By Samantha

You’re 100% sure you want to be a hair stylist. But not just a stylist—you want to be the best. You want to be awesome at color. You want to bring out the best for your clients, and give them a look that takes them from ‘whatever’ to ‘WOW’. Now the next step is choosing the right beauty school for you. But how do you know which one is best for you? Aren’t all beauty schools pretty much the same?

Truth be told, all beauty schools are not created equally. Here’s the deal—if you take the time to research the beauty schools in the Portland and Vancouver WA areas, you’re sure to find the right one for you. But what do you need to look for? And what questions should you ask?

Take a Close Look The Curriculum

Yes, hairstylists are...

By Samantha

At the Aveda Institute Portland, it’s a question we hear a lot.  Because cosmetology professionals know that Aveda stands for high quality, from our classroom environments and commitment to our students, to compensation packages and respect in the industry. So what does it take to become an Aveda beauty instructor?

Actually, it takes a very qualified, very special individual. 

Do you have a commitment to excellence in everything you do? Do you like to inspire others to become the best they can be? Do you like to nurture creative capabilities in others? Do you have a firm grasp of the skills and practical techniques that hair stylists, cosmetologist, estheticians...

By Samantha

When you were little, you loved to get into your mom’s makeup kit.  And you couldn’t wait to get your own.  You love to create new looks and follow the trends in magazines.

You love how makeup can transform the ordinary into WOW!

While a love of makeup is a great place to start, it takes more than that to have a successful career as a makeup artist. Whether you’re just getting out of high school or thinking of making a career change, here are some important things you should know about being a makeup artist, before you take the leap.
By Samantha

It starts with the prom proposal, then you pick your dress and figure out your prom group. One of the most magical nights of Senior Year is right around the corner and you realize you’ve forgotten one of the biggest parts of your look: your HAIR! Whether you’re planning things out in advance or found this article the day of, we’ve got you covered. If you’re getting your hair done at a salon or DIY-ing it at home, you need some inspiration to drive your style.

Ditch The Updo! This Year We’re All About The Tousled, Undone Look!


By Samantha
  • stylist, cutting, salon

It started when you found yourself re-styling your Barbie doll’s hair. Then you started playing with your own hair, trying new styles and playing with color. Maybe some friends of yours asked you to style their hair. They loved what you did and you loved doing it. It’s no surprise you’re now considering going to cosmetology school to become a hair stylist.

At Aveda Institute Portland, both our Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington campuses are filled with students like you. When they first come for a tour of our beauty school, they often say, “This is what I’ve always wanted to do and I’m so glad I found the perfect place to help me get there.” And while they all want a career in cosmetology, there are many different fields you can...

By ray

So you’ve decided to become a cosmetologist. Good for you! It’s an exciting field that combines creativity, customer service, style and income! So how do you choose the right beauty school for you? The experts at Aveda Institute Portland, with Aveda campuses in Portland OR and Vancouver WA, have put together this handy checklist of things to consider when you compare programs.

1. Decide which area(s) interest you most. You might want to focus exclusively on being a hair stylist, or you may want to train in cosmetology, esthiology, nails or all of the above.

2. Make a list of the beauty schools near you and contact them to request more information. Admissions counselors are sure to contact you, as well, so have a list of...

By rachel

If you follow Shannon on her Instagram ( @ShannonslovelyLocks) then you know that this up and coming stylist LOVES a good color transformation! Shannon is currently in our salon life phase and only has a few more months before she is out in the world of beauty. We caught up with her to find out a little more about her journey so far at the Aveda Institute Portland! 


By rachel

Brows are currently all the rage in the world of beauty. While we might have plucked them to a nub in the 90’s, the new trend is a significantly easier and less painful look. Say hello to big, full brows! We caught up with Instructor Beatrice to find out how to get the look!

Step 1: Shape & Define 

Begin by brushing the brows into place with a “spoolie” or clean mascara wand. For a defined look sweep the Aveda Eye Definer pencil onto an angle brush. Starting underneath, begin outlining the brow, moving in light, short...

By rachel

We are knee-deep in summer and getting ready for summer break! That means one thing....VACATION!!! After the winter, we have had in the PNW we are welcoming summer excursions with open arms! We want to help get YOU vaycay ready so for the month of July you can come on in and get 3 travel size Aveda products for just $20!!! This is an amazing mix-&-match deal that you don't want to miss. We caught up with some students and staff to find out their travel essentials to give you a little inspo- check it out!

Ellie (Assistant Manager)


By rachel
  • Hair Makeup Beauty School Aveda Institute Portland PDX est beauty Salon College

There seems to be never ending tips and tricks on how to get a killer winged eye-liner. Mastering the perfect flick may be time consuming but it’s a job well worth it because nothing makes the eyes look more feminine. We caught up with Instructor Amanda, the QUEEN of the cat-eye, to find how to get this staple look in a few simple steps!

Aveda Beauty School PDX HowToTips EyeLiner Makeup School Hair Makeup

Prep: Clean Eyelid of Debris

Before starting your look, be sure to prep your eyelids for a smooth...



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