September 13, 2017



Continuing studies can present unique challenges to students at every level. Finding the perfect balance between work, school and a social life is certainly more of an art form than an exact science. With a new school year just around the corner, here are a few tips to help you develop healthy habits to get the most out of your time at the Aveda Institute and have your most successful year yet!


1)   Participate.


Whether it’s a school-led initiative like the Aveda ‘s Earth Month fundraiser and Green Team committee, or volunteering with a cause in your local community, getting involved lets you be social while giving back in a meaningful way. Building these connections will not only make you feel good, but can also be a great way to start building your resume!


2)   Get connected.


Hair styling can be just as competitive as it can be rewarding. Using social media to stay connected to your peers, educators and style innovators can also help you stay connected to current trends, find opportunities for personal and professional growth and build a following of your own.


3)   Get inspired.


Inspiration can strike at the most unlikely of times, but that doesn’t mean you              shouldn’t give yourself plenty of opportunities to seek it out everyday. As an up-and-coming style innovator in the hairdressing field, it’s important to foster your creative side. Engaging in local community events, following style blogs, or practicing mental exercises to think differently about ordinary things can put you on the right path to having your own Eureka moment.


4)    Be curious.


Showing an active interest in your passions can help you stand out from the crowd, but more importantly, when you’re asking questions new worlds of opportunity are opened up to you. Your time in hair school is the best time to communicate with your educators, to explore and to try new techniques under their guidance.


5)   Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.


Thinking creatively is a skill worth developing, especially in aesthetically driven fields like hairstyling. While developing your own voice as an innovator, flexing your creative muscles can also help build practical problem solving skills.


6)   Stop Procrastinating.


This is probably easier said than done. If you’re like the majority of the population, procrastination can be a problem that affects numerous aspects of your life, but being aware of deadlines and giving yourself the time you need to complete tasks, projects and quotas will help you feel more prepared and less stressed.


7)   See your next big challenge as an opportunity.


Every educative experience has its own unique set of challenges and at some point anyone can find him or herself struggling. Whether you’re balancing school with work, volunteering or extracurricular activities, adjusting your perception can have a huge impact on how you approach a problem.


8)   Set realistic goals for yourself.


Goal setting is an important aspect of completing any task, although creating unrealistic goals can actually be more damaging than good. Remember to ask yourself: What is it that you want to achieve? Are you committed to this goal? What is your timeline? Asking these questions can help keep you on track to achieve everything from simple every day tasks like balancing your guest services to large-scale projects- like successfully completing your hairstyling certification!


9)   Know that it’s ok to say “No”.


Sometimes it can be hard to admit our own limitations. Hair school can certainly provide numerous opportunities to gain real experience in your field, be social and get creative- but it’s also hard work. Avoid burning yourself out and listen to your body- skipping a night out for some much needed rest or passing on an extra shift to finish a project can help you prioritize and keep you passions in focus.


10)                   Make Yourself a Priority.


Self-care is the key to overall wellness. Taking a moment to meditate, exercise, do something you love or even just allowing yourself to get the rest your body needs can have a huge impact on both yourself and the people you engage with every day. When you’re feeling well mentally and physically, you’re setting yourself up for success in all areas of your life.  <3