company and we cannot wait to share this with you! For more than 40 years (making them one of the first in this space) Aveda has been paving the way in innovative, naturally derived products! Naturally Derived: We define naturally derived ingredients to be those for which more than 50% of the molecule comes from a plant, non-petroleum mineral, water, or some other natural source. Lets be honest saying a product is "All Natural" means nothing, less than nothing really, anyone can say it!. Where did that product come from? Who made that product? What do the farmers who make the product use to fend off pests, heck...what was the farmers name? Aveda actually seeks out the farmers of our ingredients, they grow amazing relationships (pun intended!) with not only them, but the villages that they live in. Aveda practices sustainable sourcing (basically they develop relationships with villages where ingredients are grown and they give back by, for example, helping find clean water sources! How amazing right!) Another interesting thing about all of the Aveda products is that they are tested for 4 years before they are put on the shelf (and not on animals of course!) How amazing is that? Personally, knowing that the product has already been used for 4 years in addition to using the highest quality ingredients puts me at total ease!
Phew! Info overload I know but just think how happy your hair and skin will be that you put the time and effort into caring for it! So now that we know spring is on its way and Aveda is the best, lets watch this little slide show of all the products we talked about in January! Read along to find out the benefits of using them and the main ingredient that makes them special! Also thanks for reading and remember...Head North!!
Back to reality for this chika! A large group of friends and I just spent a nice long weekend ice fishing for lake trout on Gun Flint Lake! It was so much fun (in my other life I'm a total tomboy!) A much needed long weekend with no responsibility other than having fun! The downfall of having too much fun outside in this dry weather is dry skin! I know this ties into last weeks post but I cannot preach too much about the importance of hydrating!!!
Problem: Dry skin patches and cracks on my poor fingers and toes :(.
Solution: Manicure and Pedicure!!!
The best kind of problems to have are the ones that are so much fun to solve right!! Well we would love to have you in the shop to solve this for you. We use all Aveda scrubs, foot masques, oils and lotions to leave your hands and feet feeling soft as they would be if you didn't live in the north country! If you are like many people, you hold off on your mani/pedi until summer when you will A. see your cute polish color you stewed over choosing for an hour and B. when you decide to go on a vacation. The thing is, every time you shake someones hand, speak expressively with your hands or start limping because that crack in your heal is getting worse, you are making an impression on someone in your personal and professional world. Here is a just a small list of reasons why it is important to have these services done (keep this list handy for your when your husband asks, or just bring him too!)
1. Stress relieving
2. Good for circulation
3. Prevent and treat calluses and corns
4. Can help with swelling from sitting or standing all day
5. Trained professionals know how to properly trim nails to keep ingrown toenails at bay
The list can go on and on but lets just stop here and say its time to book your maintenance appointment. It should go on the list right next to oil change!
If you can't make it (I get it...business is on steroids right now) here are some at home maintenance ideas for when you have a free second at home!
1. Soak feet in a warm foot (or hand) bath, add some of Aveda's Stress Fix Soaking Salts to really take the edge off!
2. Use Aveda's Body Polish to remove any dead skin.
3. Finish with Aveda's Stress Fix Body Creme for the ultimate hydration (maybe ask your partner or kiddos to rub this in for a little circulation enhancing massage)!
Ok ladies (and gents, you do not have to get polish!) We can't wait to hear from you if you have any questions or comments! If you have a topic that you would like to hear about let us know and until next week...head north!!
Raise your hand if you are already feeling the effects of this arid weather? Well that's what we get for living in this barren, I mean beautiful north country!! Ok ok instead of complaining lets talk about what we can do to help get us through these wintery months with some resemblance of your beautiful summer skin and hair!
Switching up your routine is a no-brainer! It s pain in the tukas but it has to happen. Lets go through some easy add-ons to help you tame frizzy/dry tresses and help with flaky skin on face, hands and lips.
Winter is said to be the harshest season on your hair! That said its time to get a handle on your routine! The #1 BEST way to help keep your hair healthy is to STOP SHAMPOOING EVERYDAY...JUST STOP! Please. If you have ever been in to have a service with me you know, I preach this! I cannot tell you enough how much of a difference this has made personally. Not to mention it has cut my getting ready time in half! That alone should convince you, but if your not then let me list the other benefits of not shampooing everyday:
1. Helps hair retain natural oils that keep ends split-end free and less dry/frizzy
2. Cuts down on time spent on hair in the am
3. Day two hair is THE BEST!!
4. Cutting down on heat used on your hair=healthier hair!
5. Using less expensive Aveda products, which means they become more affordable!
6. Day 3 hair has so much volume!!
7. More time for drinking coffee in the morning!
Honestly the list can go on and on. Now if you have tried this and your hair was super oily the next day don't get frustrated!! That is why Aveda just came out with Dry Shampoo...its AMAZING guys...trust me!! Not convinced? Stop in and let me show you...just a small poof of this new product and you can go another day easy and it leaves your hair light, with extra volume and smelling like you just walked out of the salon.
Add a conditioning treatment once a week and your are set!!
Exfoliating more often and bumping up your moisturizer in the winter is a must. Adding exfoliating to your regime to slough off all that dead skin can add that perfect glow that you need this time of the year. With added exfoliating the moisturizer you use during those humid summer months just isn't going to cut it during these below zero days! We recommend Aveda's Rich (for extra dry/maturing skin) or Smooth (for normal/dry) skin.
We recommend watching Jessa's tutorial below on keeping your lips smooth and moist!!
Hands & Feet
Last but not least your hands and feet take a huge beating this time the year. That's why Aveda has a hand and foot relief! Weird right!!! They make it so easy! When you are exfoliating your face don't rinse it off your hands until you have exfoliated that nasty dead skin off of them too! Top it off with, well really any Aveda hand creme will do, chose your favorite aroma!!
Remember right before you hit the hay put on some lip saver and hand/foot creme, throw a little dry remedy in your hair and your set to wake up a moisturized glowing princess (not kidding!)
Do you have a favorite winter routine? Let us know, we love hearing what you guys are doing!! Stay warm ladies!
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