What Does “Organic” Hair Color Mean?

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  • Sid Munger
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  • April 17, 2019

What Does “Organic” Hair Color Mean?

All the things I know and the things I want to know: So, what does “organic” hair color mean? Here’s how the professionals see it. “Organic hair color” refers to hair color made with as many organic botanicals as possible and as few chemicals as possible. It is the same designation we use for organic food standards.

In essence, it includes botanicals grown without the use of pesticides. Although the pros know the chemistry of hair color and how it works, many of us don’t know. I think I may be able to shed some light on the term “organic hair color” and its invention.

Is there such a thing as 100% organic hair color? The simple answer is no. Even now, professional “organic hair color” must contain a certain amount of synthetic ingredients to work consistently and effectively. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a color line that uses the maximum amount of organic ingredients and the least amount of chemicals.

The only 100% natural hair color is henna. But henna doesn’t cover grey very consistently and the metallic salts can cause the hair to feel dry and damaged over time. It’s also terribly damaging when you try to lighten with it.

What to look for:

So, can organic hair color really work and leave my hair in great condition? If you remember, no professional organic hair color brand is 100% natural. Any organic hair color product has to contain certain chemicals necessary to stick to your hair.  When you start looking for an organic hair color, what you need to ask about is percentages. Specifically, what is their percentage of:

  • Pigments (PPDs, PTDS)
  • pH Adjuster (Ethanolamine)
  • Organic Ingredients (botanicals only)
  • Natural Ingredients
  • Naturally Derived Ingredients

Once you’ve established the percentages of these, you’ll see which brand is the most “organic” and best for you.

Ammonia is not your friend.

The is a lot of talk about ammonia being considered organic. The best professional organic hair colors have zero ammonia in their formulas. Clearly ammonia is a chemical organic compound. Not an organic botanical ingredient. In technical terms, an organic compound means its molecules contain carbon and that is all. Just remember, ammonia found in hair color is not extracted from the soil or our bodies, it’s produced in a lab and has zero natural components.

Ammonia-free hair color doesn’t necessarily mean your hair will be healthier or that you won’t have an adverse reaction. While most ammonia-free hair colors won’t have the fume-like aroma from the ammonia, they can still do more damage than necessary to the hair.

Most organic color brands use Ethanolamine (MEA) to replace ammonia without considering the percentages of the ingredient. Both Ethanolamine and ammonia open up the cuticle layer of the hair so the color molecules can penetrate.

Too much of either ingredient, will drastically alter the pH levels and the cuticle will have difficulty re-closing, even with an amazing conditioner. This will cause dull and dry hair that is a mess to untangle. Also, hair color will fade faster because of the cuticle’s inability to close and lock in molecules.

Check out Modafino Salon.

Why is Modafino organic hair color the best choice? They offer an ammonia-free hair color line that uses a pH adjuster in minimal amounts. They also make sure, all Ethanolamine (MEA) is removed from the hair, while keeping the working pH of the color much lower than any other ammonia-free hair color brand. To learn more about Modafino’s Organic Color system you can book a FREE consultation or stop by the salon.

The Salon With a Conscious

The Salon With a Conscious

Sid Munger | 1/22/2019

For all those who enter Lincoln, Nebraska’s, Modafino Salon, a new hair salon at 5600 South 59th, the experience is as much about how they observe nature as how they feel when they leave. Tommy O, owner of Modafino Salon says, “The name of the salon actually means High Fashion. I didn’t want to use the French ‘Haute Couture’ like they do on the runways. I wanted it to be unique, so I used a combination of Italian and Latin to form the word Modafino.”

Tommy has been in the hair business for over 25 years, working in salons, runways, movie sets and doing platform education from Beverly Hills to Miami to New York City. Modafino salon was officially opened on June 5th of 2018, but just started full operations on January 1st, 2019. The salon offers all hair services for men and women including hair cutting & styling, hair coloring, perming & relaxing and hair extensions.  

What sets Modafino salon apart from other salons in the area, is Modafino’s concern for the environment, Tommy says, “We are part of the new wave of sustainable salons.” He adds, “We try to recycle 100 percent of all of our salon waste, and we are the only salon in the area that offers organic hair coloring services.”

Glass, paper and metal recycling is not a new concept however, Tommy says his salon was built from re-purposed and recycled materials. “I always try and use environmentally friendly materials, from gloves to bottles, the disposable items are up-cycled into energy when possible.” And he says, “Most people don’t know that even shorn hair can be used. It can be placed into pantyhose and used to absorb oil spills.”

Tommy says that since construction was complete last June, he has continued to find the most environmentally friendly and/or re-purposed equipment and materials, including the hair stations and dryers. “We use Eco-heads on the sinks,” he says. “They use 65 percent less water than standard ones.” Tommy says the heads also help provide comfort for the person in the chair, with minimal splash.

The salon is teamed up with Modafino hair-care products and Seven hair-care products another independent and environmentally friendly hair-care company out of Seattle.  According to Tommy, both Modafino and Seven use organic materials in all their products. “We don’t use any petrochemicals in our products,” he says. “They build up and make hair feel heavy.” Tommy says the company works in conjunction with Seven products. “It’s more of a partnership,” he says. “I wanted to build a company that has a conscience and a mission and so does Seven.”

Teresa Chaffin, a hair color manufacturer representative in Lincoln and Omaha, says more environmentally conscious salons are needed in the area. “Lincoln is long overdue for businesses with this kind of practice,” she says. “It clearly sets them (Modafino Salon) apart from their competition.” Chaffin says, that she has been going to Modafino since before they were officially open, and besides getting a great service for her entire family, she knows Tommy is trying to do all he can to help sustain the environment. “It makes it that much easier to come to my brother’s salon when I know he is on the right track,” she says.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment visit

  • What: Modafino Salon.
  • Where: 5600 South 59th | Suite 105 | Lincoln NE 68516
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday & Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday &  Thursday; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Offers: Student discounts, Referral Program and many more benefits and rewards.
  • For information: Visit or call 531.500.4880.

Modafino to ‘Re-invent’ Beauty Product Retail with Launch of the MODA-CAP

Sid Munger | September 24, 2018

Modafino to ‘Re-invent’ Beauty Product Retail with Launch of the MODA-CAP

Sid Munger | September 22, 2018

On September 25th, innovative hair care startup Modafino will raise the curtain on its patent-pending device, the MODA-CAP. Modafino’s disruptive and innovative new product invention was designed to tackle several of the most critical issues hampering the beauty product retail industry, and, will be released on Kickstarter, according to a press release.

The move comes just two years after Modafino’s founding and two weeks after the MODA-CAP moved into “production-ready” status. Modafino professedly marks the device’s intention to initiate its mission to create beauty product fragrance customization, maximize retail store margin and minimize retail store footprint, online by spring 2019 and in retail stores by Christmas 2019.

The new product, detailed below, has been designed to offer retailers the ability to give point-of-sale fragrance customization to any beauty retail product when they respectively launch, online at in spring of 2019 and in retail stores by Christmas 2019.

Kickstarter Launch – Beginning on September 25th customers will have the opportunity to pre-purchase from the Kickstarter platform,  The issues of anticipation and production timelines have traditionally stood as significant hurdles for startups on Kickstarter To solve this, Modafino has the unique ability to put their existing products in the hands of their Kickstarter supporters, immediately.

Online Launch – As the online beauty product retail industry moves beyond its storefront competitors, customers will demand faster delivery of their online products. To accommodate this push, Modafino will utilize next-day delivery options, standard 2-day delivery systems as well as the Amazon marketplace. Modafino will deliver all pre-orders of the signature MODA-CAP products as a priority to its Kickstarter supporters as soon as they come off the manufacturing line, prior to offering the products to the general public.

Retail Store Launch – Few may call for a smaller in-store footprint than the storefront retail sector, which has been stung, perhaps infamously, with a recent epidemic of box-store bankruptcies. Modafino will stand as the first product in history to give customers the ability to customize their fragrance when they buy it. Modafino has targeted as potential retail store partners stores such as, Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Target stores and more in the United States. Modafino will be releasing retail store partners in the late summer of 2019.

As the MODA-CAP bottle technology spreads its reach, all beauty product companies will take notice. Will Modafino license this technology? Only time will tell, however, for now the MODA-CAP is innovative, disruptive, smart and cutting-edge. Consumers will love the ease of use and the benefits of customizing a product’s fragrance to suit their individual lifestyle.

To Modafino’s founder and CEO Tommy O, the MODA-CAP is a device designed to turbocharge the growth and adoption of what remains an “early stage” technology. Tommy states:

“Given the fragrance-infusion technology is still in its early stages, there is still a lot of potential for customers and retailers to transform the retail industry with the MODA-CAP. Our vision for Modafino is to solve the biggest barriers in beauty product retail and the adoption of customers to our innovative fragrance infusion technology.”


Launch Party!!!

Lincoln, NE 5/31/18 – Local hair care startup company Modafino has partnered with nonprofit United Luv to donate 30 iPads to oncology units at Bryan Hospital in Lincoln in conjunction with the launch of the online store

United Luv Project, a nonprofit out of Helena, Montana was created in memory of Ryan Eaton by his brother, Dallas Eaton.  The two brothers originally began United Luv as a T-shirt company, but quickly changed focus when Ryan was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, at age 25.

During his battle with cancer, Ryan wanted to give back to others. Having spent a great deal of time in hospitals and cancer treatment centers, Ryan quickly learned that there were limited options to pass the time while undergoing treatments. He also realized how many people had to fight the battle alone. He wanted to help those individuals to connect with friends and family and saw the iPad as the perfect tool.

Dallas, along with his parents Sheldon and Vicki, decided to use 100% of the proceeds from the United Luv t-shirt sales to purchase iPads and donate them to patients and hospitals throughout the country.  Their donations have included the St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver, the Ronald McDonald House, and many others.

Modafino is a luxury hair care brand lead by master stylist Tommy Ortiz, a Lincoln native, who holds years of experience in the salon industry, creating his own line of all-natural, organic products which provide exceptional results and have a minimal impact on the environment.

The Modafino brand prides itself on being made with organic, all-natural ingredients that have been formulated to nourish, strengthen, and enhance hair health. The facility that manufactures Modafino’s products is run on 100% renewable energy and all bottles are made from 100% recycled material.  There are no toxic ingredients, harmful colors, harmful fragrances, and there is never any animal testing done with any ingredients in the Modafino products.

Modafino and United Luv are proud to come together to donate 30 iPads to Bryan Health Oncology units so that patients and families can connect with their loved ones they may be separated from, as well as pass the time during treatments and various medical procedures.  Both companies are excited to build and maintain an impactful relationship with the Lincoln community.

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FRIDAY JUNE 1, 2018 @ 11:30 A.M

Media is encouraged to join Modafino and United Luv at Bryan Hospital Healing Gardens, 2300 S. 16th St.  at 11:30am Friday, June 1, 2018 as Modafino and United Luv present the iPad’s to the nurse managers of the Bryan Hospital oncology units.

Tori Haussler
CMO Modafino

Tommy O | CEO Modafino

"We are so excited to work with United Luv. This charity is very personal to me. I have had close family members, fall victim to cancer. I think what United Luv does, makes an immediate impact in the lives of those fighting a terrible disease."

David W | VP-COO Modafino

"We wanted to build a relationship with a charity that we could really get behind 110%, and truly make a difference in the community. We chose United Luv because what they are doing is above and beyond, directly impacting the lives of cancer patients."

Modafino Launch Event | Participants

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