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Trending Hair Colors This Week

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Time and again, our #HolisticHairTribe has shown us that when it comes to talent, our community always delivers. And so as we inch closer to summer, you can expect to see more lighter hair colors in the coming weeks. But for now, we’re offering a sneak peek of what’s to come.

Check out our favorite hair colors this week:

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Flaming Red Hair Color Formula

Hair by Anna Lundeberg

Getting the perfect red is a huge task for many hair stylists, because not all reds are the same. You get it wrong and it can look unnatural. But when you get it right, it can turn people’s heads.

Roots: Oway Hcolor 4.56 Red Mahogany Brown with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Mids: Oway Hcolor 6.66 Deep Red Dark Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Ends: Oway Hcolor 8.66 Deep Red Light Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

oway-hair-colorPlatinum Ash Hair Color Formula

Hair by Heather Leigh Ford

Tired of your regular blonde hair? This Platinum Ash hair color by Heather is a great color to freshen up your look. We recommend adding some shadow root to give your hair more dimension.

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Pull through (Midshaft + Around Parietal and Crown):  Oway Hcolor 6.1 Ash Dark Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Toner: Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Nude Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Danielle of goodhairla

Don’t you just love it when you get your desired balay without having to add any toners? This Nude Blonde by Danielle only used Oway creamy plant butter-based lightener and developer to create this babe hair.

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

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Nude Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Summer Reid

Because one Nude Blonde is not enough. Here’s another perfect blonde balayage Summer did for a client – no toner needed!

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

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Salted Caramel Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meredith Johnson

When it comes to deliciously blended balayage, we know we can always rely on Meredith to deliver. This one though is a true balayage (meaning she didn’t use any foils), and we’re nothing but impressed.

Painted: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener and Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Toner (10 mins): 2 parts Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + 1 part Oway Hcolor 7.1 Ash Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Champagne Peach Hair Color Formula

Hair by Michaela Svanfelt

If you’re not quite into the Rose Gold trend but want something softer, this Champagne Peach hair color by Michaela is a great alternative. It has the charm of pink and gold combined, only more muted.

Lightening: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Toner: 30 mL Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + 30 mL Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde + 3 mL Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Which are your favorites this week?

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RICE BRAN OIL BENEFITS: The Asian Secret to Beautiful, Healthy Hair

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Known for their youthful looks, many Asians are often mistaken for being younger than they actually are. And it looks like we have finally uncovered their ultimate beauty secret. It’s called Gamma oryzanol or Rice Bran Oil.

Packed with anti-aging emollients and antioxidant properties, this oil has been a part of the Asian skin care regimen for years. But aside from improving the condition of the skin, Rice Bran Oil also offers various benefits to the hair.

Benefits of Rice Bran Oil to the Hair

Prevents Hypersensitivity

oway-hypercolorPerhaps the most notable feature of Rice Bran Oil is its hypoallergenic properties, something that many vegetable oils do not possess. This makes the oil a great remedy for irritations and hypersensitivity.

If you have a hypersensitive client, make sure to use salon products that contain Rice Bran Oil, such as Oway Hypercolor to nourish and protect the scalp and hair during a technical service.

Prevents Damage

Split ends are a common sign that your hair needs some TLC – stat. Unfortunately, the only remedy for split ends is to chop them off, but it doesn’t mean you can’t prevent it from happening again. All the hair needs is a hair care regimen that enhances the protective barriers of the hair against external aggressors.

Rice Bran Oil contains rich amounts of antioxidants that help protect the hair from UV exposure. This oil also has a high smoking point, making it a natural heat protectant.

Fights Dandruff

Due to its high vitamin E content, Rice Bran Oil stimulates blood flow to the scalp and proper healing, which affect scalp health and dandruff control. This is because the vitamin E in the oil is an antioxidant in itself.

Like Cotton Protein and Kukui Butter, Rice Bran Oil helps fight off free radicals and bacteria that’s causing the irritation. So when a client comes in for a scalp treatment, we recommend using Oway Zanthoxylum Soothing Gel to provide immediate relief. The Rice Bran Oil in it helps alleviate the itching and discomfort caused by dandruff.

Thickens Hair

Rice Bran Oil is also rich in omega-6 fatty acids and oleic acid. Combine them with the antioxidants found in this wonder oil, and you have a hair growth super potion. Applying Rice Bran Oil regularly to thinning spots will help stimulate blood circulation in those areas, reviving the hair follicles to create strong and healthy hair.

Delays Premature Greying

Finding grey hairs can be frightening for some as its usually associated with aging. Contrary to popular belief, grey hair doesn’t depend solely on age. It’s when our body starts producing less melanin – the pigment that gives the strands their natural color – that causes a sudden onset of grey hairs.

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This phenomenon is due to oxidative stress, a condition resulting from the imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants.1 Rice Bran Oil supplies the hair and scalp great amounts of antioxidants to prevent the hair from losing pigment due to oxidative stress. Did we also mention Oway Hcolor contains this wonder oil?

Truly, we cannot deny the benefits natural antioxidants like Rice Bran Oil bring to our body. Isn’t it amazing how nature has all the solutions we need for healthier, stronger hair?

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1Roos, D et al. (2012). Role of Calcium and Mitochondria in MeHg-Mediated Cytotoxicity. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3425894/

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This Potentially Toxic Chemical May Be Lurking in Your Salon Products

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Last month, New York senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the chemical 1,4-dioxane from personal care products due to its potentially cancerous effect, according to The Hill.1

This came on the heels of a report by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) naming 1,4-dioxane as one of the high-hazard chemicals to be evaluated for safety in November last year.2 The Environmental Working Group lists about 8,000 personal care products containing this chemical, but what makes it dangerous to our health?

What is 1,4-dioxane?

1,4-dioxane is a by-product of the manufacturing process of cosmetic and home products such as detergents, foaming agents, emulsifiers, and solvents. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that for the most part, the types of products in which 1,4-dioxane is found are only in contact with the skin for a short time as it readily evaporates upon application. 3

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Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), argues that 1,4-dioxane has “no real purpose in cosmetics” and only damages our health. So this begs the question: why is this ingredient still present in everyday products?

Unfortunately, there’s a serious lack of cosmetics regulation in the U.S. Because 1,4-dioxane is only a by-product, companies are not required to list it as ingredient, allowing them to just hide it behind the blanket term “FRAGRANCE”.

How dangerous is 1,4-dioxane?

Back in the 70s, a National Cancer Institute study found a link between 1,4-dioxane and cancer in animals when administered at high levels.

Although cosmetics contain far lower concentrations of this chemical, constant exposure to carcinogens over prolonged periods provides a greater chance of contracting cancers. 4

Countless hair dyes contain cancer-causing agents such as ammonia, formaldehyde, and PEGs or Polyethylene glycol (an ingredient containing 1,4 dioxane). This puts hairdressers among the top 3 occupations – just behind rubber manufacturing and agriculture – at a higher risk of this deadly disease, which affects the following:

  • Lungs
  • Breasts
  • Bladder
  • Larynx

Ingredients such as PEGs also enhanced product absorption, which can cause more damage if 1,4 dioxane is present. This is why we recommend avoiding PEGs in hair color.

How do we identify 1,4 dioxane?

1,4-dioxane can be easily identified by looking for the following prefix, word, or syllables in the labels5: PEGs, Polyethylene, Polyoxyethylene, or any ingredients with “-eth-” or “-oxynol-“.

How can we avoid this carcinogen?

Here are the steps you can take to protect yourself against accidentally using 1,4-dioxane in your salon:

  1. Always read the label.
  2. Avoid the 5 Toxic Ps: Polyethylene glycols, Phthalates, Parabens, Perfume or Fragrance, and Paraffins.
  3. Choose organic hair color and hair care products that contain the least amount of chemicals.
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It should be noted that there’s no data yet describing the effects of 1,4-dioxane in humans, but is it really worth the risk? If a potentially dangerous chemical does not serve any purpose at all, why do we still need to use it? It’s better to be safe than sorry, don’t you think?

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1 The Hill. (2017). Dems petition FDA to ban potentially toxic chemical from shampoos, body wash. Available: http://thehill.com/regulation/pending-regs/328720-ny-dems-petition-fda-to-ban-toxic-chemical-from-shampoos-body-wash

2 United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2016). EPA Names First Chemicals for Review Under New TSCA Legislation. Available: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-names-first-chemicals-review-under-new-tsca-legislation

3,5 United States Food & Drug Administration. 1,4-Dioxane A Manufacturing Byproduct. Available: https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productsingredients/potentialcontaminants/ucm101566.htm

4 Takkouche B et al. (2009). Risk of cancer among hairdressers and related workers: a meta-analysis. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19755396

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Trending Hair Colors This Week

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Our #HolisticHairTribe keeps getting better week after week, disproving the notion that organic hair color is not effective. From ravishing reds to gorgeous colormelts, there’s so many tones and hues you can do with Oway.

Check out the hair colors we loved this week!

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Dark Garnet Hair Color Formula

Hair by Yeli’s Organic Salon

If there’s a shade that’s really popular with our Tribe, it’s the Oway Reds. They’re deep and vibrant, and just brings out the hair’s beauty. Case in point: This Dark Garnet hair color by Yeli.

Roots: 1oz Oway Hcolor 7.0 Natural Blonde + 1oz Oway Hcolor 7.66 Deep Red Blonde + Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Highlights: Oway Hcolor 8.66 Deep Red Light Blonde + Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster with Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Ends (Refreshed): Oway Hcolor 7.66 Deep Red Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Purple Sunset Hair Color Formula

Hair by Stephanie Schmidt

Don’t you think it’s amazing how stylists can recreate nature by just using hair dyes? This sunset-inspired hair color by Stephanie is just marvelous to look at!

Base: Oway Hcolor 5.31 Beige Light Brown + Oway Hcolor 6.31 Beige Dark Blonde

Colormelt: Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster with Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster + Oway Hcolor 90.2 Irisee Super Bleaching Blonde

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Sunkissed Bronde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Merissa Luetjen

This darker take on the summer favorite Sunkissed Blonde is giving us some major hair envy. Those varying tones of cool and honey highlights gave the brown base more dimension and character.

Base: Natural Color

Balayage (Foils): Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Balayaged Ends (No Foil + Saturated): Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener with Oway Hcatalyst 40 Volume Cream Developer for 20 minutes, then Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment

Toner: 30g Oway Hcolor 9.1 Ash Very Light Blonde + 15g Oway Hcolor 8.1 Ash Light Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Sugar Plum Hair Color Formula

Hair by Abigail Waldrum

This Sugar Plum-inspired hair color by Abigail was the highlight of our week. We adore hues that remind us of our favorite childhood candy.

Roots & Mids (1:1): Oway Hnectar 6.77 Blueberry Dark Blonde with 25 vol 1:1

Ends: Melted Down to Tone for 10 minutes

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Raisin Purple Hair Color Formula

Hair by Josie Ragains

A second Tribe favorite is our Violets. Like our Reds, they’re highly pigmented and give the hair that glossy finish when used in conjunction with Oway’s conditioning treatments.

Percentage of Grey: 50%

Roots & Mids: 20g Oway Hcolor 6.0 Natural Dark Blonde + 20g Oway Hcolor 6.77 Deep Purple Dark Blonde with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Ends (Refreshed): Oway Hcolor 6.77 Deep Purple Dark Blonde + Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Golden Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kristine Hartman

A little update goes a long way. This blonde babe wanted a fresher look, so Kristine did some lowlights and balayage for dimension and “The Drop” to brighten up the blonde.

Natural Level: 7

Freehand Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + 6oz Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Color: Pinky Finger Nail Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster with 4oz Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 2oz Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Which are your top picks this week?

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COTTON PROTEIN BENEFITS: The Nourishing Oil for Strong, Shiny Hair

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We all know Cotton as that soft, fluffy fiber used for removing makeup and manufacturing textile. But Cotton is more than clothing and makeup remover.

Its seed, also known as Cottonseed or Gossypium, is perhaps the most valuable part of the crop when it comes to health. After the fibers have been stripped out, the mature kernels are pressed to create oil.

Due to its high nutritional content, cottonseed oil is used as food for livestock, fertilizers, cooking oil, salad dressing, and cosmetic ingredient. An excellent source of Protein and Essential Fatty Acids, it doesn’t surprise us that many salon products are including this magical ingredient in their formulas.

Benefits of Cotton Protein to the Hair

Boosts the Scalp’s Immunity

oway-hcolorThink of your hair as plant, and the scalp as the soil. The scalp is where the hair gets all the nutrients it needs to grow healthy and strong. So when the scalp is weak, all sorts of hair issues spring up.

Cotton Protein is made up of 35% oleic acid and 50% linoleic acid, fatty acids known for building up the scalp’s protective barrier.1 This helps boost its immunity against irritants, bacteria, and other external aggressors that trigger the scalp to go haywire.

Strengthens Hair

Most of our hair issues are caused by internal problems, such as bad scalp conditions and low blood circulation. One amazing thing about Cotton Protein is that it addresses problems straight from the root.

With the help of its nourishing properties like Vitamin E and linoleic acid, Cotton Protein stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients fundamental to hair strength and growth to the follicles. This action invigorates the follicles and promotes stronger, thicker hair. So if you have weak tresses but still want color, choosing a hair dye that contains Cotton Protein is recommended. Oway Hcolor is formulated with this ingredient, along with other nourishing oils.

Fights off Free Radicals

Free radicals are molecules that contain an unshared electron present in all living bodies as well as the environment.2 When these free radicals become unstable, the electrons react rapidly to oxygen, causing cellular damage and oxidative stress. This eventually results in hair damage and thinning.

An additional benefit that we can reap from Cotton Protein is its high tocopherol content.3 Tocopherols are naturally occurring antioxidants that fight off free radicals and relieve the hair and scalp of oxidative stress.

Increases Hair Luster

We’ve all heard about Ceramides and how it helps give the hair that enviable shine. Ceramides are lipids naturally present in the hair cuticle. They bind the cuticles and keep them in place, giving the strands that “healthy hair” sheen. Without them, the hair dries out, which can lead to damage.

Cotton Protein has high ceramides concentration of 54%, so many people with chemically treated hair turn to Cotton Protein to restore their hair’s natural shine. The ceramides in Cotton Protein flattens the cuticles, closing the door to external aggressors and potential damage.

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Hnectar-OwayIf you’re looking for a gentle, Cotton-Protein infused hair color, we recommend trying Oway Hnectar, an organic nectar hair color that leaves the hair looking silky smooth after the treatment.

Protects Hair from Heat Damage

If you’re looking for a natural heat protectant, Cotton Protein is your best bet. It’s one of the few natural oils that can withstand high heat. Cotton Protein has a smoke point of about 450F, which makes it the perfect heat styling buddy.

Who knew Cotton can be so good for you?

Sources:

1 Mogos, T et. al. (1994). The hair levels of unsaturated fatty acids (oleic, linoleic, and linolenic) indicators of the lipid metabolic balance. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7920331

2 National Institutes of Health. Vitamin E. Available: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminE-HealthProfessional/

3 Agarwal, D et. al. (2003). Central Institute for Cotton Research Nagpur. Cottonseed Oil Quality, Utilization and Processing. Available: http://www.cicr.org.in/pdf/cottonseed_oil.pdf

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Purposeful Beauty: Why It’s Not Too Late to Join the Holistic Hair Movement

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A few years ago, visiting a hair salon meant entering an environment that wasn’t always the most pleasant smelling. Nonetheless, people still lined up to get a haircut or chemical service. So much has evolved in the salon experience since then.

Today, many stylists and clients alike have become aware of the harmful effects of some product ingredients to our health and environment, prompting salons to use products with the least amount of chemicals and start pioneering the Holistic Hair Stylist movement.

Who is the Holistic Hair Stylist?

For Holistic Hair Stylists, their salons and studios are not just a place where clients can get their hair cut and colored. Holistic Hair Stylists go beyond giving beautiful hair. Instead, they unlock our best selves with beauty products, services and business practices that abide by their No Harm Mantra. This is their promise and dedication to respect the health of the mind, body, planet and animals. This involves tapping into the client’s five senses to achieve the best treatment possible, while ensuring no ethical compromise along the way.

Benefits of Being a Holistic Hair Stylist

Being a holistic hair stylist allows you to live a balanced happy and healthy lifestyle. When you walk into a non-ammoniated salon space, smell the diffuser going with air clean notes, hear relaxing music, and are greeted with an Aroma tea blend, you start to calm and disconnect from the hectic world. You are also no longer forced to inhale toxic fumes that harm your health.

When you are part of a holistic salon, you can give more to your client in helping them improve their inner and outer beauty. For stylists, staying healthy and well is important. Your bodies are your livelihood, and without it it’s impossible to provide the best care possible to your clients.

Holistic beauty and wellness is a lifestyle that you can incorporate into your career, and all aspects of your life. The principle behind the movement goes beyond hair. Holistic hairdressers believe that the body, mind, spirit, and the environment are all interconnected and affects our health – and ultimately, our hair. So to keep the ecosystem balanced, Holistic Hair Stylists consistently employ sustainable practices in their homes and salons.

As holistic hairdressers and beauty makers, you can connect on a deeper level with every client you meet. Unlike regular salons, Holistic Hair Stylists treat each client as a whole person, immersing them in multi-sensory, non-toxic salon experiences. They offer professional organic hair and skin care treatments, support cruelty-free brands, and are eco-conscious. This, in turn, not only makes them want to stay longer in the salon for additional service offerings, but also creates a sense of trust, which fosters extreme loyalty to the business.

You get to meet like-minded individuals and feel a sense of kinship. There is an old saying that you attract what you are. Being around clients and team members that have the same passion and mindset helps create a positive environment. This will lead to dramatic benefits to your over-all health over time.

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Holistic Hairdressers continue to stay inspired, keep up on the latest trends, have extensive knowledge of timeless and classic foundations of hair design, and constantly stay up to date on the green chemistry of the products they use in their craft.

The Holistic Hair Tribe are a group of ground shakers and day makers that believe in a sustainable approach to beauty and wellness. They follow the mission of changing the world and industry for the better. Don’t you want to be a part of what’s growing?

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About The Author

Rebecca Gregory

As the Simply Organic Educator and Technical Director, Rebecca brings to us more than 20 years of experience in the salon industry. She has also worked with the National Association of Eco-Friendly Salons & Spas, the first of its kind to promote eco-friendly excellence in the salon and spa industry. If you want to learn more how to bring organic, eco-friendly hair products to your salon, please contact us at 888-213-4744

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Trending Hair Colors This Week

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If you think you’ve seen every hair color our #HolisticHairTribe can offer, feast your eyes on these stunning hues they shared with us this week. From fashion colors to balayage, these will surely leave you wanting to try the formulas yourself.

Oway Organic Hair Color Formulas: Check out our top picks below!

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Red Currant Organic Hair Color Formula

Red Currant Hair Color Formula

Hair by Marcus Sederstrom

Nothing else makes us happier than seeing rich and vibrant hair colors, like this Red Currant beauty. Marcus used color blocking technique to achieve this gorgeous tone, and we must say we’re impressed.

Level: 3

Grey Percentage: 40%

Color Blocking 1: Oway Hcolor 5.0 Natural Light Brown + Oway Hcolor 6.31 Beige Dark Blonde with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Color Blocking 2: Oway Hcolor 6.0 Natural Dark Blonde + Oway Hcolor 6.4 Coppery Dark Blonde with Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

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Cosmic Fusion Hair Color Formula

Hair by Maren McKenna

Pastel hair is cute, but there’s something mesmerizing about galaxy hair. The luscious blend of blue and purple tones makes us feel as though we’re staring at the Milky Way.

Pre-lightened Ends: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 40 Volume Cream Developer

Toner: Oway Hcolor 8.1 Ash Light Blonde + .03 oz of Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster + a dot of Oway Hcolor 0.8 Blue Booster with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

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Espresso & Cream Hair Color Formula

Hair by Nicole Daly

Like a shot of espresso in the morning, this hair color by Nicole got us bolting from our seats. The addition of highlights gave this wavy hair style more texture and dimension.

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Base Toner: Oway Hcolor 6.0 Natural Dark Blonde

Pull Through: Oway Hcolor 8.0 Natural Light Blonde + Oway Hcolor 8.31 Beige Light Blonde with a pinch of Oway Hcolor 9.43 Copper Golden Very Light Blonde

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Cherry Cola Hair Color Formula

Hair by Deb Pedraza

To achieve this stunning color, carefully blend from the roots to the midshaft, and then blend again from the midshaft to the roots. This creates a seamless transition of colors and erases demarcation lines.

Balayage: O&M Ammonia Free Keratin Powder Lightener + O&M Mineral.CCT 20 Volume COVERAGE Cream Activator  (40 min)

Refresh Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer + Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment

Roots (1.5 cm): 35g O&M Mineral.CCT 5/0 Light Brown + 35g O&M Mineral.CCT 20 Volume COVERAGE Cream Activator

Mids: 25g O&M Mineral.CCT 5/0 Light Brown + 25g O&M Mineral.CCT 10 Volume DEPOSIT Cream Activator

Ends: 20g Oway Hcolor 90.1 Ash Super Bleaching Blonde + 10g Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster + 4g Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster + 34g Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Ash Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Carolanne Horne

One-dimensional hair colors are nice, but there’s no denying adding more contrast to the hair makes it more interesting. Doing some shadow root and balayage gives the hair more oomph, making the hair look great from every angle.

Base (45 mins): 7.1 + 0.8 with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Mids: Oway Hnectar 8.3 Wheat Light Blonde + Oway Hnectar 9.3 Wheat Very Light Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Processing Time: 35 mins (No Heat)

Toner: Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum

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Coffee Caramel Hair Color Formula

Hair by Summer Reid

We love everything that reminds us of a good cup of coffee, and this is no exception. Soft, creamy highlights not only help define the layers but they are also one of the go-to face-framing techniques.

Roots: Oway Hcolor 5.0 Natural Light Brown

Highlights: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 40 Volume Cream Developer

Toner: Oway Hcolor 90.11 Intense Ash Super Bleaching Blonde + Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum

Which are your favorites this week?

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ILLIPE BUTTER BENEFITS: The Plant Butter for Dry, Damaged Hair

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With increasing humidity comes unruly hair, and the only way to fight the frizz is to look for hair treatments that will help the hair retain more moisture and increase its manageability. Because of this, hair care products have recently been incorporating plant butters in their formulations. While natural butters like Kukui and Shea are well regarded for their nourishing properties, there is another plant butter that provides the same hair care benefits.

Illipe Butter is a vegetable fat derived from the nut of Shorea stenoptera tree, a plant endemic to the jungles of Southeast Asia. Because of its high fatty acid content and vitamin profile, it brings a lot of benefits to the hair and scalp, making it one of the most sought after plant butters in the world.

Benefits of Illipe Butter to the Hair

Restores Hair Elasticity

Oway-Hcatalyst-Illipe-ButterHair elasticity is a great indicator of hair health. Healthy hair can stretch around 30% (when wet) of its length and return to its normal state without breaking. If not, it either means the hair is lacking protein or moisture, or a mix of both.

To restore the hair’s elasticity, it needs a moisturizer with high fatty acid content – and Illipe Butter has this and more. Aside from containing linoleic acid, it is also a natural emollient. Thus, it can effectively penetrate the hair shaft and fill in empty spaces in the hair. As a result, the hair becomes stronger and healthier.

Before coloring hair, we recommend doing the Wet Stretch Test to determine the health of the hair and using Oway Hcatalyst for lightening services. Its gentle formulations, which include Illipe Butter, can reduce the degeneration of skin cells and restore elasticity to the hair fiber.

Prevents Hair Loss

Losing hair is one of the scariest things that can happen to anyone. To prevent hair loss, the body needs a good amount of vitamin F, also known as linoleic acid – an essential fatty acid that protects the hair from lipid imbalance and skin irritations. Without linoleic acid, the scalp becomes susceptible to dermatitis and, eventually, hair loss.

Dermatitis causes the scalp to itch and flake, making it a very unfriendly place for hair growth. This causes the hair to weaken and fall out. Illipe Butter is packed full of linoleic acid that reverses the damage caused by dermatitis. Illipe Butter melts in contact with the skin, so the nutrients are quickly absorbed by the scalp, curbing further skin proliferation and hair loss.

Repairs Damaged Hair

Illipe Butter is a hard butter that contains powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants help repair damaged hair by washing away free radicals and chemicals that are causing the hair to dry out and break. This is why many people prefer using Illipe Butter as hair mask to treat over-processed hair.

Hydrates the Scalp & Hair

Wondering what makes the hair silky smooth? It’s not in the product we use but it’s in the scalp environment. Dry and unhealthy scalp can result in various hair and skin issues that can worsen if left untreated. From parched hair to burning scalp, these problems can be prevented if properly nourished and hydrated.

Illipe Butter is high in Vitamins A and E, which are known to soothe and hydrate the scalp and hair. They help stimulate the production of healthy sebum and shield the hair and scalp from external aggressors to keep the hair from drying out and breaking off.

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Reinforces Scalp’s Lipid Barrier

Hcolor-Organic-IngredientsIt may not seem like it, but our scalp is always hard at work – producing natural oils, constantly renewing skin cells, and fighting off free radicals and bacteria. So it’s necessary that the scalp’s barrier remains strong and stable. Otherwise, external aggressors can easily penetrate the scalp, creating potential problems.

Illipe Butter is rich in unsaturated fatty acids oleic and linoleic acids that help protect the scalp by building up its surface layer.1 This keeps irritants and bacteria from passing through, resulting in more resilient skin.

This makes Oway Hcolor highly suited for people with sensitive skin. The Illipe Butter and other nourishing plant botanicals in this organic hair color not only gives the hair gorgeous color and shine, but it’s also gentle for even the most delicate skin.

With such magnificent benefits, it only makes sense that hair care products are including Illipe Butter in the ingredients list. Have you ever tried this fabulous plant butter yourself?

Source:

1Mogos, T et. al. (1994). The hair levels of unsaturated fatty acids (oleic, linoleic, and linolenic) indicators of the lipid metabolic balance. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7920331

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Educator Spotlight: Vanessa Love

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A Skin Care Specialist, Hair Stylist, Reiki Master, and Medical Qigong Practitioner. This month’s Educator Spotlight is on Vanessa Love, a multi-hyphenate artist from Fort Lauderdale, Florida that truly embodies the holistic practice.

Being part of the beauty and wellness industry for more than 13 years, Vanessa is looking forward to sharing her expertise and help as many people as she can on their own path to success.

Read Vanessa’s interview below!

What are some of your inspiring or motivating words for new holistic stylists?

There are two important things that got me where I am today: Always Follow Your Intuition; and Never Stop Learning! Throughout your career, you will be shown all different things that glitter – from products, to techniques, to job offers. But all that glitters is not gold. Stay 100% true to yourself and what you believe in, keep the things you choose to hold in that circle you believe in. If holistic is your goal, weed out the rest! If what you seek does not exist, really think about creating it yourself. Anything is possible! That’s where continuing education comes in. Learn everything you can about what you are most passionate about. Follow your joy and you will never “work” a day in your life.

How long have you been in the industry and why did you decide to become a skin care specialist and hair stylist?

2017 is my 13th year in the industry. I always loved doing hair, even when I was a kid. One of my first memories with it was when I talked my little 6-year old sister into letting me cut her hair in the front yard when my mother was at work. Yes, I used the orange handled kitchen scissors from the “junk drawer” and I was about 10 years old! My mom said it actually looked good, but don’t ever do it again. I also was the one doing all my friends hair for school dances. I always had a passion for it and it came very naturally to me. Skin care came with my own skin issues. I wanted to find a way to deal with it without having to resort to medication and chemical-laden products that seemed to do more harm than good.

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What is the latest skin care technology, procedure, or technique that excites you?

I happen to be a very different kind of Esthetician and Stylist. Through following my dreams, literally, I am also a Reiki Master Teacher and Medical Qigong Practitioner. I love adding energy work into my treatments to receive a better understanding of the possible root cause to chronic skin conditions and anything else my client may be having an issue with. To me this practice is like being able to see under the surface to better advise on home and self-care to help my clients/friends feel their best.

What is your most significant accomplishment as a beauty professional?

Educating, absolutely. This will be my 10th year as an educator to Estheticians, Massage Therapists, Stylists, and spa/salon staff. I love sharing the knowledge I have been so fortunate to collect over the years with anyone interested in learning. In turn, I have learned so much and I can’t put into words how much I love what I do. Perhaps my favorite story from these years is being given the opportunity by Tamara Wills at Allyu Spa in Chicago to teach Reiki to the staff there. I was very excited to receive my Reiki Master Teacher certificate in 2010 and at the time I was an esthetician at Allyu. Energy work, in my mind fit perfectly with her business model of being a holistic spa, so I asked her if we could add it to the menu. She saw my enthusiasm and looked at me adoringly and to my surprise said, oh no sweetheart, we can’t add it to the menu, you’re the only one who does it! I thought for a moment and then said, I’m getting my teachers certificate soon, after that can I teach everyone and then we can put it on the menu? She said, you do that, and if they want to learn, you can go ahead and teach! So I finished my studies for my teachers certificate, went back, and set up multiple classes and by the end of it all I had taught Reiki to at least 30 therapists at the spa. We added it to the menu and it’s now one of their most popular services!

What is your favorite client story?

oway-radiance-face-balm-kitThere really are so many that it’s really hard to narrow it down. So many people have trusted me with their skin and even their energy, it’s such an honor to be able to touch people in such a close way. One that stands out though is working with a young man who had really bad acne. He really had no idea of how to care for his skin and was making all the classic mistakes without knowing any better. It was so awesome to see his self-esteem go way up after changing literally two things he was doing. We changed to a different cleanser and started to use a hydrating product. That’s it! The way his skin transformed over a few weeks was amazing! He was a believer from them on, and was open to other treatments and home care to further his results.

How do you want people to remember you?

As someone who never stops growing and evolving while always available to educate, advise and otherwise assist colleagues and clients along on their own path.

Considering you are a multi-faceted cosmetologist, why did you decide to specialize in holistic skin care?

There are a few reasons why I chose skincare. One of them was wanting to gain an understanding of my own skin issues and learn how I could help others with their issues. Having an issue with your skin, and having that issue be right on your face can be extremely traumatizing and actually cause that person to want to hold back in certain ways in their life. Being able to educate people on how to care for themselves is something that I am extremely passionate about, as well as seeing just a few changes and how that can help someone feel like they no longer need to hold back. Also, having started out as a Cosmetologist and Stylist, I really didn’t like all the chemicals associated with that line of work, and there was a holistic path opening up with skincare right at that time.

What is your favorite Simply Organic brand and product?

I’m loving the Oway skincare so much! I love working with healthy oils, essential oils and botanicals. I love the Regenerating Booster. Serums have always been a favorite of mine since they are so packed full of amazing active ingredients. This serum actually works to repair and keep the skin healthy and strong! As you get to know me you will see I’m all about “filling your cup”, getting you what you need to get your skin to the healthy level it needs to be and going from there. This is one of those products that is a game changer and a beautiful first step to changing your skin.

Share a short term and long term goal with us…

Short term: I am really looking forward to learning all I can about the lines and sharing through different forms of education. I feel like there is so much room for creativity and this company seems very open to hearing ideas and working with someone’s individual potential. Long term: I would like to be a part of changing this entire industry for the better.

How has your career created value in your life?

My career has brought so many amazing people into my life. People I feel I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to connect with otherwise. The diversity among our profession is so beautiful, I am so very grateful to be a part of it. I feel inspired by so many of the artists I’ve met, whether they are a hairstylist, esthetician or massage therapist, and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to inspire others as well. My career is my life. I’m happy that I get to do what I love every single day.

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Trending Hair Colors This Week

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It’s brunettes versus blondes this week! Our #HolisticHairTribe showed off their balayage skills and transformed these popular hair colors into fabulous, multi-dimensional hues.

Check out which ones we loved most this week!

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Chestnut Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kat Cline

Chestnut is a perennial favorite among women because it suits a wide variety of skin tones. This rich shade not only gives off a warm, glowing vibe, it’s also very easy to maintain and style.

Color Melt: 20g Oway Hnectar 3.0 Natural Dark Brown + 30g Oway Hnectar 4.66 Cayenna Brown + 50g Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer from Zone 1 into Zone 2

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Strawberry Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Christen Papasso

If you’re looking to change your blonde or brunette tresses this spring and summer, strawberry blonde is perfect for you! This warm, reddish hue reflects light and looks great from every angle – you’ll definitely stand out.

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Toner: Oway Hcolor 8.34 Golden Copper Light Blonde

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Luxe Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Carolyn Hodge

Soft, creamy blondes are pretty – but when they’re given more dimension, they are absolutely stunning. And this is something Carolyn is really good at.

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 40 Volume Cream Developer

Foils (Weaved and Sliced): Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Zone 1 & 2: Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer + Oway Hcolor 7.0 Natural Blonde

Zone 2 + Ends: Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer with Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde + Oway Hcolor 9.0 Natural Very Light Blonde

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Havana Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Josie Ragains

Want a hair color change but not yet ready for super bold tones? A nice blonde balayage might be the answer. It’s natural-looking and great for growing out hair.

Base: 15g Oway Hcolor 6.0 Natural Dark Blonde + 7g Oway Hcolor 5.35 CT Tobacco Light Brown + 8g Oway Hcolor 7.32 BA Havana Blonde with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer (1:1)

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener with Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer (1:2)

Tone: Oway Hcolor 90.11 Intense Ash Super Bleaching Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer (1:2)

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Copper Brown Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meredith Johnson

Copper brown is one of those shades that are just timeless. Its eye-catching but elegant hue can instantly elevate any look, especially if you add depth and dimension to the base color.

Base: 10g Oway Hcolor 7.35 BT Tobacco Blonde + 10g Oway Hcolor 6.34 Golden Copper Dark Blonde + 5g Oway Hcolor 6.0 Natural Dark Blonde

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Toner: Oway Hcolor 10.33 Extra Light Deep Golden Blonde

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Radiant Plum Hair Color Formula

Hair by Maren McKenna

Why we love spring: It’s the season to experiment with bolder, more vibrant hair colors. An aesthetically striking hue, this Radiant Plum hair color by Maren makes a perfect statement this season.

Base: Oway Hcolor 8.1 Ash Light Blonde + 2 in ribbon of Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster

Ends: Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + 2 in ribbon of Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster

Which one is your favorite this week?

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