July 29, 2019

I Want to go to Trade School

But what if you already knew what door to open?  What if there was a place that handed you the key to open that door?

Deciding your future can be tough.  Especially when you’re young. There are so many options, so many schools to choose from.  And from that vantage point, decisions can feel quite overwhelming.  I had the opportunity to talk with one of our Aveda Institute alumni about her road to trade school. When it comes to college,…

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July 9, 2019

Whose chair would you rather sit in? A cosmetologist or a therapist?

"How do you get your clients to open up like that?"

What did the therapist say to the cosmetologist?… “How do you get your clients to open up like that?” I bet you thought there was a joke coming at the end of that, but no, that was a real question and conversation a cosmetologist had with a licensed professional therapist out in New York.  This…

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January 29, 2019

The Aveda Institute Des Moines goes to NAHA 2019

Alumni and Student Involvement in Multiple Categories

A story and experience we are so excited to share! Recently members of our Aveda Institute Des Moines team and greater beauty group attended the 2019 Professional Beauty Association North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHAs), where FOUR of our very own Aveda Institute Des Moines Alumni were either nominated as finalists or involved in the creation…

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October 9, 2018

Kansas City Fashion Week – Let’s Do This

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Students Style Hair and Makeup for Multiple Designers

We are feeling excited after a recent weekend spent in Kansas City! A team of our students styled hair & makeup for Kansas City Fashion Week’s Friday night @rachelpollakdesigns & @amelisblaser shows, then got to experience the Saturday night shows & sit front row ?! We keep receiving feedback that this group was fantastic and…

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August 21, 2018

Community Involvement: It’s Part of the Gig

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Meld Your Technical Skills with your People Skills

The Aveda Institute Des Moines is known for being a center for learning and developing technical skill in the areas of cosmetology, esthiology, and massage therapy (#ofcourse), however, we are also proud to be known for creating programs and developing opportunities beyond the chair and therapy room. Our Earth and Community Care Team, a group…

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June 30, 2018

Aveda Institute Des Moines Wins National Competition

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AIDM Receives Top Honors in the 2018 Aveda Educator Competition

We are very excited to announce we took top honors this year in the 2018 AVEDA Institute Educator Competition! This is a national makeover competition available to all Aveda Institutes and this is the second year in a row our team received 1st place. Isn’t the transformation amazing? Color by Adrienne Vezina Cut & Style…

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June 5, 2018

Road Trip! Let’s Head to Minneapolis

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Students Visit Minneapolis Area Salons & Spas

One thing we love about the beauty industry is you can take your skill set anywhere! Studying our programs in Iowa does not mean you have to practice solely in the state — once you complete the required amount of hours and exam certifications required by the state you want to practice, you can technically…

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May 9, 2018

Celebrate In Style

Aveda Institute Hosts the 2018 Des Moines Trashion Show

? Wow. Both staff and students here are feeling overwhelmingly inspired and grateful after hosting the 2018 Des Moines Trashion Show (or catwalk for ? water as it’s also known ?) on Sunday, May 6th. We had an amazing turnout to raise funds and awareness for a fundamental human need, Clean Water. The Aveda Institute Des…

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March 28, 2018

Aved Institute Des Moines’ Earth Month Appreciation Event


Help Our Fundraising Initiatives to Protect Clean Water

Part of the AVEDA mission includes caring for the world we live in, and it comes as no surprise that we dedicate an entire month to focus on fundraising initiatives for our planet. This year the Aveda Institute Des Moines is excited to host an annual Earth Month Open House & Guest Appreciation event to…

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March 1, 2018

2018 New York Fashion Week

Aveda Institute Des Moines Educators Experience NYFW

We are so proud that two of our very own Aveda Institute Des Moines Educators, Adrienne Vezina and Esther Vander Waal, recently traveled to New York to style hair backstage this February for the Fall/Winter 2018 New York Fashion Week. Adrienne and Esther were the Aveda 2017 Educator Competition Winners and this honor was part of their…

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