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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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Is Hard Water Ruining Your Hair Color Services?

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If you have struggled to achieve the perfect color results in your salon, it may not necessarily be the fault of you or your color manufacturer. The hidden culprit behind many color services that soon fade or become discolored can be attributed to hard water. Hard water effects on hair – meaning water that is mineral-laden – can be very problematic for Hair Stylists.

How does hard water affect hair?

It is estimated that 85% of Americans have hard water in their home.

The degree of hardness varies by geographical location, but those with extremely hard water are more prone to hair discoloration both at the salon and at home. As a Hair Stylist, you’ve probably experienced that horrible moment when a client comes back to complain about their hair color. Whether it appears faded, looks dull, has inaccurate color results, or feels dry and brittle – many of these complaints can be traced back to hard water.

Hard water creates a scaly film on the hair, preventing it from absorbing moisture and retaining color. Minerals like calcium, copper, and magnesium bond strongly to the hair, weighing it down. And when combined with hair care products like shampoo, the hair looks super dull, coarse, and frizzy.

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As an educated Hair Stylist, hard water challenges are both a responsibility and an opportunity. While it’s your responsibility to conduct a thorough consultation (including the topic of hard water), it’s also an opportunity to create an additional item on your service menu, as well as a time to educate your client on the necessity of de-mineralizing the hair prior to a service.Hard water contains a large amount of minerals, calcium, and magnesium being the most problematic, as well as chlorine, which levels vary from state to state. While it may not be harmful to your health, hard water can add build up on the hair and scalp. Build up on the hair can leave it feeling dry and weighed down. It can even cause perms to relax.

The scalp can be also be adversely affected by hard water by getting dry and flakey, or as we know it, dandruff. It can also clog the hair at the mouth of the follicle, causing the hair to break off. It can also coat the scalp, blocking further hair growth.

How do you remove hard water minerals from hair?

As stylists, you will find the most resistant area being at the top of the head and crown, due to hot water exposure during showers. While under hot water, the heat will open up the cuticle allowing the minerals to further penetrate the hair. As we now know, the minerals that have penetrated and coated the hair can be at the root of our problems in the salon.

However, there is a solution to the battle between hair color and hard water:

  1. Remove those nasty minerals prior to your color application! One way to do this is with a mineral removal treatment like Malibu Crystal Gel. Treating the hair prior to a service will restore the life of the hair, and most importantly, prep it for an optimal color application. This pre-treatment will also leave the hair full of body, bounce and ready to accept the salon service by normalizing the hair’s PH and exfoliate the scalp, removing all minerals to ensure superior salon results.
  2. Follow with Oway Htech Pre-Color Clarifying Shampoo to wash off the Malibu Crystal Gel and remove impurities and mineral residues remaining on the hair. It also prepares the hair for technical services like hair coloring by softening tightly packed grey cuticle scales for optimal color penetration and coverage.
  3. If you’re doing lightening and toning, be sure to use Oway Hbalance Post-Color Neutralizing Shampoo to rebalance the hair’s pH and neutralize remaining alkaline deposits.
  4. Then, apply Oway Hmilk No-Stress for about 2-3 minutes to condition the hair and prolong toner life.
  5. End the service with Oway Hbalance Post-Color pH Mask to restore the hair’s correct pH levels and seal the cuticle to lock in color and shine.

We highly recommend offering this service in your salon especially after the warm summer months when many have been exposed to elements at the pool and beach.

Keep in mind, it is not about good water or bad water.

Some of the best drinking water can be the worse for the hair. So defeat these challenges your water presents by pumping up your services and priming the hair for soft, beautiful, superior color absorption and coverage with a demineralizing product.

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6 Essential Summer Hair Care Tips

Is your hair ready to beat the heat this summer? Try out these summer hair care tips!

 

Summer Hair Care Tips

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

 

 

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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!

Sunflower or Helianthus annuus, is an all-natural UV protectant that’s great for adding softness to the hair. The oil of sunflower also acts as an emollient, providing much needed moisture for the hair in summer, and is actually able to lock in that moisture.

We suggest changing to a shampoo and conditioner with added UV protection from sunflower, as well as adopting a leave-in conditioner 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

 

 

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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 Messy Braid – they are one of the hottest summer 2013 hair trends!

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 theses 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.

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

Every day 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.

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 shampoo and conditioner created for swimmers. Try products from Malibu Wellness, these are professional-grade products that will eliminate minerals and chemicals commonly found to cause damage and green hair in swimmers.

 

Summer Hair Care Tip #6: Deep Conditioning Treatments

 

Summer Hair Care Tips

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.

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Why Ammonia Hair Color Ruins Reconstructive Hair Treatments

Ammonia Hair Color
By: Rebecca Gregory

Face the Facts!

“You are wasting your time and money on “ miracle repair, conditioning treatments” if you are following up with ammoniated hair color,” says Organic Color Systems, Technical Director, Rebecca Gregory.

Let us show you what we mean.

Take your favorite conditioner or re-constructer and smear it on your bathroom mirror. Then, take a bottle of ammonia (Windex will do) and spray the spot, then wipe. The conditioner will vanish easily and instantaneously. This is essentially the same action that is happening on your hair when you use an ammoniated hair color over your new conditioning or reconstructive hair treatment.

Problematic Parabens and Plastics

More and more hair care and styling products are containing an increased amount of parabens (inexpensive preservatives, suggested to cause cancer). These products also contain waxes and other plastics that build up on the hair, causing dullness and dryness to the hair and scalp.

What’s worse?

To compensate for artificial ingredient barriers that waxy tube colors can create, conventional products have been made stronger to actually penetrate the hair. Not to mention, most color contains Propylene Glycol – this toxic ingredient coats the hair and gives all who look at the finished hair a false sense of health. By simply cleansing the hair prior to an Organic hair color service with our cleansing shampoo system, you will not need to use a toxic ammoniated hair color to “bust through” the waxes and artificial viscosity boosters.

Breaking Down Doubt

A common misconception has been, if a hair color was natural and gentle, it wouldn’t cover gray and would fade rapidly. Being the the professional market for over 20 years and used in over 40 countries, Organic Color Systems has consistently proven this to be false.

We understand that in order to run a successful salon, you must use products that can cover gray. As a professional hair color line, that is our commitment to you and your clientele. OCS is able to obtain 100% grey coverage, and has superior shine, leaving the hair feeling luxurious to the touch. This is due to the healing properties found in Organic Color Sytems that protect the hair’s natural tyrosine levels (amino acid in hair responsible for color production) and the hair’s structural integrity.

Ammonia Need Not Apply

You no longer need the excess force of conventional ammoniated hair color to penetrate resistant hair, unnecessarily removing all of the conditioning treatments that you applied in its path. Don’t be ammonia dependent! Ammonia is ready to be retired. It did its job of swelling the hair, blowing open the cuticle, and when mixed with hydrogen peroxide, drove all the ingredients into the hair, but at the cost of the hair’s health and integrity.

Instead of choosing a volatile gas to perform this function, OCS has chosen a liquid compound (derived from coconut and only .004% of the formula) and gentle heat to gently open the hair cuticle and deposit color. Due to OCS’s ability to stabilize the pH of the hair, the hair is able to gently open – accepting the color – and then can be closed with our pH balance conditoners and reconstructors. Organic Color Systems’ pH is 9 and the Naturlite Lightening System’s pH is 10, while ammoniated color and bleach lighteners have a pH of 11.5.

“If Ammonia is so bad for the hair, then why does hair looks so shiny after a fresh ammoniated color service?”

The answer is simple.

A dirty mirror sparkles after an application of ammonia cleaner, as well. The difference is that ammonia cannot wear down or erode glass like it does hair. And just like what we spoke about earlier, there are an abundance of waxy ingredients that are meant to coat the hair, making it appear healthy. However, in actuality, the hair is being damaged further by the build up of artificial ingredients.

Our Dedication to Salon Professionals

As professionals in the salon industry, we are dedicated to offering products that benefit the hair, and our concept is to offer a gentle, non- toxic formulation that gives professional stylists the opportunity to treat, color, and help your clientele maintain their healthy locks.

We are dedicated to enhancing the health of the hair, by giving back its natural shine, without damage that ammonia causes. Ultimately, you are merely wasting time and money and being counterproductive should you perform conditioning and repairing treatments and following with aggressive ammoniated color of the past.

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