Here's what you loved this year

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With 2018 drawing to a close, it’s time to start compiling some Year End Lists. All of these items and everything else we sell* is 15% from now until the end of 2018!

*Except Halo products which are 5% off … and hurry, because the salon is closed from December 23rd-January 3rd as we celebrate the holidays.

Here’s what was hot at Morphic this year:

Top selling products -

At Morphic overall: Olaplex No. 3

While lightening hair weakens the natural disulfide bonds of the hair shaft, these treatments work to first repair those bonds, re-linking them (No. 1), then perfect them (No. 2) and finally to sustain this protective work at home, the pre-shampoo Olaplex No. 3 treatment. We believe in the power of Olaplex, and w’re so glad to have clients who are dedicated to the health and strength of their hair! (P.S. We also just started carrying the Olaplex shampoo (No. 4) and conditioner (No. 5)!)

Among Mishi’s clients: Olivia Garden NanoThermic Flex Boar Bristle Brush

This is a truly phenomenal brush. Ideal for straightening while you blow dry, the 100% boar bristles are gentle on the scalp and leave the hair feeling smooth and shiny. Plus it’s flexible curved shaped is like a hug for your head with every stroke.

Tee’s: Rene Furterer Complexe 5

Rene Furturer believes that healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp, and we couldn’t agree more! Complexe 5 is the perfect first step for most hair types. (See our recent Scalp blog post to see if it’s right for you!) Orange and lavender essential oils soothe and cleanse the scalp and increase circulation.

Hottest color services:

Color Touch Up

You love to keep your color fresh!

Full Balayage

More of you preferred the coverage of the hand-painted Full Balayage than any other highlight

Most added-on add on service:

The Royale

We understand. We love it too! The Royale - a toner/gloss, plus Olaplex and Pro-Fiber treatments - is at once truly decadent and completely necessary for maintaining the health of your hair through the highlighting process. Did you know you can earn a complementary Royale? Every service is worth its cost in service loyalty points. 1500 points earns you a complimentary Royale add-on.

Hottest selling new products:

AG Hair Balance + Boost

Though this shampoo-conditioner combination came into the salon mid-year, we’re still considering it new. Balance + Boost have literally flown off the shelves this year. These all-natural products come from AG Hair, who say so beautifully “While we look to magazines and runway shows for hair trends, it’s the (person) reading the magazine that we are drawn to and the effortless style we see on the street outside the show that truly fascinates us.”

Aquis Hair Turbans

Hot trend alert! These towels and turbans are ridiculously great, and every member of the Morphic staff has one at home. Using a proprietary fabric blend that absorbs water at a phenomenal rate, the Aquis turbans and towels cut drying time by 50%. Wicking away water faster means less water-logged hair lacking luster.

Most played music in salon:

Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae

This album blew our minds almost as much as the spectacular style that accompanied it. We played it for many of our clients, sang along, danced around, and booked our tickets to see Monae live. The album carries on the tradition of pop geniuses like Prince and David Bowie, and in fact Monae was collaborating with Prince on at least one track at the time of his death. Check out the amazing visual and sonic delight of “PYNK” below.

Downloading the Scalp Clinic Insights

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Downloading the Rene Furturer Scalp Clinic Insights

A few weeks ago, we had the good fortune of being joined in-salon by Rene Furterer education expert Shirley Tokuda. (Maybe you caught it on Twitch??) Shirley walked our clients through the clearest analysis of their scalp’s health that can be had, using a proprietary tool called a capilloscope, and then helped each person understand what products would solve their unique scalp problems. We want to share some of the general take-aways from the day, in case it applies to you as well.

Understanding your scalp

The key to healthy hair is a healthy scalp. But before you try to heal your scalp, it’s best to know what’s wrong with it! Shirley laid it out for us:

  • Oily = If you see oil before the end of the day/after waking up after washing, your scalp is oily. Complexe 5, which you can read more about below, helps clean the slate and work towards a more regulated scalp. Additionally, Curbicia purifying clay shampoo as a once a week treatment, provides more of a deep clean than the regular shampoo. 

  • Oily prone = If you see oil a day after washing, you have what’s called “oily prone” scalp. A regulating shampoo, such as RF’s Curbicia Lightness Regulating shampoo, is highly recommend. A regulated scalp is one that needs to be shampooed less frequently, which is better for the overall health of your hair. The Curbicia line is formulated to help minimize the need to shampoo with ongoing use. 

  • Regular = Seeing oil after 2-3 days is considered “regular” (there is no normal!). For you, RF has the gentle cleansing line, Naturia, for all hair types. The Naturia gentle balancing shampoo is great for leaving the hair soft, shiny, and bouncy, while still protecting the scalp’s moisture. Another great option here is the 5Sens line which is formulated for all hair types and leaves hair soft and shiny.

  • Dry = If your scalp is consistently dry but not overly itchy, this is a sign that the Complexe 5 oil treatment might be good for you. This pre-shampoo treatment is perfect for those in need of a good scalp detox. Using orange and lavender essential oils, Complexe 5 is specially formulated to cleanse, stimulate, and refresh your scalp.

  • Sensitive / severely dry = if your scalp is sensitive itchy or prone to eczema or the like, Shirley recommends you steer towards soothing products like RF’s Astera Freshness Fluid, which instantly soothes and cools irritated and itchy scalps while reducing inflammation. Astera incorporates Echinacea extract, which reduces inflammation and soothes the scalp, mint and eucalyptus essential oils to cool and calm your scalp while deeply cleaning, Vitamin A to encourages regeneration of cell tissue to promote healing and Vitamins E and F to protect the scalp. Following it up with regular use of Astera shampoo and conditioner helps your scalp work maintain less sensitivity overall.

  • Hair Loss = Did you know that addressing hair loss begins with the scalp? There are two kinds of hair loss: sudden (related to illness, childbirth, or high stress), and progressive (which tends to be hereditary). RF has products that address both of these, including a new line called Triphasic to address progressive loss. Check out the video below to see how it works.

Now what?

Knowledge is power. Find yourself on this spectrum and start towards healthier hair and scalp today. If you’ve read this far, you have earned a surprise 10% off discount code on any of our Rene Furterer products from now until December 15th. Simply mention the HEALTHYSCALPBLOG promo code when you check out, or call the salon to place a special order.

Morphic joins live-streaming site Twitch

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“Welcome to a community where millions of people and thousands of interests collide in a beautiful explosion of video games, pop culture, and conversation. With chat built into every stream, you don’t just watch on Twitch, you’re a part of the show. From classic tv show marathons to e-sports tournaments, if you can imagine it, it’s probably live on Twitch right now.”

Morphic is excitedly joining the masses on the latest Internet craze: Twitch. When Amazon bought the company in 2014, on the strength of its user base, most of the activity was people watching each other play video games. Gaming is still its primary activity, but creative (music, painting, sculpture and more) and IRL (in-real-life) communities have sprung up like wildfire.

Given that we love community, creativity and exploring the forward edges of culture, Twitch is a no-brainer for us. Morphic will go live a few times a week, sharing strategies and technique, and giving you a more regular glimpse into the salon you love. One of Twitch’s best features is the live chat room alongside the live video feed. You can ask questions, share ideas and be part of the conversation while the stream is happening.

Tune in to see: techniques for caring for your hair, proper blow drying for different kinds of hair, balayage strokes and processing, product reviews, educational how-to-care-for-your-hair moments, or just watch our talented stylists in action.

Find us here: twitch.tv/morphicbeauty
You can watch anytime, but if you want to interact you’ll need to create an account.

If you’re on Twitch too, comment below with your handle and we’ll follow you!

Rene Furterer Gives Back: The Pierre Fabre Foundation

We work hard to bring you products you can believe in. Yes, that means bringing you great hair, but it also means supporting social and political issues we care about. We are always in awe of the work by The Pierre Fabre Foundation—the French pharmaceutical company behind Rene Furterer. Check out their latest work supporting Dr. Denis Mukwege in the Democratic Republic of Congo:

  Dr. Denis Mukwege and Pierre-Yves Revol, Fondation Pierre Fabre's president

Dr. Denis Mukwege and Pierre-Yves Revol,
Fondation Pierre Fabre's president

"The South Kivu region in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been a conflict zone since 1999, where many armed groups are employing violent tactics with near impunity against the civilian population, particularly against women, using rape as a weapon of war. Dr Denis Mukwege, the founder of a centrally located hospital in this region, has devoted his life to saving female victims and denouncing sexual violence. The Fondation Pierre Fabre is going to support his work.

Dr Denis Mukwege is a surgical gynaecologist who is internationally renowned for his work in reconstructive surgery for victims of sexual violence in the DRC, a commitment that earned him the moniker “The Man Who Repairs Women”. In 1999, to provide treatment for the victims of sexual violence, he founded the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu that offers a full range of services (a holistic model or “one-stop treatment centre”), including medical, psychological, socio-economic and legal intervention. Since the hospital opened, it has treated nearly 50,000 victims of sexual violence.

A militant activist for women’s rights and the eradication of rape as a weapon of war, Dr Mukwege has received a plethora of international awards, including the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights, the 2013 Fondation Chirac Prize for Conflict Prevention and the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

Replicating the Panzi treatment model in a rural hospital in Bulenga

On 6 December 2017, before the Fondation Pierre Fabre Board of Directors, Dr Mukwege presented a project to replicate his model for comprehensive victim care at the hospital in Bulenga. This facility, located 165 kilometres from Panzi in another area affected by the conflict, has 62 beds and currently sees 1,800 patients a year, but lacks the human and material resources it needs. The Fondation Pierre Fabre will fund all activities related to providing medical care to the victims at this hospital for the next two years and will work with Dr Mukwege’s team to assess how this structure can be sustained.

The Fondation Pierre Fabre is proud to support the work of Dr Denis Mukwege in his daily fight to care for these female victims of violence. This project is another way in which the Foundation is taking action in accordance with its mission, which includes improving access to healthcare for populations embroiled in serious crises."

(quoted from Fondation Pierre Fabre)

 

Meet the newest Morphic team member: Annie!

You know we're looking to grow here at Morphic, and we are very choosy about who we bring in. The stars aligned and we found our new Salon Coordinator, Annie. Annie Bacon is a songwriter musician in the SF Bay Area (www.anniebacon.me). She aches for a more empathic humanity + her creativity orbits around this. She is also a long-time client and Morphic evangelist. We're so glad to have her on board. We know she'll help keep Morphic in tip-top shape while making you feel right at home. So, without further adieu, let's get to know our beloved Annie! 

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Tell us about your personal style. 
I use these three questions in determining what to buy or wear:

  1. Would I wear this in New York?
  2. Is it a little bit rock n roll?
  3. Am I a little bit emotionally uncomfortable (thus pushing the boundaries of my stylistically conservative upbringing)?

What’s a current fashion trend that you’re over?
Uggs. I don’t know how “in” they still are but my very fashionable 6-year-old son loves them and I’d really rather they disappeared.

How long have you lived in SF? How’d you get here.  
17 years in the Bay Area, 13 of that in SF. My best friend invited me to come with her after we graduated college in upstate New York. I wasn’t ready to make plans. My long-deceased grandfather came to me in a dream and said, “Go to California.” So I came.

Tell us your favorite things in SF.
There are too many to great restaurants to name! Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack stands out. Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, Bernal Hill, McLaren Park. SF MoMA. Music at Piano Fight & Bottom of the Hill.

How would you describe SF to someone new?
San Francisco is an epicurean delight, a bastion of culture, and the most beautiful city in America. For a long time, it’s been a place where anything feels possible. The promised land. The City also has a lot of vulnerable populations right now who suffer in the midst of massive disparity. Extraordinary times require extraordinary actions, so I challenge newcomers to think about how they can give back to the city—whether it’s time, money, ideas, energy, creativity, or art.

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Tell us about your hair. What’s your current inspiration?
For a long time it was a cross between Yolandi Vi$$er and young Jane Fonda - the result of which was a punk-rock mullet. I’m still feeling the short bangs, but the undercut has taken over and I’m enjoying being able to present vastly different styles of my hair depending on my up or down do.

Air dry or blow dry?
Air dry always.

What’s your current hair routine? Favorite products?
Wash every 2-3 days. Currently using Rene Furterer Okara light-activating leave in fluid since I recently started going blonde again. Comb daily. That’s it!

What’s your best hair tip?
Don’t cut it yourself! The price you pay at a salon like Morphic gives you not only a haircut that will continue to look incredible for weeks or months after as it grows out, but will also give you an infusion of confidence and nourish your sense of best self.

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You’re a musician. Tell us how that started.
Music started from the very beginning. I would listen in awe as my huge Irish-American family would burst into song with multiple harmonies and everyone knowing all the words. The feeling of that connection has stayed with me forever and I knew I wanted to create music that brought people together like that.

Who are your biggest musical influences?
Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, Pink Floyd, and 70’s soft rock.

What’s your biggest wish when people hear your music?
That they find something of themselves in the music - something that helps them feel seen/heard, a little less alone—or that they learn through the music to care about someone else in a way they didn’t before.

Best thing about this year?
After some deep work and a business model boot camp with my partner, I started to have a clearer sense of my music’s true purpose. When purpose and passion align, great things can happen! Morphic is a beautiful example of this, which is why I’m so happy to be working here.

Proudest moment recently?
My six-year-old son is developing a beautiful capacity for empathy. Watching him navigate the world over the last few months has made me so proud.

Best way to decompress?
Hot tub soak and a massage. But those are rare treats these days. Otherwise it’s music and sleep!

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Favorite word?
Isaiah. I don’t know why but I get a sense of peacefulness saying this name over and over. I don’t even know anyone with the name!

Favorite curse word?
Fuck!

Coolest thing you own?
A beautiful sunburst Les Paul guitar.

Last trip you took?
Nashville! I get there every couple of months for some music hustle.

Favorite place to visit in the world?
Although I love warm, sunny, beaches, I think if I could pick only one more trip in my life it would be to go back to Paris and wander the streets late at night in the rain.

Last music show you’ve attended?
Lots in the past few weeks! Geographer, Emily Afton, and Langhorne Slim stand out.

 

Thanks, Annie! It's always such a pleasure!