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6 Signs You Need a Scalp Detox Treatment

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When was the last time you had your scalp detoxed? And no, we’re not talking about the last time you washed your hair.

Like our body, our scalp absorbs everything we apply to it. And over time, they build up and wreak havoc on the scalp’s delicate ecosystem. For this reason, you need a detox treatment to completely get rid of all the harmful toxins and restore the balance.

Not sure if you need it? Check out the following signs that you’re due for a much-needed scalp detox treatment:

You only wash your hair a few times a week (if at all).

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Let’s face it, in the era of dry shampoo addictions and co-washing, most of us have abandoned the idea of shampooing our hair daily. While the short-term effects can be great for hair health, your scalp may not fare as well.

Most shampoos have a unique pH and formula to properly cleanse the scalp of excess sebum, residue and product buildup. When you continually skip this step, hair follicles can become clogged – leading to hair loss, thinning and weak hair strands.

We’re not saying start washing your hair daily – because that has adverse effects, too  – we’re saying it’s time to start working a scalp detox treatment into your beauty routine.

You’ve started a new lifestyle or diet.

It’s the new year, and you’ve probably started to make some positive changes to your diet and lifestyle (you go, Glen Coco). However, did you know when starting the detoxing process, toxins are expelled through your pores, including the large pores on your scalp? This can lead to breakouts, which can be quite painful and bothersome.

Organic scalp treatments, particularly those infused with the herb Horsetail, help soothe the inflammation and speed up the detox process by pulling out all the toxins and impurities left on the skin.

You’ve started to notice hair loss and thinning.

If you’re not suffering from alopecia areata, chances are your hair loss problem is caused by oxidative stress. While there can be various reasons why your hair is shedding more than normal, oftentimes it’s mainly because of the presence of excess free radicals and low number of antioxidants in your body. This imbalance causes oxidative stress, which destroys cells in the body such as hair follicles.

To treat oxidative stress, we highly recommend reducing your exposure to free radicals. Yes, there may be too many free radicals in the environment that it’s impossible to completely avoid them but there are several precautionary measures you can do to prevent oxidative stress. For one, a scalp detox effectively flushes out the harmful toxins before they attack the hair bulb and refreshes it with antioxidants to keep it protected.

There’s a season change.

Yes, it’s not just you. Seasonal changes, especially winter, can cause flakes to appear. When not exfoliated, it can build up on the scalp and clog pores. Doing a deep cleansing and purifying treatment will not only buff away the flakes, but also restore moisture and balance to damaged scalp.

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You live in an area where there’s too much environmental toxins.

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Do you live in an area where there’s too much pollution? Toxic fumes and substances are never completely washed away by shampoo. Most of them are quickly absorbed by the scalp, causing free radical damage to the skin cells and hair follicles.

Adding a scalp detox treatment to your beauty regimen can help draw out all the toxins that your daily shampoo cannot remove.

You’re heavy handed with hard-to-remove styling products.

Ever felt your hair grimy and waxy despite how many times you wash it? While styling products do serve a purpose, product residues that remain on the scalp and hair can cause dehydration and irritation when not removed properly. Unfortunately, your daily hair bath and conditioner can only do so much. In fact, they may actually exacerbate the problem if not washed away completely.

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What you need is a complete scalp detox treatment to get rid of the residues once and for all. Trust us when we say you’d wish you had done it sooner once you see and feel the difference. Just check out the scalp detox benefits below:

Scalp Detox Benefits

  • Promotes healthy hair growth
  • Purifies the scalp of odor-causing bacteria
  • Antioxidants prevent oxidative stress and enhance scalp function
  • Removes buildup that causes dull hair and scalp imbalances
  • Calms scalp irritation and redness

Check out our Oway Herbs & Clay Scalp Detox Treatment Product Tutorial below!

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 45

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Our #HolisticHairTribe brought their A-game this week – we had a hard time choosing which work to feature! But one thing is for sure – with every hair color we highlight every week, we challenge preconceived notions about ammonia-free, holistic hair color.  And in an industry that’s been accustomed to using chemical-laden salon products, it’s amazing to see the stylists using ammonia-free hair color to display their talent and creativity.

See our top picks below!

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Cardinal Hair Color Formula

Hair by Miranda of Ananda Organic Salon & Spa

Just when you think you’ve seen all shades of red, this happens. This vibrant Cardinal Red hair color by Miranda is absolutely mesmerizing. Did you know she was only using Oway for a week before creating this masterpiece? That’s what you call talent.

Roots: Oway Hcolor 6.43 Copper Golden Dark Blonde Blended Down

Mids to Ends (1:1): Oway Hcolor 6.43 Copper Golden Dark Blonde + Oway Hcolor 8.4 Coppery Light Blonde

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Urban Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Caitlin Helle

Isn’t it amazing how subtle highlights can elevate a look? Called babylights, these delicate highlights mimic the natural hair color dimension in children. Who knew babies can be such inspiration to the salon industry?

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

Toner (1:1): Oway Hcolor 9.1 Ash Very Light Blonde + Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Ocean Jade Hair Color Formula

Hair by Anna Lundeberg

With Oway Hmelt, you can practically recreate any color you can think of. Case in point: This striking Ocean Jade hair color Anna created using our Oway Hmelt Green Harmony.

Prelightened to 10 with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Color: 40g Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 40g Oway Hmelt Green Harmony

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Hair by Cara Robertson of SPAtacular Escapes

With shades of amber set to become one of this year’s popular hair colors, many clients will certainly be requesting it. Take it to another level with Cara’s version of amber hair color.

Base Touchup: Oway Hcolor 5.0 Natural Light Brown + Oway Hcolor 5.4 Coppery Light Brown + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Highlights: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + 25vol

Toner: Oway Hcolor 6.44 Deep Coppery Dark Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Hair by Andi of Ka’ton Salon Organic Hair Body Health

Want to know how to give your client that natural, healthy glow after a balayage? Tone with Oway Hnectar, our PPD-free hair color made from 100% pure plant nectars and sugars.

Root: Oway Hcolor 5.0 Natural Light Brown + Oway Hypercolor Process Accelerator Oil with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 40 Volume Cream Developer (45 min)

Tone (Roots): Oway Hnectar 6.0 Natural Dark Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Ends: Oway Hnectar 8.1 Nordic Light Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Prairie Hair Color Formula

Hair by Nikki Lawrence

Oh the wonders of Hmilk! Nikki made sure to add Hmilk during and in between treatment to ensure the hair stays healthy and protected, which is highly needed for double process sessions.

New Growth: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer with a bit of Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment

Old Golden Pieces: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer with Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment (45mins)

Add Depth to Blonde: Ribbons of Oway Hcolor 5.34 Golden Copper Light Brown + Oway Hcolor 5.0 Natural Light Brown  + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Second Treatment: Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment

Roots (1:1): Oway Hcolor 5.34 Golden Copper Light Brown + Oway Hcolor 5.0 Natural Light Brown + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Mids to Ends: 22g Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + 7g Oway Hcolor 7.6 Red Blonde  + 2.5g Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer (20mins)

Which are your favorites this week?

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8 Salon Business Trends That Will Rule 2018

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A new year is a time to let go of old habits that don’t work and embrace new ones. Whether you’re aiming to take your retail game to the next level or get more clients this year, knowing the latest salon business trends and applying them to your salon practices may help you reach your goals sooner than expected.

2018 is a good year for our #HolisticHairTribe as we’ll see a rise in clients, and yes including men, looking for healthier alternatives. Technology-driven business models will also gain momentum. Learn more about them below as well as the other trends that will dominate 2018!

2018 Salon Business Trends

Natural and Organic Salon Products

Now more than ever, consumers are becoming more aware of the benefits of reducing their chemical exposure – and rightly so! With a growing number of bloggers and influencers (and video streaming behemoth, Netflix) constantly sharing information about the toxins commonly found in our food and personal care products, it’s not surprising consumers will be more actively searching for brands that use organic ingredients this year. In fact, the demand for organic beauty products is projected to reach $13.2 billion this year according to the Transparency Market.

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While 100% organic hair color isn’t possible (yet), introducing potential clients to your holistic hair products and practices is the best way to reduce their toxic exposure (and yours)! Professional ammonia-free color brands like Oway’s Hcolor or Original & Mineral’s CØR.color line are filled with high percentages of biodynamic and organic ingredients, innovative color technologies and an extraordinary low chemical content.

Due to recent ingredient innovations and a demand for more health-conscious formulations, these hair color lines still achieve impeccable results and will surely make any doubter a lifelong client.

PRO TIP: Take advantage of this demand for cleaner products by beefing up your retail offering. Check out these discounted hair styling packages.

Holistic Salon Treatments

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Apart from natural salon products, 2018 will also center on wellness and mindfulness. With the heightened awareness on the link between mind and body, clients will be looking to include holistic salon treatments in their regimen, which will not only make their hair look healthy, but also their overall well-being.

PRO TIP: Incorporate soothing scalp treatments such as our Herbs & Peel treatment and new Head.Spa, as well as aromatherapy in your salon menu to attract holistic-minded clients.

Eco-Friendly Practices

With the wildfires, floods, and catastrophic hurricanes becoming all too common in the US, especially last year, the national conversation on climate change has noticeably begun to shift. Now, consumers actively seek businesses that promote eco-friendly practices. From cruelty-free, toxin-free products to zero-waste packaging, clients are becoming increasingly conscious of how their purchases affect the environment.

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PRO TIP: Set up a Refill Station in your salon so both you and your clients can work together to reduce salon waste.

Instagram Marketing

With more than 800 million active users, Instagram continues to be one of the top platforms to promote your business, next to Facebook. As the social media giant continues to upgrade its features (users can now shop products with a single tap on a photo), more and more businesses are looking for ways to integrate Instagram in their marketing strategy.

As hair stylists, Instagram is the best platform to share and promote our work. Also, many clients nowadays prefer a salon with an active business page where they can see the before-and-after pictures. For the latest social media marketing ideas for hair salons (including a killer Insta-strategy), check our free training video: [5 Untold Secrets of A Successful Social Media Strategy For Salons & Hair Stylists].

PRO TIP: According to a 2012 study, social media plays a huge role in influencing a consumer’s purchasing behavior. Use this to your advantage by regularly updating your Instagram page.

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Live Videos & Tutorials

Today’s customers are no longer content with traditional marketing. They can tell when they are being sold something from a mile away. What they crave is a more perceptible, interactive form of content that will allow them to make effective decisions.

Statistics indicate that “millennials”, who are expected to become the most influential customer demographic this year and the years to come, consume more digital videos than the average customer, which is why industry experts are predicting that we will see a surge in video content and live broadcasts in 2018.

PRO TIP: This is a perfect opportunity for your salon and your team of stylists to showcase what you can offer. Post live hair painting and hair styling tutorials to capture the interest of your target demographic. Videos nowadays get more likes and shares from people on Facebook, so this could also be a great way to advertise your salon.

Continuing Education

As customers become more informed of the current trends as well as the benefits and dangers of certain ingredients, the salon industry has become more education-focused. From 2-day education retreats to advanced color classes to webinars, you will notice an increase in professional development courses this year.

PRO TIP: Always keep an eye out for Simply Organic’s education classes. We also offer free online trainings and webinars for holistic hair stylists like you. More classes will be added soon.

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Men’s Products & Services

2018 will see a boom in male grooming products and services especially now that men’s perception of self-care is undergoing a paradigm shift. Many are seeing the benefits of improving their body image and appearance, which opens up new opportunities for salons looking to expand their service menu this year.

PRO TIP: Original & Mineral and Oway are releasing their male-focused product lines this year – stay tuned!

Mobile Payments & Online Booking

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With millennials becoming a growing customer demographic, they will be looking for salons and stylists that will allow them to book and pay for services with their phones.

NFC or near-field communication allows two devices to exchange information through an NFC chip. Apple and Google have recently launched NFC-powered Apple Pay and Google Pay which allows mobile phone owners to pay for goods and services without swiping their credit cards. In light of the massive credit card breaches that occurred last year, NFC is a step in the right direction.

PRO TIP: Integrating NFC technology in your business transactions will help you gain more clients and keep your salon ahead of the curve. Additionally, setting up an online booking system will not be only convenient for clients but for you as well. Instead of spending time on the phone booking customers, you can have more time to relax or do other tasks.

Which of these salon business trends will you be implementing this year? Sound off in the comments below!

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Get the Look: The Best Golden Globes 2018 Red Carpet Hair Colors & Styles

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The Golden Globes 2018 took place Sunday night, which means awards season has officially begun. But apart from the highly anticipated announcement of winners, the red carpet arrivals did not disappoint this year.

From the artists who wore black in support of the #TimesUp movement down to head-turning looks that graced the occasion, this year’s Golden Globe Awards is definitely one for the books.

Simply Organic Beauty Educators Rebecca Gregory and Wayne Lewis picked 6 of the best hair colors and hairstyles from the red carpet, and provided some really useful tips on how to recreate them in your salon using our ammonia-free lines: Oway and O&M. Check them out below!

Top Golden Globes 2018 Red Carpet Looks

Emma Stone

COLOR

To achieve Emma Stone’s base color, use O&M CØR.color 8.3 Light Golden Blonde with O&M COR.color 8.34 Light Golden Copper Blonde. Then, paint some pieces to frame the face with O&M Paint Powder Clay Lightener. Finally, glaze the hair with O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear to lock in the tone and add incredible shine for the red carpet.

STYLE  

Condition the hair with O&M Fine Intellect Conditioner, then spritz the hair with O&M Atonic Hair Thickening Spritz. Dry hair to 50% dry then add more Atonic and dry to 80% dry.

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Add O&M Rootalicious Root Lift Spray by putting into palms then spreading through the hair. Dry with a natural bristle round brush to create volume. Once dry, make a side part from forehead to crown then pull one side back and secure with bobby pins, then pull other side over, twist and pin to create a ballerina low bun on crown. Pull a few pieces from the side, then sweep back and allow to fall like a soft fringe. Finish by spraying O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hair Spray.

Image Source: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images and Mara Roszak

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Michelle Williams

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You can recreate Michelle Williams’ modern angelic blonde using the O&M Ammonia Free Keratin Powder Lightener on scalp. Once the hair lifts, use a nourishing shampoo and treatment like O&M The Power Base Protein Treatment before toning.

To tone, use the O&M CØR.color Sand Toner, with O&M CØR.color 5 vol Activator for 20 minutes.

STYLE  

Spray towel dried hair with O&M Know Knott Detangling Spray then blow dry remove most or the moisture. In the palms of your hand, mix O&M K-Gravel Texture Clay and O&M C-Paste Texture Cream together and spread evenly throughout the hair. Style with fingers to create an effortless soft pixie look.

Image Source: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Kate Hudson

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After shaving her hair off, Kate’s hair was naturally dark. Use the O&M CØR.color 12.81 Super Blond Pearl Ash and add some highlights with O&M Ammonia Free Pearl Blue Powder Lightener to create texture and  glow from forehead to the crown.

To tone, O&M CØR.color 9.8 Very Light Pearl Blonde is perfect to remove unwanted warmth and create a natural California blonde.

STYLE

Spray O&M Atonic Hair Thickening Spritz through the hair and dry until most of the moisture is removed. Spritz O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Texture Spray to hair and dry with a Denman brush to keep hair smooth and flat. Use O&M C-Paste Texture Cream to separate pieces for a polished textured look. Add a black headband to finish this look.

Image Source: Hello Magazine

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Jessica Biel

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Add some interest to the hair by adding pops of painted strands with O&M Paint Powder Clay Lightener. Then, layer this with O&M CØR.color 8.7 Light Brunette Blonde, which will add very natural sunkissed highlights. This is also a great time to add O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear all over the hair to protect it from fade and seal the ends for heat protection.

STYLE

Spray O&M Atonic Hair Thickening Spritz onto damp hair and add a few drops of O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum to the ends, then dry to 80% dry and follow with O&M Rootalicious Root Lift Spray. Continue to dry. To add volume, create lift on one side of the face with a round brush by blowing off and up, creating a small wave. Set with O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hair Spray. Pull hair back to a low soft ponytail, loop hair up and wrap it around the ponytail.

Finally, secure with a fringe pin to hide the band holding the ponytail. Spray with O&M Frizzy Logic Finishing Shine Spray to finish the look.

Image Source: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

Margot Robbie

COLOR

To achieve Margot Robbie’s gorgeous Golden Globes Glam look, do a shadow melt technique with Oway Hcolor 7.01 Ash Natural Blonde. Then, add babylights with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer. Be sure to decolorize first the hair to a pale yellow/white and tone with Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum over some of the prelightened hair. Leave some of the babylights out to add blonde dimension.

STYLE

Following the color service, wash with Oway Hbalance Post-Color Neutralizing Shampoo and condition with Oway Hbalance Post-Color pH Mask to restore the hair to its proper PH. Spray some Oway Volumizing Root Spray throughout and add Oway Glossy Nectar before blow-drying. Use a natural bristle round brush to create some bounce through the ends.

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Take a low-heated flat iron and create a loose wave through the tips. Sweep to one side to create softness around the face and mist lightly with Oway Glamshine Cloud. Lock in this beauty with Oway Sculpting Mist. Glamour is in the air.

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Dakota Johnson

COLOR

Use Oway Hcolor 5.32 CDI Irisee Golden Light Brown with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer as a root melt application. Then, do a hand painting balayage using Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener. Working heavier with your product towards the ends of the hair, lift to a yellow/white remaining pigment and then glaze with Oway Hcolor 9.1 Ash Very Light Blonde and Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer. This will create a beautiful sparkling root melt finish with light, glamorous ends.

STYLE

Use a flat iron or curling iron to add some loose curls and a dash of Oway Boho Pomade for that effortless tousled hair.

Image Source: Harper’s Bazaar

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 44

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2017 was a great year for our #HolisticHairTribe. But judging by the incredible work they’ve created this week (and it’s been only Day 5 of 2018, mind you), it looks like 2018 is going to be a more fun and colorful year. Don’t believe us?

Check out the trending hair colors this week!

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Pink Champagne Hair Color Formula

Hair by Cynthea Amnatkeo of The Moon Room

Got redhead clients who want to go lighter? This stunning Pink Champagne will be perfect for them. Cynthea’s client has been red for a year and wanted a fresh change for the new year. So et voila!

Previous Level: 6

Prelighten: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer + Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment

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

Toner: 55g Oway Hcolor 90.2 Irisee Super Bleaching Blonde + 30 drops Oway Hmelt Playful Rose + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Iridescent Lilac Hair Color Formula

Hair by Jenell Fratacci of Sepulveda Hair Studio

Hair color looking a little too bright? Try flash toning it with our Oway Ash Extra Light Blonde and 9vol to give it a more muted effect, like what Jenell did to her client.

Lighten Regrowth: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

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

Toner: 2oz of Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + ¼ oz of Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Flash Tone: Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Blunt Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Cara Robertson of SPAtacular Escapes

There’s nothing better than starting the new year with a new balayage and an eye-catching haircut. Apply some Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment before cutting as well to soften and tame the strands, making it easy to cut.

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

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

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Tuscan Blonde Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kristen Kneeland of Simply Hair

Our #HolisticHairTribe is loving the new O&M COR.color formula! Would you believe this client is 75% grey and no toner was used at all?

Balayage: O&M Paint Powder Clay Lightener with O&M CØR.color 40 vol Activator + O&M CØR.color 10.0 Lightest Blonde with O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator

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Deep Auburn Hair Color Formula

Hair by Melissa Paetzel

To create a beautifully blended color like this one, Melissa pulled the base through the ends like lowlights. Then, melted it into the next formula for a more seamless, natural blend.

Base Color: 2/3 O&M CØR.color 5.4 Light Copper Brown + 1/3 Oway Hcolor 7.4 Coppery Blonde  + O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator

Color Melt Into: Oway Hcolor 8.4 Coppery Light Blonde + O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

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

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Almond Latte Hair Color Formula

Hair by Ruth Phillips

The ombre trend isn’t going away soon, and why would when it looks absolutely beautiful on just about anyone like this Almond Latte Ombre by Ruth? Notice also how she used our new O&M COR.color Pastel Toners to soften warmth in her client’s hair.

Base: O&M CØR.color 6.11 Intense Ash Dark Blonde

Mid + Ends: O&M Ammonia Free Keratin Powder Lightener

Toner: 3 parts O&M CØR.color Ice Toner + 1 part O&M CØR.color Silver Toner

What are your favorites this week?

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Dandruff? 6 Reasons That Make the Scalp Itchy & Flaky

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Winter dandruff is here! And while it’s a normal occurrence during this time of year, it doesn’t mean you can’t prevent it.

The first step to eliminating dandruff is knowing how it all begins.

Understanding Dandruff

A lot of people think dandruff is a product of poor hygiene. Hence, many of us feel quite embarrassed getting the “flakes” as we discreetly dust them off our shoulders. But this is a false analogy.

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Like any scalp condition, dandruff is brought about by various factors.

Typically, dandruff occurs when the scalp’s biological balance is disturbed, and as a result sends the production of naturally occurring scalp fungus, Malassezia globosa, into overdrive. It burrows deep into the hair follicle, irritating the scalp and causing it to shed dead skin cells faster than normal. In some cases, it triggers seborrheic dermatitis, particularly when the scalp is oily.

Factors That Cause Dandruff

Hormone Imbalance

Hormones play a key role in our body’s oil production. Women, for instance, experience an upsurge in oil production when their estrogen level drops and progesterone levels increase.

While oil is essential to keep the scalp’s moisture balance normal, excess oil triggers growth of the yeast-like fungus Malassezia globosa, resulting to dandruff. To address oily scalps, natural treatments like Oway Purifying Hair Bath for Oily Scalps help rebalance the skin’s moisture levels while eradicating Malassezia globosa.

Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol is a well-known diuretic, which means it promotes increased production of urine. Therefore, excess alcohol consumption will trigger frequent trips to the bathroom, dehydrating the body and ultimately – the skin.

Harsh Hair Products

Hair care products, especially those containing harsh, synthetic chemicals and toxic ingredients, can rob the scalp of its natural pH and destroy the barrier that locks in moisture. This leaves the scalp vulnerable to sensitivity, irritation, and bacteria, which leads to dandruff.

Weather Extremes

Extreme weather conditions can either strip the scalp of its natural oils, or cause an overproduction of sebum. For example, winter is known for sucking the moisture out of the scalp, leaving it cracked and irritated. To repair it, treatments containing Thyme, Rosemary, and Rice Wax (like Oway Purifying Scalp Treatment Kit) are highly effective in restoring the scalp’s moisture balance, which prevents dandruff from further developing.

Nutrient Deficiency

Dandruff-Causes

Dandruff can be our body’s way of telling us that something is not right. Research has shown that individuals who rarely consume foods rich in vitamin B12, vitamin E, zinc, and essential fatty acids are more prone to dandruff than those who eat a balanced diet.

Vitamin B12, vitamin E, zinc, and fatty acids are essential nutrients that stimulate blood flow to the scalp and fights off free radicals that cause various scalp issues.

Stress

Many experts believe that there is a link between stress and dandruff. Because when we are stressed, we trigger production of certain hormones, which, as previously mentioned, causes overproduction of sebum on the scalp. This creates an ideal condition for the Malassezia globosa to thrive.

How to Treat Dandruff

Aside from scalp conditions that can only be treated by a dermatologist, scalp issues can be easily prevented.

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  • Avoid stress as much as possible. Exercising regularly helps reduce stress hormones and stimulates our body to produce endorphins, a.k.a. the happy hormone.
  • Eat foods rich in Vitamin B12, vitamin E, zinc, and essential fatty acids.
  • Regulate your alcohol intake.
  • Avoid hair products that contain harsh chemicals. They rob the hair and scalp of their natural oils, which often leads to dandruff.
  • Go natural. Incorporate essential oils and herbal treatments with antioxidant and anti-fungal properties into your hair care routine to eradicate the fungus that’s causing dandruff.

Check out these organic dandruff treatments!

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 43

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2017 is almost over – and what better way to end the year than showcasing our Holistic Hair Tribe’s best works this week. And if these hair colors are any indication, we’d say these clients are surely going to have a colorful year ahead.

Check out our top picks below!

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Rosy Lilac Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meredith Johnson

Our new O&M COR.color is truly a dream come true for our fashion tone lovers. To create this gorgeous dimension, Meredith did babylights/balayage and painted in between shadow root with our O&M Charcoal Toner to eliminate the warmth.

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Base Toner: O&M CØR.color Charcoal Toner

Highlight Toner: O&M CØR.color Lilac Toner + Pinch of O&M CØR.color Dusty Pink Toner

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Hair by Tara Jean May

To create this stunning hue, Tara did a root shadow with Oway Hcolor. Then, she toned the mids and ends with our new Oway Hmelt Pure Pigments with half of the Ends formula mixed with Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment.

Prelighten: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener to Pale Yellow + Oway Hbalance Post-Color Neutralizing Shampoo

Root Toner: Oway Hcolor 8.1 Ash Light Blonde

Mids through Ends: Oway Hcolor 8.1 Ash Light Blonde + 5 drops Oway Hmelt Playful Rose + 5 drops Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple + 5 drop Oway Hmelt Divine Gold

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Hair by Becky Huffman of Wildflower Hair Studio

The best thing about Oway is it’s easy to work with. Becky just transitioned to Oway 3 weeks ago and she already made it to our Trending Hair Colors list!

New Growth: 20g Oway Hcolor 6.66 Deep Red Dark Blonde + 20g Oway Hcolor 6.77 Deep Purple Dark Blonde + 40g 25vol

In Bowl: 10g Oway Hcolor 6.66 Deep Red Dark Blonde + 20g Oway Hcolor 6.77 Deep Purple Dark Blonde + 30g Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer + 15g Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 2 pumps Oway Hscreen Skin + Scalp Protector

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Vanilla Ivory Hair Color Formula

Hair by Deb Pedraza

Isn’t it amazing when you have two color lines that work perfectly together? Deb used Oway on the roots and O&M COR.color toners to create this luscious Vanilla Blonde.

Roots Previous Level 4 + 30% Grey

Roots (1:2): O&M CØR.color 10.0 Lightest Blonde + O&M CØR.color 12.11 Super Blond Intense Ash + Oway Hcolor 90.11 Intense Ash Super Bleaching Blonde + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Toner (1:2): O&M CØR.color Platinum Toner + O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

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Cherry Cola Hair Color Formula

Hair by Jenna Reich

Beautiful things happen when your client is as adventurous as you are. Recreate this stunning Cherry Cola with Jenna’s formula below.

Retouch: Oway Hcolor 4.0 Natural Brown + Oway Hcolor 5.0 Natural Light Brown + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Previous Highlights Toner: ¼ Oway Hcolor 5.77 Deep Purple Light Brown + ¾ Oway Hcolor 6.77 Deep Purple Dark Blonde + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Which are your favorites this week?

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How to Treat Hair Loss and Scalp Issues the Organic Way

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Hair loss and scalp disorders affect so many people and it is so disheartening to those experiencing it. As a holistic hair stylist, never did I imagine that my main flow of business would be guests with hair loss and scalp issues. It is rewarding and fulfilling to not only help them regain hair but also improve their lives and show them a healthier lifestyle that will support their journey to healthy hair growth and scalp.

But like any other treatment, committing to a treatment plan is essential to see actual results. And it all begins with a consultation.

Consultation

The key to treating hair loss and scalp issues is to perform a thorough consultation with guests. Not only does it help determine a treatment plan, it also helps to understand the cause of the hair loss, such as medicine, lifestyle, heredity, styling habits, diet, among others.

The Oway Tricho-analyzer is the perfect tool to use during the consultation as it provides a good picture (literally) of what is going on with the scalp. It helps gauge the number of treatments necessary to help remedy whatever issue is at hand. It magnifies the scalp up to 200 times and projects a clear image that both you and your guest can see and discuss. This also allows clients to follow their progress throughout the treatment journey.

Treatment

As a hair loss and scalp expert, I provide my clients personalized treatments. Each scalp condition is unique, thus treatments should be customized according to each condition. I am glad I found Oway because its complete line of Hair Loss and Scalp Treatments allows me to address various types of issues.

Once a treatment plan is in place, I determine the amount of product to be used on the location of concern. If the issue is localized in one area, treat that area and around the outside of it.

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PRO TIP: Don’t waste product and time by treating a guest’s entire head when the problem area is located in one spot. It is important to make a profile for each guest to keep track of their treatments. A great way to keep you and your guests on the same page with the treatment plan is to jot down a quote of what and how many treatments you are estimating they will need, and what take home products will support their treatments.

A good idea is to write numbers on their take home product labels to show the order in which their regimen should follow, or like me, use recycled paper stickers on products to avoid confusion.

Keeping your hair loss and scalp treatment appointments in a private setting is something your guests will really appreciate. If you don’t have a closed space, invest in a dressing screen that can be pulled out for treatment appointments, and then folded and tucked away afterwards. Remember to take headshots to show the treatment progress to show future guests.

Results

Here are 3 examples of results I have achieved with the Oway treatments on my guests:

Rebalancing Treatment

I use Oway Rebalancing Treatment for clients with oily scalp. The botanical blend of Biodynamic Sage, Euphrasia Extract, and Bugbane Extract in Amazonian Control Clay, Pure Biodynamic Sage, and Sebum Balance Hair Bath help combat sebaceous hyperactivity, which causes yellow spots and clumps of dandruff to appear on the scalp.

Purifying Treatment for Oily Scalp + Hair Loss Treatment

Many of my clients who complain about hair loss often suffer from dry or oily dandruff as well. For this type of condition, I combine Oway’s Purifying Treatment with the Hair Loss Scalp Care Treatment.

The Purifying Treatment is highly effective in eradicating Malassezia globosa, the dandruff-causing fungus that attacks the scalp. Then we move on to the Hair Loss Treatment, which uses Denisplant, Hair Spa Complex, and Vegetable Stem Cells to revive the hair follicle cells and stimulate hair growth.

Soothing Treatment

For my clients who suffer from red, sensitive scalps, I always turn to Oway’s Soothing Treatment to heal and relieve irritation. This complete treatment contains the Soothing Hair Bath, Zanthoxylum Soothing Gel, Pure Biodynamic Helichrysum, and Soothing Remedy Spot Treatment to calm and comfort sensitive skin, particularly those who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, lesions, and abrasions.

After Care

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Following an after-care program is as important as the in-salon treatments.

This allows you to effectively monitor your clients’ progress and ensure that they are not using products at home that may compromise the treatment. This includes hair care and styling product.

The Oway products I often recommend to guests with hair loss and scalp issues are:

Benefits of Hair Loss and Scalp Treatments

With the Oway Hair Loss and Scalp Treatments, you will be helping people get their self-confidence back. You may even be the reason for their healthier lifestyle changes that, more often than not, occur after the treatments.

These treatments have allowed me to have a whole new kind of experience with my guests. A greater connection is formed, and I truly feel a part of their journey to achieve great results with their challenges. This is just a sliver of what Oway Hair Loss and Scalp Treatments entail.

To learn more about the treatments and products mentioned in this post, visit our Oway Scalp Treatments Overview.

About the Author | Bailey Simon

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Bailey Simon is a cosmetologist and owner of Periwinkle Beauty Studio. She is also a Louisiana state licensed cosmetology educator, and an educator and independent contractor for Simply Organic Beauty.

Since 2003, Bailey has been involved in the beauty industry. She specializes in hair coloring and cutting, with an expertise in treating hair loss and scalp disorders. After completing cosmetology school at Aveda Institute, she pursued an educator program with Vanguard – a Paul Mitchell school, and Simply Organic Beauty’s Train the Trainer course. Currently she is working on finalizing her business degree.

As one of the most dedicated and talented members of Simply Organic’s Holistic Hair Tribe, Bailey was chosen as Educator of the Month for April 2017, and has been featured in Fall Trends Guide for 2016. She’s passionate about guiding others on a holistic journey with their overall health, and supporting and healing those who are dealing with hair loss and scalp disorders. Bailey resides in Geismar, Louisiana.

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 42

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Everyone’s excited for this weekend’s holiday events, including our Holistic Hair Tribe’s clients. From vibrant coppers to dreamy purple hues, this week’s trending hair colors are looking pretty festive.

Check out our favorites below!

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Royal Wine Hair Color Formula

Hair by Lauren Strunk of Elle Salon

Wine is a popular choice for the holidays. Give it a twist by adding drops of our new Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple Pure Pigment Concentrate.

Base: 15g Oway Hcolor 4.4 Coppery Brown + 20g Oway Hcolor 4.6 Red Brown + 20 drops Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple

Ends: 20g Oway Hcolor 6.77 Deep Purple Dark Blonde + 5g Oway Hcolor 0.0 Bleaching Booster + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer + 10 drops Oway Hmelt Red Energy + 10 drops Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple

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Sahara Hair Color Formula

Hair by Lizzie Keegan of Head Rush Salon

There is no better way to counter the cold winter days than with rich, warm colors. This Sahara hair color created by Lizzie offers that and more.

Balayage Highlight (1:1.5): O&M Paint Powder Clay Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Toner (1:1.5): 15cc Oway Hcolor 9.0 Natural Very Light Blonde + 8cc Oway Hcolor 8.34 Golden Copper Light Blonde + 7cc Oway Hcolor 9.3 Golden Very Light Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Hair by Abigail Waldrum of Lucky Cat Salon

Need to add some coolness to your client’s hair color? O&M COR.color is perfect for the job. Abigail blended her client’s old color and roots using O&M and it dramatically cooled her color down.

Roots (1:1.5): O&M CØR.color 7.0 Blonde + O&M CØR.color 7.1 Ash Blonde with O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator

Triangular Ribbons Melted Down

Toner (1:1.5): 2/3 Oway Hcolor 9.1 Ash Very Light Blonde + 1/3 O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear with O&M CØR.color 5 vol Activator

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Copper Caramel Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meghan Scott of Color Me Organically

Would you believe this client had 100% white, resistant hair? O&M COR.color’s coverage is truly impeccable.

Base (1:1): O&M CØR.color 6.0 Dark Blonde + O&M CØR.color 6.34 Dark Golden Copper Blonde with O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator

Ends (1:1): O&M CØR.color 6.4 Dark Copper Blonde + O&M CØR.color 7.34 Golden Copper Blonde with O&M CØR.color 5 vol Activator

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Ginger Cider Hair Color Formula

Hair by Jolie Faulkner

Don’t you just love it when your client trusts you enough to do whatever you want with their hair? This Ginger Cider was created using our PPD-free Oway Hnectar.

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Color: Oway Hnectar 7.9 Marron Glace Blonde + Oway Hnectar 9.44 Saffron Very Light Blonde + Oway Hnectar – 9.0 Natural Very Light Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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2018 Preview: What’s Coming Up

2017 has been an incredible year for us here at Simply Organic Beauty and for our Holistic Hair Tribe. Our community has grown so much. Little by little, we are making strides towards changing the salon industry for the better.

In 2018, we’re focusing on developing YOU, your skills, and your business. Check out the exciting things to look forward to next year!

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Head.Spa

As the “Quiet Chair” Trend becomes increasingly popular in North America, 2018 is the best year to introduce Oway’s new salon concept Head.Spa. It involves not only treating the client’s hair but also tapping into multiple senses to create a holistic salon experience.

Head.Spa begins with a comprehensive consultation to identify the proper treatment needed, followed by a soothing aromatherapy experience, a welcome massage to relax the mind and body, and series of holistic treatments that we will be discussed in detail in next year’s Oway Head.Spa Training.

Oway Level 1 Color Class & CØR.Class Schedule

New year, new education! Our first O&M Level 1 CØR.Class  and Oway Level 1 Certification Class for Spring 2018 kicks off on January 21 and 22, respectively, here at Simply Organic HQ in Palm Harbor, FL!

This will be an exciting day for stylists and salon owners new to Oway and O&M as we cover the foundational principles, green chemistry, and product lines that power our brands. Not to mention, you also get to formulate and apply them on real hair models. Can’t get any better than that! 😉

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Our New 2-Day Education Pass (Select Cities Only)

Why sign up for only one class when you can attend both for the price of one? In 2018, we will be introducing our new 2-Day Education Pass in select cities. This pass allows you to attend both Oway and O&M Certification Classes and learn about these revolutionary color lines without spending extra! Visit our Simply Organic Shop or call your dedicated account manager at 1-888-213-4744 to book your seat.

Level 2 Advanced Color Classes

You asked for it, you got it! This 2018, we will be holding Leverl 2 Advanced Color Classes for Oway Level 1 Certified holistic hair stylists. The first class will take place on February 25-26 in Palm Harbor, FL and the second class will be on April 29-30 in Baltimore, MD. Tickets are selling out fast, so be sure to reserve your spot as soon possible.

OWN Way Fragrance

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Did you know Oway used to make fragrance back in the day? Next year, Oway is paying homage to the brand’s roots with the launch of OWN Way Fragrance – a limited edition fragrance made entirely of plant-based ingredients.

While most of the perfumes in the market are filled with synthetic ingredients and toxic chemicals, OWN Way Fragrance utilizes the therapeautic and curative properties of botanicals which are exclusively grown on Ortofficina, our biodynamic family farm in Bologna, Italy.

This precious fragrance is also packaged in sophisticated matte Onyx and Lava flask, making it a perfect gift for fragrance enthusiasts, or better yet – for yourself!

O&M CØR.Rebond

You’ve spoken, and we listened. Finally, O&M CØR.Rebond is coming to American salons! CØR.Rebond is a 2-step rebonding treatment done DURING the coloring/bleaching process and a POST-COLOR treatment to link damaged keratin bonds in the hair.

O&M CØR.Rebond uses a blend of amino acids to repair and plump the keratin protein in the hair, which is often compromised during color and bleaching services.

O&M Q.Color (Men’s Color)

In 2018, you will finally get your hands on O&M Q.Color, our gel-based hair color specially made for men. It comes in 4 natural shades, allowing you to create at least 8 various looks depending on your timing.

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And here’s the best part: It only takes 5-10 minutes to process! The Taurine included in the formula and it’s gel-like consistency allows for the color to quickly adhere to the hair and mimic the natural color of the strands, giving it a well-blended result and a beautiful fade.

Oway Men’s Line

Just when you think Oway can’t get any better. We can’t reveal anything just yet, but we can tell you right now – this is something you don’t want to miss.😉

Which are you most excited for in 2018?

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