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Alkalinity of hair colour:



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Alkalinity of hair colour:

Get educated not mislead!

When doing hair colour as stylist we owe it to our selves and indeed the client to do the best job possible but more than that give the best service and advise possible suggest colour that works with skin tone eye colour. work with the best products available understand the chemistry of the product how it works reacts with hair what condition with it leave the Hair in.

Many hair colours today claim great condition no Ammonia, however no Ammonia does not always mean great condition some times we sacrifice one evil for another when no Ammonia is present in permanent colour another alkaline is present it has to be for the colouring process to work we are talking permanent colour. not that Semi Demi to cannot be misleading in their chemical makeup!

It’s all so complicated education, technical knowledge. a greater understanding of the products  that you are using is essential Understand what MEA is another favorite derived from Ethanolamine. Alcohol Denatured, do you know what this is? It’s alcohol derived from fermented grain used as an Alkaline can be very drying but because a grain by product marketed as being natural! very misleading

Why does Ammonia get such a bad wrap just because it smells ? the damage it can cause depends on the strength being used and the way applied timing, heat, temperature,


High lift Blondes most hair colour lines have high lift range these again have an Alkaline what ever that may be but to get that extra lift many companies also add  Ethanolamine to their high lift colour to open the cuticle more! they don’t normally advertise this. So why is MEA  such an  innovation? MEA now promoted to replace Ammonia. can any one enlighten me?

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MEA Monoethanolamine:

Can be used as a selective absorber and plays an important role in the production of Ammonia! MEA Monoethanolamine obtained from the reaction of ammonia and Ethylene. Ethlene a bio fuel so we are back to grain Alcohol! but derived from grain so natural! does this make it ok ? would you think that good for hair?


Alcohol denatured:

A general term for organic ingredients that contain the OH (hydroxyl) group. Alcohols differ substantially in their properties ranging from water soluble solvents like isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol.
Sounds good too!



An alkaline ingredient used in some permanent hair color. Ammonia is an ingredient that results in a chemical action that decolorizes the hair. A colorless, pungent gas, NH3,  first step in the nitrogen cycle. Ammonia is generated by fish urine and by the decay of dead fish and plant material. It is perhaps the deadliest agent to tropical fish. Care must be made to ensure that the ammonia levels stay at zero.Many professional hair colours have 0.4 to 1.2% Ammonia and some way above these levels.

The choice dead decaying fish or fermenting Grain both really a natural source.

As we can see although some companies portray natural less harmful chemistry it is not always the case. adding natural oils or waxes to protect scalp to make application easier are all part of this process. This is why knowledge research are key and empowering when it comes to colouring hair and the choices we make on products must go beyond what the sales rep or promotion material say. We have manufactures  and companies now offering product using chitosan, (exsoxkeletons from shellfish/seaweed.sea kelp  to create a more scalp and hair friendly environment and protection . what does this offer us ? what should we know or understand?

Chitosan’s bio-adhesive, film forming, cationic properties are useful in many pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications. Chitosan is soluble in water solution with a pH below 6.0, and is insoluble in solutions with alkali pH. Chitosan is biodegradable and biocompatible. Chitosan does not have any evidence of toxicity or skin or eye irritation, it also has a remarkable healing activity, and is a moisturizing agent due to its water retention capacity. It has immunological and anti-tumoral properties, it is an outstanding chelating agent for heavy transient metal ions, and is a film forming biopolymer that reduces transepidermal water loss.Hair care: [conditioning hair products and shampoos, hair setting and fixing compositions]. In hair care products, Chitosan’s film forming ability to bond to the hair makes it more effective than conventional hair care polymers used at greater concentration.

I am not trying to scare just inform encourage thinking research!


The ‘Three R’s’ 
”Reputation. Recommendation. Retention”. 
It’s not built on that constant looking for new clients it’s looking after what you have! It’s investing in your self and your business and those around you.


This journey, this career, is wonderful – challenging, inspiring, and yes, hard work.

Our industry is in constant change and is sometimes criticised. For lacking vision in some areas. However there is an ever growing body of professionals. That have a firm commitment to our industry, they have a passion for change, to raise standards through education and sharing. Leadership, education and team incentives.Will over time and with commitment give any individual that ability to do exceptional work and to be more creative. Leadership and management help create an amazing work environment for all concerned. So key for success for all concerned.
This journey. This career, is wonderful – Challenging. Inspiring and yes can and will be hard work. but the rewards are worth all the effort.
Thank you all for letting me share some thoughts with you today.These are inspirational, passionate, industry professionals.They have a vision. These are the people I want on my bus to learn from, share with, take a journey with. Get inspired. Connect with driven motivated industry professional. challenge your self. invest in ones /your self 

Are you driver or passenger !

 There are no guarantees in life and ones career and career choice is no different thing happen and its how we deal with them that defines us. Jobs change relationships come and go the one thing that remains after training is our skill both hands on creative and the ones we learn about people and communication about caring about being a team player. Constantly developing new skills staying current is so very important.

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Stylist having an online profile.

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As a stylist young or seasoned why not build a profile try this platform if you post images of younger models, with current commercial hairstyles then it will attract a younger audience looking for those kind of hairstyles in your area.To strive to be better to make a real difference!Intelligent salon software provides a state of the art comprehensive salon marketing and management solution, complete with the knowledge, expertise and coaching required to take your salon to the next level.

Mirrored Vision   By Martin green

Mirrored Vision


Finding customers keeping Clients 

What can I say in writing the Mirrored vision. Martin Green has has taken a risk to produce something that the industry really needs a shot in the arm Innovative, radical, inspirational, challenging.
It certainly poses some really interesting idea’s and concepts it also crosses the boundaries of what might be seen and perceived as normal processes within our industry and in the salon.

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A new connection for me and new association Gary Sunderland amazing creative talent refreshing product line take a look at his web site

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I also think that we need to always look at the Why. Ask the question Why are we in business whats it for? OrWhy do we want to go into to business what is success? Why do I suggest this I think by asking and exploring the why we get to the motive behind why we want to be in business what is true success. Why the will also help us to understand our true values this in turn helps us to follow the path to the success we want  and desire. It will help us to surround ourselves with the right team those who share our values and vision.


Remember. Salon success. Stylist success. Business success are all linked together it’s Team success. Its never about any destination only ever about a journey taking the right people on that journey makes it enjoyable maybe even fun!

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Mike B2MR



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