It was many years ago when Morgan was a wee one toddling around our home. We noticed her thick, curly locks happily bouncing as she played with her toys or our dogs. But when her hair began drying up and changing, I realized the product we’d been using on those beautiful curls were in fact damaging them. Here’s how our beloved styling cream, Quiet Calm Curl Control, was born and how this versatile formula works on all types of hair.
So this just happened: Quiet Calm Curl Control was just named in the January issue of Oprah Magazine as a go-to cream for naturally curly B and C waves! We talked to The Curl Doctor, Shai Amiel himself, on his favorite way to use our shea butter enriched cream on his curly hair and textured hair clients.
Long ago, I established a routine gratitude practice. Not only have I found that it centers me to focus on what is really important in my life, it also grounds me in a way I can be truly present for those I love. If this idea is new to you, here are easy ways you can start.
In Northern California, “Indian Summer” is here. It’s hot, hot hot, one day and humid, foggy and cold the next. If you’re struggling with keeping your hair sanity while Mother Nature makes up her mind, here’s 10 summer hair strategies for the curly (and even the not-so-much) from our friend Beverly Turner of Hello Curls in Sacramento. Any tips of your own to share? Leave a reply at the end!
Chances are, if you’re a curly girl in the North Shore area of Massachusetts, you know Cala Renee Salon. You know it because her curls caught your eye and you just had to stop and ask where she goes. Then your curls stopped traffic for another curl friend and on and on. This is Cala Renee hair. It is everywhere.
“We have grown so much in our learning,” Cala Renee says. “New products are coming out all the time that help us further in our journey of changing lives one curl at a time!”
The hot word in the green beauty space right now is “preservatives.” Everyone is talking about it; but what’s not being said is how vital natural preservatives are in products applied to the hair and skin. It’s important to understand the facts and navigate the miscommunication and confusion; my intention here is only to share my point view. ~ Greg
Summer is officially here! While we love our fun in the sun, all that wind, heat and water can make hair brittle, thirsty and lifeless. We talked to a few of our pros – and mined our Innersense tribe – for these 6 summer hair tips with Innersense Organic Beauty.
There’s something about Portlanders. They’re foodies. They’re in love with Mother Nature. And they’re always effortlessly chic. It’s this Mother Earth meets modern hair aesthetic that Gilded Fox embraces so beautifully, and yes, so effortlessly. We talked with owner Andrea Neal-Thiessen about her Green Circle Salon, her vibe and how to stay foxy wherever you are.
Melissa Marusteri and Chelsea Daniels of The Green Spot in Phoenix are “eco chic” brought to life. Partners in the health-minded salon, the pair’s healthy hair-meets-self-care salon thrives in the flowering green beauty niche in the Sonoran Desert, home of beautiful sunsets and succulents. The following is our chat with the Green Spot Girls!
What happens when you combine your love of holistic hair with your love of art? You get Abloom Salon + Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona. A holistic place of beauty where art happens: On the walls, and in the hair. We spoke to Alejandra Martinez, owner of the stylistic space about her go-tos, being a Clean Air salon, and hydration tips for those scorching Arizona summers.
A few years ago, Lauren from Soul Connection Media took our social media up several notches. As a way to support your salon, we’re delighted to feature a guest blog post from Lauren. As always, thank you for your support and being part of our valued community. We appreciate you! ~ In gratitude, Greg and Joanne
Facebook remains the most popular social media platform where people spend 50 minutes each day. It’s a place where you likely already spend time, too. Not only is a Facebook business page today’s calling card, it presents an opportunity to build and maintain rapport with existing and new beauty guests. As a bonus, having a regularly maintained Facebook business page increases search results for your salon in Google and other search engines. Why not be there?
It’s finally starting to warm up here in Northern California (bye bye, rain!), so of course we’re thinking beach waves and sun-kissed style as the mercury begins to climb. To celebrate the pending heat wave we’ve gathered a few of our favorite Spring to Summer hairstyles from our Instagram feed and how to get the look with Innersense Organic Beauty. What summer hair trends are you looking forward this sunny season?
Is your hair just NOT working for you right now? You’re not alone. Like your body, hair takes time to adjust to changing temperatures and humidity levels. Get gorgeous Spring hair with these two quick fixes from a pair of our favorite curl friends.
According to television commercials, this is how you wash your hair: Plop a half dollar sized amount shampoo on top of your head. Scoop up your remaining hair and mash it all into a foamy cap. And scrub. That’s not shampooing with intention and that’s not how we do it around here! Think of Innersense Organic Beauty hairbaths more like a facial cleanser: Our products are packed with high vibrational plant ingredients that nourish and cleanse the hair and scalp. Our products are meant to be used with love and intention. Here’s how to get the most out of our new Hydrating Cream Hairbath and not be a shampoo commercial!
Seasons and dew points change but the fight over frizz is a constant for the curly-haired girl. Luckily there’s stylists like Robin Sjoblom. Named one of the top curly hair stylists on the globe by Refinery 29, this Innersense Organic Beauty educator, Curly Hair Artistry queen and “curlisphere” social media darling has spent 20 years behind the chair encouraging women to #RockYourBlessing.
Robin recently christened an expansive new location for Southern Curl Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, a sanctuary of curl love where she preaches the power of the curl and unlocks its myth and mysteries to a clientele thirsty for knowledge and increasingly hungry for healthier hair and products. “It’s a special place exclusive to the curly guest with a focus on education and community service,” she says. “We hope to grow into a brand focused on organic-based products, the health and care of the curl, and the heart of the guest who comes in to see us.”
Here’s our chat with the Southern belle of curls.
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.”
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 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!
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:
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.
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.
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.