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Educator Spotlight: Stephanye Davis

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At Simply Organic, we take pride in having a tribe of educators and stylists who share our passion for providing safe and natural beauty products that work. This month, we are honored to feature Simply Organic Educator, Stephanye Davis. She’s one of the educators who tirelessly offer their expertise in our OWAY Holistic Hair Stylist Forum. She will also be teaching at our Train the Trainer event next week, so we chatted with her and got to know her a little bit more. Check out her interview below!

Tell us about yourself! Who inspired you to become part of the beauty industry?

I was initially drawn to our industry for the family flexiblity and “express yourself” spirit. It is because of industry leaders like Carsten Wilmes, Vidal Sassoon, Horst Rechelbacher, and Kevyn Aucoin that inspired me to continue learning and to create both art and experience behind the chair. I truly love how they used precision and strategic placement for cut and color to create artistic effects. These artists inspired me to work hard at my craft and become the best artist I knew I could be.

Today, I find my inspiration in the artists I meet every day. They challenge me to continue to think out of the box in my classes. When I see the light bulb go off in one of my learners, it immediately makes every second leading up to that moment worth it! I become inspired watching the enthusiasm and confidence build within an artist.

Do you have any tips for someone that is just starting out with the OWAY line?

Take lots of pictures as you are transitioning your guests into OWAY. You and your client will see and feel a difference in the hair fabric every time you color treat them. The pictures are great visual testimonies and color inspirations!

Use the OWAY Holistic Hairstylist Forum on Facebook. This page is wonderful to the OWAY community all over the world! A new OWAY user can find file materials to help in their transition while getting immediate answers from live artists and OWAY users. It’s an amazing tool that artists can use every day.

Outside of work, what are your main goals in life?

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I want to continue to aid in a greener industry through Technical Education and Salon Support. I have been a Cosmetologist for 23 years and I love that our industry has moved away from the horrible toxins that some of us started out with. I am so thankful we have clean and medicinally based beauty products for new industry artists to begin their careers with. It is up to us to change the beauty myths that harsh chemicals are the only option for results.

I am so blessed that I have an opportunity to share technical knowledge with artists all over the nation. I fully support the lines we carry at Simply Organic. I hope to one day meet more of our salons and artists as they are changing this industry every day with each guest in their chairs. Be on the look out — I am excited to begin featuring some innovative artists throughout the year.

What are some color trends you see for next season?

I am looking forward to seeing more cut-strengthening color movement effects with shades like airy mushroom tones and rich, bright coppers.

What is a go-to product that every salon must have?

My first go-to is Hrestore for your Colorists Stations. I always mist and massage into dry mids and ends before applying my colors. Hrestore allows for more protein within the hair to bond with the micropigments in Hcolor. You are improving the hair integrity with a vegetable protein treatment. Your end result is longer-lasting color balances with improved hair porosity.

My other OWAY must-have is Bio-Rich Water. I have found so many ways to use this hydrolyte. It’s a great mist for a cutting lotion or foundation styling product in the hair. I have also learned that it’s a great cooling body spray and acts as a skin rehydrating toner, and the aromatherapy re-centers myself or my client for a moment. I love to spray this over my client before I begin a shampoo ritual to prepare their mind for a moment of relaxation.

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What is your favorite thing to do behind the chair?

My favorite thing to do behind the chair is educating and learning. I learn from my clients as much as they learn from me. I share my knowledge on today’s product technology and trends, while my clients share their ways to live green with me.

Why do you love educating for Simply Organic Beauty Distribution?

I have taught for other product companies before and found that there was little truth behind their words and little support for their educators. I love educating with Simply Organic Beauty Distribution (going into my fourth year) because I trust them. Most of our education team has a passion for cleaner products as much as I do. Most have had similar health journeys which brought us all here. Together, we really are “Changing Salons for the Better,” and I see that every time I walk into a new organic salon. I appreciate the integrity of the products Simply Organic carries and the information we share. They are constantly discovering new technology that supports their mission. Lastly, I appreciate the support they give to their staff, education team, and their salons. If there is ever a question I cannot answer, I know I can trust the information I get from the tech line or forum.

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JOJOBA OIL Benefits: Why This Breakout Beauty Ingredient is the New “It” Oil

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When it comes to natural oils, olive, argan, and coconut oil are the holy trinity. And for good reason. They are packed with essential nutrients that provide countless health benefits in ways no other oil can. But there’s also another kind of oil that’s often overlooked in labels – jojoba oil.

Technically, jojoba oil is not an oil but a chain of wax esters extracted from jojoba — a shrub native to Southern Arizona, California and northwestern Mexico. These wax esters have close resemblance to sebum produced by our body, making jojoba oil an excellent remedy to numerous hair and skin issues.

5 Breakthrough Benefits of Jojoba Oil for Hair

Prevents Hair Loss

Hair loss is a natural process many of us experience daily. So don’t panic when you see clumps of strands in your brush – hair loss is more common than you think. We typically shed 50 to 100 strands a day1, but anything beyond that may be an indication of a health issue.

Hair growth undergoes 3 phases: anagen (growth), catagen (transitional), and telogen (resting). Shedding occurs during the telogen phase in preparation for another cycle. However, elements like extreme stress, drastic weight loss, as well as chemicals and medications can speed up the entire cycle, causing the follicles to weaken and hair shafts to shed prematurely. This is where jojoba oil comes into play.

Jojoba oil is full of proteins and fatty acids necessary for hair growth. When massaged into the scalp, jojoba oil stimulates circulation by bringing new blood and nutrients to the follicles. This nourishes and strengthens the follicles, ensuring that hair grows to its full potential.

jojoba-oil-benefits-for-hairDiminishes Dandruff

Dandruff. Just the mere mention of the word can make anyone cringe. Nobody likes finding flakes on their shoulders–especially because many usually associate dandruff with poor hygiene. But according to American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), there isn’t any correlation between poor hygiene and dandruff.2 Although there are several causes of dandruff, it is normally due to overproduction of sebum, prompting dead skin cells to shed and clump together. In some instances, the flakes can indicate fungal infection, eczema, or psoriasis.

Whichever the case, jojoba oil effectively soothes the scalp and prevents further irritation and flaking. In 2016, a group of researchers found that jojoba oil has anti-microbial properties, which makes it a great treatment for scalp problems triggered by bacteria.3

Helps Eliminate Scalp Acne

Getting scalp acne can be a huge pain. Finding the right treatment can be costly, not to mention time-consuming. It’s a good thing we can turn to nature for solutions to problems like this.

Scalp acne develops when the scalp produces excess sebum and dead skin cells, which trap the hair follicle and clog the pores. This becomes a favorable environment for bacteria to grow and infect. Since jojoba oil has anti-oxidant (Vitamin E) and anti-bacterial properties, it can control the growth of bacteria by penetrating deep into the hair follicle and flushing out the excess oil and dirt causing the inflammation.

Heals and Repairs Damaged Hair

There are days when we get a little crazy styling and coloring that we end up frying our hair. Regular deep conditioning may be able to fix it, but sometimes it needs a little more TLC than that.

Each hair shaft is covered with cuticle scales overlapping each other. Think bird feathers or fish scales. When hair is damaged, these scales open up and create gaps in between, causing moisture and essential nutrients to escape. Jojoba oil is a known emollient, which means it can penetrate the hair structure and fill in the cracks to prevent further damage and frizz.

We recommend: Our award-winning Oway Hcolor line contains Jojoba oil, which helps prevent hair damage during the color process.

Revives Dull and Limp Strands

Some people are gifted with voluminous locks, some people aren’t. While we cannot genetically alter the thickness of our hair, there are ways we can do to give it more body.

Like other emollients, jojoba oil is lightweight and therefore, doesn’t weigh the hair down when applied. Instead, it adds more volume and shine to the strands, giving the illusion of thick hair. This makes it an excellent serum and conditioner for those with dull and limp tresses.

We recommend: O&M Seven-Day Miracle Moisture

 

To maximize the full benefits of jojoba oil, we have to make sure it’s organic and unrefined when purchasing. While refined and processed oils have longer shelf-life, they are not as potent as the unrefined ones, having lost the majority of their nutrients during the denaturation process.

At Simply Organic, our products are infused with only the healthiest and most natural ingredients so you and your clients don’t miss out on nature’s purest gifts.

 

Sources:

1 American Academy of Dermatology. Do you have hair loss or shedding? Available: https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/hair-care/hair-loss-vs-hair-shedding

2 American Academy of Dermatology. Dandruff: How to treat? Available: https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/hair-care/how-to-treat-dandruff

3 Umaaiyal, M.P. et al. (2016). Anti Microbial Activity of Jojoba Oil against Selected Microbes: An Invitro Study. Available: http://www.jpsr.pharmainfo.in/Documents/Volumes/vol8Issue06/jpsr08061634.pdf

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Why You Need to Avoid These Five Toxic Beauty Ingredients

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On your path to living a more non-toxic lifestyle, you may discover tons of harmful chemicals in your favorite beauty products. It’s virtually impossible to remember every single one of them, but it’s important to learn at least some before you slather them on your client’s hair and skin. When you read the labels, make sure to look out for these five toxic ingredients in beauty products.

PARABENS

Parabens are preservatives used widely for cosmetic and personal care products. Many health-conscious clients put this ingredient on top of their list of things to avoid, and rightfully so.

Why avoid them: In 2011, a study found that 99% of the breast tissue samples collected for the research contained at least one paraben.1 Parabens are known to mimic estrogen, resulting in high levels of estrogen in the body which can cause hormonal imbalance and possibly breast cancer. According to the American Chemical Society, more than 85% of personal care products contain parabens. They give products a longer shelf life, but they become toxic when applied. As soon as they come in contact with the skin, they easily penetrate the body and enter the bloodstream.

POLYETHYLENE GLYCOLS

One of the ingredients you might want to stay away from is polyethylene glycols (PEGs). PEGs are synthetic petrochemicals commonly used in skincare and hair color products as thickeners, softeners, and solvents. They help enhance the absorption of ingredients into the skin, including the harmful ones.

Why avoid them: It has been found that PEGs contain impurities, which include ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. These two are known carcinogens and respiratory irritants. Long-term exposure to ethylene oxide can cause serious health consequences, including damage to the nervous system. In fact, this chemical was used as nerve gas in World War I. Another concern about PEGs is their penetration enhancement effects, and is why we recommend avoiding PEGs in your hair color products. However, there are also studies claiming PEGs with a molecular weight of 200 to over 10,000 are considered harmless, as long as they are not applied to damaged skin.2 But why bother when there are many products out there that are PEG-free?

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Commonly used to make plastic achieve more malleable properties, phthalates are also found in some beauty products such as hair spray, nail polish, and solvent. Phthalates are often listed as dibutyl phthalate (DBP), dimethyl phthalate (DMP), and diethyl phthalate (DEP). Even if you can’t find any of these on the label, keep in mind that many plastic containers contain phthalates, which can leach into the product and put you and your client at risk of exposure.

Why avoid them: As useful as phthalates are, several studies have found a link to breast cancer and congenital disorders.3 Research also suggests that exposure to this ingredient can affect the mental and behavioral development of children. Apart from that, the United States Environmental Protection Agency classifies phthalates (DEP) as Priority and Toxic Pollutant due to its harmful effects on wildlife and the environment.4

Our solution: One of the best ways to avoid phthalates is to choose glass packaging for your products. Glass is pure, natural and protective, and there are countless more reasons to choose glass for your salon products.

PARFUMS

Ah, who doesn’t love scented products? We all want to smell nice and fresh all throughout the day, but at what cost? Parfums are one of the most toxic things you can put on your skin. You can easily detect this ingredient as some companies usually list it as “fragrance.”

Why avoid them:  Parfum is one of the top known allergens in beauty products. Some can even trigger neurological problems and asthma attacks, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The scary thing about this ingredient is no one exactly knows its component as companies are not required to disclose the chemicals they mixed to create the scent. Some of them are used to make the fragrance linger in the air, causing other people allergic to synthetic perfume to feel ill. Touted as the new secondhand smoke, parfums do not only put your own health at risk, but also the health of those around you. Once an individual is sensitized to a particular chemical or irritant, allergic reactions can last a lifetime.

Our solution: Avoid allergies and sensitization by choosing beauty products using pure essential oils to add scent to their products! One of our favorites are organic styling products from Oway – they use only pure, steam-distilled essential oils from their family farms in Italy.

PARAFFINS

You may have heard this in spas or read in labels of skin creams or ointments. Paraffin, also called mineral oil, is a mixture derived from crude oil.

Why avoid them: Crude oil or petroleum is a known occlusive agent, which means products that contain this ingredient just sit on the skin and is not necessarily absorbed. Due to its greasy consistency, it gives the illusion of moisture, when in fact, it just seals off the pores preventing the skin from breathing — thereby causing skin irritations and allergic reactions.

Unfortunately, the US Food and Drug Administration has no authority over beauty companies, and therefore cannot require their products to be tested for safety, unless their products contain color additives and ingredients considered as over-the-counter drugs.5 The industry is extremely unregulated that any company can practically put any ingredient they please without FDA approval. But thanks to independent organizations like the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, ConsumerLab, among others, consumers are becoming more conscious of the products they’re using. As artists and purveyors of holistic, environmentally friendly beauty products, it is also our duty to give our clientele the safest and healthiest services they deserve.

 

Sources

1 Darbre, P.D. et al. (2012). Measurement of paraben concentrations in human breast tissue at serial locations across breast from axilla to sternum. Available: http://www.theorganicpharmacy.com/images/content/expertadvice/factsheets/files/462.pdf

2 Pollot, C. (2005). Safety assessment on polyethylene glycols (PEGs) and their derivatives as used in cosmetic products. Available: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0300483X05002696

3 Westervelt, A. (2015). Phthalates are everywhere, and the health risks are worrying. How bad are they really? Available: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/feb/10/phthalates-plastics-chemicals-research-analysis

4  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (2014). Code of Federal Regulations: Protection of Environment. Available: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2014-title40-vol29/xml/CFR-2014-title40-vol29-sec401-15.xml

5 U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2012). Is it a cosmetic, a drug, or both? (Or is it soap?). Available: http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/GuidanceRegulation/LawsRegulations/ucm074201.htm

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Hair Texture 101: How to Identify Curl Types and Ideal Styling Products

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Many of us Hair Stylists have a tough time determining the needs of curly and textured hair clients. You may even panic when a head of beautiful curls walks through your salon door. Not anymore!

Introducing our Hair Texture 101 Guide!

Now, you’ll be able to easily determine various curl types and patterns, while servicing these clients with poise and confidence. As with all successful hair appointment experiences, it all starts with a thoughtful and thorough consultation. Your approach and questions are the key to gaining a textured client’s trust.

But first, you must know to ask slightly different questions when consulting with your curly clientele. This is due to the various textures (which you’ll learn to identify in this article) and how they hold up to moisture, humidity and your client’s unique lifestyle.

Below are some sample topics and questions to ask during your  consultation:

  1.  Ask them how long their has been free from chemicals.
  2.  What do their daily/weekly activities consist of? This question will probe them to tell you lifestyle choices, like whether they exercise or not and what they do for a living. Which at this point should help you determine the importance of convenience to this client.
  3.  Listen to your client to give them the best experience. If there is a service or technique you are not comfortable with, please let them know… they will most likely appreciate you being upfront about your limitations. You have now become a team in finding a style that you both will love and are capable of achieving.

How to Determine Different Curl and Textured Hair Types

Below, is a handy chart on how to identify different hair textures and curl patterns.

As trained hair stylists, we understand that you not only have to identify texture, but understand how certain hair types react to moisture/humidity and heat. This is the knowledge that the consumer is missing, which has unfortunately, led them down a road to becoming product junkies. Spending hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars on products they don’t use.

This is where you come in with your new found textured hair knowledge and styling product suggestions.

 

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Images courtesy of Naturally Curly.com

Types of Textured Hair Styling

Straightening/Silk Press:

This method, of course, can be done on all hair types. Textured hair is sought after often times because of its versatility. Straightening is for those that want convenience, professional reasons and/or personal preference. If worn too often, or if iron temperatures are too hot, you may cause heat damage to your clients hair.

That’s why I also recommend using our non-toxic, organic heat protection products.

Oway product suggestions: Thermal Stress Protector, Silk’n Glow line (Hair Bath, Hair Mask, Serum), Nurturing Drops, Glossy Nectar

Wet Setting/Wrapping:

Coils/Comb Twists

Texture Hair Types: 4-8
Oway Product Suggestions: Moisture line (Hair Bath, Mask and No-Rinse Moisture Spray), Flux Potion

Double Strand Twists

Texture hair types: 5-8
Oway Product Suggestions: Moisture line (Hair Bath, Mask and No-Rinse Moisture Spray), PreciousWax, Boho Pomade

Curl Defining

Texture hair types:  3-6
Oway Product Suggestions: Curly line (Hair Bath, Mask and Curly Potion), Shabby Mud, Precious Wax, Boho Pomade, Flux Potion

Roller Wraps

Texture Hair Types: All
Oway Product Suggestions: Flux Potion, Glossy Nectar, Silk’n Glow Serum, Glamshine Cloud Spray

Protective Styling:

Double Strand Twists/Coil Comb Twists

Texture Hair Types: 4-8
Oway product suggestions: Moisture line (Hair Bath, Mask and No-Rinse Moisture Spray), Flux Potion

Locs/ Dreadlocs

Texture hair types: 4-8 (but can be done on all types with manipulation techniques)
Oway Product Suggestions for Starting Locs: Flux Potion (for more coarse textures)
Oway Product Suggestions for Maintaing  Locs: Frozen Glaze, Boho Pomade

Braids & Braids/Twists Combo Styles:

Texture hair types:  4-8
Oway Product Suggestions: Boho Pomade, Frozen Glaze

Disclaimer: The product suggestions are a tool to help stylists. It is not suggested they be layered or to be used separate. The suggestions are merely for ideas only for this article. 
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About The Author

Jennea Dorsey-Gordley

As a Simply Organic Educator, she brings to us years of experience working with textured hair, and more importantly, how to achieve desired results with non-toxic, organic hair products. If you’re interested in bringing Jennea into your salon for an in-depth texture class, please contact us at 888-213-4744

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5 ‘Must Try’ Bob Hairstyles for Fall

Whether’s it’s textured and tousled or prim and polished, bob hairstyles are the perfect option for those who are looking to lose the long locks this fall.

While there are many bob hairstyles to choose from, here are our top 5 ‘must consider’ bob hairstyles for fall and winter 2016.

Bob Hairstyle #1: “The Julianne”

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We’ve deemed this bob, “The Julianne,” after Julianne Hough, who rocks this wavy bob flawlessly!

Characterized by it’s ability to be worn straight or wavy, this bob is both versatile and adorable. So, get ready to break out those razors and texturizing shears, because this bob’s popularity is about to make a WAVE!

Bob Hairstyle #2: “The Kloss Bob”

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Inspired by Karlie Kloss’ bang + bob combo, this haircut is ideal for those trendy clients types who aren’t afraid to lose a little length, and add a little fringe!

Karlie Kloss’ bob is another versatile beauty, that can be worn sophisticated and straight or wild and wavy.

Bob Hairstyle #3: “The Inverted Extrovert”

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Inverted or A-line bobs, can come in all different lengths and layers. Depending on your client’s face shape; you should tailor your inverted bob to accommodate your client’s best and least favorite features (yep, we all have ’em).

In addition, if your client is really craving a change, consider adding an asymmetrical aspect to your inverted bob.

Which brings us to our next super chic bob hairstyle…

Bob Hairstyle #4: “The Queen Bey Bob”

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Spice up that a-line bob with a little asymmetric action!

Beyonce’s bob is chic and sleek, and perfect for those clients looking to add a little edge. However, don’t get it twisted (or do), because with a heavy side bang and some curls, you can really pump up the volume on this bob hairstyle for fall.

Bob Hair Style #5: “Long Like Paltrow”

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Here’s the thing about long bobs…

If they are too blunt they can tend to be bland, and nobody wants that.

Ensuring the hair is properly layered in the back and slightly texturized will keep this hair cut from looking less like a “lob” and more of like the long, elegant bob it should be.

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Educator Spotlight: April Gumbert

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We’re ecstatic to introduce you to Simply Organic Educator, April Gumbert! She’ll be teaching our Oway Certification Class in Charlotte, NC on June 12th, and we wanted you to learn all about her expertise and passion for professional organic beauty.

Tell us about yourself! How long have you been in the beauty industry?

I have been in the industry for almost 30 years now, even though saying that is hard to believe.I have never gotten tired of this business of beauty; in fact my passion for it is even greater than it was when I first began.

What do you love most about working in our industry?

One thing that I love about this industry is that there is room for the artistic and the mathematical parts of my brain to work in harmony. I see many people who have a flair for the artistic side of the work. They envision and create from their heart. Then there are those whoare rule followers, the ones who read all the manufacturer’s directions and weigh and measure all of their color formulas. Happily, I am both. I combine the rules with the passion and creativity to invent something new each day!

How would you explain your own personal style?

Marrying my two sides together is what results in my own style. I would consider both my personal and professional/work style to be a combination of fun and classic getting along nicely. I love taking a solid classic style and adding a bit of flair to set it apart. A fun, surprising element thrown in the mix is always a good thing. I think that starting with something timeless and bringing in something “fresh and now” is the best of both worlds.

How do you create your best work?

My best work is produced when I take the time needed to know and understand my guests and can make him or her feel their absolute best. When I listen and learn what is important to them I am doing my best work. I could do what I may think is my best work ever, but if my guests aren’t happy with the results, then I haven’t done my job.

Who were/are your mentors?

Many years ago when I went to my first hair show, my professional world changed. I loved watching these people on stage and leading the classrooms who were sharing their ideas and passions with the rest of us. Even now, one of my favorite things to do is to take classes. I have been honored to learn from people like John and Suzanne Chadwick and Martin Parsons while taking classes and hands-on workshops with them.

Then I can’t wait to use and share these ideas with my guests and co-workers. This flowed naturally into becoming an educator. I have been an educator in a variety of capacities; in my own salon, in beauty schools, in front of small to medium sized groups, and now with Simply Organic Beauty assisting and leading groups of organic-minded stylists to learn more about healthy hair color options with Oway!

Why are you excited to be a Simply Organic Educator?

I firmly believe that we can change this industry for the better by educating stylists on options that are better for themselves, their work and their guests. Many stylists and consumers still aren’t even aware that they have such options. If I can have even a small impact on this industry of ours by sharing holistic hairstyling, then I will have been rewarded for my efforts!

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Secrets from the Garden Party: Spring 2016 Collection with American Salon

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To kickoff Earth Month, we’re couldn’t be more excited to share our Spring 2016 Collection: Garden Party. These captivating photos by Robert Lynden, grace the cover and inside pages of American Salon Magazine. The collection was completely inspired by our newest line and partners in the professional organic beauty movement, Organic Way (Oway).

“From Oway’s beautiful biodynamic botanicals to their unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability – these were just some  ofthe values that helped guide our creative vision for the shoot,” says our Education Director, Rebecca Gregory.

“We wanted to show non-toxic, organic products are both effective for your every day client and even on set of major photoshoots and TV productions. We also wanted to show off the versatility of the line, by embracing different hair textures,” continues Jennifer Andrews, our Creative Director. “We hope you enjoy the collection and are inspired by the products and company as much as we are.”

The Cover

To create these voluminous, spring happy curls, Rebecca set the hair on the smallest iron available from CoCr8 – think of a pin afro. She used Sculpting Mist, Oway’s strong hold, eco-hair spray to create her hard-hold set, while keeping the volume inside and around the root.

The hair was then heavily backcombed with a few bits and pieces allowed to escape around the face. Finished off with Glameshine Cloud Spray on the ends for a little sheen and shine.

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Free Spirit

To create these tousled waves, Jennifer looked to Oway’s Flux Potion. It’s a fabulous alternative to mousse prior to blow drying to create a full, flexible style.

She added shine, while sealing split ends with Nurturing Drops. A highly concentrated styling and restorative serum made with organic black quinoa and fair trade aamla.

Age of Innocence

For texture and volume, Jennifer looked to Oway’s Sea Salt Spray. It’s a fabulous texturizer made with Balinese Sea Salt and pure essential oils for anyone who doesn’t like a structured blowout. She used it to add a little “grit” to the hair before crimping it all over.

The waves were then brushed out, and she pinned the hair back using Sculpting Mist, which actually treats and moisturizes the hair, while holding it in place

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Sexy, Sustainable Waves

The key to creating this look was Oway’s Glossy Nectar. All of Oway’s products are made with 100% pure essential oils, biodynamic and organic botanicals, as well as fair trade ingredients. Jennifer worked in this restorative serum from roots to ends to give the hair polished appearance before locking it in with Sculpting Mist.

Sculpting Mist is a non-aerosol, eco-friendly hair spray that truly delivers without adversely affecting the environment or health of the stylist and client.

Wild Flower Child

To create this maxed-out curl that looks healthy and hydrated, Jennifer once again looked to Glossy Nectar to get the job done. This product actually penetrated the cuticle to repair, strengthen and hydrate even the most unruly strands from the inside out.

Before using a double-barrel curling iron iron to set the small curls, she applied Oway’s Thermal Stress Protector. It’s a medium-hold, heat protection spray that guards the cuticle up to an astounding 437 degrees Fahrenheit.

After finger coming the curls, she applied Scuplting Mist to set the style.

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Waves of Eco Beauty

For these glamorous waves, Rebecca applied Flux Potion before blow drying the hair. Sculpting Mist provided the support she needed to hold a set, which was created with a medium-barrel curling iron.

After, she used her fingers to “brush out” the curls, and applied Glamshine Clould Spray. This high shine, finishing spray adds lightweight moisture and reflective properties without weighing the hair down.

Go Behind the Scenes at the Garden Party shoot

Thank you to the American Salon team for providing the video and support to make all of this possible.

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The Ultimate 2016 Hair Color Trends Guide

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2016 Hair Color Trends Guide

2016 is officially here, and with it a new hair color trends guide to inspire you all yearlong! While last year’s bold, vibrant colors were certainly stunning (we’re looking at you, Galaxy Hair), we predict 2016 hair color to eschew more natural, earthy tones. From antique-brushed blondes to rustic copper reds and browns, this is the only 2016 Hair Color Trends Guide you need this year!

2016 Hair Color Trends for Blondes

 

Sandstone Blonde

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A beautiful blend of beige and taupe-like hues.

Sandstone is a hair color trend inspired by wind swept sands with soft shadowing and ripples of color.

Pair a neutral root feathered down to lighter pieces of wheat and beige blondes to achieve this look.

Honey Butter Blonde

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A light golden blonde with warm undertones and strategic platinum placement. For a multi-faceted look, use a honey hue as your base or root and softly weave strands of golden and white blonde. Pay extra attention to face-framing highlights which should accent and enhance your client’s complexion.

Tip: this hair color usually works better on neutral to warm skin tones.

 

Strawberries & Champagne

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What better way to ring in 2016 than with a hair color inspired by New Year’s favorite sparkly sweet drink? Strawberries & Champagne is a dazzling blend of both champagne and strawberry blonde. A great hair color option for blondes who want to dabble in some reddish-gold tones without an overall commitment to “red hair.”

Amber Sunrise

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And for those clients who are ready to go on full-on copper blonde, bask in the ambience of Amber Sunrise. Soft and reflective, this color is characterized by it’s golden copper tones.

Imagine the sun at the start of each day – it’s golden gaze and orange embrace is bright and welcoming, but also represents renewal.

There may be no better way to start the year than with an Amber Sunrise.

 

Crystal Ash

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A clean, light blonde with a natural ash base. When trying to achieve this hair color trend for your clients

visualize a crystal’s first emergence from rock: it’s cool, pristine and strong.

The key to Crystal Ash is to lift the hair to a pale, light blonde, while maintaining it’s integrity and strength. Hair won’t embody crystal-like features if it’s over damaged from lightening.

Tip: We recommend lifting with Hbleach (it’s made with kaolin and kukui butter and keeps the hair in amazing condition).

Hair Color Trends for Brunettes

 

Tiger Eye

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An ancient stone worn for protection and confidence, Tiger Eye is known for it’s rich browns and golds.

It’s thought to have healing powers and can be a great color choice for clients who want to begin next year’s journey with courage, strength and willpower. Re-create this hair color with handpainted caramel highlights paired with a warm or dark chocolate base.

Topaz

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A precious gemstone, Topaz can come in a variety of colors. From golden brown to reddish-copper, this color is known for it’s multi-dimensional reflects. Thought to promote self-realization and control, Topaz may be a great choice for clients looking to bring about these qualities in 2016. To re-create this hair color trend, select a mocha brown base and delicately weave copper fine accents through the mids and ends.

Caramel Bronde

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A balanced blend of blonde and brown, we’re no stranger to the highly requested “bronde hair color trend.” However, 2016 will be the year of Caramel Bronde. Picture light, caramel browns paired with neutral to golden highlights. Victoria’s Secret model, Gigi Hadid, is widely known for her beachy waves and bronde hair color.

 

Ronze

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A striking combination of red and bronze tones “Ronde” is another color name mashup that’s bound to get many requests in 2016. This deep copper and warm brown hair color is best suited for warm to golden skin tones, like actress Emma Stone.

Sunkissed Auburn

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If you haven’t caught on yet, copper hair color is definitely having a moment in 2016!

Sunkissed Auburn is a delicate blend of soft copper red and gold.

Even celebrity, Lauren Conrad, has opted for sunkissed auburn, as she announced her new hair color on Instagram just a few weeks ago (which just so happens to match her hair stylist’s color, Kristen Ess). To achieve the “sunkissed look” opt for your favorite handpainting or balayage technique.

Rustic Copper

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Rustic copper is one of the metals considered to be a “healing metal,” and is both energizing and grounding. With it’s spicy, energetic gold hues, any client willing to go for this deep copper hair color will notice a spike in attention and overall energy. This color is best suited for skin tones with warm undertones.

Purple Dahlia

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Dahlia flowers grow in a vivid array of shapes and colors. From pre-dominantly red or fuchsia hues,

Purple Dahlia is a versatile, violet-red hair color.

Depending on your client’s preference or skin tone, it can be formulated to focus more purple or red.

Antique Rose

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We mentioned bright, bold fashion colors are going to take a backseat in 2016, but don’t count out all pastel colors.

Instead of ultra vivid colors that are quick-to-fade, expect more muted pastels. Think of dusty pinks and vintage washed blues that are soft and subtle.

One color in particular is Antique Rose – a mixture of soft copper and pink tones.

If you need more proof that pastels will be soft and subtle in 2016, check out Pantone’s colors of the Year: Serenity and Rose Quartz.

Serenity

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A bluish-lavender color that can be interpreted to be more powder blue or lavender. Above are a few ways this color trend may unfold.

Rose Quartz

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A soft, muted powder pink. Rose Quartz is known as the “love stone,” and can be a beautiful color to attract romance into your client’s life. This light pink can be used as an all over color for your fashion-forward clients or a few streaks can be added to pique interest in your blondes.

2016 Hair Color Techniques

Shadow Root

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Roots aren’t just for trees. Whether your’e creating a bright, fashion colored root (like this stunning purple) or just trying to ease the regrowth for your blonde clientele, shadow rooting is a great technique to add to your arsenal in 2016.

Contouring

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You read correctly. Contouring isn’t just the latest, greatest makeup trend, it’s also being requested by color clients. So, what is it exactly? It’s the next step up from face-framing highlights and is custom for each client. Contouring with hair color can be a great way to enhance or draw attention away from your client’s features.

Tip: Use darker tones to create shadows to narrow or shorten face shapes. Use lighter colors to elongate and illuminate certain areas of the face.

***Note: This is a compilation of trends our experts have spotted through our own salons, social media and celebrities. In order for our clients to get the most out of these articles, we provide a guide to formulating these beautiful 2016 Hair Color Trends with the color lines we offer: Organic Way (Oway) and Original & Mineral (O&M).***

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Oway Stylist Spotlight: Bridgette D’Angelo

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To kick off 2016, Bridgette D’Angelo is our crowned Organic Way Colorist of the Month for January!

She wowed us in our OWAY Holistic Hair Stylist Forum last month with the talented works she shared. Fun Fact: she just recently opened her own organic salon, Head Rush, in Enfield, Connecticut, so we got all the details on her experience and a few fun tips!

Also, be sure to check some of her beautiful Organic Way color creations below to find some inspiration for the new year!

Get to know Bridgette!

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Congratulations on opening your new salon! What inspired you to want to start an organic salon?

I wanted to set myself apart from all the salons in my town.  Starting an organic salon has caught people’s attention and they want to know more!  I absolutely love telling clients and potential clients all about the Oway line because I stand by it 100% and want others to know how much healthier their hair can be by switching over!

Why did you choose to use Organic Way (Oway) products?

I tried out a few other organic colors in the past but my heart fell in love with Oway.  It is everything I have ever wanted in a color line, excellent grey coverage, beautiful shine, lots of richness to the colors!  My clients have been loving their hair and have already noticed a huge difference in just how it feels and styles everyday!

Which Oway products are your best sellers?

Personally, I always stray to the oils, so the nurturing drops and glossy nectar are my best friends!  The softness they give to the hair is amazing!  I would have to say these two are my biggest sellers so far!

I really do love the boho pomade as well.  I love how it gives added texture to curls once I’m done styling to give them a more lived in look!

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Have you learned any tricks with this color line that you would like to share with the other Organic Way users?

Being fairly new with this color line, I don’t have many tricks up my sleeves just yet! But I will say, challenge yourselves and dare to take the color risks because this line will not fail you!

What are your goals for the new salon in 2016?

My salon goals for 2016 would have to include reaching out to more people and spreading the word about Head Rush Salon and Oway!  I love when people are just as excited about organic products as I am.  I have also added two more stylists to our team, so I want to work on building them up and educating them on the organic stylist life!

Do you have any advice for other stylists looking to open an organic salon in the future?

My advice would be to follow your dreams and go with your gut!  You will have a few people who may question the organic line you carry, asking if it’s just as good as other lines or will it cover the greys, but if you chose the right line and believe in it then you will do just fine!

My favorite part in all this is seeing the happy smiles and “ahhh” looks on my clients faces after they sit in my chair!

Check out Bridgette's work with Oway!

Join Bridgette and other like-minded stylists in our Organic Way Holistic Hair Colorist Group here!

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Coloring Hair Extensions with Organic Way Hcolor

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

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

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

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Step 1: Learn More About The Extensions

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

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

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

Step 2: Choosing the Correct Color

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

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

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

Step 3: Application & Processing Time

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

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

Step 4: The Final Results!

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

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

Hair by: Erin Bayne, Simply Organic Beauty Technical Adviser

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