Q+A with ZP’s Perm Authority & Director of Education

A sit-down conversation with our authority on Perms, Zotos Professional’s Director of Education Jovita Osorio.



We all know Zotos Professional as a company who is continually on the cutting edge, creating revolutionary perm technology for the salon industry since 1929. Tell us, when did your love affair with perms begin?

Jovita: The beauty industry has been my home for a long time. I have fond memories of perms because of my mother. For as long as I can remember my mother has always worn her hair permed. Mom has very fine hair that lacks volume and the perm gave her that texture she needed to feel good about her hair. I, on the other hand, had extremely dense hair that grew down past my waist. As I matured, I realized that I would need to learn how to style my massive hair and, I wanted to learn how to do mom’s hair. So, I enrolled in cosmetology school and became a licensed Cosmetologist before I entered my senior year of high school. Once I started working behind the chair my passion for perming coupled with my drive to succeed propelled my career. Perming, at that time, was the main source of income for a stylist. I was able do two perms simultaneously while keeping the flow going…. it was the norm to whip out 5 to 6 perms a day with trim & styling. After only a short time behind the chair I found myself managing 12 franchise salons as well as the San Diego educational manager for the region.



What lead you to accept the position of the Director of Education for Zotos Professional?

Jovita: I was the first to organize a full-blown educational convention for the entire 25 franchise salons, and their stylist. I created fun learning experience through educational driven contest allowing the stylist to compete for prizes. The convention was so well organized and successful that a Zotos Professional representative took notice and invited me to interview for the position. I have been here ever since.


What do you think… are perms coming back?

Jovita: Perms are back!! It’s no longer a question it’s a statement. When you have celebrities flaunting their chemically created waves and permed hair appearing on the catwalks for Spring/Summer 2020 fashion week, then you know it’s true. I am excited to see post after post of guys requesting perms for curly tops.


Who is that potential perm client?

Jovita: Perms know no age or gender, anyone who desires texture in their hair is a perm client. Perms are no longer “one size fits all”, they can create any type of curl from springy spiral curls to soft beachy waves and every type of curl/wave pattern in between. Perms offer more than just a standalone hair style too. Perms can be the much-needed foundation to create hair styles that could not be achieved without added texture, like the fine hair client with visions of a voluminous blowout that doesn’t go limp the first time they run their fingers through their hair, or the client with super straight hair who dreams of long lasting curls that survive through the day and on into the night.



The first thing that I hear stylist say when the topic of perms comes up, “will I make any money” offering perm services. What would you say to those stylists?

Jovita: Absolutely! Zotos Professional’s revolutionary technologies help in eliminating the need for time consuming steps of yesterday’s traditional perming. No need for test curls, traditional perm rods or traditional perm rod placements to successful add texture to hair. As well as advanced perm formula options designed for color treated and dimensional colored treated hair.

Couple Zotos Professional perm formulas with the various hair scenarios in which a perm service is the solution your client has been searching for to solve their hair styling woes will not only make you profitable, it will instantly make you your clients biggest hero.

Here’s some additional fun trivia on how Zotos Professional perms have historical helped Salons and Stylist in the past survive hard times…..

Zotos Professional’s pursuit of cutting edge perm technology helped salon owners and stylist get through the Great Depression of 1934 by introducing the first revolutionary perm technology of its time- the “machine-less” permanent wave known as the “Zotos” wave. Again in 1941, at the cusp of WWII Zotos professional created the “Thio Cold Wave” virtually replacing all it’s predecessors.


In your opinion what is the first step in assuring a successful perming result?

Jovita: The Consultation! – an open dialog with your client is the most important step in a perm service. As with any chemical service it is important to evaluate the hair’s integrity, porosity, current texture, density, and past chemical history as well as the client’s vision of desired results. However, that is only a portion of the consultation. You must have an honest conversation to be able to understand and manage your client’s expectations. There are many unknowns and misconceptions floating around about perms. It is your responsibility to educate your client on the commitment and upkeep of their perm investment just as you would for any other chemical service listed on the salon menu. Choosing the correct take home hair care, appropriate styling tips and rescheduling for new growth perm re-touches are just a few consultation topics examples that will set you, and your client, up for perm success.


One last question. If someone would ask you today- Why choose Cosmetology as a career? How would you respond?

Jovita: I choose beauty because a cosmetologist license fulfills dreams! As a cosmetologist you have the power to make people feel beautiful, in times of despair and in times of joy.

My Mantra is to live life with passion and give gratitude daily!!



The Essential Guide to Getting Rid of Brassy Blonde Hair at Home

You might be considering going all over platinum blonde.

Or maybe you’re already a blonde but the color just isn’t quite right. Or it was right at one point in time and somehow it’s changed.

What’s the missing crucial step to achieving and maintaining the blonde hair of your dreams?

Hair toner. More specifically, Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Permanent Liqui-Creme Topcoat Toner.



What Causes Brassy Blonde Hair?

Hair has a level scale between 1 and 10, 1 being darkest black and 10 being lightest blonde. Level 1 has an undertone of darkest red, and level 10 has an undertone of pale yellow.

The darker your hair, the more levels of brassy undertones there are that you need to break through with bleaching and lightening your hair.

For example, if your hair is a level 5 and you’re trying to get to a level 10+, you have to start by breaking through orange red undertones all the way up to pale yellow, depending on how light you want to go.

Also, if you have color treated dark hair, it’s even harder to break through each level of brassy undertones than it is with naturally dark hair.

Another factor is the water quality you have at home. If your water has high rust content, your hair is going to soak up that mineral over time and get brassy.



What Does Hair Toner Do?

Hair toner is the key if you’ve been wondering why you can’t get that perfect shade of blonde you’ve been seeing all over Pinterest.

Or if you asked your stylist for caramel balayage highlights and ended up with orange streaks.

Basically, toner is a semi permanent hair color that deposits and corrects whatever undertone bleaching leaves your hair with so that you can achieve the results you’re hoping for.

Because it is semi permanent, that means that it won’t last forever. Refreshes will be needed.

Think color wheel. What tone do you see in your hair now? Go to that color on the color wheel and then look at the color directly opposite on the color wheel. You want to use a toner with that color as the base to correct.



Is Toner Bad For Your Hair?

The easy answer is no, toner is not bad for your hair.

The complicated answer is, it depends on what type of developer you’re mixing it with.

If you are using toner that mixes with a 10 or less volume developer, it’s going to do little to no damage to your hair. That’s because the higher the volume of developer, the more damage.


Step by Step Guide to Toning Blonde Hair at Home

I’m going to be taking you from a massive root situation and brassy yellow ends to a full head of platinum blonde hair using Zotos Professional products with this tutorial.



If you are only reading this to learn about toning your already lightened hair, you can skip to step 4…



Supplies Needed…


Tools Needed…

  • Hair Color Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cup
  • Applicator Brush
  • Hair Sectioning Clips
  • Gloves
  • Plastic Processing Cap


Step One: Section the Hair

In my beauty school days, we were taught to do 4 sections of hair when doing an “all over” color or bleach.

When I’m doing this on myself, I have learned through trial and error that 5 sections are much easier to manage.

I do 2 sections in the front of my head, 1 for just the top crown of my head, and then 2 more in the back.



Step Two: Mix and Apply the Powder Lightener to Your Hair

Mix one scoop of AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Powder Lightener to 2 oz. of creme developer. It should be about the consistency of frosting.



Because my natural hair color is bordering on a level 6/7, I need to lift my hair at least 3 to 4 levels (if not more) to achieve a platinum blonde.

That means I need to use at least 30 volume developer. But I’m a little impatient, so I tend to live on the edge and use 40 volume. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS WHEN USING ON SCALP. I have many years of experience and have learned how to make it work without causing damage to my scalp or resulting in breakage.

Because I waited wayyyy too long to do my hair, I had to resort to some extra precautions when applying the bleach.



First, I applied the bleach to my hair about 1/2″ away from my scalp up to the pre-lightened ends. This is known as “Zone 2”.

I used this technique because your scalp gives off heat and will cause the bleach to lighten faster the closer to your scalp that it is. You don’t want to end up with “hot roots” where your hair is super light by your scalp and darker in your ends.



Once I did this and saw that it was starting to lighten in Zone 2, I went back and applied bleach to my roots, otherwise known as “Zone 1”.



I let the bleach sit on my hair for about 20 minutes AFTER I was done applying Zone 1.

To check your own hair to see if it’s ready to rinse, use a paper towel to wipe away the bleach. The color should resemble the inside of a banana peel.


Step Three: Wash the Bleach Out of Your Hair

Using warm (not hot) water, thoroughly rinse all of the bleach out. Then, use a high quality shampoo and conditioner to wash and condition your hair.

I like to use AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Synergy No. 1 Cleanse Shampoo and Ultra Bond Synergy No. 2 Conditioner because the shampoo is free of sulfates and great for color treated hair, and the conditioner contains bond-building arginine, silk amino acids and keratin.



TIP: If your hair is super healthy and soft, you might want to skip the conditioner before you use hair toner! This will help the toner “stick”.

Because my hair is already super blonde, and has gone through many chemical lightening processes already, my ends are very porous.

This is why I always use conditioner before I proceed to applying hair toner so that it doesn’t soak it up too quick and turn my ends purple.

Trust me, I’ve made this mistake before! I just make sure to concentrate the conditioner on the pre-lightened ends more than the roots.


Step Four: Mix Your Toner with Creme Developer

I was going for as platinum blonde as possible and because my natural hair was already pretty dark with a lot of orangey undertones, I went with the Silver Ash Blonde AGEbeautiful Topcoat Toner.

This toner has blue undertones which help counteract the maximum amount of brassiness.



AGEbeautiful Topcoat Toners come in 3 different shades:

  • Silver Ash Blonde (blue undertone)
  • Pearl Blonde (blue/violet undertone)
  • Beige Blonde (violet undertone)


How do you know which developer to use with the toner?

10 volume will allow the toner to deposit more color, 20 volume will deposit less.

I’ve also found that 20 volume will continue to lighten your hair slightly so be careful about applying it on the areas you don’t want to tone. Again, I’ve made this mistake before so learn from me 😀



Once you decide which toner shade and developer you will use, mix 1 oz. toner to 1 oz. creme developer.



Depending on how thick your hair is, you might need to mix more. I personally have pretty thin hair, so 2 oz. total was plenty for me.



Step Five: Apply the Toner to Your Hair

The directions on the package say to apply toner to dry hair.

Through my personal experiences, and with how “thirsty” my hair is, I like to tone when it is slightly damp and towel dried. Again, this is from many years of doing my own hair.

If you’re unsure if you should do this damp or dry, do a strand test on a small section of hair in the back before applying to your entire head.

I applied the toner to Zone 1 & 2 first since they were the brassiest after bleaching and because pre-lightened ends of hair will soak up toner faster than roots.



Once I saw the toner start to take effect, I applied toner to the ends of my hair.



Once I had applied the ends, I checked my hair every 5 minutes until I was happy with the results. Then, I shampooed again and treated my hair with Ultra Bond Synergy No. 2+ Deep Conditioner Treatment to really seal in the toner.

Here is my hair (wet) BEFORE and AFTER using the AGEbeautiful Topcoat Toner…



After giving myself a good solid trim (yep, I also cut my own hair when I don’t give myself the time to get in to my amazing friend and hair stylist) here are the results…



You guys, I could seriously cry. Although I still have access to some of the same products I used to use when I worked in the salon, the Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful line is the PERFECT dupe for my favs!

As you can see, my blonde isn’t a super ashy blonde like you might have expected from the name of the toner. But that’s because my roots were pretty dark with a lot of brassy undertones to counteract.

I knew I needed to get those darn mega roots under control first, and now that my hair is on the same page blonde-wise I can experiment with going ashier 🙂 That’s the beauty of toner!

If you are already lighter than me, you could easily experiment with the other shades of toner to get the perfect shade for you.



How Long Does Toner Stay in Your Hair?

This depends on some factors including…

  • if your hair was previously lightened or colored
  • how often you wash your hair
  • how much you’re in the sun
  • how hot your showers are


The bare minimum a toner will last is approximately two weeks. That’s if you had previously colored hair, washed your hair all the time in super hot water, and were in the sun all the time.

If you tried to limit hair washings, used cooler water when you did, and didn’t spend a lot of time in the sun, you could probably spread that time out to about 6 weeks.

The good news is, you can also extend the life of your toners with color-depositing shampoo and conditioner! That is why I use a purple/blue depositing shampoo and conditioner every other week to maintain my platinum.

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Bleached Hair, Don’t Care!

I’m going on year 10+ of bleaching my naturally black Asian hair and I should probably let it go back to it’s natural color but I’m just used to my color, I’m not ready to let it go. Biotera helps to keep my hair looking silky, as if it hasn’t been fried 50 thousand times! It’s difficult because I have is that I have rough, damaged hair with a lot of breakage but yet I need intensive hair care. Certain treatments can weigh my hair down, which is an issue because I have super-fine hair and volume is always an issue.



Basically when your hair gets bleached, the product destroys your hair proteins to remove the color. The side effects for this gorgeous new color are dryness, lots of breakage and frizziness. Luckily Biotera’s Ultra Repair line totally replenishes and rejuvenates my hair! I use the Biotera Ultra Repair Shampoo, Biotera Ultra Repair Conditioner, Biotera Ultra Repair Leave-In Damage Eliminator. The shampoo is very gentle on your hair and works to heal rough, porous, and damaged hair. It specifically targets your hair’s weakest areas and in just one use it can double the softness and the strength of the individual strands.



I follow it up with the Biotera Ultra Repair conditioner after rinsing my hair of shampoo thoroughly. While I wash the rest of my body, I’ll leave conditioner in my hair for about 1-3 minutes so that my hair can soak in all the goodness. After that, I’ll give my hair another good rinse.

I absolutely love the Biotera Ultra Repair Leave-In Damage Eliminator because after my shower, I can just apply a small amount into my hair and style as usual. It makes it so easy for me to deep conditioner my hair without missing a beat in my busy schedule. Another bonus is that I dab it into my dry hair when I have any excessive frizziness and it conditions my hair while making it look nice and silky!

All the products are totally free of silicone and parabens and SLS/SLES Sulfates*. The line features sunflower and coconut oil.


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*SLS/SLES sulfates = Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Developer 101

I spend most of my time either at the beach or in the city which leads to a life of commuting by bike or public transit.

I very rarely drive myself anywhere anymore. I was reminded of this recently when I got behind the wheel of my friend’s fancy new car. I went to back out of the driveway, lightly pressed on the gas and we catapulted mere centimeters from a foreboding tree. Apparently, Dr. Dave’s car has more pick up than my childhood Volkswagen.

This reminded me of the perfect analogy I use to explain what hair color developers are…

Developers are the gasoline to your hair color’s engine. They are varying strengths of peroxide used to oxidize hair color and give it the lifting ability desired. When choosing which developer to use you simply ask yourself “how much gas do I want to give this color?”



10 Volume

This is used for staying at the same lightness but changing tone.  I also love using 10 Volume for very gentle, slow highlight work.


20 Volume

20 Volume is the workhorse of the developers. It is the most reached for because it is ideal for gray coverage. It gives you just enough lifting ability while depositing the perfect amount of pigment.


30 Volume

This always reminds me of when I pack 28SPF on vacation. You think to yourself “when will I really want this super specific amount of sun protection?” but 30 Volume is useful!  I love using it when I want a stronger lift on red heads or blondes and for a balayage lightener that produces natural results.


40 Volume

This is the rocket fuel (or should we say Aston Martin?) of the developers. This gives you maximum lifting capabilities with the least amount of tonal deposit. 40 Volume is great for high lift hair color, balayage and fast lifting highlights.


Once you understand how peroxide strengths are used effectively for hair color you can really put them to use. For example, if I have to pack hair color to go and have limited bag space, I will include a 40 Volume and a 10 Volume. Having these two is all you need since you can intermix them to create any strength in between. (Equal parts of 10 Volume and 40 Volume will give you a 25 Volume strength developer.)

So harness the power of peroxide and put your hair color pedal to the metal!



When to Use High Lift Hair Color

There seems to be a bit of confusion over what exactly high lift hair color is.

Think of high lifts as the rocket engine in your hair color arsenal. They are the strongest colors in your palette. Meaning they will give you maximum amount of lightening plus tonal deposit. High lifts are not bleach, bleach will lighten hair the most but has no tonal refining capabilities.

AGEbeautiful has two high lift categories that are essential to your dispensary.

AGEbeautiful High Lifts, which have three shades: Neutral, Gold and brass banishing Ash, delivering up to 5 levels of lift with pigment packed tonal deposit.

Want to fight brass as you lighten? Ash is your go-to.

Thinking of enhancing the warmth in your hair as you go brighter? Gold will get you there.

And brand new to the AGEbeautiful family… the Ultra Bond Hyper Lift shades. These heavy hitters not only give exceptional color but fill your hair with bond building technology.

Here’s how I’m loving using these shades!



Beachy Balayage

For the ultimate sun kissed, super natural highlight work, I love using high lift colors.

Just recently I was working on Lila.

Lila is a natural level 6 (light brown) head of gorgeous hair, which we wanted to add natural, sun-kissed brightness to.

I simply mixed together AGEbeautiful High Lift Neutral with 40 Volume and free hand painted onto selected strands. The results were gorgeous and natural!


Hyper Lightener

Now this is what I call “the luxury lightener” because it gives you ample amount of lift.

A touch of tonal control and a decadently delicious consistency.

Simply mix your usual formula of high lift and sprinkle a touch of your favorite powder or crème lightener into it.


Here’s the luxe formula:

2oz. of AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Hyper Lift Clear and 1/8oz. AGEbeautiful Crème Lightener with 4oz. of 40 Volume


Color Cleanse

Want a quick way to remove unwanted color build up?

Using a high lift as an express all over wash will remove the unwanted tones gently and effectively.

I mix together AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Hyper Lift Clear with double 20 Volume for 10 minutes on the areas of the hair I want to softly lighten.

The beauty of this is that you are not only cleansing the hair but loading it up with all of

that advanced bond-building action from the Ultra Bond Hyper Lift family.



Blushed Rose

Have a blonde, platinum or silver base color that would like a kiss of rose?

Mix AGEbeautiful High Lift Ash with a drop of AGEbeautiful Permanent 5RV.



Believable Blonde

I love to use a high lift and then an ash from a level 7 or 8 when I want to lighten a lot but still have tonal control.



2oz. AGEbeautiful High Lift Neutral & 1/8oz. AGEbeautiful 8A Permanent with 4oz. 40 Volume

This is ideal for level 6 or higher base colors.



Brass Free Brunette

Softening a darker shade into a lighter brunette without a lot of brass is a snap

using a high lift shade and a classic shade together


Love this formula:

2o.z. AGEbeautiful High Lift Ash & 1/4oz AGEbeautiful 6A Permanent with 4oz. 30 Volume

This formula looks fantastic on levels 4-5 that want to be softly lightened with minimal red/orange tones.


These shades are sure to boost your palette’s coloring potential. I know you are going to have lots of illuminating success and cannot wait to see how they work for you!



Zotos Professional Participates in the Launch of the Henkel “Beauty Care United” Program

As North America looks in hope towards salon businesses re-opening, Zotos Professional is participating in the Henkel North America “Beauty Care United – Standing Together with Stylists” campaign. The program is designed to support professional salons and hairstylists as they navigate what will be a “new normal” through encouraging and motivational tools, and education from their favorite artists from the Henkel Beauty Care Professional brands, Alterna®, Joico®, Kenra®, #mydentity®, Pravana®, Schwarzkopf Professional®, SexyHair®, and Zotos Professional®. All salons and pro stylists can go to for hair tutorial technique videos, perfect for this time, and also download the “Beauty Care United Virtual Kit.”

“ In what could be a challenging time, encouraging stylist and customer confidence can be an important part of the salon re-opening process”, expressed Stefan Mund, Regional Head Henkel Beauty Care Hair Professional NA. “Leveraging the unifying power of the hairdresser community, Henkel’s “Beauty Care United” program provides salons with tools to help clients and stylists alike feel comfortable in an environment aimed at making them feel and look beautiful.”

The virtual kit will be filled with express service tutorials from top artists and 3 new videos from Zotos Professional Sales and Education Manager Angie Ceja. This collection of how-to videos review some of the most requested services, from color corrections to gray coverage. Bringing stylists together to increase confidence, share tips and ideas, and encouraging clients to come back with a sense of comfort are at the heart of this program. “I could not be prouder to be part of a community with such strength and determination but more importantly a love and passion for what we do”, shared Angie.

Here’s a look at Angie’s videos. These can be found in the Zotos Professional section of and in a dedicated Salon Education playlist on the Zotos Professional YouTube channel.

Consultation Tips for our “New Normal”

  • Since we are opening back up for indoor services, in this video Angie shares tips on how to give a great consultation via video or phone call to make your clients feel completely satisfied and secure before coming into the salon.

Root Breaking Techniques featuring AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond

  • This video will show you how to break the root without leaving a demarcation line, giving you a beautiful blending effect from root to ends!
  • Learn more about the Ultra Bond system here.

Vintage Perm Wrap Technique

  • Watch this vintage wrap technique, to achieve a 1920’s inspired perm. This technique will allow the curls to form all in the same direction giving you an “S” wave effect perfect for an effortless, glam style.
  • Learn more about Zotos Professional perms here.

Beyond the tutorials, the “Beauty Care United” toolkit also includes turn-key, ready-made printable and digital creative marketing assets that salons can leverage to support their re-openings.

haircare is self-careyour well-bing is important - let's start with your hair  today's good mood is sponsored by your stylist    good hair. good mood. good day.

As part of The Beauty Care United campaign and salon program, Zotos Professional also gifted 50 care packages to salons and stylists within our Hair Creator community. These packages included: a box of gloves, a bag of face shields, a box of masks, a box of disposable capes and cleaning products like Dial® Soap, Dial® Hand Sanitizer, and Purex® Detergent with Clorox® to support salons in maintaining a clean and safe environment. All salons should follow CDC (for Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada) recommendations and local government orders and adhere to local state board requirements (local provincial requirements for Canada) for salon hygiene and cleaning.

New video tutorials from top artists and new virtual assets will be regularly loaded onto the site so you are welcome to sign up for the Beauty Care United emails on the website.


The shift from golden Indian summer into the warm embrace of autumn is one of my favorite times of year.

The cozy sweaters come out, fireplaces begin to glow and I can bike without breaking a sweat (sort of).
But the best part is, everyone wants new hair color!

Here are my favorite formulas and techniques for this season:

Ultimate Chocolate

This is a rich, delicious brunette for the girl who wants a better-than-natural brown.
How do you make a brown not just brown?  Add more brown!
Mixing opposing tones creates a luxurious brunette that is never boring.

For Mazi, I used 1oz. AGEbeautiful Permanent 6N & 1/2oz. AGEbeautiful Permanent 5G & 1/2oz. AGEbeautiful Permanent 7A  / 2oz. 20 Volume.


Café Au Lait

A classic, sophisticated blonde is as timeless as throwing on a cashmere sweater, cuddled up with a cup of coffee.

Placing lowlights under back-combed slices of lightness creates a pop and makes the blonde appear even brighter.

I used AGEbeautiful Demi Permanent 6N in the back for a crisp brown that makes the blonde look even brighter and slowly added AGEbeautiful Demi Permanent Clear Shine as I got towards the top and front. This elegant yet lived-in technique is the perfect end of summer look.


Platinum Silver

A lot of people are adjusting their usual gray coverage routine with different ways of embracing your silver.
My Mom was quarantined in Costa Rica for most of this year leading to a very grown out gray.

While I have major renovation ideas up my sleeve, for this we just wanted to kill that yellow on her ends.
Painting AGEbeautiful Topcoat Toner in Silver Ash Blonde knocked out the yellow and turned let-it-go gray into polished silver.


Pumpkin Spice

What feels more fall-like than pumpkin spiced anything?
The secret to pumping up the heat in this look is to increase your developer and shade as you go down the hair shaft.

This vibrant formula is AGEbeautiful Permanent 8RC with 20 Volume on the roots, then add AGEbeautiful Permanent 9RC and 40 Volume for the mid-lengths and ends.

Having a complete palette of intermixable shades like AGEbeautiful allows you to be the creator of an infinite seasonal shade collection. I know you are going to have a blast playing with new formulas and I can’t wait to see your autumnal masterpieces. Check out our full range of AGEbeautiful shades and tag us in your looks, @ZotosProfessional #AGEbeautiful.





4 Ways to Keep Your Hair and Color Fresh This Summer


I have a few tips and tricks to help keep your hair healthier and your color fresh while doing summer activities! No one wants to deal with tangled tresses.


  1. Wet and Jet

Before getting into the pool or heading to the beach, I would suggest wetting your hair completely. It may help minimize the amount of chlorine that will get through and prevent the salt water from penetrating your beautiful locks. I know showering or wetting it is a pain, but you will be thanking me later. Chlorine severely dries out our hair and could cause enough damage that you end up with breakage. A mother’s nightmare for their child after swim class. Trust me…. been there, done that.


  1. Don’t neglect Protect

Take extra protection and add my favorite leave-in: the Biotera Ultra-Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner, which conditions and rehydrates very dry, damaged or coarse hair. Spray this product on your freshly wet hair and use a comb or a brush to evenly distribute the product.


hair braid types - pony, twist, wrap, secure, bun and basic braid


  1. Tie it back

I would recommend a cute little updo of some sort. It does not have to be anything fancy. A basic braid to keep it from being a tangled mess. If you have two rubber bands, put your hair in a ponytail first. Then, twist the remaining hair and wrap it around the ponytail rubber band. Secure with the second hair tie, and voila!


  1. After Care

It can be exhausting being in the sun all day. Swimming takes a toll for sure. The last thing you want to do is take another shower, but I highly recommend you do! One of my favorite shampoo and conditioner combos that will help to strengthen your hair is the Biotera Long and Healthy Shampoo and Conditioner. This duo is the best because it helps against breakage, damage and split ends. Take it easy on your hair once you’re done. Whatever you do…. DO NOT TAKE YOUR TOWEL AND VIGOROUSLY SHAKE IT. It will only damage and rough up the cuticle. Pat dry your hair. Get as much moisture out of it as you can. Then, you can start to comb it. Start from the bottom and work your way up to the top. Take your time. Do not rip through your locks. A little maintenance will keep your hair healthy and beautiful.

How to Achieve Pink Hair



Quarantine got me saying ‘let’s make my hair pink!’ My lightener of choice is always AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond from Zotos Professional. I had to lighten my hair two times to achieve a light enough color for the pink and my hair still feels great! No elasticity or breakage.

1. Section hair into four sections.

2. Take small partings from beginning section (I usually start in the back in case I need to wash the back before the front).

3. From my small parting I weave or bounce out some of that hair and backcomb it.



4. With AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Crème Lightener+. I applied lightener to my ends first stroking up the hair. This helps create a softer look rather than a solid line for the highlights.

5. Place foil underneath newly highlighted section and either fold the foil vertically or place another flat foil on top. Whichever is easier to keep the lightener from touching the rest of the hair. Process for up to 60 minutes. Until a pale blonde is achieved. **Remember the first section starts processing first. So it’s a good idea to have a couple different timers to keep track of how long the first section has been on.

6. Shampoo, don’t condition. I used Bain de Terre Purple shampoo to help counter just a little of the yellow tone.

7. Apply toner to wet hair.  In this case I used Pulp Riots rose gold toner for 10 minutes.



8. Rinse, don’t shampoo. Condition! I used the Ultra Bond Deep Conditioner Treatment for 30 minutes.


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How to Create a Flower Braid



1) Start with hair fully brushed through – you’ll just need some elastics, bobby pins, and some flowers of your choice.

My shower essentials are the Biotera Natural Origins Nurture line for keeping my hair nurtured!





2) First, we will create a Dutch braid. Grab a section of hair at the front of your head and split it into three parts. Cross the outside right section under the middle, and then the left outside section under the middle.





3) Add a little hair into both outside sections and again, cross each one under the middle section. Continue this pattern all the way down to the top of the neck, until you run out of hair to add in. At this point, use an elastic to secure the braid, leaving a ponytail.





4) Take a moment to pull out the braid, making it look big and voluminous.





5) With the ponytail we’ll create a pull through braid. Split the ponytail into a top and bottom section. Let the bottom section hang & split the top one into two side by side pieces. Wrap those two pieces around the bottom one, securing them with an elastic underneath.





6) Keep repeating this all the way down until you run out of hair. Again, take a second to pull out the braid to create a bigger braid.





7) Grab your flowers & cut the top off each one, leaving a little stem. I always find it easier for the flowers to stay when you stick the stem into the braid, and then secure it with a bobby pin.





8) Have fun and create whatever pattern your heart desires! Happy May!