Aveda Salon Experience

Hey guys!! I’m not dead. I’m so sorry about the hiatus but I just got really really busy with the pile of work that I had to do and I was just really tired all the time and I decided that I needed a time off from my everyday hobby of blogging. But I am back now with a post!!! Haha. So today, I finally went to get my bangs done at the Aveda Salon (Luc Espace at Chatswood Chase in Sydney) and here’s how I felt about it. 

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I walked in and was immediately impressed with the layout and decor of the salon. With the warm colors and the wood furnishing (and scent), I could definitely feel the signature natural sensory vibe that Aveda carries. Not to mention the service! I was immediately greeted by their signature tea, water and magazines. My stylist, Lisa, came up to me with in a few seconds and we talked about how I wanted my hair, and immediately she understood. I was definitely impressed by how she then stepped me through the steps of cutting my hair (exactly how much she would take off and where and walked me through how she’d cut my bangs).

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I was then directed my a young man to the basins. Along the way he asked if I’d like a neck and shoulder massage, complimentary with every visit, and of course I said yes. He asked me to take 3 deep breaths, smelling in the natural essence he was holding and close my eyes. I’d definitely say that it was a relaxing experience. He then did his little massage and off we went with the hair wash. Of course, he only used Aveda products which I was really happy about because I know their mantras and mottos and I was delighted to try their products (amazing, my hair feels so soft and smooth). The only thing I hate about salons sometimes is the amount of products with harmful chemicals in them that they use, products that I would never ever use myself because of my love for natural products.

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So, away from the basin we went, and he combed my hair. AND THANK THE LORD he knows how to comb hair. He didn’t rip out my whole head like every other salon I’ve been to did. And then we go to the haircut. She snipped away, reminding me first to uncross my legs to maintain balance in the haircut (something that hairdressers never did before but I was thankful and delighted that she did). And can I say, when I said an inch (ONE inch) she ACTUALLY just cut off ONE ince, no more!!! That seriously impressed me. But the thing that put the icing on the cake was that she waited til the end to cut my fringe, to make sure I hadn’t changed my mind.

This whole package I was thoroughly pleased with. I’m surprised, and delighted, to say that I can not think of ONE bad thing to say about my experience, which is definitely a first. However, I will tell you that although my fringe looks good, it feels hella strange.

WHAT I WAS AIMING FOR:

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BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Healthy Diet Tip #3: How to Choose the RIGHT Beverage

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Hey hey hey! It’s been more than a week (I swear) since I last did my Healthy Diet Tip post (oops). Maybe not. It just feels like a really long time. Anyways. This week’s Healthy Diet Tip is about….. Drinks (if you couldn’t see that from the title, lol). Anyways, lets jump into it.

We know that the lovely H2O (water) is the best for us and the recommended intake is 8 cups of water a day (thats about 2 litres or maybe half a gallon, I really don’t know) and we all know how good it is for our skin, and for weight loss and just for better health.

BUT we all know even more how difficult it is to just drink water in the modern say with so many distractions like the SODA/SOFT DRINK/FIZZY DRINK and juices and sport drinks and… I could just go on naming them for the longest time but I won’t because that’s not the main point of this post.

Now I’m not going to be one of those people who just preach the “never drink anything but water” because a) that would be extremely hypocritical and b) totally impractical. Honestly speaking, I don’t think I know one person who can actually do that.

So here we come to the main part of our little post.

The RIGHT Kind Of Beverage

  • To spice up water (if you find it boring, like me): add some lemon pieces, I know it may sound uber cliched but honestly it makes it that little bit better. If you still can’t bring yourself to love it than add some honey. I know what you’re thinking, “but honey is a type of sugar” and it is true that sugar, no matter what sugar, is the same but honey brings that nice taste into your water and will be MILES better than drinking other types of soft drink, juices and other drinks on the market, trust me.
  • Tea. Tea. Tea. Tea. I cannot emphasize ENOUGH how amazing tea is. It is the perfect beverage. You can have it hot or cold (home made iced tea is just divine). Plain tea is so so good for you. Have a cup of green tea AFTER dinner (and lunch if you want) and it has the best detoxing effect. It will help flush out the oils that you have on you digestive tracts. Tea is the wonder drug people, it really is.
  • Homemade coffee: the ones in coffee shops may have too much sugar in them but you could choose to get the expresso or something that contains no syrup.
  • If it wasn’t obvious enough in my first Healthy Diet Tip post, I like my home made smoothies. They’re ridiculously healthy and yummy. Go for that!
  • And finally, a good beverage choice would be vegetable juice and coconut water. They’re very light and you can keep up the vegetable servings with the vegie juice.

The Beverages to AVOID

  • Carrying on with the juice theme from the end of that last section, juice (especially bottled juice) is something to avoid. There is more sugar in those bottle juices than soft drinks like Coke!!!!! You can see why you’d want to avoid that. In addition, although the recommended dietary intake for fruit is 3 servings a day, a bottle of juice usually has A LOT more than that meaning that you’re exceeding the natural sugar intake that you should be having.
  • Avoid “diet” and “zero” sodas. I know because it has the word “diet” or “zero” plastered across it, people are automatically drawn to it. But don’t be fooled. The chemicals they have in them are not good for you at all. Some companies use chemicals to get rid of the sugar that was in the mixture form the original formular and then add more chemicals to make up for the lack of nice taste in the soda after the anti-sugar agents in it.
  • Normal sodas (or soft drinks) as a whole should be avoided along with sports drinks and energy drinks (ick!).
  • Alcohol! We all know that alcohol is not very good for your liver at all, but not many people know that it’s not good for your scales either. There are so so SO many hidden calories in them. For example, a glass of wine or a pint of beer has around 150 calories in them (!!!) and if you’re having a mixed drink that’s a lot lot more. Research has also shown that alcohol in higher amounts can  contribute to cancers of the breast, esophagus, stomach, and colon. So definitely use judgment and moderation when fitting alcohol into your meal plan.
  • Finally, there is the mixed coffee drinks. I know that this is something that’s so so difficult for me to follow (and will probably be the same for you guys). I love my coffee drinks and my hot chocolates etc from Starbucks and other coffee franchises but Oh My God they’re scary. I will not expand on that because the guilt factor lays on really thick for that one. BUT. I use it as a treat. I won’t have it every single day but if I do, I make sure I have been eating really well.

So that is the end of this healthy diet post. I hope it helped and I hope you liked it. Please tell me what your guilty pleasure drinks are in the comments section below.

So thank you for reading and see you tomorrow.

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