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Trending Hair Colors This Week


Time and again, our #HolisticHairTribe has shown us that when it comes to talent, our community always delivers. And so as we inch closer to summer, you can expect to see more lighter hair colors in the coming weeks. But for now, we’re offering a sneak peek of what’s to come.

Check out our favorite hair colors this week:


Flaming Red Hair Color Formula

Hair by Anna Lundeberg

Getting the perfect red is a huge task for many hair stylists, because not all reds are the same. You get it wrong and it can look unnatural. But when you get it right, it can turn people’s heads.

Roots: Oway Hcolor 4.56 Red Mahogany Brown with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Mids: Oway Hcolor 6.66 Deep Red Dark Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Ends: Oway Hcolor 8.66 Deep Red Light Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

oway-hair-colorPlatinum Ash Hair Color Formula

Hair by Heather Leigh Ford

Tired of your regular blonde hair? This Platinum Ash hair color by Heather is a great color to freshen up your look. We recommend adding some shadow root to give your hair more dimension.

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

Pull through (Midshaft + Around Parietal and Crown):  Oway Hcolor 6.1 Ash Dark Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Toner: Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer


Nude Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Danielle of goodhairla

Don’t you just love it when you get your desired balay without having to add any toners? This Nude Blonde by Danielle only used Oway creamy plant butter-based lightener and developer to create this babe hair.

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


Nude Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Summer Reid

Because one Nude Blonde is not enough. Here’s another perfect blonde balayage Summer did for a client – no toner needed!

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


Salted Caramel Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meredith Johnson

When it comes to deliciously blended balayage, we know we can always rely on Meredith to deliver. This one though is a true balayage (meaning she didn’t use any foils), and we’re nothing but impressed.

Painted: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener and Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Toner (10 mins): 2 parts Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + 1 part Oway Hcolor 7.1 Ash Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer


Champagne Peach Hair Color Formula

Hair by Michaela Svanfelt

If you’re not quite into the Rose Gold trend but want something softer, this Champagne Peach hair color by Michaela is a great alternative. It has the charm of pink and gold combined, only more muted.

Lightening: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Toner: 30 mL Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + 30 mL Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde + 3 mL Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Which are your favorites this week?

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RICE BRAN OIL BENEFITS: The Asian Secret to Beautiful, Healthy Hair


Known for their youthful looks, many Asians are often mistaken for being younger than they actually are. And it looks like we have finally uncovered their ultimate beauty secret. It’s called Gamma oryzanol or Rice Bran Oil.

Packed with anti-aging emollients and antioxidant properties, this oil has been a part of the Asian skin care regimen for years. But aside from improving the condition of the skin, Rice Bran Oil also offers various benefits to the hair.

Benefits of Rice Bran Oil to the Hair

Prevents Hypersensitivity

oway-hypercolorPerhaps the most notable feature of Rice Bran Oil is its hypoallergenic properties, something that many vegetable oils do not possess. This makes the oil a great remedy for irritations and hypersensitivity.

If you have a hypersensitive client, make sure to use salon products that contain Rice Bran Oil, such as Oway Hypercolor to nourish and protect the scalp and hair during a technical service.

Prevents Damage

Split ends are a common sign that your hair needs some TLC – stat. Unfortunately, the only remedy for split ends is to chop them off, but it doesn’t mean you can’t prevent it from happening again. All the hair needs is a hair care regimen that enhances the protective barriers of the hair against external aggressors.

Rice Bran Oil contains rich amounts of antioxidants that help protect the hair from UV exposure. This oil also has a high smoking point, making it a natural heat protectant.

Fights Dandruff

Due to its high vitamin E content, Rice Bran Oil stimulates blood flow to the scalp and proper healing, which affect scalp health and dandruff control. This is because the vitamin E in the oil is an antioxidant in itself.

Like Cotton Protein and Kukui Butter, Rice Bran Oil helps fight off free radicals and bacteria that’s causing the irritation. So when a client comes in for a scalp treatment, we recommend using Oway Zanthoxylum Soothing Gel to provide immediate relief. The Rice Bran Oil in it helps alleviate the itching and discomfort caused by dandruff.

Thickens Hair

Rice Bran Oil is also rich in omega-6 fatty acids and oleic acid. Combine them with the antioxidants found in this wonder oil, and you have a hair growth super potion. Applying Rice Bran Oil regularly to thinning spots will help stimulate blood circulation in those areas, reviving the hair follicles to create strong and healthy hair.

Delays Premature Greying

Finding grey hairs can be frightening for some as its usually associated with aging. Contrary to popular belief, grey hair doesn’t depend solely on age. It’s when our body starts producing less melanin – the pigment that gives the strands their natural color – that causes a sudden onset of grey hairs.


This phenomenon is due to oxidative stress, a condition resulting from the imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants.1 Rice Bran Oil supplies the hair and scalp great amounts of antioxidants to prevent the hair from losing pigment due to oxidative stress. Did we also mention Oway Hcolor contains this wonder oil?

Truly, we cannot deny the benefits natural antioxidants like Rice Bran Oil bring to our body. Isn’t it amazing how nature has all the solutions we need for healthier, stronger hair?


1Roos, D et al. (2012). Role of Calcium and Mitochondria in MeHg-Mediated Cytotoxicity. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3425894/

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This Potentially Toxic Chemical May Be Lurking in Your Salon Products


Last month, New York senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the chemical 1,4-dioxane from personal care products due to its potentially cancerous effect, according to The Hill.1

This came on the heels of a report by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) naming 1,4-dioxane as one of the high-hazard chemicals to be evaluated for safety in November last year.2 The Environmental Working Group lists about 8,000 personal care products containing this chemical, but what makes it dangerous to our health?

What is 1,4-dioxane?

1,4-dioxane is a by-product of the manufacturing process of cosmetic and home products such as detergents, foaming agents, emulsifiers, and solvents. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that for the most part, the types of products in which 1,4-dioxane is found are only in contact with the skin for a short time as it readily evaporates upon application. 3


Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), argues that 1,4-dioxane has “no real purpose in cosmetics” and only damages our health. So this begs the question: why is this ingredient still present in everyday products?

Unfortunately, there’s a serious lack of cosmetics regulation in the U.S. Because 1,4-dioxane is only a by-product, companies are not required to list it as ingredient, allowing them to just hide it behind the blanket term “FRAGRANCE”.

How dangerous is 1,4-dioxane?

Back in the 70s, a National Cancer Institute study found a link between 1,4-dioxane and cancer in animals when administered at high levels.

Although cosmetics contain far lower concentrations of this chemical, constant exposure to carcinogens over prolonged periods provides a greater chance of contracting cancers. 4

Countless hair dyes contain cancer-causing agents such as ammonia, formaldehyde, and PEGs or Polyethylene glycol (an ingredient containing 1,4 dioxane). This puts hairdressers among the top 3 occupations – just behind rubber manufacturing and agriculture – at a higher risk of this deadly disease, which affects the following:

  • Lungs
  • Breasts
  • Bladder
  • Larynx

Ingredients such as PEGs also enhanced product absorption, which can cause more damage if 1,4 dioxane is present. This is why we recommend avoiding PEGs in hair color.

How do we identify 1,4 dioxane?

1,4-dioxane can be easily identified by looking for the following prefix, word, or syllables in the labels5: PEGs, Polyethylene, Polyoxyethylene, or any ingredients with “-eth-” or “-oxynol-“.

How can we avoid this carcinogen?

Here are the steps you can take to protect yourself against accidentally using 1,4-dioxane in your salon:

  1. Always read the label.
  2. Avoid the 5 Toxic Ps: Polyethylene glycols, Phthalates, Parabens, Perfume or Fragrance, and Paraffins.
  3. Choose organic hair color and hair care products that contain the least amount of chemicals.
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It should be noted that there’s no data yet describing the effects of 1,4-dioxane in humans, but is it really worth the risk? If a potentially dangerous chemical does not serve any purpose at all, why do we still need to use it? It’s better to be safe than sorry, don’t you think?


1 The Hill. (2017). Dems petition FDA to ban potentially toxic chemical from shampoos, body wash. Available: http://thehill.com/regulation/pending-regs/328720-ny-dems-petition-fda-to-ban-toxic-chemical-from-shampoos-body-wash

2 United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2016). EPA Names First Chemicals for Review Under New TSCA Legislation. Available: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-names-first-chemicals-review-under-new-tsca-legislation

3,5 United States Food & Drug Administration. 1,4-Dioxane A Manufacturing Byproduct. Available: https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productsingredients/potentialcontaminants/ucm101566.htm

4 Takkouche B et al. (2009). Risk of cancer among hairdressers and related workers: a meta-analysis. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19755396

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Trending Hair Colors This Week


Our #HolisticHairTribe keeps getting better week after week, disproving the notion that organic hair color is not effective. From ravishing reds to gorgeous colormelts, there’s so many tones and hues you can do with Oway.

Check out the hair colors we loved this week!


Dark Garnet Hair Color Formula

Hair by Yeli’s Organic Salon

If there’s a shade that’s really popular with our Tribe, it’s the Oway Reds. They’re deep and vibrant, and just brings out the hair’s beauty. Case in point: This Dark Garnet hair color by Yeli.

Roots: 1oz Oway Hcolor 7.0 Natural Blonde + 1oz Oway Hcolor 7.66 Deep Red Blonde + Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Highlights: Oway Hcolor 8.66 Deep Red Light Blonde + Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster with Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Ends (Refreshed): Oway Hcolor 7.66 Deep Red Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer


Purple Sunset Hair Color Formula

Hair by Stephanie Schmidt

Don’t you think it’s amazing how stylists can recreate nature by just using hair dyes? This sunset-inspired hair color by Stephanie is just marvelous to look at!

Base: Oway Hcolor 5.31 Beige Light Brown + Oway Hcolor 6.31 Beige Dark Blonde

Colormelt: Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster with Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster + Oway Hcolor 90.2 Irisee Super Bleaching Blonde


Sunkissed Bronde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Merissa Luetjen

This darker take on the summer favorite Sunkissed Blonde is giving us some major hair envy. Those varying tones of cool and honey highlights gave the brown base more dimension and character.

Base: Natural Color

Balayage (Foils): Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Balayaged Ends (No Foil + Saturated): Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener with Oway Hcatalyst 40 Volume Cream Developer for 20 minutes, then Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment

Toner: 30g Oway Hcolor 9.1 Ash Very Light Blonde + 15g Oway Hcolor 8.1 Ash Light Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer


Sugar Plum Hair Color Formula

Hair by Abigail Waldrum

This Sugar Plum-inspired hair color by Abigail was the highlight of our week. We adore hues that remind us of our favorite childhood candy.

Roots & Mids (1:1): Oway Hnectar 6.77 Blueberry Dark Blonde with 25 vol 1:1

Ends: Melted Down to Tone for 10 minutes


Raisin Purple Hair Color Formula

Hair by Josie Ragains

A second Tribe favorite is our Violets. Like our Reds, they’re highly pigmented and give the hair that glossy finish when used in conjunction with Oway’s conditioning treatments.

Percentage of Grey: 50%

Roots & Mids: 20g Oway Hcolor 6.0 Natural Dark Blonde + 20g Oway Hcolor 6.77 Deep Purple Dark Blonde with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Ends (Refreshed): Oway Hcolor 6.77 Deep Purple Dark Blonde + Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer


Golden Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kristine Hartman

A little update goes a long way. This blonde babe wanted a fresher look, so Kristine did some lowlights and balayage for dimension and “The Drop” to brighten up the blonde.

Natural Level: 7

Freehand Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + 6oz Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Color: Pinky Finger Nail Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster with 4oz Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 2oz Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Which are your top picks this week?

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COTTON PROTEIN BENEFITS: The Nourishing Oil for Strong, Shiny Hair


We all know Cotton as that soft, fluffy fiber used for removing makeup and manufacturing textile. But Cotton is more than clothing and makeup remover.

Its seed, also known as Cottonseed or Gossypium, is perhaps the most valuable part of the crop when it comes to health. After the fibers have been stripped out, the mature kernels are pressed to create oil.

Due to its high nutritional content, cottonseed oil is used as food for livestock, fertilizers, cooking oil, salad dressing, and cosmetic ingredient. An excellent source of Protein and Essential Fatty Acids, it doesn’t surprise us that many salon products are including this magical ingredient in their formulas.

Benefits of Cotton Protein to the Hair

Boosts the Scalp’s Immunity

oway-hcolorThink of your hair as plant, and the scalp as the soil. The scalp is where the hair gets all the nutrients it needs to grow healthy and strong. So when the scalp is weak, all sorts of hair issues spring up.

Cotton Protein is made up of 35% oleic acid and 50% linoleic acid, fatty acids known for building up the scalp’s protective barrier.1 This helps boost its immunity against irritants, bacteria, and other external aggressors that trigger the scalp to go haywire.

Strengthens Hair

Most of our hair issues are caused by internal problems, such as bad scalp conditions and low blood circulation. One amazing thing about Cotton Protein is that it addresses problems straight from the root.

With the help of its nourishing properties like Vitamin E and linoleic acid, Cotton Protein stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients fundamental to hair strength and growth to the follicles. This action invigorates the follicles and promotes stronger, thicker hair. So if you have weak tresses but still want color, choosing a hair dye that contains Cotton Protein is recommended. Oway Hcolor is formulated with this ingredient, along with other nourishing oils.

Fights off Free Radicals

Free radicals are molecules that contain an unshared electron present in all living bodies as well as the environment.2 When these free radicals become unstable, the electrons react rapidly to oxygen, causing cellular damage and oxidative stress. This eventually results in hair damage and thinning.

An additional benefit that we can reap from Cotton Protein is its high tocopherol content.3 Tocopherols are naturally occurring antioxidants that fight off free radicals and relieve the hair and scalp of oxidative stress.

Increases Hair Luster

We’ve all heard about Ceramides and how it helps give the hair that enviable shine. Ceramides are lipids naturally present in the hair cuticle. They bind the cuticles and keep them in place, giving the strands that “healthy hair” sheen. Without them, the hair dries out, which can lead to damage.

Cotton Protein has high ceramides concentration of 54%, so many people with chemically treated hair turn to Cotton Protein to restore their hair’s natural shine. The ceramides in Cotton Protein flattens the cuticles, closing the door to external aggressors and potential damage.


Hnectar-OwayIf you’re looking for a gentle, Cotton-Protein infused hair color, we recommend trying Oway Hnectar, an organic nectar hair color that leaves the hair looking silky smooth after the treatment.

Protects Hair from Heat Damage

If you’re looking for a natural heat protectant, Cotton Protein is your best bet. It’s one of the few natural oils that can withstand high heat. Cotton Protein has a smoke point of about 450F, which makes it the perfect heat styling buddy.

Who knew Cotton can be so good for you?


1 Mogos, T et. al. (1994). The hair levels of unsaturated fatty acids (oleic, linoleic, and linolenic) indicators of the lipid metabolic balance. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7920331

2 National Institutes of Health. Vitamin E. Available: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminE-HealthProfessional/

3 Agarwal, D et. al. (2003). Central Institute for Cotton Research Nagpur. Cottonseed Oil Quality, Utilization and Processing. Available: http://www.cicr.org.in/pdf/cottonseed_oil.pdf

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Purposeful Beauty: Why It’s Not Too Late to Join the Holistic Hair Movement


A few years ago, visiting a hair salon meant entering an environment that wasn’t always the most pleasant smelling. Nonetheless, people still lined up to get a haircut or chemical service. So much has evolved in the salon experience since then.

Today, many stylists and clients alike have become aware of the harmful effects of some product ingredients to our health and environment, prompting salons to use products with the least amount of chemicals and start pioneering the Holistic Hair Stylist movement.

Who is the Holistic Hair Stylist?

For Holistic Hair Stylists, their salons and studios are not just a place where clients can get their hair cut and colored. Holistic Hair Stylists go beyond giving beautiful hair. Instead, they unlock our best selves with beauty products, services and business practices that abide by their No Harm Mantra. This is their promise and dedication to respect the health of the mind, body, planet and animals. This involves tapping into the client’s five senses to achieve the best treatment possible, while ensuring no ethical compromise along the way.

Benefits of Being a Holistic Hair Stylist

Being a holistic hair stylist allows you to live a balanced happy and healthy lifestyle. When you walk into a non-ammoniated salon space, smell the diffuser going with air clean notes, hear relaxing music, and are greeted with an Aroma tea blend, you start to calm and disconnect from the hectic world. You are also no longer forced to inhale toxic fumes that harm your health.

When you are part of a holistic salon, you can give more to your client in helping them improve their inner and outer beauty. For stylists, staying healthy and well is important. Your bodies are your livelihood, and without it it’s impossible to provide the best care possible to your clients.

Holistic beauty and wellness is a lifestyle that you can incorporate into your career, and all aspects of your life. The principle behind the movement goes beyond hair. Holistic hairdressers believe that the body, mind, spirit, and the environment are all interconnected and affects our health – and ultimately, our hair. So to keep the ecosystem balanced, Holistic Hair Stylists consistently employ sustainable practices in their homes and salons.

As holistic hairdressers and beauty makers, you can connect on a deeper level with every client you meet. Unlike regular salons, Holistic Hair Stylists treat each client as a whole person, immersing them in multi-sensory, non-toxic salon experiences. They offer professional organic hair and skin care treatments, support cruelty-free brands, and are eco-conscious. This, in turn, not only makes them want to stay longer in the salon for additional service offerings, but also creates a sense of trust, which fosters extreme loyalty to the business.

You get to meet like-minded individuals and feel a sense of kinship. There is an old saying that you attract what you are. Being around clients and team members that have the same passion and mindset helps create a positive environment. This will lead to dramatic benefits to your over-all health over time.


Holistic Hairdressers continue to stay inspired, keep up on the latest trends, have extensive knowledge of timeless and classic foundations of hair design, and constantly stay up to date on the green chemistry of the products they use in their craft.

The Holistic Hair Tribe are a group of ground shakers and day makers that believe in a sustainable approach to beauty and wellness. They follow the mission of changing the world and industry for the better. Don’t you want to be a part of what’s growing?


About The Author

Rebecca Gregory

As the Simply Organic Educator and Technical Director, Rebecca brings to us more than 20 years of experience in the salon industry. She has also worked with the National Association of Eco-Friendly Salons & Spas, the first of its kind to promote eco-friendly excellence in the salon and spa industry. If you want to learn more how to bring organic, eco-friendly hair products to your salon, please contact us at 888-213-4744

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ILLIPE BUTTER BENEFITS: The Plant Butter for Dry, Damaged Hair


With increasing humidity comes unruly hair, and the only way to fight the frizz is to look for hair treatments that will help the hair retain more moisture and increase its manageability. Because of this, hair care products have recently been incorporating plant butters in their formulations. While natural butters like Kukui and Shea are well regarded for their nourishing properties, there is another plant butter that provides the same hair care benefits.

Illipe Butter is a vegetable fat derived from the nut of Shorea stenoptera tree, a plant endemic to the jungles of Southeast Asia. Because of its high fatty acid content and vitamin profile, it brings a lot of benefits to the hair and scalp, making it one of the most sought after plant butters in the world.

Benefits of Illipe Butter to the Hair

Restores Hair Elasticity

Oway-Hcatalyst-Illipe-ButterHair elasticity is a great indicator of hair health. Healthy hair can stretch around 30% (when wet) of its length and return to its normal state without breaking. If not, it either means the hair is lacking protein or moisture, or a mix of both.

To restore the hair’s elasticity, it needs a moisturizer with high fatty acid content – and Illipe Butter has this and more. Aside from containing linoleic acid, it is also a natural emollient. Thus, it can effectively penetrate the hair shaft and fill in empty spaces in the hair. As a result, the hair becomes stronger and healthier.

Before coloring hair, we recommend doing the Wet Stretch Test to determine the health of the hair and using Oway Hcatalyst for lightening services. Its gentle formulations, which include Illipe Butter, can reduce the degeneration of skin cells and restore elasticity to the hair fiber.

Prevents Hair Loss

Losing hair is one of the scariest things that can happen to anyone. To prevent hair loss, the body needs a good amount of vitamin F, also known as linoleic acid – an essential fatty acid that protects the hair from lipid imbalance and skin irritations. Without linoleic acid, the scalp becomes susceptible to dermatitis and, eventually, hair loss.

Dermatitis causes the scalp to itch and flake, making it a very unfriendly place for hair growth. This causes the hair to weaken and fall out. Illipe Butter is packed full of linoleic acid that reverses the damage caused by dermatitis. Illipe Butter melts in contact with the skin, so the nutrients are quickly absorbed by the scalp, curbing further skin proliferation and hair loss.

Repairs Damaged Hair

Illipe Butter is a hard butter that contains powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants help repair damaged hair by washing away free radicals and chemicals that are causing the hair to dry out and break. This is why many people prefer using Illipe Butter as hair mask to treat over-processed hair.

Hydrates the Scalp & Hair

Wondering what makes the hair silky smooth? It’s not in the product we use but it’s in the scalp environment. Dry and unhealthy scalp can result in various hair and skin issues that can worsen if left untreated. From parched hair to burning scalp, these problems can be prevented if properly nourished and hydrated.

Illipe Butter is high in Vitamins A and E, which are known to soothe and hydrate the scalp and hair. They help stimulate the production of healthy sebum and shield the hair and scalp from external aggressors to keep the hair from drying out and breaking off.


Reinforces Scalp’s Lipid Barrier

Hcolor-Organic-IngredientsIt may not seem like it, but our scalp is always hard at work – producing natural oils, constantly renewing skin cells, and fighting off free radicals and bacteria. So it’s necessary that the scalp’s barrier remains strong and stable. Otherwise, external aggressors can easily penetrate the scalp, creating potential problems.

Illipe Butter is rich in unsaturated fatty acids oleic and linoleic acids that help protect the scalp by building up its surface layer.1 This keeps irritants and bacteria from passing through, resulting in more resilient skin.

This makes Oway Hcolor highly suited for people with sensitive skin. The Illipe Butter and other nourishing plant botanicals in this organic hair color not only gives the hair gorgeous color and shine, but it’s also gentle for even the most delicate skin.

With such magnificent benefits, it only makes sense that hair care products are including Illipe Butter in the ingredients list. Have you ever tried this fabulous plant butter yourself?


1Mogos, T et. al. (1994). The hair levels of unsaturated fatty acids (oleic, linoleic, and linolenic) indicators of the lipid metabolic balance. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7920331

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Trending Hair Colors This Week


It’s brunettes versus blondes this week! Our #HolisticHairTribe showed off their balayage skills and transformed these popular hair colors into fabulous, multi-dimensional hues.

Check out which ones we loved most this week!


Chestnut Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kat Cline

Chestnut is a perennial favorite among women because it suits a wide variety of skin tones. This rich shade not only gives off a warm, glowing vibe, it’s also very easy to maintain and style.

Color Melt: 20g Oway Hnectar 3.0 Natural Dark Brown + 30g Oway Hnectar 4.66 Cayenna Brown + 50g Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer from Zone 1 into Zone 2


Strawberry Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Christen Papasso

If you’re looking to change your blonde or brunette tresses this spring and summer, strawberry blonde is perfect for you! This warm, reddish hue reflects light and looks great from every angle – you’ll definitely stand out.

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

Toner: Oway Hcolor 8.34 Golden Copper Light Blonde


Luxe Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Carolyn Hodge

Soft, creamy blondes are pretty – but when they’re given more dimension, they are absolutely stunning. And this is something Carolyn is really good at.

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

Foils (Weaved and Sliced): Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Zone 1 & 2: Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer + Oway Hcolor 7.0 Natural Blonde

Zone 2 + Ends: Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer with Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde + Oway Hcolor 9.0 Natural Very Light Blonde


Havana Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Josie Ragains

Want a hair color change but not yet ready for super bold tones? A nice blonde balayage might be the answer. It’s natural-looking and great for growing out hair.

Base: 15g Oway Hcolor 6.0 Natural Dark Blonde + 7g Oway Hcolor 5.35 CT Tobacco Light Brown + 8g Oway Hcolor 7.32 BA Havana Blonde with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer (1:1)

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

Tone: Oway Hcolor 90.11 Intense Ash Super Bleaching Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer (1:2)


Copper Brown Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meredith Johnson

Copper brown is one of those shades that are just timeless. Its eye-catching but elegant hue can instantly elevate any look, especially if you add depth and dimension to the base color.

Base: 10g Oway Hcolor 7.35 BT Tobacco Blonde + 10g Oway Hcolor 6.34 Golden Copper Dark Blonde + 5g Oway Hcolor 6.0 Natural Dark Blonde

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

Toner: Oway Hcolor 10.33 Extra Light Deep Golden Blonde


Radiant Plum Hair Color Formula

Hair by Maren McKenna

Why we love spring: It’s the season to experiment with bolder, more vibrant hair colors. An aesthetically striking hue, this Radiant Plum hair color by Maren makes a perfect statement this season.

Base: Oway Hcolor 8.1 Ash Light Blonde + 2 in ribbon of Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster

Ends: Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + 2 in ribbon of Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster

Which one is your favorite this week?

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GRAPEFRUIT PEEL BENEFITS: The Citrus Fruit for Healthy Hair


We all know and love Grapefruit for its delicious, pink flesh – not to mention the numerous health benefits it brings. While the fruit itself is an incredible health warrior, not many of us know that its peel is actually packed with more nutrients than the fruit.

Grapefruit Peel or Citrus grandis contains many vitamins vital to our hair’s health, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, fiber, copper, potassium, biotin, and vitamin B1. These essential nutrients work together to protect, cleanse, and revitalize the scalp and tresses.

Benefits of Grapefruit Peel to the Hair

Promotes Hair Growth

oway-volumizing-hair-bathIf you want to get thicker, more voluminous hair, consuming Grapefruit Peel Oil could be the solution you’re looking for. The citrus fruit’s essential oil is extracted from the peel as it contains significantly more nutrients than the pulp.

Grapefruit contains rich amounts of vitamin B1 and flavonoids, a phytochemical that helps improve blood circulation. Applying its peel’s extract on the scalp will help stimulate blood flow to the area. Our hair follicles feed on the nutrients and oxygen coming from the blood, so where there’s enough blood flow, expect to see more hair growth in that area.

We recommend: Oway Volumizing Hair Bath. It contains Grapefruit Peel Oil and other hair growth-promoting ingredients, making it perfect for individuals with thinning hair.

Adds Shine & Vitality

There’s nothing more frustrating than having dull, dry hair. But the good news is, you can always reverse it with Grapefruit Peel Oil. The antioxidant properties in Grapefruit extract help cleanse the strands by stripping off product residues that have built up and coated the hair. The result: shiny, beautiful hair that’s full of life!

We recommend: Oway Glossy Nectar penetrates and rebuilds the hair cuticles that were damaged and dehydrated due to excessive styling.

Detangles Hair

To many of us, dealing with tangles can be a nightmare, especially for those with long hair. Detangling those pesky twists and knots can be a real struggle, and when done wrong can damage the hair even further.

Tangles happen when the cuticles are damaged and raised, causing strands to get caught up with each other. Grapefruit Peel Oil has excellent detangling power due to the acid present in the extract. It flattens and seals the cuticles, making the hair feel silky smooth.

We recommend: Oway Phytoprotein Mist for its moisturizing and nourishing properties. It not only detangles hair, but it also fortifies hair to prevent breakage and split ends.

Neutralizes Free Radicals

Grapefruit Peel is rich in vitamin C, which makes it an excellent source of antioxidants known for fighting off free radicals. Like Acai Berry, the vitamin C in Grapefruit Peel creates an invisible barrier, protecting the hair and scalp from oxidative stress. As a result, the hair grows thicker, stronger, and healthier.

We recommend: Oway Bio-Rich Water to energize and protect the hair. It is made from Hydrolates, which is water collected during the distillation process of essential oils. A single spray of this product will eliminate all the toxins present due to its high antioxidant content.


Tones the Scalp

Grapefruit Peel is a natural antiseptic and disinfectant, making it a great scalp cleanser. It washes away dirt, impurities, and excess oil that cause dandruff and clog pores, inhibiting the growth of bacteria that wreak havoc on our scalp.

We recommend: Oway Frequent Use Hair and Scalp Bath to keep the scalp balanced and clean. Its formula is gentle enough for everyday use.


With all these amazing hair benefits of Grapefruit Peel, it’s not surprising many beauty companies are incorporating this magical fruit in their cosmetic formulas. The only difference is: at Simply Organic Beauty, we only use biodynamic plants to make sure you’re getting only the purest of every ingredient.

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How to Deal with Henna in Your Client’s Hair


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.

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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