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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 34

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Here’s a confession: we might be a little biased toward Fall. While any season is a perfect season to try new hair colors, we can’t help but obsess over the coppers and brunettes our #HolisticHairTribe served this week.

See our favorite hair colors below!

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Copper Red Hair Color Formula

Hair by Stacey Blair

We’re living for this gorgeous Copper Red right now! This color perfectly captures the warmth and depth of Fall’s fiery hues.

Root Smudge: Oway Hcolor 7.4 Coppery Blonde + Oway Hcolor 8.4 Coppery Light Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Freehand Lightening: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

All-over Color Wash: Oway Hcolor 8.44 Deep Coppery Light Blonde (Zone 2 Only)

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Pearl Rose Hair Color Formula

Hair by Heather Leigh Ford

I guess you can say we have a thing for dark roots + pearlescent mids/ends. To achieve this frosty hue, Heather toned at the bowl with Oway 11.17.

Root Smudge: 20ml Oway Hcolor 8.66 Deep Red Light Blonde + 10ml Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + 5ml Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster with 30ml Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer for 35 mins

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

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Chocolate Caramel Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kristen Kneeland

To achieve this stunner, Kristen did a color melt the day before with the dark formula over a level 6/7 warm tone on 80% of the hair. Then balayaged with Hbleach for the added oomph.

Roots (1:1): O&M CØR.color 4.0 Brown and O&M CØR.color 4.3 Golden Brown

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

Color melt on 80% of Hair

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

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Pumpkin Copper Hair Color Formula

Hair by Daniel Aydelott

Reminiscent of the Pumpkin Spice trend, Pumpkin Copper combines the striking hues of copper and strawberry blonde, minus the caramel streaks.

Natural Level 7; 50% grey

Mids + Ends: Faded Golden Level 8

Roots: 1/4 Oway Hcolor 7.0 Natural Blonde + 1/2 Oway Hcolor 7.34 Golden Copper Blonde + 1/4 Oway Hcolor 7.43 Copper Golden Blonde + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer for 10mins with Oway Hypercolor Process Accelerator Oil

Lowlights: Oway Hcolor 8.43 Copper Golden Light Blonde

Toner: Oway Hcolor 9.43 Copper Golden Very Light Blonde

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Butterscotch Hair Color Formula

Hair by Cindy Koder

Isn’t it great when your client has a beautiful natural base? Cindy only had to enhance her natural hair color to a gorgeous Butterscotch hue to make it Fall-ready.

Highlights: Oway Hcolor 9.0 Natural Very Light Blonde + Oway Hcatalyst 40 Volume Cream Developer

Lowlights: 20g Oway Hcolor 7.3 Golden Blonde + 10g Oway Hcolor 7.44 Deep Coppery Blonde + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

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Metallic Ash Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meredith Johnson

The Dark Metallic Ash color melt is all kinds of amazing. Can you believe this client’s natural base is 3?

Pre-lighten hair to 8-9 all over

Base: Oway Hcolor 6.1 Ash Dark Blonde  + Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster

Tone: Oway Hcolor 90.11 Intense Ash Super Bleaching Blonde + Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster

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Which hair color do you like best?

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4 Harmful Endocrine Disruptors to Avoid in Beauty Products

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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals or EDCs, can be one of the most difficult chemicals to avoid in beauty products. They cleverly elude most ingredient lists by hiding within a product’s packaging or an ingredient itself. So, how can we avoid these harmful chemicals if we can’t find them?

Don’t worry. By the end of this article, you’ll learn how to identify and avoid endocrine-disrupting ingredients and why it’s important to limit our exposure to these harmful hormone-mimicking chemicals.

What are Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)?

According to the UK’s BreastCancer.Org, an endocrine disruptor is any chemical that can interfere with normal hormone functions in humans or animals. While there are naturally occurring types found in plants, such as soy (known as phytoestrogens), most endocrine-disrupting compounds come from synthetic chemicals and can be avoided.

Why Should We Avoid Endocrine Disruptors?

There’s seemingly no end to the adverse health impacts of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

Also known as EDCs, these tricky chemicals can imitate hormones and destroy others while creating internal signaling issues which causes premature cell death. Endocrine disruptors have also been proven to accumulate in hormone-producing organs, resulting in organ malfunctions and irreversible damage.

So, how does this hormone disruption manifest itself in humans, exactly?

Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risks

Once thought to only effect hormone-regulating organs, research now clearly demonstrates that the mechanisms of EDCs are much broader than originally recognized. Of prominence is the growing relationship identified between EDCs and cancers, including in the breast, and common diseases like cardiovascular, pulmonary or neurodegenerative disorders to name a few. [1]

Breast and uterine cancer are the most frequent female-related cancers whose growth is mostly estrogen dependent. Therefore, any EDC exhibiting estrogenic effects may increase the risk of these two malignancies. [2]

Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Linked to Depression, Autism and Neural Degeneration

Because certain EDCs are able to alter neural transmission and the formation of neural networks, the term neural-disrupting chemicals has been introduced, thus implicating EDCs in the cause of neurological disorders.

Recently, public concern has been focused on the effects of EDCs on brain function with an increase in neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder as well as learning disabilities and aggressiveness. Several lines of evidence suggest that exposure to EDCs is associated with depression and could result in neural degeneration.

How to Avoid Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in Cosmetics

As you can see, the detrimental effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals are becoming widely recognized in both the health, wellness and medical communities, now it’s time to transfer that knowledge to the beauty industry.

Here’s where you’ll find potential endocrine-disrupting chemicals lurking in your beauty products and most importantly, how to avoid them.

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Parabens

By far one of the most controversial endocrine-disrupting chemicals is parabens. Commonly used as inexpensive preservatives, these synthetic chemicals are proven to mimic estrogen in the human body and have been found built up in essential hormone regulating organs.

Parabens are chemicals with estrogen-like properties, and estrogen abnormalities are involved in the development of breast cancer. In fact, a 2012 medical study confirmed our suspicions that endocrine-disrupting chemicals can increase risks of breast cancer.

The study found 99% of malignant breast cancer tumors contained 1-5 different types of parabens.[4] 

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has even linked methylparabens, in particular, to metabolic, developmental, hormonal, and neurological disorders, as well as various cancers.

Unlike many endocrine-disrupting chemicals, parabens can be found in the product’s ingredient list. Here’s what to look for.

List of Paraben Types to Avoid:

  • Methylparaben
  • Butylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Ethylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben
  • Benzylparaben

Plastic Packaging

When it comes to EDC exposure, our most widespread threat may be plastics. They’re everywhere, wreaking havoc in our oceans, food containers and no doubt sitting on the shelf of your shower.

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The problem with plastic packaging is its ability to leach harmful chemicals into the material it contains. Currently, the most widespread concern is the manmade chemical, Bisphenol-A or BPA – a widely recognized endocrine-disrupting chemical and xenoestrogen.

What Are Xenoestrogens?

A xenoestrogen is a hormone-mimicking chemical in humans and animals, specifically the hormone, estrogen.

Not only has BPA been linked to endocrine disruption, but environmental scientists have noted its detrimental effects on our oceans and wildlife. Recall, xenoestrogens and EDCs don’t just affect humans, but the delicate plants and animals comprising our vital ecosystems.

 

So, just avoid BPA, and you’ll be fine, right? Not necessarily.

 

This study from Environmental Health Perspectives, uncovered a very telling discovery.

“The testing showed that more than 70 percent of the products released chemicals that acted like estrogen. And that was before they exposed the stuff to real-world conditions: simulated sunlight, dishwashing and microwaving.”

It’s very difficult to avoid all plastics in everyday life, but as conscious beauty professionals, we can start behind the chair by replacing plastic products with amber glass salon products.

Phthalates

Pronounced thal-ates, phthalates are one of those elusive endocrine-disrupting chemicals you won’t see directly spelled out on a cosmetic’s ingredients list. Unlike our other aforementioned compounds, phthalates do not have hormone-mimicking effects on the body. Instead, studies have shown adverse effects on the male reproductive system, including decreased sperm count, testicular cell destruction and thyroid irregularities.

How to Avoid Phthalates:

  • Look for beauty products without synthetic fragrance
    • “Fragrance” or “pafum” could be the most vaguely listed ingredients in existence. Because fragrance is considered “proprietary,” companies are not required to disclose its components. This is where sneaky ingredients, like phthalates, can make unknowingly make their way into your products.
  • Avoid plastic packaging, especially PVC with recycle code #3.
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Pesticides

Pesticides in beauty products? You might be thinking, that can’t possibly be a listed ingredient and you’d be correct. While we can all appreciate the rise of more natural beauty products, we should be cognizant of the type of plants used in our cosmetics and how they’re harvested.

Specifically, neurotoxic organophosphate compounds were developed during WWII by Nazis as nerve gas to aggressively attack the human nervous system. This same chemical has been adapted for pesticides to target the nervous system in bugs and pests.

How to Avoid Organophosphates:

  • Purchase professional organic salon products.
    • Specifically, look for the botanical ingredients to be organic (grown without pesticides) or biodynamic-organic (a step above organic).
  • Purchase raw organic fruit and vegetables, if using natural beauty treatments.

While it may be impossible to avoid all endocrine-disrupting chemicals in our beauty products, steering clear of questionable ingredients like Parabens, Phthalates, Plastics, and Pesticides is a big step in limiting our harmful toxin exposure. Even though the beauty industry is highly unregulated, together, we can make informed, conscious decisions to ensure the health, wellness and beauty of ourselves and salon clients.

So the next time you’re tempted to purchase a new product, make sure to look out for these 4 major endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Your health, your clients, and the planet will thank you for it. 🙂

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Beyond the Product: How Heat Protectants Work

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For many of us, heat styling has become an essential part of our daily routine. It keeps our hair from looking like a giant frizzy mess, but without the right protection, it can actually cause more harm than good.

Think of heat protectants as sunscreen for the hair. Much like our skin, the hair is prone to damage caused by heat, wind, and pollution. These external aggressors, particularly extreme heat, dehydrate and deprive our locks the nutrition they need to stay healthy. They inflict various levels of damage, from the outermost to the innermost layer of the hair. This is where heat protectants come in handy.

To understand the science behind heat protectants, it’s important to know the different types of damage heat styling can do to the hair.

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4 Types of Damage Caused by Heat Styling

1.     Dehydration

When heat is applied on the hair, moisture evaporates from the inside. This disrupts the intermolecular interactions between lipids and proteins in each hair strand, making it more prone to frizz and breakage. After all, lipids are our natural environmental shield barrier that protects the hair from cuticle damage and protein/moisture loss.

2.     Hair Fadage

High temperatures cause pigments to oxidize rapidly. Thus, people who use heat styling tools often will notice their hair fading quicker than expected, leaving hair with that brassy warmth as the underlying pigment is exposed.

3.     Cuticle Damage

Our hair is composed of tightly packed down cuticle scales which give the hair that healthy sheen look. When the hair is dehydrated from over-styling, the cuticles start to rise and become tattered when not treated immediately. This results in the hair looking dull, coarse, and frizzy.

4.     Protein Breakdown

Each strand is composed of keratinized proteins which give the hair its tensile strength and elasticity. Frequent thermal styling softens those internal hair proteins, causing them to break down and eventually weaken the hair’s structure.

How do heat protectants work?

Heat protectants form a protective barrier on the hair that buffers heat conduction and distributes heat evenly, preventing local overheating. Most products are also formulated with ingredients that have been scientifically proven to reduce heat damage while providing moisturizing effects. One of them is PVP/DMAPA acrylates copolymer.

PVP/DMAPA acrylates copolymer is a cationic polymer widely used in hair styling products for the protection it provides. This ingredient has a rating of “1” EWG Skin Deep’s Cosmetic Database.

In 1998, PVP/DMAPA acrylates copolymer was found to help suppress surface damage by as much as 20%.1 It coats the hair fiber with a thin layer that serves a dual purpose: prevents moisture from escaping and slows the transfer of heat to the hair.

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When combined with nourishing oils like Sunflower Oil, also a known natural heat protectant due to its high smoking point, it makes the hair appear shinier and smoother. This is in part due to the conditioning benefits provided by Sunflower Oil which keeps the cuticles from rising. As a result, the hair stays hydrated, and its color pigments stay intact (as illustrated by the Thermal Stress Test we conducted).

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You can find these two ingredients, along with several other biodynamic-organic hair-strengthening ingredients, in Oway Thermal Stress Protector.

It’s important to note, however, that heat protectants cannot entirely protect the hair from heat damage. They just serve as a buffer between the appliance and the hair, and can only do so much. We still highly recommend minimizing heat styling. If this is not on option for you and your clients, applying an organic thermal protection product should definitely be part of your regular routine.

Source:

1 McMullen, R and Jachowicz, J. (1998). Thermal degradation of hair. II. Effect of selected polymers and surfactants. Retrieved from http://journal.scconline.org/abstracts/cc1998/cc049n04/p00245-p00256.html

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Educator Spotlight: Roberta Rae Dudzik

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This month, the spotlight is on Simply Organic Beauty Educator Roberta Rae Dudzik. Being part of the hairdressing industry for more than 30 years, Roberta went from a chair renter to a full-fledged salon owner with her passion as her fuel. She now owns Relax Organic Salon, a holistic hair salon in Washington, Pennsylvania. Today, she shares with us the inspiring lessons she’s learned throughout her career.

Read her interview below!

Who inspires you in creating new looks?

I feel my fellow stylists inspire me most in creating new looks.  We are never too experienced to learn something from everyone we interact with every day. I always keep an open mind and heart to welcome in all that is new around me. Even after 34 years in the business, I’m still always enthusiastic about going to work and creating beauty in people’s lives. I genuinely love what I do. It’s never work to me, it’s my passion.

Tell us a little about your salon and what makes it unique.

My salon was created by divine inspiration during a meditation. I traveled a path of spiritual development of self. During this one weekend I was blessed with the information that I was to combine that of which I knew, hair, with that of which I was learning, self-transformation. I had the thought, “How can one create a place of self-transformation alongside hair salon services?” The seed was planted and in the next four years I created Relax Organic Salon, a different experience.

From the moment you walk in the door you are encompassed by a warm welcoming energy that fills the space as well as your soul. Our guests immediately feel welcomed and comfortable even before a service is done. I’ve set my intention that everyone who enters Relax Organic Salon has an experience of transformation, not only on the outside but also on the inside. It’s always wonderful to see and feel the changes taking place each day. I feel blessed for being able to share my salon with all who cross our path.

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What is one of your most significant accomplishments as a salon professional?

The first most significant accomplishment for me was when I was 24 and was told by my peers about a contest I entered in our salon that my model was ugly and I would never win. I didn’t listen and did it anyway. My model was chosen and I was offered to do a photo shoot. The model and work were published in the international magazine Passion. I then became one of the International design team members for the salon I worked for at the time.  All because I chose to believe in myself and my work. That was a huge turning point for me. So many of us choose to listen to the opinions of others when the only one we should listen to is ourselves.

If you could pick any one person to sit in your chair, who would it be and why?

If I could pick anyone to sit in my chair it would be my mom. My mother passed away of cancer 20 years ago. I know she would have loved the path of life I traveled and would be so proud of my accomplishments, especially my salon. She loved getting her hair done and anytime I needed a model for a class or workshop I could depend on her stepping up to the plate. So there you have it, no fancy celebrities … just good ol’ mom! 😊

What do you love most about educating other salon professionals for Simply Organic Beauty?

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I love educating other salon professionals about Simply Organic Beauty because it offers a new way of being. The company stands behind the products and their performance 100%. Other salon professionals need to be aware of the cleaner options and the toxicity of our salon as a whole so that they can make the change. Many beauty professionals have no clue what their occupation is doing to their health or the health of their client and the environment. I’m here to change salons for the better. One person, one salon, one community at a time.

What is your next step in life as a stylist?

My next step as a salon professional is to open more salons with the holistic approach to the salon experience. I also want to be the number one educator in the US for the head spa salons and experience.

How do you unwind after a long day in the salon?

I unwind after a long day at work with gratitude in my heart that I am busy enough to call it a long day and then I humbly shut off the lights and lock my doors. My home is very close to the salon. When I get home, I change in to my pajamas and usually retreat to bed and read. Yeah, real exciting I know. I’ve been doing this too long to go out and have drinks after a long day. If it’s an early day and I’m home before eight, I will eat dinner, maybe watch TV or just relax. I have created a space in my salon that is very conducive to relaxing, even for the stylist. So if I’ve truly had a long day it would be because a client wasn’t happy and that does not happen very often! I am truly blessed to have an amazing group of stylists that work for our Salon. I love what I do and have created a salon that is a home away from home.

Do you have a favorite formula and what it might be?

I do not have a favorite formula. I feel as though every guest is different, so every formula is different. I try not to use the same formula on different guests. I create the formulas to personalize it for each individual. That’s what makes us artists, right? We never create a masterpiece that is the same. People are not prints we duplicate, they are each a canvas of beauty we have the opportunity to create upon. I feel as artists if we can remember this, our guest will never get bored with us because the canvas will evolve as the relationship with us evolves through the years. Be an artist not a copy of one.

What is your favorite styling product or cocktail?

I love all of the products by OWAY. I enjoy mixing different products together each time so my guest doesn’t get bored. I have the opportunity to see what each product cocktail can do every time I style a client.  My favorites to use on everyone are Thermal Stress Protector for the hold level of four and protection from the hot tools, and the Glossy Nectar for the shine and fact it cuts the drying time down to half.  There are so many combinations of product mixture I use daily and I’m still always experimenting with each guest, every time they come in the salon.

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How do you create your best work?

I create my best work by being grounded and centered daily, making sure I am well rested and nourished and most of all knowing and being grateful that I have the opportunity to be an artist every day loving what I do and that my clients trust me to create a look that is just for them. I am blessed to do what I love and live my passion so I always try and create my best work with everyone.

Check out her amazing works with Oway below!

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How Hair Stylists & Salons Can Conquer The Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, Tribe, and that means a lot of last-minute cancellations and appointments, decorating your salon space, stylists taking time off, and preparing your holiday promotions and gifts for clients.

As the holiday frenzy kicks into high gear, it’s important that you’ve got everything all set up and ready to avoid the holiday season burnout we tend to feel this time of year. Here are some tips and tricks on how to successfully conquer the season like a champ.

Ways to Survive the Holiday Stress

1.     Plan salon tasks ahead of time.

Is your salon ready for the holidays? Now is the best time to start putting up decorations and planning your holiday specials. These tasks can take so much time and energy – doing them early will take away a lot of the stress and burden off your shoulders. You know what they say, failing to plan is planning to fail.

If you are managing a team of hair stylists, delegating tasks to your staff not only enables you to have more time for other important things, but it also enables them to learn and grow as hair stylists. Create a committee who will do the decorations, events planning, gift wrapping, etc.

Pro Tip: Have a team meeting prior to the first week of November. During this time, you should set expectations and standards for your team, as well as a clear plan and schedule. Accomplish this, and you’ll bring yourself, clients, team and business more success and less stress.

2.     Resist the urge to overbook your schedule.

The last quarter of the year is the busiest time of the year for hair stylists. Many clients want to get their hair done before the new year and booking each one who requests for an appointment can be tempting. Because let’s be honest – who doesn’t want to make an extra buck or two during the holidays? Unfortunately, this will only put you on the fast track to burn out.

Overcommitting can leave you and your staff with a feeling of being overwhelmed – which will only make the situation worse. Be realistic and accommodate only those that can reasonably fit into your schedule. Encourage your clients to pre-book months or weeks before their intended appointment so you can get your schedule all sorted out before the holiday season kicks in.

Pro Tip I: Now is the time to ensure your text, e-mail and phone call reminder system is up to date! This will ensure clients show up for their appointments on time (well, mostly), and you avoid those dread “can’t you just squeeze me in?” conversations.

Pro Tip II: Let’s face it, most if you will ignore our tip to avoid overbooking, so here’s how you can get grey coverage in 25 minutes or less with our Oway Hcolor line. The secret is Hypercolor Accelerator Drops!

3.     Diffuse essential oils.

We all know the many benefits aromatherapy can offer, but its ability to quickly relieve stress and anxiety is perhaps the main reason it’s very popular among hair stylists. Hairdressing is a very physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding profession.

Diffusing calming organic essential oil blends like lavender and chamomile while you and your team are attending to clients can help ease some of the stress. They’ve been proven to help calm the nerves and reduce anxiety. Bonus: Your clients will feel the calming vibes, too!

Pro Tip: Start the salon day with an energizing essential oil blend to uplift your team and help them start the day right! In the evening, try diffusing a more calming blend like our Relax Essential Oil.

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4.     Treat yourself to a time out.

After a hectic day, be sure to treat yourself and your staff to a time out. This will allow them to recharge and come back to work totally rejuvenated.

Have a spa party at the salon where you and your team can enjoy a relaxing massage or bath. Our Oway De-Stress Kit is not only the perfect gift for clients, friends and staff, but yourself, as well. 😉 It contains our Oway Materia, a versatile 100% organic soap to be used alone to purify and decompress, or made into calming bath melts.

5.     Celebrate small victories.

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Many salons usually wait for the craziness to be over before they start celebrating. While it’s important to focus on the tasks ahead, keeping yourself and your staff motivated is also essential. No matter how hectic your day is, set aside time to talk to your team and compliment them for their hard work.

If a team member successfully hits their sales goal for the week, giving them a prize, like Oway’s De-Stress Kit, for a job well done will motivate them and their peers to reach their goals. This keeps the positive energy in the salon flowing, resulting to improved work performance.

How does your salon handle stress during the holiday season? Share them in the comments below!

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Talking Shop: Interview with O&M Founder Jose Bryce Smith

Last week, Original & Mineral Founder Jose Bryce Smith stopped by Simply Organic Beauty HQ and we had a blast chatting with her! We talked about how O&M began, the new O&M CØR.color, and what to expect in the coming months.

Read her interview below!

Tell us about your journey. How did Original & Mineral begin?

My hairdressing journey started when I worked at a reception of a salon. Me and my partner set up a salon in Sydney 17 years ago, and he had very bad contact dermatitis. He couldn’t use normal hair color, particularly ammonia. So, we found this ammonia-free hair color and we brought it to our salon.

We were Sydney’s first organic salon and we got a huge amount of press from that. There was a lot of excitement [about it] that the business grew really quickly. We kept it to ourselves for seven years, and then eventually we started selling it to other salons. I was the first sales representative and we were packing [the products] in the salon.

From working in a salon, I learned about the needs of a salon and how hairdressers work. My background actually had been in marketing so I combined that – and O&M was born.

Now that you’ve launched O&M’s new CØR.color. We want to know – how came about wanting to launch another color brand?

I’ve always been about natural and low-chemical, so the ethos of the brand is we bridge the gap between natural and luxury. As we know, hair color is a chemical reaction. But if you can color your hair with less chemicals and no smell/fumes – that was our aim.

CØR.color, our next-generation professional hair color, is basically PPD-, Ammonia-, and Resorcinol-free. But my aim was to get the best grey coverage, the brightest reds and blondes, etc. We have 106 shades that you can do anything that a salon needed.

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Tell us how CØR.color differs from Mineral.CCT?

It’s called CØR.color because the core of the brand has always been hair color. We used Clean Color Technology (which means Ammonia-, PPD-, and Resorcinol-free), but CØR.color got Molecular Blend Technology in it.

One of the challenges of ammonia-free hair color was scalp irritation so that was something that we were determined to address. Pigments are pre-mixed in the lab. Scalp irritation is caused by free radicals and rogue pigments, so because [CØR.color] is pre-mixed, you don’t get scalp irritation.

Also, pre-mixing means all colors are blended (base color, reflect, etc), which gives improved grey coverage. Grey coverage has always been the biggest challenge for any ammonia-free color. That’s why all the testing that we did was against ammoniated color. We wanted [CØR.color] to perform exactly like ammoniated color. As a hairdresser, I don’t want to breathe [ammonia] if I didn’t have to. As a client, I don’t want that on my hair. That’s the philosophy of the brand.

The packaging looks cool. With the hair care, we’re all about it looking luxury where people can use it, Instagram it, and put it in their bathroom. I thought: Why does the hair color have to look like a backroom product that can be hidden away. It needs to come out the front.

O&M has always been so great about being fashion-forward. Now you have green chemistry, along with this new Molecular Blend Technology that no one has in the market. As the exclusive distributor in North America, we’re excited about our partnership. What excites you about being partners with Simply Organic Beauty?

With Simply Organic, I really love the philosophy of the company. You only distribute natural and organic products, which is exactly where O&M sits. Also, you’re very technology-focused. I love the way you educate and how you use the internet to reach your customers on a daily basis. Whereas traditionally, sales reps would visit salons once a month.

There’s so much information available online. It’s 2017, and traditional models of distribution [are not as effective anymore]. The world is changing, and [the internet] just makes it more immediate for us to be able to get our message across a wide audience. I think Simply Organic is the leader of that in America.

Thank you for that. What do you see next for Original & Mineral?

In the first quarter of next year, we’ll be launching a men’s range of hair color, which I’m super excited about. It’s called Q.color which is Quick Color (5-10 minutes). It’s grey blending. Five shades. I really think the men’s market is a huge growing market. Obviously, it’s ammonia-, PPD-, and resorcinol-free, but it gives really good coverage, but natural.

We’re also bringing out CØR.rebond, which is our rebonding system that you can use with all of our lighteners. It stops the hair from breaking. Balayage is a huge trend, and Paint Powder is our balayage bleach. It just means you’re gonna be able to look after the integrity of the hair. We’re all about healthy hair that’s free from stress, and CØR.rebond will fit into that.

We got some stuff coming out in the hair care line as well next year. I’m always obsessed with volume because I’ve got, like, five hairs, and I try to make them look like I got more. So, we’ll be having a dry shampoo coming out very soon.

You guys don’t stop do you?

No, we don’t. Actually, I get my best feedback in salons. I’m very lucky I get to travel a lot. I go to a lot of salons, and hairdressers are opinionated people. They tell you when they hate it, they tell you when they love it, and they tell you what they want. It just makes it so much easier. A lot of the products that we develop is actually from feedback.

So, where do you see hair color is headed?

10 years ago when we started this, people looked at me like I was an alien. Even when I first came to the US, they were like, “you’re actually a bit ahead of your time. You might not get there.” But if you look at all the major companies now they’re all going this way. Even in Europe, a lot of these chemicals are getting banned. It’s just that we are small and progressive enough. We’re doing it long enough that we’ve made enough mistakes to know how to get it right.

So I think this is the future. This is the trend. Generally, hairdressing will be going much more low-chemical, environmentally friendly, and sustainable. So many trends are going that way.

I also think there is a shift away from the major companies and the old way of doing things. We love that fashion element and keeping it cool. We’re working a lot with key influencers, hairdressers, and New York Fashion Week. Smaller brands tend to have a story people can relate to, which makes you more approachable. That’s why so many people tell me when they don’t like something. I really don’t mind. I’m not emotionally attached to anything other than being the best that I can be for the brand and making the products the best that I can.

What’s one piece of advice that you’ve really appreciated somebody has given you?

Somebody once told me, because I’ve been through so many ups and downs and we started this and founded this all from a hair salon: You’re standing on a frozen lake and you got an ice pick, and you’re trying to crack the ice. So what are you going to do? You should jump up and down. And if you haven’t gotten through the ice, you just gotta keep jumping.

I think with CØR.color, I’ve dented the ice. So I feel it’s a journey. You ought to enjoy it, but you got to crack through the ice. And I think knowing what you’re good at and surrounding yourself with people who are better than you and who have got different skills [is important], because you can’t do everything. I thought I could do everything. I even had to go do some color and I thought – okay, best to leave that to the experts.

So if you weren’t so lovely as a blonde, what color would you choose?

A few times, Wayne [Lewis] our Technical Director had said to me, darling, you should be a redhead. So I think I’d probably go copper because I’m pale and it will probably make me less washed out. I did once go dark. I had a very Cleopatra kind of hair and I couldn’t cope with it. It took me so long to get it all out.

What are your top styling products?

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If I was on a desert island, the three that I would pick would be Know Knott first which is our detangling spray. I don’t use any conditioner on my hair because it’s so fine and I don’t want to weigh it down. I  spray Know Knott in which is a lightweight leave-in conditioner then I blast dry my hair off. And then I spray Atonic, which is our thickening spray. It’s got Lilly Pilly, a natural collagen, so it plumps up my hair and I blowdry it. I always finish off with our Original Queenie which is our hair spray. I actually use that in a non-traditional way. I spray it in my roots and I spray underneath to get texture.

I know you mentioned the Lilly Pilly, but there are a lot of new ingredients in the brand and the new line.

Yeah, I was so obsessed with scalp irritation because that was the one thing that was coming through for hairdressers. What I really noticed with that is there’s a lot of factors that can affect it so we wanted to stabilize that – and that was our main thing. Molecular Blend Technology does that as I explained but we also use certified organic macadamia oil, which is very soothing on the scalp but also gives massive gloss and shine. Then we use coconut oil. I’m absolutely obsessed with coconut oil, I put it on my skin. It’s a superfood. So that’s our oil blend which we have in CØR.color that helps with the scalp and keeps the integrity of the hair because we want the hair to be healthy and in good condition.

I’m obsessed with the developers and how they work with the new color. So are there any new ingredients too?

The coconut oil is actually in the developer. We also have quite a few native Australian ingredients that we use in there that add a lot of moisture, which is actually quite amazing. Very powerful ingredients from Australia that are high in Vitamin C, like the Wild Seed Harvest. We got to keep our Australian roots.

A lot of those [ingredients] were borne out of the desert where you have to have hydration. So I know those ingredients were chosen for the added hydration to the color?

Yes, it’s the Wattle Seed that gives a thousand times moisture. It’s all about keeping the hair in healthy condition and super hydrated.

I used it the other day and wanted to test it without styling products. Hair was just extremely glossy and shiny and hydrated, so I know that these ingredients are just really a true bonus.

Yeah, I think obviously when you’re taking out so many chemicals, you’re looking to replace it with ingredients that will improve the product. Technology has improved so much that naturals can be high-performing and active.

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What are the craziest old wives’ tales about hair color that you’ve heard? For me, it’s that organic and natural luxury products don’t work.

Oh yeah, that’s a complete myth. But that’s how I started. I walked into a salon and say my hair is an ammonia-free high-lift blonde. And they would go, “No it isn’t.” And I would go, “Oh yeah it is.” I would just say, “You’re the expert here. You try it and you let me know.”

We spent a long time dispelling the myth that ammonia-free didn’t work. Really, ammonia is an alkaline agent and we’re just using another alkaline agent. It just happens to have no smell and no fumes. So if you’re making a choice, why wouldn’t you choose that?

What’s happening is you’re opening the cuticle but you’re not doing it as fast as you do with ammonia. The process and time is the same but it’s just putting less stress on the hair. So yeah, we’ve been busting that myth for 10 years.

I know before you were addicted to the high-lift series. Is that still true?

No, actually about three months ago, one of the hairdressers that worked for me said [about my hair], “Darling, it’s making you look old and we need to get rid of that tint.” I was coloring it every two weeks for 10 years, so they swayed me to do lowlights and to be honest, I nearly had a heart attack. It was so dark!

But now I’m using ammonia-free lightener [Keratin Lightener]. Apparently, I’m 50% grey which is quite distressing as well. But when you have streaks you can hardly see the grey in between. I only discovered this when I took the tint off because I’ve never seen my roots for 10 years! So, I highlight my hair with a Keratin Lightener.

But you still have a 12 series?

Oh yes. The high-lift blondes are really great part of the range. And now we got the pastel toners as well. We’ve never had those before. I’m really excited [about them]. The pinks, mauves, apricots. I actually might try one of those coppers – would it be apricot?

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Yeah, it’s pretty! It’s nice and sheer.

Okay, I might try that. We’ve actually launched CØR.color in 9 countries in the last 6 weeks and the biggest feedback is around grey coverage. You know if we’re all honest, every ammonia-free brand because of the nature of the alkaline agent, that’s been the biggest struggle, particularly in the lighter shades because dark shades tend to cover anyway. In a 7, 8, 9 when we’re doing the testing, we had a lady called Maureen and Paul the hairdresser doing the testing said to me, “Darling, you gotta come and see Maureen’s hair. It’s an 8.0 – it’s covered 100%!” And so that’s been the biggest difference.

We do very well in Scandinavia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway. They’re very knowledgeable about chemicals. Their governments have several chemicals banned that are not banned in the US. And it has gone so well for them there and they’ve given us such amazing feedback.

What is it about hairdressers that you really adore as far as characteristics of hairdressers are concerned?

I think most hairdressers are an eighth crazy. And to be honest, I’m about an eight crazy. You gotta be crazy to do hair color! But I think they are creative geniuses. Until you’ve really worked in it, you don’t really realize how creative they are and how much they can change women’s lives, [including] men’s lives. So from a product perspective, no one would do something like this unless they absolutely loved it. But when people tell you they love it or they don’t love it… hairdressers are just so expressive and honest. It’s been an amazing ride. My best friends are all hairdressers and I met so many amazing people. There’s never a dull day when you work in hairdressing.

Ashley would like to know: Where do you see the educational platform for the world going?

All hair colors are education-based. We run globally a traditional education model where we have educators on the road. But I think online is becoming so much more important. We’ve got videos for each of our retail products that are on the Simply Organic website. If there’s something you want to see, you can watch a little how-to video on how to do [a certain hair style]. We’re constantly developing more videos. We’re actually about to launch the videos for CØR.Color as well. I see videos as really important.

Also, I really want to work with hairdressers who love the product. So if you are a hairdresser and you have a great social media following, you should definitely contact us because we would love to work with you and hear what you like about it and see your video content. I absolutely think that that is the way that it’s going. We’ll soon use Fashion Week. We’re gonna be running competitions where stylists can go to New York Fashion Week, which we do twice a year. We’d really like to run a competition as well where you can come to Australia and I will host you.

Education is the most important thing. But the thing that I really love about CØR.color is it’s actually really easy. To be completely honest, I’ve been doing this for 10 years so I can say this and I know every ammonia-free line has had this, there’s been always [a lot of] tips and tricks that you have to do to get better grey coverage and to get more vibrancy in the reds, but now with the way this is [formulated] and Molecular Blend Technology – we’ve got the maximum amount of pyresol, which is the red. It’s really user-friendly that I don’t think we’re gonna need anywhere near as much education as before.

She’s right. This is like a point-and-click system where you can make anything out of all these shades and just as easily use and get your grey coverage just like that. I also know you’ve changed the timing a little bit?

Yeah, we’ve gone 1:1.5 as well in the mixing ratio, which makes it more cost-effective for the hairdresser.

And the +15 minutes model. With the new developer and 1:1.5 ratio that sort of made the education easy and switch up, too. How long from start to finish when you decided to jump back into developing a new color line?

It took us two years from when we found the right manufacturer. I went to a lot of different factories. We did all our due diligence. Ammonia-free is quite specialist and I wanted somebody who really had knowledge in this. I found a chemist we could really work with and we basically spent two years doing testing and developing the line.

Paul, who is my long-suffering hairdresser in Australia, was actually no longer working for me. He opened a salon and was having a break from products. I went to him and I said, “Please, please you’re the only one who knows it.” So he did all the testing in his salon. That worked really well because they were using it every single day, and we did hundreds and hundreds of heads and lots of comparisons.

We got a lot of new shades that we didn’t have before. And then some of the shades from Mineral.CCT, we kept those. It’s been a very long process. But, we will not stop moving. We’re always looking for ways to remove chemicals and we’re always looking for ways to improve the product. So we’ll be bringing out new shades every year. The Men’s Color that I was talking about earlier – that’s coming out the first quarter of next year. We’re really excited about that.

That’s pretty brilliant. All the barbers who do quick color for the men – it’s a huge market.

Yeah, and just being able to increase their service so quickly. I think a lot of men want grey blending now. They want that salt and pepper look. [Q.color] only stays on for 5 – 10 minutes because men aren’t gonna sit around for longer.

Anything else you wanna share with our Tribe out there?

I just wanna say thank you to all the O&M friends. Thanks for being on the journey and supporting us. We’re more enough to care and big enough to be growing. We’re excited about that. We’re getting O&M in salons around the world. I just really appreciate it. Thank you.

Curious about the new O&M CØR.color? Try our Starter Kits and Packages!

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 33

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For many people, Fall represents a time for transformation. So it comes as no surprise reds and warm browns are two of the most requested shades this season. They’re more daring and off-beat – and perfectly captures the spirit of the season. Case in point: our trending hair colors this week.

See our favorite hair colors below!

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Dusty Rose Hair Color Formula

Hair by Erica Walker

A slightly warmer, deeper version of the Rose Gold trend, Dusty Rose has gained quite a following this season. And it’s clear why.

Natural Level: 7

Roots to Midshaft: Oway Hcolor 5.77 Deep Purple Light Brown + Oway Hcolor 6.62 Irisee Red Dark Blonde + Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster + Oway Hcolor 0.1 Ash Booster with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Previously Balayaged Toned: Oway Hcolor 6.62 Irisee Red Dark Blonde + Oway Hcolor 9.1 Ash Very Light Blonde + Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Golden Copper Hair Color Formula

Hair by Brittany Taylor Dangleis

Golden copper combines different tones of gold and copper red, which remind us of sunsets and falling leaves. A perfect choice for clients for this time of year.

Roots: Oway Hcolor 5.0 Natural Light Brown + Oway Hcolor 6.0 Natural Dark Blonde + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Lowlights: Oway Hcolor 5.0 Natural Light Brown + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Toner: Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + + Oway Hcolor 90.11 Intense Ash Super Bleaching Blonde + Oway Hcolor 0.1 Ash Booster + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Rose Gold Hair Color Formula

Hair by Anne Hehn

Of course, Fall won’t be complete without Rose Gold. This hue’s natural warmth instantly enhances any complexion, which is probably why it still remains a favorite among clients.

Previous Color: Oway Hcolor 6.0 Natural Dark Blonde + Oway Hcolor 6.34 Golden Copper Dark Blonde

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

Outgrowth Pulling through Midshaft in Some Areas: Oway Hcolor 5.0 Natural Light Brown + Oway Hcolor 6.62 Irisee Red Dark Blonde + 15vol

Mids to Ends: Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + Oway Hcolor 6.62 Irisee Red Dark Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Blonde Ends Toned: Oway Hcolor 90.11 Intense Ash Super Bleaching Blonde

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Pumpkin Spice Hair Color Formula

Hair by Maren McKenna

Warning: This hue isn’t anything like that popular Starbucks drink. In fact, this rich, warm brunette shade with red and coppery undertones peeking through is much more glorious to look at. We recommend adding some highlights to give it more dimension.

Base: Oway Hcolor 6.0 Natural Dark Blonde + Oway Hcolor 6.34 Golden Copper Dark Blonde

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

Lowlight: Oway Hcolor 6.4 Coppery Dark Blonde + Oway Hcolor 7.6 Red Blonde

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

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Sandstone Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Sarah Gedda Finney

Fall isn’t just for redheads – they’re for blondes too. To update your blonde client’s hair, we recommend doing a shadow root to add some depth to her hair.

Roots: Oway Hcolor 6.35 BST Tobacco Dark Blonde + Oway Hcolor 7.31 Beige Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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

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Peachy Apricot Hair Color Formula

Hair by Stinas Salong

Peachy Apricot is slowly getting attention this year. Like its cousin Rose Gold, it complements almost any skin tone. Check out Stinas Salong’s formula on how to achieve this trendy hue using our newest O&M CØR.color line.

Roots: O&M CØR.color 8.34 Light Golden Copper Blonde + O&M CØR.color 8.0 Light Blonde

Highlights: O&M CØR.color 9.5 Very Light Red Blonde + O&M CØR.color 5 vol Activator and O&M CØR.color 7.4 Copper Blonde + O&M CØR.color 5 vol Activator

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We Put O&M CØR.color to the Test and Here Are the Results

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By now, you have heard about our new Original & Mineral CØR.color, which we launched last week. You already know the major facts about this revolutionary hair color, its nourishing Desert Harvest ingredients, the innovative Molecular Blend Technology that powers it, and much-improved range. Naturally, you must be curious – how does it differ from Mineral.CCT? Is it better than its predecessor?

We tested CØR.color on ourselves and we were blown away by the results. Check out the before-and-after transformations below.

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Plum and purple hair are popular requests during Fall season.

To make some pieces pop, we lightened some sections with O&M Ammonia Free Keratin Powder Lightener and O&M CØR.color 30 vol Activator. Daphne still had some old color on her hair, so we did a 10-minute color cleanse at the bowl. Afterwards, we toned with our new O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear to break the base then painted with O&M CØR.color 0.66 Violet Pure Color.

The result is a silky soft Mulberry shade that complemented Daphne’s olive skin tone.

Golden Brown

Denise wanted to refresh her old color needed so we gave her that and more. We mixed of O&M CØR.color 5.0 Light Brown and O&M CØR.color 5.4 Light Copper Brown to brighten her up and added some highlights throughout to break up her gorgeous new golden brown base.

Bombshell Blonde

Patricia came in with new growth showing. To soften it up, we bumped up the base of her front hair with one of the CØR.color High Lift Blondes – Intense Ash, and 0.00 Clear from the Occipital Bone down to the base break. After processing, we added new highlights all over to add dimension and movement to her bombshell blonde hair.

Bombshell Blonde Hair Color Formula

Base Bump: O&M CØR.color 12.11 Super Blond Intense Ash (Front) + O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear (Occipital Bone) + O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator

Processing Time: 20 minutes

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

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Mahogany Red

Compared to Mineral.CCT, the new O&M CØR.color is more neutral – which you can see below. This newest development will make formulation easier as it offers a perfect balance between warm and cool tones. Toni has a cool undertone and the dark, rich blend of red, purple, and brown in O&M CØR.color’s 44.65 perfectly complemented her skin tone.

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Mahogany Red Hair Color Formula

Regrowth: O&M CØR.color 44.65 Red Intense Brown Mixed 1:1.5 with  O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

Mids & Ends: O&M CØR.color 44.65 Red Intense Brown Mixed 1:1.5 with  O&M CØR.color 30 vol Activator

Questions? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Tech Tip Tuesday: How to Achieve the Ultimate Red

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Autumn leaves are falling and we know we are at the brink of a new season. Fall has many significant meanings to many hairdressers – it is time to brighten up our clients world with fresh color. Just as the vibrant rich reds, ambers and oranges of the changing leaves, we would like to bring some of these rich tones to our color world and clientele.

All of us know that red hair color can present its own challenges. Why is my regrowth the beautiful vibrant red I desired but the ends and midshaft still so brown with the red not as visible? Why does the red seem to fade so quickly from the midshaft and ends?  My client’s regrowth area seems to be too warm, almost hot, why would this happen? How much brown should I add to my formula to achieve grey coverage while still not browning out the reflect?

These challenges are something many colorists have faced and have to overcome to create beautiful rich reds for their clients.

How to Achieve Perfect Grey Coverage

Let us first address reds and how to achieve perfect grey coverage at the same time.

Higher percentages of grey will require other tones to be added to the formula in order to have a vibrant yet solid grey coverage.

Without neutral or gold added to the formula it would be like putting red paint on a white wall, giving a hollow color and some instances a pink tone or hue.

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A good rule of thumb would be:

  • Note the percentage of grey since it will dictate what percent of  neutral base must be to added to the formula. For high percentages of grey, at least half of the formula needs to include a natural/neutral series base.
  • Then, midshaft and ends can be analyzed to see what is missing.  Rarely the natural base will fade and you are able to mix a formula with the straight red to add rich vibrancy back into those ends.
  • There may be instances of higher percentages of grey but the desired result is extremely vibrant. In this scenario, your professional judgement will dictate how much to adjust the neutral base without compromising the coverage.

To tackle a situation where the regrowth is the exact shade desired, yet now the ends look darker and too brown, it may be necessary to slightly purify the midshaft and the ends before applying your new formula. This will allow you to match the beautiful vibrancy of the regrowth and remove some of the excessive brown blocking the red’s vibrancy.

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Fadage can be a problem when creating and maintaining the ultimate red.  

In some situations, you may want to re-pigmentize the hair if your starting base is extremely faded or you are covering previously blonded ends. Another tip would be to also process for a  longer amount of time in this scenario. Always be sure to send your client home with a corresponding shampoo and conditioner to protect their new color. Color Protection Hair Bath, Mask, and the Color Protection Veil will all assist with their new color adding longevity to your fun Fall warm hair color.  

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 32

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Whether your client has blonde, red, or brunette hair – there’s always a perfect hue for every hair color. Out of ideas? Get some inspiration from our #HolisticHairTribe.

Check out our trending hair colors this week!

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Strawberry Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Courtney Curtis

Now isn’t that beautiful? This Strawberry Blonde is perfect for clients looking to change their hair color for Fall but still want to look natural.

Base: 30 g O&M Mineral.CCT 6/34 Dark Warm Copper Blonde + 10g O&M Mineral.CCT 6/75 Dark Chocolate Blonde + O&M Mineral.CCT 10 Volume DEPOSIT Cream Activator

Highlights: O&M Paint Powder Clay Lightener

Toner (Liquid.CCT)

Root: O&M Liquid.CCT 6/54 Dark Red Copper Blonde

Ends: 20g O&M Liquid.CCT 9/54 Very Light Strawberry Blonde + 10g O&M Liquid.CCT 7/4 Copper Blonde + drop of O&M Liquid.CCT 0/55 Red + 5g O&M Liquid.CCT 0/0 Clear Gloss

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Chestnut Umber Hair Color Formula

Hair by Heather Leigh Ford

Chestnut Umber is a great option for brunettes who want a rich, warm shade this season. Bonus: It looks absolutely stunning on many skin tones.

Base Level 5-6

New Growth: Oway Hcolor 4.56 Red Mahogany Brown + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Around the Face + Crown: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer for 35mins

Toner: Oway Hcolor 8.31 Beige Light Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer for 10 mins

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Ash Grey Hair Color Formula

Hair by Anna Lundeberg

The Granny Hair trend won’t go away soon it seems. This is perfect for clients who want to go out of the box this season.

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener with Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer and Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer (ends)

Toner: 10g Oway Hcolor 7.1 Ash Blonde + 1g Oway Hcolor 1.0 Natural Black + 5g Oway Hcolor 0.8 Blue Booster + 10g Oway Hcolor 0.1 Ash Booster + 5vol

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Nude Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Cara Robertson of SPAtacular Escapes

Cara’s client started at a level 6 with warm brown and lots of red tones from box color. And now you can’t even spot a trace of those tones in this beautiful blonde.

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer and 25vol

Toner: Oway Hcolor 90.11 Intense Ash Super Bleaching Blonde + Oway Hcolor 90.2 Irisee Super Bleaching Blonde + 5vol

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Mushroom Brown Hair Color Formula

Hair by Chelsie Clark of SPAtacular Escapes

It’s amazing what a bleach wash can do for the hair. Chelsie’s client used to have red tones in her hair, but she was able to pull the color out with Hbleach – and voila!

Base: Oway Hcolor 5.0 Natural Light Brown + Oway Hcolor 4.1 Ash Brown + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Wash: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Toner: Oway Hcolor 90.11 Intense Ash Super Bleaching Blonde for 30mins

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Salted Caramel Hair Color Formula

Hair by Angela Molina

This curly-haired goddess wanted to spruce up her hair, so Angela gave her these gorgeous Salted Caramel coils to make them stand out even more. We’re obsessed!

Base Lift: Oway Hcolor 7.1 Ash Blonde with Oway Hcatalyst 40 Volume Cream Developer for 45mins

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

Toner: Oway Hcolor 8.0 Natural Light Blonde and dash of Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Which are your favorites this week?

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