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I am the owner of an eco friendly retail store, and my motto is always that Green is not the way it used to be. You don’t have to look and dress like a hippy to care about the environment. That is true, to a point, but you have to watch yourself.
Here’s my story. I used to have a very professional job that I dressed up in a business suit everyday. I made sure that I always had my hair curled and looking good, with manicured nails. I frequently received facials and treatments to make me feel like a women. I always recycled and thought I was living as green as I could at the time. Little did I know I still had a way to go!
A couple years ago my daughter started getting eczema and skin rashes. I kept taking her to the doctor to see what was going on, and they said “she is having a reaction”, or that “it is just eczema.” Well, one day I decided I wanted to know WHY that was happening instead of just giving her medicine to fix it all the time. I started researching the products we were using and I couldn’t believe it. There are so many harsh toxic chemicals in the everyday products I was using in my home. So, I decided it was time to make a bigger change in my life and find new and better products. It was great. My daughters eczema went away, both of my children’s asthma and allergy symptoms went away. Everyone started sleeping better and it was fabulous. Well, with getting all the chemicals out of my life, I stopped getting my hair done, manicures, pedicures, everything. I wanted to live completely organic and non-toxic and so I thought getting my hair done was a thing of the past.
I was so inspired by my research that I quit my job and started a eco-friendly retail boutique to help other families that are having similar problems. I was having such a great time and doing something what I was so passionate about. So a year later, my business partner and I took a picture of ourselves for a business competiton, and OH MY! We used my Iphone to take a picture of ourselves and couldn’t believe the outcome. We had a picture of us on the wall from when we started the business and then the one from a year later. We put the pictures side by side. You couldn’t tell it was the same people. In the new picture my hair looked awful, my makeup, everything, we looked like HIPPIE’s. So, now I decided that there still ways to “Live Green” and look good. For my husband’s sake I needed to put myself back together.
The first thing I need to start on was my hair. There has to be a way to get my hair colored and still live green. So I searched and found the Walter Claudio salon in Santa Barbara that uses Aveda products.
Aveda’s hair products are made with 98% all natural ingredients. I thought, that is a good start. First of all I saw the Aveda mission, which is ““Our mission at Aveda is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.” Now, there is a mission that speaks to me. Aveda is the first company to receive the Cradle to Cradle certified sustainability endorsement. They purchase wind energy carbon offsets to lower their carbon footprint of the companies manufacturing. These are all things that are really important.
Well, then I took at the actual Water Claudio salon. Many of the employees bike to work, which I think is fabulous, of course they also live in Santa Barbara which has perfect weather all the time. The salon has skylights throughout which gave the salon a lot of natural lighting so they can lessen the amount of energy they use. They have the hairdressers set up to use only the amount of product needed to lessen the waste. The employees have volunteered with the Surf Rider Foundation to give back to the community. I met the owner of the salon, Walter Claudio. He was a really cool guy that is passionate about the environment and making a difference. These things are all wonderful.
So let’s get to the most important, what are they going to do with my hair? Again, we are all lead to believe that going non toxic and green is not as good as the Toxic conventional way. First of all, they have a system called the HeadMapping system. According to the Walter Claudio website:
“HeadMapping® <http://headmapping.com/> is an operational color system that allows our salon to deliver consistent color services through creative technical standards. We are serious about color and understand how important results are to you and what great consistent hair color can do for you mentally, emotionally and physically. Whether you need your roots touched up, full highlights or new fresh color, we can offer you more flexibility with available options when scheduling a color service. Using Aveda Hair Color, our whole color team is trained and capable of replicating all color services. To guarantee results, all color formulas and procedures are always imputed and kept using our ColorBiz software. Pricing integrity is offered through our itemized color menu, and as a HeadMapping® <http://headmapping.com/> salon client, you will experience consistent pricing.”
So, that all sounds great. First, I start with my consultation with my hairstylist, Lexie. She is super sweet and she has a cute hairstyle. We all know we check out the ladies hair first when we are getting our hair done, to get a feel of how good she is. We all do it. We go over what we are going to do, and lighten it up a little to make me a little blonder, instead of the dishwater blonde I have become. Dishwasher blonde; sounds ugly. While she is putting in my hair foils, a lady comes over and she gives everyone a hand massage while you are getting the color in. How great is that?
So as I sit, it was nice not to have the harsh smell that you are used to when you are getting your hair done. I used to sit there and think, this stuff is sitting on my scalp, baking on my head, absorbing into my head, this can’t be good. But not this time, I waited and when I was done. She cut and styled my hair, and I felt like a woman again. So the end result, find an Aveda salon near you. You can still live green and look beautiful. Catch yourself as you let yourself go. There are Green Salons everywhere and I will keep you up to date as I find them and let you know what I think!!