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Organic Way Colorist of the Month: Victoria Van Slyke

November 2015: Victoria Van Slyke

As a community of passionate Holistic Hair Stylists, one of the most valuable things we have is learning from one another. Each month, the Simply Organic Beauty team highlights one Colorist who not only shares their exceptional work, but one that helps others in our online community.

This month of November, you’ll get to know Victoria and what she loves about our Organic Way color line, and of course, get to see some of her gorgeous work!

Read her interview below!


What got you interested in trying organic salon products?

In school, I was trained in Goldwell color, and realized quickly that the color was bothering me. I would have red, itchy eyes, a runny nose and severe contact dermatitis after a day of school!

I also am very against animal testing, and found that most of the products I was using in school had in fact been tested on animals. I knew I had to switch to something greener and more ethical. I started an internship at an Aveda salon, and they hired me as I was finishing up school.

Even at the time I could tell Aveda was “greenwashed,” although my reaction wasn’t as severe, I was still reacting adversely to the color. Eventually, I started a second salon job in an ethnic salon, I was using wella, goldwell and matrix, and I was a toxic mess! When a local health food store posted an ad for a hairdresser, I figured, why not try it?

Why did you choose Organic Way(Oway)?

When I heard about Oway, I was scared to switch from my other beloved organic color line, but the other line did have its drawbacks. I am always looking for the best, cleanest, purest line on the market, and when I researched Oway, that’s what I found!

Switching my clients to this superior line was a no-brainer for me.. It is by far the best color and styling line I have ever used.

What’s one of your favorite shades or formulas from Organic Way (Oway)?

I know this sounds silly, but every shade in this line is gorgeous. From the natural coppery reds, to the icy blondes. I do a lot of balayage, and I’m loving how beautifully this color is blending and creating these multi-dimensional looks.

Do you have a favorite retail product? If so, why?
My favorite retail product is Bio Rich Water.

It’s light, yet rich in nutrients that I think every head of hair needs! I love how effortlessly my comb glides through the hair when spraying this during a haircut. The scent is delicious, and I use it to set my makeup and hydrate my skin.

Her Favorite Styling Product!


How important is it for Hair Stylists to build communities and empower each other?
Owning a one-stylist salon, it is extremely important for me to connect with other hairdressers. Sometimes, you just need a second set of eyes to solve the puzzle. Over the years, Rebecca Gregory has always been extremely helpful with any and all formula questions I’ve had.. I love being able to connect and help others too.

Organic Stylists are truly a different breed. I love the sense of camaraderie we have! The online forums are a great way to get a quick answer, or to get inspired by someone else’s talent and work.

If you could give one piece of advice for new stylists using Organic Way what would it be?

The line is true to color, be cautious and knowledgeable, but you don’t need to “overthink” your formulas like I did with my previous line (OCS).This line is colorist friendly. But don’t be afraid to play either, because this line has allowed me to push to the extremes. Anything is possible with Oway!

Check out Victoria's work with Oway!

Join Victoria 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)!


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


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


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!


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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Fall 2015 Hair Color Trends Training for Hair Stylists

Fall Hair Color Trends Training

Looking for the latest fall hair color trends, tips and techniques? Let our Education Director, Rebecca Gregory, show you all the hair colors of the season in our latest webinar.

All looks are based on the inspiration from our 2015 Fall Hair Color Trends Guide.

Get our free Fall Formulation Guide Below!

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Sell your Client on the Features, not the Benefits

When speaking with a client regarding a new hair color procedure, speak to them about the benefits not the features. While features are important, benefits relate the features to the client.

For example, if you are consulting your client on a demi-color dye, rather than explaining that its no or minimal ammonia, explain that the dye is gentle on her hair. Rather than explaining that it uses un-oxidized dye molecules, explain that it has good gray coverage even for tough resistant hair.

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Match the Hairstyle to the Haircolor

Through your day-to-day business as a hairdresser, clients will often come to you with requests for certain hairstyles or colors in mind. Often these combinations are complimentary to one another and work well for your client. However, on occasion, clients will wish to emulate a style or color they saw in a magazine. It is your job as a hairdresser to determine if this style works with this color.

A client may request a color she saw on a model with long hair in a magazine.  The trouble is the client has short hair. While the color will not be an issue, the client is unconsciously looking for the whole package. Even if you were to match the color to the exact specifications, it will not please your client because she has very different hair from the model.

It is your job as a stylist to counsel your client prior to the color procedure so she knows that while the color will match, the look will differ drastically from the model’s look.

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How to Identify Hair Tone

Hair tone differs from hair level. The hair’s level refers to the depth of the color, not the lightness or darkness. Hair tone refers to the actual hair color. To properly color hair first you must determine three factors, hair level, grey levels, and hair tone.

Hair tone can be categorized as one of three families: blonde, red or brown. Each  of these families is broken into three categories: light, medium, or dark.

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Identify any grey levels in your clients hair

Its unnecessary to determine a specific grey level in a clients hair only an approximate level. Grey levels can be divided into four main categories: 0-25%, 26-50%, 51-75% and 75%+ grey.

Identifying grey levels more precisely than this is unnecessary.


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What is the natural level?

When preparing a hair color formula it is important to first establish what the natural hair color level is. The natural level can easily be determined by consulting the swatch book provided by your hair color manufacturer. Once you have become familiar with the hair coloring process, you will be able to determine the natural level by eye.


Pay careful attention to observe the client’s full head of hair as the hair may be darker towards the rear of your clients head, and lighter on the top of your clients head.

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What is Porosity?

A pore’s ability to store liquid is called porosity. Average hair porosity is the benchmark for hair color manufacturers. They craft their hair colors to work best on average porosity hair.

Hair that is in good condition will exhibit average porosity. Average porosity hair will hold color for the life cycle of a hair color application. This typically lasts 4-6 weeks.

Hair that is lacking in pores will need to be  treated with a softener before hair color can be applied. Otherwise the hair will not hold the color.


Hair that has too many pores will easily absorb a hair color but will not retain it. Shortly after the coloring process, the hair will shed the color. To properly color overly porous hair, first treat it with a demi-color or filler.

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Is the hair curly, straight, or wavy?

Hair formation determines whether or not a person’s hair is wavy, curly, or straight. It also plays a large part in hair shine. The smoother a client’s hair is, the more shiny it will be.

Ways to increase shine include straightening hair, smoothing hair, and blow drying hair. All of these methods will increase the area light can bounce off of.


Pay careful attention to curly or frizzy hair highlights. Hair types like these will remain in one place as apposed to moving or flowing as other hair types would. One way to counteract this is to subtly change hair color with foil techniques rather than dramatic changes in color.

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