Conscious Salon

Eco-friendly business ideas, new products, and issues relevant to "green-minded" salons.

 

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Simple Steps Reduce Salon Liability

June 1, 2009 | Article

When it comes to liability issues, take the advice of an insurance professional: Both your actual sanitation practices and the appearance of cleanliness can reduce potential claims against you.

Secret Ingredient: Urea

June 1, 2009 | Article

Urea is a compound naturally produced by the body and can be found as a moisturizing factor in the outermost layer of the skin, along with lactic acid and amino acid.

PBA Offers Tips for a Greener Tomorrow

June 1, 2009 | Article

In an effort to help salons and spas create a greener tomorrow, the Professional Beauty Association is providing 10 small, yet realistic steps to help the environment.

Secret Ingredient: Lanolin

June 1, 2009 | Article

Lanolin is a greasy wax that has moisturizing properties and high water-absorption capabilities. Pure lanolin is the consistency of ChapStick and can be used in the same way as petroleum jelly.

ROB|B Earns LEED Certification

June 1, 2009 | Article

ROB|B: An OPI Concept Salon in Studio City, Calif., was awarded the highly coveted LEED certification, which provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures.

Take My Polish Bottles, Please

May 1, 2009 | Article

At Recess in Los Angeles, owner Nidhi Lal pays more than just lip service to the salon’s eco-conscious reputation. She’s made an offer to clients who might otherwise dispose of their half-empty polish bottles improperly: Bring them into the salon and for every 10 bottles, they will receive a free manicure. For every 15 bottles, they earn a free pedicure.

Doesn't This Smell Bother You?

May 1, 2009 | Article

As nail techs, we’re often asked about the dangers of the smells in the salon — but it’s not the smells that should cause us concern. Learn the facts on air purification, and then take steps to protect yourself and your clients.

Secret Ingredient: Grapefruit

May 1, 2009 | Article

The essential oil of grapefruit is rich in antioxidants (especially vitamin C), helping it boost the immune system and fight free radicals.

Empire Opens Eco-Friendly Model School

April 8, 2009 | Article

From hair recycling to building design to the products Empire Education Group students use, the new Empire location in Lauderhill, Fla., is an environmentally friendly concept school and a meaningful first step in the greening of the entire company.

OPI Nail Lacquer Supports Lung Cancer Foundation

April 1, 2009 | Article

Lung cancer is the number-one killer of women in terms of cancer deaths.

On My Mind: Seeing Green

April 1, 2009 | Article

Are you a conscious salon?

Secret Ingredient: Cucumber

April 1, 2009 | Article

Cucumbers are used in a variety of beauty products due to their anti-inflammatory, moisture-regulating, soothing, and cooling properties.

I’ll Drink to That

March 16, 2009 | Article

When clients are thirsty, what do you hand them? What you give them to drink inevitably leaves its mark on the planet, so some salons and spas are choosing wisely.

Medical Spas Target Hands and Feet for Rejuvenation

March 1, 2009 | Article

Technology is on fast-forward when it comes to anti-aging treatments for hands and feet. Medical spas and alternative health clinics are adopting innovative therapies for age-old beauty problems that plague our extremities. Here’s a run-down of what’s going on behind closed doors today and what we will see in the future.

Secret Ingredient: Milk

March 1, 2009 | Article

It is said that Cleopatra kept her skin soft and moisturized by bathing in milk. Skin-softening, moisturizing, and filled with nutrients, milk has been a favorite beauty aid for millennia.

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