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Tech Tip Tuesday: How to Achieve the Ultimate Red

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Autumn leaves are falling and we know we are at the brink of a new season. Fall has many significant meanings to many hairdressers – it is time to brighten up our clients world with fresh color. Just as the vibrant rich reds, ambers and oranges of the changing leaves, we would like to bring some of these rich tones to our color world and clientele.

All of us know that red hair color can present its own challenges. Why is my regrowth the beautiful vibrant red I desired but the ends and midshaft still so brown with the red not as visible? Why does the red seem to fade so quickly from the midshaft and ends?  My client’s regrowth area seems to be too warm, almost hot, why would this happen? How much brown should I add to my formula to achieve grey coverage while still not browning out the reflect?

These challenges are something many colorists have faced and have to overcome to create beautiful rich reds for their clients.

How to Achieve Perfect Grey Coverage

Let us first address reds and how to achieve perfect grey coverage at the same time.

Higher percentages of grey will require other tones to be added to the formula in order to have a vibrant yet solid grey coverage.

Without neutral or gold added to the formula it would be like putting red paint on a white wall, giving a hollow color and some instances a pink tone or hue.

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A good rule of thumb would be:

  • Note the percentage of grey since it will dictate what percent of  neutral base must be to added to the formula. For high percentages of grey, at least half of the formula needs to include a natural/neutral series base.
  • Then, midshaft and ends can be analyzed to see what is missing.  Rarely the natural base will fade and you are able to mix a formula with the straight red to add rich vibrancy back into those ends.
  • There may be instances of higher percentages of grey but the desired result is extremely vibrant. In this scenario, your professional judgement will dictate how much to adjust the neutral base without compromising the coverage.

To tackle a situation where the regrowth is the exact shade desired, yet now the ends look darker and too brown, it may be necessary to slightly purify the midshaft and the ends before applying your new formula. This will allow you to match the beautiful vibrancy of the regrowth and remove some of the excessive brown blocking the red’s vibrancy.

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Fadage can be a problem when creating and maintaining the ultimate red.  

In some situations, you may want to re-pigmentize the hair if your starting base is extremely faded or you are covering previously blonded ends. Another tip would be to also process for a  longer amount of time in this scenario. Always be sure to send your client home with a corresponding shampoo and conditioner to protect their new color. Color Protection Hair Bath, Mask, and the Color Protection Veil will all assist with their new color adding longevity to your fun Fall warm hair color.  

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How to Successfully Give Your Clients a Totally New Color

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After a detailed consultation, our client decides to completely transition their existing hair color.  Where do we start first? What do we do? What are our options?  First don’t panic. Decolorizing hair and transitioning to a new hair color can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.  So, take a deep breath!  

Whether highlighting or performing an all over, decolorization/corrective color is a process that some fear. How do we get from such a dark level to much lighter colored locks? You will need to highlight or decolorize with a bleaching system. 

Decolorization is a process

An all over decolorization is a process and we must remember not to be too hard on ourselves. Whether fixing someone else’s mistake or just designing a new look for a client, you must realize that this is truly corrective color and may not be a quick fix. This must be discussed with the client ahead of time in the initial consultation so there are no miscommunications. Some corrective color services can take more than one visit to fully achieve the tone and level desired.  Highlighting or balayage services, on the other hand, are ways to introduce some lighter pieces throughout the hair without such a lengthy process. Highlighting can blend or add dimension to a monochromatic color.

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Natural melanin (eumelanin) in the hair is an equal blend of all three primary colors: blue, red, and yellow. It is responsible for creating brown and black hair. The more eumelanin a person has will determine how brown or black the hair will be. A medium amount of eumelanin the hair will be brown. Someone with a lot of eumelanin will appear black but someone with a minimal amount of eumelanin has blonde hair.

Natural red hair has more pheomelanin (red pigment) and minimal eumelanin (brown or black pigment). Did you ever have that one client who just always seem to appear red no matter what you do or how you formulate? This client has more pheomelanin present in their hair.  The less pheomelanin a person has, the less red is visible in their hair color.

When hair is lightened in any way, the warmer tones red and yellow are always exposed.

Blue pigment is the first to leave the hair. To fully understand the lightening process, we must first understand the stages the hair must go through on its journey to becoming the ultimate blonde.  When creating the ultimate blonde, we are first removing the primary colors of blue and red, and depending on what level of blonde we are trying to achieve we might also be removing some of the yellow as well.

There are specific tones you will recognize on your journey. Starting at a level 1, our remaining color is blue. Level 2 we see blue/violet; level 3 we see violet; 4 red/violet. Level 5 us red and seems to be where a lot of us have most of our difficulties. Level 6 red/orange; Level 7 is orange like the outside of an orange. Level 8 is yellow orange like the shade of an apricot. Level 9 is yellow like the outside of a banana, and finally level 10 is pale yellow/white like the inside of a banana.

To successfully decolorize the hair, it is always best to go one level lighter than the level you are lifting to in order to achieve the proper foundation for the desired level.

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Example: If my desired level is a level 8 and I am starting from a level 6, I know that when I decolorize the hair, I must expose the remaining color to yellow (like the outside of a banana).  Creating a visual of fruit or other Items is just a way to help you recognize when you have lifted to the level you desired.

Application is key.

Application is also key to a successful decolorization. Analyze the strand before beginning. Is there color on the ends? Is there a virgin new growth? What is the porosity of the hair? We know that virgin hair will lift quickly but hair with artificial pigment will require much more timing.

When dealing with different situations on the same head we must treat them differently.

  • Beginning at the midshaft before applying to the virgin hair will ensure an even decolorization process.
  • Don’t be afraid of using different volumes on the same head. When highlighting, use a lower volume in the back and as you work your way to the front try remix with a higher volume so that both areas finish lightening at the same time.
  • If you have not achieved an even shade of remaining pigment, it might be necessary to reapply the bleach.
  • Always pay attention to the porosity and overall condition of the hair before reapplying bleach. If you have an even bleaching result then your final color will be even. Sometimes additional bleaching is not doable because the hair is compromised. Use your professional judgment but this time realize you may not achieve the desired level in this visit.  Corrective hair color is a process so do not be too tough on yourself.

Once hair is decolorized  to the proper remaining color, you will have to choose whether you would like to enhance your final color or if you would like to refine the remaining color.

Toning

Choosing a tone opposite on the color wheel will help you refine unwanted warmth. To enhance the tone remaining after lightening, choose a tonal shade on the same side of the color wheel.

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After a decolorizing service (highlighting or corrective work), you will want to thoroughly wash out the bleach with Oway Hbalance Shampoo and follow with Oway Hmilk No Stress to equalize the porosity before toning.

Toning with the chosen shade plus Oway Htone can take anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. Always be cognitive of the porosity in the hair when choosing a toner.

Hmilk can also be used to equalize your porosity before toning. When toning at the shampoo bowl, you will want to remember to thoroughly towel dry the hair before applying the toner. Excess water can dilute your toner and can cause an uneven result.

So see, it is as easy as 1,2,3 and always remember the education department is here to offer additional support.

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How to Deal with Henna in Your Client’s Hair

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As more and more consumers look for healthier alternatives to traditional hair coloring services, many salon professionals are faced with an increasing number of clients that have used henna on their hair. Once henna builds up on the hair, hair can feel coated and coarse. Most clients are unhappy with henna results, and have discovered organic hair color options like Organic Way (Oway) and Original & Mineral (O&M).

For some of us, this is a “back to the future” situation that we can fondly reminisce about. For others who are newer to our profession, this is a first time, “what do I do about this” situation that can be an unwelcome complication to a fully booked day. Regardless of your perspective, all of us need to know how to prepare hair that has been colored with Henna to ensure predictable results.

A Note of Caution:

Henna can contain metallic salts which can react with oxidative dyes to create heat.

This can be a disconcerting experience for both stylist and client. None of us want to have a client ask us, “Is this supposed to be this hot?”, and then rush the client to the bowl, praying that when we rinse the color that we are not rinsing her hair down the drain as well. Many clients are not aware that Henna can contain metallic salts and they may not know if the Henna that they used contained this ingredient. Don’t be afraid to “be the expert” and let the client know the steps that need to be taken to ensure the best possible results.

How to Remove Henna from Hair

  1. Shampoo the hair twice using a clarifying shampoo such as Htech by Organic Way. It effectively removes product residue for optimal technical results.
  2. Using a sponge, work vodka (yes, you read it right) through the hair and leave on for 15 minutes. Vodka helps strip off the henna by breaking down the metal salts into smaller molecules, preparing the hair for the next step.
  3. Then, rinse and shampoo twice with Organic Way Hbalance Shampoo, leaving the second lather on for 5 minutes. The gentle surfactants in Hbalance Shampoo help rebalance the hair’s pH after the Henna has been removed and neutralizes remaining alkaline residues.
  4. Rinse and apply Organic Way Hmilk No Stress to restore moisture to the hair and strengthen the strands.
  5. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse.
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As more and more clients “go green” you may find this tip increasingly useful. There is no doubt the the green movement is here to stay and there has never been a better time in our industry to be identified as a leader in offering healthier, less toxic chemical services.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Keratin Treatment After Care

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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.

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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.

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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.

Directions:
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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Step 5: Mix Customized Organic Scalp Treatment

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Step 10: Apply Densifying Remedy & Massage

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Examples:

  • 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

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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.

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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:

A CUTTING SPRAY

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!

ANTI-POLLUTION HAIR AND BODY SPRAY

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.

SETTING SPRAY

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.

ROOM SPRAY

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.

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Which Oway Hair Serum Should I Use?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)!

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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

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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

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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!

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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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