Eco-chic hair salons: 3 ways to make your business eco-friendly

By Salon Gold on September 27th, 2023

In a world where style meets sustainability, eco-friendliness has taken the beauty industry by storm. No longer satisfied with just a fresh cut, consumers now seek out hair salons that align with their eco-conscious values. It’s therefore time for your own salon to step up and embrace sustainability if it hasn’t already, something that will help you both protect the planet and capture the hearts of the climate-first clientele who are hungry for change.

In this article, we’ll explore three methods to transform your hair salon into an eco-friendly haven. Let’s jump in.

1. Adopt energy-saving practices

First off, let’s shed some light — ahem — on energy efficient lighting. By replacing outdated incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient options, such as LEDs (light-emitting diodes), you can not only brighten up your salon but also significantly reduce energy consumption. This simple switch will have a positive impact on your electricity bill and contribute to a greener planet.

LEDs are the leading choice when it comes to energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness in lighting solutions. Compared to regular bulbs, they consume at least 75% less energy, which translates into substantial savings. Moreover, LEDs have an impressive lifespan, lasting up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent lighting.

Another great thing about LEDs is that they emit light in a specific direction. Unlike regular light bulbs that send light everywhere, LEDs are more focused, which means less energy is wasted. Your hair stylists can also benefit from focused illumination, ensuring precise and efficient lighting conditions while working on clients’ hair.

2. Embrace ammonia-free hair colour

Ammonia, a common ingredient of hair dye, presents risks to both stylists and clients. The fumes released during the colouring process can trigger a range of respiratory issues. Moreover, individuals consistently exposed to these fumes may suffer from more severe health effects, including burns, skin damage, and irritation to the nose and throat.

And, of course, the environmental impact of ammonia-containing hair dyes is a real concern. When these chemicals are rinsed off during the colouring process, they can enter the water systems and soil, causing significant damage. Ammonia pollution can have long-term consequences for aquatic life and ecosystems.

Thankfully, the availability of ammonia-free hair colours has improved dramatically in recent years, with numerous stockists and major brands now offering these products. One example is Montibello, which not only provides ammonia-free colours but also caters to the growing demand for vegan products.

3. Use paper hair ‘foils’

When it comes to sustainability, finding hair tools that are both eco-friendly and of high quality can be a bit of a challenge. However, rest assured that numerous options are available that can upgrade your salon’s sustainable status while still maintaining its quality standards.

Take hair foils for example — a product that salons use day in and day out. Did you know that traditional foils can take a whopping 400 years to decompose? Not only this, but the production of aluminium foil involves a resource-intensive process that has a significant demand for energy.

Introducing a more sustainable and innovative approach to hair colouring is Paper Not Foil, a game-changing alternative to those old-school strips. Instead of aluminium, they use biodegradable, recyclable, and reusable paper.

But it’s not just about being green — sustainable hair ‘foils’ deliver practical advantages too. Despite their composition, they conduct heat just as effectively as traditional foils. This means your clients’ colours will still develop properly, without compromising on quality or efficiency.

Final thoughts

Transforming your salon into an eco-friendly haven brings so many advantages. But remember, just because you’re going green doesn’t mean you can let your guard down when it comes to public safety. It’s crucial to remain cautious and continue taking necessary precautions like patch tests and other well-being measures.

At Salon Gold, we’ve got you covered with our comprehensive hair and beauty insurance should the worst still happen, meaning you won’t have to worry about paying compensation or legal expenses if something goes wrong. Joining our Salon Gold community means you can keep doing what you love without stressing about unexpected incidents. So why not protect your passion by joining us today?

Give us a call on 020 8655 0444 for more information, or get a quote right away.

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