Conscious Salon

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

 

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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.

On the Road: ROB|B: An OPI Concept Salon

March 1, 2009 | Article

Managing editor Sree Roy visits ROB|B: An OPI Concept Salon on opening day.

Book It, Dan-o

February 11, 2009 | Article

Finding the perfect salon reading material just got easier. Keep clients’ minds occupied during services with green-themed books like Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano.

The Three Greatest Challenges Facing the Nail Business

February 1, 2009 | Article

From lack of training to sanitation lapses to treating medical conditions, it’s time for nail techs to come together and raise standards in these all-important areas. Industry chemist Doug Schoon discusses what he sees as the three greatest challenges facing our business and what we can do — as an industry — to face them.

Bridging the Gap: Getting Where You Want to Go

February 1, 2009 | Article

Have you fallen short of achieving your goals? You can move forward, create clarity, and put realistic steps in place to bridge the gaps in your life.

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