Mixed GreensApril 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Using Your Head
The environmentally friendly Pivot Point Snap Cap eliminates the waste of having to dispose of the entire mannequin after a haircut is finished. The innovative head form is reusable, as removable hair components are available in a range of hair lengths, colors and textures. All components are created with precise implantation techniques to mimic natural hair growth patterns. Plus, there's less to be shipped and stored, which reduces costs and greenhouse emissions. 800/886-4247; pivot-point.com —L.A.
OPI Goes Green
Bees won't be the only things buzzing this spring in California. Everyone is sure to be talking about the new OPI Concept Salon that Robbie Schaeffer, son of OPI President and CEO George Schaeffer, is opening in Studio City. Called Rob|b, it will be one of the only salons in the world to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold-certification.
Schaeffer worked with a "green" architect to construct Rob|b, using as many natural building materials and energy-efficient appliances as possible. The salons' ventilation system refreshes the air at three to four times the rate required by California's building code and includes a charcoal filter system to eliminate harsh odors and pollution.
PUREOLOGY fortifies its new Nanoworks LuxuryHairMasque with an antioxidant combination of acai berry, pomegranate and blueberry, as well as certified-organic botanicals of mushrooms, to keep hair youthful and healthy. pureology.com —C.W.
Making a Splash
Splish Salon Systems opened a green-built salon in Conifer, CO, last fall, the first of nine planned to open nationwide by 2010. The Aveda Concept Salon features ginger wood floors from a sustainable forest in Paraguay, eco–friendly polypropylene carpets, counters and cabinet surfaces made of recycled banana fibers and low-voltage lighting. According to President Matthew Walsh, the salon intends to actively give back to local community organizations through fundraising and volunteer efforts. —L.A.
Rain Forest Repair
Rahua nut extract has been used by the women of the Quichwa Shuar tribes from the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador for hundreds of years to keep their long hair looking healthy. It's also a key ingredient in Amazon Beauty's new Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner. Free of chemical preservatives, the products repair damaged hair, speed its growth and heal the scalp. Palo santo oil, traditionally used in shaman practice, has healing properties. amazonbeautysecret.com —L.A.