Transformed by Natalie Kindt-Gurley, colorist extraordinaire

Natalie Kindt Recently, I  was "transformed" by colorist extraordinaire Natalie Kindt-Gurley, the Director of Color Education and Senior Chemical Specialist forVan Michael in Atlanta. I had been looking forward to the experience ever since visiting the Van Michael salon in the Atlanta district of Buckhead, for the launch of Aveda’s new products and services.
As a beauty editor, I am always on lookout for anything new that will make hair look better, softer, and sexier. I was intrigued and impressed by Natalie’s presentation of Aveda’s hair color. She explained how Aveda uses natural ingredients to achieve fabulous color while still pampering hair with such ingredients as antioxidant-rich red tea extract and candelilla wax that keep hair shiny for weeks. I was also struck by the uniformly healthy, glossy heads of the Aveda and Van Michael’s staff members. Their hair shimmered.
The time I spent with Natalie at Van Michael in Buckhead Salon was a pleasure. She is an artist who also has great listening skills –she knew just the colour I longed for.
After her assistant gave me a very welcome de-stressing massage, Natalie artfully applied golds and caramels that warmed and flattered my complexion. The next day in in the sunlight my husband said, "your hair is back." What could be better than that?
I was thrilled when I washed my hair two days later, it did not take ton of product to control frizz. There was no frizz. My hair was back to normal. It was soft and glossy.
Natalie is committed healthful products and services for her clients as well as the stylists she educates. She believes in Aveda. After years as beauty journalist, I do not just drink the Kool-Aid – I need to see the proof that a product is "better or more natural".  With Aveda, I felt very little if any of the usual stinging. Almost two weeks later, the color is vibrant and my hair still looks salon fresh.
I believe Natalie when she says, "Aveda is truly committed to the environment and this means a lot to me as a consumer and a colorist behind the chair. Something many people don't know is that Aveda color is manufactured on a wildlife preserve in Minnesota that operates with 100 percent wind power. They strive to use as many organic ingredients as possible and partner with communities to promote fair trade and to better the lives of the people in the communities in which they source ingredients," she said. "I actually became interested in Aveda before I became interested in hair, and that has led me here to the job I've had at Van Michael for the last 15 years. I am very proud to be affiliated with a company like Aveda because I believe every little bit we can do helps."
I also took the opportunity to ask Natalie about some of the most common hair colour issues. Here are here are her answers:
DD: Do all hair colorings, especially those that lighten hair, cause damage?
NK: Not all hair color is damaging.  In fact, some color is conditioning and can coat previously damaged hair to make it feel better than before it was colored.  In general, the lighter you take the hair, the more damage a client might perceive.  However, a great hair colorist will lighten hair properly with very little damage, and many women actually like the body that a color process can add to the hair.  I often have clients say their color still looks good, but they're having it touched up to give it some extra volume.  The new Aveda color has organic sunflower, coconut, and jojoba oils to condition the hair and add shine during processing.  
DD: What are a few of the most popular colour trends for spring?
NK: The new Aveda color has empowered the colorist with incredible depth and gorgeous jewel tones.  Women are asking for deeper, richer color, and soft dimension with very little contrast between the highlights, lowlights and the all-over color. Also, we are doing a lot of block color techniques again, but with low contrast between defined sections in the hair. And red is back, big time!  The new Aveda reds run the full spectrum from violet to copper, and they are incredible!
DD: Often colour fades and this can be maddening, especially for women who are trying to cover grey. Is there any way to keep hair color from fading?
NK: The most important thing a woman can do to keep her color from fading is to use professional quality shampoo, conditioner, and styling products at home.  I recommend the Aveda Color Conserve Daily Color Protect before styling every day to seal in the color and protect against UV fading. Also, the new Aveda color delivers better grey coverage, and its new enhanced tone keeps hair from fading to a reddish hue.  The red tea extract in the color contains antioxidants that help keep the color bright and fresh!
DD: Often hair looks flat or dull a week or two after it’s colored. Is there any way to keep it shiny? 
NK: The best way to keep hair color fresh and shiny is to use a weekly treatment masque like Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Treatment after shampooing.  It only takes five minutes extra once a week, but it can really enhance the shine in your hair. Aveda color also has a new component called candelilla wax that delivers ultra-glossy shine to the hair that lasts.  My clients have definitely commented on the difference they see with the longevity they get out of the shine from the new color.

Making the stars shine

Nikole Morrow-PettusAfter my color transformation at the hands of Natalie, I stopped by the chair of Nikole Morrow Pettus. Nikole is the Cosmetic Director and Master Makeup artist at Van Michael Buckhead in
Atlanta is major media and film center and Nicole often is on call for movie press tours. She regularly beautifies the likes of Matthew McConaughey and cast of The Hunger Games when they come through town for press tours and media appearances.
Nikole powders and primps her star clients to look their best. Occasionally she might even have to buy a movie star a new shirt.Celebrities aside, Nikole agreed that a makeup lesson with a master could make any woman look and feel fabulous. Too many women fail to realize that they have access to all the same products and experts as their favourite celebrities.
As we chatted and joked, Nikole effortlessly erased shadows that a long day had placed under my eyes. She contoured my cheeks, played up my eyes, and glossed my lips. The effect was soft, sexy, and just a little sultry. I loved it and felt instantly renewed.
Most women know that a makeup application is great for a special occasion or photo, but a makeup lesson can teach a woman how to choose and use makeup to look her best every day. Nicole also has access to the full line of Aveda cosmetics for women who prefer natural products. Aveda products look gorgeous and smell divine due to aromatherapy oils. I enjoyed wearing them.
Nikole answered some pressing make up questions for DolceDolce readers:
Q. Most wearable spring makeup trend?
A. Coral! Whether you wear it on your cheeks as blush or on your lip as a lip gloss or lipstick, coral refreshes the skin and gives the face life.
Q. Can any woman wear spring’s sexy new tangerine lip?
A. Yes! There is the perfect shade for every woman. Women with fair skin look best in a concentrated shade. Women with darker skin typically look best in a glaze or saturated tone.
Q. How important is a strong eyebrow? How can you define your brow naturally, with pencil to powder?
A. I tell my clients to think of the eye as art and the brow as the frame that will display it. Brows make the shape; color and clarity of the eye stand out. Full brows give a youthful look, and sculpted brows bring on a more mature and distinctive appearance. To create a brow that isn't naturally there, I prefer to work with a pencil. For brows that are full and have existing density, I prefer to use a powder.
Q. What are the biggest mistakes you see women making with makeup?  
A. There are two mistakes that I see often. The first is too much makeup. The second is too little! Heavy foundation or metallic shadow is too much for everyday wear and can be distracting in conversation. I do believe that wearing the right amount of makeup adds to a woman’s polished image. I encourage small enhancements that will create a thoughtful and pulled together appearance.
Q. What are your three must-have makeup items this spring?
A.  1.Bright lips! 2. Blue eyeliner! 3. Pastel shadow!

Get the look

John Patrick of Organic by John PatrickWe loved this hair and makeup look seen at New York Fashion Week for the spring 2010 shows. It was created by Aveda lead stylist Jenn Chiminiello and for John Patrick of Organic by John Patrick. The look is both ethereal and wearable.

Designer John Patrick describes it best: “The undone, wavy look is sexy and unrestrained, inspired by a girl’s hair after she’s been in the water. It’s very soft and flowing, with lots of texture to give it a natural messiness. It’s loose, second-day hair — like it was curled the day before and then left alone. Our collection this season is based around water. I love that the hair’s look evokes the salty, windblown feel of hair that’s dried after being in the ocean. The style definitely has some 1970s, Charlie’s Angels inspiration, but the finished look is completely fresh.”  
Here is how to get the look step by step:
1. Prep damp hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother for sleek smoothness and to prevent frizz. Use a fine-toothed comb to create a strong part on the left side of the head.
2. Scrunch Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam into damp hair and massage it into roots for volume and shine. Blow hair dry with a large round ceramic brush, curling ends under.
3. Pin the top section of hair up with a large clip so that the sides are free for curling.  Use a large-barrel curling iron on one-inch sections of hair at a time, working from the bottom up. 
4. Remove the pin from the top section, and curl it as it’s done on the sides.
5. Sprinkle Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion from the roots to the ends, and rake your hands through the hair to create texture ands waves.
6. Finish with a mist of Aveda Air Control Hair Spray for a light hold, and pull ends forward to rest on shoulders.
 How could a woman achieve this look on her own?
“This loose, natural look is easy to recreate and works for both day and evening. Prep damp hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother to prevent flyaway, and Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam for volume and texture. Create a strong side part and blow hair dry with a round brush for extra volume and shine. Use a one-inch curling iron to create waves, working in sections from the bottom to top. To make the style look natural, sprinkle with Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion and rake hands through hair to loosen waves. Finish with a light mist of Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray.”
We loved the makeup too. Janelle Geason, Global Educator for Aveda Makeup, created a naturally-luminous look using Aveda Petal Essence Eye Color Trio in Gobi Sands, Aveda Nourish-Mint Sheer Mineral Lip Color in Sheer Roseleaf, and Aveda Inner Light.
Janelle says “John Patrick spoke about water as a theme. We decided that the hair was going to look loose and wavy, and be done, but not too done. I wanted the makeup to look effortlessly chic, like a girl spent the day at the beach and was going out. It’s a soft, daytime look with lots of glow and sheen. The skin is luminous and eyes feature natural, taupe-y browns. I chose sophisticated, organic shades to enhance the healthy, natural colors found in the skin, especially during the summer. The shades of taupe are 1970s influenced, and give off a brown smokiness. The makeup look needed to have lightness in both attitude and application for a soft, sultry, smooth feel. It’s polished, but doesn’t look like the girl tried too hard.”
Get the look:
1. Prep skin with Aveda Enbrightenment Brightening Correcting Creme for luminosity.
2. Using the Aveda Inner Light Foundation Brush, apply Aveda Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture SPF 15 and Aveda Inner Light Concealer to even skin tone. Create a semi-matte finish with Inner Light Mineral Loose Powder in Translucent.
3. Use the Aveda Inner Light Foundation Brush to apply a small amount of Aveda Inner Light Mineral Dual Foundation to the contours of cheeks, choosing a foundation two shades deeper than natural skin tone. 
1. Prep eyelids with Aveda Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture SPF 15. Highlight the center of the lid with the Aveda Petal Essence Eye Color Trio in Copper Haze, using the middle (contour) color of the palette to create a taupe-y, smoky look.
2. Define the contour of the eye with Aveda Petal Essence Eye Color Trio in Gobi Sands, using the middle color of the palette.
3. Swipe the center shade of the Gobi Sands Eye Color Trio from the inside corners of each eyelid to the outside corners, on both top and bottom lash lines.
4. Define the eyes with the Aveda Petal Essence™ Eye Definer in Cacao on the top and bottom lash lines. Smudge the color and encircle the eyes with Aveda Flax Sticks™ Eye Smudger Brush (#5).
5. Brush eyebrows into place and softly define them with the Aveda Flax Sticks Brow & Lash Brush (#7). Define brows with the Gobi Sands Eye Color Trio.
6. Curl lashes and apply two coats of Aveda Mascara in Black Forest to top and bottom. 
7. For a wet finished look, use finger to dab a drop of Aveda All-Sensitive Body Formula on both tops and bottoms of the eyelid.
1. Prime lips with Aveda Nourish-Mint Renewing Lip Treatment. Apply Aveda Nourish-Mint Sheer Mineral Lip Color in Sheer Roseleaf and press into lips with a sponge to intensify natural color.
2. Apply a small amount of Aveda Nourish-Mint Rehydrating Lip Glaze in Raspberry Tea to the pout of the lips to create a more worn-in, hours-later look.
Janelle says, “John Patrick and I spoke about the elements of his collection, the woman who wears his clothes, and how his clothes tell us something about her. He has a keen sense of this woman, she is very chic and modern, but has classic, nostalgic warmth to her. I chose colors and textures that this woman would wear as an accessory.
This look is very attainable and wearable. Use the Aveda Petal Essence Eye Color Trio in ‘Twilight’ to bring out the natural shape of the eye and enhance skin tone. Cheeks should be lightly flushed with the Aveda Inner Light Mineral Dual Foundation in a shade that’s two levels darker than the natural skin tone. To keep the look sophisticated, make sure that skin is polished with a semi-matte finish using the Aveda Inner Light Tinted Moisture SPF 15 and the Aveda Inner Light Mineral Loose Powder. Stain lips with the Aveda Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color in ‘Sheer Roseleaf and a small amount of Aveda Nourish-Mint Rehydrating Lip Glaze in Raspberry Tea on the pout.
I tried Aveda Enbrightenment Brightening Correcting Crème. It is a lovely light botanical cream crated to treat any skin discoloration and moisturize I loved the creamy consistency and light botanical fragrance. This is great under make-up base for normal to dry skin.