Organic Color Oway

As a certified organic hair colorist and educator, with confidence, I say go organic! Don’t be fooled into thinking you won’t get the right hair color.

As a colorist, I found a company I truly believe in. OWAY.

Not only do I enjoy the amazing cool color palette, but but the warm and rich reds tones light up a room. The blondes are forever and the browns are deep and glossy.

So many of us are unnecessarily putting our health to the test with harsh chemicals. The PPD’s, Resorcinol and Ammonia in hair coloring that color companies just love to use to meet their bottom lines are poisoning us. These companies are willing to do the most creative marketing to distract and never let their dirty secret out.

Companies are subjecting you to these carcinogenic poisons daily. As a certified organic hair colorist, I learned years ago that paying a little more, pays off for you and me.  I didn’t need to be subjected to those toxins either.

Organic Salon Products

Organic Way (Oway) is the world’s first professional organic hair color. It’s also a care and styling line with biodynamic, organic and fair trade ingredients.

Their green chemists hand select the highest quality formulations to achieve professional results without the use of common salon toxins.

Oway lets me immerse my clients in a multi-sensorial, non-toxic salon experience with active botanicals and pure essential oils.

From Farm to Chair

Oway’s organic salon products take root their family’s biodynamic farms in Bologna, Italy – where Italian quality meets nature.

Oway insiders call it OrtOfficina.

They grow, pick and distill pure organic extracts, essential oils and hydrolates with zero chemicals, in accordance with biodynamic farming standards.

So the next time you color your hair, think twice about whether of not your colorist is certified in organic color. Think again about what they’re subjecting you to.
In a world where regulations have been lifted, an a free market dictates what you use, educate yourself and use OWAY.
MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks
(818) 783-0084


à la mode hair color

Do you consider yourself a hipster trending the latest in fashion but just can’t find the right hairstylist for some à la mode hair coloring? Is your color a bit dull and  just needs the right touch of coloring to compliment your individual style?

Well, when visiting the salon for the fist time, make sure you dress the part. Dressing the part will send the clear message of what your hair colorist or stylist needs to cue off.

Here’s a perfect example of some à la modeI hair coloring.  Using the balayage technique, I threw some shimmering lights into Clark Kent’s hair to create the Superman à la mode look in hair coloring.

À LA MODE HAIR can change the way you see yourself or, at the least, bring out the hipster in you once again.

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks CA

(818) 783-0084

Hair Color

Ammonia Free





thick curly hair with an undercut

Do you have really coarse thick curly hair you just don’t know what to do with? Have you ever wondered what to do with your big bushy sides. What about a short trendy undercut? What is an undercut?

From cutting the under parts of the sides of your thick hair and the underside of the back of your hair, leaving the hair in the crown long to hang over.

Recently a client asked what she could wear to achieve a look that might give her a trendier edge with all her thick hair. So, I explained that an undercut leaving the top floppy to hangover and letting go of her thick sides would give her many different looks and less grief with her thick unruly hair. She agreed, and so we moved forward.

First I started by changing her base color a few shades lighter than her natural  before highlighting so the two shades would blend.

Next we cut all of that thick unmanageable hair underneath. We then decided to leave her with the wet look with a BodyWealth Frap for a more sleek edge.

NO MORE THICK UNSATISFYING HAIR! Next we’ll do a keratin treatment to loosen up that curl and bring smooth hair back into her life.


Needless to say, Nadia’s thick unmanageable hair looked absolutely beautiful when we were through. I can’t wait to hear about all the other looks she’ll be able to sport with this new short haircut.

Check it out!

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks
(818) 783-0084

More Blondes






Salons in Sherman Oaks does a blonde on blond

Recently a very kind but sheepish lady called me in a panic about her mousy gray hair. Looking for a hair colorist in Sherman Oaks, she happened to come across me on the web.

Very anxious, Heather needed someone to comfort her through her big hair move and have me explain to her what color and style would compliment her age, skin and hair.  She began by saying “This was for her only daughters wedding in Malibu and was very nervous.” I loved it when the stakes are high!

I began by talking to Heather about the options for the color and style. Based on her skin tone and what her hair color was like in her youth, she and I agreed that she needed a base that wasn’t too dark. Heather was a towhead as a child, and that’s always a good indication what the base color we start with should be.

I felt, she also needed to break up her new base with some shimmering highlights. A Blonde on on lighter base shade of blonde.

Heather and I  were very pleased with the final result of her hair.

I just wanted to say thank you Heather, for googling hair color salon in Sherman Oaks and coming across me.

After many years of coloring and styling hair, it still brings me joy to make the ladies feel young and sexy all over again.

Very grateful!


MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks CA

(818) 783-0084

Hair Color Expert

Red Colorist

Color Correction



red hair color

Red hair color is the trickiest of all color, but I LOVE IT!

In the 70’s and 80’s red dyes became the BIG SCARE.  The red dye industry scrambled very quickly to find out how to reorganize their compounds since the rumor red dye might be causing cancer.

Remember when they pulled out the red m&ms, or the red cool aide? Well, the same went for red hair dyes.

Since then, reds have never been the same. Red hair color has  improved considerably in the last 10 years. Red heads and blondes are my most favorite to work with in the salon. Reds and blondes have so many nuances colors, their are hundreds of shades in the spectrum. Red Hair coloring is my most lovable challenge,  next to blonde hair which can vary widely as well.

Red hair color can be a blue base, and orange base or even a pink base and in density levels.

I like matching red hair next  to a persons skin undertone, color of eyes and even what their racial heritage may be.

Check out this redhead client who started out with about 70% gray hair and 30% of her mousy brown.

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks CA
(818) 783-0084




What’s first, keratin or color?

Some might say the keratin locks in the color, so the color should come first.

I always individualize the treatments based on the persons personal needs and hair. Most times, the order doesn’t really matter.  I usually like my clients to have their color done about two weeks after their keratin treatment. The reason,  because often the keratin treatment might lighten the hair color a few shades. Sometimes, If the client wants to lock in the color, the keratin treatment will do just that.

So what’s first, the keratin or the color?

I will also try and get my clients to wait at least a week before getting the color done after the keratin treatment. The keratin will sometime serve as a barrier to the color. If you’re trying to cover your gray, It might be more difficult. It always helps when the keratin has washed off the hair a few weeks for better coverage.

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks

(818) 783-0084

Before and Afters

Keratin and Formaldehyde



Hair coloring that's ammonia free, cruelty free, resorcinol free and organic

Last year I jumped on board with a hair color company I fell in love with. Among other things, I found that Oway was cruelty free.  The coloring system that’s not only cruelty free hair color, but PPD free, resorcinol free,  and ammonia free. What more can a hair colorist ask for?

At first I was was skeptical about OWAY and  how effective it was, but now I’m sold.

Cruelty free hair color? Who would have thought that there was such a thing. Well, the truth is this luxury line is not only cruelty free, but a step above organic. Oway is considered green in the fact it believes in rigorous safety testing and is cruelty free hair color as well as ethical purchasing and sustainable.

This cruelty free hair color is also ethical in the sense it partners with 800+ verified  Fair Trade networks. Oway chooses 100% infinitely recyclable materials, minimum design, and eco-friendly manufacturing methods for all their products.

CØR the permanent color system, follows the  cruelty free hair color tradition.

All Oway’s products are 100% cruelty-free, as certified by PETA. 80% of Oway’s line is vegan-friendly.


Oway, organic hair colorist, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles

For the finest luxury line organic hair color call MJ Hair Designs!

1.    It has ZERO Ammonia, Resorcinol, and PPD.

O&M is one of the first ORGANIC HAIR COLORING lines to exclude Ammonia, Resorcinol, and PPD’S.

CØR.COLOR stays true to that commitment and uses very minimal levels of MEA, PTDS, and 2-Methylresorcinol or 4-Chlororesorcinol – much gentler, safer, and kinder to the HAIR, client, and environment.

O&M is serious about low-chemical solutions for today’s conscious salon clients and committed hair stylists.

2.    It’s gluten and soy-free!

We’ve kept the common hair color allergens out of our formula – then we removed some more! CØR.color’s formula contains zero gluten and soy so more clients can safely experience and enjoy a hair color session without the itching and tingling.

3.    It comes in 102 beautiful shades.

From cool to neutral naturals to stunningly vibrant copper and violet hair colors, there’s more than 100 shades to mix to your hearts content (plus a new 0.00 Clear)! View the entire CØR.color shade range here.

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks
(818) 783-0084







No Ammonia Highlights, MJ Hair Designs

Have you ever seen someone with highlights you just loved? Are highlights something you’ve always wanted.  Have you worried they might damage you’re hair? Well, worry no more!

Say hello to your new beautiful highlights. Say goodbye to ammonia!

Uniquely Oway Hbleach is the first-ever ammonia-free cream lightener infused with three pure essential oils.  Likewise, nourishing your hair  with Fukui Butter, and it’s gentle and completely effective. MJ Hair Designs will create beautiful, no ammonia highlights, with Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener. Finally the one and only proprietary formula that’s a  no ammonia high lightener.

Oway no ammonia Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener is MJ Hair Designs choice for highlights not to mention balayage and on the scalp lightening. 


Not only is Oway Hbleach is the first-ever ammonia-free cream lightener, but it’s Hbleach is infused with three pure essential oils and nourishing Kukui Butter. Gentle and versatile, it will create beautiful no ammonia highlights.

Moreover, Hbleach Butter Cream Lightener is proprietary.  It’s also the one and only no ammonia formula that will keep the integrity of your hair intact. 

Get your no ammonia highlights today.

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks 

(818) 783-0084




Crochet Coloring




Hair color expert and specialist

Have you ever been reluctant to call a salon or a hair color expert to get your hair colored?

Maybe you thought you might not fit in, or the salon could be pretentious but you  wanted a good colorist to get your color right.  Well, Michael at MJ Hair Designs is the guy for you.

Michael a hair color expert will not only make you feel at ease, but do an exceptionally good job with your color. Not only will he make sure the color fits you and your skin tone, but will consider your lifestyle. Michael will also consider your level of maintenance comfort and help you with your choice.

Michael Joseph of MJ Hair Designs is one of the best hair color experts  operating in Los Angeles today!

Whether it be a temporary color to introduce you to the world of color, or a permanent color to cover those age old roots shining upfront for all to see. MJ Hair Designs will greet you at the door and see you off in luxury.

Hair color expert Michael is using only the best of the best products. Using ammonia free, PPD free and resorcinol free color, he will make sure your hair still feels and looks amazing.

Hair color expert Michael of MJ Hair Designs will also make sure it’s age appropriate, flashy for the the willing, or as natural as possible.

Come see Hair Color Expert and Specialist Michael and feel more beautiful than you already are.


MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks CA
(818) 783-0084

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