Mixed GreensApril 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
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6. International Hair & Beauty Systems
Organic Curl Systems, available through International Hair & Beauty Systems, contains no ammonia, which allows the hairdresser to perm the hair without damaging its structure. organiccoloursystems.com
7. Modern Organic Products (MOP)
The new C-System Firm Finish Strong Hold Hair Spray from MOP (Modern Organic Products) offers the performance of an aerosol in a VOC-free spray that has zero environmental impact. mopproducts.com
When Maria Sigman opened Salon Echo in Chicago, she went all out to make it environmentally friendly. "I felt that if I could create a salon using reclaimed, nontoxic and renewable materials then I would create a more healthy environment and leave less of an imprint on the earth," Sigman says. She used recycled vinyl flooring in the salon, with a rubber underlay made from 100-percent, post-consumer tire rubber. She used paints with low levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which can emit gases that damage air quality. Even the work surfaces she chose were constructed from a sustainable material: grass. Increasingly, eco-minded salon owners like Sigman are choosing to build salons that are green, meaning they have less impact on the environment than conventional salons. In fact, salons can be green on many different levels, from the lighting down to the nitty-gritty details, like how waste is discarded. "It's really up to each salon owner how green they want to go, depending on what they can afford and what elements they have control over," says Jan Tribbey, vice president of planning and design for Aveda.
An abundance of natural light at the Aveda Tokyo Lifestyle Salon & Spa cuts down on the need for energy-consuming artifi cial lights.
Aveda's corporate offices, corporately owned stores, institutes, and flagship salons and spas are all built to various levels of green. The newest Lifestyle Salon and Spa in Madrid, Spain, uses a technology that cleans wastewater from shampoo bowls and then reuses that water, called "gray water," in the toilets. "It's the first commercial space in Madrid to do this," Tribbey says.
While building a green salon may cost more initially, most experts agree that it's a financially viable decision, since incorporating green elements is likely to save money in the long-term, and help save the environment, too. "We know the savings are there," says Tribbey, who adds that interested salon owners should raise sustainability issues up front with their architect or interior designer. Sigman used an interior designer and builder who were both knowledgeable about sustainable building.
The pedicure room at Chicago's Salon Echo is decorated with "found" items from secondhand stores. The fabric is made from recycled soda bottles and the sinks are topped with reclaimed granite.