By Elizabeth, Curly Girl
I fought my curls for 40 years before I saw my first Curly Hair Artist (CHA). It took hundreds of blown-straight-first hair cuts, botched bang jobs, slither scissor catastrophes and thinning shear atrocities before Bevely Turner of Hello Curls in Sacramento set me “straight.” If you’ve been putting off a visit to a Curly Hair Artist, quit it; she (or he!) is worth every dime to make your curls rejoice. Here’s 10 things to expect from your first time with a CHA. Continue Reading…
All curls are not created equal. All curly hair is not all curly. And each curl has a mind of its own. A curl specialist knows this. Many of us with coils and ringlets do not. Luckily there are stylists like Dianne Nola to translate our tendrils into a language we understand.
“An experienced stylist is like a psychic and hair doctor in one. They ‘get you’ before you even sit in the chair,” she says. “Breathe. Go to someone very experienced. They already know a lot about your hair. The missing piece is your lifestyle and expectations.”
The Best of San Francisco just named Dianne the top Curly Hair Stylist in the Bay Area, a tremendous title to hold in a city of salons. So we had to know more about this “hair doctor”… here’s our conversation!
Jessica Guster knew she wanted to be a hairdresser when she was eight years old. Her mother was a stylist, and Jessica was drawn to how happy people where when they came for their appointments. The Dalton, Ohio, artist had been styling hair for over a decade when she fell in love with textured hair six years ago. Now a Curly Hair Artist, next year Jessica opens her own studio, a curly girl sanctuary for the women she says she’s blessed to work with.
Curly Hair Artist Beverly Turner is the picture of health. She’s tall and lean, with a child’s laugh and gorgeous mermaid waves. You’ll see her biking through Sacramento in the morning on her way to the salon, curls clipped under her helmet. But she wasn’t that healthy 12 years ago, surrounded by hormone disrupting chemicals and respiratory irritants in cosmetology school. She fought chronic bronchitis and painful dermatitis and knew perms, additives and chemicals were the cause. So she took control of her professional life and opened her own organic salon. Continue Reading…
Texas is known for big hair, but there’s a salon near Houston known for big curly hair love. Laura McGraw Hair Studio is a haven where women (Sorry, no guys allowed!) are encouraged to embrace their crown and glory, from wavy/swavy all the way to the “tightest little precious coils.”
When we learned Laura calls three or more curls “a group hug,” we wanted to know what motivates her as a stylist, an artist and a freer of curls. “Since becoming a curl specialist, my clientele has become so incredibly diverse I could not be happier,” she says. “Let’s blur the lines one curl at a time.”
Sexy summer hair is free and flowing and happy, but easily damaged and dried by the sun and way too much fun. We hit up several of our favorite stylists, from Georgia to Australia to Nevada (and a few in between) for our first installment of “Sexy Summer Hair.” Toss these ideas in your beach bag and make every day this summer the best hair day ever.
It’s barely a year old, but Midtown Curls in Reno, Nevada, is already known for its down to earth vibe, all things balayage and creative color. And of course, the curls. When 25-year-old owner and nature lover, Anna Gabriella Palotai, opened the studio, she took her cue from Mother Earth, creating an atmospheric place where her clients can feel at ease with their service, and the products on the shelves.
“We are known for teaching people how to achieve happy, healthy hair, but our specialty is with curly hair textures,” she says. After spending a day with Anna and her fellow stylist, Loni Jean Lafinier in San Francisco recently, we just had to know more about this fresh, new salon and the young talent behind it! Continue Reading…
When it comes to curls, to each her own. Every ringlet, wave, swave or kink is unique to every woman. That’s why guests at Kelly Elaine Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA, receive Custom Curl Care Recommendations with every Custom Cut and Styling Lesson.
“Knowing which products to use and how to apply them to reproduce their frizz free curl style at home lets them leave empowered to care for their own curls,” says Kelly Anker, owner. “Healthy curls = beautiful curls… who doesn’t want that?” We talked to her about that empowerment, beautiful curls and the role Innersense plays in her salon.
Take an East Coast transplant and move her out West. Take a former Loreal and Schwarzkopf education director and move her to Carmel, then Salinas, California. Throw in gorgeous, rolling green hills, some of the nation’s most verdant farmland and a growing awareness of organics, in farming, in eating and in lifestyle choices. There, you’ll find Kristen King, curl whisperer and owner of Ringlets and Roots, an intimate boutique salon that specializes in curls, color, greener product lines and wow results in the heart of “America’s Salad Bowl.”
It’s been popular buzz among beauty industry professionals since its introduction. And, the buzz is only getting louder as growing demand by consumers seeks transparency in the beauty industry. The spotlight is shining brightly on the Think Dirty app and it is no accident. Consumers want to know what ingredients are in the personal care products they are using. And, consumers deserve to know.
It’s a common question I hear: “What products should I use to protect my hair?”
This very question comes from my Beauty Guests who regularly use heat styling tools, including curling and flat irons, and the hair dryer. Hair trends come and go, but heat styling remains a key to achieving the latest in-style look.
It’s been a long-standing marketing technique for companies to come out with heat protectant products. These conventional products are loaded with silicones and plastics, which are meant to cosmetically add shine to hair, yet consumers don’t realize the true effect these ingredients have on hair.
“Moisture” is a word that seems to be used on a daily basis when talking about Curly Hair.
As owner and curl specialist of Moisture Salon in upstate NY in Schenectady, I took the leap and attended cosmetology school ( I call it beauty school. Showing my age!). Seven years ago I told everyone that one day I would open a salon named Moisture Salon. Why that name? Because moisture is key to healthy hair and that’s what I am about: healthy hair. Not only curly hair but hair in general. I just never imagined that my dream and vision would happened early in my new career. I opened Moisture Salon 3 years ago in May 2013. The only addition to the name was “where curls begin”. I never imagined my salon would cater to curls only.
So let’s talk about the importance of moisture in textural hair.
Many ask us why we use Palm Oil. The answer is simple:
Palm Oil is an amazing oil used for its efficacious properties offering multiple benefits for the Hair, Scalp and Skin. We use this ingredient in combination with our cleaning systems as it provides cleansing benefits plus a light lather. Palm Oil is also a wonderful emollient ingredient that adds natural hydration and shine to the hair. Continue Reading…
It’s a month long celebration of love! With 29 days of love this month, maybe you’ve celebrated with some flowers or candy, or spending time with loved ones. Because we’re in love with pure, organic beauty, we’re excited to introduce you to one of our most precious Innersense beauties who shares this same love! Not only does she bring the love of everything green to a whole new level, she’s on a mission to share how an organic lifestyle can still be glamorous. Please meet Amanda Jo, the Organic Bunny!
With the year coming to a close, during my morning walk I was reflecting on the past and how might I want to greet the New Year. I walk my two dogs most mornings, and this morning was not much different. The weather has been very cold and I knew that I needed to bundle up! When I stepped off the curb, I was surprise to feel soft rain falling on me. I kept walking, and picked up my pace a bit. Just so happy to be out, the dogs never seem to mind the weather. The air felt very clean and inviting. It felt as though the misty rain and I connected to something far greater than myself. Don’t they say water is a conduit? That’s what it felt like to me.
Last summer we shared our very first 14-Day Hair Detox Challenge on our blog! Many new green beauty seekers took us up on our challenge and made the switch to our pure, organic and toxin-free products, and discovered healthy, shiny hair.
Because the New Year marks a perfect time to make commitments for healthier choices, we’re excited to offer this challenge to those who are now ready to choose cleaner-than-clean hair!
Here’s our enticing New Year’s 14-Day Hair Detox Challenge offer especially for new green beauty seekers:
Let’s take a look at 5 insightful tips for dry, flakey and itchy scalp.
Dry itchy scalp can be a true nuisance but even more, white dandruff flakes can be a bigger, more visible problem. As a hairstylist, I am often asked: why do I have dandruff? And, more importantly, what can I do about it?
Ready to learn 7 things you never knew about curly hair from Curly Hair Artist of the Year 2015?
As the curly hair movement becomes part of popular culture, we only thought it fitting to ask one of our Curl Specialists for curly hair insight! Learn seven new curly hair facts that you didn’t know before from Robin Sjoblom. Continue Reading…
Scott Musgrave has a strong motto: Your hair doesn’t need to be ‘fixed’, your hair needs to be ’embraced’. If you have curly hair, you know the trials and tribulations you’ve gone through from stylists, products and your overall approach to curly hair. Maybe you even attempted to straighten it!
I hope you enjoy this recent email from Shannon, and how she fell in love with Innersense Organic Beauty. -– Greg Starkman, Founder of Innersense Organic Beauty
I met you at the Indie Beauty Expo in NYC while helping my friend at her table, The Good Home Company. I’m keeping my promise about providing you a review of your products.
My whole life I have been using natural products, but after finding out my husband had cancer at 46 years old, I began to really read labels on my products. I was very discouraged at what I found in my “natural” products in terms of ingredients.
Is fringe in for fall? If so, is that fringe on clothing or fringe bangs? We suggest both. “When thinking about hair trends, looking to fashion for inspiration is always a must,” says Hair Expert Joanne Starkman. “While you’re transitioning your closet and make-up in anticipation of cooler weather, it’s time to freshen up your tresses too. Fall 2015 fashion looks to be eclectic, playful and alluring, which influences fun and flirty hair choices.”
The Secret to Perfect Curls for Natural Hair: The Southern Curl Trifecta is written by Special Guest Robin Sjoblom of Southern Curl in Smyrna, Georgia, and shares her curl expertise!
If you have curly hair, you may be searching for the right products, combination of products or the just the right amount of products to create curls you love.
Not all shampoos are created equal. And, our two shampoos, Pure Harmony Hairbath and Color Awakening Hairbath, are different from conventional shampoos. Their unique formulation, and specifiic ingredients used, creates a very different shampoo experience. “What differentiates Innersense shampoos from conventional shampoos?” is the most common question we’re asked.
Not only is this a great question, it’s also one we love to answer!
When Elizabeth came to our office for a business meeting, it was exciting to share our company, products and philosophy with her. As a beauty industry professional, it was a delight to learn she loves all kinds of beauty products, too. After discovering this, I couldn’t help but offer her a hair care detox challenge. I asked her to try our Innersense Organic Beauty products for 14 days and report her findings.
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, right? But, not in this case. Perhaps it’s unexpected to discover a full-service, high-end salon, offering toxin-free alternatives to the conventional salon experience right in Las Vegas. Detox Salon is Las Vegas’ first clean-air salon using all natural products on their guests. Owner Stacey Kaptain doesn’t allow such toxins to be present in their facility.
After being diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases, Stacey started to connect the dots toward exposure of toxins while working in beauty salons during her teen years. Learn more about Stacey, how she made a conscious decision to start healing herself, and discover more about her inspiration for creating Detox Salon. Thank you, Stacey, for choosing Innersense Organic Beauty products for your salon!
Let’s find out why this curly girl chooses Innersense Organic Beauty!
It’s a joy to celebrate Robin Sjoblom from Southern Curl and her commitment to healthy practices in her salon. Inspired by Lorraine Massey’s book, “The Curly Girl Handbook”, Robin is a Curl Specialist located in Smyrna, Georgia, and is a member of Curly Hair Artistry.
Learn more about Robin and what she shares about the importance of organic choices in her life and how this information with her clients.
Are you ready to let your hair down and have some fun this summer? Wavy, “beachy” hair is a hot look, but it can leave your hair a hot mess. Chlorine, sun and heat can be tough on hair, so what’s a beauty to do?
“Don’t stress,” says Joanne Starkman. Our California-based Founder knows hair; she has worked in the industry since 1989, “By being proactive and planning ahead, you’ll be able to successfully maintain the health of your hair in one of the toughest seasons for tresses. A few simple steps will keep hair looking great well into winter and will save you money at the salon.”
Here’s her seven tips to keep hair healthy and sexy this summer: Continue Reading…
I’m often asked, “how do I get the chlorine out of my hair?”, especially now with spring and summer around the corner. Not only are swim teams gearing up for their season, adults are jumping back into their swim exercise routine, too. While swimming is a wonderful form of exercise, chlorinated water can wreak havoc on a healthy head of hair. Before you learn about three preventative tips for healthy summer hair, let’s review more about hair and chlorine.
Have you considered your hair as a living breathing part of oneself? Yes, hair can certainly be considered a fashion statement, or an accessory to a stylish outfit. Yet hair really is so much more!
Think of your hair as a plant. It needs water and nutrients to stay healthy and alive. Just as a rosebush or a fruit tree needs to be properly pruned, your hair, too, needs this same proper attention.
Beautiful, luxurious, and hydrated hair full of volume and shine. That is what the commercials tell you. Oh, let’s throw in that gorgeous celebrity with hair to die for. As if we really believe they are using the products they’re endorsing… Yeah right!
In recent years, a “Sulfate-Free” label has become increasingly common on the label of every new shampoo and conditioner. The term has become associated with being “healthier” and “organic” even when that is not the case. Sodium Laurel Sulfate is a harsh surfactant, found in household cleaning products and even in tooth paste. Sodium Laurel Sulfate is also a suspected carcinogen which is why consumers seek alternatives. However, not all companies making sulfate-free shampoos are truly free of sulfate compounds or derivatives.
As winter approaches with cold weather and use of indoor heating increases, this season often times will create dry, brittle hair. Especially those with fine hair, the effects of winter can come with hair dryness and ultimately breakage. Indoor heat durning the winters months can actually be more damaging than the hot summer sun.
It is a pleasure to interview salon owner Alejandra Martinez from Abloom Salon, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Alejandra’s natural approach to beauty, along with her vision to create a holistic place of beauty, allows clients to learn about natural ingredients such as oils, aloe, honey, plant infusions, herbal tea washes, salts and more. As a beauty herself, she nurtures her beauty community. Learn more from her about the importance of organic beauty products in her life and how she applies those values with her clients.
Take a journey to explore the Innersense Organic Beauty sacred hair balancing ceremony with Joanne Starkman, Founder of Innersense Organic Beauty, along with Kit Koelzer, Innersense Organic Beauty’s summer marketing intern. They share their unique perspective about experiences with Innersense Organic Beauty.
Many people we meet are asking this very question. What’s in shampoo, and why? Consumers are looking deeper into the effects personal care products have on our body in the short and long term, plus the compounded impact such use has on our environment, too. With just a few changes in everyday habits, product usage can make a huge difference on health and the planet. Thankfully, cleaner choices are easier than ever to find but the answers are in the fine details. The front of the bottle or packaging is often designed with enticing claims to grab consumers’ attention.
With a strong stand for sustainability and the planet, Innersense Organic Beauty proudly expands its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by applying a new, eco-friendly package label comprised of natural stone. Often times when shopping for hair-care products, we’re much more concerned about what’s in the bottle and tend to overlook the packaging it comes in. However, Innersense Organic Beauty consumers are not only savvy, organic shoppers, but they are also some of the most environmentally conscious people, too. With matching values, Innersense Organic Beauty Founders Greg and Joanne Starkman adopted tree-free labels for their entire product line. Founder Greg Starkman shares, “In an effort to further demonstrate the importance of preserving our environment, we felt the new package labels made from Natural Stone Paper made better sense toward sustainability.”