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6 Essential Summer Hair Care Tips

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Extreme heat and humidity are the hair’s top enemy.

Whether you’re going on a weekend getaway or a cross-country trip this summer, it’s important to keep your hair healthy and protected. Because you’ll never know who and what you’ll run into while on holiday.

We rounded up the six summer hair care tips every outdoor lover needs to know.

Summer Hair Care Tip #1: Use Products with UV Protection

Use summer hair care products with natural UV protection.

If there’s anything worse than using products with unnecessary chemicals, it’s using them in tandem with the summer sun. The summer heat tends to leave the pores of the skin and scalp open, allowing for further absorption of ingredients in hair products – so make sure your hair and body are absorbing the good stuff!

Biodynamic Green Anise is an all-natural UV protectant that’s great for preventing color fading and dryness. The Green Anise also acts as a filter, which help eliminate cancer-causing free radicals.

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We suggest changing to a shampoo and conditioner with added UV protection from Biodynamic Green Anise, as well as spraying a Sun Protective Elixir that you can take with you on the go.

In addition to using sun protection products, there are other summer hair care tips that you can practice without products (read on).

Summer Hair Care Tip #2: Wear a hat or hair scarf

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Another great summer hair care tip is to opt for a hat, hair scarf, or both. Not only do hats and head scarves provide further UV protection, they also help the hair retain moisture – a big-time summer hair care issue.

Healthy hair starts at the scalp.

Wearing a hat or head scarf also provides the scalp with further UV protection that may be hard to obtain just through summer hair care products. Since the scalp regulates sebum (your hair’s natural oils), it is very important to ensure your scalp is adequately protected.

A damaged scalp can leave hair inadequately nourished for months to come!

Hair scarves also act as damage control for the hair. They keep the hair in place during visits to the beach, where wind from the sea can result in terrible tangles (that you’ll no doubt vigorously brush out on the way to your next summer activity, resulting in further damage and breakage).

Let’s not neglect to mention there are various ways to wear hair scarfs and hats, so you should never run out of ways to protect the hair and scalp, all while rockin’ a fabulous summer style.

Summer Hair Care Tip #3: Wear hair in braids and gentle up-dos

The summer heat and humidity calls for gentle up-dos and stylish braids. We know everyone is loving the top-knot bun style and sock buns, but putting hair up high and tight can cause incredible damage during the summer months, when hair tends to get frizzy and dry.

Try out a Half Crown Braid – they are one of the hottest summer hair trends!

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Messy braids and gentle up-dos will keep the hair from further UV exposure and add another layer of protection for the scalp. Don’t worry about them being perfect – the laid back nature of these summer hairstyles will embrace the natural elements of summer and look fabulous!

Summer Hair Care Tip #4: Wash hair right after exposure

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Whether it be after a nice dip in the pool or a long day at the beach, it’s a good idea to wash your hair right after exposure. This will eliminate further UV damage, and wash away any impurities that could stay on the hair. However, when we say wash the hair, we don’t necessarily mean use shampoo.

It’s more than acceptable to cut back on shampooing your hair on a daily basis when the warm weather comes your way. In fact, we recommend it!

Cutting back on shampoo will actually allow your scalp’s oil production to re-balance itself, which is extra important for moisture during summertime weather.

After a trip to the beach, try rinsing the hair in the shower first, followed by giving yourself a scalp message. A nice 30-second scalp massage will exfoliate old cells, increase scalp circulation to promote hair growth, and help remove any product build-up.

Then, try gently working your hair’s natural oils from the scalp down to the mid-shaft and ends. Medium to long hair lengths should also try just applying conditioner to the mid-shaft and ends.

If you do decide to shampoo your hair, Oway’s Sebum Balance Hair Bath is the perfect shampoo for keeping the scalp’s natural balance, thanks to the botanical blend of Biodynamic Sage, Organic Euphrasia Extract, and Ethical Teak + Mahogany Wood. It’s also available in travel size so you can take it whenever, wherever.

Summer Hair Care Tip #5: Eliminate Mean Green Pool Hair

Everyday exposure to chlorinated swimming pools can be very damaging to your hair. Although it can happen to anyone, men and women with shades of natural or colored blonde are prone to chlorine damage and discoloration.

Here’s our little secret summer hair care tip: Add moisture to your hair prior to jumping in the pool!

Think of your hair like a sponge, ready to soak up any water in its path.

If you put a dry sponge into the pool, it’ll absorb more of the chemicals than a wet sponge, that has already been saturated in water.

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With that being said, wet the hair and/or put in a leave-in conditioner prior to going to the pool. If you do not have a leave-in conditioner, you can use a regular conditioner, as well.

If you’re a frequent swimmer or have very blonde hair, we suggest going even further with your summer hair care.

Invest in a non-toxic purple shampoo. Try purple shampoos from Oway Silver Steel Hair Bath and Original & Mineral Conquer Blonde, these are professional-grade products that will cleanse the hair of impurities and eliminate brassy tones.

Summer Hair Care Tip #6: Deep Conditioning Treatments

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Summer hair ailments like dryness and split-ends can be helped with the inclusion of deep conditioning treatments in your summer hair regimen.

Before establishing your hair regimen and choosing the “best” summer hair care products, you must first determine your hair type and texture.

To choose a hair product without knowing your hair type is like buying a pair of shoes without knowing your shoe size – it can be very damaging.

To help determine your hair texture and what it lacks in the summer, ask your hair stylist to do conduct a Wet Stretch Test. This test will allow them to make the proper summer hair care recommendations for your hair type.

Making the right hair care choices can enhance your beauty inside and out. These summer hair care tips will allow you to feel and look confident through the harsh summer months with healthy, shiny hair.

Check out our summer hair care recommendations below!

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 60

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It’s officially summer! And that means you’ll be seeing a lot of blondes and balayaged hair in the coming weeks. So, grab your pens and formula books and make sure to take note of these formulas.

Check out our favorites this week!

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Cookie Dough Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meredith Blake

Brighten up your brunettes for summer. Take cue from Meredith on how she transformed her client.

Base + Pull through Tone: 5g Oway Hcolor 4.1 Ash Brown + 10g Oway Hcolor 5.17 Light Frosted Brown  + 2g Oway Hcolor 90.11 Intense Ash Super Bleaching Blonde + 1g Oway Hcolor 0.9 Green Booster

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

Toner: O&M CØR.color 8.81 Light Pearl Ash Blonde

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Snow Cone Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kai Fujimoto

Have you tried our new Oway Silver Steel Hair Bath? You can incorporate this non-toxic purple shampoo in your service like what Kai did!

Pre-lightened to Level 10: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Wash (10mins): Oway Silver Steel Hair Bath

Roots: 40g Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 80 drops Oway Hmelt Blue Charm + 40 drops Oway Hmelt Green Harmony

Mid-ends: 80g Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 10drops Oway Hmelt Blue Charm + 30drops Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple

Processing Time: 20mins

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Silver Frosting Hair Color Formula

Hair by Anna Lundeberg

Take your blondes to the next level by going platinum. This modern hair trend won’t be gone anytime soon.

Lighten to Level 10: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Toner: Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde + Oway Hcolor 0.1 Ash Booster/Tone Corrector with 4.5vol (Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer + Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment)

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Hazelnut Torte Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kaehler Hope Reitz of The Change Organic Salon

Sunkissed hair never looked this good. The subtle gradation from the base to the ends was amazingly executed by Kaehler.

Balayage: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer & Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Toner at Bowl: 20g Oway Hcolor 90.11 Intense Ash Super Bleaching Blonde + 10g Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde + 3g 0.1 with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Chocolate Souffle Hair Color Formula

Hair by Melissa Paetzel

We love it when our #HolisticHairTribe use both our O&M and Oway lines. Melissa layered some highlights after coloring the hair with CØR.color.

Color: O&M CØR.color 4.66 Intense Dark Violet Brown

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

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Berry Sorbet Hair Color Formula

Hair by Belinda Mills

A sorbet-inspired hair color for summer? This lady is ready to slay the season.

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

Toner: 30g O&M CØR.color Pale Pink Toner + 15g O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear + 5g O&M CØR.color 0.55 Red Pure Color and O&M CØR.color 3.5 vol Activator

Processing Time: 10 mins

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Brazilian Blowout or Keratin Treatment? What’s the Difference?

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It’s summer once again, and if you’re like many of us – the increasing heat and humidity sends our hair into frizz overdrive. One common solution to this hair dilemma is a Brazilian Blowout. But after being a subject of controversy a few years ago for its formaldehyde content, Brazilian Blowouts have become such a tricky territory for BOTH clients and hair stylists. Luckily, there’s an alternative called Keratin Treatments.

How Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Treatment Works

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Curious how Brazilian Blowouts and Keratin Treatments work? Both treatments are designed to alter the composition of the hair using chemicals through the following procedure:

  1. The hair is cleansed and clarified to remove impurities and buildup that would prevent the treatment from penetrating the hair.
  2. Both use Keratin, which wraps itself around the hair to strengthen it.
  3. Heat is applied onto the hair to seal the cuticle and cure the hair.

Differences Between Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Treatment

While both treatments help remove frizz and bring out the hair’s natural shine, Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Treatment still vary in many aspects:

1.      The Ingredients

For years, Brazilian Blowout has been under scrutiny for using formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing ingredients like methylene glycol in its formula. As we many of us know, the Food & Drug Administration has previously issued warning letters to Brazilian Blowout for using these cancer-causing ingredients and mislabeling products.

While many Keratin Treatments still use formaldehyde-releasing ingredients, many brands have found the healthier alternatives. Brands like Smooth Rituals use Hydrolyzed Collagen, L-Cysteine, and a blend of Amino Acids, Keratin, and Jojoba Oil in place of formaldehyde and methylene glycol to smoothe the cuticle and tame frizz.

2.      The Application

While both treatments are done on slightly damp hair and take about 5 minutes to process (with a few Keratin Treatments requiring hair to be 100% dry and 30 minutes processing time), the major difference between them is that with Brazilian Blowout, the stylist would rinse out the product and the process is done as soon as you leave the salon. In contrast, Keratin Treatments are left on the hair for 3-4 days to allow the hair to cure.

That said, clients looking for formaldehyde-free alternatives will find Keratin Treatments a much safer choice.

3.      The Fumes

Because Brazilian Blowouts contain formaldehyde, it releases potentially toxic fumes when heated. On the other hand, Keratin Treatments like Smooth Rituals, when used appropriately, do not create harsh fumes.

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4.      The Result

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Apart from the processing time, Brazilian Blowouts are normally used for straightening treatments. Due to its chemical composition and the demand for cleaner hair products, brands refocused their attention on calming frizz instead of straightening the hair. Thus, formaldehyde-free Keratin Treatments were born. But like Brazilian Blowouts, Keratin Treatments can last 2-3 months with proper after-care.

With summer about to kick in, it’s the perfect time to remind your frizz-prone clients to book a Keratin Treatment.

Check out our Smooth Rituals Summer Kit below!

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 59

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Summer is upon us. This week though, our #HolisticHairTribe community is celebrating the last days of Spring with this Spring Harvest-inspired hair colors.

Check out our favorites below!

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Cherry Chocolate Hair Color Formula

Hair by Treo Organic Salon

Coppery Rose Gold hair colors are making a comeback, and honestly – we’re here for it. Keep it multi-dimensional to make it more interesting using the formula below.

Highlights: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Color: 40g Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + 5g Oway Hcolor 7.6 Red Blonde + a dab of Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster + Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Pickled Beet Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meredith Blake

Client’s hair looking a little lackluster? Add some spice to her hair this summer with this gorgeous Pickled Beet hair color from Meredith.

Balayage with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Toner: Oway Hcolor 6.77 Deep Purple Dark Blonde + Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster + a baby pinch of Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster and baby pinch of Oway Hcolor 0.8 Blue Booster

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Vintage Rosette Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meredith Blake

This stunning Dusty Rose is just too pretty, we had to feature another work by Meredith this week! This trend is not going away yet so make sure to take note of the formula below!

Balayage with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Toner: Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + Oway Hcolor 90.11 Intense Ash Super Bleaching Blonde (equal parts) + Oway Hcolor 6.62 Irisee Red Dark Blonde (an inch or two) + a baby pinch of Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Country Rose Hair Color Formula

Hair by Victoria Taylor

Summer is the perfect time to dip into fresh, daring hair colors. How about trying out this beautiful Country Rose hair color?

Lifted to Level 9/10 with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Toner: Oway Hmelt Playful Rose + Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple

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Cotton Pink Hair Color Formula

Hair by Elena Pisanelli

Not ready for the pink hair commitment? Mix our Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple Mask and 11.17 and you get this pretty pastel pink!

Prelightened with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Toner: Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + Oway Hmelt Mask Mysterious Purple

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Blooming Daisy Hair Color Formula

Hair by Cecilia Gustafsson

Don’t like warmth in your blondes? Our Original & Mineral COR.color line is preferred by holistic hair stylists who love cool blondes.

Foils: O&M Ammonia Free Keratin Powder Lightener

Toner: O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear + O&M CØR.color Platinum Toner + O&M CØR.color 0.66 Violet Pure Color + O&M CØR.color 12.1 Super Blond Ash

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Father’s Day Salon Marketing Tips for Holistic Hair Stylists & Salons

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The Summer season is underway and for us holistic hair stylists and salon owners, it’s when the sales start to slump. Tapping into the men’s market is a good way to improve our profits.

According to the National Retail Federation, Father’s Day spending in 2017 has risen to $15.5 billion in the United States alone with the average amount spent of $134.75. These figures are expected to rise in 2018.

While Father’s Day is no Mother’s Day when it comes to profits, Dads need some downtime as well. This Father’s Day, show your clients’ male partners and friends some love with these salon marketing tips.

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Father’s Day Salon Marketing Tips

1.      Target female clients.

One mistake that many businesses make is tailoring their Father’s Day promotions exclusively to male clients. Over the years, statistics have shown that women are the ones who mainly buy Father’s Day gifts.

When planning your Father’s Day promo, make sure to keep the moms and daughters in your client list in mind, particularly the high spenders.

2.      Run your campaign on social media.

Social media is a quick and low-cost tool to get the word out about your Father’s Day campaign. Post ads on popular platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to reach as many people as possible.

Social media contests where local participants can win Father’s Day gifts such as a Shaving Kits and Hair Care Kits for men are very popular during this time of year. Below are some contest ideas you can use:

  • Social Sharing – Grow your social media presence by encouraging clients to tag and share your Facebook or Instagram campaign.
  • Sweepstakes – Increase your email database with sweepstakes that require an email address to join.
  • Surveys – Gain insight into your clients by making them answer some survey questions that can improve your business.

3.      Tap into your client’s emotions.

For today’s consumers, salesy messages don’t cut it anymore. Tap into their emotions by encouraging them to share special moments with their dads. You can hang a board in the salon where clients can share photos or pieces of advice they learned from their fathers. Father’s Day is, after all, a day for celebrating fathers.

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4.      Partner with other businesses in your area.

According to research, about 50% of Dads love going on outings on their special day rather than receive gifts. Why not get them both? You can partner with travel or outdoor companies to promote your salon’s men’s products. Offer them items from our men’s grooming collection like our Oway Shaving and Hair Care Kit as a prize when they sign up for a golf or gym membership, and vice versa.

5.      Provide Bounce-Back offers.

Keep your books full this Summer by providing bounce-back offers to clients who will purchase your Father’s Day gift packages. Offers such as getting % off on their next hair treatment or a free haircut and blow dry in July or August can help encourage repeat business and client retention.

With the men’s grooming market expected to explode to $29 billion in 2024, Father’s Day is the perfect time to get in on the action.

Check out our exclusive Father's Day Salon Retail Kits below!

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 58

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It’s Pink Power week it seems! Our #HolisticHairTribe had a lot of fun experimenting with different pink hair formulas this week and they all look absolutely gorgeous.

Check out our favorites below!

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Mai Tai Hair Color Formula

Hair by Sarah Gedda Finney

Fashion hair colors aren’t Sarah’s forte (or so she says) but this Mai Tai-inspired hair color she created with our ammonia-free lines Oway and O&M turned out incredibly beautiful!

Prelightened to Level 10: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 40 Volume Cream Developer

Roots: Oway Hcolor 9.0 Natural Very Light Blonde with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

Processed for 50mins

Toner (Roots): 9mL Oway Hcolor 6.66 Deep Red Dark Blonde + 10mL Oway Hcolor 9.0 Natural Very Light Blonde with Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer + a little Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment

Toner (Ends): O&M CØR.color Pale Pink Toner + O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

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Sun Splash Hair Color Formula

Hair by Sandra Svensson

These lowlights are what peach dreams are made of. Instead of the usual caramel lowlights, why not try this formula by Sandra?

Lowlights: O&M CØR.color 7.4 Copper Blonde + O&M CØR.color 9.5 Very Light Red Blonde + O&M CØR.color 6.45 Dark Copper Red Blonde with O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

Highlights: O&M Ammonia Free Keratin Powder Lightener + O&M CØR.color 30 vol Activator

Color: 1/2 O&M CØR.color Pale Pink Toner + 1/4 O&M CØR.color Apricot Toner + 1/4 O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear with O&M CØR.color 5 vol Activator on Towel-dried Hair

Process for 20mins

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Malibu Sunrise Hair Color Formula

Hair by Ashley Saccomanno

Don’t you just love how Hmilk instantly makes the hair super soft and smooth? Ashley had to lighten her brunette client to give her her dream Summer hair.

Blended Harsh Lines: Oway Hcolor 7.01 Ash Natural Blonde

Painted with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Toner: Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum

Pop of Color: Oway Hmelt Playful Rose Diluted with Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment

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Strawberry Daiquiri Hair Color Formula

Hair by Patrisha Spessa

Copper hair never looked this good. If your client is looking to completely change her look this summer, Patrisha’s formula is all you need!

Roots: 30g O&M CØR.color 7.4 Copper Blonde + 10g O&M CØR.color 8.43 Light Copper Gold Blonde + O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator + 5g O&M CØR.color 0.43 Copper Pure Color

Ends: 20g O&M CØR.color 7.4 Copper Blonde + 10g O&M CØR.color 8.43 Light Copper Gold Blonde + O&M CØR.color 5 vol Activator + 5g O&M CØR.color 0.43 Copper Pure Color

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Island Fantasy Hair Color Formula

Hair by Meredith Blake

When your client’s hair lifts beautifully, there’s no need to tone. It also helps that Meredith’s client has a gorgeous base color that complements well with the highlights.

Hand Painted with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

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Peach Punch Hair Color Formula

Hair by Amber Lynne Ayala

We always say there’s room for both Oway and O&M in the salon, and this is proof! With these lines, you can easily create fashion hair colors without damaging the hair.

Prelightened Hair with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Toner: O&M CØR.color Dusty Pink Toner + O&M CØR.color Pale Pink Toner

Rinsed and Added Oway Hmelt Playful Rose

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Are Your Kid Shampoos Safe? How to Choose Safe Hair Bath Products

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With many mainstream brands touting their products to be “safe” and “gentle” for kids, countless parents and consumers have been tricked into purchasing and using them, without realizing that these products actually contain trace amounts of toxins that are classified unsafe, such as 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde.

Less than a decade since Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ investigation on over 50 children’s personal care products, many of the brands involved has since reformulated their products – only to replace them with chemicals that also contain potentially toxic compounds.

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So how do we make sure we offer the most kid-friendly hair bath products to our clients?

Tips for Choosing Safe Hair Bath Products for Kids

1.      Less is MORE.

Unlike adults, children have no need for a full line of hair and skincare products. Their skin is highly delicate and vulnerable that ingredients in bath products can strip their skin away of its natural moisture and protective barrier. In order to keep their skin clean and protected, use gentle products with ingredients that are safe for them.

2.      Read the label.

Many 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde-releasing chemicals are often used in liquid baby soaps and shampoos to preserve water-based products. However, when these chemicals are absorbed by the skin, they can cause allergic reactions and possibly, cancer.

Keep an eye out for these ingredients on the label:

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3.      Beware of the ‘Fragrance’ ingredient.

Oh the elusive “fragrance” ingredient. Many companies choose not to reveal the ingredients behind their fragrance since the law does not require them to declare their formulas. As a result, many hide behind the “proprietary blend” curtain as a way to sneak chemicals that are potentially harmful to children. Synthetic fragrance health risks have been touted as the “new secondhand smoke,” and should be avoided as much as possible.

 

4.      Skip the bubble baths.

In the same investigative report by Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, traces of 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde were found in many bubble baths. That is because these compounds help create suds and therefore make bath time more “fun” for children. Or so they say.

Several studies have shown (although there is a need for more evidence) that ingredients in bubble baths can cause irritation and dysuria or discomfort in urination.

5.      Use bath products with natural ingredients.

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Long before baby bath products were invented, our ancestors turned to Mother Nature to wash their children. Even today, many still rely on plants like Fennel, Helichrysum, Chamomile, and Amaranth to cleanse and calm the skin.

PRO TIP: You can find these ingredients in Oway Soothing Hair Bath, an organic shampoo and body bath for adults and children made without ethoxylated surfactants and all sulfates.

As parents and hair care professionals, we only want to provide the best products to our clients and children. The best we can do is stay vigilant and always check the label for any questionable ingredients.

Check out our kid-friendly hair and body bath!

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 57

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With summer just a few weeks away, you’ll be getting countless “beach hair” requests. We’ve curated the most beautiful beach babe-approved hair colors (yes, not just blondes) this week and shared the formulas in today’s blog.

Check out our top picks below!

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Beachrock Hair Color Formula

Hair by Ashley Creal

How beach-perfect is this? Creature Studio has finally opened and this is just one of the many stunning hair colors we saw from them!

Prelightened: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 40 Volume Cream Developer

Roots Toner: Oway Hcolor 7.1 Ash Blonde + Oway Hcolor 6.0 Natural Dark Blonde

Mids Toner: Oway Hcolor 8.1 Ash Light Blonde

Ends: Oway Hcolor 10.1 Ash Extra Light Blonde

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Sandcastle Hair Color Formula

Hair by Heather Leigh Ford

Oway Hbleach is so gentle on the hair that you can clearly see how healthy the hair is after a lightening sesh. Case in point: This Sandcastle sombre by Heather.

Lifted Open Air: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Toner: O&M CØR.color Platinum Toner + O&M CØR.color 5 vol Activator

Roots: O&M CØR.color 7.0 Blonde

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Pink Sand Hair Color Formula

Hair by Amanda Kupari

With O&M CØR.color, you can easily achieve that cool summer pastels you’ve been dreaming of. Recreate this Pink Sand hair color with Amanda’s formula.

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Roots: 20g O&M CØR.color Silver Toner + 10g O&M CØR.color Charcoal Toner + 10g O&M CØR.color 9.5 Very Light Red Blonde + 1g O&M CØR.color 0.55 Red Pure Color + O&M CØR.color 3.5 vol Activator (1:2)

Mids/Ends: 20g O&M CØR.color Pale Pink Toner + 20g O&M CØR.color 9.5 Very Light Red Blonde + 10g O&M CØR.color Lilac Toner + O&M CØR.color 3.5 vol Activator (1:2)

Processing Time: 25mins

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Coastal Dusk Hair Color Formula

Hair by Victoria Taylor

Redheads are great for summer, too! Make it more exciting by adding some of our Oway Hmelt Playful Rose for a rosy copper look.

Lifted to Level 9: Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Roots: 25g Oway Hcolor 6.44 Deep Coppery Dark Blonde + 5g Oway Hcolor 5.5 Mahogany Light Brown

Ends Toner: Oway Hmelt Playful Rose

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Oyster Hair Color Formula

Hair by Ciara Mccloskey

Beach babe detected. This is only Ciara’s second time using Oway and we’re absolutely impressed. The placement of the highlights is just perfect.

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

Toner: 9.31 + Oway Hcolor 90.2 Irisee Super Bleaching Blonde

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Ombre or Balayage? Here’s the Ultimate Sunkissed Hair Guide

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For hair aficionados like us, nothing says summer like having sunkissed hair. As soon as the heat kicks in, this popular hair color is often the most requested by clients.

Here are the different ways you can achieve natural-looking sunkissed hair without ever going out in the sun!

Sunkissed Hairpainting Styles & Techniques

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Highlights

If you’re going for an all-over brighter look, this technique is the best approach. Highlights are sections of hair that are painted a few levels lighter than the base color, brightening it up. This technique helps add softness and dimension to the hair color by mimicking areas where the sun naturally hits the hair.

Babylights

Babylights are microfine highlights that add a subtle contrast to the hair’s base color. Designed to imitate a child’s natural sunkissed hair, Babylights are not easily detectable to untrained professionals as it is often applied from roots to ends to make it seem the client is born with it. Using foils is necessary to create that superfine blend and separation.

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Ombre

Ombre is a style that shows a stark contrast between the base color and the ends. It often requires a darker base hair color which gradually fades into lighter ends. To create this effect, a lightener like Original & Mineral Paint Powder Clay Lightener is painted from mids to ends, then backcombed to marry them together and form a seamless blend. The process ends with a toner to remove any unwanted yellow tones.

Sombre

Considered the sister of Ombre, Sombre creates a more subtle contrast than the latter. To achieve this hairstyle trend, take the darker hue at the regrowth and faintly weave it through the mids and ends to create a less dramatic contrast and soft graduation from roots to ends.

Sombre is a low-maintenance, sunkissed look that can work for just about any hair color.

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Balayage

Balayage is a freehand technique which means “to sweep” in French. It is done by sectioning the hair usually in small triangle sections or bricklay patterns and sweeping the lightener on the surface, making sure to paint areas where the sun naturally touches.

But the key to balayage is tension. This technique requires a flat surface to paint on for creating that super soft, smooth blend. Hence why many prefer to use a board when doing balayage.

Teasylights

Teasylights is another style that closely resembles an Ombre. Like Ombre, the hair is lightened from the mids to ends but leaving a few sections unpainted. This style is perfect for clients who are looking to break up their dark hair color and give it a sunkissed glow.

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Ecaille

Also known as Tortoiseshell, this hair color combines balayage and sombre, but instead of lifting sections to blonde – Ecaille uses lush colors like caramel and chestnuts to mimic a tortoiseshell. This technique will come in handy when a natural client wants to give her hair some dimension and tonality.

Bronde

When blonde meets brunette. Bronde combines the beachy glow of blondes and the warmth of brunettes. This hair color will look amazing on dark hair clients who are not quite ready for the blonde commitment but want a lighter look.

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Which of these styles and techniques have you tried behind the chair? Sound off in the comments!

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Trending Hair Colors This Week – Vol. 56

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As artists, inspiration can be hard to come by sometimes. So we’ve curated the coolest hair colors from our #HolisticHairTribe this week to keep your hairpainting game strong this season.

Check out our favorites below!

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Tropical Azure Hair Color Formula

Hair by Kai Fujimoto

Kai gave his Sea Nymph an update and turned it into this gorgeous Tropical Azure! This time Kai deposited more Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple on top of the previous color.

Pre-lightened with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener + Oway Hcatalyst 30 Volume Cream Developer

Roots: 40g Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 80drops Oway Hmelt Blue Charm + 40drops Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple

Mid-Ends: 100g Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment + 80drops Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple + 20 drops Oway Hmelt Blue Charm

Processing Time: 30mins

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Fuchsia Fusion Hair Color Formula

Hair by Ashley Saccomanno

This multi-tonal Fuchsia Fusion by Ashley is giving us major Spring vibes. It’s not too late to try this fashion hair color formula on your clients!

Roots: Oway Hcolor 5.01 Ash Natural Light Brown + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer

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

Color: Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment with Playful Rose + Oway Hmelt Mysterious Purple

Toner: Oway Hcolor 6.77 Deep Purple Dark Blonde + Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

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Flamingo Hair Color Formula

Hair by Ada Santos

Isn’t it wonderful when you have clients who are not afraid to experiment? You get to stretch your creative muscles and create something amazing, like this Flamingo hair color by Ada.

Lifted from L6 to L9

Toner: 13g Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum+ 1cm Oway Hcolor 0.7 Purple Booster + Oway Hcatalyst 20 Volume Cream Developer (1:2)

Processing Time: 15mins

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Burnt Caramel Hair Color Formula

Hair by Angelica Giannopoulos

Now this is what you call a makeover. Angelica’s client originally had blonde ombre hair, so she transformed it into this delicious Burnt Caramel hair color.

Roots: O&M CØR.color 6.75 Dark Chocolate Blonde + O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator

Ends: 3/4 O&M CØR.color Apricot Toner + 1/4 O&M CØR.color Dusty Pink Toner + O&M CØR.color 5 vol Activator

Finished with O&M Frizzy Logic Finishing Shine Spray

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Melted Butter Hair Color Formula

Hair by Travis Bandiera

The cut, the style, the hair color. Everything is on point! If you’re having trouble getting rid of brass, finish with O&M Conquer Blonde shampoo and conditioner to neutralize yellow tones.

Roots: O&M CØR.color 8.7 Light Brunette Blonde + O&M CØR.color 7.7 Brunette Blonde with O&M CØR.color 10 vol Activator

Mids + Ends: O&M Paint Powder Clay Lightener with O&M CØR.color 40 vol Activator

Toned Ends with O&M CØR.color 0.00 Clear + O&M CØR.color 20 vol Activator

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Pomegranate Hair Color Formula

Hair by Petite Surf Studio

This client wanted pink hair for summer, so she got pink hair (in two sessions)! Jaimie had to prelighten the hair from ash brown to platinum in order to achieve this vibrant Pomegranate.

Prelightened with Oway Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener

Formula 1: Oway Hcolor 11.17 Frosted Platinum + Oway Hcolor 0.6 Red Booster + a drop of Oway Hmelt Playful Rose with Oway Htone 9 Volume Cream Developer

Formula 2: Oway Hmelt Playful Rose + Oway Hmilk No Stress Conditioning Treatment

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