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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 48


Over the past year, many of our holistic hair stylists have shared their most beautiful work using Oway and Original Mineral. But with the stunning hair colors shared this week, it’s pretty clear our #HolisticHairTribe community has no shortage in talent, creativity and skill.

Check out our favorites below!


Aquamarine Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kai Fujimoto

Kai has truly outdone himself with this gorgeous Aquamarine. His secret to healthy vivids? Oway Hmilk No-Stress!

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

Shadow Root: 40g Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 120 drops Oway Hmelt Blue Charm + 40 drops Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple


1) 60g Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 40 drops Oway Hmelt Blue Charm + 20 drops Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple

2) 60g Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 20 drops Oway Hmelt Blue Charm + 10 drops Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple

3) 40g Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 10 drops Oway Hmelt Green Harmony + 10 drops Oway Hmelt Blue Charm

Processing time: 30min


Malibu Sunset Hair Color Formula

Hair by Christen Papasso of Grow Organic Hair Salon

It seems that more and more holistic hair stylists are getting the hang of our new Oway Hmelt Pure Pigments. Christen, one of last year’s Stylist of the Month, has been posting vivids after vivids and we’re not even complaining! How could we when they’re this stunning?

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

Root: Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Midshaft: 40g Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + few droppers of Oway Hmelt Playful Rose

Ends: 30g Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 2 droppers full Oway Hmelt Divine Gold + 1 dropper Oway Hmelt Playful Rose


Navy Rum Hair Color Formula

Hair by Andrea Cooper

What to do when you got a client who has 4 inches of roots and a faded blonde copper ombre? Transform her into a gorgeous copper redhead!

Color: 20g Oway Hcolor 7.4 Coppery Blonde + 30g Oway Hcolor 5.44 Deep Coppery Light Brown + 3 inches Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Ends last for 5mins


Blonde Espresso Hair Color Formula

Hair by Gracie Brandt

It’s amazing how balayage can completely transform a look, don’t you think? Gracie gave her best friend a blonde makeover using our plant butter cream lightener Hbleach.

Open-air Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 40 Volume Cream Developer

Toner (1:1): Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde


Peach Bellini Hair Color Formula

Hair by Emily Panter of THE STYLING ROOMS

If you think the Rose Gold trend is over, check out this beautiful Peach Bellini by Emily. No wonder the trend is not showing any signs of disappearing yet. It’s just too pretty!

Babylights: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Colorwash: ½ Oway Hcolor 8.44 Deep Coppery Light Blonde + ½ Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + a few drops of Oway Hmelt Playful Rose


Hennessy Hair Color Formula

Hair by Briana of Green + Anchor Salon

Drinks show varying shades when light hits. Briana’s alternating formula below is the perfect way to replicate your favorite drink’s color.

Roots: O&M CØR.color 6.43 Dark Copper Gold Blonde + O&M CØR.color 5.4 Light Copper Brown with O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

Mids-Ends Alternating: O&M CØR.color 6.4 Dark Copper Blonde + O&M CØR.color 5.4 Light Copper Brown with O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator and O&M CØR.color 6.43 Dark Copper Gold Blonde + O&M CØR.color 8.43 Light Copper Gold Blonde

with O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator

Which are your top picks this week?

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9 Hair Maintenance Hacks to Prolong Hair Color


Everyone loves to have their hair colored, but not everyone is aware of the maintenance required to keep it looking fresh and vibrant. So, it’s not surprising that many clients would come back to the salon after a wash or two, complaining about their hair color fading so quickly.

How Hair Color Works

In order for hair color to work, it needs an alkaline to open the hair cuticles and allow hair color molecules to penetrate the cortex of the hair. Some traditional professional hair colors contain ammonia, which act as the alkalizing agent, but because of its negative health effects more holistic brands like Oway and Original Mineral chose to eliminate ammonia from their formula and use a milder, safer alkalizing agent in its place, a non-gaseous substance called Monethanolamine (MEA). Compared to ammonia which blasts open the hair cuticles causing hair damage, MEA slowly opens the cuticles.

Permanent Hair Color Molecules

Tips to Prolong Hair Color

1. Wash hair less frequently.

Most permanent hair colors can last for about six weeks as hair is continuously exposed to color-fading elements like UV radiation, heat, and toxins that weaken the hair. Washing the hair frequently will only strip away the hair’s natural oils that lock in the pigments. Shampooing 2-3 times a week is advised.


2.  Go sulfate-free.

Sulfates, also known as sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS, contain salt that strip away the hair’s natural moisture. When the hair is dehydrated, the hair cuticles are raised which make it easy for hair color pigments to escape. We highly recommend using an organic sulfate-free shampoo specifically formulated for color-treated hair to help cleanse the hair and guard color from fading.

3. Use color-conditioning hair masks with phytopigments.

Some shampoos can be acidic, which dries out the hair. Following with a conditioner made for color-treated hair will help neutralize the hair’s pH and bring back lost moisture and shine. Using hair masks with phytopigments, like Oway Hmelt Mask, doesn’t hurt as well. These kinds of color-conditioning treatments contain plant-based pigments extracted from antioxidant-rich botanicals which help boost the hair color’s vibrancy and longevity.

4. Avoid using heat as much as you can.

Heat is the hair’s enemy, especially dyed hair. Color-treated hair is susceptible to damage and fading – adding heat to the equation makes it more fragile. Heat leeches color molecules out of the hair as it opens up the cuticles. If your clients must use heat, using the lowest heat setting while showering and styling are highly recommended.

5. Choose hair products that offer UV and heat protection.

Heat and ultraviolet radiation are detrimental to the health of the hair. Give the strands another layer of protection by using a heat protectant like Oway’s Thermal Stress Protector. It does not only prevent heat damage but it also helps lock in shine and moisture.

6. Eat a balanced diet.

Sometimes, the hair’s ability to retain color vibrancy is not only because of external aggressors like heat and environmental toxins. It can also be because of your clients’ diet and health. Are they consuming enough iron and vitamin B-rich foods? These nutrients help keep the hair strong, healthy, and lustrous.

7. Don’t forget your vitamins.

Are they getting enough vitamins and minerals from the food they eat? The good news is, there’s always supplements. Essential vitamins like Biotin, Iron, and Vitamin C strengthen weak hair and improve texture by supplying the body with antioxidants that fight free radicals.

8. Exercise. Exercise. Exercise.

Exercise helps burn stress hormones and keeps blood and oxygen flowing throughout the body (and that includes the scalp). As a result, the hair looks super shiny and healthy.


9. But remember to moisturize your hair after a workout.

All that sweat from working out can dry out the hair, so after taking a shower, make sure they moisturize their hair by incorporating some organic serums into their styling routine to re-hydrate the hair.

Prevent hair color fading with these holistic hair products!

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11 Ways to Tell Your Clients You Appreciate Them the Stylist Way


With Valentine’s Day coming up tomorrow and clients rushing in for last-minute hair cuts and treatments, it’s the perfect time to let your them know how much you appreciate them – the stylist way, of course. We pooled together 11 charming Valentine’s Day sayings and added some #HolisticHairTribe twist to them.

Download and display them in your salon or create a V-Day card out of them. Whichever way you choose, your client will surely appreciate them.

Check out these holistic hair stylist quotes!

1. Sometimes it’s not just words and actions that make you fall in love but the first Hbleach experience you shared together.


2. Or your shared love for organic serums.


3. Let her know she’s your one great love.


4. For that favorite client who always gives you the creative freedom to do whatever you want.


5. And always goes for the boldest cuts.


6. Or the funkiest hair colors.


7. When she deserves props for following your hair maintenance program.


8. When she enters the salon and you instantly fall in love with her energy.


9. When she needs some pep talk from her trusted (hair) therapist for her date tonight.


10. When she’s obsessed with Oway as you are.


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11. Finally, you want to let her know how much you enjoy having her in your chair.


Which are your favorite hair stylist quotes? Sound off in the comments!

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 47


Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. If you need hair color inspiration for this weekend’s pre-VDay appointments, our #HolisticHairTribe got you covered.

Check out our favorite hair colors this week!


Poppy Red Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meg O’Neill of The Styling Rooms

There’s no other color that screams Valentine’s Day than this vibrant Poppy Red by Meg. To give it a more laid-back feel, do an infinity braid.

Pre-lightened: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 40 Volume Cream Developer + Oway Hcolor 6.66 Deep Red Dark Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Zone 2 & 3 (Ends): Oway Hcolor 8.66 Deep Red Light Blonde + Oway Hmelt Red Energy + Oway Hmelt Playful Rose + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer


Camouflage Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meredith Blake

According to Meredith, this client wanted balayage and babylights near her scalp, so she decided to do balayage first before applying the base tone. Then, starting from the back, she dragged down the base tone in the crown but not as much near the face and applied 11.17 to tone the balayage.

Base: Oway Hcolor 6.1 Ash Dark Blonde + Oway Hcolor 4.1 Ash Brown + Oway 0.8 Blue Booster + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Tone Balayage: Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum


Pennywise Hair Color Formula

Hair by Bridgette D’Angelo of Head Rush Salon

Got a client who’s tired of her highlights? This hair color formula by Bridgette is a great way to spice things up for Valentine’s Day.

All-Over Color over Previous Highlights: Oway Hcolor 7.34 Golden Copper Blonde + a little Oway Hcolor 6.34 Golden Copper Dark Blonde + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer


Raucous Copper Hair Color Formula

Hair by Jolie Faulkner

Painting the regrowth area of redheads can be challenging. Jolie swears by Oway’s .34 series when touching up the roots of her clients.

Regrowth (1:1): Oway Hcolor 5.34 Golden Copper Light Brown + Oway Hcolor 6.34 Golden Copper Dark Blonde + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Mids and Ends: Oway Hcolor 7.44 Deep Coppery Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer


Twilight Hair Color Formula

Hair by Maureen Fox-Meyer of The Change Organic Hair Salon

Would you believe this client used to have green hair? Use the formula below to give your client a purple makeover.

Color Cleanse (10mins): O&M Ammonia Free Keratin Powder Lightener + Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment

Balayage: O&M Paint Powder + O&M CØR.color 40 vol Activator + Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment

Color Melt

Roots: 23g Oway Hcolor 4.56 Red Mahogany Brown + 7g Oway 0.6 Red Booster + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Mids + Ends: 16g Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + 4g Oway 0.7 Purple Booster + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer


Chocolat Hair Color Formula

Hair by Jo DeSerio Jones of Haircraft by Jo

Got redheads who wish to be more brunette this spring? They would absolutely love this color by Jo!

Natural Level 6 with Coppery Red + Golden Copper Highlights

Root: 20g Oway Hcolor 5.17 Light Frosted Brown + 12g Oway Hcolor 4.0 Natural Brown + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Midshaft Lowlights: Oway Hcolor 5.17 Light Frosted Brown + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer for 15mins

Highlights Toner: 10g Oway Hcolor 7.03 Mocha Blonde + 3g Oway 0.3 Gold Booster for 10 mins

Which are your top picks this week?

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6 Signs Your Hair Desperately Needs a Protein Treatment


Protein deficiency is a topic you rarely hear clients complain about. Many clients think that when they have dry, damaged hair, they immediately think they only need a moisturizing treatment to address the issue. Until they end up having worse hair than they started off.

Protein and How It Affects the Hair

Our hair is primarily made up of chains of amino acids and proteins called keratin. Think of the hair as a building with keratin as the bricks. Because of overstyling, chemical treatments, and environmental stressors, keratins become worn out, creating gaps in the hair which eventually leads to damage and breakage.

Below are some of the blatant signs your client’s hair is in dire need of protein.

Does the hair need protein? Here are the telltale signs!

Hair is super porous.

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Does her hair always look frazzled, coarse, and dry? Highly porous strands have tears and gaps in the hair, exposing the cortex to stressors. This causes the hair to absorb and release moisture faster than normal, leading to frizzy, tangled hair.

Hair looks limp and stringy.

Is the hair not as full and bouncy as they used to? Dull and limp hair is a sign of protein deficiency. Most clients will think it just needs a bit of hair styling product to bring it back to life, but this practice actually compromises the health of the hair significantly. Layering more products on already weak hair will weigh it down, causing it to look stringy.

Hair has low elasticity.

Perform the Wet Stretch Test. Take about 10 strands and spray some water. Make sure to hold them tight then gently pull the hair. If the hair stretches and bounces back to its normal length without breaking, it means the hair is healthy. If it stretches and doesn’t return or stretches and breaks, then chances are your hair is missing protein.

Hair has been colored recently.

Hair color, bleach, and treatments contain chemicals that alter the bonds of the hair, leading to damage. These chemicals elevate the pH of the hair and causes the cuticles to rise. The longer the cuticles are raised up, the longer the cortex of the hair is exposed and, therefore, makes the hair more susceptible to protein loss and breakage.

There’s increased shedding and breakage.

We normally lose up to 100 strands a day. But if your client is losing more hair that doesn’t come from the root, then it is a protein issue and needs to be addressed immediately. Note: increased hair loss could be caused by many things: a hormonal imbalance, vitamin deficiencies, stress, auto-immune disorders, medications, chemotherapy and more.

It’s important to thoroughly consult and analyze the scalp and hair before deciding a lack of protein is the culprit. Learn how to identify specific types of hair loss when you watch our Holistic Scalp Treatments Training Video.

Hair feels gummy.

Does the hair feel mushy and sticky? This could mean the client’s hair’s support system is weak and has been over-moisturized, causing the texture to change and feel funny. Or worse, the hair has suffered from far too much lightening, causing it to feel like bubblegum.


While protein deficiency can be treated by simply changing your diet and lifestyle, there are several in-salon treatments you can do to replenish lost proteins in the hair.


Original Mineral’s The Power Base Treatment is great at restoring chemically damaged hair by repairing it from the inside out. It contains Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Apricot Kernel Oil and Sweet Almond Oil which work together to give the hair the moisture and minerals it needs to remain healthy.

Choosing less aggressive hair color and lighteners like Oway’s ammonia-free Hcolor and Hbleach is also a great way to protect the hair from damage. They DO NOT contain chemicals that put a lot of physical stress on the hair, which is often the reason strands become prone to split ends, breakage and protein loss.

Bring back lost proteins and nutrients to the hair with these products!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Holistic Beauty-Obsessed


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to let your beauty-obsessed loved ones know you care about them (and their well-being) than giving them gifts without toxic chemicals?

We rounded up 7 of our highly coveted beauty products that make great Valentine’s Day gifts for your holistic-minded loved ones.

Check out our Valentine’s Day gift guide below!

Oway OWN Way

For many fragrance lovers, nothing beats the scent of fresh flowers and herbs. With OWN Way, you get both minus the toxic chemicals. And because Oway grows and harvests all the ingredients in their family farms in Bologna, Italy, only 999 fragrance bottles have been made available all over the world. Due to its rarity, OWN Way makes for a unique Valentine’s Day gift for both men and women in your life.


Simply Organic Lip Balm

Sometimes the best gifts come in small packages. February is often the coldest month and dry, cracked lips is an issue many of us deal with during this time of year. Gifting your significant others with a nourishing lip balm is a very thoughtful present to help them survive the dry, winter days.

Oway Hmelt Masks

Got a loved one or a client who absolutely enjoys playing with different colors? Oway Hmelt Masks is a perfect gift for unicorn hair and pastel hair lovers! Our color conditioning products help prolong vivid hair colors and keep the hair healthy and moisturized. By sending them one of our Oway Hmelt Masks, you’ll be saving them a trip to salon – and trust us, they will certainly be grateful for it.


Simply Organic Essential Oils

Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like spending the day with loved ones at home while the sweet, relaxing aromas of citrus oils, lavender, and chamomile fill the air. Diffuse one of our Simply Organic Essential Oils while preparing your Valentine’s Day dinner or while eating to set a romantic mood.

Oway Body Care Kit

Whether you’re looking for the perfect V-Day gift for your most loyal client or that niece who’s currently obsessed with everything skincare, you can’t go wrong with Oway’s Body Care Kit. It contains our Oway Detox Body Bath, a revitalizing body wash that’s perfect for washing away all the impurities from the body; our Oway Materia, which make luxurious bath melts; our Oway Fabulous Body Oil, our lightweight body oil that easily penetrates the skin without leaving a greasy feel; and our Natural Beauty Sponge to buff away dead skin cells – all packaged in a 100% birchwood gift box.

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O&M Power Base Treatment

As Valentine’s Day rolls around, many clients will be requesting to refresh their highlights or a simple hair treatment to smooth frizz and repair damaged ends. This is the best time to introduce your O&M Power Base Treatment to your clients. Infused with the strengthening blend of Plant Proteins, Apricot Kernel Oil and Sweet Almond, this treatment binds broken strands and repairs damaged cuticle scales, making the hair look shiny and new again just in time for your client’s Valentine’s Day date. Send them away with our O&M Power Base Treatment retail size so they can maintain the treatment until their date or next salon appointment.

Oway Materia

Whether you’re looking to spoil yourself, a loved one, or a bestie on February 14th, Oway Materia is exactly what you need. Materia treats the skin to a complete cleansing and pampering experience with the ultra-moisturizing mix of Biodynamic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Fair Trade Babassu Oil, while gently purifying the skin with Organic Poppy Petals. You’ll come out with glowing, refreshed skin just in time for V-Day!


Have you done your Valentine’s Day shopping yet? Shop our suggestions below!

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Get the Look: The Best 2018 Grammy Awards Hair & Hairstyles


If there’s one thing that the Grammy Awards is known for, it’s the red carpet arrivals. Unlike the other awards shows, musicians and celebrities are not afraid to go over the top when it comes to their outfit, makeup, and hair style at the Grammys, which makes it one of the most highly anticipated shows by hairdressers and salon owners. It’s a great place to find inspiration and stay current on the latest trends.

Check out favorite looks from the 2018 Grammy Awards Red Carpet!

Hailee Steinfeld


For clients with long hair, keep it simple. Use O&M CØR.color 4.0 Brown and O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear with O&M CØR.color 5 vol Semi Activator from roots to ends to create a super shiny and glass-like reflection on her dark hair. Then, use the O&M Seven Day Miracle Moisture Masque to add extra moisture and settle any fly away hair.


Start with O&M Know Knott Detangling Spray to add a kick of argan oil to the hair while removing 80% of the moisture. Then layer O&M Atonic Hair Thickening Spritz throughout the hair and dry fully using a large round brush to smooth (but not straighten). You would want to use the hair’s natural texture. Then, using a large barrel tong/iron, twist hair around the barrel 2 inches from scalp and twist to 2 inches from the bottom to create a modern wave.

Once done, give the waves a shake and spray with O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hair Spray to set style.

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Chrissy Teigen



After using the O&M Paint Powder Clay Lightener to give texture to the hair, add depth to the roots with O&M CØR.color 4.1 Ash Brown, and O&M CØR.color 7.13 Cool Beige Blonde to the ends. Then, use the O&M The Power Base Protein Treatment to strengthen and soften the highly colored hair.


Create a soft wave by using the O&M Atonic Hair Thickening Spritz to nourish the hair while removing the moisture. Then, place a mix of O&M Rootalicious Root Lift Spray and O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum in the hair. Round brush the hair in small sections and place it in rollers to cool down and keep the wave. Let all the hair cool down to set the curl.

Afterwards, you can use a paddle brush to brush the wave behind the ear and create the face frame flick on her face. Set the style with O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Texture Spray to give a less shiny finish to the hair while setting it in place.

Lana Del Rey


Glaze is the key word. To do this, layer color through the hair. Start with O&M CØR.color 4.7 Brunette Brown (demi), then lay the O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear over the top for a true color glaze effect. Layering color like this creates major shine and smoothness on the hair.


Apply O&M Know Knott Detangling Spray and O&M Project Sukuroi Gold Smoothing Hair Balm onto the hair to deliver a poker straight finish. Use a natural bristle round brush to stretch hair smooth. Use small sections and make sure your tension is consistent. Add more Project Sukuroi to dry hair and use a flat iron to lock in moisture and prevent any moisture from getting into the cuticle to prevent frizz.

Once the part is in place, use a metal end tail comb to create a perfectly straight line from forehead to crown. Finish with the new O&M Frizzy Logic Finishing Shine Spray.

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Erin Lim

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Start with a base color of O&M CØR.color 6.8 Dark Pearl Blonde using O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator to lighten the hair without creating warmth. Next, add a few face-framing foils using O&M Ammonia Free Pearl White Powder Lightener with O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator (lift on lift to prevent toning). A clear gloss in O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear will seal color and coat the hair to increase the size of each hair with more shine and added thickness.


Start by applying O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum into damp hair and using a large flat brush to smooth out the hair. Once dry, spray with O&M Atonic Hair Thickening Spritz which will act as a heat protectant while you add texture with a curling iron. Pull the hair to the nape, allowing the hair to fall softly onto the face around the cheek bone. Twist and secure hair at nape in a soft ballerina bun. Bobby and fringe pins are ideal.

Spray bun with O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hair Spray to secure and set the bun. This look is designed to be soft and natural, so if a few hairs fall out, even better! Softness is the key.

Kristin Cavallari


It’s all about the warm-toned blondes for Kristin Cavallari. To achieve this rich warm blonde, use Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener with Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer to create a heavy highlight along with a lowlight throughout with Oway Hcolor 7.31 Beige Blonde  and Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer. Add babylights around the face with Htone brighten and frame the face.


To replicate Kristin Cavallari’s red carpet Grammy look, do a voluminous blow out with an extra-large round brush and a cocktail of Oway Flux Potion with Oway Glossy Nectar on her ends to cut blow drying time and add shine. After blowdrying each section, pin up the hair until it cools to maintain and set the curl for a waved ponytail. After all cooled, comb the hair with a soft-bristled brush using Oway Glamshine Cloud to control fly-aways. Then, pull the hair up to create a high pony.

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Next, take a small section of hair underneath the pony and wrap around the base to cover the elastic. Secure with a pin. Finish with Oway Sculpting Mist for hold and a final spritz of Glamshine Cloud for shine and control.

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga came to the Grammy’s with a bright elegant style. To recreate her look, use Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener and Oway Hcatalyst 40 Volume Cream Developer on scalp to achieve the lift and brightness. Freshen ends with Hbleach and Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer. After lightening the hair to desired level, do an Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment to adjust the hair’s porosity and prep hair for toning. Finally, tone with Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde and Htone to neutralize any warmth.


Prep the hair with Oway Volumizing Root Spray to give volume and hold prior to drying. Then, apply Oway Smoothing Fluid to add softness without weight while protecting the hair during the drying stage.

Next, part the hair down the middle, taking a section of hair near the hairline on both sides. Create a fishtail braid on either side, securing them with an elastic tie once finished braiding. Then, take a black a string and weave through the braids to create a corset-like pattern. Using the remaining section of hair underneath, do another fishtail braid and tuck the woven braids into it to merge them together. Finish with Oway Sculpting Mist and the ends with Oway Precious Wax to add some texture.

Recreate these looks with these products!

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Balayage Tips & Tricks with Leah Taylor

Although relatively new, balayage is arguably the most popular hairpainting technique right now. But because of its novelty, there hasn’t been any rules on how to go about it. As a result, many hairstylists are left grasping for straws when a client comes in asking for a balayage.

Fortunately, balayage is a freeform color technique and, thus, can be easily done when armed with basic knowledge. Leah Taylor, Educator for Simply Organic Beaity and Owner + Senior Stylist at Smoke + Mirrors Salon in Baltimore, Maryland, shares with us her hairpainting tips and tricks on how to create the perfect balayage without foils.

Balayage Tips and Tricks

1.      Choose a lightener with great consistency.

Your choice of lightener is key in hairpainting. Leah recommends Oway Hbleach for the nourishing ingredients of Kukui Butter and pure essential oils in it, which give the lightener a creamy, buttery consistency. As the stylist, using a product that has a controllable consistency like Oway Hbleach makes it easy for you to brush and work with the hair. Hbleach is also great for open air surface painting as well as doing heavier more ombre applications.

For this live balayage class, Leah used a  1:1.5 ratio of Oway Hbleach paired with Oway Hcatalyst 40 volume.


2.     Consider the haircut before painting the hair.

A haircut can change the entire look and the placement of your highlights so it’s important to discuss your client’s plans during the consultation. For instance, if she has bangs and wants to grow it out, you might want to add a bit of lightening so it blends well with the rest of the hair as it grows. Think about how her highlights are going to look in, say, a month or six months.

3.     Highlight areas where the sun naturally hits the hair.

Is your client going for a beachy all-over sunkissed look? Or want to be lighter and brighter all-over? Ombre? Or maybe more accented highs and lows? Consultation is everything!

During the consultation, look at how the light naturally highlights and lowlights the hair as you comb through. This will help you see where you want your focus points to be.

4.      Consider the size of sections, type of product, and technique you’re going to use when choosing your developer.


When the sections are large and non-isolated (like in foil highlights), you need a higher volume to achieve lighter results.

Many stylists get scared of the idea of using high-volume developers, and for good reason. When used incorrectly, it can damage the hair. But because Oway Hbleach and Oway Hcatalysts are super creamy and extra nourishing on the hair, they give the hair extra protection during lightening processes. However, always be sure to keep an eye on it while it’s processing.

5.      Areas around the face lighten faster compared to the back.

The hair around the back processes longer than the hair around the face so, depending on the look you’re going for, it’s best to start painting from the back to get even, natural highlights.

Note, however, that the hair around the hairline, both in the front and at the nape, are usually more fine so you may need to change your developer levels around those areas. If you’re starting from back, rinse that area out first if need be, while the front continues to process longer.

6.      Make sure the product is evenly distributed on the hair.

Sections with too much product will process longer than the rest of the hair because it’s kept moist longer, causing hotspots and uneven highlights. To avoid oversaturating the hair, start painting halfway down, then soften the highlight with a brush while making your way up. Then, smooth down (not squeeze) any excess product to the ends, adding more when needed. Breaking open the ends also helps distribute the product evenly – a useful technique when you’re aiming for heavier blonde ends/ombre look.

7.      Don’t forget to paint underneath as well.

Make sure you’re softening the hair underneath to avoid hard lines.

8.      Tension is everything.

You always want to keep the hair taut while painting. It gives you a flat surface to paint on, allowing you to create a soft, smooth blend.

Most of the time, clients’ heads tend to drop and move back while you’re painting their hair. It’s good to remind them once in a while that you need to keep your tension to make sure the product gets to where it should be.


9.      Don’t be afraid to play with different patterns.

When you get to the top, drop the remaining hair down so you can see how it falls on the head. Doing so will help you decide what kind of hairpainting pattern to use. Some stylists prefer to do bricklay patterns or paint from the front to back and vice versa. Every stylist has a different method of doing things and it’s up to you to decide which technique you’re most comfortable using.

10.      Use the cowlicks of the hair as your guide on how to accent the hair.

As soon as you drop the rest of the hair down, observe how the hair falls on the head and where the light hits. Otherwise, if you’re accentuating an area that should be a lowlight you will get a weird bright piece on top. After examining the hair, section according to how it splits naturally.

11.      If you’re having issues creating a soft blend, do a zig-zag pattern.

The zig-zag pattern helps break up the highlights and lowlights and create a natural-looking blend after painting.

12.      As soon as you reach your desired lift, remove the saran wrap.

Doing so exposes the hair to air and reduces heat, allowing for the front pieces to catch up with the back. In the tutorial, because the front pieces were more of a fine texture and had some leftover lightened ends, those sections caught up within 20-30 minutes.


13.      Finish the process with a pH-balancing shampoo.

Bleaching and color treatments throw off the hair and scalp’s natural pH balance. For this class, Leah used Oway Hbalance Post-Color Neutralizing Shampoo without conditioner to rebalance the hair’s pH and neutralize any alkaline residues.

Toning Process

To create a seamless blend and neutralize some of the warmth, Leah’s toner formula was a combination of Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum (10 g), Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde (10g), Oway Hcolor 9.1 Ash Very Light Blonde (30g), and Oway Hcolor 0.1 Ash Booster (2g) with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer.

Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum was used in the toner formula because Leah wanted to have the additional reflect of violet to balance the ash. Toner was processed for 10 minutes.



Hair was shampooed with Oway Hbalance Post-Color Neutralizing Shampoo, and conditioned with Oway Hbalance Post-Color pH Mask to restore the hair’s natural pH balance after the color service.

Then, Leah styled the hair with Oway Glossy Nectar on ends and Oway Sea Salt Spray before drying. Finally, hair was sprayed with Oway Thermal Stress Protector before curling.

Check out the before and after below!

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Synthetic Fragrance and How It Increases Your Risk of Thyroid Disease


As hair stylists and salon owners, we are exposed to a host of harmful chemicals, which over time negatively affect our health. One of the most common occupational illnesses hairdressers suffer from is thyroid disease.

According to The American Thyroid Association, approximately more than 12% of the American population are at risk of developing a thyroid disorder. Currently, over 20 million Americans are suffering from a thyroid disease, 60% of which are undiagnosed.

But how do millions of people unknowingly acquire this disease?

Facts about the Thyroid Gland

The thyroid is a hormone-producing gland that controls our metabolism. As part of our endocrine system, it is responsible for regulating some of our body’s critical functions including our central nervous system, heart rate, breathing, and fertility.

The thyroid maintains two hormones: Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4), which need to be balanced at all times. Too much T3 and T4 in the body can cause hyperthyroidism. Too little and you may be at risk for hypothyroidism. Both conditions may put anyone at risk for certain serious illnesses, so it is important to seek professional treatment as soon as symptoms arise and to steer clear of potential toxins that disrupt our thyroid, also known as endocrine disruptors.


Endocrine Disruptors are chemicals that interfere with the body’s normal hormonal functions by increasing production of certain hormones while decreasing production of others. In 2010, a report by the President’s Cancer Panel mentions chemicals such as synthetic fragrance and phthalates as two of the most potent endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) commonly found in our everyday beauty products.

How Synthetic Fragrance Affects Our Thyroid Glands

Even though the FDA requires brands to name ingredients on the label, this federal loophole still allows manufacturers to sneak chemicals under one blanket term – “fragrance”. As a result, toxins make their way into our bodies without us knowing it, which most likely explains why more than half of the population with thyroid problems remain undiagnosed.

Because ingredients in “fragrance” are considered trade secret, chemicals like benzene, styrene, phthalates, and petroleum often find their way into beauty products. These are known hormone disruptors that mimic the body’s hormones and disrupt our normal body functions, causing thyroid problems and various health issues. Benzene and styrene, components usually present in gasoline and cigarette smoke, have also been found to be human carcinogens. Individuals who have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer were found to have been exposed to both these chemicals.

Chemical composition of Benzene, Styrene, and Phthalates

How to Reduce Risk of Developing Thyroid Problems

Fortunately, there are several ways you can to do reduce you risk of exposing yourself to EDCs and eventually developing thyroid problems.

1. Be wary of products with ingredients listed as “fragrance”. Always read the label. If the label has not specified the ingredients used in fragrance, chances are the product is filled with synthetics.

2. Eliminate toxins in your life, such as food additives, and chemical-laden detergents, cleansers, and salon products. These examples are often filled with phthalates used as fragrance chemicals.

There are many holistic hair color and salon products available that do not use ammonia, formaldehyde, and synthetic fragrances in their ingredients.

3. Go natural. If you enjoy putting on some perfume, choose one that uses natural ingredients and essential oils as fragrance.


Oway’s new OWN Way is made from 100% pure botanical ingredients and aromatic herbs, which make it perfect for perfume lovers, male or female. Not to mention, all the ingredients used in the perfume are clearly indicated on the label. [ND] means naturally derived; [BD] stands for biodynamic, and [EO] means essential oil.

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Steal the Look: The Best Hair Moments at the SAG Awards 2018 Red Carpet


For us hair stylists, perhaps the most interesting part of every awards show is the Red Carpet Event. We’re curious to see the hair style and color our favorite celebrity chose to wear this time around, hoping we can replicate it in the salon the next day.

So last Sunday, we tuned in on the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California and picked the best hairdos of the night.

Check out our favorite hair colors and styles below!

Reese Witherspoon


Use the O&M CØR.color 12.8 Super Pearl Blonde to lighten her base and form the foundation. To add some pops of blonde, use the O&M Ammonia Free Keratin Powder Lightener in foils with an O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator to add contrast without putting too much stress on the hair. Then, tone with O&M CØR.color 9.8 Very Light Pearl Blonde using O&M CØR.color 5 vol Semi Activator to clean up the ends and give a creamy pearl blonde glow to the hair.


To prep the hair, treat with O&M The Power Base Protein Treatment. It adds protein from rice to rebuild the hair, with moisture added to keep the hair soft. Next, layer the hair with O&M Atonic Hair Thickening Spritz to give nourishment and help build the texture. Then layer with O&M Rootalicious Root Lift Spray and finish by blow drying the hair.

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Afterwards, part the hair on the side you feel is best (yes, everyone even Reese has a better side), then use a curling iron on a 90-degree angle to create the wave. Remember to take all sections in the same direction to create a finger wave. Spray with O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hair Spray to set in place. Et voila – your client is red carpet ready!

Renée Bargh

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Start this vacation blonde look off by using the O&M Paint Powder Clay Lightener to add interest to mid-lengths and ends. Once processed, use O&M CØR.color 7 .13 Cool Beige Blonde with O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator to add shading at the root level. Then, use O&M CØR.color 10.03 Lightest Beige Blonde and O&M CØR.color 5 vol Semi Activator through ends to add a subtle beige tone to the ends, a true melt of tones. The addition of O&M Seven Day Miracle Moisture Masque will help to lock in color and maintain moisture.


Renée Bargh’s SAG hair style is all about body. To replicate her style, dry the moisture out of hair with a mix of O&M Atonic Hair Thickening Spritz and O&M Know Knott Detangling Spray for subtle moisture and body building properties. Then add O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Texture Spray, which is designed for giving texture without shine.

This look is very modern as it’s not about high-gloss hair but more about a smoky opaque look. Once dry, use a large barrel tong to define the waves/curl around face and do a French twist/plait through the back. To set style, use a mist of the Surf Bomb as a hairspray/setting lotion.

Saoirse Ronan


To achieve this stand out blonde, use O&M Ammonia Free Pearl White Powder Lightener and 20vol as an on-scalp lightener. Process to blend with her mids to ends color. Then, treat the hair with O&M The Power Base Protein Treatment which rebuilds the hair using rice protein and adds moisture, making this the perfect product to use after bleaching but before toning. Then, use a mix of O&M CØR.color Sand Toner and O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear to glaze and add extra dimension.


With highly treated colored hair, a great way to start any blowout is to use O&M Atonic Hair Thickening Spritz to add some body and protect the hair from heat styling tools. Once the moisture is taken out of the hair, the second step is to add some O&M Style Guru Styling Cream which is like a Vitamin E cream for the hair, giving it some body and nourishment.

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Once the hair is 100% blow-dried, spray some more Atonic over the hair; then, use an iron to create a small amount of bend around the cheek to lip area. Afterwards, loosely shake the wave out. With a tangle-free hair tie, secure firmly at the name and wrap some hair around the tie to hide. You’re all set to win some awards!

Olivia Munn



Shine factor: 10! Olivia Munn’s SAG Awards hair is a layer of 2 semi colors back to back. Start with O&M CØR.color 4.1 Ash Brown  and O&M CØR.color 5 vol Semi Activator, then rinse and add layer 1/2 4.1 Ash Brown with half O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear. This will amp up the shine value by using a clear gloss to seal the tone and plump the cuticle.


Spray O&M Know Knott Detangling Spray into the hair then apply O&M Project Sukuroi Gold Smoothing Hair Balm, a repair balm that contains keratin for strength and shine, locks in moisture in and stop frizz.

Blow hair out with a Denman brush, poker straight. Then with your fingertips, place some more Project Sukuroi on the hair and iron. The rose fragrance will be a hit with anyone who comes near. The gold oil will repair the hair and give it a wig like look – perfection for straight hair!

When combing hair to create the part, make sure to spray comb with O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hair Spray to stop any static and fly away hair.

Mandy Moore


To achieve Mandy Moore’s glam red carpet look at the SAG Awards, paint the regrowth with Oway Hcolor 5.56 Red Mahogany Light Blonde and Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer at a 1:1 ratio. Then, balayage ends with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener and Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer for that sunkissed look. Tone with Oway Hcolor 7.35 BT Tobacco Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer at a 1:1.5 ratio. Finish the look by shampooing the hair with Oway Hbalance Post-Color Neutralizing Shampoo and Mask to bring back the hair and scalp to their natural pH balance.


Replicate Mandy’s voluminous curls by applying some Oway Flux Potion and a cocktail of Oway Smoothing Cream and Oway Glossy Nectar on the ends before blowdrying. Then spray Oway Thermal Stress Protector prior to curling the hair.

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Finger comb the curls with Oway Boho Pomade to soften and define the tendrils and a spritz of Oway Sculpting Mist to give it long-lasting hold.

Nicole Kidman

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No one does red carpet like Nicole Kidman. Known for her elegance and style, it’s not surprising everyone wants to copy her looks. To replicate her SAG Awards 2018 hair, lighten the hair with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener with Oway Hcatalyst 40 Volume Cream Developer. Then tone first with a mix of Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde and Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer at a 1:1.5 ratio. Followed by equal parts Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde and Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer at a 1:1.5 ratio.


To recreate Nicole Kidman’s signature chignon updo, apply some Oway Volumizing Root Spray to give the roots some volume and a dash of Oway Smoothing Fluid for some shine and heat protection. Next, spray Oway Thermal Stress Protector before curling the hair. Pin up the curls to the side, creating a low chignon while leaving out some tendrils on the other side to frame the face.

Finish with Oway Sculpting Mist and Oway Glamshine Cloud for the extra hold and shine.

Get the look:

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