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6 Essential Summer Hair Care Tips

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Extreme heat and humidity are the hair’s top enemy.

Whether you’re going on a weekend getaway or a cross-country trip this summer, it’s important to keep your hair healthy and protected. Because you’ll never know who and what you’ll run into while on holiday.

We rounded up the six summer hair care tips every outdoor lover needs to know.

Summer Hair Care Tip #1: Use Products with UV Protection

Use summer hair care products with natural UV protection.

If there’s anything worse than using products with unnecessary chemicals, it’s using them in tandem with the summer sun. The summer heat tends to leave the pores of the skin and scalp open, allowing for further absorption of ingredients in hair products – so make sure your hair and body are absorbing the good stuff!

Biodynamic Green Anise is an all-natural UV protectant that’s great for preventing color fading and dryness. The Green Anise also acts as a filter, which help eliminate cancer-causing free radicals.

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We suggest changing to a shampoo and conditioner with added UV protection from Biodynamic Green Anise, as well as spraying a Sun Protective Elixir that you can take with you on the go.

In addition to using sun protection products, there are other summer hair care tips that you can practice without products (read on).

Summer Hair Care Tip #2: Wear a hat or hair scarf

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Another great summer hair care tip is to opt for a hat, hair scarf, or both. Not only do hats and head scarves provide further UV protection, they also help the hair retain moisture – a big-time summer hair care issue.

Healthy hair starts at the scalp.

Wearing a hat or head scarf also provides the scalp with further UV protection that may be hard to obtain just through summer hair care products. Since the scalp regulates sebum (your hair’s natural oils), it is very important to ensure your scalp is adequately protected.

A damaged scalp can leave hair inadequately nourished for months to come!

Hair scarves also act as damage control for the hair. They keep the hair in place during visits to the beach, where wind from the sea can result in terrible tangles (that you’ll no doubt vigorously brush out on the way to your next summer activity, resulting in further damage and breakage).

Let’s not neglect to mention there are various ways to wear hair scarfs and hats, so you should never run out of ways to protect the hair and scalp, all while rockin’ a fabulous summer style.

Summer Hair Care Tip #3: Wear hair in braids and gentle up-dos

The summer heat and humidity calls for gentle up-dos and stylish braids. We know everyone is loving the top-knot bun style and sock buns, but putting hair up high and tight can cause incredible damage during the summer months, when hair tends to get frizzy and dry.

Try out a Half Crown Braid – they are one of the hottest summer hair trends!

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Messy braids and gentle up-dos will keep the hair from further UV exposure and add another layer of protection for the scalp. Don’t worry about them being perfect – the laid back nature of these summer hairstyles will embrace the natural elements of summer and look fabulous!

Summer Hair Care Tip #4: Wash hair right after exposure

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Whether it be after a nice dip in the pool or a long day at the beach, it’s a good idea to wash your hair right after exposure. This will eliminate further UV damage, and wash away any impurities that could stay on the hair. However, when we say wash the hair, we don’t necessarily mean use shampoo.

It’s more than acceptable to cut back on shampooing your hair on a daily basis when the warm weather comes your way. In fact, we recommend it!

Cutting back on shampoo will actually allow your scalp’s oil production to re-balance itself, which is extra important for moisture during summertime weather.

After a trip to the beach, try rinsing the hair in the shower first, followed by giving yourself a scalp message. A nice 30-second scalp massage will exfoliate old cells, increase scalp circulation to promote hair growth, and help remove any product build-up.

Then, try gently working your hair’s natural oils from the scalp down to the mid-shaft and ends. Medium to long hair lengths should also try just applying conditioner to the mid-shaft and ends.

If you do decide to shampoo your hair, Oway’s Sebum Balance Hair Bath is the perfect shampoo for keeping the scalp’s natural balance, thanks to the botanical blend of Biodynamic Sage, Organic Euphrasia Extract, and Ethical Teak + Mahogany Wood. It’s also available in travel size so you can take it whenever, wherever.

Summer Hair Care Tip #5: Eliminate Mean Green Pool Hair

Everyday exposure to chlorinated swimming pools can be very damaging to your hair. Although it can happen to anyone, men and women with shades of natural or colored blonde are prone to chlorine damage and discoloration.

Here’s our little secret summer hair care tip: Add moisture to your hair prior to jumping in the pool!

Think of your hair like a sponge, ready to soak up any water in its path.

If you put a dry sponge into the pool, it’ll absorb more of the chemicals than a wet sponge, that has already been saturated in water.

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With that being said, wet the hair and/or put in a leave-in conditioner prior to going to the pool. If you do not have a leave-in conditioner, you can use a regular conditioner, as well.

If you’re a frequent swimmer or have very blonde hair, we suggest going even further with your summer hair care.

Invest in a non-toxic purple shampoo. Try purple shampoos from Oway Silver Steel Hair Bath and Original & Mineral Conquer Blonde, these are professional-grade products that will cleanse the hair of impurities and eliminate brassy tones.

Summer Hair Care Tip #6: Deep Conditioning Treatments

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Summer hair ailments like dryness and split-ends can be helped with the inclusion of deep conditioning treatments in your summer hair regimen.

Before establishing your hair regimen and choosing the “best” summer hair care products, you must first determine your hair type and texture.

To choose a hair product without knowing your hair type is like buying a pair of shoes without knowing your shoe size – it can be very damaging.

To help determine your hair texture and what it lacks in the summer, ask your hair stylist to do conduct a Wet Stretch Test. This test will allow them to make the proper summer hair care recommendations for your hair type.

Making the right hair care choices can enhance your beauty inside and out. These summer hair care tips will allow you to feel and look confident through the harsh summer months with healthy, shiny hair.

Check out our summer hair care recommendations below!

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Are Your Kid Shampoos Safe? How to Choose Safe Hair Bath Products

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With many mainstream brands touting their products to be “safe” and “gentle” for kids, countless parents and consumers have been tricked into purchasing and using them, without realizing that these products actually contain trace amounts of toxins that are classified unsafe, such as 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde.

Less than a decade since Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ investigation on over 50 children’s personal care products, many of the brands involved has since reformulated their products – only to replace them with chemicals that also contain potentially toxic compounds.

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So how do we make sure we offer the most kid-friendly hair bath products to our clients?

Tips for Choosing Safe Hair Bath Products for Kids

1.      Less is MORE.

Unlike adults, children have no need for a full line of hair and skincare products. Their skin is highly delicate and vulnerable that ingredients in bath products can strip their skin away of its natural moisture and protective barrier. In order to keep their skin clean and protected, use gentle products with ingredients that are safe for them.

2.      Read the label.

Many 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde-releasing chemicals are often used in liquid baby soaps and shampoos to preserve water-based products. However, when these chemicals are absorbed by the skin, they can cause allergic reactions and possibly, cancer.

Keep an eye out for these ingredients on the label:

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3.      Beware of the ‘Fragrance’ ingredient.

Oh the elusive “fragrance” ingredient. Many companies choose not to reveal the ingredients behind their fragrance since the law does not require them to declare their formulas. As a result, many hide behind the “proprietary blend” curtain as a way to sneak chemicals that are potentially harmful to children. Synthetic fragrance health risks have been touted as the “new secondhand smoke,” and should be avoided as much as possible.

 

4.      Skip the bubble baths.

In the same investigative report by Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, traces of 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde were found in many bubble baths. That is because these compounds help create suds and therefore make bath time more “fun” for children. Or so they say.

Several studies have shown (although there is a need for more evidence) that ingredients in bubble baths can cause irritation and dysuria or discomfort in urination.

5.      Use bath products with natural ingredients.

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Long before baby bath products were invented, our ancestors turned to Mother Nature to wash their children. Even today, many still rely on plants like Fennel, Helichrysum, Chamomile, and Amaranth to cleanse and calm the skin.

PRO TIP: You can find these ingredients in Oway Soothing Hair Bath, an organic shampoo and body bath for adults and children made without ethoxylated surfactants and all sulfates.

As parents and hair care professionals, we only want to provide the best products to our clients and children. The best we can do is stay vigilant and always check the label for any questionable ingredients.

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5 Fool-Proof Ways to Protect Your Skin and Hair from the Sun

With Memorial Day coming up and summer season just around the corner, many of our clients will be skipping the salon for a much-need time away. Before they leave for that beach trip, make sure to remind them of these precautions to protect their skin and hair from the sun.

How to Protect the Hair and Skin from the Sun

Shield.

Like the skin, the hair needs sunscreen as well. Stepping out without protection leaves the hair and skin prone to dehydration and damage. Hair colors are at risk for fading due to oxidation as well. Prevent that by applying SPF on the skin and spraying a protective serum like Oway Sunway Sun Protective Elixir. The energizing blend of Biodynamic Green Anise, Organic Baobab Oil and Fair Trade Passionfruit Oil contains all-natural UV filters that keep the hair shiny and protected from the sun.

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Cover.

Nothing beats the old-school way. Using a scarf or hat when out in the sun not only helps shield harmful UV rays but it also helps keep the scalp moisturized. Got newly colored clients? Advise them to always cover their hair if they don’t want their investment to fade fast.

Style.

Yes, even how we style our hair can contribute to damage. If your client’s hair tends to be dry and frizzy during the summertime, comfortable, boho-inspired hairstyles like messy braids are perfect alternatives. They not only keep the frizz under control, but they also minimize exposure to the sun. Tight ponytails and buns can pull and tear the hair, damaging it further.

Condition.

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Some shampoos strip the hair of its natural oils, dehydrating the hair. Conditioning regularly helps locks get back on track by restoring the hair and scalp’s natural pH and giving them an extra shot of moisture.

Our Oway Sunway After Sun Hair Mask replenishes stressed-out hair strands after a day out with Vitamin C and nourishing fatty acids from Avocado, Ethical Passionfruit, Organic Baobab and Brazilian Jicama Extract, repairing damaged cuticles and sealing in moisture.

PRO TIP: If possible, recommend a lighter conditioner to keep the hair light and breezy. Heavy conditioners tend to weigh the hair down as they tend to make the hair sticky and leave residues.

Repair.

When not rinsed properly, salt and chlorine (even sunscreen) can leave the hair and skin dry and dull. Recommend washing with a Vitamin C-infused hair and body bath (like Oway Sunway After Sun Hair & Body Bath) to cleanse the hair and skin of any trace of toxins. Follow with a regenerating moisturizer like Oway After Sun Body Balm to soothe sunburn and repair the skin.

During the summer, the heat and humidity can wreak havoc not just on the skin but also on the hair. As a holistic hair stylist, we must be ready to provide our clients effective products that will protect their investment.

Check out our new Sunway Summer Packages we curated especially for stylists and salons!

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How To Banish Brass The Non-Toxic Way [VIDEO]

With Spring season heating up and clients spending more time outdoors, you’ll be definitely getting a lot of inquiries on how to fight the brass. While we’ve got Original & Mineral Conquer Blonde Silver Shampoo to get the job done, a conditioner is essential to lock in the moisture and nutrients that help keep the blonde looking pristine.

Introducing Original & Mineral Conquer Blonde Silver Masque. This vegan, non-toxic purple conditioner completes the O&M blonde hair care system, specifically formulated to restore the health and brilliance of blonde and grey hair by eliminating those unsightly yellow tones.

How does the O&M Conquer Blonde Silver Shampoo & Conditioner Work?

To understand how purple shampoos and conditioners work, it’s important to know first what causes blonde hair to look dull or brassy.

People with light-colored hair are more susceptible to discoloration due to various reasons. Frequent heat styling, product buildup and exposure to elements (like sun, salt, chlorine and pollution) all play a factor on the hair’s condition and brightness.

To neutralize unwanted yellow tones, you need a color that’s on the opposite end of the hair color spectrum wheel: PURPLE. But unlike commercial brass-eliminating hair care products, O&M’s Conquer Blonde Silver Shampoo and Masque formula is infused with deep, non-toxic violet pigments and organic Australian naturals like Coconut Oil, Macadamia Oil, and Quandong Fruit. These additional ingredients not only eliminate brassiness, but they also keep the hair moisturized and protected from free radicals that dull the hair.

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How to Use O&M Conquer Blonde Silver Shampoo & Conditioner

1. Cleanse the hair first to remove dirt and product buildup.

2. Next, depending on the thickness of the hair, take 2-3 pumps of O&M Conquer Blonde Silver Shampoo and run through the hair.

3. Gently massage the hair and scalp to lather up and evenly distribute the product.

4. Rinse well, making sure there are no purple shampoo left.

5. Using a towel, squeeze the moisture out of the hair for even consistency. Comb the hair with O&M Detangler Brush to prepare the hair for the next step.

6. Follow with O&M Conquer Blonde Masque to bring back the scalp’s natural balance and tone the hair, working your way through the mids and ends.

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PROTIP: If you’re toning cool, you can layer in the O&M Conquer System first before applying your toner. Doing so will help improve the porosity of the hair, shift the brassiness and revitalize the color you’ve just done.

7. Depending on the fabric of the hair and the shift you want to make, leave the Masque on for 3-10 minutes, brushing the hair with the Detangler Brush to evenly distribute the product. You can also do a little massage while waiting for the masque to work its magic for a more holistic experience.

8. Rinse, blowdry and style to finish. Your blonde client is ready for a fun-filled Spring season.

Here’s a before-and-after shot of the O&M Conquer Blonde Treatment:

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How to Treat Hair Loss and Scalp Issues the Organic Way

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Hair loss and scalp disorders affect so many people and it is so disheartening to those experiencing it. As a holistic hair stylist, never did I imagine that my main flow of business would be guests with hair loss and scalp issues. It is rewarding and fulfilling to not only help them regain hair but also improve their lives and show them a healthier lifestyle that will support their journey to healthy hair growth and scalp.

But like any other treatment, committing to a treatment plan is essential to see actual results. And it all begins with a consultation.

Consultation

The key to treating hair loss and scalp issues is to perform a thorough consultation with guests. Not only does it help determine a treatment plan, it also helps to understand the cause of the hair loss, such as medicine, lifestyle, heredity, styling habits, diet, among others.

The Oway Tricho-analyzer is the perfect tool to use during the consultation as it provides a good picture (literally) of what is going on with the scalp. It helps gauge the number of treatments necessary to help remedy whatever issue is at hand. It magnifies the scalp up to 200 times and projects a clear image that both you and your guest can see and discuss. This also allows clients to follow their progress throughout the treatment journey.

Treatment

As a hair loss and scalp expert, I provide my clients personalized treatments. Each scalp condition is unique, thus treatments should be customized according to each condition. I am glad I found Oway because its complete line of Hair Loss and Scalp Treatments allows me to address various types of issues.

Once a treatment plan is in place, I determine the amount of product to be used on the location of concern. If the issue is localized in one area, treat that area and around the outside of it.

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PRO TIP: Don’t waste product and time by treating a guest’s entire head when the problem area is located in one spot. It is important to make a profile for each guest to keep track of their treatments. A great way to keep you and your guests on the same page with the treatment plan is to jot down a quote of what and how many treatments you are estimating they will need, and what take home products will support their treatments.

A good idea is to write numbers on their take home product labels to show the order in which their regimen should follow, or like me, use recycled paper stickers on products to avoid confusion.

Keeping your hair loss and scalp treatment appointments in a private setting is something your guests will really appreciate. If you don’t have a closed space, invest in a dressing screen that can be pulled out for treatment appointments, and then folded and tucked away afterwards. Remember to take headshots to show the treatment progress to show future guests.

Results

Here are 3 examples of results I have achieved with the Oway treatments on my guests:

Rebalancing Treatment

I use Oway Rebalancing Treatment for clients with oily scalp. The botanical blend of Biodynamic Sage, Euphrasia Extract, and Bugbane Extract in Amazonian Control Clay, Pure Biodynamic Sage, and Sebum Balance Hair Bath help combat sebaceous hyperactivity, which causes yellow spots and clumps of dandruff to appear on the scalp.

Purifying Treatment for Oily Scalp + Hair Loss Treatment

Many of my clients who complain about hair loss often suffer from dry or oily dandruff as well. For this type of condition, I combine Oway’s Purifying Treatment with the Hair Loss Scalp Care Treatment.

The Purifying Treatment is highly effective in eradicating Malassezia globosa, the dandruff-causing fungus that attacks the scalp. Then we move on to the Hair Loss Treatment, which uses Denisplant, Hair Spa Complex, and Vegetable Stem Cells to revive the hair follicle cells and stimulate hair growth.

Soothing Treatment

For my clients who suffer from red, sensitive scalps, I always turn to Oway’s Soothing Treatment to heal and relieve irritation. This complete treatment contains the Soothing Hair Bath, Zanthoxylum Soothing Gel, Pure Biodynamic Helichrysum, and Soothing Remedy Spot Treatment to calm and comfort sensitive skin, particularly those who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, lesions, and abrasions.

After Care

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Following an after-care program is as important as the in-salon treatments.

This allows you to effectively monitor your clients’ progress and ensure that they are not using products at home that may compromise the treatment. This includes hair care and styling product.

The Oway products I often recommend to guests with hair loss and scalp issues are:

Benefits of Hair Loss and Scalp Treatments

With the Oway Hair Loss and Scalp Treatments, you will be helping people get their self-confidence back. You may even be the reason for their healthier lifestyle changes that, more often than not, occur after the treatments.

These treatments have allowed me to have a whole new kind of experience with my guests. A greater connection is formed, and I truly feel a part of their journey to achieve great results with their challenges. This is just a sliver of what Oway Hair Loss and Scalp Treatments entail.

To learn more about the treatments and products mentioned in this post, visit our Oway Scalp Treatments Overview.

About the Author | Bailey Simon

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Bailey Simon is a cosmetologist and owner of Periwinkle Beauty Studio. She is also a Louisiana state licensed cosmetology educator, and an educator and independent contractor for Simply Organic Beauty.

Since 2003, Bailey has been involved in the beauty industry. She specializes in hair coloring and cutting, with an expertise in treating hair loss and scalp disorders. After completing cosmetology school at Aveda Institute, she pursued an educator program with Vanguard – a Paul Mitchell school, and Simply Organic Beauty’s Train the Trainer course. Currently she is working on finalizing her business degree.

As one of the most dedicated and talented members of Simply Organic’s Holistic Hair Tribe, Bailey was chosen as Educator of the Month for April 2017, and has been featured in Fall Trends Guide for 2016. She’s passionate about guiding others on a holistic journey with their overall health, and supporting and healing those who are dealing with hair loss and scalp disorders. Bailey resides in Geismar, Louisiana.

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4 Quick-and-Easy Fixes for Dry, Damaged Hair

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As the weather gets colder, many of our clients would come into our salon with dry, damaged hair. When the temperature starts to drop, the humidity in the air decreases as well. This leads to frizzy, dry hair – and eventually, damaged locks. While we cannot do anything about the humidity, there are a few quick-and-easy fixes we can suggest to them to protect their hair from dehydration and damage.

Ways to Prevent Dry, Damaged Hair

Cleanse and Condition

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We do these regularly, but the secret lies in the ingredients of the shampoo and conditioner we’re using. Are they using sulfate-free products? Are they filled with synthetic chemicals that strip the hair of its natural oils?

The best way to maintain the balance of moisture in the hair is to use shampoos and conditioners containing zero sodium laureth sulfate (SLS). SLS wash away even the natural proteins and oils that keep our hair healthy and moisturized. Furthermore, SLS contain an anionic charge that causes frizz and flyaways, and further dehydration.

Pick products that contain nourishing organic ingredients such as MuruMuru Butter, Honey, Macadamia Oil, and Citrus Oil. These ingredients contain rich amounts of vitamins and antioxidants that protect the hair from external aggressors while keeping it moisturized. You can find these ingredients in Oway Moisturizing Hair Bath and Conditioner.

Minimize Blow-drying

The cold temperature is already very damaging to the hair, and using heat styling tools can only worsen it. Heat causes the cuticles to rise and moisture to escape, leaving the hair prone to breakage. We highly recommend air-drying the hair instead. But if it’s really necessary, make sure to use a heat protectant before styling.

Treat with a Repair Mask

Let’s be real. Most of us only use deep-conditioning treatments like repair masks as last resort when it comes to hair care, thinking our daily conditioner offers the same benefits as masks do. But unlike conditioners, hair masks penetrate the cortex of hair fiber instead of simply resting on the shaft.

Masks that contain extracts from hazelnuts and macadamia, like Oway Moisturizing Hair Mask, are great for filling voids in the cuticles and reconstructing the hair shaft due to their high fatty acid and nutrient composition. Leaving them on for a good 15 minutes and doing this at least once a week will help restore moisture to the hair.

Snip, Snip!

Unfortunately, damage like split ends can never be revived, and the only solution is to get a trim. If your client is not into the whole pixie cut and bob trend, a nice trim with layers will help give the hair more body and volume. Follow with a lightweight leave-in serum to make the hair easier to comb and style.

But of course, all these fixes only work temporarily if they are not taking care of their health. Everything we put in our body is absorbed by the hair. During the consultation, ask your client’s water, vitamin and mineral nutrient intake. A diet rich in proteins and essential fatty acids like Omega-3 can help get their hair on the road to recovery.

Do you follow a specific hair care regimen during fall and winter? Share them below!

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Beyond the Product: How Heat Protectants Work

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For many of us, heat styling has become an essential part of our daily routine. It keeps our hair from looking like a giant frizzy mess, but without the right protection, it can actually cause more harm than good.

Think of heat protectants as sunscreen for the hair. Much like our skin, the hair is prone to damage caused by heat, wind, and pollution. These external aggressors, particularly extreme heat, dehydrate and deprive our locks the nutrition they need to stay healthy. They inflict various levels of damage, from the outermost to the innermost layer of the hair. This is where heat protectants come in handy.

To understand the science behind heat protectants, it’s important to know the different types of damage heat styling can do to the hair.

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4 Types of Damage Caused by Heat Styling

1.     Dehydration

When heat is applied on the hair, moisture evaporates from the inside. This disrupts the intermolecular interactions between lipids and proteins in each hair strand, making it more prone to frizz and breakage. After all, lipids are our natural environmental shield barrier that protects the hair from cuticle damage and protein/moisture loss.

2.     Hair Fadage

High temperatures cause pigments to oxidize rapidly. Thus, people who use heat styling tools often will notice their hair fading quicker than expected, leaving hair with that brassy warmth as the underlying pigment is exposed.

3.     Cuticle Damage

Our hair is composed of tightly packed down cuticle scales which give the hair that healthy sheen look. When the hair is dehydrated from over-styling, the cuticles start to rise and become tattered when not treated immediately. This results in the hair looking dull, coarse, and frizzy.

4.     Protein Breakdown

Each strand is composed of keratinized proteins which give the hair its tensile strength and elasticity. Frequent thermal styling softens those internal hair proteins, causing them to break down and eventually weaken the hair’s structure.

How do heat protectants work?

Heat protectants form a protective barrier on the hair that buffers heat conduction and distributes heat evenly, preventing local overheating. Most products are also formulated with ingredients that have been scientifically proven to reduce heat damage while providing moisturizing effects. One of them is PVP/DMAPA acrylates copolymer.

PVP/DMAPA acrylates copolymer is a cationic polymer widely used in hair styling products for the protection it provides. This ingredient has a rating of “1” EWG Skin Deep’s Cosmetic Database.

In 1998, PVP/DMAPA acrylates copolymer was found to help suppress surface damage by as much as 20%.1 It coats the hair fiber with a thin layer that serves a dual purpose: prevents moisture from escaping and slows the transfer of heat to the hair.

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When combined with nourishing oils like Sunflower Oil, also a known natural heat protectant due to its high smoking point, it makes the hair appear shinier and smoother. This is in part due to the conditioning benefits provided by Sunflower Oil which keeps the cuticles from rising. As a result, the hair stays hydrated, and its color pigments stay intact (as illustrated by the Thermal Stress Test we conducted).

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You can find these two ingredients, along with several other biodynamic-organic hair-strengthening ingredients, in Oway Thermal Stress Protector.

It’s important to note, however, that heat protectants cannot entirely protect the hair from heat damage. They just serve as a buffer between the appliance and the hair, and can only do so much. We still highly recommend minimizing heat styling. If this is not on option for you and your clients, applying an organic thermal protection product should definitely be part of your regular routine.

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1 McMullen, R and Jachowicz, J. (1998). Thermal degradation of hair. II. Effect of selected polymers and surfactants. Retrieved from http://journal.scconline.org/abstracts/cc1998/cc049n04/p00245-p00256.html

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Be Spring and Summer-Ready with These Cruelty-Free Beauty Essentials

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Spring has finally arrived, and that only means it’s time to head out and enjoy the warm weather. But as the days grow longer and the temperature rises, we need to protect ourselves from the harsh effects of UV exposure and other external aggressors. We rounded up a list of must-have beauty essentials to help you enjoy a guilt-free spring and summer.

PROTECT

Oway Sunway Sun Protective Elixir

Oway-Sunway-KitNew hair color? Make it last by spraying Oway Sunway Sun Protective Elixir on your hair before going out. This light spray contains UV filters that form an invisible shield against extreme heat, saltwater, chlorine, and sand – the biggest culprits of dry, damaged hair.

Why It’s Good for You: It contains organic Baobab, fair-trade Passionfruit, and Avocado oils, which are known for their antioxidant and nourishing properties. They protect the hair against harmful elements, penetrate deep into the hair shaft, and form a protective layer to seal the cuticle and lock in moisture.

TREAT

Oway Sunway After-Sun Body Balm

Long hours of sun exposure can lead to various skin issues, like sunburn and fine lines. Applying a protective sunscreen or moisturizer before AND after heading out can go a long way in protecting the skin and reversing any damage. Oway Sunway After-Sun Body Balm relieves and repairs the skin’s structure to a healthier, wrinkle-free state.

Why It’s Good for You: Oway After-Sun Body Balm’s key ingredients are notable for their skin-regenerating properties. Organic Avocado Oil and biodynamic Green Anise are packed with antioxidants that form a barrier against free radicals targeting cellular DNAs, while grapestone and olive oil prevent signs of aging from appearing.

Moroccan Organics – Macadamia Oil Treatment

Extreme temperatures can cause the hair to become frizzy, and chemically processed hair is more prone to it. When it’s not addressed right away, it can lead to breakage and split ends. We recommend Moroccan Organics’ Macadamia Oil Treatment, which is specifically made for dry and chemically processed hair.

Why It’s Good for You: Macadamia oil is a popular ingredient in skin care and cosmetics due to its reconstructive and hydrating properties. It is rich in Squalene, an antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress on the scalp by preventing moisture from escaping.

MASK

O&M Seven-Day Miracle Moisture Masque

So you’re packing for a week-long island getaway, and you think nothing can go wrong. You might be thinking, saltwater can’t be that bad.

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While salt indeed has detoxifying properties, overexposure leaches out not just hair color, but also moisture from the hair causing it to lose more water and become brittle – and when we add prolonged sun exposure, it results in heavily damaged hair. To restore the health of your hair, you need an intense moisture mask like O&M Seven-Day Miracle Moisture Masque.Original-Mineral-Seven-Day-Miracle-Moisture-Masque

Why It’s Good for You: It contains a unique blend of nature’s best oils: Macadamia Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Almond Oil – which are all widely used for repairing damaged hair. The mask is also rich in vitamins essential for building tissue and encouraging hair growth.

CLEANSE

Luma Lisse Cucumber Clarifying Rinse

Exposing our skin to harsh elements can strip it of its natural oils and moisture. When this happens, our skin goes into overdrive and produces more oil than it should. As a result, we get not just oily skin but also – gasp – acne breakouts. To control the skin’s oil production, a gentle facial cleanser is much needed. Luma Lisse Cucumber Clarifying Rinse gently removes impurities and controls overactive sebaceous glands so it only produces enough sebum to keep the skin hydrated.

Why It’s Good for You: Luma Lisse Cucumber Clarifying Rinse is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties derived from natural ingredients, such as cucumber, rosemary, peppermint, and lavender. They help calm irritation as well as effectively reduce the appearance of acne, blemishes, and age spots.

TONE

Oway De-Stress Tonic Potion

Toning is a must if you want to make sure there are no traces of dirt left on the skin after cleansing. Oway De-Stress Tonic Potion is a soothing skin toner that gently sloughs off dead skin cells while nourishing the skin with its unique blend of organic botanicals like Echinacea, Walnut, and Violet Rice.

Why It’s Good for You: The toner is infused with Alpine Skullcap, an ingredient that’s clinically proven to increase endorphins, leading you to feel happier and more relaxed.

MOISTURIZE

Oway Radiance Face Balm Kit

oway-radiance-face-balm-kitApplying moisturizer and boosters after toning and cleansing offers a ton of benefits. Keeping the skin hydrated allows it to function better, not to mention delay aging. Oway Radiance Face Balm Kit contains a moisturizer and a couple of boosters that help the skin produce more collagen, the skin’s underlying support structure.

Why It’s Good for You: The Radiance Face Balm Kit is made from 98.8% natural ingredients, so you get all the wonderful skin benefits nature has to offer.

What are the spring beauty essentials you can’t live without?

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Why is My Hair Color Fading: 10 Things to Consider

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When maintaining freshly colored hair, there are a few things to consider to ensure your money and color don’t go down the drain, literally. First, we must take a holistic approach to hair health and color. What goes on before and during your color service is just as important as what comes after.

Read on to find out how to prevent hair color from fading.

1) Determine Hair’s Porosity Level

Prior to coloring, it’s important to determine the hair’s health. You may be wondering how to determine what the hair needs. The easiest way to diagnose hair health is to conduct The Wet Stretch Test. This simple test will reveal if the hair is lacking protein, moisture or both. Both protein (keratin) and moisture are essential components of healthy hair –  if they’re missing, your hair color could fade quickly.

If hair is in poor condition (we’re looking at you split ends), a protein or moisturizing treatment may be needed before you color. This will help “fill in” empty spaces in the hair and give the color molecules a better anchor point, resulting in longer lasting color results.

 2) Insufficient Color Processing Time

A common reason behind fast-fading hair color is insufficient processing time, meaning the hair color did not stay on long enough. This especially holds true if you or your client have grey hair.

Grey hair cuticles are tightly packed down, and take longer to open and absorb artificial hair color molecules.

3) Hard Water Effects on Hair Color

It’s estimated that nearly 65% of Americans have hard water in their homes. The elements present in hard water (specifically, calcium and magnesium) are extremely problematic when trying to ensure lasting hair color results. They tend to build up on the hair over time and can prevent color molecules from penetrating the cuticle. If you live in an area with hard water, we recommend removing minerals from the hair with Malibu-C Crystal Gels.

Learn how hard water affects hair color.

4) Inadequate Emulsification

Emulsifying the hair at the shampoo bowl is one of the essential components of a successful and long-lasting color service. For a proper emulsification process, add a small amount of water to the hair and begin to massage the hair and color together, creating a nice lather.

By properly emulsifying the hair, you’re breaking up the oil-based color and ensuring the hair has absorbed as much color as possible before closing the cuticle.

ORGANIC TIP: You should be emulsifying at the bowl for approximately 4-5 minutes.

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5) Rinsing with Hot Water

When the time comes to rinse out the hair color, be sure that you’re rinsing with lukewarm water. Too hot of water can cause the cuticle to open further, allowing for some of the color to rinse out during your shampoo process.

ORGANIC TIP: When clients wash their hair at home, they should also only use lukewarm water. Scalding hot water will only cause their hair color to fade prematurely.

6) Shampooing Hair Too Soon After Coloring

Reminding your clients that waiting at least 24 hours to wash their hair after their color service will help prolong their fresh, new color. However, what may be more important than waiting to shampoo is using the correct aftercare products.

7) Using Products That Strip Hair Color

The number one ingredient to avoid in your aftercare products is SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfates). However, using color care shampoo and conditioners that are also pH-balanced and free of plastics will prove to enhance and extend the life of hair color.

Using products with too high of a pH can cause the cuticle to re-open. An open cuticle will ultimately cause your hair color to fade fast and off tone. In addition, styling products that are loaded with plastics and petrochemicals can build up on the hair, causing hair to appear dull and lifeless.

8) Improper UV Protection

Using products without proper UV protection is an open invite for the harsh, damaging UV rays of the sun to fade hair color. If clients do not have proper UV protection in the hair, advise them to wear a hat when they are outside to limit exposure.

ORGANIC TIP: Try sending your clients home with shampoo, conditioner, or leave-in products formulated with natural UV protectants, such as Oway Color Protection Veil and Color Protection Hair Bath.

9) Using Hot Styling Tools Without Heat Protection

Another hair color culprit are hot tools! If your client is adamant user of flat irons, curling wands, and blow dryers, be sure they are using thermal protection hair products. This will protect the delicate hair against extreme heat, and allow color to stay in the hair longer.

10) Color Hair Too Infrequently

Although there are semi-permanent and permanent hair color options, no color will look the same as the first day it was done. By addressing the previously stated causes of hair color fading, we also suggest making sure you are coloring your hair regularly enough to achieve your desired results.

Do you know any other causes of hair color fading? Feel free to share below!

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The 10 Curl Commandments & Tips for Healthy Curls

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For curly-haired clients, a trip to the salon can often induce serious anxiety for both the client and Hair Stylist at hand.

If you’re one of those Hair Stylists who feel overwhelmed when a big head of voluptuous curls sits in your chair, then take a seat, because we’re taking you to Curltown, where Shai Amiel of Capella salon is the mayor!

“The demand for stylists who specialize in curly hair has been growing at a very fast pace,” says Shai. “There are very few stylists who have dedicated their craft to understanding what curly hair is all about. I’ve been doing hair since 1994, and even though I understand it really well, I am learning new things on a daily basis.”

Woman from all over the world have flown in to have their hair cut by the “Curl Doctor.” It’s not just the fabulous haircuts that keep his clients coming back, it’s the education he gives during the service that helps them embrace and care for their hair at home.

And with an astounding 25,000+ followers on Instagram, you can see why we chose Shai to give us a little tender love and curl!

So, what are the best tips for naturally curly hair? Read on!

Tips for Naturally Curly Hair

1) No Chemical Services to Change Texture

Never say the words straightener or relaxer, again.

Ironically, a chemical relaxer actually leaves the hair feeling more stressed. Curls are fragile, and if you disturb them with chemicals that irreversibly change the pH of hair and break down bonds, the hair is left feeling dry and lifeless.

Shai explains this to his clients with a simple ‘phone cord analogy:

“If you keep stretching the spiral-like cord of a phone, eventually it will lose is natural shape and elasticity.” This is what happens when you continually get relaxing services that lead to dry, damaged, and lifeless hair.

2) Stay Away from Lightening Services

Most bleaching or lightening services are not recommended for curly hair. Highlighting services strips off layers of the hair’s cuticle, leading to a thin, brittle curls that have lost their natural pattern.

In most cases, this type of damage is irreversible and leads to severe breakage. Curls are created by a bundle of hair that clumps together, coiling around each other. Once there is breakage, you are removing the necessary bulk of hair needed to give curls shape, resulting in ringlets that appear stringy.

The same goes for hair color. Healthy hair is pretty hair, and choosing a color line that is gentle and respects the structural integrity of the hair is a MUST. “This is why I use organic hair color,” Shai explains, “the results are simply better and the color lasts longer.”

3) Avoid Excess Heat

Heat will have the same effect on curls that bleach and chemical relaxers do. Avoid “blowfrying,” your curls straight – the look is temporary and the damage is permanent.

The same goes for other heat tools that burn the hair into a very unnatural state, and strip curls of their much needed moisture and natural oils.

4) Just Say No to Silicones

Silicones or “silly-cones” as Shai refers to them, are a curly girl’s worst enemy!

Silicones are plastic-derived, synthetic ingredients that will coat the hair with a barrier and disallow moisture to penetrate the hair.

Hair is shiny when the cuticle layers are closed, and light is able to reflect off the sealed hair strand. Silicones give a false appearance of health because of the synthetic coating is leaves on the hair.

Continuous use of silicones will eventually dry out the hair due to the plastic coating that effectively blocks hair from absorbing nutrients and moisture (needed to keep curls bouncy). Not to mention, the heavy molecular size of silicones will keep the hair looking lackluster and weighed down.

5) Thinning Shears Cause Tears!

Razors, thinning shears, and texturizing shears will remove bulk from the hair that is needed for a healthy looking curl – avoid using these during a curl cut!

Curly hair is worn dry, and should be cut as such. Don’t take them back to the bowl for a rigorous shampoo, and then cut the curls wet, this is setting yourself (and client) up for disappointment. When the hair is dry, we are able to fully see the damage of each individual ringlet, allowing us to cut accordingly.

Split ends are the enemy of curls and should be removed as much as possible with a blunt shear that gives the ends a clean cut appearance. Razors and the other aforementioned tools will only fray the ends of hair, so if you’ve been using the terms, “splice, dice, carve, debulk, grating,” or any word that describes thinning, STOP immediately and keep those scary verbs in the kitchen.

6) Condition, Condition, Condition

Hydration is one of the number one things curls need to have less frizz and more life. Deep conditioners are recommended because of their working pH level and ability to penetrate hair’s many layers.

The best time to condition the hair is in the shower, but feel free to recommend clients an overnight hydration session with a high quality moisturizing treatment, like Aquaboost Reconstructor.

7) Shampoo Less and Stay Sulfate Free

Advise clients to shampoo their hair the least amount possible. Some curlies can even get away with hardly shampooing at all, but if they must, be sure to recommend sulfate-free products.

Sulfates are the enemies of healthy hair and curls alike!

Most sulfates used in shampoos are also used in floor cleaning products, and do heavy damage on the hair and scalp by stripping away necessary oils. And an unbalanced, dry scalp leads to hair that is lacking proper nutrients and moisture.

8) Sleep on a Satin Pillow Case

Your average cotton pillow case absorbs the oils that healthy curls so desperately crave. The roughness of the cotton also creates friction between the hair and the pillow, causing unnecessary frizz and breakage.

A satin pillow case will not deprive hair of its essential oils, and will allow strands to effortlessly slide without the damage and tangles.

9) Do Not Brush Dry Curls

Curly hair can become easily tangled and matted – brushing curls when dry will only cause more friction and frizz.

Actually, just don’t brush curly hair in general. Advise clients to use a wide tooth comb made for curly hair or stick to finger combing to gently detangle and apply product.

One more thing, do not touch curls while they are drying. It just disturbs the hair from curling into its natural pattern.

10) Love Thyself, Love Thy Curl

The most important message to give clients after they’ve been taught to tame their mane, is to remind them to embrace who they naturally are – curls included!

If properly treated, curls can stay beautiful and don’t have to cause distress behind the chair or at home.

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