News added 23/08/17: So, what IS the system?
Pioneers in organic hair colour, Organic Colour Systems have specially formulated three care ranges that compliment the hair colouring process and ensure the best level of after care possible: Status Quo, Power Build and Aqua Boost. Organic Colour Systems salons analyse the health of their clients hair by performing a Wet Stretch Test before any service to ascertain what condition the hair is in. Healthy hair means better colour coverage, results and longer-lasting vibrancy so the Wet Stretch Test defines which care range is needed to get the hair in the best possible condition prior to beginning the colour process.
Natalie Lupton, Organic Colour Systems mentor and owner of The Hair Secret, Berkhamstead gives us an insight into her favourite OCS products…
“My favourite range is Power Build. It has been amazing for my clients that have over-processed, heat-damaged hair. Power Build Revamp has completely changed one of my clients hair. She has extensions and the last set left her natural hair very damaged and lacking in protein, after using Revamp for a month (twice a week) she has seen a massive improvement, her hair is stronger and looks thicker!”
The entire Power Build range is designed to add strength and volume to weak or damaged hair, renewing shine and improving strength and colour retention. It uses certified organic natural sunflower seed extracts to reduce damage and split ends as well as natural extracts of lemon, apple, green tea, wheat proteins and vitamin B5 to improve hairs suppleness and volume. Power Build Revamp contains 8% organic Quinoa. Studies show that with just a 1% Quinoa, damage inside the hairs cortex is reduced by a massive 26%. Wowza! Clients love to know that it is the power of natural ingredients working wonders!
Aqua Boost works to add lost moisture back into the hair , and is ideal for use on clients who have grey hair as it helps to soften the greys allowing for a better, more even coverage. The Aqua Boost Treatment works wonders and is so easy to apply. Shampoo with Aqua Boost Shampoo, towel dry, apply the Aqua Boost Treatment and leave on for 15 minutes. Top tip: This is great when having a bath as the heat helps to open the hair cuticles allowing for a super nourishing treatment! Rinse then apply conditioner which is recommended to be left for another 15 minutes.
The Aqua Boost range contains organic aloe, natural black oat extract, vitamin B5 and lecithin that deeply nourishes dry and damaged hair leaving it naturally moisturised, shiny and easy to manage. There is also a Leave-In Conditioner in this range which contains natural wheat proteins and safflower phospholipids to help maintain hairs natural moisture balance, prevent cuticle damage and improve colour retention, too.
Natalie says: “I’ve found that stocking Organic Colour Systems has made it easier for my stylists to recommend products as clients can see the results right before their eyes and want to take them home! The Wet Stretch Test shows clients exactly what their hair is lacking in and how the treatments that we use work to bring their hair back to health. Results are seen right away which is why our overall retail sales have increased from 6% to 10% as a salon”. Great work, Natalie!
If you’d like to maximise your retail offering like Natalie, become a more profitable salon business and give your clients healthier hair, please contact OCS on +44 (0) 1590 646462 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
News added 27/07/17: Inspired collection 2017: Splicing
Using brand ambassador Karine Jackson’s 2017 collection, Why Label It? as inspiration, Organic Colour Systems created their Inspired collection. Every year, Karine creates a trend-setting, editorial collection for Organic Colour Systems using their naturally healthier colour palette, but this year the brand decided to reach out to the consumer market instead with the client-friendly Inspired collection. The collection uses the same specialist techniques as Karine’s Why Label It?, but demonstrates that these Avant Garde, high fashion looks can be readily commercialised and presented as something that Organic Colour System stylists could deliver in their own salons and offer to their clients.
The Organic Colour Systems Inspired collection 2017 used four different hair colouring techniques: Splicing, Floodlighting, Colour Blocking and Tie Dye. This week, we’ll be focusing on the Splicing technique and how to achieve this with any mix of colours, following the simplistic step-by-step guide below:
- Clarify the hair then Wet Stretch Test and pre-treat according to results.
- Taking a triangle section at the front of the hair to the sides of the eyebrows, pre-lighten using Naturlite White Lightening Powder and 6% Cream Activator.
- Next apply all over colour to the rest of the hair. In this case No Limits Chestnut semi-permanent colour was used.
- Leave to process.
- Rinse and shampoo pre-lightened section. Rinse only colour from the rest of the hair.
- Returning to the front pre-lightened section. Apply chosen hair colours section by section.
TOP TIP: Vary sizes of each section and use clear acetate as an application tool.
- Colours used for front section:
• 4 x pumps No Limits Violet mixed with 1 x tsp PowerBuild Treatment
• 1 x pump No Limits Blue mixed with 1 x tsp PowerBuild Treatment
• 2 x pumps No Limits Red mixed with 1 x scoop PowerBuild Treatment
8. Leave to process.
9. Rinse only, colour from front section, towel dry and then condition all over and leave for 5 minutes.
To finish, Organic Colour Systems Thermal 2 Twenty and Spritz was used.
News added 07/07/17: By the age of 50, more than 50% of women will experience some degree of hair thinning – it’s a major preoccupation for a large number of your clients!
The contributing factors linked to Female Pattern Hair Loss vary, but most commonly they include: • stress • nutritional deficiencies • hormonal changes • medications. Listening to consumers concerns and desires, Organic Colour Systems has identified a need for a natural product that not only provides thicker, fuller-looking hair for those suffering, but also works to support and encourage natural hair growth. Indeed, the brand has spent five years perfecting their solution, and are extremely proud to present new Rep-Hair® Follicle Strengthening System.
Rep-Hair is a daily hair care regime with four key products comprising of:
• Strengthening shampoo • Nourishing conditioner (for use every other day) • Scalp treatment
• Daily supplements (to be administered daily). One kit provides 60-days-use!
All four products contain specially-selected organic and natural ingredients that have been chosen for their nourishing, strengthening, conditioning and cleansing properties, as well as their ability to protect the scalp and reduce inflammation of the hair follicle.
The hero ingredient in the Rep Hair range is Capixyl™ – including a unique active complex which has been proven to reduce hair loss and stimulate hair growth. Organic Colour Systems now ensures that not only does the hairdressing industry have an effective, natural alternative to damaging hair colour and care, but also is able to help the many clients suffering with hair thinning and hair loss. These are clients who would like a more natural but proven to be effective alternative as a solution to their problem.
For more information about Rep Hair and the research behind it, please visit: https://www.organiccoloursystems.com/rep-hair/
News added 30/06/17: For Organic Colour Systems, education is key. Their education programme is, and always has been, at the core of all they do and acts as an unprecedented driver for the success of their global business. As a brand, they are committed to hands on, face-to-face education as the best and only way to ensure that their unique and unequalled ‘system’ is being used in the correct way and clients receive the best results possible. It’s a win-win. Salon owners who decide they want to carry OCS know from the offset that it is a commitment; it is a system after all, and therefore the willingness to learn and understand the processes is hugely beneficial to everyone involved – the brand, salon and client. This enables both a high-end salon service to operate and provides important retail opportunities, too.
This year, OCS have introduced their highly acclaimed mentor programme to the UK, appointing three successful salon owners as ‘salon mentors’. These individuals have seen first-hand the positive changes to their businesses that has come as a result from partnering with OCS. The mentors are passionate about the brand and in teaching others the benefits of using natural, healthier, non-damaging ways to colour and treat clients hair. Rebecca Barnes, Natalie Lupton and Bobbie Mills had to complete a rigorous, year long, advanced education process to gain the title of UK mentor and with their acquired knowledge now lead OCS education workshops across the country under the keen guidance of Global Education Manager, Cloe Hazell.
Organic Colour Systems currently run four core workshops in the UK:
• The FUNDAMENTALS workshop is open to everyone – new or old, looking to find out more information about OCS, simply refresh their knowledge or train their salon staff. The workshop explains why and how OCS is different to other non-ammonia colour brands and gives a detailed insight into the system, the products and their ingredients. It also delves into the chemistry behind the biological structure of the hair and how OCS natural chemistry and sophisticated system complements it.
OCS salons can then sign up to attend three additional workshops that cover specific skill sets to equip colourists to confidently administer the system when asked to undertake common colouring services:
• The RESISTANT GREY workshop demonstrates how to cover and colour stubborn grey hair and works to improve the confidence of OCS users, showing how easily the products work to create beautiful, healthy grey coverage.
• The BLONDES workshop shows how to create the perfect lift for blonde clients; how to create tonal highlights with great condition and shine whilst maintaining strong, undamaged and healthy hair.
• The FASHION COLOURS workshop gives attendees an insight into how to push the boundaries with colour and create on-trend results for clients – showing there are no limits when it comes to using OCS. Colour wise – anything is possible, and the integrity and health of the hair does not have to be compromised to achieve results.
For OCS salons, the icing on the cake is the bespoke, in salon training they benefit from. Whether it’s just the salon owner or the whole team, OCS spends one-on-one time with their salons to further educate and support them to fill the specific knowledge gaps they each may have. The education never stops and we think you would be hard-pressed to find such enlightening education elsewhere. The workshops teach the differences between Organic Colour Systems and the benefits of using their products over other brands. In turn, both the health of clients and staff will improve, revenue for your business will grow and you can benefit from the knowledge that you’re not using any harsh chemicals on your clients, but instead creating natural and organic colour with no limits. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Watch the video, then browse the pictures below to get a feel for the OCS way!
Pioneers in natural and organic hair colour and care
British made and manufactured, Organic Colour Systems was founded back in 1990 and has been producing high performance hair colour and care products ever since which maximise the use of natural and certified organic ingredients and minimise the use of harsh and damaging chemical alternatives. Intrigued? Read on…
Now exporting to over 40 countries worldwide, Organic Colour Systems rely on their extensive and bespoke education programme, innovation, and pioneering product development to fuel their success. Their growing presence in the hairdressing industry is a result of their continued commitment to championing a healthier way of hairdressing – demonstrating natural hair colour has no limits. Battling the myths that organic colour is unable to match or produce the same levels of high quality colour of non-organic alternatives, Organic Colour Systems are proving the critics WRONG! Their gentler, non-damaging, natural colour and care system is able to create shades to rival the biggest colour houses, and the proof is in the pudding… check the Inspirational collection above.
As the name suggests, the ‘System’ is the key to providing the best colour results and the importance of ongoing aftercare cannot be overstated. With pre-colour treatments and after-care products specifically recommended to each client’s hair type, hair health is optimised to accept colour before the colour is even applied and then maintained to a healthy condition afterwards, ready for their next appointment.
As well as a unique patented, ammonia-free, permanent hair colour formula, Organic Colour Systems ensure that the ingredients they use are ethically sourced and their products are never tested on animals. Furthermore, the brand is internationally recognised by animal welfare organisations PETA and Choose Cruelty Free and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans alike. They are constantly on the lookout for more ways to reduce their impact on the environment and use energy-efficient, low carbon manufacturing methods wherever possible, providing salons with products which are biodegradable and packaging that is fully recyclable. Their permanent hair colour bottles are even made from recycled materials! To this day, Organic Colour Systems still manufacture all of their products in the UK, enabling them the ensure their products meet the most exceptional quality standards.