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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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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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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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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Self-Preserving Cleansers – Here’s How

Happy Monday! It’s a particularly glorious Monday because of what you see pictured above.

That, my wonderful reader, is the Fresh Raspberry Cleanser – a bit of self-preserving magic that will cleanse your skin beautifully, double as a mask, and involves only the purest, beautiful, all-natural ingredients.

The magic wand is included as a symbol of the amazing capabilities natural ingredients have to offer – several of which come together in this fruity-fresh formula.

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How To: LisaLise’s Butter Ball In-Shower Lotion

The latest thing, I hear, is that a popular celeb applies her body lotion while she is in the shower.

Now, isn’t that the most amazing thing.

I happen to have developed an easy peasy in-shower lotion last year that has become quite a personal fave. If you want to know how I made the little number pictured up there, please read on.

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How To Choose The Best Haircut That Makes You Look Good

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A makeover is something that every woman loves to have once in a while and a haircut can nail it pretty well. Yet, you need to be judicious about haircuts, particularly when you plan to try something new or drastic. A wrong choice can ruin your look for weeks or even months, depending on the speed at which your hair grows back. There are terrible haircut tales that women often have to share but some smart thinking and a little work can help you choose wisely and get a hairstyle that would win accolades. Here are some tips that can help you choose the best haircut that makes you look good and feel confident.

Do your research 

When you are contemplating a change, it is always good to do some research. Don’t just jump for a style that your friend or colleague has chosen because something that works for them may not work for you. Go through online beauty websites or talk to experts to understand a cut that would be right for your facial structure. Check out social media pages of stylists and celebrities to find what is trending and what is not. Don’t confine your research to identifying the best haircuts but also learn more about the best salons in your area. Ask for recommendations and read online reviews to find more about the experiences of real customers.

Be realistic about your hair type

Not every haircut works with every hair type and texture, so personalization is the key when it comes to the choice of the best haircut. For example, you cannot expect to have good looking bangs with curly locks. It is better to have realistic expectations about your hair type so that you don’t get disappointed with the final results. Your stylist is the best person to recommend the cuts and styles that would be the best for your hair type. They can even show you the pictures of people with the hair texture similar to yours they have styled in the past. It is always good to check real people rather than celebrities when you choose.

Choose a stylist you can trust

Finding the best salon for getting a haircut is just half the work done; you need to choose a stylist you can trust. Avoid junior staff because you may save some bucks but end up ruining your hair. Prioritize someone who is trained from a reputed hair stylist school because even the people who are fresh out of them have the right skills and expertise. Not only can you expect them to give you an amazing cut, but they will also go the extra mile to advise you about the best option. They can even suggest if you need a special hair treatment to get the perfect results after the cut.

Have a thorough consultation before you go ahead

A new haircut is always fraught with risks, more so if you have something drastic in mind. So it definitely makes sense to avoid making hasty decisions and think carefully before going ahead. Look for a salon that offers a consultation before your haircut. If you are looking for a major transformation, you can even ask for a special consultation appointment before you even let them touch your tresses. It is important that you feel absolutely confident before you get the cut. Some salons can show you the look with the help of a simulation app, which is a smart idea if you want to be sure.

Ask them to go slow

Once you have a perfect haircut in mind and the right stylist to do it for you, it is time to get started. The best approach is to ask them to go slow and this is something that seasoned stylists often do. Relax as you sit in the salon chair and convey to your stylist that you want them to move slowly as they work layer by layer. Be sure to keep an eye on the style as they move from step to step. And don’t be afraid to speak up and stop them in the middle if you don’t feel confident enough about the style. Women are often reluctant to voice their concerns only because they fear being labeled as fussy customers. But you should absolutely speak up when you are not sure. You can surely prevent a hair disaster this way!

Being a little extra smart while selecting and getting a new haircut is the best advice for women who are keen to experiment. At the same time, you should not just go for drastic changes repeatedly. Rather, look for smooth transitions that match with your age, hair type and lifestyle. Don’t just follow trends or copy celebrities blindly but stick to cuts that make you feel confident and easy. You will definitely love to carry the look!