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A Hair Oasis in the Concrete Jungle: My Organic Color System at Yarok Beauty Kitchen Review and Experience

A couple of weeks ago I was searching for non-toxic hair dyes and I came across Organic Colour Systems (OCS), an ammonia-free hair coloring product available only in hair salons.  They provided me a list of salons that carry their colors in my area and I immediately recognized Yarok Beauty Kitchen (YBK) from a time that I purchased their products at an IBS Show and I gave them a call to partner for this post.

Mordechai Alvow (YBK’s owner) and Damian Daffara (Brand Manager) welcomed me into their literally hair kitchen, a clean,  sleek and relaxing salon where you can truly escape into peaceful and quiet place for some hair pampering.  Don’t think of it as a busy, loud and obnoxious place where you just want to be in and out, but rather a tranquil hair spa where clients get one on one personal attention from their stylist.  YBK  works by appointment only and there’s hardly ever more than two clients at a time. They pride themselves in taking care of you the moment you walk in, so there’s no waiting either.

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yarok beauty kitchen - Hair Color by Isaac Davidson using Organic Color SystemsIssac Davidson was my stylist.  I initially wanted an ecaille balayage but since my hair, though course, is naturally thin and has been so fragile in the past couple of months from mixing a henna color and detox powder the same day, I told him I was  completely open minded to whatever he wanted to do.  Issac opted to tone down my brassy grown out highlights, and for my look paired very subtle low lights with an ombre look. We chatted as he colored my hair and I was impressed to learn of his career in the beauty industry and he is a total sweetheart!  check out his website here and  Wigbar business here.

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I was very excited to try Organic Color Systems.  Ever since I found out that most hair dyes (anywhere) contain highly toxic ingredients that have been to linked to  fertility, allergies and immune system issues and in some instances to cancer I became obsessed with finding an alternative to dying my hair.  Some of those bad ingredients include  Ammonia, PPD,  Coal-tarDMDM HydantoinMethylparabensPropylparabens2. 2,5 Diamine Toluene Sulfate,  Lead AcetateResorcinol among others. While OCS is not completely chemical-free (that’s impossible) nor is it 100% natural, it does not have any of the following 5 toxic ingredients which to me is an improvement because it still managed to make my hair a few shades lighter without the bad stuff and offensive smell.

The real alternative to traditional dyes are Henna dyes, and by far the safest hair coloring available  in the market, however I once (not long ago) tried to use a blonde henna color to go a few shades lighter and that of course it didn’t work at all on my dark hair.  I love light hair and since I don’t dye my hair often OCS proved to be a good alternative for me. I hope the ombre and balayage looks are here to stay so that I can keep the dyes as away from my roots as much as possible.

yarok beauty kitchen - intimate salon dedicated to the YAROK lifestyle of organic, sustainable beauty. Here, Mordechai Alvow chats will Leslie of luckyseventen.com

While getting my hair done, Mordechai sat down to talk to me about his reasons for starting a hair salon committed to high quality organic and sustainable hair products.  He previously owned MOTY MOTY, a hair salon inside the upper east side’s Equinox Sports Club.  While he was in the process of going through healthier and greener lifestyle changes, Mordechai  started experimenting with fresh ingredients in his kitchen for his salon clients at the time.  His clients would just keep coming back to ask for more scalp treatments, they just couldn’t get enough of the amazing results they were getting from it.  In fact that’s what inspired him to start his own vegan hair line Yarok, which means green, and is made with organic and all-natural botanicals.  He later opened his second salon Yarok Beauty Kitchen to embrace this new lifestyle and is enjoying the same loyalty from his green-conscious high-end clients.

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Although I came in for a hair color I must admit I was intrigued and could not take my eyes off his famed scalp treatments! Yarok Beauty Kitchen is literally a hair kitchen, equipped with high quality exotic nut seed oils and essential oils with amazing beauty benefits.   When I saw the aloe vera leaf and avocado on the table I knew I would be right at home. Those are part of my weekly hair routine, because like Mordechai I also experiment with fresh ingredients at home.  But I have to admit fruit seed oils is something I have not played around with yet, nor have I used many of the exotic oils he carries. I didn’t try the scalp treatment this time for lack of time but I plan to make an appointment for that because certainly this salon elevates scalp treatments to a utopian level.

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YBK  is highly committed quality, so you can expect top notch local and imported exotic oils and natural ingredients.  Some of the interesting oils I spotted included with amazing hair benefits included: Broccoli Seed Oil (growth, strength, counter hair-loss); Black Currant Seed Oil (hair-loss prevention/ prevent thinning hair ); Black Cumin Seed Oil – used by Cleopatra– (hair-growth and prevents (poliosis) early graying); Marula Oil (scalp-health and growth); Apricot Kernel Oil (conditioning/norishing, moisturizing, growth); Kukui Oil (moisturizing) and Tomato Seed Oil (conditioning, restores dry/brittle hair). Scalp treatments area vailable a la cart or any of the curated mixtures.yarok beauty kitchen

And here’s what you’ve been waiting for, My Organic Color Systems results:

yarok beauty kitchen - YBK - Organic hair Systems Review

You can see my previously brassy color in this picture.

yarok beauty kitchen - Isaac Davidson  - Isaac Davidson Hair Stylist Yarok Beauty Kitchen is excited to introduce organic colorist and hair designer Isaac Davidson. After graduating from the Aveda Institute, Isaac moved to NYC where he began his path to alternative styling, starting with Hair Police salon and then apprenticing with one of Broadway's leading wigmakers. Although specializing in Hair extensions , Isaac continues to see clients for hair cut styling and color services. Isaac is devoted to organic practices and products using "The Organic Color System" Isaac has worked with renowned photographers including Steven Meisel, Jim Fiscus, and Terry Richardson, and has a client list featuring top fashion brands like Chanel, Bebe, and DKNY. He has designed custom wigs for shows and exhibits in renowned venues like Museum @ FIT, Hessel Museum of Art, and Brooklyn Art Museum. His television credits include RuPaul's Drag Race, America's Next Top Model, and MTV's "Made" series.
Issac Davidson, Organic Colorist and Hair Designer and myself
yarok beauty kitchen - Mordechai Alvow Hair Stylist Mordechai Alvow is an editorial stylist and the founder of Yarok Haircare, a budding, botanically-based line of restorative hair care. Brilliantly interpreting fashion and trends into uniquely fresh and wearable hairstyles. He has worked with scores of designers, advertisers, photographers and celebrities, his work gracing the pages of Allure, ELLE, InSTYLE, Marie Claire, New York Magazine and VOGUE. Mordechai's celebrity clients include Melania Trump, Naomi Watts and Vanessa Minnillo, to name a few, and his international runway experience includes Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui, and Yohji Yamamoto. He brings this runway influence to his salon clients through his technical mastery of cut and color.
Mordechai Alvow, Yarok Hair Products and Yarok Beauty Kitchen Owner and Stylist and myself

Thanks to Mordechai and his wonderful team for my color and allowing me to introduce you to this hair heaven.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

XO, Leslie

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LuckySevenTen’s 1 Year Blog Anniversary!

Can you believe It has  been 366 days since I registered luckyseventen.com  on wordpress? My very first blog post was published 364 days ago and just in time for #throwbackthrusday here’s my first Instagram photo:

I started my blog right after coming back from this cruise where I got engaged to the love of my life.  Since then, I got a new job where I am much happier, we bought a house in the Bronx and we set our destination wedding date to the beginning of next year.

If you are curious about why I started blogging, you can read more all about it here.

What I’ve Learn in this year of blogging: 
I built this blog from scratch, so I learned to do everything… from my finding my webhost, to choosing wordpress.org as a  blogging platform, to designing my logo and website to managing my google analytics and pretty much everything else.  I learned how to do most of it in one year.

Connections I’ve made with fellow bloggers:
I’ve interacted with some amazing bloggers including Pauline Cabrera and did a Blogger Spotlight Q&A on The Closet by Christie, my first collaboration.  I also received 20 inquiries via my contact me page from brands and bloggers requesting to work together.

Who I’ve worked with:
Minted.comWoodchucks Hard CiderMorroco MethodYarok HairCalvin Klein and more are in the works.

My favorite blogging secret weapons:
Canva for editing my blog images.
Evernote for writing my blog drafts.
Pocket for saving articles (or anything online) I want to be able to read when I have no internet connection.
Bloglovin to keep up with other blogs in one email.

Accomplishments:
You guys seem to be enjoying my blog and I couldn’t have asked for anything better than that.  Here are some stats:

About 1,700 -2,500 of you visit luckyseventen.com every month and each of you view approximately 2 blog posts every time you visit, an average of 6k-7k views per month.  During the month of January 51% of you guys came back to view more, however by June 75% of my visitors were here for the first time, which is awesome because that means that you are probably sharing this blog with your friends and helping luckyseventen.com is reaching new heights!

On Social Media…
@luckyseventen now has over 1 THOUSAND of you following on twitter, love ya! And it’s almost getting there on facebook and instagram.  If you enjoy my blog but are not following, please do!

Special Thanks:
I want to thank K. Hernandez-Aviles of Honey Shot Photography who took amazing shots of me at the NYBG for a beauty post not yet published (my twitter profile picture is one of them).  Thanks to Burt’s BeesEco BellaGressa Skin for sending me products to review, expect those on the blog soon.  And Giuseppe from Ornella Trattoria for inviting me to dinner in Queens.  Also AMIClubwear who recently reached out to me and sent me the lovely back dress I am wearing in this picture and other gifts.  And last but most definitely not the least, my fiance for supporting me in every way possible.

Goals for the next 6 months:
I will be mostly blogging about my destination wedding planning and our new home.  Expect some Latin recipes coming this way!  I also want to get a fun signature, make design improvements to the site as well as make it run faster.

An Anniversary Gift for You!
For the next 4 weeks I will be hosting a weekly giveaway so come back on Saturday, August 1st to enter to win:

Week 1:  Argan Shampoo and Silk 18 Conditioner from Maple Holistics Giveaway.

Week 2: $25 gift certificate from Amiclubwear.com Giveaway.

Week 3: $25 gift certificate from Morrocco Method Giveaway.

Week 4: It’s a surprise!

XO, Leslie

 


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