Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight- Straighter Hair for GOOD!

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Now and then a product comes along that is said to “CHANGE YOUR LIFE”. Here at Cobaarz we are not fans of that term, but this time, we are tempted to use it. Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight has just been launched, and we have been lucky enough to have been testing it over the past few months. And it works.

How is this product any different from all of the other hair straighteners on the market?

Well, apart from the obvious (Aveda products are naturally derived and a much healthier option), Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight actually makes unruly and frizzy curls NATURALLY STRAIGHTER with each use. Results can be seen and felt within 5 consecutive uses of this product, and as cliche as this sounds, it really does work!

How does Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight work?

Each time you use Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight, unique plant technology is at work. Plant fibres coat each strand of hair, building up a locking layer over five consecutive uses, which helps not only get your hair straight, but to keep it straighter. This makes it so much easier in the morning to tame curly hair! Check this out:

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Should I be concerned that my hair is getting a build up?

I know that many of you are asking this question. To be honest, we did too. The short answer is “no” there is no need to be concerned at all. It’s fine. The long answer is that the plant fibres that build a “locking layer” over your strands come from a natural source, and that they are there for the power of good, not evil. It’s the nasty build up like silicones, chemical colour pigments, and chlorine that you have to watch out for.

This innovative new product joins the rest of Aveda’s Smooth Infusion System, and has just hit shelves at Cobaarz Aveda Concept Salon, and it is selling fast! Come in to grab your free sample, and see what all the fuss is about. Samples strictly on a “first in best tressed” basis, as they are limited.

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Cobaarz 2.0 Complete!

The dust has settled (literally) and now we can reflect upon what a huge undertaking it was to renovate our salon, but we could not be happier with our results. A huge exercise in DIY and utilising sustainable building practices and recycled materials, this team effort was one that after months of planning, preparation, and finally 6 long days of execution, has finally paid off! We thought that we would share some photos and stories about our new home.

We started the planning phase months ago. With a goal to be more aligned to the Aveda Mission, it was important for us to make our refit as environmentally friendly as possible. We sourced the timber to build our new workstations and mirrors from Urban Salvage, an amazing supplier who sources and re-mills recycled timber. We loved that the people at Urban Salvage could even go as far to tell us where our timber was sourced from, it is great that every piece has a story. The benches were a fun challenge for our Director Nicole to make, and with the help of April the mirrors were put together too.

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So we have spoken about what’s attached to the walls, but what about the walls themselves? We started off by using Low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint to minimise the amount of chemicals used. A group of team members, family, friends and whoever else we could rope in did a fantastic job of the painting!

We then constructed the feature walls! Our feature walls are made out of 100% recycled, reclaimed and salvaged timber. From old weatherboards, reclaimed pallets, and some fence palings and old skirting thrown in there, we loved being able to create our walls and make use of other people’s trash in an artistic way. It was great fun making these, and so far we have had a fantastic response to our mix of textures, colours, and timbers. This is a photograph of our front feature wall, which shows off April’s gift to Nicole and the new salon perfectly. It’s a side table crafted from natural hemp and concrete. Perfect! (Thanks again April).

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We have had many comments from passers-by about our new window display…which is…. A dilapidated antique claw foot bath! An idea of April’s, this beautiful (and heavy!) old bath was sourced from a salvage/junkyard in Melbourne. It’s previous owner had removed it from an old mansion in Hampton in preparation for demolition. It had then been stored on a shed roof for ten years, oxidising away perfectly waiting for us. We have planted our bath with Rosemary, Lavender, and a selection of indoor plants to bring some greenery to Cobaarz.

We have also hung a large amount of terrariums in the windows, have them on the colour table, and one on each styling station. These terrariums contain succulents and cacti. Each Terrarium works as it’s own little ecosystem, and the moisture inside the bulbs constantly goes between the states of liquid and gas, both nourishing the plant inside and acting as a natural air purification system. 

Here’s a photo of our front window, with our bath display and some of our terrariums. 

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Before we finish off with some final photos and “makings of”, Nicole has a few words to share about everyone involved in making Cobaarz 2.0 happen.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped with this renovation. It was a huge project and it could not have been done on my own, and I am so grateful for everyone who contributed to this massive task. April, thanks for your input, fantastic ideas, and the massive amount of “doing”. You went well above and beyond what was expected, and you should be proud of yourself for your amazing efforts and “project management” skills. Anna and Taiya, thanks for making our new house a (very clean) home, organising it, and for making it all work when we reopened. Jenna, thanks for your energy and making so much stuff happen! To my parents, thanks for the crazy amount of support and driving the nail gun (because I wasn’t allowed to). To all of our other helpers, Rick, Renee and Rufus, Josie, Sandra, Joe, Courtney, Corey, Webbo, Ebony, a HUGE thank you x x”

 

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Clockwise from top: Our bath all settled in, Coffee bar area feature wall, launch pad station with raw and living ingredients of Aveda products, and my adorable concrete and hemp side table with terrariums and up cycled Aveda containers.

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Clockwise from top: Tradie #1 Nicole playing giant jigsaw puzzles to make the feature walls, Tradie #2 April gets stuck into the exterior painting, our builder Joe and “apprentice” (fiancé) Sandra working away, and finally the utter chaos that it was about 3 days before our relaunch!

 

 

Aveda’s “Walk For Water” 2014!

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Since 1999 Aveda has raised over $32M to help support organisations that directly affect environmental change. More than $26M of that amount has supported clean water projects at home and around the world. Last year Aveda’s Earth Month efforts raised a total of $5.5 million for Clean Water.

To support Earth Month this year, we have Aveda’s limited edition candles for sale in our salon, at the super low price of $12. Just $12 will keep a family of six have access to clean water for 6 months! 100% of the proceeds of these Indian-Inspired soy wax candles will go to Water Aid.

We are also participating in the Aveda “Walk For Water” on Sunday 13th April. We have set up a fundraising page to help get the donations coming, and we would love it if our guests Click here to donate! 

Renovations! Sneak Preview!

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It’s time for a new look at Cobaarz Aveda Concept Salon. You may have already noticed our new logo, there is a brand spanking new website in the making (www.cobaarzaveda.com.au)… and we all agree that it’s time for a facelift! Well that, plus an unfortunate salon flood over the Christmas break…

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To align with the Aveda Mission, we have committed to making this renovation and refit as eco-friendly as possible. We don’t want to give too much away, but the materials we are using for the benches, mirrors, and decorative features is 100% recycled timber. There’s also going to be lots of greenery, and heaps of other cool additions that we know you will enjoy. It’ll be a completely different salon!

 

In order to complete these works, the salon will be closed on Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th, and Thursday 27th of March. We apologise for the interruption, but we promise you will love what we have in store!

Silly Season…Coming soon to a salon near you…

ImageYes, it’s heading to that time again. 8 weeks until Christmas.. Who has their hair appointments organised? We urge those of you that have not got your holiday appointments sorted to do so, as we are almost full for the month of December, and we would hate for our followers and regular guests to miss out.

We are soon to be getting some nifty Aveda Holiday Gift packs on our shelves, which are a great gift idea, or a great way to save money on your Aveda favourites and treat yourself. They start at only $29. The best part is that the packaging is made by Nepalese women, through a fairtrade partnership with Aveda. So the greatest part of your Christmas gift is helping support these amazing women. Come in and see our elves Taiya and/or Anna any time for a tour of the range. These two are like your own personal shoppers, and if they are nice they may find one in their own Cobaarz Christmas Stocking… 

Another great way to save this Christmas is with a Cobaarz gift voucher. For every $50 spent, we will give you a BONUS $10 in credit. This can be added to your gift voucher, or you can keep it for your own use. So $100 earns you a bonus $20, and so forth.

Above everything else, please look out for yourself this Silly Season. Take some “you time”, and don’t let a happy and fun time become a stressful and horrible time!