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Detox This!

Damage Detox Before and AfterDoes your hair have issues? If your waves are falling flat or your curls are confused, it may be time to seek professional help. Join us tonight, Wednesday, May 30th at 6:30 EST, for some intensive hair therapy as we demonstrate an Original Moxie Detox on our model, explain our three unique detox methods, and discuss the difference between DIY and professional. As always, we’ll answer all your questions in real time during the live-stream event on Facebook and Instagram. Watch the magic happen or book your own personal transformation by calling us at 734.340.4022 or scheduling online.

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Beating the Build Up Blues

It is a glorious time to be curly!  But can all these texture-friendly products and trending curl care methods be too much of a good thing?  If you find  that your waves or curls start to respond negatively to all this well-meaning attention and, instead of hair nirvana, you find yourself burdened with a simultaneous feeling of dryness and oiliness, dullness, and flaking,  chances are, you’ve got a case of the Build Up Blues.

What is build up? 

Simply put, build up is a gradual accumulation of products on the hair strands. Accumulated build up doesn’t allow necessary moisture, oils, and other nutrients to penetrate your hair. This results in dry, dull, flat hair.

What causes build up? 

  • Occlusive Ingredients
    If a product contains an excessive amount of occlusive ingredients, which create a strong barrier around the hair shaft, it can be difficult to remove with regular washing.  These ingredients are not necessarily harmful in and of themselves, but can become so if used excessively.  With the notable exception of heat stylers, which need strong film-formers and occlusive ingredients to protect the hair, products should not contain ingredients that are primarily composed of occlusive agents such as petroleum derivatives, lanolin, or heavy silicones.
  • Excessive/Incompatible Products
    No matter how great the ingredients, if a product doesn’t moisturize your hair on Day 1, re-applying it throughout the week will not improve the situation.  In fact, it will dry your hair out and weigh it down with a coating that remains on the outside of the hair shaft rather than penetrating to the interior of the hair where moisture is needed.
  • Hard Water
    Well or hard water will deposit minerals on the outside of the hair which block moisture and product from penetrating the hair shaft.  Hair that’s been washed with hard water generally feels grainy and waxy but also straw-like and dry.
  • Co-washing
    Although co-washing is viewed by many as a gentle alternative to washing with harsh shampoos, it does not completely remove most leave-ins, gels, and oils.  Over time, this will lead to build-up and dryness.

How to Beat Build Up:

  • Embrace the Cleanse
    Regular cleansing with a sulfate-free shampoo, such as Get Fresh! or Get Clean! will remove excess product from the hair without stripping natural oils.
  • Rinse & Repeat
    Unless it’s labelled as a ‘leave-in’, conditioners are not designed to  be left in the hair.  Fully rinse your conditioner out to leave your hair receptive and open to the moisturizing leave-ins that you apply during your styling routine.
  • Find the Right Product
    Given the amount of products on the market, the search for the right product can  be overwhelming.  Start by reading labels and prioritizing products that contain high quality ingredients near the top and minimal to no occlusive ingredients.  (All of our moisturizers, definers, and sealants check this box).  Select a handful of contenders, and then assess their performance on your hair before committing to regular use.   If a product is compatible with your hair, it should feel smooth going in, enhance your natural curl or wave pattern, and dry clear and shiny.  This basic test is the cornerstone of our Seven Point Assessment, which our Experts perform for free at the Original Moxie Salon.  However, you can do your own version of the Seven Point by working methodically and paying close attention to your results.
  • Simplify
    The majority of your product application should occur on freshly washed and conditioned hair.  You should not have to repeat a full product application day after day.  The right product combination will keep your hair moisturized and defined until the next Wash Day.  If you need to refresh mid-cycle, selectively re-wet, rather than re-styling all of your hair, and defer to gels or oils rather than re-applying your moisturizer.
  • Detox
    Even a clarifying shampoo may not be sufficient to remove heavy build up.  While DIY methods abound, we strongly recommend leaving this job to the professionals.  Many of the at-home treatments to remove build up can wind up further damaging the hair.  For chronic or severe build up, we offer three detoxes at our Flagship Salon: a Damage Detox, Moisture Detox, and Scalp Detox.  We’ll cover each of these treatments in upcoming blog posts and explain how we determine which one is best for various hair types and conditions.

Concerned that you might have the Build Up Blues?  The good news is that there is a cure.  Once build up is removed, moisture is allowed to penetrate the hair shaft, the hair becomes softer, curls pop, and frizz abates.  Et voila!  Happy feeling restored.

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Honoring the Earth

DSC_0822As you might have noticed, we’re pretty passionate about natural ingredients and green practices.  Dramatic changes in our local climate and shortages in some of the ingredients we commonly use have made us even more keenly aware of how interconnected we as individuals and as a brand are with one another and the environment.  The global is personal and the personal is global.

Image-1 (14)This year, we are celebrating our connections with one another and the Earth, by highlighting Growing Hope, an amazing organization, founded in 2003, that’s working to create change in our community of Southeast Michigan.  Growing Hope’s mission is to create sustainable food systems that positively impact the community and the environment.  That translates to a wide array of programs and initiatives from education and urban farming to managing local Farmers Markets.

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During our Annual Earth Day Sale, starting Friday April 21st, you can help to support this worthy cause with your purchase!  Original Moxie has committed to donate 5% of all sale purchases to Growing Hope.  You can shop with a conscience and save with a 25% discount on purchases of $40 & up at originalmoxie.com with coupon code ED2017 or at our Ypsilanti Store & Salon (no code needed). Sale runs from 4/21 – 4/23 online and is one day only (4/21) for in-store purchases. Learn more at originalmoxie.com/earth-day-sale-details/.

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Turmeric – Your Hair’s Best Friend

get-clean_turmericHailed as a powerful immune-booster and anti-inflammatory, Turmeric has gotten a lot of press for it’s health benefits.  But did you know that, applied topically, it also has immense benefits for the skin and scalp?

This golden, earthy-smelling powder is what gives our Get Clean! No-foam Shampoo is beautiful hue as well as many of its key properties.

Dedicated users of this cult favorite have come to appreciate the way in which it balances oil and moisture for all hair types. This is, in part, thanks to Turmeric’s ability to regulate the production of sebum in the scalp.  The active component of the root, Curcumin, possesses  anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, antioxidant, antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and works effectively to correct scalp conditions from Cicatricial alopecia to dandruff.

Original Moxie Founder, Rachel Blistein, attributes the remission of her her lifelong Seborrheic Dermatitis  to this one product.  So trust us when we say, this is way more than your average no-foam shampoo!  It’s truly turmerific ;-).

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Introducing the Moisture Detox™

Before and After DetoxDo you have hair that is coarse, wiry, or resistant?  Do you struggle to achieve curl definition?  Do heavier oils and butters sit maddeningly on the outside of your hair, either weighing it down or making it feel hard and brittle?  If any of the above sound familiar, you may have low-porosity hair, which can occur in all textures – from tightly coiled to bone straight.  The cause may be due to a variety of factors, from genetics to aging (grey hair tends to have a much more tightly sealed cuticle),  but the solution is always moisture.  Once moisture is allowed to penetrate the hair shaft, the hair becomes softer, curls pop,  frizz abates, and all is right in the world.

But how do you get that stubborn cuticle to open up without the use of harsh chemicals or overly alkaline DIY treatments?  We’re thrilled to introduce our Moisture Detox™, one half of our  Hydrophil™ System,  a unique approach to moisture balancing that not only enhances texture, but which also improves the health of the hair!   Formulated specifically for the needs of low porosity hair, the Moisture Detox™ is a pH-balanced treatment that effectively removes build up,  gently opens the cuticle and infuses the hair shaft with  moisture.    Best of all, the results last for  weeks (4 – 8 on  average*) making this a sustainable and long-term solution to help balance your moisture levels and tame your mane.

greenilliteclayThe star player in this fabulous fusion is Green Illite Clay, derived from ancient marine beds and rich in mineral content. It is strongly adsorptive, which means it functions as a magnet for toxins.  Clay also possesses demonstrated benefits on curl grouping, allowing the individual strands within a curl cluster to more effectively wave or spiral together as a unit.  This produces a noticeable improvement in textural definition and curl formation.

A complementary treatment for high-porosity hair will debut later this Spring to complete our Hydrophil™ System and making this the first comprehensive texture-perfecting salon treatment to  provide long-lasting cosmetic benefits by improving the overall health of the hair.

Currently, this treatment is available exclusively at the Original Moxie Salon in Ypsilanti, Michigan.   If you are interested in learning more about this treatment or want to experience it for yourself, you can schedule a free Seven Point Assessment with one of our experts, who can determine whether this service is right for you.  You can learn more online or by calling us at 734.340.4022.

*Results vary for each individual.

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Transform Your Hair in Four Easy Steps!

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Four healthy habits that will take your hair from meh to mah-velous!

  1. Check in with Your Scalp.  Is it dry and tight or supple and moisturized?  Though many of us forget it’s there, healthy hair starts at the scalp.  Your scalp should move easily when gently nudged with your finger tips.  Areas of tightness and immobility can spell problems, like hair loss, brittleness, and dryness.  Keep your pate happy with regular scalp massage and a moisturizing treatment like Scalp Therapy.
  2. Practice ‘Just Right’ Cleansing.  Not too often, not too harsh, and not too little.  Unless you put absolutely no product on your hair, periodic cleansing with a low or no-foam shampoo, like Get Clean! No Foam Shampoo or Get Fresh! Shampoo, is required to remove build up and allow moisture and nutrients to penetrate the hair and scalp.  However, no one needs a heavy detergent  to accomplish effective cleansing.  Any product that contains sulfates and/or produces a vigorous foam is probably taking too much of the good stuff (like your hair’s natural oils) out, leaving hair dry and unbalanced.
  3. Make Your Conditioner Count.  A good conditioner, such as Intense Quench or Featherweight,  should do three  things:  moisturize, strengthen, and balance.   To get all three, check for ingredients that draw moisture into the hair (humectants), vegetable-derived proteins that strengthen the hair and a balanced pH (between 4 and 5).   It also helps if you get a slippery texture to detangle and smooth along the way.  Always rinse out your conditioner in unless it’s specifically designed to be a leave-in.  Excess conditioner in the hair can cause fungal disorders on the scalp and inhibit your hair’s natural shine.
  4. Limit your Leave-ins.  Yes, you can have too much of a good thing.  Whatever your hair type, it’s best to stick to a stripped down styling routine.  With Just Right Cleansing and a Conditioner that Counts, you shouldn’t need buckets of styling products  to keep your hair nourished, shiny, and well-defined.  In fact, less is often more.  Too many layers will dull shine and actually dry out your hair by blocking natural oils and nutrients from penetrating the hair.  To find your perfect mix of styling products, start with your natural moisture level.  Oily to normal generally need hydration and hold, while normal to dry hair types need oil and hydration with less of a focus on hold.
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Earth Day 2015!

Earth Day Sale 2015Spring has sprung, the sun is out and we’re celebrating with one of our largest sales of the year! This Earth Day, Wednesday April 22nd – Saturday April, 25th, get 30% off orders of $30 or more with coupon code OMEARTH15. You can feel good about treating yourself by supporting a brand where every day is Earth Day.  Our commitment is year-round with healthy, cruelty-free products, natural ingredients and green practices!

Be sure to keep an eye on our blog to learn more about our ongoing quest to make our products as sustainable and earth-friendly as possible!

Coupon code for use on retail orders only. Gift sets and kits are excluded. No rain checks, no cash value, limit one per customer. Valid Wednesday, April 22nd – Saturday, April 25th.

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Sustainable Practices

Sustainable Practices

Here at Original Moxie, we are intimately familiar with the waste that tends to pile up when you make something from scratch.  Because we believe that less is more when it comes to trash, we are doing everything within our power to minimize what we throw away. Whenever possible, we purchase tools and supplies that can be re-used without sacrificing hygiene and quality.  From glass droppers for our essential oils to cotton towels for cleaning up, we strive to minimize the amount of disposable items used to create our products.  All paper, plastic and glass that cannot be re-used is responsibly recycled.

Our containers are, by design, easy to recycle and re-use.  All containers are made of #1/PET or #2/HDPE plastic.  Once you have finished using your products, simply clean them out, remove and discard the labels & lids and deposit the containers in your curbside recycling. Check with your local recycling agency to make sure that these types of containers are accepted!

We realize that our impact on the environment doesn’t stop at our doors.  We recycle or re-use the boxes and packing material that are shipped to us and utilize boxes with a high recycled content to ship our products to you. Our retail customers receive their orders in USPS Priority Mail boxes, which have been awarded Cradle to Cradle Certification℠ for their ecologically-intelligent design. We also offer CarbonFree® Shipping on all orders by partnering with Carbonfund.org to offset our shipping emissions!

For everything that can’t yet be reduced, recycled, or re-used, we offset our carbon footprint by partnering with Carbonfund.org. Carbonfund is working towards a “ZeroCarbon™ world” through innovative and expertly managed programs in climate change education, carbon offsets and reductions, and public outreach.

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Natural Ingredients

Natural Ingredients

It’s hard nowadays to pin down the meaning of the word “natural” when referring to beauty products. With so much ‘greenwashing’ in advertising the word has lost some of it’s meaning. To us, natural ingredients mean minimally processed and derived from natural sources such as seeds, nuts, and leaves. We like to go from plant to product in as few steps as possible!

We’re committed to using natural ingredients not just because they work, but because they create less of an environmental impact than their chemical counterparts.  Extraction of a botanical oil, for example, uses less fossil fuel and creates far fewer harmful byproducts than the creation of a hydrocarbon-based oil such as paraffin. Natural ingredients also tend to be fully biodegradable and easily composted.  The dried herbs that go into our herbal infusions are collected and turned into our compost heap, which will in turn yield rich, black soil for our gardens.

Part of what makes our products so effective is not only the superior quality of the natural ingredients they contain, but the quantity they contain as well. All of our products are at least 97% natural, with some (such as Twist Mist) being 100% natural. From high potency herbal infusions to rich botanical oils and extracts, our carefully crafted formulas are packed full with ingredients that nourish your hair and scalp from the inside out. Whenever possible we use organic, unrefined ingredients so as to pass on their uniquely beneficial and potent properties. These natural ingredients are as beautiful and fragrant as they are effective.  The minimal processing they undergo gives our products their unique color and scent!

It’s easy to talk the talk without walking the walk, right?  But when you create every product yourself, you have a very personal stake in whether your ingredients are safe to use.   We don’t want to be in contact with anything toxic, so you can rest assured that our products are safe for you and your family to use.  Though we do use a limited number of chemicals (primarily for emulsification and preservation), we take care to use only those that receive a safety rating of 5 or lower on the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic Safety Database and to use them in the smallest possible amount.

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Essential Oils

Essential Oils

Essential oils are the truly amazing natural essences extracted from plants and used for a variety of applications, from perfumery to first aid. They may come from any part of the plant, such as the rind of an orange, the flower of a rose, or the bark of a Cinnamon Tree. They connect us in a very direct way with the vitality, power and beauty of nature. The aroma-therapeutic benefits of essential oils are well documented and are known to ease tension, alleviate depression, focus thought, and stimulate energy! Many essential oils also have toning, cleansing, moisturizing, and balancing effects on the scalp. But the main reason we use them is because they smell AMAZING!

Synthetic fragrances, widely used in the cosmetic industry, often contain hundreds of separate ingredients, primarily petroleum derivatives, which include phthalates (a group of chemicals linked to hormone disruption), neurotoxins, allergens and sensitizers. Because fragrance is considered a ‘trade secret,’ companies are not required to list these compounds on their labels. These chemicals not only accumulate in your blood stream, but also in the environment, polluting the water we drink and the food we eat. (To find out even more about synthetic fragrance, you can visit The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website at: http://www.safecosmetics.org).

In Original Moxie products, each essential oil fragrance is lovingly created and designed to complement any natural odor that the unadorned raw materials may contain.  Most essential oils fall into one of ten scent categories: Woody, Edible, Musky, Balsamic, Earthy, Floral, Spicy, Green, Fruity, and Citrus. The essential oil fragrances that we craft for our products span the gamut and include notes from each of the ten scent categories.

Because they come from natural sources, essential oils can vary from batch to batch. Moreover, they continue to mature and develop from the moment they are extracted to the moment we add them to our products.  We embrace this slight variability as a distinctive fingerprint that makes our products even more special and hope that you will too.

What’s your favorite essential oil? We’d love to know!