The Hype: Olaplex

Welcome to The Hype.

A brand new blog series where I break it down for you; all of the latest products, trends and techniques getting a lot of buzz right now. Together, we see if they actually do what they promise and live up to the the hype. 

Up this week: something I’m sure you’ve heard before…

Olaplex. 

What is it?

Olaplex is a product that rebuilds the broken bonds of damaged hair. It can be used in three different ways and comes in three different forms: Olaplex No. 1 is typically mixed into your color formula (especially if you’re going lighter) as an active agent to protect against breakage during the color process. Olaplex No. 2 is a treatment that’s either applied directly after coloring processing or simply on it’s own at the salon to repair damage. And finally, Olaplex No. 3 is a take home treatment that you can use each time you wash your hair to maintain the integrity of your mane.

The three different products in the Olaplex line contain different concentrations of the active ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate (I know, it’s a mouth full).

How does it work?

 The shaft of healthy hair versus damaged hair. Image courtesy of http://www.badgerbalm.com/blog/

The shaft of healthy hair versus damaged hair. Image courtesy of http://www.badgerbalm.com/blog/

Olaplex is applied to the hair in specific proportions depending on whether you’re coloring, highlighting, using it on your own, how long your hair is, how much of it you have, and you hair’s porosity (or, how open your cuticles are). The take home treatment can be used every time you wash your hair, just wet your hair and leave on for 10 minutes and then shampoo and condition as you normally would.

Think about it like scaffolding. The bonds of the hair are easily broken from heat, chemical processing and environmental damage. These bonds are actually a kind of cuticle and, in a way, they function like a gill. When you color your hair, chemical processing opens the gill, deposits color inside, closes it back up and seals it with a shine enhancing agent. Over time, repeated opening and closing of the hair’s shaft, combined with harsh chemical deposits within, wears it down and leads to breakage. Not only does this compromise the integrity of your hair, but broken bonds can’t hold color or moisture either, so your treatments and hair care regime becomes much less effective as well. Only healthy hair can hold color and moisture properly.

Lots of products smooth over damage to give it the appearance and texture of healthy hair, but at the end of the day, they’re just a cover up and they don’t help to repair anything they simply mask it.

What’s all the hype about?

It’s real. It works. It’s not just hype.

People come out with products all the time like they try to pitch like this, marketing them as agents that repair structural damage but usually they’re just silicon based treatments that smooth over the surface of the hair’s shaft.

Olaplex is the real deal. When you use Olaplex regularly you’re actually repairing and rebuilding all of your damaged hair, and that damage is actually gone.

We’ve been using Olaplex here at Studio67 for almost a year and I have seen real results every time. I simply won’t color without doing olaplex now, especially if a client is lightening their hair. I mean, without Olaplex you’d be damaging the hair and you just don’t have to any more. It’s an extra charge but it’s so minimal (insert the added price) and the return on investment is incredible, it’s like going back in time and undoing years of damage.

Who doesn’t want that? Exactly.

Love,

~ Chanel.

Yes, We Really Are A Waste-Free Salon

A little while back, the lovely folks at Now Toronto wrote an article about our eco-conscious vibes here at Studio67. We were obviously delighted to be recognized for our dedication to environmentally friendly practices, but it occurred to me that many of you might not know exactly what that mens. Quite simply, Studio67 is almost entirely waste-free.

For real.

Since we opened out doors, we’ve had only three bags of garbage. In four months.

That blows my mind.

How We Went Green:

When we opened our doors I didn’t come in intentionally setting out to be waste-free. I mean, it’s not that I didn’t want to be an eco-conscious salon. In fact, anyone who knows me knows that I’m all about clean living in my personal life. I’m extremely dedicated to being active, eating right and just living an ethical life, making sure that the way I live isn’t doing harm.

But the fact is, salons are notorious for being wasteful.

Well, there’s an association called Green Circle Salons that has always been a great resource for Studio67. Because of them, the option to be an eco-conscious salon is there, and it’s not difficult or labour intensive. So when we opened our Portland doors, the choice to join Green Circles was pretty obvious.

Green circles is a company that provides a service. They come to your salon and pick up everything that can be recycled. And I don’t just mean the the simple stuff like paper or plastics but metals, foils, light bulbs, batteries, even hair, and they find a way to repurpose it all.

They melt foils down and reuse the metals, they collect used product and repurpose the chemicals, and they take hair and use it to clean up oil spills. How absolutely awesome is that?

The best part is that day-to-day, being an eco-conscious salon pretty much just means that everything has a place to go. It doesn’t mean more work for stylists, I mean we’re already disposing of foils and sweeping up hair multiple times a day regardless of where we put it. It just means a slight shift in how you dispose of those things. So instead of having one big garbage bin, we have four and everything has it’s place.  

85-95% of all Green Circle Salon waste is managed in an environmentally responsible way. And thanks to them, I can proudly say that after four whole months here at King Street West and Portland, I still don’t know when garbage day is. Win!

An Infinite Return:

The biggest return for me is the peace of mind. I like the idea of being able to show that it’s completely possible to be green even if you are a salon, because a lot of people in the industry see it as impossible but actually, it’s not hard.

It also feels really affirming when you start incorporating green practices into your work and you notice how such minimal effort can make such a massive impact. I mean, we’ve basically eliminated waste entirely with better waste organization and the help of Green Circle and now, we’re setting an example.

Can you imagine if the entire industry was this green? Maybe then the food industry would take pause and change the way they do things, and after that maybe film. Things tend to trickle over like that, that’s how real change happens.

Never underestimate your power to be the example and influence the people around you. 

~ Chanel.

 

People of Portland 67: Ms. Chanel Aisha

 Ms. Chanel Aisha, fearless leader of Fringe Portland.

Ms. Chanel Aisha, fearless leader of Fringe Portland.

It’s high time that we introduce you to the People of Portland 67.

And what better way to start than with our very own founding partner, Ms. Chanel Aisha. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Chanel last week in the Fringe Portland Studio. It was nice and early, the studio was quiet and sunny; a calm before the storm. We drank coffee and talked about the big three: life, love and style.

An Interview with Chanel:

Where you from originally and How long have you been in Toronto?

I’m originally from Thornbury, a small town just past the Blue Mountains in Collingwood and I’ve been here in Toronto for almost 6 years.

How long have you been doing hair?

I’ve been doing hair for, gosh, like ten years now. I went to the Ottawa School of the Arts where I studied shape and form. At OSA, you don’t study a medium like painting or sculpture right away, you start with something more fundamental, and how amazing is it to say “I study shape and form.’ I mean, it’s so fascinating. At the same time I was studying marketing and modeling in Toronto on the side. Then one day I went to MHS, which is a salon in Thornbury, to get my hair done for a gig and Marion, the owner, was my stylist. We hit it off immediately, and when she was done she said, “Stop doing what you’re doing and come work for me.” So I did! I became her apprentice and she’s been my mentor ever since. She taught me everything I know and then she shipped me off to Study with Toni & Guy in New York so I could really take it to the next level. 

How do you feel about doing hair?

I feel like hair is the perfect medium for expression. It’s so incredible malleable, you can do (and undo) virtually anything to it. I love how it constantly resets itself, it’s always giving you a blank slate. I also think it’s fascinating how people define themselves with their hair. It’s so primordial, it’s a literal mane and it can hold incredible power, just like in the animal kingdom. It’s exceptionally personal, without being your face. It’s something that you can change completely but it’s so, signature. So you.

There’s a big difference, though, between why I love hair and why i love working in the industry. You get to spend time working on your craft, but also we have the chance to meet humanity face to face, and for a decent amount of time. You get to have a deeply personal connection to people in this interesting way and I really love that.

What look do you love right now?

I really love the one length cut, hitting the shoulder. It’s so versatile. I think weight at the bottom of your hair is important right now and I love that. And I love blonde. It’s beautiful, there’s so many different shades, there’s a blonde for everyone.

What do you do when you’re not doing hair?

Running, working out, I love hanging out with my dogs and pretty much anything active. I also love to read. Right now I’m reading the Year of the Flood by Margaret Attwood.Oh, and I also like going to the movies. 

Who do you love most in this world?

Tristan.

 This guy, my partner in crime.

This guy, my partner in crime.

On Our Walls: Art by Jon Houghton

Now through to January 1st, Fringe Portland features the art of Thornbury’s own Jon Houghton.

A Little About Jon:

Jon studied Fine Arts at Mount Allison University where he specialized in painting and drawing. He then moved to Greece where he studied classical painting at the Aegean Centre for Fine Arts before returning to Toronto to round out his studies with a year at OCAD. In addition to his art and installations, which have been featured in galleries across Canada, he also owns a studio/gallery in downtown Collingwood.

Jon works with oil on canvas. His signature landscapes feature bold colors and graphic style.

 BC RV 40 x 30; featured now at Studio67

BC RV 40 x 30; featured now at Studio67

An Interview with the Artist:

Tell me about yourself, where are you from, how old are you, do you have any pets and what are your hobbies?

I'm from Thornbury. No pets. When I'm not painting I'm watching movies, I attempt to play banjo, and I collect records. I go skiing/snowboarding a lot in the winter and really enjoyed trying surfing recently.

Can you tell me about how you first came to visual art?

I've been drawing all my life. I originally wanted to make cartoons or comics. After high school I wanted to get into animation but was told had to get a more basic fine arts degree first. I took painting and drawing at Mount Allison University and realized I really enjoyed painting and I sort of lost interest animation. I went to Greece to study classical art history and painting techniques at the Aegean Centre of Fine Arts. Then I came back and went to OCAD for a year and afterwards moved back to Thornbury.

Is art your full time gig? And if it is, can you tell me about how you managed to make it your full time work?

I've been painting full time for 5 years. I've been selling paintings for about 12 years but I was able to paint full time when I opened a studio/gallery space in downtown Collingwood. It started as a pop up shop in an empty retail space and it was successful enough in the first month that I was able to rent the space for the next month and then it just kept going. The storefront allows me to display my work and be available to customers while still getting lots of painting done. I spend about 30-35 hours a week painting and finish about 10-15 paintings a month. Doing commissioned paintings has definitely helped keep me in business too.

 The Annunciation 24x30

The Annunciation 24x30

I don't know much about art, but I've heard that inspiration can come in phases or that artists move through different themes in their work at different times. Are you in any particular phase right now? What's inspiring your latest pieces of art?

I always had a problem creating a unified body of work so my plan has been to just paint anything and everything that I think would make an interesting painting and eventually an overall theme or style will come through. I think my style has gradually changed over the years and become cleaner and more graphic but the subject matter is still all over the place. If I see something funny, pretty or interesting I'll take a photo and paint it. I've also been taking painting trips lately where I'll go camping and paint out in the woods for a few days.

What piece of work do you love the most and why?

I don't have one favourite anymore, more like a top twenty. I was particularly proud of the star wars series. Most of my favourites are the ones that make me laugh. Some examples would be the dog wearing goggles, the kid with the face and glasses on his butt, and a copy I did of Andrew Wyeth's "Christina's World" where I added jaguars.

 Christina’s Jungle Cat World 28x40

Christina’s Jungle Cat World 28x40

Fun Fact: “Christina’s World” is one of my favorites too. Jon is also available for commission and work is featured at Studio67 until January 1st and you are welcome to drop by and see it anytime.  We love company.

Until next time,

Chanel.

On Our Walls: high end art without the high end attitude

Introducing: The Studio67 Gallery

So, you might have noticed last Sunday night that we were open quite a bit later than usual and the studio was poppin’.

Well, that’s because our studio is also a gallery space, and Sunday night we were having our second gallery opening for the absolutely stunning paintings of Thornbury’s own Jon Houghton.

Of course, it’s not uncommon for salons to feature art on their walls. I mean, with so much space you have to decorate it with something.

But we’re doing much more with our installations that just decorating the walls. You see, the local Toronto arts community– and particularly artists local to King Street and Queen Street– have always been a passion of mine.

Studio67: A Community Oriented Creative Studio

As stylists, I think we’re innately drawn to fine art and literature. I mean, our craft is certainly an artform and I believe that hair is a medium for artistic expression. The art that you hang in your space has a dramatic effect on the feeling and energy in the room. Opening our studio, I knew that I wanted to feature the best of the best local artists, not only to support up and coming artists, but also to offer the King and Portland community access to high end art without the high end attitude. 

Toronto is such an incredibly expressive and artistic city. It was important to me that we open our doors to the people in our neighbourhood and embrace the artistic character that is such a signature of Toronto’s style. I want to feature sellable pieces, and that doesn’t mean I want to sell art, it means that I want to feature work that people can buy, and that people want to buy. I want to show people that incredibly beautiful art is accessible. That art doesn’t have to be pretentious. That art can be affordable and incredibly meaningful at the same time.

So with this gallery space I want to bring my two worlds together and connect our clients with local, affordable art for free, while it’s still free, because these are artists that will blow up and the value of their art is going to blow up too. I hope that our King West and Portland Street locals find art that resonates with them, that they're drawn to and that they love.

That's why we started the Studio67 Gallery.

Welcome

Hello all my fabulous King and Portland folks, and welcome, one thousand times welcome, to the brand new Studio67 blog.

I am so excited to have a blog. Not only because it means I get to share the latest news and events happening here in our studio, but also because it means I get to share what inspires me and my team here at Fringe.

With any kind of creative expression, there comes a time when we need a little bit of inspiration. When we need to feel that surge of energy, that high that you get when you discover something completely new that you’re utterly drawn to.

Haircare and personal style are no exception. After all, what is more creative than the expression of self through personal style?

It is my most sincere hope that you find more in these pages of writing than just studio news.

That you find something that moves you. That compels you to try something different and new.

To be daring and wild and free, and to awaken new aspects of self.

Ready? Me too.

Here we go...