We shampoo and condition our hair without a second thought, but do we know why we are doing it? Going through the motions, it is easy to forget what the purpose actually is. Here are some neat tips about shampoo and conditioner that not everyone realizes that can save time and money and improve the look of hair:
-Shampoo is designed for the roots of your hair. You can put a dime size amount in your hands and apply it directly to your roots. There is no need to use a whole handful and pull it all the way down to the ends of our hair. Do yourself and your wallet a favor and save on shampoo by only shampooing your roots. The water will also wash just enough shampoo down to the ends of your hair. Sometimes it doesn’t lather the first time, so we think we need to add more. In fact, first add water before pouring more shampoo in your hand. Water alone helps shampoo to lather, especially if it is concentrated. If the shampoo still does not lather, then completely rinse it out and apply another dime size at your roots and massage. The second time it WILL lather.
-Conditioner is designed for the ends of your hair. Put a small amount in your hands depending on your hair length and apply it directly to the ends of your hair. Hold your hair as if you are putting it in a low ponytail and apply the conditioner to the hair below your hand. Leave a wide toothed comb in the shower so you can comb the conditioner through. That will also get a small amount on your roots without over-doing it. If you are prone to oily hair, this will change your life. Applying conditioner directly to the roots of your hair will cause it to feel shiny and oily much faster than when you just use it on the ends and comb it through.
-Try not to over-wash your hair. Most people do not need to shampoo their hair everyday unless it is extremely oily. Start out by trying to wash it every other day if you are a daily hair washer. You can purchase a shower cap from almost any drugstore or Sally’s Beauty Supply to protect your hair while showering.
-At the very end of conditioning your hair when you have removed all the product, use cold water. This can be hard in the cold winter months, but give it a try on those hot summer days to try it out. As you wash your hair with warm water the cuticle of your hair opens up. Cold water helps to seal the cuticle of your hair to make it smooth and shiny.
-Extremely curly or dry hair can benefit from skipping the shampoo all together sometimes. Sulfates in shampoos can take too much moisture out of your hair, so only using conditioner when your hair is feeling extra dry can be beneficial. In the shower, you can still wet your hair and massage your scalp to help clean any debris, just use conditioner afterwards to replenish your hair’s moisture.
Itchy scalp, dandruff, damaged and dry hair. These things have a common root problem: harsh chemicals in hair color. The solution: organic color, which is free of harsh chemicals and actually strengthens and thickens hair. The brand used at Salon deZEN, Organic Color Systems, uses a moisturizing oil base and deposits protein into the hair. This means it actually improves the quality of your hair while coloring! We are constantly looking for shiny, healthy looking hair, so why are we damaging it with color that contains ammonia, resorcinol (an ingredient that the European Union has actually banned from color due to its harmful properties), and carcinogens? I think we need to take it back a notch. Starting in ancient times, women used natural ingredients to keep their hair shiny and smooth. They had the right idea.
I’ve seen the damage that regular peroxide that is mixed with professional color can do. In the past, before organic color was an option, I opened a shipment of hair color that contained developer with ammonia as an ingredient. One of the bottles was busted and I got some developer on my fingers. I continued what I was doing and less than 5 minutes later my fingers were burning and itching from being exposed to the chemicals. It opened my eyes to how dangerous it is to use this type of color line. If it can do that to your hand, imagine what it can do to your tender scalp.
Being an Organic Concepts Salon is something we take pride in at Salon deZEN. We continue to push for healthy alternatives in an industry that has just begun to realize how harmful it has been in the past. The future of getting your hair done quickly and efficiently does not have to mean frying it with chemicals. Looking beautiful comes from being healthy. When our bodies aren’t constantly trying to fight the chemicals and toxins we are subjecting ourselves to, we have more time to look and feel our best!
Naturalite Non-Bleach Lightening
Naturlite ammonia and bleach free lightening systems comes in two highly-effective formulas. Naturlite White is ideal for those lightening challenges when you may need a little extra lift while Naturlite Blue include a violet pigment formulated into the powder that is ideal for counteracting the yellow effect that sometimes results from lightening.
• ammonia, dust, and bleach free
• Lifts hair up to 7 levels without any damage
• Certified organic ingredients
• Preserves the hair’s natural moisturizers
• Easy to mix and dust free
• Optimized pH level to maximize lightening and eliminate damage
• Contains active wheat proteins to soothe and nourish
• Preserves the hair’s natural proteins and structural integrity
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Come one, come all! Brides, maids, mom, sisters and cousins. Any special occasion will do! Let DeZEN make you look as fabulous as you feel on your special day. Whether you getting married, going to fancy dinner, a ball, prom, you name it; Salon DeZEN is fully staffed and ready for your event. We offer special occasion up-do’s and air brush make-up for a flawlessly effortless look. We also are able to apply extension in your hair as well! Book your special occasion appointment with Salon DeZEN today!
Want something fresh that looks effortless? Want a trendy look that will last? Then an ombre look is for you! This client didn’t want to continuously get a do color on her hair because she was trying to grow it out. Campbell recommended an ombre: usually when you get any type of chemical treatment done, there’s some damage so it isn’t unusual for you to want to get a haircut at the same time. But what happens when your roots come in, more color; which means another haircut. With this ombre, Campbell applied color to the root that was very similar to the natural color of the clients hair, so that when it starts to grow out people couldn’t tell. Eventually, she’ll need a trim but for now she has a beautiful new look and a long time to enjoy it! Did I forget to mention that this color was achieve with Organic Colour Systems: ammonia/PB free, coconut/soy based, vibrant color!
New Research Demonstrates How Salon Products Are More Dangerous Than People Think. This new information, highlighting the dangers of salon products, has been redefining how we think about our health.
The growing movement to eat more natural, organic, and healthy food has swept the world and inspired a new generation of more physically fit, mentally aware, and healthier human beings whose longevity is far more sustainable than previous generations. This is absolutely a profound development for humanity and our global collective community as the sustainable healthy condition of this generation will meant that they will require less expensive health care, have an extended mentally productive lifespan, and enhance the richness of the human experience overall.
However, new research has clearly demonstrated that the importance of what actually enters our blood systems and organs has been too focused on what we eat. Dr. Stephen Mazur, a physician who has been practicing medicine for over 40 years, says “The body’s digestive system has an extraordinary ability to filter out chemicals and toxins that other systems in the body simply do not have. Most notably, toxins most commonly entered through the integumentary (skin) system of the body pose a much more direct and therefore higher risk. Any product that is applied to our skin is soaked directly into our bloodstream. Skin, the bodies largest organ and the bodies largest and most direct path to our bloodstream, simply does not have the gastric acids of the stomach, the pancreatic enzymes of the small intestines, or the microbes of the large intestines that filter out chemicals, sodiums or any other dangerous waste.”
Dr. Mazur’s position on this has been well supported by new and emerging research debunking the once believed premise that the skin is an adequate barrier to keep chemicals out of the body. In fact, topical medication application has been proven to be a highly effective and direct way to administer medicine into the blood system by simply applying a cream to your skin. This has been particularly useful for medicines that have a need to bypass the digestive system and enter directly into the blood stream to avoid being filtered out by the stomach and intestines.
Ongoing research has found that the scalp is the single best place on the body to administer topical medication because it presents the area where the skin has the most dense amount of follicles and pores, which is the means by which the medication enters our bloodstream from the skin.
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled “Keratinous Fiber Wicking and Follicular Penetration” examines how 25 common hair care chemicals are absorbed by hair fibers like “microscopic straws” that draw the chemicals into the follicle where they can be dissolved in the bloodstream. Chemicals that were historically thought to be harmless because they are unable to penetrate skin have a much higher degree of bio-availablity when “sucked” into the scalp through porous hair fibers. The dangers of salon products are only compounded by their ease of access into the blood stream.
According to the lead researcher, M. Weghosh, “…the medulla of the hair has an amplifying effect on the the potency of these chemicals. This study changes our entire world view on hair toxicology.”
Since 2004, leading researchers like Dr. Philippa Darbre have been proving a link between common ingredients in most shampoos and conditioners like parabens to breast cancer and other cancers. Recent research released this week from the Journal of Applied Toxicology indicated that medical researchers discovered that nearly all women with breast cancer have parabens in their breast tissue. The link between other chemical toxins commonly found in shampoos and conditioners such as sodium laurel sulfates used a “sudsing” agent has also been closely linked to cancer.
However, despite the incredible dangers of salon products in the mild products like shampoos and conditioners, the chemical treatments commonly performed in salons are even more egregious. Chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene-2,5-diamine sulfate, thioglycolates, ammonia, and resorcinol which are usually active ingredients or pigments in hair color, straightening systems, and other products are even more carcinogenic, toxic, and dangerous to our overall health. With many of these toxins, even breathing them in can cause long term health concerns which puts salon professionals, who are exposed to fumes from these toxins everyday, at particular danger.
Many people are under the false perception that the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) regulates the ingredients of cosmetics and guard consumers against the dangers of salon products. This is completely untrue. In fact, unlike most other countries, there is no government body at all that regulates the ingredients of cosmetics in the United States! The FDA only regulates foods and drugs, of which hair care products and cosmetics are not. While the DFA does have rules requiring cosmetics and hair care products be safe and properly labeled, the rules are passive and to some extent relies on self-regulation as products are neither pre-approved or regularly reviewed.
A truly professional licensed salon professional understands that their clients are relying on them to provide them with safe, high quality, well informed, and creative salon services to help you realize the closest approximation to your ideal image. They understand that mere fact that the products in the salon industry are not regulated by a government authority does not exonerate their professional duty to service their clients and maximize their overall beauty without sacrificing their client’s health, safety or wellbeing.
Organic Salon Systems professionals have demonstrated an ongoing emphasis on health, safety, environmental stewardship, the use of more natural and organic ingredients, and commitment against using animals for testing. These salon professionals, specialized in organic alternatives to the dangers of salon products, have a heightened knowledge of ingredients and how they effect our health and wellness. To find an Organic Salon Systems’ salon near you, please call us at (888) 213-4744.
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