Taiwanese Beauty: How SH-RD is Shining a Light on Taiwan as Asia’s Hidden Treasure

Asia has long been known as a destination for all things beauty, with brands like Shiseido, Tatcha, and Glow Recipe. Now Taiwan has given us a new ingredient that we didn’t know we needed in our lives: Deep-sea water.

What is deep-sea water?

As the name implies, it is water from the deep part of a sea or ocean. Deep-sea water is a rare and natural resource that is beginning to be utilized in a variety of Taiwanese products.

SH-RD, a Taiwanese hair-care brand, which has gained acclaim developing a line of incredibly fragrant, ultra-nourishing hair care products featuring rosemary and D-panthenol, recently launched their SH-RD Protein Cream: Gold Deluxe Edition, a luxury leave-in treatment combining actual gold leaf with deep-sea water sourced from the Eastern waters of Taiwan, along with their signature blend of rosemary and D-panthenol. The cream adds rich, organic materials to the scalp, strengthening follicles, stimulating hair growth, and leaving hair ultra-light and soft to the touch for hours.

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$80 shrd.us

In addition to innovative product developments like the use of deep-sea water, here are some more reasons to start shopping “Made in Taiwan”:

1. The country is agriculturally rich

a. Compared to its Asian counterparts of South Korea and Japan – the country of Taiwan is very agriculturally rich. This allows for the country to use products that are grown in its backyard to produce their products.

2. The country has long manufactured your favorite brands

a. Taiwan has been no stranger to cosmetics manufacturing. It has been both formulating and manufacturing for many international beauty brands for decades. Since Taiwan has become a leader in medical technology in Asia, this has helped drive skincare brands to perfect their advanced formulations.

3. The culture is rich

a. Did you know that Taiwan was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage? Did you know Taiwan was recently ranked 8th within Asia in last year’s Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs? Taiwan is a beautifully progressive nation that has been fighting for many people’s rights and equality – a great reason to support and shop those creating products from Taiwan.

Tri-Banded Brassy Bleach & Tone to Flawless Platinum

Color corrections come in many shades and levels of complexity. For starters, the hair typically has been compromised, whether by being pushed too far, cared for incorrectly, or the service just wasn’t up to par. Whatever the origin may be, we are here for any and every kind of OLAPLEX transformation, which is exactly what Los Angeles colorist, Sara Lim @slim_color gave us with this compromised, tri-banded bleach and tone correction.

First things first, the consultation. Slim determined the client has about a 3 1/2” grow out. Before discussing any results, Slim told the client she couldn’t move forward with the correction unless the client planned to touch up her re-growth no more than 7 weeks apart. Any longer, gives a corrective line of demarcation as seen on the client.

We hope this transformation inspires you whether you’re in or behind the chair!

Here’s the process:

First things first, Leslie came in for a consultation knowing her situation was a color correction. Before any color work, she came in for an OLAPLEX Stand Alone Treatment. Once the treatment was applied, Slim braided her clients hair and sent her home with the Stand Alone on so she could keep it on longer and wash out once the product dried out. This period to rebuild essential bonds before her highlight appointment was crucial to the success of what was to come.

Highlight formula:

Regrowth: Redken Flashlift 30 vol + OLAPLEX No.1

Mid shaft through ends: Redken Flashlift 10 vol + OLAPLEX No.1

After rinsing Slim applied OLAPLEX No.2 as the rest of her highlights continued to process.

Shampoo using Fanola No Yellow for 5 minutes, then condition with OLAPLEX No.5.

Later, Slim towel dried and applied the diluted OLAPLEX No.1 with water and left on while she applied the root shadow.

Root: Redken Shades EQ 5NA

Slim applied OLAPLEX No.2 on the client’s ends so she could comb through her hair without the root toner coloring her ends. Pro tip!

Process for 15 minutes, then comb down the last 5 minutes.

All over gloss Redken 9nb + clear for 7 minutes.

Shampooand condition with OLAPLEX No.4 and No.5.

Cut and style by Tim Morrison @tim.morrison

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How To: LisaLise’s Herbal Shower Shaker Scrub

Today, I’m going to share a formula with you that is so easy peasy you can eyeball the amounts of the ingredients and still get it right.

We’re going to make an exfoliating shower shaker scrub that can be made a zillion different ways.

I know you think this is an exaggerated amount, but I counted until I got to a million and there were still endless possibilities, so I made an educated estimate about the rest.

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Multi Tasking At Home with OLAPLEX

At a time where most of the world is being asked to pause, there’s no better time than the present to start practicing those YouTube style tutorials you’ve been eyeing! You might want to master fishtail braids, spend more time communicating with loved ones, or be working from home. Whatever the case may be, take this time to be productive and check off that to-do list! The best part is, while you’re doing all these things, you can also use OLAPLEX to rebuild the bonds in your hair simultaneously!

Any OLAPLEX product could work to rebuild the bonds in the hair, from a Stand Alone Treatment for our beloved hairdressers staying at home, No.3 for clients, and even No.5 for a bond rebuilding conditioning treatment.

Here are some of the many ways you can keep your hair healthy and fabulous with the tasks you do at home:

Exercise.

A fan favorite from the likes of the Kardashians is to use OLAPLEX No.3 while working out. Apply No.3 to damp hair, comb through, and put into a bun. As exercise does induce sweating, we recommend putting a headband or bandana at the hairline to avoid any product getting into your eyes. Although OLAPLEX is non-toxic and completely safe, no one wants product in their eyes!

Working from home.

Our previous article discusses tips from Team OLAPLEX for working at home and one of them included treating your hair while you work! A couple of times a week swap a Stand Alone or No.3 for a moisture treatment with No.5. Your hair will thank you!

Organizing the house.

Okay, okay. This may not sound so fun for some, but what if you make it a ‘treat yourself’ cleaning moment? Pop a treatment on while you get your house in order, clean up, or do the laundry!

Meditation and wellness.

As you find ways to calm and center your mind, with meditation and breathing techniques, put yourself front and center by treating your hair simultaneously. It feels amazing to work on your inner self while working on your outer self. By the end, you’ll feel healthy inside and out!

Phone or video-call a friend.

Why not do an OLAPLEX treatment together! If you can’t make it to the salon, bring the salon home. You can both do a No.3 treatment for rebuilding, or a No.5 treatment for conditioning and bond rebuilding!

Online courses.

Many of you are schooling from home with online classes. Take time while working hard to let OLAPLEX do some of the work upstairs for you! Execute projects and problem solve while rebuilding bonds in your hair.

Spa Day.

Maybe you just want to relax for the day. You deserve it! Whether it’s Netflix and chill, reading, pampering, or playing board games with the family; we want to be there with you. You can go for a double whammy and rebuild the bonds in the hair with No.3, then rinse and put on a No.5 conditioning treatment! There are so many ways you can use the OLAPLEX system to get the most out of your day, more on that featured in our next post.

Whatever you’re doing while you treat your hair, we can’t wait to see your OLAPLEX journey. Use this time to watch how-to videos and practice air dry styles to keep your hair healthy! For daily bond rebuilding maintenance and moisture, reach for OLAPLEX No.6 and No.7. Both No.6 and No.7 are our secret weapon to combat bed head, which many of us could use a little help with right now. Show us your OLAPLEX at-home journey by using the hashtag #olaplexjourney on social media!

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Why Is My Hairline Uneven? How To Combat A Receding Hairline

Why is my hairline uneven?

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Do you have an uneven hairline? There are a number of reasons why your hairline may start to recede. However, it is far from uncommon in men – and most hairlines naturally start to recede slightly from your teenage years onwards. But it can still create some worry about hair loss, even though in reality it is simply just part of growing older. To try and ease some concerns we’ll explain why your hairline may be uneven and possible solutions.  

What causes an uneven hairline?

The outside edges of your hairline is made up of a line of hair follicles. The reason why you may have an uneven hairline is because one side has more than the other. This can be because of: 

  • Genetics: Hair loss can contribute to an uneven hairline. If other members of your family have similar, it could simply be down to genetics. 
  • Male pattern baldness: The loss of hair often begins to show itself by creating an M-shaped pattern due to thinning hair around the crown of the head. In many cases this then leads to a horseshoe shape of hair forming that circles around the rear of the head and above the ears.  
  • Traction alopecia: Tension created by continual pulling of hair through things such as buns, braids and ponytails can also create an uneven hairline. 
  • Hair transplant: Hair transplants are notorious for failing after a certain period of time and this can also lead to the forming of an uneven hairline.  

Is an uneven hairline a sign of receding hairline?

As mentioned above, an uneven hairline may be an early sign of hair loss. But it could also be the natural movement of a maturing hairline. As men grow older, their hairline naturally starts to change. It either starts to push back slightly or begins to look uneven. The hairline is likely to sit higher up and be less defined than it was during your teenage years. 

Does a bad hairline mean balding?

Taking the above into account, if you notice your hairline is more mature, you shouldn’t immediately be concerned that you are losing your hair. Male pattern baldness tends to show itself with thinning hair around the crown. Or sometimes with a prominent M-shape where follicle shafts start to reduce in size.  

A maturing hairline will move about 1cm above a teenage hairline. It will shift even further if you are experiencing male pattern baldness, which looks more pronounced around the temple area.  

What can be done for a bad hairline?

If you are suffering from hair loss that has created a bad, patchy or uneven hairline there is something you can do to help 

Skalp’s non-surgical micropigmentation treatment offers the perfect solution. It allows you to reshape your hairline from scratch if needed. 

We apply natural pigments to the surface of the scalp to recreate the appearance of hair. Whether you just need the hairline, or other areas of the scalp treated, our team of expert practitioners are available to help. 

You can arrange to visit one of our clinics to experience a free consultation. There you can also receive a free virtual hairline mock-up to see how the treatment could look once completed. 

Find out more about how our service by arranging a free consultation. Send us a message here, or email hello@skalp.com 

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OLAPLEX’s Tips for Working From Home

Since inception, OLAPLEX has been a team of amazing individuals who help run the company working from home. The bond our team has built within the company and our customers worldwide by working remotely has been one of the attributes we feel makes our company special. During these trying, unprecedented times, all of us are experiencing change. For many it means working from home. For those new to working remotely, this may present its own challenges. Here at OLAPLEX love it, but know that in the beginning some may feel out of balance transitioning to working remotely. It’s been over five years of us working this way, and in light of the worlds’ headlines, we thought we thought rallying together with some helpful tips for at home productivity could only help some of you during this transition. We hope they help you stay balanced, motivated, and inspired! Here we go!

Get your house in order.

As a collective, we’ve agreed that one of the biggest distractions at home is disorder, whether it be an unmade bed, dishes in the sink, or a mess on the table. A great way to promote a clear mind, is to have a clear space! Tidy up before your work day, whether the evening before or early morning before you start the work day!

Clear your mind prior to starting the work day.

Many people on our team have a morning ritual. This gives them time to start the morning each with in their own special way to start their work day feeling balanced and centered!

Some morning rituals include: coffee (well, most rituals!), no social media for the first 15 minutes of the day, meditation, exercise.

Get ready for work as if you’re leaving the house.

This tip is essential! All of us here have at one point or another started the work day in pajamas and let us tell you, there’s a big difference between staying in PJs and getting dressed. Getting ready as if we’re leaving the house and going into the office, makes for an overall better mindset. It will help you feel motivated, and ready to start the day!

Set up a workspace. 

It’s important to set up a place or two you can call your “desk”. For some it might be an area of the kitchen table, some it may be a desk, or even a counter top for those who prefer to stand! Many of us even like to designate a few spaces to change scenery during the day. The only exclusion being working from bed. Save bed for relaxation time!

Schedule breaks for yourself.

Don’t work the whole day straight! Schedule in a time for lunch, snacks, connecting with fellow team mates or friends. Call someone for 5 minutes and ask how their day is going. These little acts can give an abundance of balance into your work home life. We’re all big fans of taking 5 minute stretch breaks throughout the day, some of us even take dance breaks!

Treat yourself.

That’s right. We love a good multi-tasking moment with OLAPLEX No.3 or even OLAPLEX No.5 for a conditioning treatment. Work on a project while also working on the integrity of your hair. It’s a win win!

Set boundaries.

Have a clear start and stop time. Communicate this to your team and manager. Once you have, share with them how to contact you in an “off hour” emergency.

Stay healthy and hydrated.

It’s never too soon for a hydration check. If you’re the type who zones deep into a project, set alarms to remind yourself to check in on your wellness. Whether it’s water, a healthy meal, a supplement, or exercise.  Just because you’re home, doesn’t mean you’re home working all day, so use the “set boundaries” tip to schedule in time for wellness! It’s the most important tip!

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Skincare For Bald Men- Designed To Be Bold 

A skincare/ shaving routine hybrid

At Skalp®, bald heads are kinda our thing. We are forever on the hunt for products and discoveries that could improve the lives of our customers in some way. That’s why, when we discovered a previous customer of ours, Lee Stafford, had developed a range of shaving and skincare products targeted specifically for bald men and those with a shaved head, we had to share.

 

Lee had Scalp Micropigmentation treatment with Skalp® in London way back in 2014 for his receding hairline. After falling in love with the treatment, Lee rocked the shaved head look ever since. Before long, he discovered the shaving market was lacking and struggled with finding the perfect combination of products for his hair care and shaving needs. In 2018, he decided to do something about it, and so On Top Skincare was created.

 

Like hair care, but for bald people…

Those in the beauty community will tell you that your face ends where your decolletage starts, and so skincare should be applied on your neck also. Well, similar could be said for those of us who are bald on top. Why should your skincare routine end where your hairline is? (Especially if you don’t have one, well a real one at least) Bald men should take extra care for the skin on their scalp. 

Lee has spent years researching and testing ingredients for the new shaving range, and it shows. Designed solely for men who are bald, have hair loss or shave their heads, the range offers premium head shaving products that will protect even the most sensitive skin. Which is why it is perfect for those with SMP.

The end result is a perfectly curated yet simple 4 step system – The Ultimate Head Shaving Kit. Each step in the system is designed to nurture your scalp whilst protecting it from the irritation a regular shaving routine can cause. 

Razor bumps, skin irritation, burns or cuts? Bye 👋🏻

The Ultimate Head Shaving Kit is formulated specifically to reduce skin irritations. There is nothing worse than having that freshly shaved feel ruined by skin rashes, razor bumps and a bad mood. Especially if you are bald and have no real hair. By using naturally derived ingredients, such as sweet almond oil, aloe vera and tea tree extract, On Top Skincare targets and reduces the negative effects of shaving your head. 

The kit contains all 4 products you will need to turn your shaving misery into a shaving miracle. The sleek box kit contains everything you need to know as well as clear instructions on how to use each product. 

Skincare for bald men!

The 4 step head-shaving kit includes pre-shave oil, shaving gel, scalp cleanser, and matt moisturizer. Sounds perfect already, right? The pre-shave oil is designed to hydrate and soften the skin before shaving. Next up is a shaving gel packed with nutrients and aloe to calm and protect the skin against razor burn. The 3rd step is a charcoal cleanser to clean and boost the scalp’s skin into top condition and the final step is a super rehydrating but (most importantly) matt moisturizer. 

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Your SMP treatment is only as good as your scalp’s condition.

As we all know by now, keeping your scalp in top condition is not only beneficial to you and your confidence but also how your SMP treatment looks. The skin on your scalp is often neglected and we try hard to encourage clients to change this. Skincare for bald men should be a top priority as there is no hair to protect the scalp.

The On Top Skincare kit focuses on using natural ingredients with positive benefits to enhance your scalp condition and thus improving your shave as well as your results. It’s simple application and sleek packaging is an all-round bonus. We have seen nothing but a positive effect on the looks and mood of those who use it!

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How to Rework a Shampoo Bar

This is all because of Nika’s inspiring question. What you’re looking at up there is shampoo bar ‘first edition’ and shampoo bar ‘second edition’.

On the left: the original shampoo bar with chamomile and calendula. On the right, the reworked shampoo bar with added herbs.

Why would we want to rework a shampoo bar? Let’s start with Nika’s question.

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