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.
Issac 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.
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-tar, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparabens, Propylparabens, 2. 2,5 Diamine Toluene Sulfate, Lead Acetate, Resorcinol 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.
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.
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.
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.
And here’s what you’ve been waiting for, My Organic Color Systems results:
You can see my previously brassy color in this picture.
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.
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