Mixed GreensApril 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Frizzy curls are no longer a problem with PHILIP PELUSI's P2 ReCurl, infused with certified-organic lavender oil and Aloe barbadensis leaf extract. The resin-free treatment provides weightless moisture to natural and permed curls and never leaves them stiff or sticky. Innovative plant extracts block UV rays, while green tea antioxidants prevent color from fading. philippelusi.com—N.G.
David Babaii and actress Kate Hudson have combined their love of nature and beauty to create a line of haircare products. A percentage of the revenue benefits WildAid, the Global Wildlife Conservation Organization. davidbabaiiforwildaid.com —M.D.
To many "greenies," plastic shopping bags are earth-enemy number one. Opt instead for a reusable, machine-washable ChicoBag, which folds into a tiny, go-anywhere, 3-by-4 inch pouch when not in use. ChicoBags come with a one-year warranty, but when their time is up, the company will repurpose them into dog beds, door mats and prayer flags. chicobag.com —C.W.
Salons on a Mission
A cornerstone of John Paul Mitchell Systems' corporate philosophy is caring for the earth. But the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle" is not only touted around the corporate office but also in Paul Mitchell Focus and Signature Salons, as well as in its schools, many of which are making it a point to be more green. Frank Wright of Haircolorxperts, a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon in Highlands Ranch, CO, found that he could save an average of 55 percent on his energy bill by replacing all 72 of his salon's incandescent lightbulbs with 17-watt fluorescent bulbs. Meanwhile, the staff at Reveal Salon, a Paul Mitchell Signature Salon in San Luis Obispo, CA, switched from paper books to computer booking to cut down on waste, set up a recycling bin, installed energy-saving bulbs and unplug all of their hot tools at the end of each day to save energy. St. Louis Academy, a Paul Mitchell Partner School, recycles empty developer bottles and package inserts and saves backbar containers for a recycling art project. They also bought metal forks and spoons and quit using plastic utensils. Another Paul Mitchell Partner School, The San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology, is going to great lengths to be more green. They've installed motion sensors on lights and UV-protection shades on windows to save on energy. Now there's a computer lab where students take exams online to conserve paper. And how cool is this? The institute recently donated hair from its cutting floor to a nonprofit called Matter of Trust that made mats out of the donated hair. Volunteers then used these spongelike mats to help sop up oil that had leaked into San Francisco Bay from an oil spill. Once the mats were soaked with the gunk, mushrooms were placed on the mats to grow and absorb the oil, converting the oily hair mats into nontoxic compost. —C.W.
The stylists at Reveal Salon in San Luis Obispo, CA, dressed their models in clothing made from recycled newspapers in an effort to make their photo shoot more eco-conscious.