Salons all over the country are working to be more environmentally friendly. Visit Modern Salon’s special Green Beauty issue to get inspired. Here are what a few owners are doing now:
Rainbow Room Color Salon in Westlake, Ohio, recently took on organic, ammonia-free hair color line from Organic Color Systems. The FDA-approved product contains certified organic ingredients and produces salon-quality results.
“The best thing about organic color is what’s left out,” says Wendy Kamm, owner of Rainbow Room Color Salon. “I’m using organic color about 95 percent of the time, and the clients just love it,” she adds.
The color is non-toxic, environmentally friendly, predictable and causes no scalp stinging or skin staining. It’s a great solution for pregnant women and those with allergies or damaged hair. It’s also great for shine and gray coverage.
Though many products advertise low-ammonia formulations, Organic Color Systems bypasses the use of ammonia entirely. Even vegetable-based hair color has chemical additives, so even if a product says that it’s “all natural,” that doesn’t mean it’s “organic.”
For more information on the line, visit organiccolorsystems.com.
Patrick Melville Salon in New York City is taking color services in a new direction—green. In the 1960s, colorist used a rubber cap and crochet hook to achieve highlights, or as it was known then—frosting. In the 1970s, aluminum foil was introduced. In the ’80s baliage became the rage. For 2008, celebrity colorist Rick Wellman has created a new method—Bio-lights. These 100-percent biodegradable cotton cloths replace the typically used aluminum foils. Wellman, co-owner and color director of Patrick Melville, says the Bio-lights method “compliments the ‘going green’ concept prevalent in the hair care industry and throughout mainstream America.
“The Bio-lights technique is original and effective and I am passionate about creating a healthy, beautiful look for my clients all the while making conscious, safe decisions for our environment,” he adds.
For more information, visit www.patrickmelvillesalon.com.
When award-winning hairdresser Pasquale Benasillo opened Salon Rocks with business partner Anthony Dell’Aquila, the two knew they had created something special. The Englewood, New Jersey, salon is as green as it gets. From custom-built sinks with cushioned headrests to the stylish recycled rubber flooring to the color area and styling stations crafted from recycled coconut palm trees, the salon is environmentally friendly.