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Organika Tutorial: Mermaid Waves with the Cloud Nine Iron

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Today on the Organika Hair blog we’re looking at a new way to ‘mermaid wave’ your hair using the original Cloud Nine iron. This style is simple to achieve once you master the ‘up and down’ waving motion with your Cloud Nine iron. Unlike our previous tutorials, this style isn’t created by ‘curling’ the hair – instead you develop these elegant large waves by carefully sectioning the hair before moving the irons down the length of hair, changing direction as you go.

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Start strong by applying a mix of Caviar Seasilk Oil Gel (for sleekness and to seal the hair’s cuticle) and Bamboo Weightless Whipped Mousse (both of these products are available in-salon at Organika Hair). This glorious-smelling mousse is totally different to the 1980’s foamy, alcohol-based drying products you remember! It creates just the right about of ‘grip’ to your hair, readying it for this wavy mermaid style. Dry hair thoroughly using a Moroccanoil large barelled brush to smooth the cuticle – be careful not to overdry and damage the hair. Overdrying makes it have to add wave or shape to you hair.

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The sleekness of the mermaid wave comes from carefully ‘sectioning’ your hair – divide your hair cleanly into four – just like a hot cross bun! Use large clips.

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Start styling at the back quarter of your hair. Divide the ‘bottom’ square of the ‘hot cross bun’ into four to five horizontal sections. Take the bottom section and begin the ‘waving motion’ using your Cloud Nine iron. Moving slowly from top to bottom, drag the hair up and away from the scalp, neatly turning the iron 180 degrees  to define the ‘wave’. Turn the iron back around 180 degrees to begin the next shaped wave – continuing down the hair. As you reach the end of each piece of hair, curl the last wave under at the tips for a uniform look. Continue in all four sectioned areas, taking particular care to take diagonal sections of hair around the face to try and make the waves ‘mold’ to the natural curves of your face.

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Here is how the ‘mermaid waves’ look before being deftly brushed out. This sculpted style takes considerable brushing to bring into a uniform movement – so grab your trusty paddle-brush and Alterna Caviar Hairspray, and begin slowly brushing  and shaping the waves into place with your hands, spraying as you go.

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Voila! By using the Cloud Nine original iron and quality products, your hair will ‘remember’ this style for days to come – slowly softening and becoming more ‘undone’ and gorgeous. Try it out – post your pictures to the official Organika Hair Facebook page so we can see your handiwork!

Organika Tutorial: Cascade with Cloud 9 Waving Wand

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In today’s Organika Hair blog we show you how to use Cloud 9’s latest hair tool – the Waving Wand. The Waving Wand shares some similarities with its sibling tool the conical-shaped Wand. The look it creates, however is quite different – the Waving Wand offering rich and deep uniform waves and curls thanks to its unique shape. Here’s Organika Hair’s ‘step-by-step’ tutorial to creating a luxurious and expensive-looking cascade waves. All tools and products used in this tutorial are available at our Carlton and Elwood salons.

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Apply Bamboo 48 Hour Sustainable Volume Spray (enriched with maca root and bamboo) over your hair before blow-drying thoroughly (making sure to tip head upside down while drying to achieve maximum body and volume). This hero product gives your hair the extra ‘oompf’ it needs to last the distance.

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Turn on your Cloud Nine Waving Wand and select your heat setting. Our model has thick hair, so we chose the hottest setting to ensure the deepest ‘memory’ setting to the hair. Cloud Nine Waving Wands come with styling glove to protect your fingers from the intense heat – plus additional benefits including:

  • Korean Rock Mineral-embedded barrel, creating exceptional heat transfer and fast heat styling.
  • This ‘magic mineral’ creates a glide when styling which locks in moisture for infused gloss, finish and longevity.
  • Heat guard and clip stand for safety and resting wand when not in use.
  • Intelligent sleep technology that cools tools to box temperature if they have been turned on, but unused for 30 minutes.

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Section hair at back of head into six rough parts, wrapping hair around Waving Wand until heated through before pinning in place to cool. Ensure hair is all pinned in the same direction – this uniformity is key to the ‘cascade’ wave style. Once six back sections are completed, divide remaining hair roughly into equal portions and curl, pinning in place to cool completely.

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Once cool, unfurl pinned curls and wonder at the gorgeousness of your hair! Now is the time to be brave and get out your paddle brush – the essential element of the smooth, cascading wave style.

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As Organika Hair stylist Corey shows, hair styled with the Waving Wand can take strong brushing – the intense heat provided means a longer ‘memory’ of shape. Brush, brush,  brush! Brush your hair into the desired parting before smoothing into place with your hands.

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Polish your hair with luminous shine mist – a beautifully fragranced, lightly glistening spray which nourishes the hair while making it glimmer.

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Voila! Corey putting the final finishes on his Cascade Waves creation.

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Nourish Thyself

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How easy it is to put ‘you’ on hold. Whether it’s because of responsibilities at work, commitments to your loved family and friends – in the blink of an eye months can pass with little self-reflection or time to feed your spirit. Before you know it – you’re tired out and fed up. Stress and neglect (emotional and physical) show up on the surface of our bodies – lacklustre skin, lank hair, in grumpy little frownlines and in sometimes-snappy responses to those we care for. Today’s Organika Hair blog is a reminder to ‘Nourish Thyself’ – inspired by our Co-Director Sarah Di Iorio who is currently doing just that – resting and replenishing her energy on a far-flung beach in warm climes. Let us inspired you to prioritise your own health and needs.

Yes. Do this. You’ll be surprised to find that what makes you happy could be quite boring to others. It might involve staying home and reading or just ‘being’. Forget the external voices. Do more of what makes you happy.

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Go outside into the winter sunshine and invigorate your cells. Go away to sunnier shores for a week (or a weekend). New light, new sight, new start. Be a nudie rudie by the beach shore! Take care of your beautiful body and hair in the sunlight and saltspray. Make sure to protect your color with Alterna Bamboo Color Care UV+ Fade-Proof Fluide (find the Alterna range at your Organika Hair salon).

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And if you can’t get to the sun…. dream about it and dress for it. These ‘mati’ evil eyes are a traditional Greek, Italian and Ottoman adornment – protecting and watching over you. Find your own protection amulet at Samantha Wills or The Dark Horse Jewellery.

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Be with your girls. Or guys. Talk it through. Nourish thyself. Or at the very least, come in to Organika Hair where you can both talk and be pampered. Do you remember the last time you snorted with laughter catching up with mates?

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Go green. By drinking a fibre-rich and nutrient packed green smoothie each morning, you’ll be alkalinizing your body. It’s a little like filling the car up with petrol, giving your engine the best chance to run smoothly all day. You’ll notice a change in your emotional health and wellbeing too. We promise.

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On the beach or otherwise – style your hair in beautiful, natural, loose styles to reflect your newly found inner zen.

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A simple braid can be worked into a high-volume bun. Sand and sun is optional. Hold the style true with Bamboo.beachwaves

If you’re by the ocean, this all-nature wave enhancer will fit neatly next to your towel. Or, you can add salt to your warm water to make your own sea spray.