Self-Care Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Mom

Every mom is different, but there are a couple of things that most moms everywhere have in common. 1) They usually put others first … a lot. 2) Due to number 1, they REALLY need and deserve self-care.

“Filling your own cup” takes many forms. Whether it be an elaborate skin care routine or a relaxing salon spa visit—our Mother’s Day gift ideas will revitalize her so she can keep being the mom you know and love.

Each product we recommend here is 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free—so you can feel as good about giving them as she will in receiving them. Here are our top self-care gift ideas that all moms would love!

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Gift Her a Revitalizing Trip to Mark Pardo SalonSpa

Every mom welcomes a chance to get away from their daily life, and what better way to give her a mini-break than a gift card to our soothing, welcoming and attentive salon? Our team is comprised of the best of the best with the most well-educated and skilled service providers in the Albuquerque region, so you know she’ll receive the VIP treatment. Our mission is to make every guest’s day the best ever and have them looking and feeling great.

Click here to buy your favorite mom a gift card online.


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A Luxe, New Self-Care Regimen Featuring Aveda

With Aveda’s iconic aromas and vegan, cruelty-free products made from nature’s most amazing ingredients, these premier collections meet at the intersection of luxury and high performance. Try making a gift set with these best-selling products!


Aveda’s “hero” collections use powerhouse botanicals to make tresses healthier looking and feeling, shinier, and easier to manage and style. All three collections come in Light and Rich formulas suitable for all hair types and textures.

Botanical Repair™ — For hair REPAIR. Crafted with plant-derived, bond-building molecules and a macro green blend featuring certified organic green tea, avocado and sacha inchi seed oils, it instantly strengthens hair and restores softness and shine.

Nutriplenish — For hair HYDRATION. Formulated with intense nutrient-powered superfoods such as mango butter and organic coconut and pomegranate oils, this line’s products deliver long-lasting replenishing moisture to hair of all types, textures and thicknesses.

Invati Advanced™ — For hair THICKENING. This collection’s powerful ingredients include certified organic turmeric and ginseng to stimulate hair growth and promote thicker, fuller hair for every texture. The 3-part Invati Advanced™ system starts at the scalp to exfoliate and stimulate hair growth, strengthen hair from root to end and condition weightlessly.


Like its hair care lines, Aveda’s skin care collections are created with sustainably-sourced, powerful botanical ingredients.

Tulasāra™ Creme — This line is formulated to enhance natural radiance, smooth fine lines, and fight environmental stressors. There’s the Tulasāra™ Renewing Radiance Creme for daytime, and the Tulasāra™ Firming Sleeping Masque and the Brightening Sleeping Eye Masque for overnight.

Botanical Kinetics™ Serums — Think of this trio of high-performance serums as a power drink for your skin. Each formula is infused with powerful plant-derived acids and contains over 10,000 plant stem cells. Choose from the Botanical Kinetics™ Intense Hydrator, the Botanical Kinetics™ Instant Luminizer, and the Botanical Kinetics™ Pore Refiner.


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Inhale Relaxation, Exhale Tension with Replenishing Body Care

Stress-Fix™ — What better gift than less stress? Bring the spa to her with Aveda’s certified organic lavender, lavandin, and clary sage formulations, clinically proven to reduce stress through the science of aromaology as it nourishes and softens skin.

Chakra™ Balancing Body Sprays — Using the power of aromatherapy, these essential oil blends help to balance the chakras, the body’s energy centers known in Ayurveda to influence well-being and beauty. With a specific formulation for each of the seven chakras, these sprays can be used as a body mist, room freshener, or to spritz on bedding before a good night’s sleep.

Hand Relief™ & Foot Relief™ — Moms are busy running their world, and their hands and feet make this possible. Give them the TLC they need with Aveda’s Hand Relief™ and Foot Relief™, formulated to bring long-lasting moisture and replenishment even to severely dry skin. For extra oomph, add the Hand Relief™ Night Renewal Serum, a restorative hydrating plant blend that plumps and smooths fine lines as she sleeps.

Aveda Signature Aroma Body Care — Moisturize and renew skin with lotions, body washes and more featuring Aveda’s signature scents.

Rosemary Mint provides invigorating freshness and sharpens focus with certified organic rosemary, peppermint and spearmint. Cherry Almond is a naturally sweet scent with almond oil, cherry blossom, ylang-ylang and certified organic orange to condition and nourish skin. The beloved, calming aroma of Shampure™ is created from 25 pure flower and plant essences. Shop the collections from us here: 


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Choose from one of Aveda’s amazing collections, or mix-and-match products just for her to create a custom gift she will love! We’re happy to provide product advice and shopping help at Mark Pardo SalonSpa—come in and shop, or call us at 505.298.2983 to order your gifts with curbside pickup. The moms you love deserve nothing but the very best for Mother’s Day—and we’re happy to be a part of giving them just that.

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Green, Luxurious Ways To Love The Earth & Yourself

April is Earth Month, which is near and dear to our hearts. We celebrate our planet and further our commitment to being green, while spreading the message of eco-friendliness around the globe. As an Aveda salon, Mark Pardo SalonSpa in Albuquerque is proud to keep sustainability at the heart of our culture and practices.

We partner with Aveda to fundraise for charity: water in its goal to provide clean water to those in need worldwide.

There are a few ways you can help us support both the planet and this fabulous organization—all while giving yourself a self-care boost.


Want to raise funds for charity: water? Make sure you sign up for the Aveda Earth RunWalk! Get in on the fun when you join fellow runners and walkers, and keep track of your progress through the MoveSpring app.


Aveda’s limited-edition Shampure Nurturing Shampoo Bars are available during Earth Month only, so stock up while they’re here! Five dollars from each purchase goes directly to charity: water. This bar is as practical as it is luxe, providing weightless, long-lasting nourishment for your hair and infusing tresses with the iconic calming Shampure aroma.

Like all Aveda products, these bars are vegan and come in zero-plastic packaging. Pick yours up here:


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Skipping shampoo will save you time, water, and the Earth. Keep your hair fresh with Aveda’s no-wash & naturally derived solutions:

  • Foam Reset Rinseless Hydrating Hair Cleanser — This gives all textures of second-day hair added moisture, shine, frizz reduction, bounce and definition. It’s amazing for cooling the scalp and hydrating hair from roots to ends.
  • Rinseless Refresh Micellar Hair & Scalp Refresher — This is for instant super cleansing with micellar technology. It’s an awesome frizz-tamer and it’s ideal for slightly wavy to tight, coily textures—the perfect product to combat humidity.
  • Shampowder Dry ShampooThis absorbs excess oil, impurities and sweat with powerful botanical powders. It also works wonders for second-day hair and instantly adds texture and volume. Its fresh Shampure scent is always a crowd pleaser, and its non-aerosol packaging is great for the environment, too!
  • Heat Relief Thermal Protector & Conditioning Mist — Use hot tools without the damage. This infuses hair with softness, shine, and the Shampure aroma.


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Each donation is like a drop of water in the ocean—each one adds up to make a much larger impact. Any amount is appreciated! Donate here and learn more about charity: water.


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Using Aveda’s 100% vegan, cruelty free, plant-powered products is always a way to be kind to the earth while supporting an eco-friendly business like Mark Pardo SalonSpa! While we love to go all-out during Earth Month, for us, every day is Earth Day.

We should cherish our mothers as we do our Mother Earth, and what better time to do so than Mother’s Day? Gift the moms in your life Aveda’s products and salon gift cards for Mother’s Day on May 8. They’ll thank you, and the Earth will thank you, too!

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5 Reasons Aveda’s NEW Color Line Outshines The Rest

It’s your time to shine with Aveda’s new fade-resistant color line! We’re thrilled to announce Aveda’s new and improved Full Spectrum Vegan Treatment Hair Color has finally graced our color bar … and we’re obsessed. Here’s a sneak peek at the future of hair color—and what you can expect during your next salon visit:

1. Repair and dramatically reduce breakage.

You no longer need to compromise your hair’s health for amazing color! Many top color lines are formulated with harsh chemicals that can dry and damage locks, reduce hair thickness, cause split ends, and result in dull color that quickly fades. However, Aveda’s new color line takes green chemistry to a new level for hair that is manageable and soft.

2. Enhance condition and shine for luscious color.

Aveda color is more conditioning than ever. Formulated with a new protective botanical oil blend of certified organic sacha inchi oil, avocado oil and baobab oil, this new line features sustainably sourced ingredients with 20% more weightless oils for enhanced condition and shine.

3. Enjoy longer-lasting color between salon visits.

Average color fades, but Aveda color lasts longer than ever before. This new line is formulated for enhanced color penetration—even on stubborn reds—for a rich, opaque color that lasts longer between appointments.

4. Explore infinite shades on an expanded palette.

With more precisely calibrated shades than ever before, your Mint on the Avenue colorist can blend shades that are uniquely perfect for you. Consult with them to discuss the colors that best complement your skin tone, preferences and lifestyle to find your perfect color match—every time.

5. Discover a multi-sensory experience with a nourishing Pure-fume aroma of certified organic essential oils.

Ahh, smells like Aveda! Color appointments are now a fresh, vibrant and aromatic experience with Aveda’s Pure-fume aroma. For an artfully blended and balanced scent, the color line is created with high-impact certified organic essential oils such as clove, lime, orange, and peppermint.

Pro Tip 1: Upgrade your service with a Botanical Repair Professional Color Treatment for stronger and silky smooth locks.

Aveda’s new Full Spectrum Hair Color is formulated in synergy with the Botanical Repair Professional Color Treatment, resulting in 5x stronger hair for every guest and every shade. By instantly transforming damaged hair into strong, soft, visibly smooth, and shiny locks, you can get the gorgeous, radiant color you love without sacrificing your luscious locks.

Pro Tip 2: Take home this product to boost color and shine between appointments.

Enhance color, vibrancy and shine with Aveda’s NEW Color Renewal Color and Shine Treatment! Available in four color-boosting shades, this at-home collection is formulated with shea butter and fruit oil, adding richness and luster to both color-treated and untreated hair.

From cool blonde to warm brown, every shade can be salon- fresh—100% of the time. Shop this product on our online store here.

Ready to lock in your next color experience? Call 505.298.2983 to reserve your appointment, or request an appointment online here.

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Diagnose (and Meet!) Your Hair’s Deepest Needs

When it comes to hair woes, it’s often tricky to know the source of the problem. Luckily, there is a product for every hair need—but how can you tell which one is right for your hair?

Listen up, because we have the details on choosing the right product for your hair—and you’ll be on your way to lustrous, healthy locks.


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Your hair needs REPAIR if …

  • You color or chemically treat your hair
  • It breaks or splits
  • The ends feel brittle or thin

What triggers hair damage?

Hair damage sounds scary, but it’s extremely common! The daily stresses of everyday life can wear down your hair. The most common causes of damage are:

  • Environmental factors – UV rays, pollution
  • Heat styling – hot irons, blow dryers
  • Physical influences – brushing, styling, detangling, extensions
  • Chemical treatments – relaxers, perms, hair coloring, bleaching

You can often tell if your hair needs repair by looking at the strands. Split ends and variations in thickness are signs your hair needs a little TLC.

Your hair may also be very reactive to weather; for instance, frizzing in humidity or feeling brittle in the cold.

Still unsure? Take the elasticity test!

Elasticity is the ability of your hair to stretch and return to its original length. This is important to keep your hair from snapping easily! Hair with good elasticity is stronger and not prone to breakage.

  • Step 1: Pinch a strand of hair securely at your scalp.
  • Step 2: With your other hand, gently tug the strand.
  • Step 3: Notice whether your hair stretches or if it breaks.

If your hair stretches and returns to its original shape, it likely is damage free. If the strand stretches and remains stretched out, your hair has medium elasticity and could use a little repair. If it breaks, your hair has poor elasticity and needs repair straightaway.

Repair Solution: Botanical RepairTM

Aveda’s Botanical RepairTM is the best product for damaged hair. The bond-building technology helps fix breakage and weak strands in all hair types and textures. While repairing hair from the inside out, it also prevents future wear and tear by detangling and protecting from heat up to 450° F.

It’s not just good for your hair—Botanical RepairTM is also good for the planet. The line is 94% naturally derived, vegan, cruelty free, and silicone free. It contains a nourishing macro-green blend of certified organic green tea, avocado, and oils.

Hair on Botanical RepairTM looks and feels healthier, shinier, softer and stronger than before.

But maybe you want those results and your hair doesn’t need repair, but a really good quenching. So, you do the hydration check!

Your hair needs HYDRATION if …

  • It is rough from roots to ends
  • It tangles easily
  • You have a dry scalp


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What causes dry hair?

Many factors. Here are the most common:

  • Dry scalp
  • Environmental stressors: a dry, hot climate, sun and wind exposure, or chlorinated or saltwater
  • Heat styling
  • Overwashing

You can usually tell your hair is dehydrated when it lacks shine and smoothness. Unlike damaged tresses, dry strands are the same thickness throughout.

Double check with the porosity test:

Porosity concerns your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. By knowing your porosity, you can determine how much hydration your hair needs.

  • Step 1: Take a section of hair at the ends
  • Step 2: Lightly slide your fingers from ends to scalp. This is called a backcomb.
  • Step 3: If your hair feels rough and tangles easily, it is porous and lacks moisture.

Hydration Solution: NutriplenishTM

Aveda’s NutriplenishTM line is specifically designed to replenish dry hair. Made with a superfood blend of organic pomegranate oil, coconut oil, and mango butter, this line is intensely hydrating and results in visibly healthy hair.

NutriplenishTM contains two collections to ensure your hair gets just the right amount of hydration. Choose between Light Moisture (which contains fast-absorbing oils) or Deep Moisture (which contains decadent butters) depending on your hair type and thickness.

Like the Botanical RepairTM line, the earth-friendly NutriplenishTM is 94% naturally derived, vegan and cruelty free.

Sometimes, both are best!

Hair care is not one-size-fits-all. Maybe the strand tests you just took have told you your hair needs both repair and hydration. In that case, mix and match NutriplenishTM and Botanical RepairTM products until you find the perfect balance. Both lines come with shampoo and conditioner, hair masques and leave-in products—a lot of ingredients for your perfect hair-care cocktail!

It’s important to remember that no matter how stressed, dry or damaged your hair might be—we have a solution that will bring it back to its former glory! Shop our Botanical RepairTM and NutriplenishTM collections online here, or give Mark Pardo SalonSpa a call at 505.298.2983 for personalized recommendations and curbside pickup. We are all too happy to help you give your hair the love it deserves!

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Masque Up With Aveda’s New Weekly Hydrating Treatment

What’s our favorite resolution this year? Staying hydrated (yes—that means your hair, too!). With Aveda’s newest addition to the Nutriplenish line, it’s easy to never let your hair get parched.


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Is your hair chronically dry? Do you want to treat your textured hair to extra TLC? Are you looking to replace frizz with shiny and defined curls and coils? Then this product is for you! Designed to use as a weekly treatment in addition to Nutriplenish Shampoo and Conditioner, this masque is just what you need to quench thirsty hair—for good.

Introducing Aveda’s new Nutriplenish Treatment Masque.

Treat yourself to pure hydration in a bottle. This nutrient-powered treatment intensely moisturizes and conditions for lush locks, while treating dry and brittle strands without the weigh-down. Containing 4x the hydration of untreated hair, this treatment packs a punch—and a medley of superfoods (mango, pomegranate oil and coconut oil, for starters!)

How to incorporate this powerhouse into your beauty regimen:

  1. Use weekly after shampooing as an ultra-hydrating treatment
  2. Apply to damp hair from root to tip
  3. Leave on for 2-5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly

Pro tip: Need an extra boost? You can even use this product as an overnight conditioning treatment or as a leave-in treatment. For bonus relaxation, apply a hot towel over the hair masque and soak in the self-care.

Choose your fighter: Light Moisture vs. Deep Moisture

Imagine if you could formulate a product that delivers just the right amount of hydration for your hair’s type and texture—not too much, and not too little. With the Nutriplenish Treatment Masque, you can! This product is available in two varieties: Nutriplenish Treatment Masque Light Moisture and Nutriplenish Treatment Masque Deep Moisture.  Choose the treatment best suited to your hair’s individual needs to prevent oily buildup and flat strands from too much moisture, or dry locks and frizz from not enough.

The Nutriplenish Treatment Masque Light Moisture might be right for you if …

  • You desire an ultra-light gel cream that hydrates without weighing your hair down
  • You have fine to medium hair of any texture (coily, curly, wavy, or straight)

The Nutriplenish Treatment Masque Deep Moisture might be right for you if …

  • You desire a decadent cream that restores moisture to even the driest hair
  • You have medium to thick hair of any texture (coily, curly, wavy, or straight)
  • You need 2.5x more butters and oils than the Nutriplenish Treatment Masque Light Moisture

Pro tip: Confused and dealing with oily roots and dry ends? Double-masquing is always an option! Try applying the Nutriplenish Treatment Masque Light Moisture from roots to midshaft and the Nutriplenish Treatment Masque Deep Moisture from midshaft to ends for the perfect combo.

Shop the entire Nutriplenish line here.


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Great for your hair, great for the planet.

Be kinder to yourself and the environment this year! Aveda’s new Nutriplenish Treatment Masque is 100% vegan and cruelty free, so you never have to choose between high-performing hair care and sustainability.

In fact—all of Aveda’s products are 100% vegan and manufactured with 100% solar and wind power, and signature aromas are always 100% naturally derived and created in-house. You know that by choosing Aveda’s vegan products, you are contributing to a more beautiful and sustainable world.

Shop vegan to …

  • Aid in water conservation
  • Cut greenhouse gas emissions
  • Mitigate climate change
  • Reduce energy consumption and air pollution
  • Protect rainforest and lands
  • And more

Let’s get started. Shop Aveda’s entire collection of vegan products here.

Can’t decide on your perfect match?

We’re excited to find the products that you (and your hair) will love. Stop by Mark Pardo SalonSpa here, or give us a call at 505.298.2983 to speak with a member of our team about personalized product recommendations.

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Into The Thick Of It: Aveda’s New Invati Advanced Products

Get thicker, fuller hair & brows with Aveda’s new Invati Advanced Thickening Foam and Brow Thickening Serum, available for retail at Mark Pardo SalonSpa in Albuquerque.

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Fashion Colors and Hair Trends

Hair trends emerge and flow within the fashion industry, but why do some never seem to go away? In the 90’s we saw the first big wave of “punk rock” colors, bold and bright primary colors and since then the desire for unnatural hair shades has grown both in popularity and acceptance in mainstream culture. Today, we can recreate any color on the color wheel on your hair. If a full head of rainbows isn’t your thing though, don’t fret! There are several ways to add some rainbow to your hair color.

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Balayage vs Ombré: Everything you need to know before deciding

Are you ready to change your look, but you’re not quite sure about the difference between a Balayage and an Ombré? You’ve seen thousands of pictures online and know what you like, but which one is which? What’s realistic considering your lifestyle and the amount of time you have to take care of your hair? How much it is going to cost? Here’s what to consider before you decide.

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