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Ombre or Balayage? Here’s the Ultimate Sunkissed Hair Guide

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For hair aficionados like us, nothing says summer like having sunkissed hair. As soon as the heat kicks in, this popular hair color is often the most requested by clients.

Here are the different ways you can achieve natural-looking sunkissed hair without ever going out in the sun!

Sunkissed Hairpainting Styles & Techniques

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Highlights

If you’re going for an all-over brighter look, this technique is the best approach. Highlights are sections of hair that are painted a few levels lighter than the base color, brightening it up. This technique helps add softness and dimension to the hair color by mimicking areas where the sun naturally hits the hair.

Babylights

Babylights are microfine highlights that add a subtle contrast to the hair’s base color. Designed to imitate a child’s natural sunkissed hair, Babylights are not easily detectable to untrained professionals as it is often applied from roots to ends to make it seem the client is born with it. Using foils is necessary to create that superfine blend and separation.

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Ombre

Ombre is a style that shows a stark contrast between the base color and the ends. It often requires a darker base hair color which gradually fades into lighter ends. To create this effect, a lightener like Original & Mineral Paint Powder Clay Lightener is painted from mids to ends, then backcombed to marry them together and form a seamless blend. The process ends with a toner to remove any unwanted yellow tones.

Sombre

Considered the sister of Ombre, Sombre creates a more subtle contrast than the latter. To achieve this hairstyle trend, take the darker hue at the regrowth and faintly weave it through the mids and ends to create a less dramatic contrast and soft graduation from roots to ends.

Sombre is a low-maintenance, sunkissed look that can work for just about any hair color.

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Balayage

Balayage is a freehand technique which means “to sweep” in French. It is done by sectioning the hair usually in small triangle sections or bricklay patterns and sweeping the lightener on the surface, making sure to paint areas where the sun naturally touches.

But the key to balayage is tension. This technique requires a flat surface to paint on for creating that super soft, smooth blend. Hence why many prefer to use a board when doing balayage.

Teasylights

Teasylights is another style that closely resembles an Ombre. Like Ombre, the hair is lightened from the mids to ends but leaving a few sections unpainted. This style is perfect for clients who are looking to break up their dark hair color and give it a sunkissed glow.

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Ecaille

Also known as Tortoiseshell, this hair color combines balayage and sombre, but instead of lifting sections to blonde – Ecaille uses lush colors like caramel and chestnuts to mimic a tortoiseshell. This technique will come in handy when a natural client wants to give her hair some dimension and tonality.

Bronde

When blonde meets brunette. Bronde combines the beachy glow of blondes and the warmth of brunettes. This hair color will look amazing on dark hair clients who are not quite ready for the blonde commitment but want a lighter look.

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Which of these styles and techniques have you tried behind the chair? Sound off in the comments!

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 56

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As artists, inspiration can be hard to come by sometimes. So we’ve curated the coolest hair colors from our #HolisticHairTribe this week to keep your hairpainting game strong this season.

Check out our favorites below!

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Tropical Azure Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kai Fujimoto

Kai gave his Sea Nymph an update and turned it into this gorgeous Tropical Azure! This time Kai deposited more Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple on top of the previous color.

Pre-lightened with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Roots: 40g Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 80drops Oway Hmelt Blue Charm + 40drops Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple

Mid-Ends: 100g Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 80drops Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple + 20 drops Oway Hmelt Blue Charm

Processing Time: 30mins

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Fuchsia Fusion Hair Color Formula

Hair by Ashley Saccomanno

This multi-tonal Fuchsia Fusion by Ashley is giving us major Spring vibes. It’s not too late to try this fashion hair color formula on your clients!

Roots: Oway Hcolor 5.01 Ash Natural Light Brown + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

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

Color: Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment with Playful Rose + Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple

Toner: Oway Hcolor 6.77 Deep Purple Dark Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Flamingo Hair Color Formula

Hair by Ada Santos

Isn’t it wonderful when you have clients who are not afraid to experiment? You get to stretch your creative muscles and create something amazing, like this Flamingo hair color by Ada.

Lifted from L6 to L9

Toner: 13g Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum+ 1cm Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer (1:2)

Processing Time: 15mins

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Burnt Caramel Hair Color Formula

Hair by Angelica Giannopoulos

Now this is what you call a makeover. Angelica’s client originally had blonde ombre hair, so she transformed it into this delicious Burnt Caramel hair color.

Roots: O&M CØR.color 6.75 Dark Chocolate Blonde + O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator

Ends: 3/4 O&M CØR.color Apricot Toner + 1/4 O&M CØR.color Dusty Pink Toner + O&M CØR.color 5 vol Activator

Finished with O&M Frizzy Logic Finishing Shine Spray

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Melted Butter Hair Color Formula

Hair by Travis Bandiera

The cut, the style, the hair color. Everything is on point! If you’re having trouble getting rid of brass, finish with O&M Conquer Blonde shampoo and conditioner to neutralize yellow tones.

Roots: O&M CØR.color 8.7 Light Brunette Blonde + O&M CØR.color 7.7 Brunette Blonde with O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

Mids + Ends: O&M Paint Powder Clay Lightener with O&M CØR.color 40 vol Activator

Toned Ends with O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear + O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator

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Pomegranate Hair Color Formula

Hair by Petite Surf Studio

This client wanted pink hair for summer, so she got pink hair (in two sessions)! Jaimie had to prelighten the hair from ash brown to platinum in order to achieve this vibrant Pomegranate.

Prelightened with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Formula 1: Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster + a drop of Oway Hmelt Playful Rose with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Formula 2: Oway Hmelt Playful Rose + Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment

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

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

How to Protect the Hair and Skin from the Sun

Shield.

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

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Cover.

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

Style.

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

Condition.

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

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

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

Repair.

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

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

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

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 55

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We’re halfway through Spring and if this week’s Trending Hair Colors are any indication, it looks like our #HolisticHairTribe is ready to greet the summer season. From fashion colors to cool blondes, you will surely want to re-create these hair colors in your salon.

Check out our favorites below!

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Salmon Rose Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kristine Hartman

Pretty in pink. This gorgeous hair color by Kristine Hartman just got us all excited for the rest of spring and summertime.

Full Highlight Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + 15vol (root) and Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer (ends)

Root Smudge: 1/2 Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum  + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer with Oway Hcolor 9.43 Copper Golden Very Light Blonde + dot of Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster/Tone Corrector

Mids to Ends: O&M CØR.color Dusty Pink Toner + O&M CØR.color Pale Pink Toner + O&M CØR.color Silver Toner with 7vol

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Mocha Velvet Hair Color Formula

Hair by Maureen Fox-Meyer of The Change Salon

Are you looking for inspo on how to fix for your sunkissed hair clients? How about colormelting velvet brown to platinum?

Base: Oway Hcolor 3.17 Dark Frosted Brown  + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Mids: Oway Hcolor 4.1 Ash Brown + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Ends: O&M Paint Powder Clay Lightener + O&M CØR.color 30 vol Activator

Toner: 1/2 O&M CØR.color Platinum Toner + 1/2 O&M CØR.color Ice Toner with O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

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Nutmeg Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kristina Fetto of Grow Organic Salon

Cool blondes are great springtime and summertime trends. They offer a perfect contrast with the warmth of the season.

Teased Thin Sections with Balayage Film over Top: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Toner: Oway Hcolor 9.1 Ash Very Light Blonde + Oway Hcolor 90.1 Ash Super Bleaching Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Pensive Purple Hair Color Formula

Hair by Desiree Cerda of The Moon Room Salon

Need to add some tones and dimensions to your fashion hair colors? Why not try using the pinwheel placement technique like how Desiree did this pretty purple?

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Darker Purple: 2g Oway Hcolor 3.17 Dark Frosted Brown  + 15g Oway Hcolor 9.0 Natural Very Light Blonde + 10g Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster/Tone Corrector  + 10 drops Oway Hmelt Blue Charm + 40g Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Lighter Purple: 18g Oway Hcolor 90.2 Irisee Super Bleaching Blonde + 2g Oway Hcolor – 0.7 Purple Booster/Tone Corrector + 10 drops Oway Hmelt Blue Charm + 30g Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Rosewood Hair Color Formula

Hair by Ametrine Salon

Would you believe us when we tell you there are no highlights on this hair? The tones and dimensions you see are a result of adding Oway Hscreen to the formula.

Color: 15g Oway Hcolor 5.0 Natural Light Brown + 10g Oway Hcolor 6.35 BST Tobacco Dark Blonde + 5g Oway Hcolor 5.56 Red Mahogany Light Blonde with 30g Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer + Oway Hypercolor Process Accelerator Oil + Oway Hscreen Skin + Scalp Protector

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Honey Granola Hair Color Formula

Hair by Ashley Saccomanno of Grow Organic Salon

Hair so shiny, you need sunglasses. Just goes to show how extremely nourishing our plant butter-based lightener is. Thanks, Hbleach!

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Toner: Oway Hcolor 8.31 Beige Light Blonde

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Air Quality Awareness Week: 5 Salon Solutions for Clean Indoor Air

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As salon owners and hairstylists, we work with chemicals all the time and without proper ventilation and indoor air quality control, these chemicals can cause various illnesses.

This Air Quality Awareness Week, create a healthy environment for your colleagues and clients with these salon solutions for managing indoor air quality.

How to Improve Your Salon’s Indoor Air Quality

Avoid products with high Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

Volatile Organic Compounds are gases produced by a variety of chemicals. Two of the best-known VOCs are formaldehyde and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, studies have found that levels of VOCs average at about 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors. When consistently exposed to high levels of VOCs, they can cause adverse health effects in humans such as throat irritation, breathing issues, damage to the central nervous system and possible carcinogenic effects

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Use ammonia-free salon products.

Like VOCs, ammonia in salon products can also cause detrimental effects not just on the hair, but also on our health and environment. This caustic substance emits a pungent, irritating odor and long-term exposure to the fumes can cause a host of health issues such as obesity, skin complications, allergies, and many more.

Once you remove salon products with high concentrations of VOCs and ammonia, you’ll be surprised at how easily you and clients can breathe and enjoy your time together.

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Detoxify your salon with air-purifying plants.

Adding plants in the salon is the most eco-friendly and cost-effective way to purify the air. According to research, house plants like Peace Lily and Weeping Fig are effective at removing VOCs from the air. Dracaena and spider plants are also known to be exceptionally good at eliminating harsh fumes in the air. Check out this chart for a list of aesthetically pleasing plants that help eliminate common air pollutants.

Minimize leaks or spills.

As salon professionals who work with liquids, leaks and spills are common occurrences. But because salon products contain chemicals, compounds from these chemicals evaporate and remain in the air for a long time.

To prevent air pollution inside your business, make sure hair products are sealed tight and spills are cleaned and handled properly. Do you have a spill kit in the salon? This kit can come in handy in times like this.

Invest in an exhaust system and HVAC with multi-stage filtration system.

The best way to combat indoor air pollution is to have top-notch ventilation. HVACs with multi-stage filtration system contain layers of filters which include a pre-filter to remove large particles; then a HEPA (high efficiency particle arrestor) filter which extracts particles from the air equivalent to 1/100th the diameter of human hair; and finally an activated carbon filter which help trap respirable particles and gases.

Dealing with chemicals is part of our profession. But that does not mean there’s nothing we can do to lessen our toxin exposure. Thankfully, there are holistic salon brands like Oway and Original & Mineral that are working hard to eliminate harsh chemicals such as ammonia and formaldehyde in their products. Because of these brands, hair stylists can now create beautiful hair without having to inhale toxic fumes.

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 54

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As hairdressers, tending to our clients’ needs day in, day out can take a toll on our creativity. This week, we’re sharing some of the best hair colors our #HolisticHairTribe has created to give you some inspiration.

Check out their incredible work below!

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Sandbar Hair Color Formula

Hair by Janelle Chaplin of O&M NYC

Need to give your ash blonde some extra kick? Mix your toner formula with our O&M Silver Toner and watch it work its magic.

Bleach: O&M Ammonia Free Keratin Powder Lightener

Toner: O&M CØR.color 8.81 Light Pearl Ash Blonde and O&M CØR.color Silver Toner Equal Parts + Double O&M CØR.color 5 vol Activator

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Blood Rush Hair Color Formula

Hair by Amy Miller of AMOS Studio

There’s nothing more beautiful than a multi-tonal redhead. Balayaging some pieces helps give the hair beautiful dimension and depth.

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Toner: Oway Hcolor 8.66 Deep Red Light Blonde + Oway Hcolor 5.66 Deep Red Light Brown + 5 drops Oway Hmelt Red Energy with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Café Brulee Hair Color Formula

Hair by Abigail Waldrum of Lucky Cat Salon

Cool-toned blondes are in season once again! Our O&M Platinum Toner is the perfect toner to neutralize any warmth after lightening the hair.

Prelightening: O&M Paint Powder Clay Lightener + O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator then O&M CØR.color 30 vol Activator

Toner: O&M CØR.color Platinum Toner + O&M CØR.color 5 vol Activator

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Syrup Hair Color Formula

Hair by Maren McKenna

Got a previously highlighted client wanting to try a new look this season? Give her the sunkissed look using Maren’s formula!

Base: Oway Hcolor 6.01 Ash Natural Dark Blonde + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Toner over Highlighted Hair: Oway Hcolor 7.35 BT Tobacco Blonde + Oway Hcolor 7.03 BM Mocha Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Caramel Truffle Hair Color Formula

Hair by Holly Burnham

That shine though! Oway Hnectar’s organic sugars give the hair extra nourishment and hydration, leaving it super shiny and healthy.

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Toner: ½ Oway Hnectar 8.34 Cinnamon Light Blonde + ¼ Oway Hnectar 7.9 Marron Glace Blonde + ¼ Oway Hnectar 7.5 Burgundy Blonde + a splash of Oway Hnectar 6.77 Blueberry Dark Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Which are your picks this week?

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7 Major Things You Need to Know about the Organic Way of Skincare

If you missed yesterday’s free online training on Oway’s latest organic skincare products for salons and spas, we rounded up the top 7 facts every holistic beauty provider should know about.

According to market research, organic skincare will comprise almost 1/3 of the total organic beauty market in 2024.

With organic skincare expected to dominate the beauty market in the next few years, this your chance to offer organic skincare services in the salon. Organic skincare products that WORK are rare in our industry, and with Oway launching their Natrue-certified skincare line, there would never be a better opportunity than right now.

Oway’s organic skincare line is Natrue.org certified.

Natrue.org is one of the few cosmetic certifying bodies known for its strict criteria and clearly defined procedures in differentiating true natural cosmetic products from greenwashed ones. Being certified by Natrue means that the product contains 98.6% – 100% biodynamic, organic, natural, and naturally derived ingredients. With Oway, you know you are TRULY getting the full botanical benefits and potency of each ingredient.

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The Oway Beauty active ingredients are made from raw materials and plants grown biodynamically in Ortofficina.

Ortofficina is Oway’s biodynamic family farm in Bologna, Italy where ZERO pesticides and polluting farm machinery are used. The farm plants and harvests its active ingredients in conjunction with the lunar phases to increase their potency and effectiveness. Ingredients that aren’t grown in Ortofficina are sourced from verified Fair Trade networks in South America and South East Asia.

For example, we source our Pataua Oil and Green Clay from our partners in the Amazon region, while we get our Purple Rice from Southeast Asia.

All products are nickel-tested and dermatologist-tested.

Each production batch of the Oway Skincare line undergoes nickel-testing and monitoring. We make sure that each product complies with regulations and safe for all skin types.

Oway uses twice pure water.

The water in every Oway Skincare product undergoes two purification processes called reverse osmosis and ozonation (or ozone generation). These two processes not only remove foreign substances in the water such as heavy metals and nuclear waste, but they also disinfect the water, creating a microbiologically pure water.

The line contains a collection of about 20+ skin-perfecting products for face and body.

Made for all skin types including those with specific skin concerns, the Oway Facial Remedies collection is composed of:

These facial products contain nourishing plant superactives that protect, hydrate and revitalize the skin.

Similarly, the Oway Body Remedies are great for cleansing the skin of dead skin cells and impurities as well as reverse the signs of aging. These are:

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You can combine these products to create the ultimate in-salon beauty treatments.

For instance, the Summer and Winter Solstice Blends can be used as a pre-cleansing ritual, followed by the Oway Perfect Cleansing Cream and Tonic Potion, Gommage, and Mask. If you offer a body wrap service in your salon or spa, the Winter Solstice Blend, Beautifying Body Peeling, Ultra-Rich Body Oil, Slim & Shape Booster, Detox Body Bath, and Velvet Body Fluid are the products you need.

To learn more about the Oway skin care recipes and menus, our Oway Skincare Kits comes with a free Oway Beauty Book. Please call your Account Manager at 888-213-4744 for more information.

Check out the following Organic Skincare Kits and Packages for your salon:

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How to Create the Perfect Classic Chignon for Weddings

Chignon is a French word that means ‘bun’. This classic updo is generally done by creating a bun at the back of the head, but there are several ways of doing this wedding hair favorite. We teamed up with Becky Huffman of Wildflower Hair Studio to demonstrate how you can create this popular bridal ‘do using our O&M Spring Wedding Kit.

How to Create a Bridal Chignon

1. Prep the hair with O&M Atonic Thickening Spritz to give the hair some volume and texture. This non-toxic thickening spray is perfect for setting a nice foundation for building the chignon, especially for fine and medium-density hair.

PRO TIP: Always be mindful of the hair texture when prepping the hair to ensure the longevity of the chignon.

2. Part the hair according to what your client desires with a tail comb. Then separate the hair in front starting from the end of the part down to the ear, and clip away.

3. Next, take a small section at the crown and carefully backcomb the hair, then take another section right behind it, joining it with the previous section.

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Repeat the backcombing and spritz some O&M Original Queenie in between to create some height and softness through the crown.

4. Gently smooth the surface with the O&M Detangler Brush, making sure not to take away the height and cushion you’ve created.

5. Spray the top layer with O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Spray to smooth and control flyaways, as well give the hair some hold and a gorgeous luster.

6. Once that’s done, gather the rest of the hair to create a nice and tight low ponytail.

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PRO TIP: We recommend using two elastics for the ponytail. This ensures that the ponytail stays in place in case the other elastic breaks.

7. Take small sections of the ponytail, gently clipping up the rest.

8. Then, backcomb each section halfway down to create shape. Spray O&M Original Queenie in between sections.

PRO TIP: The O&M Original Queenie is a firm hold spray that doesn’t leave any undesirable flakes on the hair. Some stylists use a sock bun or donut bun, and lay the ponytail over it to create the shape. But if you don’t have any of those, don’t worry – because O&M Original Queenie is perfect for giving the volume needed to create a chignon.

9. Smooth out the flyways, then gather the bottom of the ponytail, tying it with two elastics.
10. Flip the ponytail and secure the ends using a few bobby pins. Spritz the hair with O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Spray once again to tame some flyaway pieces and add shine.

11. To make sure there are no gaps in the bun, use the tail of of your comb to go in and fix any splits and gaps.

12. Next, take the hair in front of the ear and spray a little bit of Original Queenie in the direction of the hair. Comb and pull that panel across the top of your chignon, then pin. Repeat on the other side.

13. Hide the remaining tails by tucking them underneath the bun with a bobby pin.

14. Add some floral or sparkles and voila! Your bride is ready to walk the aisle.

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Re-create this elegant chignon using these products from O&M!

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 53

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Spring may be a season for vivids and pastels, but this week we’re paying homage to blondes, brunettes and redheads. If your clients are looking for something more I-lowkey-had-my-hair-done this season, then these trends are for you!

Check out our favorite hair colors this week!

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Du Jour Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kaila Ward

Platinum blonde is high maintenance but keeping the roots (if the client has a beautiful base) makes it so much easier to manage.

Regrowth to Ends: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + 15vol

Toner: Equal Parts Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer for 10-15mins

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Sly Fox Hair Color Formula

Hair by Tassja Lisle of Sweetwater Hair & Bodyworks

Sunkissed brunettes are in season once again! When doing balayage, lighten strokes when at the blending area to create a seamless transition.

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

Toner: 15g Oway Hcolor 7.1 Ash Blonde + 15g Oway Hcolor 8.31 Beige Light Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer + a pump of Oway Glossy Nectar

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Decadent Red Hair Color Formula

Hair by Hannah Millsy of The Salon California

Many brunettes are predicted to go richer this Spring and Summer. And what’s richer and more vibrant than O&M COR.color’s intense reds?

Base: O&M CØR.color 66.46 Dark Red Intense Blonde with O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

Ends: O&M CØR.color 66.46 Dark Red Intense Blonde + O&M CØR.color 77.45 Red Intense Blonde with O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator

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Cocoa Hair Color Formula

Hair by Jessica Mattevi of Hustle + Heart Salon

Give dimension and brightness to your brunettes by taking some pieces and lightening them up with Oway Hbleach. Tone with 8.16 for a more natural look.

Full Foilage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + O&M CØR.color 40 vol Activator

Glaze: O&M CØR.color 8.16 Light Ash Violet Blonde with O&M CØR.color 5 vol Activator for 15mins

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Tomcat Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meredith Blake

Curly hair is probably one of the most difficult hair types to color due to its delicate composition. Oway Hbleach is the perfect lightener to use for curls as it contains zero ammonia and infused with organic hydrating botanicals.

Painted & Foiled: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Lowlight Toner: Oway Hcolor 7.3 Golden Blonde

Lightened Pieces Toner: Oway Hcolor 6.1 Ash Dark Blonde

Which are your picks this week?

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How to Create a Salon Refill Product Program

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Now more than ever, consumers are becoming more aware of the environmental impact of the goods they are buying. Today’s savvy clients are leaning towards businesses who are making valid efforts in cutting their environmental impact. And as holistic hair stylists, we are in the best position to turn their awareness into action.

Research shows that compared with other recyclable materials, plastic takes the longest to decompose. Thus, experts are predicting that in 2050, plastic packaging will outnumber marine life if we don’t make changes to our plastic consumption soon.

Our solution: A Salon Refill Product Program. Implementing this Program will not only benefit your business sales-wise but, more importantly, it also allows you to become a more sustainable, eco-friendly salon.

Grab our ultra useful Salon Refill Product Program Tips!

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Create an eye-catching product refill station.

Your display area is often the first and last thing your clients see when they enter and exit your salon, so it is important to create an eye-catching display area for your Refill Station. This helps generate enough curiosity and interest to get your clients to check out how it works and jump on your newest initiative.

You can either make your own shelves or purchase from thrift stores and craft stores, then neatly arrange the products.

Limited on space? Not a problem! You can use your back bar area as your Refill Station area by simply stocking up on your best-selling products that come in professional sizes, like Hair Baths and Conditioners.

Create an attention grabbing Refill Station Sign.

A Refill Station Sign or shelf talkers are integral to the success of your Refill Station, so make sure they stand out. Place a “Refill Station” sign above the products so clients immediately know what the shelf is for. You can also add business cards and product labels that your clients can read while waiting to be serviced, but be sure to keep the message short and simple. Many salons use Green as font color for their shelf talkers as it’s often associated with being Eco-Friendly.

Make it interactive.

Allow your clients to experience refilling their own salon containers, or watch their stylist do so. This makes them an active participant in solving environmental problems, thus keeping them involved and invested in your initiative.

The Program is also a great opportunity to introduce other Oway and O&M products and their benefits to your clients. Let them smell and test the products and you’ll be surprised how this practice can boost your salon retail sales.

Explain your eco-initiative.

Highlighting the benefits of the Refill Station to your clients and how they’re helping the environment by participating is a sure-fire way to get them on board. Below are some of the Program’s benefits to your clients and the environment:

Benefits For Your Clients

  • Decrease Product Cost by 15%
  • Feel Good About Being More Eco-Friendly
  • Have Fun Interacting with Refill Station Display

Benefits For the Environment

  • Decrease Carbon Emissions
  • Decrease Consumption of Finite Resources
  • Increase Natural Purity of Animal Habitats

The production, transportation, and consumption of  a single plastic container produces an estimated carbon footprint equal to 82.8 grams (about 3 ounces) of carbon dioxide. Multiply that to the billions of tons of plastic waste in our landfills and we got astronomically high quantities of greenhouse gases crowding the Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in global warming.

Encouraging clients to participate in your Refill Program allows them to cut their plastic consumption and reduce their carbon footprint in the process.

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Reward your clients.

Offering rewards is a proven way to entice clients into participating in your Refill Program. Put up signs like: “Bring me back to be refilled and receive 15% OFF” and you won’t even have to convince them.

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