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Step-By-Step: How To Do A Smooth Rituals Keratin Treatment


For those with frizzy, hard to manage hair, keratin smoothing treatments can be the ultimate remedy.

However, for some smoothing products, those results came at a price none of us can afford – our health. In this step-by-step, we show you can create smooth, frizz free hair that lasts 3-4 months with our Smooth Rituals Keratin Treatment! Smooth Rituals doesn’t contain common keratin treatment toxins like formaldehyde, methylene glycol, parabens or animal testing.

Step 1: Hair Preparation


Cleanse the hair TWICE with the Clarity Pre-­Treatment Shampoo. This will help to remove any residue and soften the hair’s cuticle for better absorption of the Smooth Rituals Keratin Treatment.

Step 2: Rough Dry


Rough dry the hair to 75-­80% so that the water will not displace the keratin treatment, but the hair is still left slightly damp. This is best accomplished with a blow dryer. After the rough dry, you will be able to see where the hair appears most unruly and frizzy.

Step 3: Section Hair


Divide the head into 4 sections. This will ensure ease of product application. Then select your application method.

Keratin Treatment Application Method Types

Spray Bottle Technique (recommended): 

Using the spray nozzle sent with the Smooth Rituals Treatment or one that has a fine mist and not a stream, spray the product with a downward motion. Then, working in small, thin sections continue with the application and comb through the hair.

Bowl and Brush Application:

Start by weighing out 1 to 1 1⁄2 oz of the Smooth Rituals Keratin Treatment into a bowl. If needed, add more product in 1⁄2 oz increments to avoid any waste. Remember you MUST discard any unused treatment with this method.

Tip: Wear gloves during the application so that the treatment is absorbed by the hair and not your hands to ensure there is no waste of the product.

Step 4: Keratin Treatment Application


Begin treatment application where the hair appears most unmanageable, frizzy, and/or coarse. The sub­-sections should be about the 1/16” thick (similar to the width of a credit card). Apply the Smooth Rituals Keratin Treatment using your preferred method choice from above.

Note: ​If using spray bottle application method, be sure to close nozzle by pressing button after use.


Use a fine tooth tail comb to pass through the hair to ensure coverage.

There should be very little to no excess product or residue coming off onto the comb. Continue to comb through the hair until little to no residue remains on the comb as you work through each section.

It is important in either application method to ensure even coverage and to NOT oversaturate the hair as it could hinder optimal results. Part the hair the way the client likes it and comb straight down.

Do not twist or clip the hair up once the product has been applied.

Tip: ​Oversaturation of the Smooth Rituals Keratin Treatment can make the finish feel sticky and hard.

Step 5: Processing

Allow 5 minutes to process at room temperature.

Step 6: Blow Dry Treatment Into Hair

Professional Keratin Treatment for Hair

Using thin sections and a round brush, blow dry the hair straight using medium heat until the hair is completely dry.

Tip: Use a concentrator nozzle attachment on the blow dryer to best direct air flow over the brush. Point the dryer in a downward direction at the section of hair you are drying, sealing the cuticle for smoothest results. Blow drying correctly is equally as important as proper flat ironing.

Step 6: Finish & Seal Keratin Treatment

Use a professional ceramic flat iron that is temperature controlled and heats up to 450 degrees F. Any temperatures lower than the following guidelines will not properly seal the Keratin properly, and the hair may appear dull.

  • For fragile, damaged, or fine hair: Iron temperature should be at 400­ 420 degrees F. Flat iron over the hair no more than three times.
  • For chemically treated hair in good condition: Iron temperature should be 430 degrees F. Flat iron the hair with four passes.
  • For virgin or thick, coarse hair: Iron temperature should be at 450 degrees F. Flat iron the hair with five or six passes.

Tip: If the ends of the hair are severely damaged or split, flat iron them less to prevent futher damage. Use appropriate flat iron width for hair length (1 1⁄2 “ maximum). The 1⁄2” flat iron works well for roots and around the hairline. Starting at the nape, using 1/8” sections, move the iron slowly from scalp to hair ends using the appropriate number of passes listed above. This is what seals the Keratin completely.


Keratin Treatment After Care


Wait 3­-4 days minimum before shampooing the hair or getting the hair wet. This allows the service to cure.

  • During the curing phase and prior to the first shampoo, do not wet the hair.
  • Do not use styling products or clip/tie the hair back.
  • Keep the hair dry and straight.

If the hair does get wet or damp from rain or perspiration, etc. blow dry and flat iron the hair immediately.

Clients may also touch up any kinks or curls with a flat iron and/or blow dryer as often as necessary before the first shampooing. This will only help to seal the cuticle and expose soft, manageable, frizz free hair with shine.

After day 4, it is important that the clients use the Smooth Rituals Awakening Shampoo and Smooth Rituals Calming Conditioner at home. This will continually enhance the Keratin Treatment, where others may strip the keratin from the hair and be too aggressive.

Keratin Treatment Care Products

Tip: The Smooth Rituals Renewal Treatment is an optional follow up service that can be performed at the salon in between Keratin treatments to extend the life of the service.

Bring Smooth Rituals Keratin Treatments to your salon!

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5 Unbelievable Uses for Oway Hscreen at the Salon

Ever wish you had an organic, non-toxic hair color barrier cream? How about a simple, inexpensive way to alleviate scalp discomfort for those extra sensitive clients? HScreen can do all of these things and more!

Check out these 5 unbelievable salon uses for Oway’s Hscreen below:


Hscreen is an “invisible glove” for hair stylist hands and nails.

hair color barrier cream
Proper hair color applications usually require gloves. However, the constant rubbing of hands against latex or at the shampoo bowl can cause overly dry hands or even dermatitis. Hscreen is the perfect skin and cuticle protectant for hair stylists who don’t want to look like they just murdered a smurf or changed a tire.

Directions: Pump 3-4 drops into hands. Rub together, paying extra attention to the cuticles. Note: Hscreen is easily removed with soap and water and won’t leave the hands feeling sticky or coated.

Hscreen prevents hair color staining on the skin and scalp.


The best way to take the attention off your client’s fabulous color service is for them to walk out with scalp staining. Hscreen’s innovative formula ensures hair color molecules penetrate the hair only. That way, clients never have to leave with unsightly scalp or skin staining.

Directions: Apply directly to the hairline or mix 3-4 drops into a bowl of color to prevent staining on the scalp with darker colors.


Hscreen shields scrapes, small cuts and moles.

Does your client have a small cut or sensitive area? Ditch the bandaid. Hscreen be applied directly to sensitive or exposed areas of the scalp during any chemical treatment (coloring, lightening, perming, straightening) for extra skin/scalp protection.

Apply directly to sensitive areas on the scalp (sores, rashes, small cuts or abrasions, moles) to create a barrier between the skin and any chemical treatment.


Hscreen can be used for client’s with allergies or sensitivities.

Hscreen’s soothing lavender essential oil mixed with it’s innovative use of polysorbates makes it an ideal option for clients with extreme allergies or sensitivities. Hscreen can be added directly to your color formula for extra protection.

Directions: Add 3-4 drops per bowl of color. Note: It’s always recommended to patch test a sample of Hscreen and color beforehand. View hair color patch test here.


Hscreen can be used to create a clear shine gloss.

For a high shine finish, Hscreen can be mixed with Hmilk No Stress for the ultimate clear gloss formula! Not only will this gloss add shine, it will improve the hair’s health and help that fresh new hair color last!

Directions: Can be done or wet or or damp hair. For every 1oz of Oway Hmilk No Stress, use 5-7 pumps of Oway Hscreen. The number of pumps will depend on the hair condition and type. For more coarse, resistant haired clients, you’ll want to use more Hscreen.

Hscreen Key Ingredients

This product is full of 99% natural, organic, and biodynamic ingredients that aid in protecting the skin and improving the hair. Some of those ingredients are:

Perilla Seed Oil
– rich in fatty acids, soothes the scalp, and combats aging and free radicals.

Cottonseed Protein – gives structure to the hair, repairing, nourishing and softening the strands while preventing drying.

Hibiscus Flower Extract – rich in flavonoids, organic acids, carbohydrates, and vitamins. It is a powerful antioxidant and adds shine to hair.

Date Seed Oil – nourishes, improves elasticity, and adds structure to the hair.

Lavender Essential Oil – alleviates inflammation and soothes skin and scalp

Do you have a professional account with us? If so, you can purchase Hscreen here! Need to set up an account? Call 888-213-4744

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How To: Oway Organic Scalp Treatment For Hair Loss

When it comes to hair and scalp care, your garden is only as good as your soil. Meaning, in order to achieve healthy hair, the scalp needs to be in balance. The Organic Way (Oway) has a wide range of in-salon organic scalp treatments, retail products and tools that will transform you from Hair Stylist to Scalp Specialist.

Today, we take you through a complete consultation and step-by-step with Midori Organic Salon & Spa and their client concerned with hair loss.

Here are the materials you’ll need to complete your organic scalp treatment for hair loss:

  • Trichoanalyzer
  • Oway Scalp Problems & Treatments Poster (Download Here)
  • Pure Biodynamic Helichrysum
  • Zanthoxylum Soothing Gel
  • Microstimulating Hair Bath
  • Densifying Remedy Vials (Salon Treatment)
  • Densifying Remedy Retail (optional)
  • Bowl & Application Brush

Step 1: Analyze & Identify Scalp Issues with a Trichoanalyzer

Oway’s Trichoanalzyer is a state-of-the-art scalp and hair diagnostic tool, allowing you to get an “under the microscope” view of the hair and scalp. Not only is this an interactive experience for your client, but you’re able to show them real results of your scalp treatments.

We recommend having your Oway Scalp Problems & Treatment Poster handy, so you’re able to easily identify scalp issues.

After analyzing their client’s scalp, Midori Organic Salon & Spa concluded this client was suffering from Hair Loss: Case 2 – Cutaneous Tropism. This occurs when the hair is thinning in the front or top of the head due to tough, tightened scalp skin; this causes a lack of nourishment to the hair and scalp.

The recommended amount of treatment sessions for this hair loss case is 10-12.


Step 2: Customize Your Organic Scalp Treatment

Following the guidelines on the Oway Scalp Problems & Treatments Poster, this client will need a scalp treatment with Pure Biodynamic Helichrysum and Zanthoxylum Gel.


Step 3: Measure Your Micronized Botanicals

The micronized helichrysum will soothe any inflammation of the scalp that is preventing the proper uptake of nutrients, while providing protection against oxidative damage.

Measuring ratio: 2 teaspoons of helichrysum to every 50ml of Zanthoxylum Gel.


Step 4: Measure Zanthoxylum Gel

Zanthoxylum is an ancient Chinese herbal remedy used for its anti-septic and stimulation properties. Allatonin is a known “cell proliferant.” It activates follicle cell growth and reproduction, while moisturizing and protecting the scalp.

Mixing ration: 50mL of Zanthoxylum Gel to every 2 teaspoons of Biodynamic Helichrysum


Step 5: Mix Customized Organic Scalp Treatment


Step 6: Apply Mixture with Soft Application Brush

Focusing on the client’s problem area, apply the treatment mix to the scalp. We recommend using a soft application brush for this. Your application strokes should be gentle and therapeutic, while ensuring the scalp is properly saturated.


Step 7: Massage in for 5-8 minutes

Depending on your organic scalp treatment, each case will call for different levels of rigor and pressure during your massage step. For this hair loss treatment, you will want to massage intensely for 5-8 minutes.

Leave product on for 10 minutes after massaging into scalp.


Step 8: Rinse & Shampoo with Prescribed Hair Bath

Rinse the organic scalp treatment mix from the hair and scalp with warm water. Follow up with the correct hair bath. In this scenario, that would be the Microstimulating Hair Bath – an organic shampoo intended for hair loss.

Microstimulating Hair Bath eliminates toxins and reactivates microcirculation of the scalp, while nourishing the hair bulbs. The Biodynamic Horse-chestnut in this product is packed full of saponin and esculin. These naturally-occurring ingredients regulate the hair’s permeability and resilience. They improve blood vessel circulation and delivery of nutrients to the hair and scalp.


Step 9: Select Correct Scalp Remedy

After you’ve rinsed Microstimulation Hair Bath from the scalp, gently dry your client’s hair and select the correct organic scalp treatment product.

In this case, we’ll be using the Densifying Remedy vials. The vials are a very concentrated recipe of powerful plant botanicals, intended for use during your in-salon scalp treatments.

Densifying Remedy contains Buddleja Davidii Plant Stem Cells, which help hair follicle cells renew and increase in number.


Step 10: Apply Densifying Remedy & Massage

Apply Densifying Remedy directly to the scalp and massage in for at least 5 minutes.


Step 11: Post-Treatment Trichoanalyzation

For this type of hair loss, your client would need to have consecutive appointments to see the best results. Using your Trichoanalyzer before and after each scalp treatment session will show your client firsthand the results and progress you’ve made.

It will also aid in your selling of retail products, which is the final step of your organic scalp treatment.


Step 12: Take Home Remedies & Organic Hair Care

For the best results, you’ll want to retail the following items to your client:

  • Microstimulating Hair Bath
  • Densifying Remedy (Retail Spray)

What do you think? Will your salon be adding organic scalp treatments from Oway to your list of services?

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4 Reasons Your Back Bar Needs Hmilk No Stress


What is Hmilk No Stress?

Hmilk No Stress is a highly versatile conditioner you’ll want at your back bar at all times! It’s moisturizing and protective properties make it ideal for many salon scenarios such as:

  • Cosmetic Color Removals
  • In Between Technical Services
  • Treatment Before Toning
  • Developer Customization

Hmilk Key Ingredients

Biodynamic Hibiscus Extract: This is a powerful antioxidant, rich in flavonoids, organic acids, carbohydrates, and vitamins. It helps protect hair from damaging free radicals and other external aggressions. It improves hair structure and builds strength.

Organic Perilla Oil: This ingredient is rich in fatty acids that nourish the hair. It is soothing and calming on the scalp, and is anti-aging with its high flavonoid content.

Fair Trade Date Oil: Sourced from villages in Burkina Faso this oil nourishes the hair and improves hair’s structure and elasticity over time.

Ceramides: Ceramides are lipids found naturally in the hair fiber. They create a barrier, providing protection from external aggressions, while adding softness and shine.

Amazonian Butter Blend: This unique blend of exotic amazonian plant butters add suppleness and shine to the hair, while soothing the scalp.

Cotton Proteins: They soften, nourish, and add structure to the hair fiber, repairing it and preventing dryness.

How To Use Hmilk No Stress

After Hbleach or a Lightening Service


The most common way to use Hmilk is to apply it after a lightening service. If Hbleach is used, rinse and shampoo it from the hair and follow up with Hmilk No Stress. Leave it on for 2-3 minutes and rinse.

If you are toning, apply and rinse Hmilk before your toner. Hmilk No Stress will give the hair moisture, softness, and even act as porosity balancer before applying the toner, which allows it to take more effectively, while increasing longevity.

Gentle Color Removal

For a gentle lift or tonal changes (1-2 levels), a quick color cleanse can be made with the Hmilk.

Color Removal Mix Instructions:

1 part Hbleach
1 part Hmilk No Stress
2 parts Htone (9 volume developer).

Apply to hair and add gentle heat if necessary. Rinse out when the desired lift is achieved. This cleanse helps protect the hair structure while lifting out cosmetic color, and will be the most nourishing color remover you’ve ever used!

Diluting Developers


Customizing developer strengths is made easy by Hmilk No Stress. You’ll noticed many of the biodynamic ingredients you know and love in Hcolor and Hcatalyst also occurs in Hmilk No Stress.

It can be used with any developer to dilute it and make “in-between volumes.” So the next time you run out of a lower developer or want to make a 5vol, it will surely come in handy!


  • 1 part Hmilk + 1 part 20 volume = 10 volume
  • 1 part Hmilk + 3 parts 20 volume = 15 volume
  • 1 part Hmilk + 1 part 40 volume = 20 volume
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4 Amazing Benefits of Bio-Rich Water


Nestled away in the green hills of Bologna, Italy is OrtOfficina. This is the Organic Way’s 50,000 sqm of family-owned, biodynamic farmland where 12 types of medicinal plants are harvested without the use of chemicals, solvents or machinery.

After these precious botanicals are handpicked, they are steam distilled  without any chemicals, and transformed into 100% pure organic essential oils. These precious essential oils become the active ingredients and all natural fragrance in Oway products.

But did you know the remaining water from the steam distillation is packed full of nutrients? This extraordinary water is known as Hydrolates –  it’s the heart and soul powering our Bio-Rich Water.


What are Hydrolates?

Hydrolates are active waters, deeply infused with soluble plant extracts, making it rich in benefits.

They’re excellent invigorators of the mind, body and hair as they boast refreshing, moisturizing, decongestant and astringent properties.

Instead of casting away this precious water, Oway has harnessed it’s amazing properties to create Bio Rich Water – a versatile spray that can be used in these 4 unique ways:


Great for hydrating hair and increasing combability, this spray can replace your leave-in conditioner or detangler. And when you are looking for a something to rewet the hair with while you are cutting, look no further!

Your sectioning will be spot on as this spray smoothes the rough scales of the hair down for sleek and hydrated strands that are easy to guide and manipulate.

Cutting will be a breeze!


Not only does this light, fragrant spray envelope you in it’s subtle floral and citrus scents, but it seals the cuticle down to protect you from any unpleasant smells that might intrude.

Everyday pollutants like cooking fumes and smoke typically absorb quickly in the hair and are extremely hard to get out or cover up. Spray Bio-rich Water into hair daily before going out and keep hair freshness protected all day.

This can also be sprayed all over the skin after showering for the same effect from head to toe.


Bio-rich Water makes for the perfect setting spray for makeup applications. As described above, this lotion creates a barrier between your skin and the outside world, so it’s an excellent way to keep your skin safe from any makeup that could potentially be absorbed.

It will also help your newly painted face to last longer, without dripping, smudging, or smearing. Spray directly on skin after cleansing and before applying any powders or concealers.


Bio-rich Water is not just a great way to freshen your locks but also use it to refresh your space. It has the power to neutralize unwanted odors and leaves a light natural scent behind. Take advantage of this feature by spraying the air around your client during their service, especially while they are relaxing with color or a treatment.

This completes the spa-like feel of the Oway experience.

How do you use Oway’s Bio-Rich Water? Share below!

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Which Oway Hair Serum Should I Use?


When it comes to Organic Way, their lineup of professional organic hair care and styling products are extensive. With 4 separate serums to choose from, you may be wondering which product is best for each hair type and styling situation.

We’ve put together a quick reference guide to explain the differences between each serum so you know the when, why, and how behind each one.

Smoothing Fluid


The most lightweight serum is the Smoothing Fluid. This is part of the Smoothing line of products and is recommended for those who intend to blow dry and flat iron their hair straight. It will add brightness and softness to the hair while protecting the hair fibers from the heat of your styling tools without weighing hair down.

Key Ingredients:

  • Organic Damask Rose Extract: for lightweight hydration and powerful antioxidants
  • Biodynamic Caraway Seed Extract: revitalizes the mind and hair with Vitamin E, lutein and carotene
  • Fair Trade Buriti Oil: prevents hair from becoming overly dry and adds radiant shine

Directions: Use by putting into damp hair before beginning to style. It’s lightweight consistency also makes it an amazing finishing serum to polish off any fly aways.

Glossy Nectar


Glossy Nectar is slightly more concentrated than the Smoothing fluid, but still a light serum. It is a wonderful solution for thin hair that may be very damaged and rebellious. It penetrates the cuticle to nourish and rebuild the hair from the inside, while polishing the outside with shine. Bonus: When used on wet hair, it cuts blow drying time down by 50%!

Key Ingredients:

  • Biodynamic White Horehound Extract: reinforces hair structure, all-natural UV protection
  • Organic Black Quinoa: for strength and protection
  • Fair Trade Marula Oil for hydration and shine

Directions: Use on damp or dry hair.

Silk ‘N Glow Serum


Silk’N Glow Serum is heavier than Glossy Nectar, giving excellent nourishment and control over frizzy locks. As a member of the Silk ‘N Glow Care Line, these synergy products are great for adding shine and manageability to coarse, dry or damaged hair.

Key Ingredients:

  • Biodynamic Oat Extract: restructures hair and locks in moisture
  • Organic Cold Pressed Cupuacu Butter: for superior hydration and softening
  • Fair Trade Brazilian Nut Oil for detangling and anti-frizz properties

Directions: Can be applied to damp or dry hair. Use along with the Silk’ N Glow Hair Bath and Hair Mask to get the most benefits.

Nurturing Drops


Finally, we have the Nurturing Drops. These highly concentrated drops are the heaviest of the serums, but will not leave the hair feeling greasy or weighed down. It’s expertly formulated to ensure maximum absorbency and delivery of nutrients to the hair fiber. It nourishes and seals dry and damaged ends, while adding shine and protection from heat styling. Nuturing Drops are mainly ideal for thick or coarse strands, but small amounts can be used for other hair types.

Key Ingredients:

  • Biodynamic White Horehound Extract: reinforces hair structure, all-natural UV protection
  • Organic Black Quinoa: for strength and protection
  • Fair Trade Marula Oil: for hydration and shine

Directions: Apply to damp or dry hair prior or after styling, concentrating on the ends.

Styling Tip: All of these serums will be applied beginning with the ends and working up the lengths of the hair. Avoid the root area so as not to get too greasy of a look or have too much weight with the thicker serums. For fine hair begin with 1-2 drops of the serum and work that in, adding more if needed for thicker hair types.

All Organic Way (Oway) Hair Serums Are:

  • Cruelty-Free & Vegan
  • No Synthetic Fragrance
  • No Petrolatum
  • No PEGS/PPGs/BGs
  • No Parabens
  • No Artificial Colorants
  • No EDTA
  • No Phthalates
  • No GMOs
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Coloring Hair Extensions with Organic Way Hcolor

Your client’s ready for a color change, but what are you going to do with those extensions?

In this article, we walk you through the consultation and process of coloring extensions on a real-life client. You’ll see just how we transformed her unruly strands into a shiny masterpiece with Oway’s Hcolor!

(And of course, we’ll reveal our best tips on how to color hair extensions)!


Step 1: Learn More About The Extensions

Consultation is key. Learn the following about your client’s extensions:

  • Which extension brand?
  • Have they been colored before?
  • When were the extensions applied?
  • Are the extensions in good condition?
  • What is the tone and level of the extensions?

In our case, this client had her extensions in for one week. She purchased them from Sally’s (Satin Strands Premium brand) and they were in acceptable condition to color.

Step 2: Choosing the Correct Color


After you’ve learned the history of the extensions and assessed their health, you should continue your normal color consultation. Our client wanted to slightly tone the highlights to appear more natural, but also desired longer lasting results.

We chose Oway’s Hcolor in 7.31 (Dark Beige Blonde) and mixed with HCatalyst (20v) in a 1:1 ratio.

Note: Most extensions turn more ash than expected – this should be taken into consideration during your formulation.

Step 3: Application & Processing Time


Whether you’re applying color to extensions on the head or removed, it’s important to use enough color to saturate the hair. Depending on the desired results (semi or permanent), you’ll want to choose the correct developer and process for the right amount of time (you may opt to visually check on them every 5-10 minutes).

In our client’s case, we chose our Oway Butter Developer (20 vol) to ensure a thorough deposit on the extensions, and processed for 35 mins (uncovered and no heat).

Step 4: The Final Results!


Once our client was done processing, we shampooed with Organic Way Hbalance Shampoo and conditioned with Hbalance Mask. Both are a part of Oway’s Hsystem – a completely holistic approach to professional hair services.

We blow dried and finished with Oway’s Glossy Nectar, which is rich in restorative organic ingredients like black quinoa and aamala.

Hair by: Erin Bayne, Simply Organic Beauty Technical Adviser

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5 Hair Stylist Health Issues To Talk About

Studies suggest 1 of every 5 hair stylists will suffer from a health issue directly related to their occupation [1]. Here are some of the most common hair stylist health issues and how to help prevent them.


1. Infertility and Pregnancy Complications in Hair Stylists

hairstylist health issues

Studies have shown that infertility and spontaneous miscarriages are highest among female hairdressers than woman in any other occupation [1].

Everyday, hair stylists are exposed to chemical agents found in hair dyes, keratin treatments, perms, and other in-salon services. While exposure to these chemicals in small amounts may prove innocuous, hair stylist health issues can be directly attributed to the compounding effects of consistent chemical exposure [1].

How does this relate to hair stylists who wish to conceive? The chemicals found in common salon products are suspected to have adverse effects on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis.

Meaning, the pituitary gland (attached to the hypothalamus area of the brain) and a woman’s reproductive organs work in synchronicity to balance hormone levels, and any interruption of this delicate cycle can pose significant issues for pregnant women or those trying to conceive.

Another epidemiologic study focused on hairdressers, found associations with menstrual disorders and higher rates of unprecedented miscarriages among hair stylists. Significant associations were found for irregular cycles, oligomenorrhoea, long blood loss, heavy pains and long pains after confounding correction. [2]

2. Breast Cancer and Cancer Risks of Hair Stylists

hairstylist health issues

One Swedish study, surveying over 1 million women, concluded that pharmaceutical careers and cosmetologists carry the highest increased risks of breast cancer of any occupation [3].

The American Journal of Epidemology concluded that hair stylists had triple the risk of developing breast cancer when they worked with hair dye for over 5 years. Studies showed a direct link to potential breast cancer for hairstylists that used hair dyes on their clients; however, it did not show a significant link for actual salon clients.

Regular exposure to hair dyes, processing agents, and other chemicals used in hair salons and barbershops probably increases cancer risk, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a World Health Organization panel that maintains the world’s most commonly-used system for classifying carcinogens, and is the utmost authoritative source on cancer-causing ingredients.

Unfortunately, breast cancer is not the only cancer that has been proven to appear more in hair stylists. Studies show statistically significant associations between permanent hair dye use and bladder cancer risks; specifically, male hair stylists and barbers have been found to be more likely to have bladder cancer [4].

Scientists attribute some of these hair stylist health issues to aromatic amines in hair color [5].

What is an aromatic amine?

Derivatives of ammonia with an aromatic substitute, usually containing one or more benzene rings. These health pollutants can be found in tobacco smoke, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and environmental pollutants such as, diesel exhaust.

Does your hair color contain any of these common aromatic amines?

  • O-toulidine/2-methylaniline (classified carcinogen)
  • 2,4-toluenediamine
  • resorcinol
  • m-phenylenediamine
  • p-aminophenol
  • m-aminophenol
  • p-phenylenediamine

Did you know O-toluidine, has been identified in the breast milk of healthy lactating women? [6].

What you may have noticed is the inclusion of PPD (p-phenylenediamine). This ingredient is currently still necessary to permanently color hair. So, what’s the alternative? Select a professional, permanent hair color with the lowest amount of PPDS.

3. Breathing and Respiratory Complications in Hair stylists

hairstylist health issues

One of the most common health issues of hair stylists are respiratory and breathing issues. These complications are attributed to the presence of ammonia in hair color and formaldehyde found in many popular keratin treatments.

Ammonia is a corrosive substance known to cause health issues such as, irritation of the skin, respiratory tract, lungs, and esophageal passage.

The harmful effects of ammonia and formaldehyde have been debated by those in the salon and beauty industry for years. However, we’re beginning to understand that exposure to these chemicals have been linked to upper respiratory diseases, occupational asthma, and in some studies, lung cancer.

4. Contact Dermatitis and Allergies Among Hair Stylists

hairstylist health issues

Hand contact dermatitis is the second most commonly reported occupation skin disease in women [7].

Around 7 of every 10 hair stylists will suffer from work-related dermatitis at some point in their working life – and in severe cases it can mean the end of their career [7].

Contact dermatitis can be caused by frequent exposure to irritating chemicals in hair salon products, bleach, prolonged glove wearing, frequent water use, and use of shampoos and conditioners that are not pH balanced.

Allergic reactions like contact dermatitis are common among hair stylists due to their repetitive exposure to chemicals in salon products.

Allergies are extremely problematic because they can occur after just one use or after multiple uses, and the reactions can be mild to severe. The discomfort can also last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks.

5. Muscuskeleton Disorders among Hair Stylists

hairstylist health issues

An increasing amount of occupational-related musculoskeletal disorders have been occurring among workers who are exposed to manual labor, work in unusual positions, restricted postures, and do repetitive work.

As most hairdressers stand on their feet all day, it may come to no surprise that muscuskeletal disorders are another common health risk for hair stylists. Not to mention, the posture required to cut and color hair is far from ideal.

Aside from upper and lower back pain, hair stylists are prone to developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – a painful ailment of the nerves and muscles in the hand – as they are frequently using their hands.

As you can see, hair stylist health issues are on the rise, and are needing to be addressed. We hope with increased knowledge and visibility, hair stylists will be better able to take steps to prevent these health issues.


[1] Infertility and spontaneous abortion among female hairdressers: the Hordaland Health Study. Baste V, Moen BE, Riise T, Hollund BE, Øyen N. J Occup Environ Med. 2008 Dec; 50(12):1371-7.

[2] Reproductive disorders due to chemical exposure among hairdressers. Kersemaekers WM, Roeleveld N, Zielhuis GA: Scand J Work Environ Health 1995, 21:325-334.

[3] Fertility disorders and pregnancy complications in hairdressers – a systematic review. Peters C., Harling M., Dulon M. Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology 2010, 5:24

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Carly Rae Jepsen Red Hair Color Formula

Carly Rae Jepsen with Organic Color Systems

To re-create Carly Rae Jepsen’s red hair color for your salon clients, use Organic Color Systems ammonia-free hair color, and follow this carefully crated professional hair color formula with styling instructions.

To achieve Carly Rae Jepsen’s red hair color, first apply the following hair color formula (be sure to take your client’s natural, regrowth, and/or artificially pigmented hair into consideration before formulating).

Carly Rae Jepsen Red Hair Color

Hair Color Formula

Previous Color Level: 1
Desired Level: 5

  • Pre-lighten the hair to the desired level. Be sure to watch the hair, as you lift it to a level 5.
  • Rinse hair at bowl and treat with Powerbuild Reconstructor
  • Towel dry hair until damp
  • Apply following formula (yes, on damp hair)
  • *** Depending on your starting level and which tones you need to cancel/enhance, feel free to tweak this formula to meet your individual client’s needs:

    5RC (1oz)
    6RC (1oz)
    Red Concentrate (1/4oz)
    Mix with: 20 vol developer (2 1/4oz)
    2 1/4 ounce 20 volume developer

    Process: Under dryer (104-106°) for 10 minutes, cool for 15 mins.
    Rinse: Add small amount of water to hair, and emulsify hair for 4-5 minutes. During this step you should be produce a nice lather from emulsifying the hair color. It is necessary to emulsify the hair so that the oils penetrate the cuticle, giving the hair immense shine. Rinse color out of hair until water runs clear. Shampoo

    Carly Rae Jepsen Red Hair Color Formulated by: Stephanie Wieand


    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



    Summer Hair Care Tips

    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



    Summer Hair Care Tips

    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



    Summer Hair Care Tips

    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


    Summer Hair Care Tips

    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.