Hair Alchemy

hair care1-e1354119597459The chemistry of the middle ages in essence aimed to change the base metals into gold and to discover the elixir of perpetual youth. It was seen as the power of transmutation; a seemingly miraculous change of one thing to another.

In fact this is still true today, as most women and men frequent hairdressing salons to transform themselves to improve their look, image and their crowning glory, a head of hair to be drenched in toxic chemicals all for vanity’s sake. They sure do achieve the desired effect or result, as they vivaciously strut out of the salon with a fine chemically treated head of hair and colour.

Let us be brutally honest for the most hair colour products consist of harsh chemicals ingredients such as ammonia that damage hair in the colouring process, thereby stripping hair’s natural state of health and shine.  The Organic Color Systems (OCS) is different, as it treats hair kindly and it definitely shows. It is proven that utilising certified organic ingredients and fewer chemicals creates an effective way to colour hair as naturally as possible with outstanding results.

Just like our bodies our hair responds better to natural ingredients than chemically processed products. Market trends are gearing towards eco-friendly product options and this offers the conscious consumer a healthier choice and organic hair product range with far reaching results, especially for those sensitive individuals, who may struggle with allergic reactions.   Similarly the same goes for people who may have a chronic health condition, as we know that all dis-ease grows in an acidic environment, and harsh chemicals certainly add to that acidic terrain.

The OCS’ unique approach is gentler on hair and locks in colour, moisture and goodness to every strand, so the hair automatically looks naturally healthier and glossier with vibrant colour. The manufacturers have been combining the best of British know-how and natural ingredients to create tender loving care (TLC) colour with absolutely no ammonia, resorcinol or parabens for over 20 years. OCS’ innovative hair products are distributed right here in South Africa and is available at Aqua Alchemy, Hair Salon in the heart of Bryanston, Gauteng.

Amanda is the owner of Aqua Alchemy, who exceled from a young age and received the “best practical student” award on completion of study/ training. Internationally recognised after owning and managing five hairdressing salons, Amanda has also worked in the UK and Canada where she obtained her Canadian qualification in hair.  Her last trip took her to Bahrain for three years. Amanda’s passion is colour and believes that life is nothing without colour, and takes pleasure with love to transform her clients through colour and no one client looks the same.  Amanda obtained her Master colourist qualification in order to be proficient when serving and transforming her clientele.


In her quest for superior quality and eco sustainable hair products to preserve one’s health and the environment at the same time, Amanda came across OCS (Organic Color Systems). While interviewing Amanda at the new Aqua Alchemy premises she had this to say: “The results speak for themselves and my clients are extremely happy.  This product is tried and tested for a select market wanting something a cut above the norm, better than the average hair colour offering”.

The OCS range offers a natural alternative for stunning results. Health of our hair affects how it responds to colour. Take the stretch test to find the best OCS products to treat your hair condition and type.  A unique range of shampoos, conditioners and re-constructors are designed to work with the colour range leaving hair looking naturally healthier after colouring.

Take the stretch test for healthy hair. No clumps, no mess enjoy an abundantly healthy head of hair.  The wet stretch hair test identifies one of two things:  level of protein or moisture or both. A normal head of hair’s condition is 100%. Moisture does not return to its natural state, and protein is used for depleted hair, due to excess use of chemicals. When testing the protein level wet it stretches to 30% and bounces back to its original state.  If the hair lacks protein (when testing) the hair will snap off when tested.

OCS range is certified organic and is kind to hair and to the planet maximising on certified organic ingredients and minimal chemicals. To experience a great head of hair colour one does not require harsh chemicals that damage hair. Hair responds best to natural ingredients, a quality high performance product range for naturally healthier hair with longer-lasting colour.

The manufacturers source organic ingredients ethically and use them carefully, ensuring the processing of ingredients very carefully to protect the environment, preserve natural stocks and make as little impact as possible. They work with ethical suppliers who minimise their environmental impact and pay fair wages in safe working conditions. The product range is not tested on animals and is amazingly safe and gentle even on sensitive skin.

All products are accredited by Choose Cruelty Free, a non-profit organisation that promotes a cruelty free lifestyle.  OCS hair range support eco sustainability through recycling, and are constantly looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and impact on the environment. This includes consideration to energy-efficient, low-carbon methods where possible. Notably all their packaging is also recyclable.

Ammonia is one ingredient that is avoided at all costs, as it smells and what it does to hair is even worse. Aqua Alchemy, Hair Salon believe in using natural ingredients that smell amazing and creates healthier results, and is fast moving into higher-performing salons around South Africa, in support of a greener lifestyle care and healthier environment.

A few excellent reasons to choose the OCS hair product range is they are passionate about reducing the environmental impact their products at every stage from design, manufacture, packaging and distribution to disposal. Their carbon footprint and impact on the environment is lessened by: minimising waste, conserving water, the use of corn derivatives instead of plastics in packaging. Recycling of office and waste materials, provide employees with correct tools and training to minimise environmental impact.

OCS’ product/s ingredients are not taken from any animal specifically for the ingredient, or taken from wildlife or a live animal in a way that would cause pain or discomfort.  Nor is it a by-product from the slaughterhouse or of the furrier industry.

OCS embraces Good Manufacturing Practices and in our book certainly comes up tops for ethical and eco sustainable manufacturing. They meet quality and safety standards. They develop products in line with recognised cosmetic good manufacturing practices. In conclusion we comfortably agree that they are creating high-performing products as naturally as possible that are kind on hair and kind on the environment.

Colour, care and control creates the Organic Color Systems (OCS) as the first-ever range of permanent colours made from the maximum amount of certified organic ingredients and the minimum amount of chemical to colour hair as naturally as possible.  This unique approach is gentle but effective and easily colours even resistant grey hair.  As hair responds better to natural ingredients it looks naturally healthier and glossier with radiant, longer-lasting colour.


Ref: Eco Health Sense