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    Indian Sunrise Makeup Tutorial

    I had the pleasure of hanging out with the very talented Nikki Hodgkins for a day and learned a thing or two about makeup application. So today I am sharing with you our indian sunrise makeup tutorial! Enjoy!  

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    What is that triangle shaped thing on the end of my stylists blow dyer?

      Q: Why does my stylist use that little triangle shaped thing on the end of their blowdryer? That little triangle thing is called a concentrator. If you're like most people, it came with your blow dryer and you threw it away with the packaging.

  • How to create an easy side braid

    Watch this MFX video on how to create an sweet and simple side braid!  

  • 4 Makeup Looks for the Holidays!

    Holiday Parties are upon us, jazz up your makeup for the evening with one of these easy and beautiful Aveda Looks!Mixed MetalsThis look is drawing on the super popular trend of silver and gold together. The eyes are gold and black on the top lid, and silver on the bottom lash line. Eyes-Top Lid: Gold color from Golden Cypress, Black Tulip, lightest shade from Copper Haze for blending. Bottom Lid: Silver from Twilight, Liner in Black Orchid, Mosscara in Black ForestCheeks- Plum TouchLips- Li...

  • MFX Makeup How to: Ombre Lip Color

    Lauren has put together a wonderful tutorial on a quick, easy and beautiful lip color technique. Today were showing Gogi Berry a luscious red from our fall/winter collection Romantic Grandeur. To make a more subtle everyday look choose a lighter pink and a brown liner.

  • MFX Makeup How to: Antique Gold Eyes

    Welcome to our First Fall Makeup How to Video. Today we are going to go over how to create the eye look "Antique gold" by layering some beautiful Aveda colors from our Fall/Winter Collection. We will be using 4 Single Eye Colors; All Spice, Ivory Lotus, Golden Cypress and Gypsum Grey.

  • How to Book your Appointment Online

     Please remember the most important part is to make sure you got that confirmation email, if you didn't go back and make sure you clicked complete order. If you did and still no email please give us a call to make sure your appointment got onto the schedule. Thank you!

  • Am I too old for long hair?

    It is remarkable how many times I've been asked by my female clients, "Am I too old for long hair?"  or "At what age do I go to a short cut?"  Well the answer is there is no defining age when a woman should cut off her hair and your age should not define your hair length.  What I tell my clients is that they should feel comfortable with the length of their hair; that their hair style should flatter them and enhance their natural beauty; and that at any length they need to be able ...

  • Go PINK! DIY How-To Guide from a Professional.

    As a hair colorist for MFX SoCo, I have quite a bit of freedom with my own hairstyle. I usually keep it pretty conservative, except for now and then I'll throw in some pink. It's my most sought after shade, and it fades away super fast, so when my clients ask for PINK, I usually have to tell them they'll need to come back in every few weeks to redo it, or I'll send them home with instructions to do touch-ups themselves.

  • New Dry Remedy Oil Quenches Even the Driest, Parched Hair!

    Every once and a while a new product comes out that completely changes everything.  For me that product is the new Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil.  I received a sample of this oil a few months ago and I am amazed by how much it has changed my hair!  Only 2 drops of the oil used on wet or dry hair adds tons of shine and moisture.  I was surprised that my hair behaved so much better when blowdrying and when I straightened it with a hot tool my hair had so much more shine and...

  • New Years Makeup tips

    Around the holidays, everyone seems to be going to a party and at a loss for a new way to make their makeup pop. It can be difficult to do something dramatic and new with your makeup, especially if you stick to a specific color range. If you're used to neutrals, neutrals are what you know, and what you're comfortable with.

  • How can I blow dry my hair like you? Part II

    Sometimes it seems like an going battle every morning, trying to style your hair the way it looked at the salon.  In part one of this blog we went over the tools you need to create that perfect style. Now I'm going to walk you through how to create a smooth, frizz free finish with some of our awesome Aveda products. Styling Products Having the right styling products for your look will insure that your style lasts all day.

  • Interview With A Colorist

    What is a color consultation? A color consultation is a fifteen minute appointment ( often on a date before your hair color service) in which you and a colorist discuss your hair color goals. Why is it required?

  • Winter Weather and your Skin

    Now that winter is slowly creeping up on us, it's time to change your skin care routine... It's always around this time of year that I notice the skin on my face and hands are noticeably flaky and drier to the touch. There are several factors to take into consideration, less humidity in the air, indoor heating can really affect the skin, and excessive hand washing to ward of cold and flu germs.

  • What makes Aveda makeup different?

    Did you know that we absorb up to 60 percent of what we put on our skin?  Have you read the ingredients in that mascara or eye shadow you purchased from the department store?  Many of the ingredients in makeup we purchase at department or drug stores have been linked to cancer.  There are enough things out there to worry about without worrying about the ingredients in your makeup! So, what ingredients are potentially dangerous?  There are 12 toxic ingredients found in many co...

  • Dry Shampoo Recipes!

    By:  Erinn Cain Since I had so many people enjoy my dry shampoo post I thought I would share a few recipes with everyone. If you have any you use and enjoy please share with us. Have fun creating your own and getting a few extra minutes sleep!

  • Does Aveda make a Dry Shampoo?

    Working in the salon industry as long as I have, I have picked up some great "tricks of the trade" over the years. One of my favorite secrets to share with my clients is the wonderful impact of something as simple as DRY SHAMPOO!!! While Aveda is my favorite and primary product line I go to, they do not carry a dry shampoo.

  • Look Younger With The Right Cut and Color

    Look younger just by changing your cut or color! Humans as a whole are on the constant search for the fountain of youth. In 2012 we spent $114 BILLION on anti-aging products! We are injecting things into our faces, sleeping slathered in creams and going in for "just a little procedure" left and right.

  • 2013's Biggest Fall Hair Trends

    PONY'S, BANGS & VOLUME Fashion ponys are all the trend this fall.  Where them low at the nape with lots of volume at the crown, and pieces falling around the face.  Break out those teasing combs and hairspray to get the look just right, think Brigitte Bardot ponytail.

  • 2013 Fall Fashion 101

    It's time again to start asking "What is hot this fall?"  The good news is many of the trends for fall 2013 are repeats from last year's trend report but with new styling or colors.  A few new additions to the wardrobe will have your ready for fall in no time! Check out what models were sporting on the runways so you can be ready for the cooler days ahead! Leather:  The leather trend has been hot for a few years now so don't put the leather away yet!  Look for pieces inspired...

  • Bobby Pins and a Sweet, Simple updo

    Yes you can just stick a bobby pin (or 20)  in your hair, but I am going to teach you a better way to use this little metal tool. Let's use a simple bun for our example. Smooth your hair back into a ponytail and secure with a hair elastic (preferably one without metal parts). We are going to refer to the hair elastic as our base.

  • Help! I dyed my hair at home and now it's orange!

    Did you try to save some time and money by doing your own haircolor at home, and now it's a disaster? Colorists see this sort of thing all the time, and rest assured, there is a fix for that. But you'll have to go to a salon for help.

  • How can I blowdry my hair like you do?

    The one thing I hear more often then not is; "I love the way you style my hair! I wish I could make it look like this at home." Well I'm here to offer a few tips to help make that wish come true! Having the right tools will make all this difference in the world.

  • Pregnant with Roots! Help!

    I'm Pregnant and I Have Roots! What Can I Do? Congratulations on your upcoming bundle of joy!

  • Two Aveda Solutions For Dry And Brittle Hair

    By:  Whitney LaBrecque The two most common culprits to most hair woes are either a lack of moisture or a lack of protein. Is your hair dry and brittle? Are you suffering from hair breakage?

  • Don't miss our Newest Aveda Spa Experience!

    Aveda's Dual Exfoliation Treatment I recently had the opportunity to take an advanced skin care class to learn all about Aveda's newest facial, The Dual Exfoliation Treatment. I was amazed at how immediate, and visible the results were with just one treatment. The treatment combines Aveda's naturally derived mechanical and biochemical exfoliation methods into one facial that visibly transforms the skin through the process of dual exfoliation.

  • Fall Hair Color We Are Dyeing to Try!

    Its time to start thinking about getting your hair fall fabulous again!  While the temperatures are still soaring here in Austin the fashion world is buzzing about what is hot (and what is not) for fall 2013.  Here are some hair color ideas to consider as we move into the cooler months. Brunettes:   This fall tone down your dramatic ombre and try something more natural.  Subtle painted on highlights that mimic natural sun bleached hair are right on trend this season.&nbs...

  • Why Men Should Know Salons Are NOT For Women Only

    There seems to be some stigma associated with men attending salons; so I'm here to tell you it is totally acceptable for men to go to a salon to get their hair cut.  Stylists are trained in all aspects of hair including men's cuts, and men deserve the same attention to hair as their counterparts.  In my experience men often have haircutting needs that cannot be met by their current discount haircut providers.

  • The Perfect Date for your Hair Color

    Products We Love Why do we love you Aveda? Well, we love you for your natural based color line, that makes our hair look beautiful without all the nasty chemicals. Our product of the week focuses on keeping our lovely Aveda color bright and vibrant for longer.

  • 10 Summer Haircare Tips

    Summer proof your hair with Aveda's 3-part defense and recovery Sun Care line created to cleanse, restore and protect your hair.  The hair and body cleanser removes chlorine, salt, and build up; the after-sun hair masque restores weakened hair by moisturizing with natural oils; and the protective hair veil  forms an invisible water-resistent screen to help protect hair from UV exposure for up to 16 hours, to minimize color fadage, damage, and dryness. Lessen your blowdryer usage, a...

  • Quick styling tips that are totally worth trying! Part III

    By:  Cassie Ward, Colorist, Circle C Ranch Location WIG OUT! Thinking of making a big change? Are you wanting to go from a blonde to a brunette?

  • The NEW Aveda 2013 Fall Winter Collection

    Coming to MFX in July, the new fall/winter Aveda Makeup collection Heartlands. Enjoy the photos, more information coming soon!

  • May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!

    We've said good-bye to winter and spring, and now summer is finally here!  May is skin cancer awareness month and now is the time to get tested for skin cancer!   There are many resources that offer free skin cancer screenings this month.

  • I'm Engaged - What NOW?! A Salon FAQ for Brides

    As Maximum FX's wedding planner I have a lot of brides ask me a lot of questions!  Here are a few of the most common questions brides have about their wedding hair, skin, and makeup. When should I call to make my appointment?

  • 100 Years of the Most Sought After Hairstyles

    There have always been "trendsetters" when it comes to hairstyles and over the last 100 years there are several women easily identified with their eras as the "trendsetter".  These women not only made style contributions; but in some cases made political and social statements, as well as crossed societal divisions. 1920's - It was the jazz age, the roaring 20's, and women were making a social statement after breaking off from the rigid Victorian way of life.

  • Touched: A Sensory Experience

    By:  Linda Weisman The sense of touch is just one of our five senses and arguably the most personal. We come in contact with each other on a daily basis in many different ways and for many different reasons. Touch can be relaxing, therapeutic, reassuring, comforting, healing and energizing; the stylists in our salon use touch in a variety of positive ways on a daily basis.

  • WANTED: Curling Iron...but which one???

    Its a little known fact that curling irons have been around for over 100 years; we can thank a Frenchman, Marcel Grateu, who in 1875 developed the technique of using irons for waving and curling the hair.  Modern day curling irons have evolved into countless variations of wands, irons, straighteners, crimpers, and wavers, so which one should you use? While on the hunt for your ideal curling iron its important to decide what kind of curl you ultimately want to wear, this will help you d...

  • What is a "toner" and why do I need one?

    Written by:  Erica Colon WHAT IS TONER?  Hair color used to enhance or neutralize colors exposed when lightening the hair. When a colorist uses Enlightener (Aveda's hair decolorizer), they are either breaking through old hair color or taking the hair lighter than they would be able to using any other product.

  • Help! I have curly hair and I need a haircut.

    You can have a successful haircut and you can recreate the look at home—and yes I mean you with the curly hair.  A successful haircut always begins with a productive consultation that includes both you and your stylist’s input. Your stylist will need to determine how often you wear your hair curly because this will help them decide on a cutting technique.  If you wear it curly 100% of the time, cutting the hair dry is optimal when your curl pattern is average to tight.  So definin...

  • 10 Superfoods For Healthier Skin & Hair

    Caring for your hair isn't always about what you use on it to make it stronger and shinier; what goes into our bodies also directly impacts the health of our skin and hair.  So it should not come as any surprise that healthy hair like anything else that concerns our bodies starts with good nutrition.  Listed below are ten superfoods that can aid in your quest for healthier skin and hair, try incorporating some of these superfoods into your diets. Blueberries were ranked number one in a...

  • How Can I Extend The Life Of My Red Hair Color?

    As we all know, red heads are the hardest to keep vibrant and shiny. We all love the vibrancy of the color right when we walk out of the salon, but never can maintain the look after multiple shampoo washes. There is a solution for that, if you are wanting to vamp up the tone of red in your hair and put back some richness into it we have a demi permanent hair color line which is a gloss that adds intense shine to the hair and contains a naturally derived anti-oxidant to help protect hair against ...

  • Do I really HAVE to use products in my hair?

    Occasionally, our stylists will get asked to style their guest's hair without using any styling products. It may be that they feel their hair gets too “greasy” looking, or it weighs their hair down, or they just don’t like the “feel” of their hair with product in it. We asked our expert stylists to weigh in on this issue.

  • Looking Picture Perfect this Holiday Season

    Looking Picture Perfect This Holiday Season It’s that time of year again. No matter where you go, you will inevitably be bombarded with, “smile!”, “just one more”, “say cheese!” and so goes the Holiday picture taking season. The good news is this year you’ll be ready.

  • The 7 Basic Face Shapes

    By Jake Cole Have you ever considered your face shape when choosing a cut or style?  Your face shape can significantly change how certain hairstyles look on you.  There are 7 basic face shapes and certain styles flatter each one!  I am going to go into more detail about each basic face shape and what you might need to consider when choosing a new look. The 7 basic face shapes are oval, round, square, diamond, heart, pear and oblong.  Now you  might be thinking that's gre...

  • Nighttime: scrub; morning: glow!

    We all want our skin to glow and have that fresh look, but it really starts with your nighttime routine! I know, the last thing we want to before climbing into bed, is to spend any more time scrubbing off all of the make-up and grime from the day. Our moms drove us crazy growing up stressing the importance of brushing our teeth and taking off our make-up...all of that nagging made us want to rebel and just go to sleep.

  • Pumpkin Pies, Pumpkin Lattes, & Pumpkin Facials

    Let me just start this by saying, I love all things pumpkin! It's the beginning of a new season, and what better way to get your skin ready for fall with one of Mother Nature's most beneficial gourds, the pumpkin... Pumpkin makes a wonderful facial mask for all skin types, especially helpful to environmentally damaged or sensitive skin.

  • How often do I really NEED to come into the salon?

    By:  Melinda Perez & Jessica Morris Sticking to a schedule for your hair maintenance can be confusing... every person is different! We've put together a guideline for haircuts and haircolor that should help unravel the mystery.

  • Quick styling and beauty tips from Cassie that are TOTALLY worth trying. - Part 2

    By: Cassie Ward, Colorist, Circle C Ranch Location Everyone always wants to look like they just stepped out of the salon, whether you are blazing out the door to get to work or all dressed up for a hot date. Here are some quick styling and beauty tips that willl save you time and will keep you always looking your best. Trust me, they are worth a try.

  • Quick styling and beauty tips from Cassie that are TOTALLY worth trying. - Part 1

    By: Cassie Ward, Colorist, Circle C Ranch Location Everyone always wants to look like they just stepped out of the salon, whether you are blazing out the door to get to work or all dressed up for a hot date. Here are some quick styling and beauty tips that willl save you time and will keep you always looking your best. Trust me, they are worth a try.

  • Gluten-free Aveda Products: A Guide To Healthier Living (Updated)

    By: Lilla Glaeser, Director Of Human Resources If you’re like me, living with a gluten sensitivity, it can be hard to find beauty products that are gluten-free and give you the desired results. Between 0.5 and 1.0 percent of people in the United States are sensitive to gluten due to Celiac disease**. Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye).

  • Aveda Neo Goth Collection For Fall

    What do you think of the new Aveda Neo Goth collection?

  • 5 Things to Look for when Purchasing a Blow Dryer

       By Leigh Ellington Every once and a while I will be helping a client with our smoothing products, letting them know how our Smooth Infusion line helps combat frizz and smooth out wave and curl and I will get the best compliment! Clients will will say, "Well, your hair doesn't need that.  It's so smooth." Whenever I hear this I always laugh.

  • Help! I'm trying to grow out my hair.

    Alright ladies, I’ve had a lot of clients wanting to grow their hair out so I thought it would be helpful to write up some tips on what to do while growing your hair out. The most important thing to consider is to take care of your hair. There is nothing worse than long damaged hair.

  • Help! I just had the worst brow wax of my life! Now what?

    I know first hand of that experience...we've all had a bad brow wax at some point in our lives, and it's very upsetting and frustrating. It also makes you wary of just anybody waxing them again. First of all, I recommend that you do some brow wax research in your city.

  • Sun and Water Aren't The Only Elements Damaging Your Hair

    By now you have probably heard the basic summer hair care rules. Wear a hat. Do regular deep conditioning treatment.

  • Create Dreamy Braids

    Dreamy Braids is a salon look you can create yourself at home with the right Aveda products and techniques. This video shows you how.

  • Stressed? Join the club!

    Last week I was making the trek home during rush hour and I found that the littlest thing was sending me into a blind rage!  After screaming in my car about proper merging etiquette, I came to the realization that I was beyond stressed!  While driving can be a stressful experience, especially here in Austin, the stress from my everyday life had finally sent me over the edge and the red Volvo in front of me was going to hear about it!  If you are like me stress is a normal part of ...

  • Lighten Your Hair for Spring!

    Warmer weather is here, and in Austin, TX we are blessed with lots of sunshine. You probably have noticed that your hair naturally gets a little lighter in the summer months just from being outside in the sun. Remember how light your hair used to get when you were a kid?

  • A Love Affair With Aveda Beautifying Oil | 4 Tips To Staying Hydrated | Body Care

    I love products! Hair care, skin care, makeup, you name it and I probably have it, but there is one product I don’t love and that is body lotion! Of course, my legs and arms suffered from a lack of hydration, especially in the summer.

  • Does Your Hair Feel Dry? Damaged? FIX IT IN 5 MINUTES!

    This time of year, I hear a lot of comments from clients who feel their hair is getting dry or looking damaged. If this sounds like you, you are not alone! When seasons change, our skin and hair gets put through the ringer.

  • P.O.C. Pop of Color

    By Cassie Ward, Color Specialist, Circle C Ranch location As we head into the spring, bright colors are all around. This is the perfect time to incorporate these vibrant hues into our wardrobe or everyday look. If you aren’t comfortable walking around looking like a box of highlighters we can add that perfect Pop Of Color or P.O.C.

  • With warmer temperatures coming, is an Aveda Essential Back Treatment needed?

    Clocks have sprung forward, trees and flowers are blooming...Ahh, Spring is finally here! My favorite time of year to spend as much time outdoors in tank tops and sundresses before the dreaded summer heat takes the life out me and my dog, Celis. I always look forward to packing away my winter clothes and bringing out my spring and summer treasures from hibernation and it's like I have a completely new wardrobe!

  • Bridging the gap between stylist lingo and salon client communication.

    By: Whitney LaBrecque, Circle C Ranch location You're doing WHAT to my hair?  It's happened to everyone. You try to explain to your stylist exactly how you want your hair to be cut and he/she turns around and starts speaking to you in what sounds like a foreign language.

  • 4 Tips for growing out a short haircut

    About a year and a half ago, I cut off all of my hair, Ginnifer Goodwin-style. I loved it! I wore huge earrings, did up my eye make-up and was repeatedly told how much more the cut brought out my facial features.

  • Street Chic - Hair Trends Spotted At SXSW 2012

    Here at MFX SoCo, we have a great view for people watching. My favorite time of the year has to be the South by Southwest festival. While it may be hectic for local Austinites to battle extra traffic, parking issues, lots of crowds downtown, and long waits at restaurants, you cannot deny that SXSW makes for spectacular people watching.

  • How often should I exfoliate my face and body?

    Facial and body exfoliation...we all know how important it is, but how, and how often do we all actually do it?? For face, all skin types can benefit year round from exfoliating. It's a great way to treat break outs, wrinkles, and that rough, ashy texture.

  • How to take day/office makeup to evening makeup in less than 10 minutes

    It's Friday afternoon, and you are almost done, ready to go home from the long day of work when you get that last minute text from friends planning an impromptu happy hour at the hippest new place in town. You want to go, but you're fretting because your make-up is either too boring or has basically worn off from the day. Well, here are 7 easy steps to take your day make-up to evening in less than 10 minutes!

  • Should you get bangs?

    By Kendra Nunley, Stylist - South Congress location Bangs or fringe can complement a face shape and or complete a look. When considering a new look with bangs there are a few things to consider, face shape, hair texture, hair density, and maintenance. The best way to figure out what length will benefit you is by consulting with your stylist.

  • How can I brighten my blonde hair color with shampoo and conditioner?

    By: Cassie Ward, Hair Color Expert - The Domain Location Is the thought of putting a purple pigmented shampoo over your golden blonde locks a scary thought? It shouldn’t be! Understanding why our color turns brassy and how a purple shampoo can fix it will give you the confidence to pick up your own bottle of Aveda’s Blue Malva Shampoo and Conditioner!

  • How often should I shampoo and condition my hair?

    By: Savannah Soriano, Haircutting Specialist - Circle C Ranch location Put that shampoo down! And drop that bottle of conditioner too while you’re at it! Listen, you don’t need to wash, rinse, and repeat every day to keep your hair healthy, shiny, and clean.

  • Getting Back To Your Natural Hair Color

    Maybe this is you… “I have been coloring my grays for years, and I think it’s time to let it go gray!” “I’m tired of being blonde, I want to go back to my natural brown!” “I dyed my hair black from a box at the grocery store – now what?” First of all, I highly recommend scheduling a complimentary color consultation with one of our color specialists. These appointments take under 15 minutes and can answer your questions in detail. In the meantime, I can talk a little about your options!

  • Too Scared To Change Your Hair Color?

    We all have that friend that is fearless when it comes to their hair. One season they have waist length blonde mermaid waves and the next time you see them, it’s a brunette ultra chic bob. Ever wish you could be that daring with your hair?

  • Eye Diagram, Parts of the Eye, Basic Eye Makeup

    Here's a great blog post with a diagram that illustrates the different areas of the eye. Great resource for eye makeup. Click on the image for even more information regarding this topic.

  • Pedicure Safety - 4 Signs Of Sanitation and Cleanliness

    By: Kady Simmons - Haircutting Specialist, Nail Therapist - South Congress Location Many people have issues with going to pedicure salons because they hear the stories where people contract infections.   There should be cause for concern because not all nail salons are careful when it comes to sanitation. As a nail therpaist at MFX, I understand the obligation we have to our clients to ensure the safety of their health.

  • 5 Reasons to clean your makeup brushes and how to do it.

    By Erinn Cain, Color Specialist, South Congress location Alright ladies let’s be honest, professional makeup brushes are an investment. And, like any other investment, we want a great return on that investment. To make sure that will happen you must take care of your brushes.

  • Wooden Shoe like to know? New OPI nail colors have arrived!

    By: Courtney Ellington Here at South Congress we are all very excited about the fun, new Holland collection from OPI! Featuring 12 new OPI shades, it is definitely one of my favorite collections in a long time! Recently I have noticed clients sporting bolder and more visually intriguing nail colors.

  • How To Curl Your Hair - Quick and Easy

    Hair Color Specialist, Jessica from our South Congress location shows how easy it is to curl your hair using a large barrel curling iron. Products used are Aveda Daily Hair Repair, and Air Control. Music by Bobgoblin - http://www.bobgoblin.com https://www.facebook.com/bobgoblinrock

  • You're 8 weeks away from fuller, thicker, longer-looking lashes

    For over 30 years Aveda's been a leader in plant-powered professional hair and skin care. Now this expertise extends all the way to your eyelashes with a gentle, botanically-based formula that’s more than Benefits: Gives you thicker, fuller, longer-looking lashes in just 8 weeks-and is gentle enough for everyday use. Our botanical formula is: more than 98% naturally derived clinically proven to perform ophthamologist-tested safe for contact-wearers Usage: Brush at the base of the top lash-line a...

  • Pucker Up! The perfect accessory for your little black dress!

    By: Whitney LaBrecque Sometimes the right accessory for your little black dress is not jewelry, sometimes all you need is the perfect bold lipstick to make you stand out. Here’s a step by step guide to help you put your best lips forward. Step 1:  Exfoliate your lips.

  • Problem areas for gray hair and solutions to make gray go away.

    “Gray hair is the bane of my existence. It seems like the week after I have my hair colored the grays are already back! And why are they always the worst around my temples and forehead – right where everyone can see them the most?!” I hear this on a daily basis.

  • Spring is around the corner, time for a new look?

    How about some inspiration? Check out this beautiful bob with curls. This spring and summer it's about popular short hair styles.

  • Who is your most experienced stylist? Plus more answers to often asked questions.

    At MFX, we see a lot of people in a day, and we also happen to get a lot of questions from you.  Over time, we noticed that some of the questions that we get asked are more frequent than others.  Funny how that happens?

  • Salon Specialization: What’s in it for you?

    Salon specialization is the practice of  creating special teams around cutting and coloring in an effort to allow each stylist to specialize in their respective area.   Specialization isn't anything new.  Typically you'll find specialized salons in top tier operations that are obsessed with customer service, whose focus is on excellence, and are incredibly team-oriented.

  • Should I wash my hair before I come to the salon?

    I'm not trying to gross you out, but I have to admit: I love dirty hair. Ok, there is a limit to how many days you can go without shampooing, but you should NEVER* shampoo your hair before you come to the salon. Going to get your color done?

  • Why should I continue waxing throughout the winter months?

    Wax, wax, wax...we all have a love/hate relationship with it... Keeping a continuous, long term relationship with waxing will give you the smooth results that we all desire. During winter months, it's especially important to keep up with your monthly waxing.

  • My hair color fades too fast! What can I do?

    By: Christen Amundsen, Color Specialist, Circle Ranch Location So many times I hear clients expressing frustration over the same dilemma, they walk out of the salon with great color and then after a few weeks it begins to fade, look brassy, and lose vibrancy. The culprit is usually using the wrong products at home. Here is a quick guide to Aveda at-home color care: All colors: Use Color Conserve shampoo and conditioner Color Conserve shampoo and conditioner protects and preserves color treated h...

  • Is it okay to bring pictures with me to the salon?

    By: Erinn Cain, Color Specialist, South Congress location Wanting a change but you don’t know where to start? Coming prepared to your appointment when wanting a change always helps. Before visiting the salon, browse web and/or magazines and select pictures that you like and don’t like.

  • America's #1 resolution is good for your skin too

    According to PRweb and Yahoo!, the number one resolution for 2012 is “getting in shape.”  The best way to achieve this goal is with a balanced diet and exercise. Exercise helps to control weight, combat health conditions, improve your mood, increase energy, and promote better sleep (Mayoclinic.com). It also helps to improve your skin!

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    4 ways to determine your skin's undertone and how it affects hair color

    Here is a quick guide to help you determine if your skin has cool or warm undertones and what hair colors work best with each. 1. In natural light, hold out your arm.

  • Should I change my skin care routine when seasons change?

    By: Tess Rodriguez, Best Esthetician, Austin Chronicle 2010 Photo: mimitaylor.blogspot.com Mister winter is upon us. We all our change routines, like switching out our wardrobes to prepare for the colder air and unpredictable weather. One of the things we all forget to change is our skin care routine.

  • Water - The Ultimate Elixir

    By: Anastacia Cantu We often underestimate the importance of water in our daily routines; More than 75% of Americans have mild chronic dehydration. Between running errands, meeting deadlines, and dropping off and picking the children up, it’s easy to forget about taking out those few seconds, every hour, to have a refreshing drink of water. However, in taking those brief moments, you could be having less complications with math, preventing most headaches and migraines, and daytime fatigue.

  • Skin Care: 5 Tips for Healthy Skin

    By Mayo Clinic staff Good skin care — including sun protection and gentle cleansing — can keep your skin healthy and glowing for years to come. Don't have time for intensive skin care? Pamper yourself with the basics.

  • Curls Gone Straight

    Melinda from Maximum FX Salon in Austin shows her fellow curly haired girls how to blow dry their hair smooth with a round brush!

  • A Cup Of Hot Tea = A Cup Good Health

    Steep yourself in comfort—wherever or whenever—with our soothing herbal infusion of licorice root and peppermint, in convenient tea bags. Calms your senses, promoting a sense of well-being. $26.00 Tea Consumption Linked to Numerous Body Benefits A hot cup of tea may do more than relax you.

  • Four brushes you must have in your bathroom

    You’ve been trying for days to recreate the same style you got at the salon. You’ve bought all the same products, spent hours in front of the mirror and still can’t make it look right. One small change could make a HUGE difference – your hair brush.

  • Why do I always get those red bumps after waxing?

    By: Tess Rodriguez, Best Of Austin Chronicle Esthetician - 2010 We all enjoy the smooth benefits of waxing rather than the feeling of stubble after shaving. There are plenty of benefits to waxing, but there also comes the downside to it as well. Sometimes we can experience red bumps, or small pimples after a wax.

  • 12 Ways To Use Eucalyptus Oil

    Find clarity with this strong, fresh, herbal top note—with cool, menthol undertones—derived from partially dried eucalyptus leaves. Refreshes the senses. Enhances muscle massage.

  • 3 Questions You Shouldn't Be Afraid To Ask Your Colorist

    By Erica Colon, Director Of Color Education 1. How much maintenance does this color require? If you can not commit to coming into the salon every four to six weeks, explain this to your colorist.

  • 3 Ways To Help Your Color Stay Vibrant And Fresh Thru The Winter

    1. It is always best to use a color safe shampoo and conditioner at home to help maintain your color. The Color Conserve shampoo and conditioner from Aveda helps to keep your color vibrant longer.

  • A Simple Braid-Wrapped Chignon For The Holidays

    We know that after Halloween, as we round the corner and head for the holidays, stress levels go up and time seems to evaporate! With all of the holiday events, parties and gatherings headed your way, we thought we'd share this quick video which demonstrates how to create a simple upstyle from home. You can do this updo with straight or curly hair!.

  • 3 Things To Consider Before Waxing

    Everyone wants clean, shaped eyebrows and waxing is the easiest way to get them. Not only does a licensed esthetician skillfully shape your brows for you, but waxing removes the hair from the root, so it takes longer for it to grow back. Not to mention how much easier it is than tweezing!

  • Four Tips For Red Shades Hair Color

    If you're going red, choose a warm red that's a little bit lighter than your natural shade. It will give you a nice glow. If you're a naturally a brunette, try a rich ruby red.

  • What to expect when you're expecting a Maximum FX haircut.

    Team is the name of the game here at Maximum FX. Here you are served by an entire team which allows us to give each and every guest what we call "an elevated salon experience". As you walk in the front doors of Maximum FX salon, you are greeted with a smile and checked-in by a Guest Care team member.

  • Quick Smokey Eye

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  • Going Dark For The Fall?

    Click on the image to see more photos. Source: hair.becomegorgeous.com via Maximum on Pinterest

  • How To Style A Fishtail Braid

    Source: abeautifulmess.typepad.com via Maximum on Pinterest Click on the image to learn how to do this!

  • Halloween Makeup Idea

    Source: halloweencostumes.com via Kylie on Pinterest

  • Trick Or Treat - Sweet Mani

    Source: thebeautydepartment.com via Chris on Pinterest

  • Voila! - Simple, Elegant Hair Styling

    Source: None via Tiana on Pinterest

  • Quick Updo

    Source: thebeautydepartment.com via Anna on Pinterest

  • Store-bought box color vs. Aveda color

    Typically people color at home to try and save time and money. I have seen many people come in to fix at-home color. Normally their hair is too dark or too brassy.

  • Five must-haves for an “at-home spa night” with Aveda

    We all love to be pampered… but probably don’t love the hefty bill that comes along with it.   And while you can’t exactly replicate an elemental nature facial at home (no matter how bad you want to!), you can make it an at-home spa night anyway!  Sometimes you're short on time and just can't make it to the spa?

  • 9 Tips To Managing Split Ends

    Hello all, we wanted to take a few minutes to talk about why getting regular haircuts is so crucial in maintaining and growing healthy hair. It is a common misconception, related to folklore in the hair industry, that if you strive to grow your hair long, preferably at an accelerated pace you can achieve this aspiration by not cutting your hair. We're here to let you all know; this myth could not be more fictitious!

  • Hair Protection 101 - Style Prep

    While I love being a loyal Aveda junkie, I wanted to share my knowledge on my very favorite must have product; Smooth Infusion Style Prep. The majority of people out there expose their hair to damaging heat components such as blow dryers, hair straighteners, curling irons etc. on a regular basis.

  • Aveda Botanical Therapy Hair Repair

    Wanna improve the condition of your hair by up to 86% in 5 minutes?   Aveda's new botanical therapy salon treatments - give you luminous, healthy-looking hair.  How?

  • Aveda's alternatives for damaging skin procedures

    Samantha after her infamous chemical peel. Funny, but sadly true too! Photo: HBO Microdermabrasion was named the fourth most popular cosmetic procedure in America for 2010 by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

  • Summer-proof your hair with Aveda

    If you don't want your hair to look like this this summer, follow these tips! Sunglasses? Check.

  • You Got What In Your Hair?

    Gum & Sticky Candy Take a little bit of creamy peanut butter and work it slowly into the gum that is stuck in the hair. Use a wide tooth comb, pick or the tail of a rattail comb to remove the peanut butter and the gum. Work on very small sections of the hair at a time.

  • Do or Don't: Rock the "statement nail" manicure?

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  • Beautiful Skin

    Beautiful skin starts from within. If you are prone to acne, it can sometimes be caused by too much acid in your diet. Orange juice, vinegar, and red wine are examples of foods that can disrupt the PH balance of your skin.

  • Do or Don't: Rock a side bun?

  • Is the Summer heat creating makeup challenges?

    Keeping your makeup looking fresh as temperatures remain high this time of year, can be a real challenge. During the summer cosmetics can feel heavy, clog the pores, or slide off the face. A few things that can help include switching to a lighter moisturizer, forgoing foundation and powder all together, and relying on a bit more concealer around the eyes and corners of the nose.

  • The Enemies Of Hair Color

    The biggest enemies of hair color are chlorine, sun, and salt (water). They not only make the color fade, but also strip essential oils from the hair shaft. An effective way to protect hair color in the summer is to have your colorist apply a clear glaze.

  • Ask Cassie - Blow Dry or Air Dry?

    Should the hair be blow dried or air dried? It is a matter of preference, actually. Some people will devote time to styling their hair, or want to achieve the maximum styling they can get for their hair, so they opt for blow-drying it.

  • Green beauty tips for Earth Day 2011!

    You don't have to just celebrate Earth Day together... Make it last all month! Or year!  According to Grist.com, a site for environmental news, commentary and advice, Austin is the 15th most green city in the world.

  • Spring beauty trends: How to wear them in the office, and at night

    A high, neat chignon with bright, green eyes are two spring beauty trends.  One thing’s for sure- 2011 spring beauty trends are bold, bolder and boldest. Whether its bright lips and eyes, a sky high chignon or bold hair clips, these looks demand attention… which sometimes isn’t such a great thing in the workplace. Use these tips to get these spring looks at the office, but also to keep them fun and vibrant for night- after all, isn’t that what spring is all about?!

  • The four steps of proper skin care using Aveda's Botanical Kinetics

    Aveda's Botanical Kinetics skin care line     Photo: www.beautystore.comWhile many of us understand the importance of washing our faces daily, only few of us know the four daily facial cleansing steps and their importance. For example, did you know you should tone in the morning and exfoliate at night? That washing your face twice a day is always important, regardless of your skin type?

  • Your guide to changing your hairstyle for fall 2010

    Pixie cuts in jet black and platinum. One of the hottest cuts and two of the hottest colors for fall 2010. The change of seasons is the best time of year to update your look.

  • How to get the hottest fall make-up trends using Aveda

    New Aveda Fall Make-up Fall 2010 make-up trends include everything from bold, red lips to rosy, pink cheeks. To get the hottest looks in fall make-up, add these Aveda cosmetics to your make-up bag. Bold, red lips.

  • Maximum FX Summer Aveda Hair Tips from Javier and Erica

    Summer can be the cruelest season of all for hair--chlorine and UV from swimming and falling behind on regular trims (who has time when you're having fun?). We asked Javier Herrera, Owner and Cutting Educator, and Erica Colon, Color Educator for their top hair tips. How should girls prep hair for summer?

  • Are you using your hair care products correctly?

    Great hair starts with a good foundation, and the right cut and color are essential. Choosing appropriate products also plays a big part in getting the look you want, but how you apply them is just as important. If applying a mousse or cream, try using a small amount at a time, and separate the head into sections.

  • Tame That Frizz!

    How do you control summertime frizz if you have wavy or curly hair? In addition to a great haircut that removes bulk to allow the hair to naturally lay closer to the head, the right products are key. Try using a quarter-size drop of Aveda Dry Remedy hair mask as a leave-in conditioner.