A Clean Touch is a Beautiful Touch

Salon Restore®  gives you the freedom to color with passion. And when hair color gets on your clothing, or your clients clothing, simply spray Salon Restore’s Miracle Dye and Ink Remover and the stain will wash out. It’s a special touch, a clean touch you might say, and an extra touch that you can offer your guests in the salon.

Miracle-Dye-Ink-Remover-for-Clothing-and-FabricAnd if color gets on the floor, on counter tops, or on furniture or sinks, try Salon Restore Quick Shot – the original – and easily remove hair color stains. In fact you can use Salon Restore to remover color, ink, dye, markers, red wine stains, blood, juice drink, drink mixes like Kool Aid*, and even for sticky adhesive and price striker residue – it get’s all that stuff out!

And because Salon Restore®  is Bleach-Free and Alcohol-Free it’s safe to use on colors and patterns; simply spray Salon Restore and then the next time you wash the stain will come out. Even if the stain is not fresh you can still get it out!

You touch every client with passion, now you can touch every client with CLEAN.

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Blood Stain Removal

Blood Stain Removal

For new or old blood stain removal, Salon Restore is simply amazing. Blood Stains start to fade on contact. And for Ink Stain Removal, Juice Stain Removal, and Red Wine Stain Removal, Salon Restore’s bleach free and alcohol free formula is perfect since you can use it on colors and patterns.

Blood Stain Removal Directions: Spray Salon Restore Quick Shot, or Salon Restore Miracle Dye&Ink Remover and watch as the blood stain removing magic starts to happen! Blood Stains will start to turn to a greenish color and then start to fade. Let Salon Restore work until Blood Stain Removal has occurred – between 15 – 30 minutes – and then wash with hot water and laundry detergent. Salon Restore works on fresh blood stains and on old blood stains alike!

Ink Stain Removal Directions: Spray the garment or fabric with generous amounts of Salon Restore Quick Shot or Salon Restore Miracle Dye & Ink Remover from the front and if possible from the back and let product dry. Spray again, and again let dry. Then wash with detergent on hottest water setting possible (always consult the fabric care label and do not use hotter water temperatures than suggested). After washing, inspect to see if Ink Stain Removal has occurred to the degree that you want. If you still see the stain DO NOT DRY as the dryer will set the stain. Re-Apply Salon Restore again, let dry, and reapply once more before washing again with detergent.

Juice Stain Removal is quick and easy too! Simply follow the same directions for Blood Stain Removal and grape juice stains, as well as red wine stains can be safely washed away.

How can Salon Restore work so well? Simple! Salon Restore is formulated for the toughest salon dye stains. In the professional salon, salon dye stains are a constant aggravation. The revolutionary professional stain removing power of Salon Restore makes it easy to remove salon dye stains, and it works like magic on old blood stains for blood stain removal, for ink stain removal, and for the removal of juice stains, wine stains, and many other stains too!

Need the power of Salon Restore when you’re on the go? Try Salon Restore Miracle Dye & Ink Remover for clothing and fabrics. This handy 4 oz. size is perfect at work, in the car, camping, or wherever you find yourself.
Salon Restore is one if the most unique and best new salon products online and salon products anywhere. And now you can have that professional stain removing power anytime you need it.

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Living in Color, By Matthew Sco

As a long time colorist, color educator, and now as the manufacturer of Salon Restore® Brand Salon Cleaning Products,  I love to share some of the best tips that helped me to achieve my dreams. I share those tips with you now
Q: “Why do the older stylists say that Filling is ‘complicated’ but they never really explain it to me? Rebecca B. , Sacremento, CA.”

A:  You know what Rebecca, they told me the same thing! I came to believe that the reason they never explained Filling is because they didn’t really understand it themselves. So I’ll tell you, and it’s very simple. Filling is simply replacing the missing underlying pigment. And there are only two times you perform a Filler, either 1: when you are coloring the hair three levels or more darker, or 2: When the hair keeps fading and won’t hold color. But don’t worry too much about example number 2 as the Demi-Permanent color lines of today can refresh the hair in a snap and minimize fading completely (my favorites include VeroChrome Creme Demi and the new Lumishine Liquid Demi). So, when a client comes in and say they are a level 9 or 10 blonde shade and they want to  go to a level 6 or darker. I would suggest first trying a Demi color so they can see what it looks and feels like to be darker and if they don’t like it you can let it fade out, shampoo with clarifying shampoo, and High Light right through it … And Demi Color typically doesn’t need a filler so as long as your formula is “rich” with warmth (gold, copper, or red) you can get good results. But let’s say you’ve already done that and they love being darker and want to be darker permanently. Once you Fill and Color the client permanently you and your client must understand that it will be permanent and not easily changed. As for the formula and technique, consult your color brand, but the general rule of thumb is to replace the underlying pigment of the level you want to go to, or one level lighter – the reason to aim one level lighter is to avoid the hair looking overly red or copper. So, if you want to Fill and Color and client to level 6, you will want to create an Orange Filler, Orange being the underlying pigment of level 7 (remember, think one level lighter than your target for the filler… if are going to a level 6 then you want to replace the underlying pigment of level 7 which is Orange, if your target is 5 you would use Red-Orange,  and if you want level 4 or darker, you generally use Red) When using Permanent color for the tint back, I like to use Permanent color for the filler too, as the dye molecules will better be able to lock in and work with each other.  Demi lines like to tell you that you can fill with them, and you could, but I suggest permanent color is the right choice. Mix your Filler formula with a 5 vol (if you don’t have a 5 vol. you may mix 10 vol. in equal parts with something like Joico’s H.K.P Protein Spray or another Protein or Porosity Equalizer). Important: Filler is not color, so don’t apply it like color. Apply the Filler formula thin and evenly, and then take a dry towel and blot off the excess – you want it to be so thin that in about 10 minutes the Filler feels dry on the hair. After that 10 minutes, you then apply your target color formula right on top – no real need to shampoo- just layer color on top of Filler and then process per normal timing for your color. And that’s it! Easy? Yes. I hope that helps and I thank you for your question!


Red Wine Stains – The Salon Restore Secret!

Need an effective Red Wine Stain Remover? The Salon Restore secret is out!
Salon Restore Is an amazing stain remover for clothing, fabric, carpet, furniture, floors, or anywhere where you need powerful stain relief. The Professional Stain Removing Power of Salon Restore is powerful enough to get out even the toughest hair color stains, and it also gets out many other common stains too. Use Salon Restore on Grape Juice Stains, Blood Stains, Pen Ink and Sharpie Marker Stains and more. And because Salon Restore is bleach free and alcohol free it’s safe on colors and patterns. No bleach smell, no bleach hassle.

“The Wine Stain was over a YEAR OLD and it came right out of my sweater; I couldn’t believe it! Thank You Salon Restore!!” -Zack Bowen, Chicago, IL

Need the power of Salon Restore when you’re on the go? Try Salon Restore Miracle Dye & Ink Remover for clothing and fabrics. This handy 4 oz. size is perfect at work, in the car, camping, or wherever you find yourself on-the-go!

Salon Restore is one if the most unique and best new salon products. And now you can have that professional stain removing power anytime you need it.
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Spray the stain with Salon Restore as soon as you can. Don’t worry if the stain is dry or if the stain is not fresh. For older or tougher stains, spray Salon Restore and use the coarse side of a sponge to work the stain back and forth. Then wash with the hottest water possible. DO NOT DRY (Heat from the dryer can “set” the stain so don’t dry until the stain is all out) If after washing you still see the stain, re-apply Salon Restore, scrub and wash it again.


ABS is finally here and it’s the LONG awaited launch of my new product! Three years in the making, SalonRestore is launching tomorrow.

I was at The McCormick Place Convention Center today with my distributor rep. Bill Coleman, owner of TempleClean, LLC. My product will be featured at his booth (booth # 3941 btw!) and I’ve got a nice little display, Keynote presentaion that will loop, and a big QR code where attendees can scan and enter to win a free bottle of .

See you at the show!!!

Update on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 07:39PM by Registered CommenterWelcome to Salon Restore!
Ah… the post-show glow! I’m sitting here at my desk just thinking about all the inaspiring and amazing things that were ABS America’s Beauty Show this past weekend in Chicago. The Stylist Choice awards, the Student Competition, the Web-Casts, the product launches, the hair extensions and line extensions, credit extensions, and, did I mention “HAIR EXTENSIONS”?! I’m thinking that there must be some very bald people somewhere in the world right now wearing t-shirs that read “sold hair for beauty purposes”. And to those wearing that hair, I say if you own it, then yes it is YOUR hair, fair and square.

Onward to the Stars!! As always we were dazzled by Kris Sorbie, Beth Minardi, autographs with Tabatha, clipper cuts with Ivan, and drinks with (sorry – I promised that I wouldn’t say, but you know who you are!). I mean, is it a show withOUT the stars – I think not.

As I sit here, humongous show bags by my side, I absolutly cannot wait for tomorrow to come so I can take all my new finds to the salon and try them out. I hope you are as excited as I am. Bye for now and as always, Peace, Love, and Keep it Clean,


The ever-changing Uptown neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side has just treated us to another high. Newly expanded Spoil Me Salon & Spa, located at 4668 N. Broadway, gives the area a much deserved turn for the swanky! Owner Adel is an extraordinary stylist with great taste, wonderful customer care skills, and a flair for the fabulous. Obviously, I was thrilled to receive an invite to the grand opening of her expanded and newly remodeled space. Working with design experts headed up by MiLo Design Studio, the salon and spa take up an impressive TWO store spaces including the much sought after corner space with chic corner entrance. The space manages to straddle that fine line between modern and fabulous and yet is still very comfortable and inviting. The new spa-side takes the style of the salon-side, with its funky chandeliers and exposed cool light compact fluorescent bulbs, and brings it into sheer elegance with colors and textiles that makes you want to put on one of their fluffy robes and sip a mamosa whilst cucumber slices adorn the eyes. The pedicure thrones are fit for the prince-or-princess and a large patterned overstuff sofa beckons you to grab your kindle and breathe deep spa-breaths of relaxation. I was also very impressed with the spacious massage room, the esthetics room, and the waxing room, not to mention the to-die-for private shower suite with river-stone floor, stacks of fluffy towels, and more lounge space so you can sit down to lovingly blot your gorgeous hair. But hey, why blot your own hair when you could finish up your skin or body care with a great cut and style. And, there’s a full line of TiGi cosmetics, which have long been a leader in professional beauty makeup, so you can look – and feel – like a pampered Hollywood star by the time you walk out. Adel, I wish you many wonderful years… thank you for bringing your amazing brand of style to Uptown! Success to you always darling!!


Remember the commercial for Neutrogena shampoo… you don’t use it every day but, as I recall, once a week or every once-in-a-while to get rid of certain types of build-up in the hair. The claim was that after using the shampoo you could go back to your favorite shampoo and it would work better.

This is precisely how I feel about bleach. For daily use, I use Salon Restore. It smells great and won’t alarm the clients that “cleaning products’ are being used – it’s pure magic after you take down that vivid red, or deep grey-coverage dark brown that leaves the shampoo bowl looking so horrid. And then at the end of the night, I give the sink and back bar a nice douse of Salon Restore and let the Stay Active Technology do its’ magic. But don’t get me wrong, I do use occassionally use bleach! About every other week I spray a bleach cleaner on the sink and I think of it in much the same way as that memorable shampoo ad. To me, bleach is the “something different” cleaner, ensuring me that Salon Restore is doing its best job in the days and weeks inbetween.


In 2003, while under contract with the San Diego based media and product development company that purchased the rights to my electric round brush, I thought it would be “fun” to keep on creating – the more the better. And while contemplating all that I wanted to (concisely) say about dry shampoo’s – which I LOVE – I thought back to my presentation that I called “Necessity Becomes Luxury”. Trite? Sure. But filled with some great stuff? Looking back on it all these years later – YES. I say that because many of the imagined products and product concepts have come to life, which is a very encouraging thing for a product developer. Not that I want someone else to “steal” away a great idea of mine, but it reminds me that the things I come up with are things that companies develop, sell, and that people do want, and that encourages me to keep on moving forward. I turn back to the pages of NCB now, along with some new fave’s, to bring you the following entry:

As a stylist, I love to see gorgeous blown-out hair. But the work that goes into that takes both time and effort. So why, after all that arm pulling and blow-dryer balancing, would you want to wet the hair and ruin all that work just because there is a little dirt and oil? Dry Shampoo’s are magic for just this purpose. Now, people who remember the product Psssssst! will remember a very basic spray-powder that was used for camping, sleep-overs, and other ‘water un-available’ purposes. The idea was great but powder floating out of your hair throughout the day was not. A few other ahead-of-their-time products came and went, most notably: Algemarin Dry Shampoo, Sebastian Dry Clean Only, Klorane Dry Shampoo powder, and Batiste Dry Shampoo. Some of these products are still made, some aren’t, and some of the companies that once made them now make others – a quick Google search will tell you more than I can ever hope to link to here! :)

I’m happy to say that time has been kind to dry shampoos, mainly because of new technologies and new formulas. Invisible corn, and other, starches have taken the place of talc, along with awesome new fragrances and smart packaging. My new faves include Shuga Leave-In Shampoo and Brocato Big Easy Volumizing Dry Shampoo – both are aerosol. Shuga makes a sweet little travel size with a firm cap because yes, accidentally deploying a bottle of this stuff in your luggage would be a waste and probably a bit of a mess. As a reward for reading thus far, I will reward you with my absolute favorite, not only as a stylist, but also as someone who doesn’t like to over shampoo but who is, myself, very oily naturally, and a product lover to boot. The one that I reach for most often is Keratin Complex Volumizing Dry Shampoo Lift Powder. This stuff is the best. it’s non-aerosol and has a built-in brush. You simply extend the brush and give it a shake, allowing the shampoo to move from the lower container straight up and through the brush. Then you simply brush your head, your hair, even your hairline. The super fine powder instantly vanishes and your hair looks and feels CLEAN. And did I mention the scent? Oh my! It’s smells sh-amazing!! What’s more? The bottom chamber which holds the space-age product is clear, so you can see when you are low, and every box comes with… wait for it… a SECOND full container of the stuff, so when you run out you simply snap-on a whole new container of product and keep right on cleaning. It’s small size can be taken anywhere, so you can use it whenever you need it. The original white has NEVER gone powdery on my hair but they now also offer not only the neutral powder but also one for blondes and one for brunettes.

The bottom line is that you should always use what you love and ask a professional stylist before you drop any large amount of money. Also, ask if there is a return or exchange policy just in case. Everyone has different needs, wants, and preferences and I’d love to hear if you have a favorite dry cleanser that I have not mentioned!


I’ve been a bit troubled about all the “organic” talk that goes on in the industry, and there seems to be more all the time. For those who really work within the guidelines of producing organic products I do know that this is not only a real thing but also challenging to do. Organic farmers are subject to both Federal and State guidelines as well as on-the-spot inspections and rigorous paperwork for the government. To go one step further I’d like to define “Organic” as I know it to be: things grown that are free from chemical pesticides, both during the growing and after when the crop is ready for market.

With those things said, is it truly possible that we have so many organic products? I mean, it’s tough to create organic products, and in the beauty industry where we apply topical products, as opposed to eat them, is it even important for products to be organic? Going further, when a product says that it is organic, are they saying that it is 100% organic (this is what it seems that clients think) or are they saying that it “contains” some amount of organic materials blended into other ingredients that are NOT organic (this is more how it seems to me). And if the latter is true, then is it fair to say that the product is organic in the way that the grocery store or farmers market has to really go to a lot of work to say that something is organic. I don’t think it would be fair to put a few drops of organic material into hundreds of gallons of mixed product and then play up “Organic” on the label. Sure it contains organic something-or-other, but that’s a lot different than the totality of the product being an organic product.

Myself, I am very into reducing, recycling, free range, and supporting brands and companies that give to their communities or to charity (or both!). I am a bit less into organic since, to me, this does NOT mean that pesticides are not used, it just means that CHEMICAL pesticides are not used. I’m happy to try organic foods and learn about why they are good for me. Still I feel rather unsettled about talking to my clients about their need for organic shampoo. I’m just not quite sold on the whole thing.



I’m from the old guard. Long Beach in the winter and New York in the spring. Other hair and beauty shows were in “smaller markets” (excuse the industry lingo there) like Dallas, Seattle, and Atlanta.

But after this past weekend in Orlando, I am here to officially change my tune. THIS – The Premier Orlando Show, aptly named “International Beauty Event” has it all – exhibitors large and small; they are all here. The best, the biggest, the newest, the freshest, the hottest, and the coolest… and every degree inbetween said hot and cool. And my personal fave, tiny town – you know, those smaller booths on the fringes showing off their wares, some for the very first time.

I was truly wowed almost every moment, from Mary Rector Gamble speaking so movingly about the loss of industry icon Vidal Sassoon – thank you Mary for those moving words. And then WHAT, if anything, can be written about the RAW event! WOW! BehindTheChair.Com orchestrated 7 teams, all made up of professional stylists under the age of 30, with each team having an experienced mentor to guide them. Thier task? To create the best on-stage hair performance ever. Sounds simple? Not. Everything from the hair, makeup, costuming, blocking, and choreography, had to come from the team with the mentor only there to bring about the creativity and cohesiveness of each team. They also had to present a 90 second video about their journey in the creation of their presentation. And if that’s not enough? They had celebrity stylist Ken paves, magazine cover royalty Garren, and Oprah producer extraordinarre Ellen Rakieten. And did they have questions! The teams had to stand before AND after each performance and explain any, and everything. And of course the evening could not be complete without the good graces of Tabatha Coffey, who to me, is such a star for our industry because she’s shown the world what it is to BE a hairdresser.

And education was in focus for sure. Large, well appointed and deluxe conference classrooms adorned the massive halls of the Orange County Convention Center and there was much to choose from. I also do NOT want to miss telling you that while this massive beautry event was going on there was also Premiere DAYSPA and Spa Business Forum going on concurrently and your one pass got you into both. A separate floor map made it easy to navigate it all.

I guess, as someone who recalls how “hair shows” used to be, and how they could all kind of seem a bit stuck in the same-ness of it all I am absolutely floored and impressed with every aspect of this show. And Yes, I myself am on the show floor for the entirety of the show so I am not just popping in and saying “oh la la”- no. This show was a joy to work, to attend, and most of all to experience.


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