Motivational Wellness: Founder’s Example of Finding Flow

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Do you remember the first thought or thing you did when you woke up this morning? Be honest…you probably don’t and that’s okay. We typically shoot ourselves out of canons, a million thoughts about to-do lists and other thoughts connected to obligations which start with the words “should”, “have to” and “can’t” or “don’t” attached. No shame, but honestly, between the thoughts and the doing, we forget how to just BE. How do we do that? Just breathe consciously. In the simplest form of the word, inspiration = breath.

“It’s important to let go, calm down, and get grounded. We need to listen to ourselves. When one becomes aware that our present-moment thoughts are not productive, one should simply let them go. Change a negative thought to a positive one.” ~Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher (1941-2014)

I didn’t have the gift of knowing Horst Rechelbacher personally, yet his passion for plants and care of the environment has always been phenomenal to me. An immigrant son of an Austrian herbalist and shoemaker, his love of nature became a vocation to teach and transform the beauty industry’s impenetrable, impersonal facade from the inside out: as a hairstylist, yoga and meditation student, environmentalist, entrepreneur and genius philosopher in my humble opinion, his impact reached far and wide.

Horst walked his walk and did not let a near fatal car accident in his 20’s alter the course of his vision. He had to heal physically and be patient within a healing timeline not in his control and it had everything to do with an abundant mindset as illustrated above. Decades before “sustainability” became trendy, every breath he took was in a foundation of deeply passionate self-love and respect for himself, others and the planet. Horst’s loving integrity and an uncompromising vision reminds us that laser-sharp thought process is what your self-love demands of you in each moment of your day: that what you think, how you feel about it, how you talk about it and how you act upon it can transform your world from negative to positive. Just BE, just flow for now, one moment at a time.

For an Aveda experience at Folawn’s to really do that, you have to surrender and trust yourself, which is the foundation of self-love. Our founder’s example set the tone: It’s never just a haircut, a nail appointment, a facial, or a massage. Try thinking about your aches, pains and negative experiences as a little kid that needs your immediate attention. The reality is our best selves show up when we pay attention to our challenges, thinking and feeling positive and allowing our friends to help us. Paying attention to ourselves and feeling loved is the true transformational currency of abundance. Please allow Folawn’s and Aveda to help you find the abundance you may have overlooked. February’s flow of self-love can be found in transforming the negative lead into positive gold. It really CAN be that simple.

Blogger: Ja’Net Shawnee, Licensed Massage Therapist, Polarity Therapy Practitioner

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3 Things you can do to improve your natural texture

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I hear it a lot- especially as a hair stylist with curly hair, “My hair has natural wave/curl, but I don’t like to wear it natural because it isn’t pretty or uniform!” I’m willing to bet that your natural texture can be pretty with a few simple changes to your routine.
First and foremost, you must adjust the way you view it. Your wave pattern is a lot less set in stone than you think. Consider hair texture as a spectrum ranging from stick- straight to kinky curly, with several degrees of wavy in between. It can feel overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it these few tricks for encouraging curl (or increase wave) can allow you to take advantage of your built-in style and save a lot of time by avoiding blow-drying, curling, and flat ironing. Starting with…
1. Give it moisture
Curly/wavy hair tends to feel dryer than straight hair simply because it is harder for the natural oils from your scalp to navigate the turns in the hair shaft. To compensate, make sure you are using a good quality moisturizing shampoo and conditioner (Aveda Dry Remedy is my BFF). Also, consider stretching out the time between your shampoos to give your scalp a chance to provide some of its own conditioner. Something like every three days or twice a week is ideal, but I prefer to shampoo based on the way my hair looks and feels. Sometimes after the gym I will simply rinse and condition to remove the ickiness without stripping it on day two. A super moisturizing mask once a week or every other is ideal for long or colored curly hair. If you find yourself frustrated with frizzy curls, it may be time to add a moisturizing product (like my favorite: Aveda Universal Styling Crème) to give it the moisture it’s reaching out for.

2. Be gentle!
If you’re feeling fluffy, frizzy, or poofy you are probably over brushing your hair. The more you mess with your hair the less like individual curls and more like one giant, fluffy mass it becomes. Instead try detangling with a big, wide-toothed comb in the shower once you have applied your conditioner. Start from the ends and work your way up to undo any tangles. Never scrub your hair side-to-side and avoid roughing it up with a towel. Instead, try drying your hair by wrapping it in an old cotton t-shirt. The cotton is gentler than terry cloth and does not pull the hair like the weight of a full-sized towel. Avoid breakage (and thus frizz) by avoiding the temptation to put your hair up in a bun or pony tail while it’s still wet and consider replacing your elastics with bobbles, scrunchies, and spin pins which put less tension on the hair.

3. Experiment with product combinations
The final step in styling with natural texture is to scrunch in your styling products. Once your hair is damp but not dripping thanks to t-shirt wrapping simply apply your product(s) to the palms of your hands, tilt your head upside down and lift the ends of the hair up towards your scalp. Give it a good squeeze, so that you are gathering it in a fist, and then drop. Continue this process all over your head until everything is scrunched, and most of the product has been absorbed. Resist the urge to break up the curl by running your fingers through it, pulling it, or combing in any way. You can continue to scrunch as it dries, but that’s really it!
Here’s the trick: the perfect combination of products for beautiful, shiny, frizz free locks is totally personal to the individual. Generally, wavy and curly hair works best with a product for moisture (creams, oils, and serums) and a product for hold (gels, foams, and hairsprays). You might throw in a third for humidity, but 2-3 leave in products is best. Try different kinds in different combinations to see what you like, and more importantly, what your hair likes. My personal favorite combo for my dry, fine, curly hair is about a quarter-sized amount of Aveda Universal Styling Crème (for moisture) scrunched in damp hair with a layer of Aveda Damage Control spray (for crunch free hold).

Drop a comment below and let us know your favorite combos or any tricks you like to use for rocking your natural texture!

Blogger: Mandi Marquez

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My Chair-ish Thoughts.

 

 

Today I thought it might be fun to drop a few “Fact Findings, from behind our Chairs”. If you think you know everything there is to know about your hair, you just might want to re-think that. If you’re like many, you may know how to style it or maybe what length that looks or feels best on you, but there’s a lot of weird stuff going on up there that we rarely give a second thought too. Here are a few interesting fun hair facts may just blow your mind, or at least make you rethink the extent of your hair knowledge.

 

  • On average, you shed around 50-150 strands of hair a day. Yes, now you know what’s been clogging your shower drain.
  • Hair is  the second fastest growing tissue in the body after bone marrow. Lets just say thank goodness for that. If you’ve ever had a bad haircut.
  • A healthy strand of hair can stretch an additional 30% when it’s wet. So don’t pull it while brushing it wet, for all that is holy!
  • Hair grows slightly faster in warm weather, because heat stimulates circulation and encourages hair growth. “Beach Time Maybe?”
  •  The only thing about you that can’t be identified by your hair is your gender—men’s hair and women’s hair are identical in structure. I think I might be watching to much NCIS.
  • The scientific term for split ends is “trichoptilosis.” Yeah, I had to look that up!
  • Eighty percent of Americans wash their hair twice a day. Geez people haven’t you ever heard of Dry Shampoo!
  •  A single hair has a lifespan of about five years.
  • Trying to grow out your hair? It takes about 7 years to grow it to your waist, and 3 years to grow it to your shoulders!
  • All of the hair follicles in the human body are formed by the time we are just five months old in the womb. Apparently, one more thing to blame on mom!

So till next time,

Blogger: Terry Folawn

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Microcurrent: The Natural Facelift

The day I turned thirty, I woke up excited in my hotel room with the promise of a French 75 and the cajun breakfast that was awaiting me as I was celebrating my most illustrious birthday in the Big Easy. Favorite cleanser in hand I gazed into the fluorescent lit bathroom mirror ready to primp myself for the day’s festivities. And then I saw it, like a sci fi monster creeping out of the depths, it was smile lines. Those starkly defined and painfully dreaded wrinkles that were etched around my nose and mouth.

  1. Was. Devastated.

Had I smiled to much in my thirty years? Surely I drank enough water. Exfoliation? It had to be exfoliation. Time to scrub my face like I never had before.

But the simple fact is, the human face is constructed of 45 muscles, 36 of which are used for expression alone. And unlike anywhere else on the body, those muscles directly relate to the appearance of our skin. Right at the tender age of 30, our muscle function begins to atrophy. As this deterioration begins to occur, we simultaneously lose collagen and elastin in our skin.  Science calls this, “Sarcopenia.” I call it, “Gravity is making my face melt and it’s not fair.” I refused to let my cheeks go down without a fight, so what’s a girl to do? Microcurrent my darling.

Microcurrent is a rejuvenating, low-level electrotherapy facial. Two prongs are used by an Esthetician to strategically strengthen the facial muscles, reeducating them into a sculpted and visibly tighter position. It’s Pilates for your face. During the facial, you’ll experience the tingling sensation of small electrical impulses. These impulses mimic those naturally occurring in our body. Aside from the improvement in muscle tone, microcurrent therapy triggers a boost in the body’s production of collagen and elastin. Those precious youthful proteins.

Immediately after the facial, the results are visible. The face is lifted, firm and beautifully hydrated. Treatment is typically done over several sessions, comparable to our gym routines for the rest of our body. Microcurrent is completely safe and FDA approved, however for some clients it’s not the best option.  I wouldn’t recommend this treatment for any of my pregnant guest, people with heart conditions or epilepsy.

Blogger: Katie Leigh

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