Is there a safe alternative to Keratin Straightening?

Are you addicted to hair straightening treatments? Are the chemicals making you sick? Are you ready to try something different?

Curly and wavy hair can be fabulous! Let me show you how to rock your natural texture with a Deva Curl Haircut & Styling Session.

I promise you, the safest alternative to a straightening treatment is to learn to love your natural texture. The fastest way to do that is with a great haircut. I provide curly haircuts that work with your natural hair texture and are fun and easy to style.

Every haircut starts with a conversation about what you want your hair to do and how much effort you want to spend on it. A deva curl haircut is designed to put you at ease, as you watch your hair transformation take place. I believe that your hair should provide a beautiful frame for your face, and a balancing shape for your body. I love working with multi-textural hair because no two heads of hair are the same which means that your haircut and texture are unique to you. Bring me your curls and let me help you embrace your natural texture with a Deva Curl Haircut and natural styling lesson.

Still on the fence about straightening your hair? Please consider the following before your next straightening treatment.

  • Keratin treatments create a straight, flat iron look by using a formaldehyde-releasing solution that coats the hair and is sealed into the hair with a 450 degree flat iron. Once straightened, the hair may continue to release formaldehyde every time you heat style your hair after your treatment.

  • Formaldehyde is a sensitizer, which means that after you reach a certain level of exposure and react to it, you'll always experience an allergic reaction when you re-encounter the chemical. So the more times you chemically straighten your hair, the greater your risk of developing symptoms.

  • Clients and stylists exposed to keratin straightening chemicals complain of burning eyes, difficulty breathing, and other allergy symptoms. Other symptoms include: throat irritation, mouth ulcers, dizziness, headaches, vision impairment and fatigue. Accidental skin contact with formaldehyde may cause blisters or rash on the scalp, face, and neck.

  • Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, proven to cause cancer in humans, with higher levels of exposure.

Please also review my post from 2014

Shampoo Bars Are Here!

Every person has unique skin and hair, so finding an organic shampoo that works for your specific hair and scalp can be difficult. When looking for an organic shampoo, many things come into play: How does it feel? How does it smell? What are the ingredients? Where’s it made? Do you trust the manufacturer? What’s the environmental impact? Etc, etc.

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As your go-to organic hair care expert, I am proud to provide you with gentle and organic hair care options. I’m excited to share my signature Organic Hair Detox & Treatment with you this month. It includes a hair and scalp detox, followed by a nourishing organic hair treatment and blowdry or natural style. Anyone who books this service in May and mentions this post, will receive a free shampoo bar sample from Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Co.

Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Co. has a variety of nourishing organic shampoo bars for all hair types. These bars feel and smell amazing. They are 100% organic without emulsifiers, synthetics, or plastic packaging; so they are healthy for the whole family and gentle on the environment. What makes Chagrin Valley’s Shampoo Bars even more amazing is how great they are at removing buildup from the hair while simultaneously nourishing the scalp.

Book your Organic Hair Detox & Treatment today and learn a valuable and economical way to take care of your hair at home.

Hairprint Is Here!

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The wait is over! I have been accepted as a Hairprint™ Professional and am now able to offer you this completely non-toxic hair color restoration treatment. Hairprint™ is a 100% non-toxic hair color treatment that restores dark pigments to gray hair. Hairprint™ works best on dark hair that is less than 30% gray. All Hairprint™ services require a consultation and 1-week detox prior to service. Please book a hairprint consultation to see if you are a good candidate for this revolutionary, completely non-toxic hair color treatment.

After you have been accepted as a Hairprint™ client, please carefully review these preparation guidelines.

Going Natural With A Big Chop Haircut

“Short natural hair styles” is one of the most common google searches for women who are ready to embrace their natural hair texture. 

A natural hair journey often begins with a big chop followed by a series of short hair styles. This can be a fun and playful time for women who are embracing their natural hair texture. Short hairstyles are beautiful, flattering and sexy. They are easy to maintain, fun to wear, versatile and professional. Schedule a complementary consultation to discuss what short hair style is right for you.

One of many short hair options is the beloved TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro), this style is a staple for women wearing their hair natural. The TWA is a short hairstyle that it fun and versatile. Check out the video below to see some fun TWA styling options.

Why I’m Obsessed With Hair

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Our hair makes a first impression when we enter a room and the lasting impression when we exit. I think of hair is a dynamic accessory that should complement your face and body and elevate your personal style.

When you come to see me, our time together is 100% focused on you and your hair. It’s a time for you to share with me how you see yourself and how you want to be perceived. Our conversation and time together helps me get to know you so that I may provide you with a hair style that reflects your character, complements your lifestyle, and reflects how you want to be perceived in the world. I love helping my clients cultivate a healthy and playful relationship with their hair texture and style.

DIY Salt Spay Recipe For Beachy Waves & Texture

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As a professional hair stylist, I’m often one of the first to learn about a new beauty product launch. Today I received an announcement about the launch of an organic salt spray - wait, haven’t we seen this before? Salt spray is one hair product that I’ve been loathe to buy or stock because it’s basically salt water in a bottle with a little moisture and perfume. Now when a company that I love and trust tells me they are launching a salt spray for $26 a bottle I have to wonder to myself “what am I missing?”

After reviewing this new product, I thought “how hard could it possibly be to make my own salt spray?” I compared a few DIY recipes with my favorite organic salt sprays and realized very quickly that there isn’t much to it. So, using my professional knowledge and common sense, I came up with a perfectly serviceable DIY Salt Spray.

Step 1: Find yourself an 8oz spray bottle. You may reuse a bottle you already have or buy a reusable plastic or glass bottle. I recommend this 4oz two pack (affiliate link) on Amazon so you can have one salt spray at home and one on the go.

Step 2: Make your salt spray

  1. Warm 1 cup of distilled water in glass measuring cup

  2. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt and 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Sea Salt into warm water

  3. Optional additional ingredients:

    • Add 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite leave-in conditioner for extra moisture

    • Add 1/2 teaspoon of witch hazel for scalp and hair health

    • Add 1/2 teaspoon of honey or gel (dissolved in water) for a stickier tousled look

    • Add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil(s) for a signature scent.

  4. Add solution to one 8oz spray bottle (affiliate link) or split into two 4oz bottles (affiliate link)

Step 3: If using optional ingredients, shake well before each use. Spray on damp or dry hair at crown and on ends and then scrunch to encourage waves and texture to form. This simple DIY Salt Spray is great for fine-medium hair that needs extra volume and texture.

Note: Since everyone’s hair and scalp is unique, feel free to play with and customize this basic recipe to meet your personal needs. If you want a little more texture, increase the salt content 1/2 tsp at a time. When making your own salt spray, start with a simple recipe, figure out what you want more of and then adjust. My basic recipe is clean, not too sticky, and enhances natural waves in fine to medium weight hair.

Not into making your own hair products? Book a haircut or treatment and let me introduce your hair to some of the cleanest beauty products available.

Clean Moisture For Curls

I am proud to provide a clean and healthy salon experience for my scent-sensitive and health-oriented clients. Every client has unique skin and hair, so finding products that work for a broad set of needs can be difficult. When looking for new products, I first consider how they feel and smell. I like products that don’t have oily or sticky residues and that are fee of artificial dyes and perfumes. If a product passes my sniff test, I then proceed to review the complete ingredient list to ensure that the product is naturally derived and free of harmful chemicals and synthetics.

In my search for a scent-free curly hair moisturizer that would absorb well into dry, porous hair, I discovered a trio of products from CurlyCoilyTresses. These three products - Enrich, Moisture, and Oil - when used together, do amazing things for dry, coarse hair. Enrich and Moisture are designed to penetrate deep into the hair shaft giving the hair the hydration it seeks with a natural softness for beautiful curl definition. Pure pumpkin seed oil seals in moisture, controls frizz, and adds a natural shine to hair.

One of the things that I love about CurlyCoilyTresses is that all the products are suitable for all genders and ages. All products are scent-free, minimally processed, soothing for the scalp, hydrating and strengthening for the hair, and safe for long-term use. These products are ideal for wash-and-go curly styles when you want a clean, hydrated feel - without a greasy or sticky finish. CulyCoilyTresses will soften, hydrate, and strengthen your hair while improving its overall appearance, guaranteed.

The Best Dandruff Shampoo

The most common question I receive in the salon is: “Do you have a recommendation for dandruff or dry scalp?”

Before I tell you about the best dandruff shampoo on the market, let’s take a look at some common causes of dandruff. Dandruff is caused by the over production of skin on the scalp. This can happen for a variety of reasons.

1. Dry skin may contribute to dandruff. People with dry skin are more likely to have a dry, flaky scalp. Cold winter air combined with overheated rooms is a common cause of itchy, flaking skin. Dandruff that stems from dry skin tends to have small, dry flakes.

2. Malassezia is a fungus that normally lives on the scalp and feeds on sebum. In some people, this fungus may become overactive, causing the scalp to become irritated and produce extra skin cells for protection. As the excess skin cells die and shed, they combine with sebum (scalp oil) to form dandruff.

3. Yeasts may also cause dandruff. People who are sensitive to yeasts have a slightly higher chance of dandruff. Dandruff caused by air-born yeasts is often worse during the winter months and better when the weather is warmer. This may be because ultraviolet light from the sun and dryer conditions of summer counteracts yeast growth.

4. Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition that may cause white or yellow scales on the scalp that eventually flake off causing dandruff.

At first it was hard to find a natural shampoo and conditioner with the right balance of ingredients to simultaneously address scalp and hair conditions. Then I discovered LotusRX. LotusRX contains pyrithione zinc to control the over production of skin that leads to dandruff and flaky scalp. Unlike Head & Shoulders, LotusRX is free of sulfates and synthetics, has a pleasant smell, and is chalk full of scalp nourishing ingredients. The LotusRX shampoo and conditioner are gentle enough to be used daily - soothing the scalp and leaving your hair soft and shiny. In addition to using LotusRX regularly to combat dry and flaky scalp conditions, I also recommend:

  1. Brushing your hair and scalp regularly with a high quality boar bristle hair brush to aid in the distribution of natural oils and the normal shedding of skin.

  2. Not going to bed with wet hair because dampness on the scalp may contribute to dandruff.

  3. Drying your hair closest to your scalp completely before putting your hair up for the day.

Shop LotusRX for color-safe, curl-friendly, salt-free, natural and hydrating dandruff control.
Shop Mason Pearson (affiliate link) for pure boar bristle hair brush or mixed boar bristle hair brush.

An Curated Selection Of Organic Hair Care Products

The Organic Stylist is proud to provide a healthier salon experience for scent-sensitive, eco-conscious, and health-oriented people. We provide services and use products that are plant-based, organic and eco-friendly; and therefore healthier for you, us and the environment.

The hair color we use is ammonia-free, low odor and rich in certified organic ingredients, amino acids, anti-oxidents, vitamins, and nutrients to keep your hair healthy and vibrant during and after coloring.

For hair care and styling, we use organic and eco-friendly products, such as InnerSense Organic Beauty, LotusRX, Beija Flor Naturals and Curly Coily Tresses, all of which we offer for sale in the salon.

In addition to providing you with organic products in the salon, you may also choose to shop online.
Please click through the affiliate links below to support my business when ordering online. Thank you!