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Kristen  Professional photographer & fan of the Oxford comma•Literature enthusiast•Grammar nazi•Polaroid buff•Aveda Institute student•Landlocked daydreamer

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As I round my last 8 weeks at the Institute, I feel that I owe these particular people a big thank you. They are some of the most talented, creative, kind, inspiring, gracious folks I've ever met. Most have been with me from the beginning, some came in to my life more recently. These last few weeks have been difficult for me, and I know that I couldn't do it without each one of you. Thank you; for your encouragement, your patience, your hugs... for wiping my tears and pushing me to move forward. Most of all, thank you for your friendship. I love each and every one of you, more than I'll ever be able to explain. #inspiregreatness

This Marine veteran & Active International Guard soldier visited me yesterday. She's about to deploy to Qatar... so she needed to have her purple balayage altered to something more natural. After touching up her #balayage, performing a tonal cleanse, and toning her to a more natural color, she's ready to deploy. Thank you for your service, Maritza. It was an honor to serve you! •


Enlightened with 40g enlightener, 40g 40vol, 10g viscosity. Toned with 20g 8n demi, 20g 7n demi, 2g bb, 4g yo. •


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A little rosy pink #balayage for a hard working mom. Thanks to @styledbysophiea for the assist with the cut and styling.. enlightening and color by yours truly. A big thanks to miss @inspired_melody for all of her support and color knowledge! 🖤
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Freshened up this dimensional #balayage with #babylight at home, using the #pravana pure light balayage system, then gave her a cute little textured bob. (Before photo included) •



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When you take out and leave your hair extensions unattended in beauty school 😂 @cassaluna_cosmetology #inspireaveda #inspireaveda

My books are now open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday! I've just rounded the corner in to my last full 9 week phase of the program... my time at the institute will be coming to a close very soon. Come in and see me! Call the Aveda Institute Denver at ‭(303) 567-7500‬ to book. •••
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As my final project, I had to conceptualize hair, makeup & wardrobe for a photo shoot. We focused on simple makeup and sublimely textured hair. A huuuuge thanks to @ell.emmew for all she did for me that day... I couldn't have asked for a better model
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Been working on my creative braiding game. Save water, wash less... second day hair makes for the best styles 🖤💇🏻•••
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🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤Snow day! I've got hot espresso, a pile of new books to read, journals to scribble in, and supplies to make some new journals 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Transformation of the day! 20g 4n 20g 3n 4g dyo 4g dbg 80g 10 vol. 🖤🖤🖤🖤 #inspireaveda #avedainstitutedenver #aircontrol #milehighhair

Some may think that I have forgotten the thing that has fueled my creative existence for more than 20 years... that I have let my obsession fall by the wayside... and I must admit, I've neglected my chosen craft... but I write this now to remind myself that it still exists within me. My focus has shifted. I have chosen to add some skills to my humble arsenal. My cameras may be gathering dust, while I push myself through the cosmetology program & work on my "days off" at a new salon... but photography has, and always will be, my heart. Yes, this is sappy AF, but I'm feeling nostalgic, and missing the sheer joy that is a wide open aperture, or the perfect, in tact Polaroid emulsion lift. A sincere, heartfelt thank you to the folks that have always encouraged me to do whatever the hell I want to do... to those that have listened to me cry when I'm certain that this is too much for me to handle.... to those that have told me they are proud... because you know what? For the first time in my life, I am proud of myself. Im tough as fuck, and I'm doing this. I actually CAN do it all. Thank you @johansebastianbot @carrafay @muddysunsets @jenavedadenver @mom_entarily_distracted @bridgette_thebeautyqueen @merylgrace @nmillardaveda @worksofnathaniel @ncolehnt @vegan_ometry @haleyrotenberry And billion other people that have had my back. I appreciate you.

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