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Why the MADE IN ITALY or MADE IN SPAIN certification actually gives you peace of mind

Did you know that the European Union has banned more than 1 000 ingredients from use in cosmetics?

The FDA (in the USA) does not require companies to test cosmetic products for safety and do not approve products or ingredients before they go on the market. So mostly cosmetic companies may use any ingredient or raw material in their products without government review or approval. The US cosmetic industry polices itself through its Cosmetics Ingredient Review panel – which in >30 years has only declared 11 ingredients or chemical groups to be unsafe. These restrictions are, however, not binding on cosmetic companies.

The FDA has only prohibited a limited number of ingredients such as:

* Bithionol

* Chlorofluorocarbon propellants

* Chloroform

* Halogenated salicylanilides

* Methylene chloride

* Vinyl chloride

* Zirconium-containing complexes

* Prohibited cattle materials

By buying from reputable companies that falls under the jurisdiction of the European Union, you can have peace of mind that the ingredients have been strictly tested and approved not to be harmful. Furthermore, the EU disallows and inspects any form of testing on animals.

So where are you buying your cosmetics from?

References: FDA2005,2010 FDA2005 FDA2000a CIR2012 FDA2012 (www.ewg.org)

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When to use the No-Yellow vs the No-Yellow Light Blue

Although these two treatment ranges are very similar, the main difference is in the colour of the pigments contained in the products. The No-Yellow uses violet pigments to tone down yellow tones, for an ash violet effect. Inebrya added blue pigment to the No-Yellow Light Blue. So the latter uses violet & blue pigments to tone down yellow-orange tones, for an icy blue effect.

For an ashier look, and keeping the grey undertone the No-Yellow will be perfect for you, because the violet pigment is a more dominant pigment.   But if you want a more subtle Icy Blue Blonde the No-Yellow Light blue will be the go to product as it neutralizes unwanted tones, but will not stain the hair.

It is not a requirement that you use the shampoo and mask/conditioner together and you may opt to use them separately. But the combination of the two will have an improved result as the mask and conditioner magnify the effect of the shampoo.

You can use it every time you want to neutralise unwanted yellow or yellow-orange tones.  Find the frequency that works best for your hair.  If you do not have to use it every time, you can use it with a normal shampoo and conditioner.

If your hair is very porous, you may experience pigment overload that will reduce afterward through normal washing but you may have a purple or light blue undertone initially.

Some clients want to leave in the No-Yellow shampoo for longer than the advised 1 – 5 minutes to get an improved result.  However, this is not advised as the combination of ingredients have been tested for optimum results within the time frame advised.  However, the No-Yellow conditioner / mask may be left on for up to 10 minutes, so if you want to walk around the house with your anti-yellow on, opt for the conditioner / mask as it is softer on the hair as it contains nourishing and hydrating ingredients.

So to help you choose which range is better suited for your hair, we include a table to help you decide:

I want to maintain my natural grey hairNo-yellow Light Blue
I want to maintain my silver / ash cosmetic colourNo-yellow
I want my hair white, not greyNo-yellow Light Blue
I do not want to risk having purple hairNo-yellow Light Blue
I have lots of yellow undertones in my hairNo-yellow
I have more orange undertones in my hairNo-yellow Light Blue
I want a very strong pigmentNo-yellow

Both of these ranges nourishes and moisturises the hair to leave it soft and shiny for that perfect blonde you’ve always wanted. So it should really be the undertone and condition of your hair that determine which one to use.

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You probably have been using your shampoo and conditioner all wrong

Shampooing should be as easy as wet, lather, rinse, repeat. But what nobody tells you is that shampoo goes on the scalp and conditioner goes on the lengths and ends.

The correct way to shampoo is to wash only the first 5 cm of the hair at the scalp where sebaceous oils, sweat and dirt gather.  It really is not necessary to shampoo the lengths and ends of your hair as the shampoo that washes over the lengths and ends during rising should be sufficient to remove any dust, dirt and smog.  As a matter of fact, washing your lengths and ends will only remove essential moisture and natural oils, leading to dried out ends.

Shampoo is formulated to open up the cuticles to ensure proper cleansing. Leaving those cuticles open will be disastrous as precious moisture and colour will seep from the hair. That is where conditioner comes in. Conditioner tightly closes the cuticle to prevent moisture loss, fight frizz and to help with detangling. When conditioning, you should use sufficient conditioner to cover the lengths and ends to ensure proper closure of the cuticle over the entire hair shaft.

That is also why it is important to ALWAYS use a conditioner after shampooing.

Also for this same reason, it is difficult to understand why people would want to use two-in-one shampoo’s and conditioners. Are you closing or opening the cuticle? Are you cleansing or moisturising? I am sure the hair shaft is just as confused as I am.

As a result, on long hair, you would be using more conditioner than shampoo and your conditioner would be depleted first.  On short hair however, it would be a different story.

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How to beat the VAT increase

The VAT rate has been increased to 15% from 1 April. This means you will be paying 1% more on all your purchases from suppliers. That means 1% more on your stock, electricity, your salon rent … basically anything that you buy from a VAT vendor.

But it does not necessarily mean that you can increase your selling prices with 1% and you might have to absorb this if an increase will have a negative impact on the demand for your product or service.

Because we value you as our business partner, Nebeau has decided to absorb the additional 1% increase on our products and will not let the rate increase flow through to you. That means that we will be dropping our prices excluding VAT to ensure that our final price including VAT remains unchanged.

This is not just a once-off monthly special. This is what we will do from now on.

Just another way that we are helping you do better business.

For more information on what we offer, visit https://www.nebeau.co.za.