Wednesday, December 7, 2016

How to Make Your Own Hair Product Line

Making your own hair product line is a way to promote your business and generate additional advertising when people display the items in their bathrooms at home. In addition, having your own hair product line can elevate your salon and give you an edge above the others in town. Rather than experimenting with making your own shampoo in the kitchen, you can get the product from a supplier and bottle it yourself. While making your own hair product line may seem overwhelming at first, it may actually be easier than you think.


Draw up a budget. Calculate how much you can afford to spend on making your own product line and how long it is likely to take you to recover your investment. Avoid the trap of ending up with bills you didn’t expect for the product or the labels.
Do your market research. Find out how much stores and other salons charge for their hair care line. Ask your customers if they would buy your hair product line, and how much they would be willing to pay for the items to get a feel for the prices you might be able to charge.
Experiment with the products you want for your line. Contact different hair product suppliers and find out what they have to offer and how much the supplies cost. Ask if they have trial sizes and try them on your customers to see which ones they prefer.
Design your own label. If you are artistic, see what you can come up with for a logo or font that makes a statement about your business. You may want to include a picture of yourself or the salon on the label so customers associate it with you.
Start small. Rather than stocking everything from hairspray to mousse, pick the products – shampoo for oily hair and conditioner for dry hair – that clients are most likely to buy. As the interest in your line grows, add more products.
Organize the logistics. Ordering the products – complete with your product line label – may be more efficient both in terms of time and money than filling them yourself.
Have a product line launch. Invite the press and your customers to come for coffee and cake. Make an announcement about what you have on offer and cut a ribbon to officially launch your product line.


  • Hair News NetworkGet small sample bottles to give your regular customers. Mark it on their clients cards and ask them what they thought of your product the next time you see them, as it may inspire them to buy a regular size.

Start for less than $1000 and haveyour name on hair care products​/​

Monday, November 21, 2016

45 Hair Color Trends You Need to Know This Fall

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chemists Turned Hair Gurus Responsible For A Blonder Hollywood Target Perms And Straighteners


 Courtesy of Fumie Hoppe for Small Bevy

Kim K’s and Khloe’s blonde, Emma Stone’s pale locks, Chrissy Tiegen’s honeyed waves, Ariana Grande’s funky ombre, all radical looks achieved with little to no damage thanks to the Olaplex Bond Multiplier system. Since the hair-strengthening treatment’s introduction via Instagram two years ago, its ability to protect hair from damage during chemical services continues to impress impressive colorists like Sharon Dorram and Tracey Cunningham. Beauty editors are equally smitten, Snapchatting their dedication to using the take-home portion of the treatment weekly and honoring the product with awards including  Allure’s Best of Beauty Breakthrough Product for Hair.

Olaplex, the brainchild of two PHDs in Chemistry and Materials, has freed colorists to venture into previously uncharted  territory. Says Tracey Cunningham, who recently used the product to help her take Emma Stone  platinum:
“It filled a hole that every hair colorist/stylist/every person needs.  It gave us all strength, which is great… I can definitely be a little bit more daring…When clients push me, it’s great to have Olaplex.”

Comments Sharon Dorram:
“The end result that I see is shinier, more resilient hair.  It really is a transformational product.”
Despite big benefits like less breakage, more color options and less frizz, the process adds little time in the salon chair.  Olaplex 1, the most concentrated solution of the 3 part system is added directly to the bleach or color then rinsed out when the color is rinsed out.  Then Olaplex 2, a more diluted cream formula, is added and left in hair for 10-20 minutes allowing the key ingredient to work without competing with a color or bleaching solution.  This is followed by a shampoo, condition and rinse.  Clients are sent home with Olaplex 3 to be used on a weekly basis.

Image Courtesy of Olaplex

The simple yet effective process has made the treatment popular as a stand-alone service particularly among curly-haired clients. It’s become a holy grail option for those who are “transitioning” or moving away from chemical services to a more natural state.  Clients see marked improvement and curl definition after just one application and avoid what is known as “the big chop.” Says Dorram, “Anyone that needs help with their texture can benefit from using this product.”

A Before and After of a Single Stand-Alone Treatment with Olaplex Bond Multiplier. Photo Courtesy of Olaplex      
Stylists have also begun to use Olaplex 2 as a multitasking cutting lotion.  Since the product consistency is light and odorless, stylists can apply to towel-dried hair and proceed with the cut, allowing them to improve hair quality even as they snip. 

What makes Olaplex so unique within a saturated market of deep-conditioning and restructuring treatments? Most other products contain silicone or oils that coat the hair.  Olaplex uses a single active ingredient, a carbon chain Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate, which repairs broken disulfide bonds.

Broken disulfide bonds result from damage to hair due to chemical services like coloring and keratin treatments, but also every day wear-and-tear like heat styling, sun exposure and brushing.

Says VP of Education for Olaplex, Jordan Alexander:
“Olaplex does not create any type of coating on the hair shaft. It creates both an ionic and covalent bridge between two single sulfur hydrogen bonds. As soon as Olaplex is washed away from the hair, the only portion that remains is this bridge.  Silicones would be more comparable to a bandaid for the hair as they tend to coat. Olaplex works to restore the strength, structure and integrity of the hair by repairing these broken disulfide bonds which are part of the foundation of hair itself.”

The company has now set its sights on revolutionizing chemical straightening and perming with a brand new chemistry they are calling Bond Shaper. The new service reshapes the bonds of hair without heat, silicone, preservatives, odors or toxic chemicals. 

Says Olaplex founder, Dean Christal,  “This product is going to be a wrecking ball to the keratin treatment industry.   It works and what’s wonderful is that it is safe.”

All it involves is combing the aqueous solution through clarified hair for 10 to 30 minutes depending on desired straightness.  No heat or flat ironing necessary.  It is rinsed out and the hair is supposedly left much straighter and healthier than before. 

Craving the ever-popular beach wave but sick of the curling iron? Bond Shaper applied to perm rods can give that desired texture but with modern body and movement. According to Christal, their test models have experienced zero percent reversion and repeated use only improves results. 
Set to launch to its community on October 15th, we’ll have our calendars marked.
Olaplex Bond Multiplier System retails for $30-$70. Olaplex Bond Shaper will retail for approximately $150.  Go to Olaplex for salon locations.