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Introducing Cindee Hanna!

It is our honor and privilege to introduce the newest member of the My Hair Trip Family: Cindee Hanna!!! Cindee has been a passionate stylist & colorist for the last 10 years and she has perfected her talents by learning how to give clients a hair-style that reflects their personality and how they want to look. “When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves” “I love being a part of a salon that uses organic coloring, products and services and also is environmentally conscious in how we dispose of our waste and materials.” Cindee, just like all of our stylists, is ready to get you looking your best, so then you can feel your best and that way you can be your best!!! Cindee and the rest of our team is here to serve you, so call or book your next appointment online at Denver’s Organic Salon today!

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    My Hair Trip: The Organic Salon Denver

    Our guests and our clients will always leave us feeling good about having come to our salon. They won’t always know what it was exactly that affected them in such a different way than any other salon they’ve ever been to. It will be the big things but mostly their experience, subconsciously, will be about all the little things.

    We offer the highest quality non-toxic beauty products and services available, but that is not the main thing that we offer as a business. The main thing that we offer as a business is a one of a kind guest experience. We give our guests and clients a consistent positive experience on every visit in which we cater to their needs in a genuine and professional manor.

    Part of the guests’ experience is that the salon is always neat, clean and organized. Our dress is always the same, neat, clean and organized. Every interaction the guest has with our business sends a message and sets an agreement with our guests. If our front desk is messy or cluttered the guest sees that and it sends them the message that our business is messy and cluttered. If our dress is sloppy or uninspired then the message to our guest is that we are sloppy and uninspired.

    When we offer our guests drinks or snacks and we continue to check in on them throughout their services it sends a message to our guests that they are important to us and that their needs are being attended to without them having to ask anybody to tend to them.

    When a guest sees our team helping each other it sends a message that we are a community and that we are motivated by more than just our own individual needs.

    Every first visit to our business sets an agreement to our guests of what to expect when they visit us. The experience must be a positive one and it must be the same every time so not to violate the agreement that has been set between the business and the guest.

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      Denver’s #1 rated eco-friendly hair salon! Thanks Denver!

      We are so proud and grateful at My Hair Trip Salon Denver to have more 5-star ratings and reviews than any other eco-friendly salon in Colorado! We pride ourselves on putting the health and wellness of our clients and staff above all else. Each company we partner with is 100% within our ethos as well.

      Look Good. Feel Good. Be Good. This is our motto, and it is the key to our clients’ happiness. When you look good, then you can feel good. When you feel good, then you can be good. We focus on listening to our clients. What do they want for their look? Why do they want that? What direction are they wanting to go in the future? Through our focus on the needs of the client and the utilization of the best eco-friendly and natural products today and into the future, we are able to provide a greater value than the prices we charge, and it is our promise that we always will.

      Our clients come to us from Denver, Boulder, Aurora, Colorado Springs, Vail, Summit County, Morrison, Golden, Steamboat, Castle Rock, Florida, California, Texas, and its because we offer products, services, and an experience that you can only get one place, My Hair Trip Salon Denver.

      No nasty, harmful chemicals here! We promise we will never use anything with ammonia, sulfates, parabens, or that has been tested on animals. We can get you the look that you want, guaranteed, but that’s not all that we do. We are an organic beauty shop that can help our clients’ fulfill and supplement all aspects of their lives, body, mind, and spirit.

      We also are faithful and walk with Jesus Christ, but our doors and arms are open to all who come. Please come as you are. We are a place of peace and of purpose to enrich the lives of our clients and staff.

      So come check us out and let us serve you.

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        Meet our newest stylist / makeup artist: Brittany Chavez

        Brittany Chavez graduated from Empire Beauty in September of 2009. She has wanted to be a stylist since she was 16 years old. She has always loved how fun and artistic the beauty industry can be, and she can’t imagine doing anything else in life. Helping others feel amazing about themselves is Brittany’s favorite part of her job.
        Brittany feels strongly convicted to always proceed in continuing her education as a stylist and in staying on top of current trends, so she can make sure she’s able to give her clients the look and feel they desire every time.

        Brittany had the amazing opportunity of working on the Noveau team at Intercouiffure in NYC, which is one of the most prestigious major events a hair stylists can participate in. She was able to work backstage and onstage at the event. She has also been a helping hand at Denver Fashion Week assisting with hair as well as Second Home Spring fashion show applying makeup, another passion of hers. If its fun and challenging you can bet she will be there!

        Brittany started her career at Antoine Du Chez. She began as an assistant going through their advanced training program, as a cutting specialist. After spending time there, she decided to take on a new challenge, learning the ins and outs of coloring hair. Brittany has always picked up on things quickly and is a fast learner.

        Brittany, her two young boys and husband have all been making the organic , green transition over the past 6 months. This lifestyle became important to her after she had her children. When she found out about My Hair Trip, she was determined to become apart of the team! Brittany is excited for this experience, and happy to have finally found a salon home.

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          Hair After Cancer – Specializing in Hair Care for Cancer Survivors and Patients

          As Salon Professionals, we try to compete for clients based on our creative skills and try to constantly strive for education that will differentiate us from the ever-present “salon down the street”. Unfortunately, we are all providing very similar services to very similar clients. But, what if we began to specialize in niche markets of clientele and used our valuable education to hyper-specialize in a certain niche to become worldwide experts in the very unique beauty challenges they face? Would we not be able to service these clients better? Would these clients not be more loyal than our current “generic clients”? Would we not be able to enhance our income by becoming experts and enjoy the rewards of more meaningful referral networks? Would we not be able to realize the true professional impact that most of us want to have on the world? This article provides licensed beauty professionals with that very opportunity.

          Just about everyone knows one or more people that have been treated with cancer. Many cancer patients and survivors are disappointed with the way their hair recovers after cancer treatments. Even after several months, their hair seems dry, brittle, frizzy, and unmanageable. The overall condition of the hair seems to have been comprised by varying textures, different rates of growth, and overall thinning. Although some of the side effects of cancer treatments that impact the health of a person’s hair can last for a long time, there are measures that can be taken to accelerate the hair’s recovery and restore beautiful, youthful, and healthy looking hair with more certainty in a shorter period of time.

          Successful hair services, either after or between cancer treatments, requires a delicate combination of understanding, specialized product ingredient-knowledge, and an innovative approach. First, the specific ailments that cancer treatments have on human hair health, as well as their individual causes, should be fully understood. Next, the proper approaches that will address each ailment, while enhancing over all hair health and vitality, should be explored. Finally, an introduction to the classes of products must be examined and evaluated for their overall health, potential medical side effects, and effectiveness. Finally, a professional seeking to address these challenging but rewarding clients should develop a holistic approach to planning and providing a long-term, comprehensive, beauty restoration strategy for these clients whose needs will most certainly be unique and demanding.

          Side Effects of Cancer Treatment to Human Hair Health

          Cancer treatments are harsh on hair follicles. Stronger hair follicles will recover first and begin to generate hair. Some other hair follicles will begin to generate hair months after the last cancer treatment has ended, while the weaker hair follicles may have gone dormant. Because hair on the top of the head tends to grow from weaker follicles, many patients may notice that they experience more thinning at the top of the head rather than the sides where hair follicles tend to be stronger.

          Many cancer patients complain that their hair begins to lack color or tone after cancer treatments. Actually, this is not usually the case. What does often happen is that the blended, or overall, color or tone of the hair may begin to change because the follicles of different colored hair strands die or go dormant.

          After cancer treatment, hair may be kinky primarily because of uneven damage to the follicle, which means the hair grows at an angle, which will cause it to curl.

          Cancer treatments will often cause severe damage to the sebaceous glands found in the scalp. These glands produce a light oily liquid known as sebum which naturally progresses up the outer cuticle of the hair fiber. This sebaceous system is what provides hair its natural moisture. With damaged sebum, it is difficult to cultivate healthy looking beautiful hair after cancer treatments unless it is properly cared for.

          Cancer treatments can leave the body with a debilitated capacity to regulate the distribution of different proteins. Hair is made of a delicate balance between protein and moisture. If hair is brittle and prone to breakage, or unmanageable because it seems almost too firm, then this is an indication that the hair is lacking moisture and has a high percentage of protein. If hair is weak and pulls apart, or is unmanageable because it seems almost too soft or gooey, then this is an indication that the hair is lacking protein and has a high percentage of moisture.

          Big Beauty – Damaged, Porous, Weak Fibers Covered by Shiny Silicones and plastics.

          Fortunately for the beauty industry, especially “Big Beauty” companies, human hair is amazingly resilient. The prescribed process that all salon professionals learn in beauty school is that to treat the hair, we must “open” (read as “blast open and corrode” the cuticle to penetrate into the hair fibers. To do this, we are taught to use incredibly toxic, corrosive, harsh, carcinogenic, and damaging chemicals like ammonia and formaldehyde. We are all taught that this severely damages the hair fiber, but that is ok, because we can use products to “close” (read as “slick over and cover up the damage”) the hair cuticle with special products later. For “Big Beauty” companies, this approach ensures that once a client’s hair is initially damaged, an ever-repeating cycle is facilitated that necessitates the purchase of their silicone and plastic products.

          Even worse, these chemicals damage follicles and glands necessary to naturally sustain full, healthy hair throughout a person’s lifetime. Chemicals commonly used in traditional hair care, especially ammonia and plastics, either clog up or corrode hair follicles causing them to go dormant and destroy the natural melanin and tyrosine in hair which gives hair its natural ability to “hold” color. What we are left with is clients inflicted, by us as their unwitting beauty professionals, with thinning hair that has color that quickly fades. Conveniently, these clients are dependent on “Big Beauty” products for the rest of their lives, spending large amounts of money, in hopes of regaining their hair’s youthful luster that has been systematically stolen from them by the very companies that they continue to support.

          Unfortunately, for clients that have undergone cancer treatments at some point during their lives, they cannot afford to play the “Big Beauty” game because of the delicate nature of their hair.

          Caring for Hair after Cancer

          Caring for clients that have been treated for cancer requires a basic sensitivity to the ingredients contained in the products that you use and recommend for them. It is important to carefully consider their medical situation of having many of their body’s natural defenses impaired by the cancer treatments that they received.

          While most people, and definitely most cancer patients, are conscious and sensitive to the foods that they eat; they are less sensitive to the ingredients contained in the products they apply to their hair or skin. This is a horrifying mistake. Research has continually found that any chemicals applied to the hair or skin are immediately absorbed into the blood stream and can be found in urine tests within 30 minutes of application. This demonstrates a simple fact of the human digestive system that is often ignored by cosmologists and estheticians. Ingredients that are eaten are filtered through the bodies most fierce and relentless barrier found in the human body, which is the acids found in the stomach and the enzymes in the large and small intestines. Unfortunately, the ingredients that are applied to your hair or skin lack this natural super-filtration system and instead are absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the pores and follicles.

          While most cosmetologists and estheticians understand that there are roughly 6,000 times more follicles and pores on the human scalp than any other part of the skin, it seems that pharmaceutical companies have only recently begun to understand this. This is best demonstrated by the recent surge in topical medication prescribed to be applied to the nape of the neck or the scalp itself. While more and more drugs are being applied to the scalp because of its direct access to the bloodstream, few practitioners, including beauty professionals, have been considering what the implications may be to toxic chemicals in hair products being applied directly to the scalp. While almost all knowledgeable professionals would never eat or drink their hair color or straightening products, they somehow do not question or hesitate applying it to their scalp! This is a consideration that must be taken into account when caring for clients who have been treated for cancer.

          First, Do No Harm

          Cancer treatments have a tendency to not only weaken a person’s hair, but also their immune system and vital organs. Because of this, a salon professional specializing in treating clients who have been treated for cancer must be more cautious of the ingredients contained in products. The delicate balance of performance and healthy ingredients must be carefully weighted toward harmless and healthy ingredients. Here are some of the recommendations from trained professionals well versed on this balance and how they can be applied to specific deficiencies cause by cancer treatments.

          The liver is among the many organs that can be affected by cancer treatments. One primary function of the liver is to detoxify proteins of poisonous ammonia. This critical function can be burdened even more when introducing additional sources of ammonia into the blood stream through products like permanent hair color. To avoid elevated levels of ammonia in the body, and an overburdened liver that is already debilitated from cancer treatments, use Organic Color Systems which is the most natural and organic hair color product that does not sacrifice professional performance or exceptional results. Unfortunately, this hair color product is only available through licensed salon professionals and not sold to the general public.

          Avoiding ammonia will also help restore thinning hair. Remember that hair follicles in men can die off but hair follicles in women most often are just dormant. Follicles can become dormant as a result of damage or clogging. The two most common sources of damage to hair follicles are ammonia and cancer treatment therapies. Another reason why hair follicles can go dormant is because they are clogged and unable to grow hair. This is most commonly due to plastics found in hair styling products. To clarify the scalp of plastics and other clogging impurities, use a product like Soothe Plus shampoo, conditioner, and treatments. Soothe Plus is a product is made with only 100% certified organic ingredients and is highly effective at gently removing plastics and other impurities from the scalp while enhancing blood circulation in the scalp without risk at damaging the hair follicles.

          While any damage to the hair cuticle is bad, uneven damage caused by cancer treatments will affect the porosity and coarseness of hair, which will result in an unusual texture. To treat this unusual texture, consider a natural and organic protein treatment designed to even out porous hair with nourishing natural proteins. One such ideal product is Revamp, which fills and fortifies the cuticle with organic, plant derived proteins, which naturally bond with the hair and cultivate inner hair repair.

          The delicate balance between protein and moisture in hair is critical to having healthy and lustrous hair. Ideally, healthy hair contains 87% moisture and 3% protein. To illustrate how delicate this balance is, consider that the only difference in substance between human hair and human fingernails is that human fingernails contain 3% more protein and almost no moisture. Because protein synthesis is jeopardized from cancer treatments, special care and consideration should be taken when dealing with clients who have been treated for cancer. When hair is deficient in protein, it is weak an can pull apart easily. This type of hair should be treated with Power Build Shampoo, Reconstructor, and Conditioner as well as Revamp treatment. When hair is deficient in moisture, it is brittle and should be treated with Aqua Boost Shampoo, Conditioner, and Reconstructor. When hair is weak and brittle, it is deficient in both protein and moisture and should be treated with Revamp and Aqua Boost Reconstructor as well as Status Quo Shampoo and Conditioner.

          A vital tool in providing beauty services to any client who has undergone cancer treatment is the Wet Stretch Test. This test will quickly, reliably, and accurately analyze exactly what the hair needs and precisely how to treat it.

          A Meaningful and Rewarding Specialty

          Specializing in providing salon services to salon clients who have been treated for cancer will not only fill demand that is hopelessly left unfulfilled in the salon industry, but it will also provide a more meaningful purpose for your career as you bring new vitality and inspiration to your clients lives through enhancing their physical beauty, self image, and confidence. Specializing in this specific category of hair care will provide you with a target market of clients that have a great need for your specific services and knowledge. Utilizing the right products and continually supplementing your knowledge through education, research, empathy, and awareness will server to enhance the lives of both you and your future clients.

          This and more information found at: http://www.organiccolorsystems.com/hair-care-cancer/

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            Young Living Essential Oils

            We carry and use Young Living essential oils for a million different things in our salon. We use the essential oils to infuse our waters, infuse our hot towels, in our cleaning products, for aroma therapy, raindrop therapy, and in our hair oil treatments and moisturizing treatments. Young living is the number one distributor of essential oils in the world and we are proud to partner with them for the benefit of our clients and our salon.

            Here’s some words from Young Living:

            “Through the painstaking steps of our proprietary Seed to Seal production process, we produce the best, most authentic essential oils in the world. We are committed to providing pure, powerful products for every family and lifestyle, all infused with the life-changing benefits of our essential oils.

            Our community of wellness started small in 1993, when Gary Young developed his first organic herb farming and distillation operation. At the time, Gary had already discovered the incredible power of essential oils, but because the quality of available oils varied so greatly, he’d been unable to fully harness their potential. While he knew that pure essential oils had the ability to produce spectacular results, he found that the chemically altered or adulterated oils on the market were often ineffective and even harmful.

            Young Living changed all that. As Gary developed more farmland in Utah and Idaho, he began cultivating lavender, peppermint, melissa, clary sage, and many other herbs. Fueled by a growing demand for pure essential oils, Young Living designed and built the largest, most technologically advanced distillery for the production of essential oils in North America. Our company has also developed the groundbreaking Seed to Seal® process, which preserves the integrity and potency of essential oils.

            Today, Young Living has grown to become the world leader in essential oils and wellness solutions. Headquartered in Lehi, Utah, with offices in Australia, Europe, Canada, Japan and Singapore, as well as farms around the world, Young Living stays true to Gary Young’s original vision. And with our steadfast commitment to essential oil purity, we’ve inspired millions of people everywhere to experience nature’s gifts of wellness and harmony, to create abundance as Young Living distributors, and to discover new opportunities for lifelong transformation.”

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              Meet the Owner, Master Stylist / Colorist – Nicole Zamora

              Nicole Zamora started My Hair Trip more than a decade ago and built her clientele with her salon customers, fashion designers, photographers, models, media, and talent agencies.

              In October of 2009, she made the move to downtown Denver! So far, since getting to the city in 2009, she has been involved in numerous fashion shows around the city, as well as a plethora of fundraisers, and educational programs and events.

              Now in March of 2014 she has opened her very own hair salon! where she is surrounded by other motivated and talented stylists.

              Nicole always knew Green, eco-friendly, organic living was something she wanted to incorporate into her salon. Through years of independent research, training, and education, Nicole finally had everything she needed to open Colorado’s very first totally Organic Hair Salon.

              Now Nicole’s salon, My Hair Trip Salon Denver, is Colorado’s only certified green, eco-friendly, organic hair salon, art gallery, and jewelry and apparel boutique!

              Nicole and her husband / business partner, Paul Sr. are in the process of building their dream team, and thus far, are so proud to have been lucky enough to find Sonia, Amber, Thomas, Erica, Gail, Kristi, D’ona and Kelly!

              So check out My Hair Trip Salon Denver at 8th and Santa Fe in the 80204 in the Denver Art District!

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                Brazilian Blowouts: Toxic Risk?

                “(NBC) – Could the pursuit of perfectly straight hair be hazardous to your health, and your stylist’s?

                Women across the country have been thrilled with their keratin treatments that promise sleek hair even on days with the worst humidity, but now the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a hazard alert to hair salon owners saying some of these products release high levels of formaldehyde.

                OSHA tests detected the gas in the air even when stylists used products labeled formaldehyde-free.

                The alert specifically mentions the Brazilian Blowout, which does not technically contain formaldehyde.

                But brazilian blowout products have an ingredient called “methylene glycol” which the company’s ceo tells us does release trace amounts of formaldehyde during the heating and straightening process.

                That’s why salon owner Michael Randazzo opted not to use them in his Charlotte, North Carolina salon.

                “There was controversy over the Brazilian Blowout. Does it have formaldehyde, does it not? I’m not going to do a service here that’s not good for us,” he says.

                The potential problem is not limited to the Brazilian Blowout.

                OSHA points out other similar treatments may also release formaldehyde.

                Some New York salons now require their stylists and customers wear gas masks when using the products.

                Formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and cause allergic reactions.

                It’s also linked to lung cancer.

                It’s a potentially hefty price to pay to avoid a few bad hair days.

                The company that sells Brazilian Blowout products also sells “Brazilian Blowout Zero” which does not contain methylene glycol.”

                Not to worry, My Hair Trip Salon, Denver’s eco-friendly, organic hair salon has chemical-free services that can get the same results as the Brazilian blowout without causing harm to clients or stylists. Hooray!

                We found this super informative article at:
                http://www.kvoa.com/news/brazilian-blowouts-toxic-risk-/

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                  PalletFest!!! Upcycling Event and Fashion Show!

                  PalletFest is coming! My Hair Trip Salon Denver is doing all of the hair and makeup for the upcycled fashion show on Saturday. (10/11/14)

                  Why Pallets?

                  Upcycle Events was born through the process of creating Palletfest. Our mission is to spread the word and knowledge of upcycling through fun interactive experiences. Our goal is to provide our communities with a chance to explore the world of upcycling. Upcycling promotes creativity and gives old objects new life. Not only can we make items that are beautiful, fun and functional but we’re also able to keep tons of waste out of our landfills in the process. From the simple to the sensational, the practical to the impossible, from waste to grace, and from trash to treasure, Opportunities are truly endless through upcycling. A whole new world of art and décor are upon us and Upcycle Events wants to be a the forefront of this movement. And that’s how palletfest came about. You can make practically anything out of pallets from a garden planter to a wine rack to a table to a house and in this case a Festival.

                  The Upcycled Fashion show takes place Saturday Oct 11th from 5:15-5:45 pm

                  See fashion models hit the catwalk in a live upcycled runway fashion show. Wearing incredible, sophisticated, beautiful, one-of-a-kind clothing and décor, the models will change your impression of upcycled materials. The show will take place on Saturday night, alongside our headlining band.

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