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Aveda’s Walk For Water

Originally published at Onya Magazine:

Tracey Spicer and Sarah Wilson

Sunday the 17th of April saw Aveda Water Warriors around the country take part in a series of 6km walks to raise awareness and funds for water-challenged communities around the globe, as part of Aveda’s Earth Month.

Aveda’s Earth Month, held annually every April for the past 12 years, has managed to raise a whopping US$18 million for organisations that directly affect environmental change, and US$12 million for water-related causes in the past four years. Not bad for a company who also manages to find the time to create luxurious, effective environmentally friendly hair and body care products.

Melbourne’s Aveda Walk For Water saw a turn out of approximately 100 people walk the 6 kilometre round trip from Catani Gardens to Port Melbourne, with Sydney trekking the beautiful coastal track of Bondi to Bronte. Well-known personalities who participated included Tracy Spicer, Sarah Wilson, Sami Lukas and Kyly Boulder.

Why 6 kilometres? It seems unfathomable to a developed nation like our own, but 6 kilometres is the average distance women in developing nations travel daily to access clean water. This Earth Month alone, Aveda aims to raise US$4 million globally to protect and raise awareness for clean water. “It’s a basic human right that nearly 900 million people are left fighting for daily,” said Aveda.

While the fight for equality in water access remains high on Aveda’s priority list, 2011 saw their fundraising efforts zero in on Australia’s own water supply and ecological issues; a result of the devastating floods and Cyclone Yasi. Donations from the Walk For Water events will be distributed locally through the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal, along with the already pledged $50,000 donation from Aveda at the time of the crisis. Add $1,150 from Walk for Water contributions and you’ve got a hefty some that will no doubt make a much needed positive impact on people’s lives.

Media personality, blogger and Sunday Life columnist Sarah Wilson is supportive of the re-direction of funds for 2011. “It’s fantastic that the fundraising will assist the QLD Premier’s Flood Appeal, because there is a sensitivity to the fact that we are facing serious ecological problems due to the floods, and now Australians are needing help to get clean water.”

“There is also a real need to clean up the ecosystems and waterways after the devastation of the floods. Earth Month, as a whole, is geared to people in third world countries who don’t have fresh water, but this year it seemed very appropriate to have the funds directed at Queensland’s water issues. Another benefit is people get more engaged when things are local,” said Sarah.

So, how can you get engaged with the cause if you weren’t able to make it to a Walk For Water event? “In Aveda stores during the month of April, go in store and donate in there. There are also products like the Light The Way candle, where 100% of the proceeds go to Earth Month. They make a great gift for somebody,” said Sarah.

The limited edition Light The Way candle, which retails for $24.95, is available during the whole month of April, with all proceeds donated to Water Aid. Not only will the lavender essentials oils relieve stress, but you can relax in the knowledge that your actions have contributed to helping water become an essential resource that everybody has access to.

If you’ve never experienced the ‘experience’ that is an Aveda store or its products, Sarah can point you in the right direction. “Shampure essential oil smells amazing, I have loved it for years. I wear it as an oil on the inside of my wrists, it’s a very grounding oil with lots of grounding spices. A lot of my curly-haired friends use their Be Curly range, it’s incredible at taming curls.”

Onya Magazine applauds Aveda and their Water Warriors for its amazing fundraising and conservation efforts, here and abroad. Hopefully in the future there will not be the need for events like this. As fun as they are, water access for all would be a far better event to celebrate.

The Other Balayage

Ladies! Big news! I have finally after several months of wishing and asking, been granted permission into the land of Fabulous Hair, currently residing at Balayage.

I admit, I didn’t try my best to get there, like venturing out of a 20 km radius to find a salon who really knew what they were on about or flying in Rachel Bilson’s hair dresser, but it was still a very frustrating process to ask three hairdressers to bestow balayage upon me.

It went a little something like this…

“Well you know… I’d like you to do balayage to my hair, when you paint lighter dye on the lower lengths of my hair so I look all sun kissed and naturally grown out. Yeah? Nah?”

Blank stare from hairdresser followed by “Umm, kind of. We could just do your foils, and then a semi around the roots?”

“Um, no. It’s like a gradual faded look …. ”

(Resembles disgruntled ape jumping on chair while pointing to computer screen showing picture of some Young Hot Thing with her way-cool hair and then frantically pointing at my head – grunts included.)

And finally settling for what I did not want.

So I decided to try another salon, Shizu, an Aveda salon, which was offering a new client deal of:

-Hair colour
-Cut
-Aveda hair treatment
-Eyebrow wax

for NINETY-NINE DOLLARS. Win. Even if I couldn’t get the look I desired, at least the roots would be done with a few pretty extras for less than half of what I was paying before.

And ladies! Even bigger news! You hairdresser may just be confused by the term balayage, not the final look you’re after! I’ve totally had my eyes opened and my hair cuticles awakened to a technique I hadn’t heard of – smudging.

After going through the same consultation process as the past, explaining with aforementioned dialogue and pretty pictures, my hairdresser look confused until it clicked.

“Babe, you mean smudging, not balayage – balayage is when you… ” and she explained for some reason which I can’t explain to justice because all synapses were firing and alert once she mentioned this smudging. Smudging?! A few flicks through Vogue and we were both on the same page and I was delighted to feel understood. It’s all a girl wants right?!

Smudging, she explained, is when you apply a darker coloured semi (just one block colour) to the top half of the hair, and then ‘smudge’ it down the hair shaft to get an uneven, faded edge.

It has the same effect as balayge, just an almost opposite technique. One that works well for girls like moi who have a previous history of blonde foils, as the blonde can be kept as the lower half of the colour.

Something I had always wondered was, would they die my hair darker all over and then paint on the lighter strands down below? Well that seems like a bit of redundant effort now that I know about this glorious smudging! Just saying it makes me smile!

After the darker die was left to sit (while I drank some herbal Aveda tea), the hairdresser then rubbed and dragged the colour down a bit, finally applying toner to the ends to clean up my old blonde – all while an assistant gave me a hand massage (right up to the elbows, that’s the ticket!) with some heavenly smelling Aveda cream.

See the darker dye on top of my head?

It was then off to the basin to rinse the colour out, and have my treatment applied. A piping hot towel was left over my locks to intensify the effects and also my relaxation, before a beautiful head massage sealed the experience.

I love it! It’s exactly the look I was after, nothing too drastic and contrasting, more natural than high fashion. I wouldn’t mind the ends being a shade lighter, but for my first dip in the balayage/smudging pool it’s perfect.

I can’t wait for the lower maintenance and more importantly for me, lower cost – yippee!

A picture of the look to accompany the post would be logical, but is unfortunately currently unavailable due to a serious and debilitating condition I have, “Photo-distort-itus”, where the image presented in my reflection is sadly altered for the worse once photographed. iPhone’s do seem to agitate it. Currently campaigning for a cure. Holla at me if you also suffer.

So, to avoid becoming the angry bouncing ape I once was, have the term ‘smudging’ up your sleeve as well – it’s one more word of vocab you can learn when attempting to speak your non-native language – Hairdresser-ese.Te


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