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Soothe Plus – Professional Salon Treatment for Ezcema, Psoriasis, and Chronic Scalp Irritation
By Jennifer Andrews for Organic Salon Systems
Have you been presented with a client requiring in salon treatment for eczema, psoriasis, or chronic scalp irritation? I recently had the pleasure of working with a new client that came to my salon but mentioned that she unfortunately is extremely sensitive to all types of hair coloring. She had experienced redness in her ears, a burning feeling on her scalp a day after the color service, and needless to say she was quite distraught because hair coloring is important to her.
Thankfully the Soothe Plus system was used on her prior, during and after the coloring service and what a joy it was to create a new experience for her! I saved my color client from leaving unhappy, and possibly not returning. She purchased the products for home use and has been able to enjoy her visits with ease.
It seems to becoming more common that clients come in with scalp issues due to a variety of reasons. The Soothe Plus system has allowed me to retain many clients that were having sensitivity to coloring challenges. It felt very rewarding to be helping clients to achieve great long lasting results without discomfort. I’ve since gained a few new people, due to her new salon experience, that were friends of hers having similar issues.
When a client has had a chemical reaction to their scalp and it causes discomfort, other physical reactions and suffering causing an unpleasant experience, how can we help them? Organic Care Systems, Soothe Plus, is an excellent option for anyone that has skin sensitivities, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and has even proven to reduce allergic reactions in people with problems due to a sensitivity to PPDs. Soothe Plus, like all of Organic Salon Systems products, is made with all certified organic ingredients and botanicals.
Soothe Plus is formulated with certified organic ingredients, and natural extracts to reduce irritation and inflammation of the skin and scalp. It calms, cleanses and rebalances sensitive scalps naturally back to their proper ph. When the pH of the scalp is out of balance the skin on the scalp can react in a way that is not always desirable.
Main key ingredients in the Soothe Plus include:
Fennel Seed Oil and Extract – One of the earliest known herbs used in astringents and perfume mainly to soothe inflammation to skin. Fennel also acts as a protectant from damage to hair due to peroxides. It is an anti-oxidant and anti-irritant.
White Willow Bark – Used as a successful pain relief, and in ancient Greece used also as a fever-reducing property. The American Indians used willow baths to cool fevers and indeed, the extract of willows contains salicylic acid, a close cousin of aspirin. Willow Bark has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also enhances skin cell turnover, removing dead skin cells and generally improving the appearance of the skin and scalp.
Sea Mayweed – Known for its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Soothes scalp and protects against free-radicals. Contains 11 amino acids essential to proper hair health, as well as important vitamins and minerals.
Geranium Oil – A close relative to the rose, used for many years to treat burns, inflammation and hormonal balancing. It is now being used in many “anti-aging” products on the market. Geranium is also used in the treatment of oily, clogged skin, dermatitis and eczema.
Bergamot Fruit Oil – Known for its antiseptic properties, this oil derived from the rind of an orange, is used in many perfumes and brilliantine hairdressing products. Bergamot is also known to be considered a prime photo-sensitizer (sensitivity to light). Another common use is for treatment of oily skin and scalps.
Comfrey- Herbalists know this as the healing herb, and have used it for years as a rapid wound healer. The leaf and the root both contain allantoin, mucilage, tannins, starch, inulin, steroidal saponins and pyrrolizine alkaloids. Comfrey is rich in B12 and proteins. Overall it is a widely used herb in many products.
Wheat – Conditions, strengthens, and protects hair from damage.
It can be quite rewarding to know you have helped a client that may have not been able to have coloring services prior due to challenges with sensitivity. Soothe Plus can assist in aiding the comfort to your client and create a successful, more pleasant experience. By helping the person feel good about their results it can create a stronger loyalty between client and stylist.
Eczema can be painful, embarrassing, and a challenge, for getting regular hair coloring services with ammonia based products. Soothe Plus has aloe and chamomile which both help to calm eczema and in some cases even balance the skin to resulting in eczema to be reduced. The Soothe Plus system is extremely effective for helping to alleviate flare-ups that usually occur during chemical service.
Psoriasis has common attributes to eczema and can cause the client to not be able to receive color services during flare-ups. When Soothe Plus is used prior to chemical service it prepares the scalp to be in the proper balance and ready for the color service.
Dandruff is also caused by an in-balance in the scalp and results in skin flaking off and looking unsightly on clothes and hair. Some point out that dandruff is a self-produced antigen; others say it is part of the allergenic house-dust antigen; and still others say it is not a true allergen. Regardless of what the cause may be it is unwanted and if alleviated the client will be happy with the results. Soothe Plus can absolutely help with dandruff issues and promote a healthier scalp.
How is Soothe Plus used? Soothe Plus works excellent when used in the system:
1. Soothe Plus Shampoo – Use full strength. Apply on wet hair. Massage lather throughout. Repeat. For optimum results allow second lather to remain on the hair and scalp for 2 minutes. This extremely mild shampoo is also fantastic for use as a body wash.
2. Soothe Plus Treatment- Spray an even amount onto the scalp or skin where required. Apply Soothe Plus Conditoner, leave for 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Treatment can be used in between washing. Spray directly on the scalp and skin as required. This is a perfume-free product that is superb for correcting pH balance and restoring scalp to normal balance.
3. Soothe plus Conditioner- Apply a small amount to clean, towel-dried hair. Massage into the scalp and leave for 1-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
Ammonia often is the aggressor in causing scalp issues. Thankfully, when choosing the Organic Color Systems, the negative results due to ammonia-based products are greatly reduced. Having a product such as Soothe Plus allows even more control and ease as well as more scalp care.
Soothe Plus can be used as an in-salon service as well as an at home treatment. When combined in this way maximum results can be achieved.
Among its’ many benefits, Soothe Plus has been proved beneficial for use after hair coloring, lightening, and perming. This is because these salon services require the use of peroxide.
If you take the water we drink (H2O) and add an additional oxygen molecule, you will have Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2), a powerful oxidizing agent. As hairstylist, we couldn’t do our jobs successfully without it. This added oxygen, allows us to color and lighten hair permanently, and neutralize our perms.
Although oxidation is reaction that is needed for these services to be possible, when we are finished using the natural powers of peroxide, it is important to stop this process. If this is not properly accomplished and oxidizers are left in the hair after a salon service; every time your client is in direct sunlight or surrounded by UV rays, the hair will continue to oxidize and cause premature hair color fade.
Another side effect of improper removal of these oxidizers is scalp irritation. If you have ever poured peroxide on a cut or gargled with it, you have almost certainly experienced a slight irritation or noticed it bubbling up. Depending on your clients’ sensitivity level, they might too experience this feeling on their scalp.
The Soothe Plus range is formulated with the latest botanical and certified organic ingredients and represents the ultimate in natural hair care technology. The unique formulations of the three products reduce scalp irritation and protects against residue peroxide.
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- Fennel Seed Extract – Anti-Oxidant; Protects Against Residue Peroxide and Free Oxygen Molecules
- White Willow Bark Extract – Anti-Inflammatory and Antiseptic Properties
- Sea Mayweed – Anti-Oxidant; Anti-Inflammatory and Soothing Benefits
- Aloe Vera Leaf – Anti-Inflammatory; Soothing and Healing Properties
- Comfrey Root – Soothing and Moisturizing Properties
- Chamomile Flower Extract – Soothing and Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
- Lichen Extract – Bactericide & Fungicide; Soothing & Anti-Irritant Properties
- Geranium Maculatum Oil – Anti-Inflammatory Agent
- Citrus Bergamot Fruit Oil – Anti-Septic Properties
Soothe Plus Treatment reduces irritation and inflammation of the scalp and skin. This spray-on treatment provides a cooling and soothing effect. It is naturally preserved and perfume-free.
Soothe Plus Shampoo cleanses highly sensitive, irritated scalps and hair. Ideal as a body wash, it may also reduce soreness and tenderness of the skin. It is pH balanced and perfume-free.
Soothe Plus Conditioner is made to leave highly sensitive scalps and hair with the correct pH balance and in superb condition. It is perfume-free.
After Using Hair Color and Lighteners
Add water and gently massage and emulsify. Rinse thoroughly, shampoo, rinse, and towel blot the hair. Spray the hair and scalp with the Organic Care Systems Soothe Plus Treatment. Apply Organic Care Systems Conditioner directly over the treatment. Leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse. This will close the cuticle and return the hair and scalp back to a pH of 5.
When you have finished neutralizing the hair, rinse the hair thoroughly with warm water and carefully towel dry. Apply Soothe Plus Treatment to the scalp and hair. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse off. Apply Power Build Conditioner, leave for 5 minutes and then rinse.