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My Personal Account with Oway Products

I have fine, oily hair. Regardless of my hair style or the products I’d use, I never felt confident having long hair because of how oily and unhealthy it always looked. This is why, as a child, I rocked bob cuts and the reason why, as an adult, I tend to use extensions when I want to have the long, healthy hair I’ve always dreamt of. As a result of my hair type, going a day without washing was just not in the cards for me. Even when I did use any sort of product on it, my hair never felt better...just greasier. So when the opportunity to try Oway products knocked on my door, I was skeptical. How transformative could ANOTHER product be when so many in the past have failed me?

Girl, let me tell you.

First up on my list was Oway’s frequent-use conditioner. Infused with biodynamic lemon and organic white tea (my favorite), Oway’s frequent-use conditioner did something no other product has done before: it didn’t make my hair feel heavy! Other conditioners I’ve used in the past succeeded in making my hair feel smoother but I was often left feeling oily; by the end of the day it looked like my hair wasn’t even clean. What I failed to realize before using Oway’s product was that some conditioners can be too heavy for certain hair types. This is because some conditioning products contain silicone, which can result in fine hair feeling too greasy or heavy. Before Oway, I didn’t even know that was a thing!

Because of this, what I loved most about Oway’s frequent-use conditioner was learning that their formula was suitable for all hair types. I had spent so many years accepting that my hair would always feel oily and greasy to suddenly realizing that there were products out there, like Oway’s frequent-use conditioner, that made a notable difference on how I looked and felt. Traditionally, if I washed my hair the night before, it would feel heavy and look matted and stringy the morning after. On the first morning after using Oway’s frequent-use conditioner, my hair was bouncy, healthy and shiny. It was the first time in years my hair looked so naturally healthy that I didn’t have to style it; it genuinely just looked (and felt) good without much effort.

While I loved using Oway’s frequent-use conditioner every time I washed my hair, life gets hectic, so washing my hair is not always possible depending on what my day entails. But my hair is normally oily and greasy, so going a day without washing my hair was something I simply couldn’t do. It was on mornings like this that I wished I had my mother’s hair. She could go days without washing her hair and it still looked pretty fabulous. Me, on the other hand, I have to wash my hair on a daily basis. On those days when life got busy, I’d opt for using dry shampoo. I’d bend my head down, close my eyes and do my best to avoid inhaling the pungent odor that caused my bathroom mirror to fog up as I pressed my finger down onto the spray bottle. All this dry shampoo did, though (beside burn my eyes), was make my hair look less dirty; not once did those products act like a good substitute for my hair feeling cleaner. Oway’s plant and mineral refresh wasn’t like this.

When I started to use Oway’s plant and mineral refresh, my unwashed hair both looked and felt cleaner the first morning I went without washing it. The thing I loved most about it? It’s suited for people like me who have fine hair and don’t want a product that weighs their hair down. After using Oway’s plant and mineral refresh, I took it upon myself to conduct some research into the other products I’d been using in the past. One of the things that startled me in my research about other dry shampoo products on the market was their apparent link to cancer. This link is the result of many dry shampoo products containing talc - a mineral made of elements like silicon and magnesium. Remember how I said my bathroom would fill up with “smoke,” after I sprayed my dry shampoo? I cringe thinking about how many times I did this and how harmful it may have been to me now that I’ve done the research. With Oway’s plant and mineral refresh, I didn’t have to worry about what I was putting on my body (or the environment for that matter). Oway’s plant and mineral refresh is talc-free. And, as someone who lost their mother to breast cancer, I felt a lot more confident using it.

While Oway’s products helped transform my hair and helped me to (finally) feel like my hair was beautiful, the most impactful aspect of using their products has been knowing exactly what I’m putting on my body. Next to every Oway product listed on their website is a comprehensive list of ingredients, including what’s excluded from their formula. Neither of Oway’s frequent-use conditioner or bio-rich water (both products I used and loved), contain artificial colorants or parabens (chemicals that can link to both scalp damage and breast cancer). Even more helpful is that Oway provided instructions on how to use each of their products, as well as a helpful guide on which hair type the product is most beneficial for.

When it came time to write about my personal experience with Oway products, I couldn’t wait to share my experience with you all. Not only do I feel confident with the hair type, that for so many years, I misunderstood, but I feel so empowered by choosing products that are healthy. We’re all guilty of consuming products that we don’t do much research on, but when you go down the rabbit hole of what these products actually are, you begin to realize how important it is to get informed about the kinds of items you’re using. That’s why our motto here, at Artemis Salon, is ‘the goddess within.” We believe that while having beautiful, healthy hair is a key component to feeling good, having knowledge and understanding about your hair is the true essence of beauty.

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Mar 28 2020

The Importance of Animal Cruelty-Free, Vegan Products

The world is changing. And with it, a more revolutionary realization that the world needs our help. At Artemis Salon, we’re pushing forward an initiative to do just that. That’s why we proudly partner with progressive, environmentally friendly companies like Oway and Original Mineral, pioneers in the organic hair care industry.

So how exactly is the world changing?

Vegan lifestyles have soared in popularity as a result of consumers wanting to know where their products are sourced and how they impact animals and the environment. As a result, the vegan cosmetic industry has an expected growth forecast of 7.1% from the year 2018 through 2023, according to Grand View Research. Vegan and animal cruelty-free products are no longer just a trend; they're a way of life.

The importance of animal cruelty-free products can be found in the form of animal testing.

Animal testing affects approximately 115 million animals worldwide, according to a report from Cruelty Free International. These animals - who are not protected by law due to their laboratory status - are subjected to cruel and inhumane conditions which include being confined to small cages, mutilation and blindness. While the Animal Welfare Act doesn’t protect animals from being used for research, it regulates what scientists can and cannot do with the animals in the lab. As a result, scientists are allowed to put animals through pain and duress as it is approved under the guidelines. While this information is upsetting, perhaps the worst part about animal testing is that it’s not necessary. The Food, Drug and Comsmetic Act does not require the use of animal testing.

Aside from the reasons listed above, there are additional environmental drawbacks to animal testing. Products that are used in testing are ultimately thrown away with little to no concern of their environmental impact. When you switch to a vegan, animal cruelty-free product, you’re not only saying “NO” to animal cruelty, you’re helping to minimize harzardous waste on the environment.

There’s a lot of truth in the assumption that if a chemical is bad for an animal, what makes it any better (or safer) for a human? Ammonia and phenylenediamine for example (chemicals commonly found in hair dye) have been linked to many negative health effects such as allergic reactions, birth defects and skin irritation. These are just a few of the reasons why more and more people are turning to organic products and an alternative, vegan lifestyle. People want to know what is in their products and how they are obtained.

That’s why we exclusively use Oway and Original Mineral products. The risk is just too large for us not to do our part to help the environment. While it’s only human nature to be upset at the realization of what some brands do behind closed laboratory doors, it’s also empowering to know that there is something we can do to promote positive change in the hair care industry.

If you're interested in an organic alternative, contact us for an appointment. We’d love to see you!

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Jan 24 2020

Sustainable Beauty and Partnering With Green Circle Salons

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the term “sustainable beauty?” Perhaps a product that is eco-friendly or biodegradable? Maybe you think of recycling? Or maybe, the first thing that springs to mind is the decision to become a more environmentally-conscious consumer? If you’re like us, then you know sustainable beauty can hold many definitions. And all of them are equally important!

At Artemis Salon, we’re proud to partner with Green Circle Salons, leaders in creating the world’s first (and North America’s only) sustainable salon solution.

Their initiative allows salons to recycle their waste. These waste products include everything from leftover hair color, aerosol cans, paper and plastic products, and even left over hair. You may be wondering: how can old hair be repurposed to help the environment? And how is that possible? Hair can absorb oil deposits in the ocean by serving as a water repellant. At Artemis Salon, the hair we recycle helps to clean up oil spills in the ocean. This is in addition to the 85% of waste we recycle, thanks to Green Circle Salon's progressive and eco-friendly initiative.

This process is just one of the many ways that salons can create sustainable beauty. Sustainability is much more than creating vegan products or cutting back on plastic; it’s about looking at the way we do things as a whole and thinking about how the process can be updated to become more ecologically friendly. Sustainability requires thinking about the long-term repercussions of our actions and how we can achieve a harmonious balance moving forward. One way this can be done is by looking at innovative ways to repurpose salon waste that can be otherwise harmful on the environment, like aerosal cans and plastic.

As a hair salon, we care about beauty, however, we recognize that beauty comes in many different forms.

We are passionate about cultivating an environment that allows us to act beautifully in terms of giving back to the environment. The truth is that there are probably tons of people who WANT to do their part to help the environment but don't know how they can get started. Or, people may not be aware of how their salon waste could be repurposed. Decades ago, repurposing hair to clean oil spills was an abstract concept; now it's a reality.

There's a common phrase that says, "change starts with a single step," and sometimes that step involves looking at the way we do things and realizing that maybe we can do better. The world has generously supplied us with an abundance of natural resources we can utilize in our products. It is our ethical responsibility to not be harmful to the environment or deplete it of its natural resources. As a result, we achieve a long-term ecological balance. When we re-examine the way we do things and push for an initiative to recycle what was once considered waste, we take the first steps in creating sustainable beauty.

If you're eager to see sustainable beauty in progress, schedule an appointment. All of our hair care products are vegan and animal-cruelty free, and 85% of our salon waste is recycled. You'll leave our salon not only looking good but feeling good about the positive impact you left on the environment.

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Jan 22 2020

Marrying the Metaphysical with Green Beauty

How do you marry the metaphysical with green beauty? The first step requires a deeper understanding of what we mean when we say, “metaphysical.” Generally speaking, metaphysics is a type of philosophy that utilizes broad concepts that help elucidate our understanding of reality. When it comes to marrying the metaphysical with the concept of “green beauty,” the end result is an innovative solution that helps to reinvent the way we used to do things.

Before we dive in further, what exactly IS green beauty?

"Going green” is the practice of making lifestyle choices that are more environmentally conscious and ecologically responsible. But how does one become environmentally friendly (and ecologically responsible) when it comes to hair care? How can we treat the environment as kindly as we do ourselves? How can we create a culture of sustainable beauty in today’s society?

It’s questions like these that help to marry the metaphysical with green beauty and ultimately, our partnership with Green Circle Salons. They are the leading source in cultivating a community of like-minded individuals who want to create a more eco-friendly solution when it comes to salon waste. At its core, green beauty encompasses products that are created with natural ingredients, all the while being packaged in an eco-friendly manner to help minimize our environmental impact. The decision to reuse, recycle and develop ecologically friendly packaging solutions is how we marry the metaphysical with green beauty. It all starts with analyzing our current reality and thinking of ways to make it better for the environment.

According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, approximately 75% of U.S. adults believe that we should do whatever it takes to protect the environment. This highlights a growing concern for (and desire to) keep the environment in the forefront of our decision making. Many things that ordinarily would be considered waste - paper, plastic, even human hair - can be repurposed to leave a healthier impact on the environment. The human hair we repurpose helps clean up oil spills in the ocean!

At Artemis Salon, we believe in an eco-conscious beauty regime that connects the individual and the environment.

We believe that making the conscious choice to utilize green beauty products helps bridge a connection between the mind, body and spirit. When you put good into the world, good is returned back to you.

This is why we are so proud to use products that are gentle enough to use on cancer patients, pregnant women and individuals who are prone to eczema, psoriasis or other types of allergies. Our products - exclusively Oway and Original Mineral - use only natural ingredients like lavender, rosemary and native plants. When you know what your products are made of, you can feel better about putting them on your body. And when you know how they are sourced and how they can give back to the environment, you feel even better.

We pride ourselves on being an education hub for other stylists who are interested in green chemistry and how they can go about getting started. We are continually educating ourselves on the latest green beauty products and trends. It is our hope and desire to share this knowledge with the world in an effort to cultivate a community who can continue forward with this ecologically-friendly initiative.

We’d love to introduce you to our products. Schedule an appointment with us today and connect with the goddess within.

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Jan 18 2020

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