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New Location Now Open!

Salon Organic has a new location!

258 Park Street ~ Montclair

Wednesday through Saturday by appointment.

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

 Thank you for your patience!
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Organic Hair Styling Products

Style, Sculpt & Finish

Unleash your creativity and free yourself from: parabens, PEG/PPG/BG, mineral oils, artificial colorants, EDTA, And synthetic fragrance.

These creative, versatile organic hair styling products gives holistic hair stylists the ability to style, cut, sculpt and shine with nourishing formulas that protect hair against humidity and prolong style.

With:

Biodynamic Marrubium reinforces hair’s delicate structure and adds all natural UV protection.

Organic Black Quinoa is rich in high quality phytoproteins which strengthen and protect hair.

Organic Aamla is an African fruit known for it’s high quantity of Vitamin C, giving hair shine and nourishment.

Fair Trade Marula restores, protects and hydrates hair for ultimate health and shine.

Eco Packaging in pharmaceutical, amber bottles to preserve formula potency, while being infinitely recyclable.

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Glossy Nectar

Hold: 0/5
Shine:  4/5

Improves hair health and shine by penetrating the cuticle to rebuild, strengthen and condition even the most damaged hair / mild detangler / reduces drying time.

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Sea Salt Spray

Shine: 2/5
Hold: 0/5

Get sexy, tousled waves without every setting foot in the sand and sun / used to give a haircut more edge, without weighing it down / Suitable for those who don’t like structured blow outs.

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Thermal Stress Protector

Hold: 4/5
Shine: 4/5

Medium hold thermal protecting spray / Guards against temperatures up to 437 degree fahrenheit / Increases the longevity of heat styled looks.

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Glamshine Cloud Spray

Hold: 0/5
Shine: 
6/6

Instantly adds lustrous shine to finished styles with a hint of all natural essential oils fragrance.

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Sculpting Mist

Hold: 6/6
Shine: 4/6

Extra strong hold, eco-friendly hair spray / No residue / Doesn’t weigh hair down / Treats and Moisturizes hair during hold.

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Flux Potion

Hold: 3/6
Shine: 3/6

Great mousse replacement / For full, flexible styles / Sculps + Defines without leaving residue.

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Bio Rich Water

Hold: 0/6
Shine: 0/6

Made from the active hydrolyates from our pure essential oils, this light moisturizing mist is great dry cutting spray / useful during different drying phases when hair has poor elasticity / all natural spray that protects hair and body from environmental toxins and pollutants.

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Nurturing Drops

Hold: 0/6
Shine: 5/6

Ultra-concentrated, nourishing drops for split ends / Heat Protector/ Ideal for damaged, compromised hair / Seals splits and gives hair intense shine.

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Frozen Glaze 

Hold: 5/6
Shine: 5/6

Clear pomade with an extremely shiny finish/ Strong Hold / Ideally applied on wet hair to enhance a sleek, “wet look.” / On dry hair, achieve wax-like definition, but with a shiny finish.

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Quick Glue

Hold: 6/6
Shine: 1/6

Extra-strong hold wax with matte finish / Ideal for creating extreme looks like mohawks and definitive shapes / Great for medium to very short hair.

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Shabby Mud

Hold: 2/5
Shine: 0/0

Medium hold styling clay mud wax / Medium Hold / Ideal for creating “worn in” hair styles and enhancing feathered looks / Excellent clay for destructed locks with curly hair / Removes volume and defines shapes

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Precious Wax

Hold: 0/0
Shine:
3/0

Natural wax-based formula with nourishing caranuba and beeswax / No hold / Creates shine and light definition / Ideal for reducing volume / Can be used as lip and hand balm

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Boho Pomade

Hold: 4/6
Shine: 2/6

Special medium-hold pomade for excellent curl definition / Ideal for shaping curls with a soft, flexible hold / Light Shine

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Shaping Putty

Hold: 5/6
Shine:
2/6

Strong-hold, fibrous wax / Perfect for creating highly defined, volumous looks/ Can be used at the roots for a lift

Article & Photo Credit: Oway Professional Hair Care

ORGANIC HAIR COLOR: 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

professional-organic-hair-colorWhat is Organic Hair Color?

In the professional beauty industry, the term “organic hair color” refers to hair color made with organic botanicals and less chemicals. Organic, in this sense, is the same definition we use for our organic food standards:

Botanicals grown without the use of pesticides.

When most people refer to “organic hair color” they’re referring to professional organic hair color brands formulated with least amount of synthetic chemicals and the maximum amount of organic botanical ingredients.

While beauty professionals know the chemistry of hair color and how it works, many consumers do not. We hope this article sheds a little more light on the term “organic hair color” and how it came to be.

Does 100% Organic Hair Color Exist?

No. At this time, professional “organic hair color” must contain a certain percentage of synthetic ingredients to work consistently and effectively. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a color line that uses the maximum amount of organic ingredients and the least amount of chemicals.

Note: The only 100% natural hair color is certain brands of henna. However, using henna on the hair isn’t always suitable for grey coverage and metallic salts can cause the hair to feel dry and damaged over time. Also, if henna users ever try to lighten their locks, it can pose serious risks to health of the hair.

Does Organic Hair Color Work?

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Recall, no professional organic hair color brand is 100% natural. Any organic hair color product will contain a certain amount of chemicals necessary to perform. When searching for an organic hair color company what you need to ask about is percentages.

Specifically, what is their percentage of:

  • Pigments (PPDs, PTDS, etc)
  • pH Adjuster (Ethanolamine, etc)
  • Organic Ingredients (meaning botanicals only)!
  • Natural Ingredients
  • Naturally Derived Ingredients

Once you’ve determined the percentages of these components, you’ll be able to better decide which brand is the most “organic.”

Is Ammonia Considered an Organic Ingredient?

The best professional organic hair color brands have removed ammonia from their formulas. Why? As a gaseous substance, it’s been proven to cause respiratory issues, breathing challenges and allergies. Plus, most clients will agree: not having to smell ammonia is a much more pleasant experience.

To be clear: ammonia is a chemical organic compound. Not an organic botanical ingredient.

In chemistry terms, an organic compound means one thing: its molecules contain carbon. That’s it. It doesn’t speak to the safety or natural aspects of the ingredient. So, the next time someone says “ammonia is organic, it comes from the Earth” know this:

Ammonia is one of the most widely produced chemicals in the world. Ammonia found in hair color is not extracted from the soil or our bodies, it’s produced in a lab and has zero natural components.

What About Professional Ammonia Free Hair Color?

Not all ammonia-free hair color brands are created equal.

Simply choosing an ammonia-free hair color doesn’t ensure your clients hair will be healthier or that they won’t have an adverse reaction. While most ammonia-free hair colors won’t have the fume-like aroma of ammoniated hair color, they can still do more damage than necessary to the hair.

Here’s why:

Most brands use Ethanolamine (MEA) to replace ammonia, but they don’t consider the percentages of this ingredient. Both Ethanolamine and ammonia’s role in hair color is to raise the pH of the hair so the color molecules can penetrate.

When you use too much of either ingredient, the pH of the hair is drastically altered and the cuticle will have difficulty re-closing – even with a good conditioner. When the cuticle is unable to close, shine does not reflect off the scales because they’re disheveled and open, instead of tightly packed down.

Also, hair color will fade faster because of the cuticle’s inability to close and lock in molecules.

What’s the Best Professional Ammonia Free Hair Color?

You’ll want to choose an ammonia-free hair color line that uses their pH adjuster in minimal amounts. You’ll also want to choose a brand that ensures all Ethanolamine (MEA) is removed from the hair.

For example, Oway’s Hsystem is an award-winning ammonia-free, professional “organic hair color” line with service products that ensure all product is removed, while keeping the working pH of the color much lower than your typical ammonia-free hair color brand.

To learn more about how Oway uses green chemistry and the maximum amount of organic ingredients possible go here.

(Article & Photo Credits: Oway Hair)

EVEN WAL-MART IS DEMANDING SAFER BEAUTY PRODUCTS – SHOULDN’T YOU?

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When a common consumer store like Wal-Mart is demanding safer beauty products, you know times are a-changin’ and for the better!

Wal-Mart has asked their suppliers to remove 8 chemicals believed to have “certain properties that can affect human health or the environment.” This request is all too telling and represents a new wave in clean beauty – one we’ve been crusading for since 2001!

Let’s explore which harmful chemicals made the list!

Wal-Mart Eliminates 8 Controversial Chemicals From Products

    • Propylparaben – an inexpensive preservative found in many shampoos, conditioners and personal care products.
    • Butylparaben – another type of inexpensive preservative commonly found in cosmetics.
    • In 2008, a study on women with breast cancer found parabens in 98% of breast tissue tested. Parabens are thought to mimic estrogen in the human body, causing an imbalance of hormones and damage to the human endocrine system.
    • Diethyl phthalate – an ingredient used to increase flexibility of plastic bottles.
    • Dibutyl phthalate – another plasticizer used to make plastic bottles more flexible.

Just like parabens, phthalates are known human endocrine disruptors. What’s worse? Many of your current plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles are made with these harmful chemicals. Phthalates leach estrogen-mimickers into your products, which are readily absorbed by your body when applied to the skin or scalp.

    • Formaldehyde – recognized as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing ingredient) by WHO (World Health Organization) and IARC (International Agency For Research on Cancer). Remember all of the controversy surrounding keratin treatments using formaldehyde as an active ingredient? Let’s make sure that stays out of our products.
    • Triclosan – a synthetic chemical used in shampoos and conditioners as an anti-bacterial agent. Just like phthalates and parabens, this ingredient also disrupts the delicate hormone balance of humans.
  • Toluene – a colorless liquid found in nail polish and fragrance that has been linked to nervous system damage.

 

How did Wal-Mart choose which toxic ingredients to AVOID?

The Environmental Defense Fund advised them to identify harmful chemicals that had significant science backing.

Not only is Wal-Mart rewarding those who remove these chemicals from their products, they are requiring transparency. For those companies refusing to eradicate these targeted chemicals, they will be forced to add them to their warning labels by 2018.

Note: Since phthalates are not in the product itself (but rather the plastic container), many companies get away without listing them in their ingredients list.

Luckily, that’s all about to change.

While this is a giant leap in the right direction, we shouldn’t stop here. Keep demanding safer products and more transparency from these companies.

Especially in the professional beauty industry, as our vertical is even less regulated than the consumer market.

Article & Photo Credit: Oway Professional Hair Care

Relocation Update

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Things are developing nicely at the new Montclair location.  Looking forward to new doors opening in the near future.

In the meantime, you can still make an appointment with me on Tuesdays and Saturdays at the interim location- 605 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, Suite 6, Door Code 1952* (Note- code must include * ).

I appreciate your continued patience throughout this transition.

Best,  Anne

Must have Fall 2014 hair colors 

Perfect your Fall fashion with these fall 2014 hair color trends.

Auburn Harvest Hair Color

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The red-orange undertones of Auburn Harvest, one of the most sought-after fall hair color trends, are an ideal match for warm skin tones – pale or dark.

Auburn’s brownish-red tint will bring out your skin color’s naturally golden hues, giving you a soft, healthy glow.

Pumpkin Spice Hair Color

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Channeling fall’s favorite flavor, pumpkin spice hair color is perfect for light skin with peachy or golden undertones. Think Rachel McAdams with her soft coppery strands and subtle pieces of light, golden blonde.

Red Velvet Hair Color

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Rich and delectable, red velvet is sure to please any sweet toothed, true olive-skinned lady, like Ariana Grande (seen left).

Cool Breeze Blonde Hair Color

 

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Remarked for its ashy tones, cool blonde hair color is a breeze for winter.

The pairings of dark ash and clear blonde is a popular fall hair color trend for blondes, especially since keeping light hair fresh during winter can be a hassle.

To achieve this dimensional appearance, look to a balayage technique.

Plumberry Hair Color

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Ruby red with jets of violet? Give a warm welcome to Plumberry.

This fall 2014 hair color trend is the perfect match for cool or neutral skin tones looking for a dark red hair color.

Black Currant Hair Color

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For those with black or dark brown hair color, say hello to black currant. This purpley-black hair color compliments cool brunettes looking to add a little (or a lot) of violet.

Adding this color to a soft sombre or reverse ombré, is the optimal way to blend imperial purple with a natural brown hair color.

Salted Caramel Hair Color

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It wouldn’t be fall without ribbons of caramel highlights frolicking hand-in-hand with a rich, mocha hair color.

For brunettes with a warm base and skin tone, shy away from the frosted chestnut, and embrace your hair’s natural shade with these toffee tones.

For added dimension, pair subtle copper hues with caramel highlights to brighten the face area.

Article & Photo Credits: Organic Color Systems 

Summer 2014 hair color trends- get it while it’s hot!!

Get this summer’s hottest colors using the most natural hair color products possible.

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Amber Heard: Not only is bronde one of the hottest haircolors of 2014, it’s also one of the most versatile. Add a few more lighter pieces if you’re looking for a more blonde than brown look.

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The key to any dimensional copper bronde is those beautiful face framing highlights. Since Julia Roberts is the queen of copper reds, her dimensional ombre hair color was a perfect trend for summer.

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Kate Bosworth stunning in copper blonde. There’s no denying it. One the most popular hair color tones for summer is copper!

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Khloe Khardashian rocking blonde ombre!

Get the season’s hottest hair colors at Salon Organic Montclair. 

Huffington Post Puts Organic Color to the Test!

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Source: Huffington Post, Raydene Salinas

In her article, “Why I Decided to Ditch Chemicals & Go Organic With My Hair Dye”, Rebecca Adams of the Huffington Post was skeptical of organic hair color- will there be as many color choices? Will it last as long without all the harsh chemicals? Will the color be as rich?

After testing out Organic Color Systems, Salon Organic’s brand of choice, the answer was a resounding “yes”!  She writes

“even the most pleasant smells couldn’t get me to go organic if the results weren’t at least as good as the chemical stuff. Luckily, they were….the color was the most striking shade of copper red I’ve ever had, and I didn’t have that pesky line of demarcation that always gives me what I call “fire roots”…The best part: My hair felt 10 pounds lighter and as soft as an 8-year-old’s. Needless to say, I’m an organic hair dye convert.”

Salon Organic uses the same products and can give you the same, healthy beautiful results.

Contact Salon Organic today and you, too, will be an organic hair dye convert!