For anyone who has been an Aveda guest, you know all the best selling products. From the Color Conserve Shampoo and Conditioner to the Air Control Hairspray, these items are classics. Everyone knows (and loves!) them. But what about the products that aren't on the front tables and on the top shelves? While we're not knocking the classics, we have to say our under-the-radar Aveda products are just as incredible as the best sellers. Today, we'll be introducing you to some of our favorite under-the-radar Aveda products that you need to try.
Believe it or not, that beautiful tea that you're offered every time you walk into Serene is available for purchase. If you've never tried our Aveda tea before, it's a soothing herbal infusion of licorice root and peppermint and for at-home use, they conveniently come in tea bags for quick brewing. This 100% certified organic blend (no caffeine, sugar or added flavors) calms your senses and promotes a sense of well-being.
When washing your face in the morning or at night, using a wash cloth can be a bit too abrasive for some skin types and that's just one reason that we love our shammy cloth so much. This soft, gentle-to-skin facial shammy takes the place of cotton balls and washcloths in your daily ritual.
Men's Shave Cream
Most men who visit Serene love our Men's Shampoo and Conditioner, but don't realize that we carry other amazing men's products. This moisturizing formula preps skin for a close, comfortable shave. It contains naturally derived ingredients specifically created to treat men's skin conditions with soothing, anti-oxidant power, not to mention we love it's rich and refreshing aroma that combines organic lavender, vetiver and lemon.
Eye Makeup Remover
Treat your delicate eye area with care. Soothing botanical extracts like certified organic cucumber and chamomile clear away makeup, leaving skin clean and refreshed. You can use this beautiful eye makeup remover to gently dissolve washable makeup. Best part is our Eye Makeup Remover is safe for contact lens users, dermatologist-tested, ophthalmologist-tested, aroma-neutral and non-acnegenic.
Brilliant Spray On Shine
The perfect new product to incorporate into your summer routine, Brilliant Spray On Shine provides a sheer mist of pure shine and vitamin E to finished hairstyles. It will also do wonders to eliminate your flyaways and tame frizz.
Light Elements Smoothing Fluid
This styling products is the perfect way to add shine and movement to your hair all while it restores that beautiful, healthy look and feel. Aveda uses only the best plant-based ingredients like certified organic jojoba which helps to condition and smooth your hair. This weightless fluid also smooths frizz and tames flyaways while drying with a soft touchable finish.
Pure Abundance Hair Potion
Sometimes we have all can experience the issue of having flat hair--especially between haircuts. This product will work like magic to create texture and abundant volume. This powder creates matte texture and gives the perfect second-day-hair look! So on-trend!
How frustrating (and maybe even painful) are those little cracks that you get around your cuticles during the cooler weather?! Anyone who experiences this annoyance would absolutely love Cuticle Control. This super moisturizing plant-based oil can be rubbed onto any dry spots around your fingers to keep them perfectly hydrated and there will be no cracks in sight.
It's nothing to be embarrassed about. Acne can happen anywhere, not just your face. Aside from our faces, our backs are another popular place to (unfortunately) get breakout. What makes it an even easier place to breakout is the fact that our backs are especially hard to reach when in the shower.
Even if you're someone with a beautifully clear back, having a back facial is a great way to exfoliate the dead skin on your back and to deeply moisturize the skin in that area. It's a great idea before a special event where you'll be showing your back or just before the start of bathing suit season.
Luckily for those of you who are having trouble with keeping your back clear, there are back facials to help solve that problem. Like other facials, back facials are a great way to purify and cleanse the skin to help rid it of any imperfections, not to mention they're incredible relaxing.
A back facial follows the same steps as a classic facial would. Your esthetician will start off by cleansing and exfoliating the skin. During this step, there will most likely be steam involved to help open the pores and loosen any impurities which will help your esthetician remove them. Some back facials may involve extractions to help rid the skin of imperfections. After extractions, you can slip into a deep relaxation with a back massage to help fight stress and improve circulation. Post-massage, a mask is applied. The final steps involve moisturizing your back to help keep it hydrated and looking/feeling healthy.
While some guests opt for the back facial at stressful times in their life, it's actually recommended that you see your esthetician regularly for a monthly back facial to work on your skin health. Believe it or not, the skin on your back is just as important as the skin on your face. Regular visits will help to reduce acne, dehydration and flakiness of the skin and also improve your mood/health since you'll be spending time relaxing regularly.
Ask your stylist or front desk coordinator for details about back facials. This month at Serene Salon & Spa, we are offering a 60-minute back facial for $70. Serene Rewards members will also receive 100 bonus points. Back facials at Serene are available Tuesday thru Saturday with Wendy or Kristen.
For many of our guests, hair color fades a bit faster when it comes to the warmer months. While it might sound nice to bake in the sun for the day, it won't do your hair any favors. Aside from making your hair feel more dry and coarse, the sun also aids in fading your hair color (which no one wants). We've put together a few great tips from our stylists to help keep your hair in the best shape (and color!) when the weather starts to warm up.
Speak to your stylist about adding on a Botanical Hair Therapy Conditioning Treatment to your color service to keep your hair healthy so it holds onto the color longer and keeps the hair looking and feeling nourished. After receiving your color service, make sure to wait at least 48 hours before washing your hair to let it settle in better.
Make sure that you're washing with cooler water and not shampooing everyday. Although it can be a hard habit to kick, shampooing everyday isn't great for your hair because it will strip your hair of it's natural oils. To keep your hair looking clean, opt for the Shampure Dry Shampoo between shampoos. This will help disguise the oils in your hair and make it look freshly washed again. When you do shampoo, make sure that you're using a color-safe shampoo like our Color Conserve Shampoo & Conditioner.
When it comes to products, you'll want to use products that will help to preserve the color and health of your hair. Aside from using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, you want to use a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair strong and in good health to prevent it from losing color. Our Color Conserve Daily Color Protect is a popular option for doing just this.
After you've applied your products, be careful when styling. Don't put your curling iron or flat iron on full blast even though sometimes you want to in order to get the job done quicker. Think of it like a dryer that you use to dry your clothing. What happens when it's too hot in the dryer? The colors of your clothes fade. Guess what happens to your hair when you styling products are up too high? Yup, you guessed it.
In The Sun
This next tip is essential when you're going to spend the day in the sun. Aveda created a sun care line especially for hair and body to keep it protected from the sun, chlorine and salts. To protect from the sun, opt for the Sun Care Protective Hair Veil. It's basically like applying an SPF to your body, but for your hair. You can also include the Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser to remove salts and chlorine and keep your color at it's best after you spend the day by the pool or at the beach.
All the products mentioned are available at Serene Salon & Spa for purchase. Ask your stylist or the front desk for more details.
We are so happy to introduce our new stylist, Kyle Stadig! Kyle has been a stylist for almost 9 years, specializing in men's cuts. He has extensive experience with Aveda as well since he's worked on and off with the brand for 8 years. To help you get to know Kyle a bit better, we asked him a series of interesting questions:
Serene: What's the coolest place you've ever visited?
Kyle Stadig: Mount Tom's Abandoned Water Park
Serene: What is your biggest accomplishment?
KS: Making it to 29 without being institutionalized
Serene: If you could live anywhere, where would it be? And why?
KS: California! Constant sunshine, warmth and the people!
Serene: What is your biggest fear?
KS: Clowns terrify me.
Serene: If you could use only one Aveda makeup product for the rest of your life, what would it be?
KS: Amazonia Bronzer! I need to be bronze, I don't care about anything else.
Serene: What is your favorite thing about your career?
KS: Getting to meet new people and helping them change for the better.
Serene: What is your favorite book to read?
KS: Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi
Serene: If you could choose to do anything for the day, what would it be?
KS: Sleep and Netflix!
Serene: Who in the beauty industry do you look up to the most?
KS: Clipper stylist, Mikey
Serene: What would you sing at Karaoke Night?
KS: "Valerie" by Amy Winehouse or "If I Could Turn Back Time" by Cher
Serene: If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
KS: Brittany Murphy from Uptown Girls. She was so young and talented, I don't think we got to learn enough about her before her passing.
Serene: What is your favorite hair trend at the moment?
KS: I'm loving the softer ombre looks right now where it's darker at the roots and melts into a lighter color.
Serene: If you could eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
KS: Meatloaf with asparagus!
Serene: Who would you want to be stranded on a deserted island with?
KS: Brock O'Hurn
Serene: Who would you want to play you in the movie of your life?
KS: Adam Levine because we look similar!
Serene: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
KS: 45 minutes
Serene: What hair trend are you completely over at the moment?
KS: Trendy grey hair. If it lasted longer, I'd be into it.
To book an appointment with Kyle for hair or makeup, please call 413-322-9799.
Serene Salon & Spa is an Aveda concept salon located in a beautiful converted mill in Holyoke, MA. The interior of Serene incorporates both the industrial, rustic feel of the mill and warm, modern design. We strive to provide the total beauty experience that Aveda is renowned for.