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What is a "Green" Salon

Updated: Aug 22


In the simplest of terms, “going green” means to protect and sustain the environment through natural and effective lifestyle practices. But what does “going green” mean in terms of a hair salon?


  • A “green” hair salon:

  • Uses and incorporates low-toxic hair products that are organic and cruelty free.

  • Focuses on achieving hair styles in a natural way (ie less chemicals, reverting back to natural color, etc.)

  • Aims to recycle and reduce a majority of waste.


Low Toxic Products

Green salons practice eliminating harsh chemicals such as ammonia, phthalates, fluoride, and other disruptive substances to the body and earth by instead, incorporating botanicals, essential oils, and other natural ingredients sourced by Mother Nature. Some of the most dangerous chemicals are utilized in hair products and dyes. By consciously avoiding harsh chemicals such as the latter, green salons eliminate chances of skin irritation, allergic reactions, cancer development, and more negative side effects for every client that walks through the door.


A few eco-friendly hair care brands and salon products to check out that never test their products on animals, substantially eliminate harsh chemicals, and follow stringent ethical standards are:

  • Oway Hair Products

  • Innersense Organic Beauty

  • Olaplex

  • Original and Mineral

  • Pulp Riot

  • Rich Body Oil


Focus on Natural Hair Styles

A salon that uses low toxic hair products often times attract clients who desire natural hairstyles and hair practices. Whether embracing natural hair tones or creating dreadlocks, holistic hair stylists are receptive and creative in producing authentic and (one more time) natural looks.


While some women prefer to cover up a gray hair the minute it appears, a majority are jumping on a new trend of their natural and universally beautiful gray hairs by embracing them fully as they come. Because natural gray is nearly impossible to replicate with dye, many women are starting the transition of saying goodbye to years of dye and allowing the transition to take place. (Read more about how to transition to natural gray here).


Recycling and Waste Diversion

Did you know, salons have the ability to recycle things such as, hair, electronics, color tubes, aerosol cans, used foil, hair color, and spa waste, but a majority don’t? One of the most distinct measures a green salon takes, is to consciously make an effort in reducing as much waste and carbon footprint as possible. A way salon’s can do this is by becoming a certified member of Green Circle Salons. Their mission is too repurpose and recover up to 95% of resources that were once considered waste in a salon.


Green Salon’s actively do their part in upholding the term “green” by consciously practices sustainability and resourcefulness in their corner of the earth, big or small.


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