Natural/Organic Products are the best choice for your hair, skin and the planet. The reason is because additives like sulfates strip out hair color and parabens contribite to the growth of breast cancer cells (https://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/news/20151027/parabens-breast-cancer#1). Parabens are commonly found in products like Nivea skin cream and other popular products carried in salons, online and in grocery stores. There are many other additives (formaldehyde, gluten, denatured alcohol, artificial colors etc.) in non natural/organic products that have no benefits for your hair or skin. Therefore, it is best to stick with products that are as natural/organic as possible. Here at Studio 229 hair design and spa we do are best to find and carry natural/organic products that offer amazing results. Here are some of our choices.
Eminence Organic Skin Care
This product is natural/organic from head to toe. The company and the products are 100% green. Here is the rundown:
- Explore the award-winning Eminence Certified Organic Farm and see where certified organic ingredients grow.
- Ingredient farms in Hungary are powered by solar and wind energy
- Natural compost during planting
- Planting and harvesting is conducted manually to decrease CO2 emissions
- Use of only natural plant preservation techniques
- Our partners and farms produce natural, organic and Biodynamic® fruits and vegetables
- Products are handmade without severe heating or hydrogenating processes that can affect the nutritional content and potency of natural ingredients
- Vitamins are captured in their all-natural fresh base, and seeds, pulps and peels impart regenerative and healing powers that only nature can produce
- Free of parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colorants and fragrances, mineral oils, petroleum, and other harsh cosmetic chemicals
- All boxes are made from post-consumer recycled material and can be recycled
- Containers are made out of recycled, non-toxic plastic and are recyclable
- All packing boxes are reused or recycled
- Packing chips are made of 100% biodegradable corn that dissolves harmlessly in water
- Eco-friendly software system means less printed invoices
- Electricity usage is offset with wind power credits and solar panels on the roof
- Letterhead printed on post-consumer recycled paper using vegetable-based inks
- All paper used in the office is recycled
- Office space is designed as an eco-alternative building
TRANSPORTATION AND DISTRIBUTION
- Courier company uses hybrid vehicles
- Large shipments are sent on trucks running biodiesel made from recycled household vegetable oil
- Products are shipped by air with Lufthansa – the leading airline in the fight against climate change
- 92% of employees walk, bike or take public transit to work
GREEN SPA PROGRAM
FORESTS FOR THE FUTURE
- We plant a tree for every product sold through Forests for the Future
- Eminence Organic Skin Care is proud to be a Certified B Corporation®. B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
- B Corp™ certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or LEED certification for a building. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.
We love Eminence products and they are priced very well. With face washes priced at $38 and moisturizers priced between $48-$72 it is affordable for most people. We are also offering Eminence at a 20% discount for the holidays! We just placed another order because we are having a hard time keeping these amazing products on the shelf. We do special orders if need be so please feel free to place any order with us and shipping is free.
Neuma Natural Hair Products
Neuma’s tag line is, healthier hair, world, you. They pride themselves on Zero synthetic fragrance, phthalates, isothiazolinones, sulfates, parabens, bromides, sodium chloride, soy, aluminum compounds, glycols, ureas, formaldehyde donors. Here are some of the reasons why……
Soy…More than 90% of soy produced in the U.S. is genetically modified and the crops are sprayed with herbicides which may be associated with adverse health effects.
Formaldehyde…Biocide, denaturant and preservative. Known carcinogen causing allergic, irritant and contact dermatitis, headaches and chronic fatigue. Vapor is extremely irritating to the eyes, nose and throat. Listed by skin deep as a level 10 hazard.
Synthetic Fragrance… the word fragrance indicates the presence of any of over 5,000 known chemical substances including phthalates. Only 1,500 have been tested for safety. Over 850 are known to be toxic or carcinogenic. Public disclosure of chemical used in fragrance is protected by the”Federal trade secrets” act and is the best place to hide additional objectionable chemicals. Skin Deep list Fragrance as a Level 8 Hazard.
Here is the whole list printed from Neuma:
The thing we here love most about Neuma products is that they are natural. The other things that we love is that they lather well, smell great, work by giving the hair great body, shine and are priced well. This product is very nice in comparison to other professional products and we are very happy we brought it into the salon. Here is a photo of the Neuma line at Studio 229 Hair Design and Spa:
Sojourn Natural Hair Care Products
Sojourn is a nice line of Natural hair care products that caters to people who a conscious about what type of chemicals that they put on their hair. Of course, like Neuma, they don’t use parabens, synthetic fragrances etc. We here at Studio 229 have had this product on our shelves for several years and really enjoy the line. It is my favorite hair spray and I use their leave on conditioner on everybody before I cut their hair. You really cannot go wrong with this line. There claim to fame is that the product balances out the PH of your hair. I have found this to be true. Although I have no way to measure the ph of my hair, it does feel soft and luxurious after several shampoos and conditions of using this product line. This is why we continue to use this line year after year. Natural, with consistent results is all anyone can ask for in a professional hair care line.
The point is it is always a good idea to pay attention to the ingredients in the products that you put on your body. We at Studio 229 will make sure that all of the products that we sell to you are safe for you, your family and the planet. We promise to do our best to research every product line and make the best informed decision possible.
Highlights on Your Hair
Highlights on your hair are a great way to add some dimension. Even if you have a balayage right now, highlights create a little blending between your balayage and the root area. I love to put a couple of babylights around the face to refresh a balayage and then paint some lightener on the ends. This is a really quick way to refresh things and brighten a hair color that has gotten dull with time. Add a nice toner over the top and wala — perfection.
She still has her beautiful balayage but now she also has dimensional hair color all the way to the top. Her hair will grow out well and she can come in in 2-3 months if she would like and get her roots touched up with a partial highlight or she can bump her base a little and go for more of a balayage look. Either way the maintenance is minimal for someone who wears their hair this blonde.
Granted her natural color is pretty light. Consider staying a more caramel color if you are looking for low maintenance and you have dark hair. You can still get the same great look. It will probably look better on your skin tone too as people with dark hair tend to have a darker skin tone that looks better with keeping the hair a little bit warmer. Although I have seen all sorts of colors on all skin tones and am surprised at what people pull off. It’s all about your personal style.
For example this pretty lady had black hair color on her hair. She wanted to go ash blonde. After her second appointment we finally got her to an ash blonde and got most of the orange out of her ends. We did a balayage on her but put it in foils to keep the heat in and bring up the color. Of course we used the bond multiplyer, #Olaplex to keep her hair healthy. Although she is part Jamaican, so she has darker skin, this blonde hair looks very good on her.
I highly recommend it.
Olaplex Shampoo and Conditioner is Here!
Olaplex Shampoo and conditioner has arrived at Studio 229. We love this patented product and the results that it has on the hair. It keeps all hair healthy, shiny and looking fabulous! The shampoo smells a bit like grapefruit, yet not overpowering. The conditioner, is more subtle in the aroma but it is super thick. I already love the luxurious feel of what is shaping up to be the best shampoo and conditioner on the market.
If you are curious about this amazing hair product please check out their company website at Olaplex.com There you can find videos and so much more regarding the usage of Olaplex.
Here at Studio 229 we use Olaplex #1 on all of our lightening treatments because it literally eliminates 90% of the damage caused by bleach. Here is a couple of articles written a couple of years ago regarding the effects of the treatment: https://www.studio229.net/olaplex-studio-229/ https://www.studio229.net/olaplex-hair-lightening/
If you already have lightened hair keeping it healthy is very important; therefore, the company made a take home treatment for you. It is the #3. Now with the shampoo and conditioner you are all set to have a full regimen of bond multiplying strengthening hair hydration ready for you.
The bottles of shampoo and conditioner come in 8.5 ounces and retail for $28.00. Here is what they look like:
These products are hard to keep on the shelf. However, if you would like us to hold one for you for no more than 24 hours we will be happy to do so. Orders have been coming in every other day or so. Give us a call at 206-322-6325 to put yours on hold or just stop by and pick these up.
They are not available many places and we are doing our best to keep them in stock.
Highlights in the winter are different from other seasons in that they tend to be a bit cooler, a bit darker, and not as vibrant. Even if you are a natural blonde think about adding some low-lights or perhaps an ash color blonde in the winter to go with your more subdued wardrobe. We here at Studio 229 Hair Design love doing highlights (or lowlights) but want to stress that there is a difference between the way the sun hits your hair depending on the season. Don’t worry about going a little darker or cooler in the winter with your highlights. You will still have the dimension that you seek with the highlights and the color will fade with time. In the Spring you will be able to go lighter again if you wish. Here is a photo cooler blonde:
Toning the hair gives the hair a more refined look and will give the hair just that: the tone. You will get 3-4 weeks from your toner. Therefore, the cool tone will only last 3-4 weeks. However you should be able to come back in and get the toner touched up for a minimal fee (about $45). This is the cost of a blow out. Your hair will still look good without the toner but it will not have the same ashy look. If it is going into spring, it may be better to let it go more towards its brighter color. By the way, a toner is not damaging on your hair.
If interested in talking about your hair for any season please feel free to contact studio 229! We would love to consult with you. Matching hair with skin tone, eyes and season, as well as lifestyle is my thing. Here are some links to other blogs about hair color too if you want to keep reading….
Studio 229 Uses Olaplex
Olaplex at Studio 229 has became a staple. When lightening one’s hair, Olaplex has become the most important ingredient of all time and is truly revolutionary to prevent breakage and maintain the integrity of the hair, that Studio 229 recommends that ALL clients use Olaplex. Since the product has now been on the market for about two years we have found some creative ways to use Olaplex that work better than even we could have ever imagined. If you are new to the product, let me give you a quick run down to the amazing product first, then I will introduce you to some of the benefits of why Olaplex is so important when lightening your hair, and then I will tell you some of the creative ways in which I, Deanna have found it to work even better than how the directions recommend if you are battling dry or extremely chemically treated hair.
Olaplex is a three part treatment that multiples the bonds of your hair. The first part of the treatment is added to the lightener to begin to rebuild the bonds while they are being broke down.
Step 2 is basically a deep conditioner that is applied at the salon after the lightener is rinsed out. Like step #3, it must be shampooed out to prevent limp hair. Usually at the salon it is left on about ten minutes and then shampooed out. I have found that if this step is skipped the hair cuticle is open at this point, so the conditioner can really soak up the bond multiplier. I made the mistake of skipping this step on my own hair and really noticed the difference.
Step 3 is a take home product and can be purchased at Studio 229 for $28.00. I recommend using Olaplex step 3 once a week according to the direction but will also tell you some creative ways to use it. Since Olaplex is a bond multiplier, and split ends are a problem especially on fine and chemically treated hair, I recommend putting a very small amount onto your ends and leaving it there. I have found that doing so bonds those split ends together and really makes your hair feel and look healthy. This can be done twice a week and blown dry right into the hair. I have had great results doing this on even the finest of hair without weighing the hair down.
Although Olaplex #3 seems like a small bottle it really last a long time. There is no need to use a large amount. A little goes a long way. Although my hair is rather fine one of these small bottles last me about 4 months. Remember I am only using the product once a week and then using about a pea size on my ends twice a week. Sometimes if I’m not going anywhere on the weekend I will leave the once a week treatment in all day and night and just shampoo the next morning for an added extra treatment. Here are some pictures of people who’s hair Studio 229 has lightened using Olaplex:
Studio 229 Uses Olaplex
Studio 229 Uses Olaplex
Studio 229 Uses Olaplex
You get the point. As you can see most of these clients have naturally very dark hair. I pulled these photos from our facebook page:
Studio 229 Hair Design and Spa and there are several more on there of people who have gotten their hair lightened here using Olaplex and are also using it at home to keep their hair healthy.
So whether you choose to let me, Deanna lighten your locs, or go somewhere else, please use Olaplex!