One of the most difficult decisions in opening Royal Oak was deciding on which product lines to carry in the shop. I have worked with some of the industry bests, Aveda, Kerastas, Wella, Schwarzkopf and most recently REF. I knew that I wanted this salon to have the best and most complete product line but that was also as environmentally friendly as possible.
EASY ON THE EYES AND ON THE CONSCIENCE
I first discovered Kevin.Murphy while I was working in London, mostly because of the beautiful package design and the brand´s stance on environmental responsibility. The bottles are beautiful to look at, each bottle is a slightly different shade of color, and they shy away from the industry standard round bottle. 100% of their plastic bottles come from recycled ocean plastic. That policy finds its way inside the bottle too. When looking for ingredientes they try to find farmers that utilize micro-cultivation, organic growing practices or ecologically sound wild harvesting techniques to make sure their products are the most natural products possible.
Apart from being beautiful to look at and beautiful for the environment, they had to be, first and foremost, great products that perform the way they are marketed to. There’s no point in having a beautiful, environmentally friendly product line that doesn’t work. Once I got my hands on the products I realized immediately that there was something different here.
SKINCARE FOR YOUR HAIR
The products were created with the same philosophy as skin care, creating light weight products that work and last. You can feel the moisturizing products absorb into the hair, the volume products are weightless and the styling products can be applied on top of each other without that “product overload” feeling. The company tries to find the best natural ingredients, like moisturizing properties of the baobab tree and mango, and rich antioxidants from the lotus flower.
I love all of the products, but I think so far my favorite products have to be, in no uncertain order, UN.TANGLED, an amazing lightweight leave-in conditioner. It is a moisturizer, detangler, and heat protector, which is great for everyday use. I also love the HYDRATE.ME line of products for my clients who have those dry ends, and it smells incredible. For my Curly haired girls who feel they have dry brittle hair, I love the RE.STORE restoring cleansing treatment, it helps to repair very dry hair, while also cleansing the hair without stripping any essential oils.
For the guys I am loving NIGHT.RIDER maximum hold texture paste. It is maximum hold, but does not create stiff hair, it holds the hair in place while also being long lasting. At the end of the day, you can still run your hands through your hair, put it in place, and it will stay without feeling like you have loads of product in your hair.