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Aromatherapy and Cancer: Essential Oils That Improve Well-Being

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Years ago, when drugs and radiation therapy were still non-existent, our ancestors relied on nature to cure illnesses. Herbs, flowers, barks and their essential oils were used to treat all kinds of ailments, from the physical to the emotional – even psychological. How man came to distrust this way of life is unknown, but one thing is for sure – more and more people are now realizing the health benefits of essential oils and are going back to this practice.

What Are Essential Oils?

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Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants through a process called distillation. These oils serve various purposes but are popularly used as fragrance in cosmetics and, more importantly, for aromatherapy. It can be diffused or applied topically when mixed with a carrier oil. But because they are highly concentrated, essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil to avoid burning the skin.

Essential Oils for Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is an alternative and complementary therapy with mainstream medicine that mainly uses essential oils as its primary therapeutic agent. Essential oils rose to fame once again when a group of scientists discovered their antiseptic and healing benefits. Their study revealed that due to the oils’ permeability properties, they can induce “relief from numerous ailments like depression, indigestion, headache, insomnia, muscular pain, respiratory problems, skin ailments, swollen joints, urine associated complications” as well as cancer.

In recent years, more research of essential oils for cancer has been conducted. As a matter of fact, one study highlights that novel anticancer molecules can be found in certain essential oils, some of which are already in various phases of clinical trials. Apart from helping prevent cancer, EOs are highly effective in managing side effects of many illnesses.

With that being said, more research and trials are still needed to investigate the risks and maximize the benefits of EOs. However, based on medical literature the following are some of essential oils that have been found to help improve well-being and boost the body’s immunity.

Essential Oils for Well-Being

Citrus Oils

Rich in d-limonene, oils extracted from citrus plants like orange and lemon are believed to be highly effective at inhibiting tumor growth, according to PubChem.

“Although the mechanism of action has yet to be fully elucidated, limonene and its metabolites perillic acid, dihydroperillic acid, uroterpenol and limonene 1,2-diol may inhibit tumor growth through inhibition of p21-dependent signaling and may induce apoptosis via the induction of the transforming growth factor beta-signaling pathway.”

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Lavender

Popular for its relaxing properties, Lavender Essential Oil is considered a superhealer for its high antioxidant content. One of the main causes of cancer is the presence of free radicals in the body, and – according to one study – antioxidants from Lavender help protect the body from oxidative stress caused by free radicals.

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Lemongrass

In 2009, researchers conducted an in vitro study on 12 human cancer lines, and an in vivo anti-cancer experiments on mice. They discovered that essential oil from a lemon grass variety of Cymbopogon flexuosus showed promising anticancer activity, inhibiting tumor growth.

Rosemary

Recent studies have shown that Rosemary contains two ingredients, caffeic acid and rosemarinic acid, that are considered potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents according to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. These properties help protect the body from free radical damage and detoxify substances that can cause breast cancer.

Thyme

A study in 2010 tested 10 essential oils to see how they can stand up against cancer cells. Among the 10, essential oil from thyme exhibited the strongest cytotoxicity towards prostate, lung carcinoma, and breast cancers. This result was further verified when a group of researchers in 2012 were able to induce death in breast cancer cells up to 98%.

Aromatherapy has been used since the ancient times, and it’s amazing how we are slowly but surely embracing it as part of our health and wellness regimen. While it may never fully replace conventional medicine, this type of natural therapy makes an excellent complementary treatment.

Check out the following pure, organic essential oils!

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 74

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Our #HolisticHairTribe is serving looks left and right, and we’re living for it! From blondes to brondes, check out the trending hair colors this week in our community.

Get the formulas below!

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Colombiana Hair Color Formula

Hair by Erin Klumb

If you haven’t used our Oway Hmelt Pure Pigments, you should! Erin loves them because they bring so much life and vibrancy to her hair colors.

Base: Oway Hcolor 7.43 Copper Golden Blonde + Oway Hcolor 7.44 Deep Coppery Blonde + Oway Hcolor 7.4 Coppery Blonde  + Oway Hcolor 7.6 Red Blonde + Oway Hcolor 6.43 Copper Golden Dark Blonde + 8 drops Oway Hmelt Red Energy + 6 drops Oway Hmelt Divine Gold with 2 parts Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer, 1 part Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Mohawk Babylights: Oway Hcolor 8.34 Golden Copper Light Blonde + 2 drops Oway Hmelt Red Energy + 3 drops of Oway Hmelt Glamour Copper Gold with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

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Roasted Coffee Hair Color Formula

Hair by Sarah Rose Ghelfi 

People are often scared to see warmth in their hair color. But with the right blend and formula, it can be as gorgeous as this bronde by Sarah Rose.

Balayage: O&M Paint Powder Clay Lightener with O&M CØR.color 30 vol Activator (1:1.5 ratio)

Lowlights: 10g O&M CØR.color 7.0 Blonde + 10g O&M CØR.color 8.0 Light Blonde + 20g O&M CØR.color Sand Toner + 3g O&M Mineral.CCT 0/43 Copper Tone Booster + 2g O&M Mineral.CCT 0/33 Gold Tone Booster with O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

Toner in the Bowl: Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + a Tiny Pinch of Oway Hcolor 0.3 Golden Booster with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Arabica Red Hair Color Formula

Hair by Abigail Waldrum

Non-toxic hair color and lighteners can do wonders to the hair. Not only are they safer and healthier, the shine they leave gives incredible depth and dimension to the color.

Roots Melted: O&M CØR.color 6.0 Dark Blonde + O&M CØR.color 6.43 Dark Copper Gold Blonde + O&M CØR.color 6.45 Dark Copper Red Blonde + 15vol

Balayage: O&M Paint Powder Clay Lightener +  O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator

Glaze: O&M CØR.color 6.45 Dark Copper Red Blonde + O&M CØR.color 7.43 Copper Gold Blonde with O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear + O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

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Latte Macchiato Hair Color Formula

Hair by Angelica Giannopoulos

From drab to fab. Here is what a combination of full head of babylights, balayage, skill and quality salon products can do: healthy, beautiful hair that’s full of life.

Foils: O&M Ammonia Free Keratin Powder Lightener +  O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator

Balayage: O&M Ammonia Free Keratin Powder Lightener + O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

Toner: 3/4 O&M CØR.color 9.03 Very Light Beige Blonde + 1/4 O&M CØR.color 9.1 Very Light Ash Blonde + O&M CØR.color 3.5 vol Activator

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Irish Latte Hair Color Formula

Hair by Lexie Woods

We all have that client who does not like seeing warmth in their blonde hair. If you encounter such client, use Lexie’s toner formula to control the warmth.

Prelightened with O&M Ammonia Free Keratin Powder Lightener

Toner: O&M CØR.color Silver Toner + a Pinky Tip Size of O&M CØR.color 2.0 Black

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French Roast Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kaitlin Bezel

Sometimes, a client with damaged hair would come in requesting for a new color. For this type of client, our super-hydrating color treatment Hnectar would be the perfect choice.

Regrowth: Oway Hnectar 6.0 Natural Dark Blonde + a drop of Oway Hnectar 5.0 Natural Light Brown + a drop of Oway Hnectar 6.77 Blueberry Dark Blonde with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Ends: Oway Hnectar 8.32 Light Caramel Blonde with a drop of Oway Hnectar 9.0 Natural Very Light Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Stylists as Health Advocates: How the Hairdressing Industry Is Changing Society’s Health Behavior [STUDY]

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Countless studies have shown that ingredients such as phthalates and parabens are linked to hormone-related issues and breast cancer in women. Widely used in cosmetics, these chemical groups can penetrate the body and disrupt the balance of the hormones, potentially stimulating the growth of cancer cells.

But despite widespread awareness of these cancer-causing ingredients, many personal care products still use them due to lack of regulation. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require beauty brands to seek approval before they go on the market, so millions of consumers who buy these products are unwittingly exposing themselves to various potential health problems.

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In the last decade, however, many Americans have become more conscious of the products they use. This is due, in part, to the increasing number of professionals who demand safer, cleaner cosmetics, such as hairdressers and salon owners. So it’s not surprising that mindful clients look to none other than Hair Stylists not only to get their hair done but also to seek advice on beauty products.

Being in the business of beauty, cosmetologists’ knowledge on products go beyond the surface. They know that being surrounded by chemicals daily can have adverse effects on their health. In fact hairdressing is known as being one of the most toxic careers, and Hair Stylist health problems like cancer and fertility issues continue to increase. Professionals know the only way to prevent illness is to arm themselves with information and non-toxic products, and this knowledge needs to be passed on to the client.

Salons: The New Health Advocates

While there’s no replacing doctors and clinics as primary healthcare providers, salons have become trusted venues for promotion of health behaviors in the US, according to a study and program headed by the National Cancer Institute. Because they are more accessible and well-informed in health-related topics, hairdressers (especially Holistic Hair Stylists) enjoy a level of trust from their clients which gives stylists access to information not readily available to people outside the beauty community. In addition, women regularly visit hair salons (more often than they visit their family physician), providing more opportunities to discuss their health and lifestyle.

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In fact, over the years, barbershops and salons have helped and encouraged many clients to get screened for breast cancer, prostate cancer and high blood pleasure.

So as a Holistic Hair Stylist, what can you do to promote health and wellness within your space?

1. Use products that contain the least amount of chemicals. Hair Stylists work with chemicals, day in and out. While there are no 100% chemical-free salons products that work at a professional level, there are many non-toxic options in the market that you can use, such as ammonia-free hair color from Oway and Original & Mineral.

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2. Minimize your use of plastic in the salon. Plastic contains the chemical called Phthalates, which have been linked to breast cancer and hormone issues. This chemical can leach into hair products and find its way into our system. Opt for glass containers instead – they preserve the formula of the product and does not leach harmful chemicals into it.

3. Avoid synthetic fragrance. Aside from containing phthalates, many companies sneak other chemicals in this ingredient and disguise them as fragrance.

4. Find out where product ingredients come from. While it’s great that natural beauty products are becoming popular, chemicals like pesticides and chemical fertilizers used in growing ingredients can find their way into our system as well. We highly recommend purchasing professional organic salon products to be safe.

5. Partner with your local health department and organize screenings. This will not only establish you as a health advocate in your community, but you also get to help clients take charge of their own wellness. You could be saving lives, and that in itself is already a tremendous accomplishment.

6. Learn to have thoughtful discussions on lifestyle and health. As Hair Stylists, sometimes having a discussion on healthier lifestyles is avoided because you don’t want to be “too preachy.” However, there’s thoughtful and informative ways to have discussions with your clients on their health and wellness.

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 73

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We’re feeling the Fall spirit with this week’s Trending Hair Colors. From pretty pinks and purples to beautiful brunettes, these hair colors will surely make your clients desperate for a new ‘do.

Get the formulas below!

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Iced Mocha Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meredith Blake

Are you used to liquid toners? Oway Hnectar is perfect for you! Meredith has just started using Hnectar and look at the beauty she created with it!

Balayage with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Toner: Oway Hnectar 9.31 Desert Sand Very Light Blonde + Oway Hnectar 8.32 Light Caramel Blonde

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Hot Cocoa Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kristina Fetto

Coppery browns are perfect for brunette clients who want to be trendy for Fall without getting an all-over red hair color. Check out the formula below to re-create Kristina’s work.

Prelightened with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Toner: 20g Oway Hcolor 5.46 Red Coppery Light Brown + 10g Oway Hcolor 7.46 Red Coppery Blonde (20mins)

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Grape Juice Hair Color Formula

Hair by Ashley Striker

To achieve this hair color, Ashley prelightened her client through the ends. Then blowdried and applied the root formula for 45 minutes, and the ends formula for 30 minutes.

Handpainted with O&M Ammonia Free Keratin Powder Lightener

Roots: 10g O&M CØR.color 3.0 Dark Brown + 10g O&M CØR.color 44.65 Red Intense Brown + 10g O&M CØR.color 3.66 Intense Dark Violet Brown +  O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator for 45mins

Mids-Ends: 30g O&M CØR.color 3.66 Intense Dark Violet Brown + 20g O&M CØR.color 44.65 Red Intense Brown with Half  O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator Half Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer on Bottom and 35 on Top (30mins)

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Strawberry Swirl Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kristine Hartman

To create this pretty in pink hair color, Kristine recommends rinsing and towel-drying really well before going for the toner. This will allow you to achieve a more saturated effect.

Paper Thin Foils (Slices): Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer (Roots)/ Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer (Ends, Teased Tips)

Toner (Roots): O&M CØR.color 9.16 Light Very Ash Violet Blonde + O&M CØR.color Dusty Pink Toner + O&M CØR.color Silver Toner

Toners (Mids-Ends): O&M CØR.color 10.16 Lightest Ash Violet Blonde + O&M CØR.color Dusty Pink Toner + O&M CØR.color Pale Pink Toner + O&M CØR.color Ice Toner

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Spiced Pumpkin Hair Color Formula

Hair by Lindsey Rae Crosby

To create this gorgeous color, Lindsey started with a root smudge. Then, she went back and highlighted the hair, toning it with the formula below.

Base + Shadow: Oway Hcolor 5.34 Golden Copper Light Brown + Oway Hcolor 5.4 Coppery Light Brown with 1:1 Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Toner over Previous Balayage: Oway Hcolor 8.4 Coppery Light Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Hazelnut Coffee Hair Color Formula

Hair by Stephanie Marroquin

What’s better coffee? A hair color inspired by coffee! We are absolutely smitten by this stunning hazelnut brown hair color by Stephanie.

Balayage: O&M Ammonia Free Keratin Powder Lightener + O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator

Shampoo: O&M Original Detox Shampoo

Toner: O&M CØR.color 12.0 Super Natural Blonde + O&M CØR.color 10.03 Lightest Beige Blonde + O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator (10mins)

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A Comprehensive Guide to Split Ends: Types, Causes & Treatments

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Seasonal changes in weather can wreak havoc on the hair, causing dryness and damage like split ends. But aside from environmental stress, split ends can be brought about by a number of factors.

In this article, we explore the different types of split ends, their causes and the holistic ways we can treat and prevent this issue.

Types & Causes of Split Ends

There are many types of split ends, but these are the common ones you can find in the hair.

The Traditional Split

The most common of all split end types, the Traditional is a sign of early split development, largely due to dehydration and friction. It’s mini counterpart, the Baby Split occurs for the same reason – so if you spot one be sure to trim it right away to prevent it from getting worse.

The Deep Split

This type of split is usually seen on hair that’s been chemically treated. This means damage has occurred in a certain spot, causing it to split.

The Feather Split

When the Deep Split is not addressed immediately, it evolves into a Feather type of split wherein the cuticle begins to peel away more on one side of the strand. This is a result of the hair undergoing excessive chemical treatments and infrequent trimming.

The Taper Split

This type of split is a sign of significant loss of cuticle layers, leaving the cortex exposed and vulnerable to even worse damage. Any type of chemical treatment is strongly discouraged.

The Incomplete Split

The Incomplete Split usually occurs because of rough styling. This means a certain spot is weak and will split soon if not trimmed.

The Knot

The Knot is commonly seen in curly hair girls. While this isn’t exactly a type of split end, it causes tangles and breakage at the knotty spot when not careful brushing.

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Split Ends Treatment

Hair begins to wear out at around every 3-4 months. But apart from a good trim, there are several precautionary measures you can do to prevent split ends.

1. Limit the use of heat on hair. Heat is the hair’s worst enemy. When the hair is dehydrated, the cuticle starts to rise, leaving the hair vulnerable to harsh elements.

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2. If you must use a heat, apply an organic serum before styling to prevent damage. As they say, prevention is better than cure. Applying a protective serum, like Oway Nurturing Drops, prior to using a heatstyling tool will keep the hair hydrated and guard it against damage.

3. Opt for rebuilding or deep conditioning treatment instead of chemical treatments. If the hair already has split ends, getting hair colored, bleached, permed or straightened will only cause more harm than good. Request for a repair or deep conditioning treatment, like Oway Rebuilding Treatment, to keep the hair in top shape. Oway’s Rebuilding Treatment infuses the hair with proteins and minerals lost from frequent chemical processes.

4. Eat a balanced, nutritious diet. What you eat will show through your hair. Make sure to consume food rich in Vitamin E and Omega fatty acids for healthy keratin production.

5. Drink plenty of water. If heat is the hair’s number one enemy, hydration is the hair’s best friend. Keeping your body hydrated will moisturize the hair and scalp, allowing every cell responsible for healthy hair to function properly.

Check out our holistic remedies for split ends!

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New York Fashion Week 2018 Best Runway Looks by Original & Mineral

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One of the most anticipated fashion events of the year is finally over. And what better way to commemorate this exhilarating – and crazy – week, than to look back at the best runway looks our Holistic Hair Tribe and Original & Mineral created together.

Check out our favorite New York Fashion Week 2018 Spring/Summer 2018 hairstyles below and the step-by-step process on how to re-create them for your clients!

New York Fashion Week 2018 Hairstyles

Cesar Galindo & Toni Whitaker 

Spring/Summer 2019 New York Fashion Week

Hair by O&M Global Creative Director, Janelle Chaplin

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This look was all about high and low ponytails with an alien-inspired twist, plus a mix of classic low ponies and cone head high styles with a wild colored bang.

How-To Step-by-Step:

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PRISCAVera – Spring/Summer 2019 New York Fashion Week

Hair by O&M Lead Stylist, Mary Alamine

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Future Updo + Greased Out Wet Looks

Inspiration: A strong androgynous look, with zero romance for the updo paired with wet looks on shorter hair and a unfinished knot effortlessly placed through the longer wet greased out locks.

How-To Step-by-Step – Look #1:

  • Start with sectioning a front triangle from recession to recession.
  • On the hair left, work O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Texture Spray in with your hands and blast dry with Hot Tools blow dryer layer by layer until enough texture is achieved.
  • Create a pony tail with your hands, place just above the crown, then tie with elastic.
  • Lightly brush backwards in the opposite direction to create wispy pieces
  • Create a center part in the middle of the triangle take ½ inch (1cm) sections layer with O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hair Spray then use Hot Tools Black Gold Turbo Ionic Salon Dryer to set. Use Pin curl clips for the side to set on the angle.
  • Wrap hair around pony and secure with a pin knot both sides together and secure with a pin. Repeat on another side.
  • Tie knots in the large section of the pony, until you reach the end, leave a wispy tail and pull over and secure down the center of the head.
  • Final touches is to apply O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum with a O&M color brush over the triangle section on the front.

O&M Products Used to Get the Look:

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Future Updo + Greased Out Wet Looks

Inspiration: A strong androgynous look, with zero romance for the updo paired with wet looks on shorter hair and a unfinished knot effortlessly placed through the longer wet greased out locks.

How-To Step-by-Step – Look #2:

  • Divide hair into two sections using a tail comb. Spray down each section with a water spray bottle.
  • Starting at the nape of the neck, take a 1 inch section. Emulsify a pea size amount of O&M Project Sukuroi Gold Smoothing Hair Balm in your palm and apply throughout the length of the hair. Next, repeat the process with O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum and comb through section by section with a wide tooth comb
  • Once you’ve reached the top of the ear, apply O&M Style Guru Styling Cream and push hair back using the palm of your hands and stand up pin curl clips in the grooves.
  • Continue taking 1 inch sections to the top of the head until complete
  • Compress side areas using O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hair Spray and Hot Tools Black Gold Turbo Ionic Salon Dryer to heat. Slick back and set.
  • Use barbers tape with pin curl clips to compress sides and hold hair in place.
  • Tie loose unfinished knot (one loop) at the back center below the occipital bone and let it hang freely.

O&M Products Used to Get the Look:

Sandy Liang – Spring/Summer 2019 New York Fashion Week

Hair by O&M Global Creative Director, Janelle Chaplin

Overall Looks

A mix of sleek, wet hairstyles to showcase the sparkly earrings – a deep side part and a wet ponytail.

Inspiration: Sporty Yet Mod 60’s Glam Look

How-To Step-by-Step – Look #1:

  • First, use a brush to pull hair up into a smooth ponytail. Secure with an elastic.
  • Use a Hot Tools 1 ¼” Black Gold Salon Curling Iron to create a beautiful 60’s style bend to the haiponytail. Lightly brush out the curls and spray O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hair Spray for hold.
  • Next, apply O&M C-Paste Texture Cream from the root to the ponytail for a matte look and to keep it place.
  • Final touch is to apply O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum with a O&M color brush from root to the ponytail for ultimate shine.

O&M Products Used to Get the Look:

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How-To Step-by-Step – Look #2:

  • On wet hair, use a tail comb to create a deep side part – one quarter inch section on either side of the head.
  • Next, apply O&M C-Paste Texture Cream to each side to flatten the hair and create a hard, matte look.
  • Final touch is to apply O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum with a O&M color brush over the hair for ultimate shine.

O&M Products Used to Get the Look:

Zero + Maria Cornejo – Spring/Summer 2019 New York Fashion Week

Hair by O&M Global Creative Director, Janelle Chaplin

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Beautifully undone waves to make women the best versions of themselves.

Inspiration: Strong, females who aren’t afraid to share their voice and Chilean artist, Gracia Barrios.

How-To Step-by-Step:

O&M Products Used to Get the Look:

Images captured by Davon Chandler

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How to Create Your Healthiest Blonde Ever (According to Hairstylists)

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One of our main goals as hairstylists is to make our clients happy. But more often than not, there is a huge disparity between what the client wants and what is realistic, especially when it comes to blonding. Because of the internet, many clients would come to a salon with a photo from Pinterest or Instagram in hand, thinking that they can get the same gorgeous blonde hair when they walk out of the salon.

As professionals, we want to do everything within our power to make sure they don’t go running to the next salon. After all, our business relies on them. But how can we provide them what they want without compromising the health of their hair and our reputation?

We’ve spoken to three Holistic Hair Stylists on how they handle such situations, and the techniques they use to create healthy, beautiful blondes.

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Tip #1: Be honest with your client.

How many times have you encountered a Level 2 client wanting to be a blonde but does not want to go through the brassy stage? Majority of clients are unaware of the stages of blonding, so as the professional it is ultimately our responsibility to educate them.

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“I have this conversation all the time. Regardless if it’s virgin hair or previously colored hair, you cannot go from brown to blonde without passing through the fiery gates of red, orange, and yellow,” says Jolie Faulkner, owner and stylist at Ever Green Salon and Barbering Company. “Part of our obligation as a professional is to help manage clients’ expectations versus the reality of their particular situation.”

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“Is it possible? Yes. Would I recommend it? No,” according to Meredith Blake, senior hairstylist at Abloom Salon. The Internet and social media have made it more difficult for hairstylists to say no to a client. “In this day and age, hairstylists are pushed to make “magical changes” in a makeover format to please clients’ ever-changing minds and the Internet’s pressure to be the best. Clients have access to a portal (social media) in which they are sold on the idea that they can be blonde or get a fantasy color within one session.”

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So what can you do when you encounter such clients? Leah Michael Taylor, owner and stylist at Smoke + Mirrors Handcrafted Hair, recommends being blunt and realistic with your clients. “You have to be honest with your client as soon as they sit in their chair. They need to know all of the possibilities that can arise on this journey, explaining that it is a “color correction.”  With that being said, the stylist has to address each step as they come.  Once the hair reaches its max for that session, make sure to formulate the proper toner to avoid those ugly tones that will most definitely arise.”

Meredith follows a four-step consultation process to decide whether she should go for something drastic or create something subtler, and determine the sessions needed to get them to their goal:

  1. Determine Goals and Discuss Lifestyle. Find out if they are using ‘clean’ products at home, even professional but unclean products can leave residue and chemicals in the hair that can interrupt the lightening process.
  2. Discuss process and home care. Are they committed to coming in monthly for toners and treatments?
  3. Price accordingly. A drastic change means 5-8 hours of work, subtle means 2-4 hours of work. The price difference might steer your client into the healthier direction.
  4. Finally, ALWAYS WORK WITH INTEGRITY.

Tip #2: Use a non-toxic lightener.

The lightener you use plays a huge part in preserving the health and integrity of your client’s hair. Is it full of toxic chemicals that can further damage hair? Avoiding lighteners that contain ammonia can save you from having to do additional treatments after lifting the hair. Ammonia is an aggressive chemical that blasts open the cuticle, damaging it.

“My favorite lightener for heavy lift painting is Hbleach,” shares Meredith. “Hbleach has a creamy consistency, its full of nourishing ingredients, and it doesn’t smell harsh the way every other lightener does.”

Oway Hbleach is the first ammonia-free cream lightener that uses the nourishing properties of Kukui Butter and pure essential oils from Lavender, Perilla and Dates to keep the hair hydrated and protected while processing. These ingredients also give it a creamy, controllable consistency that makes it ideal for any lightening technique, adds Jolie. “The consistency allows me to go from open air balayage to foils with just changing the ratio and strength of developer to lightener. I can create any look without damaging the hair.

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“However, it’s also important to remember that because it’s ammonia-free, it may take more time for hair to lift to the desired level.” Slow and steady wins the race, according to Leah.

Tip #3: Choose a technique that gives a blended, effortless look.

Balayage is a blonding and hairpainting technique that has become incredibly popular in recent years due to the natural effect it gives. Later on, balayage has evolved to describe that highly sought-after lived-in look – which can be achieved in different ways.

Leah calls hers Effortless Lived-In Color. “My goal is to create effortless color for the client that ages well. Knowing what the client is willing to put into their hair is so important. Each time they come back, there needs to be another consultation to see where they are and customize to their needs every time.  Sometimes that means painting and sometimes a couple foils and a toner are the only thing needed.”

For Jolie, it’s all about creating dimensional color in an efficient manner. Called 3X3X3, “it refers to the foil count around the hairline, part line, and area of the back-parietal ridge. The numbers are interchangeable but it’s just what I use to describe the technique. Once you have the 3X3X3 foils in place, the rest is left to creative freedom and different techniques for the interior of the hair are encouraged. This guarantees a blended and finished look no matter what.”

On the other hand, Meredith’s application technique, Balanced Balayage, is gaining a passionate following on social media. “Balanced Balayage has been 5 years in the making. Through constant practice, re-inventing and diving into it unforgivingly I have developed something that feels unique for me, for clients and for the stylists that I teach. What I’ve developed is unique to the holistic hairdresser, because it’s derived from the idea that natural beauty is the only beauty. Balanced Balayage is a technique that is purely open-air painting: a brush, a non-toxic lightener and your hands. No Foil, No Plastic Wrap. It’s a minimal approach with maximum result. The result being hair that looks how it was naturally meant to look. Almost every client that receives this type of paint says, ‘Wow, now THIS feels like ME.’

“And isn’t that our job? Not to change people too much, but just enough to help them feel like themselves again. A part of themselves that feels true, effortless and beautiful.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Tip #4. Tension is everything.

This brings us to one common mistake hairstylists new to blonding and balayage often make: Not using enough tension.

“You want to have strong pressure from the hand holding the hair, and light pressure from the hand applying.” This will give you a flat surface to paint on and avoid causing splotches, explains Jolie.

Meredith agrees. “You have to grasp each section thoroughly, apply a hair oil to each section to create a smooth surface to paint, then have at it! I brace each client for the “pull” and I let the section go in a gentle manner in order to not jerk the client around. I always promise my clients a good head and neck massage after a balayage!” 😉

However as easy as that sounds, handpainting is not for everyone, shares Leah. “If you feel more confident starting out with foils and know you can bust it out with confidence, do it! There are many foiling techniques, too. Also, social media and Youtube are great tools to see what other people are successfully doing out there.”

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Tip # 5: Discuss home care.

Unfortunately, many clients do not realize the amount of care and upkeep going blonde entails, until their hair starts to go brassy or roots start to show.

“Home care is just as important as the in-salon service… To help fade, clients have to use a sulfate-free shampoo, hands down.  Balayage clients may only be getting their color touched up a couple times a year now, but they may need to schedule a toner with their next haircut to bring that tone back to life. You can also customize a shampoo and conditioner of their choice (i.e. Oway Hmelt Mask) and need by adding the Oway Hmelt Pure Pigments. No matter what, lightened ends need more love and it may also be important to suggest an in-salon conditioning treatment like the Oway Rebuilding Treatment several times a year.”

Apart from staying on top of the toners and treatments, Meredith gives emphasis on the significance of picking a salon and stylist clients can TRUST. “If the stylist’s main goal isn’t to keep/make your hair healthy then run! Also, stay away from heat! Try wet styling, and low heat styles.”

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Most importantly, Jolie reminds stylists that clients must be told BEFORE the service what care it will take to maintain their hair. “They must use approved shampoo and conditioners, heat protection when styling, an organic purple shampoo when applicable, toning and refreshing appointments in between. Hair has a lower maintenance look to it these days so clients are going longer between appointments. I encourage them to come in between to clarify and tone. Clarifying is just as important as toning. Blonde hair has less pigment, so environmental and product build up is more visible. I also suggest a shower filter that can keep any mineral build up from causing brassiness.

I always say having blonde hair is like having a dry clean only piece of clothing. It takes extra care to look as good as it did the day you bought it.”

Check out Jolie, Leah and Meredith’s favorite work using Hbleach!

FORMULA

Oway Hcolor 6.0 Natural Dark Blonde + Oway Hcolor 6.1 Ash Dark Blonde with 15vol for the base, 25vol fine lights partial application. 15vol teasylights on ends.

Shadow root at the bowl with Oway Hcolor 7.0 Natural Blonde + Oway Hcolor 7.1 Ash Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer and dilute the formula with Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment as I worked down and through zone 2 into zone 3.

Rinse ends around face after 7min but process everything else the full 20 minutes.

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Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer with a foiling/balayage technique to transition her from basic highlights to a more modern variation.

Toned with Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer + Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment

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This client is a natural level 2-3. I did a full head of ‘teased highlights. In-between the foil I balayaged, letting her lift nearly to a 9.

At the bowl I rinsed, conditioned, then wet balayaged her for even more natural dimension. Rinsed then applied a combination of ‘toners’

Toner: Base – Oway Hcolor 90.11 Intense Ash Super Bleaching Blonde + a pinch of Oway Hcolor 8.1 Ash Light Blonde + a pinch of Oway Hcolor 0.1 Ash Booster and Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster

Mid-Shaft melting to Ends – Oway Hcolor 90.11 Intense Ash Super Bleaching Blonde + Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum

Comb all through with a Wide Tooth Comb, let process until it looks scary purple 😉

Rinse and Shampoo with Oway Smoothing Hair Bath and Conditioner; also Oway Rebuilding Treatment for all the stress the hair underwent.

Oway Smoothing Fluid and Oway Nurturing Drops for styling.

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 72

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It’s officially Fall tomorrow! So of course, we got the hair colors that your clients will surely be swooning over this season.

Check them out below!

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Caramel Taffy Hair Color Formula

Hair by Ashley Striker

To achieve this hair color, Ashley did a full head of teasylights for some pops of light on the hair. Then the hair was toned with the formula below, giving the hair that light strawberry tone.

Full Head Teasylights

Toner: 20g O&M CØR.color 8.0 Light Blonde + 20g O&M CØR.color 7.3 Golden Blonde + 10g O&M CØR.color 7.4 Copper Blonde with O&M CØR.color 5 vol Activator at the Roots and Pulled Through Ends for 5mins

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Candy Cane Hair Color Formula

Hair by Bau Hair Design

We love how this hair color resembles Fall leaves changing color (see the hint of green?). To create a contrast, they toned triangular sections lifted with Hbleach with our Hmelt Pure Pigments.

Base: 20ml Oway Hcolor 6.62 Irisee Red Dark Blonde + 20ml Oway Hcolor 7.66 Deep Red Blonde + 20ml Oway Hcolor 6.66 Deep Red Dark Blonde + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Lifted Triangular Sections: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Toner: Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + Oway Hmelt Blue Charm + Oway Hmelt Green Harmony

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Mocha Roca Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kristine Hartman

Mocha blondes are also a great option for Fall. Kristine did full babylights in foil, and balayaged the highlights at the root, saturating the rest like normal babylight to create stunning dimension.

Full Babylights in Foil with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + 25vol

Pretoned at the Bowl: Oway Silver Steel Hair Bath

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

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Coffee Candy Hair Color Formula

Hair by Siobhan Blair of SPAtacular Escapes

Look at that shine! Oway Hnectar is our sugar-infused hair color treatment that leaves the hair super shiny and healthy.

Base + Pull through to mids and few ends: 12g Oway Hnectar 4.66 Cayenna Brown + 28g Oway Hnectar 6.34 Cinnamon Dark Blonde + 12g Oway Hcolor 7.44 Deep Coppery Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Ends of the Lighter Pieces: 10g Oway Hnectar 8.34 Cinnamon Light Blonde + 10g Oway Hcolor 7.44 Deep Coppery Blonde + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

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Almond Truffle Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meg O’Neill & Stacey Blair of The Styling Rooms

When your client’s hair color fades out beautifully and all you have to do apply color all-over. Isn’t this gorgeous?

All-Over Color: 1/2 Oway Hcolor 6.4 Coppery Dark Blonde + 1/2 Oway Hcolor 7.4 Coppery Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Cherry Starburst Hair Color Formula

Hair by Christina Alexander

Nope, no filter on this one. O&M CØR.color’s Copper and Red series provide intense shine and color to the hair, making it look incredibly rich and vibrant.

Zone 1 & 2: O&M CØR.color 6.45 Dark Copper Red Blonde

Alternated O&M CØR.color 66.46 Dark Red Intense Blonde and O&M CØR.color 77.45 Red Intense Blonde on a Diagonal, Melting into the Root Color

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Meet O&M Q.color — Quick, Clean Hair Color For Men

In recent years, more men have become increasingly conscious about beauty and grooming. In fact, men receiving salon color services have increased by 50% since 2008. With this trend growing each year, Statista predicts that by 2024, the men’s grooming market is estimated to be worth $29.14 billion dollars due to the shift in male pampering culture.

In this article, we break down the facts surrounding this trend, and why it’s the perfect opportunity to get involved.

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Men’s Grooming Facts & Figures

On average, men receive haircuts every 3.8 weeks, and 43% of them request for color services. These clients typically remain loyal for at least 7 years.

However, for so long, men have thought that hair salons are exclusively for women, and the only place they can go to get their hair done is a barbershop. Unfortunately, this perception is all because of lack of marketing. 81% of salons do not do any men-focused marketing, aside from the fact that men do not have a lot of options when it comes to hair color.

While it’s true that most men do not like spending hours sitting in a chair, they are equally concerned about their hair (greys and hair loss in particular) as women do. This is why we developed Q.color with Original & Mineral.

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What is O&M Q.color?

O&M Q.color is a “quick” gel-based color formula that’s filled with amino acids and anti-aging properties. It features 4 intermixable shades that can provide fast, effective grey coverage in under 10 minutes and a developer specifically designed to be used with the Q.color for a natural deposit:

Clean Color Technology

Like O&M COR.color, Q.color does NOT contain Ammonia, PPDs, Resorcinol, Soy and Gluten. Instead it’s formulated with these four key ingredients to help strengthen the hair fiber and follicles:

  • Taurine is what powers this line. A naturally occurring amino acid, it does not only help deposit color, but it also helps stimulate hair growth.
  • Certified Organic Macadamia Oil nourishes the hair and scalp with Omega 3 and 6, delivering incredible shine and protection.
  • Szechuan Pepper Fruit Extract encourages micro-circulation of the scalp, preventing hair loss.
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil’s unique molecular structure assists in color penetration. It’s also added to soften and keep the hair frizz-free.
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How to Use Q.color

Most men prefer soft, natural-looking tones, so we developed four cool-based shades that can provide a grey blend or a full coverage, depending on your client’s preference.

Here are some tips to maximize the benefits of this innovative color.

  1. Always go one shade lighter than the client’s natural level on the first application for a natural tone, then assess it from there.
  2. Processing for five minutes is normally enough to blend hair. Men with resistant hair and prefer full coverage need to process for 10 minutes.
  3. The activator is a liquid product, so always use a whisk to mix the color and activator to blend them completely.
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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 71

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Bring on the Fall hues! This week, it’s all about transitioning clients to Autumn-inspired hair colors.

Check out our favorites below!

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Pretzel Brown Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kayla Evans

From blonde to copper brown. This hue is perfect for clients who are used to O&M’s cool tones but want to go bold this season.

Grown out Natural Level 7

Roots: 30g O&M CØR.color 6.0 Dark Blonde + 10g O&M CØR.color 6.4 Dark Copper Blonde + O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

Mids to Ends: O&M CØR.color 7.4 Copper Blonde + O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

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Funnel Cake Hair Color Formula

Hair by Tori Ibbitson

Natural-looking blondes are the best blondes. Scattered foiling is a great technique for when you’re trying to achieve that look.

Scattered Foil: O&M Ammonia Free Pearl Blue Powder Lightener with 3vol

Freehand Random Pieces: 10g O&M CØR.color 7.0 Blonde + 2g O&M CØR.color 10.8 Lightest Pearl Blonde with O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

Root Shadow Toner: O&M CØR.color 7.0 Blonde with O&M CØR.color 3.5 vol Activator

Ends: O&M CØR.color 10.8 Lightest Pearl Blonde with O&M CØR.color 3.5 vol Activator

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Sangria Cone Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meredith Blake

Bold, rich hues are popular for fall. But this year, it all about adding depth and dimension – and this is something Meredith is good at.

Painted with O&M Paint Powder Clay Lightener + O&M CØR.color 40 vol Activator

Toner (Damp Hair): Oway Hcolor 5.56 Red Mahogany Light Blonde  + Oway Hcolor 4.5 Mahogany Brown  + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer for 10-15 mins

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Chocolate Carnival Hair Color Formula

Hair by Caitlin Helle

This Chocolate hair color is great for clients who want to dip their toes into going lighter. Or for those who like rich tones with little to no warmth.

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

Roots: O&M CØR.color 4.0 Brown

Toner (Ends): O&M CØR.color 7.75 Chocolate Blonde + O&M CØR.color 8.0 Light Blonde

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Purple Ice Hair Color Formula

Hair by Paul Bellantoni

The cut, the color, the styling: Everything is perfection! This is what happens when you let artists do their thing. 😊

Level 7 Natural; Block Coloring

Root Touch Up: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Underneath: Oway Hcolor 1.8 Blue Black with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Toner: 20g Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + 5g Oway Hcolor 1.8 Blue Black with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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