The term “eco-friendly hair salon” sounds daunting at first but it’s not that difficult once you have all the information in hand. You just need to make some minor but smart changes in your daily business routine to attain a green and eco-friendly salon space.
With some effort, you will have the contentment of having contributed your share towards creating a fresh and clean environment for posterity.
Here are some tips for creating your dream green salon workspace.
Follow the 3R’s rule-Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in Salon space as well.
1. Take Only What You Need
Keep the use of Salon materials to a minimum. Use just the right amount of colouring cream or hair colour you need. If you stick to this “minimum use” rule, unnecessary wastage can be avoided.
Join the “paperless” movement. With the majority of people active on the internet and social media, there is no need to distribute paper flyers and pamphlets.
Use salon software that generates e-receipts for the customers, eliminating printed paper receipts. This also offers a great opportunity for the business to grow their customer email list.
Use social media platforms to spread the word about your products and services.
Create a customised website that contains information about salon services, hours and products. Set up automatic email notifications to send out offers, promotion and deals to regular customers.
If printing has to be done, use both sides of the paper and reformat your papers to use minimum space and paper.
2. Create Sustainable Energy
Invite natural elements into your salon through natural lighting and indoor plants that naturally purify the air. These are great cost-cutting tips for light energy and air conditioning.
Scheduling frequent visits by the electric company to check the circuits, electric appliances, window insulation, appliances are simpler ways towards creating an environment with minimum electricity usage.
Use energy efficient bulbs and LED lighting.
Use energy efficient hair dryers, and bamboo hair brushes will take you closer to your goal of building an eco-friendly salon.
You can even install an energy meter box to monitor electricity use.
3. Go Natural and Recycle
Replace synthetic ingredients with renewable and if possible natural ingredients. Simple things like using reusable gloves in place of disposable gloves, reducing the use of tissue etc. will help reduce wastage to a great extent.
A novel concept that many beauty salons are not aware of is the use of refillable containers for beauty products. This is a great way to reduce plastic waste which is causing irreparable damage to the environment.
Replace paper and plastic drinking cups with glass or ceramic ones that can be reused.
Any electrical items that you think you won’t be used anymore can be given away to individuals, beauty coaching classes or hairdressing schools. Ensure that items meant to be recycled actually done so and made into other usable items.
Hair, colour tubes, foils and other salon materials can be recycled and repurposed. This also prevents from flushing down excess chemicals down the drainpipe.
Old magazines and papers can be recycled or donated to schools for use in craft work.
4. Watch what you Buy
When you buy beauty products for your eco-friendly hair salon, you must ensure they don’t contain BPA( Bisphenol-A). Studies show that among other things, this chemical may cause damage to the reproductive system of humans. Natural vegan-friendly products are the way to go.
Ammonia free hair dye is another step towards this direction as ammonia is known to be a leading toxic source both for the air and the health of the clients.
Many salons make tall claims that they only offer formaldehyde-free Keratin treatments but lab tests on these proved otherwise.
Studies say that Formaldehyde is a proven carcinogen and industries are also only permitted to emit an only regulated amount of this chemical.
Do not contribute more to air pollution by using formaldehyde products. Offer formaldehyde free Keratin treatments with organic products that are safe for your clients and your surroundings.
Go for chemical free, vinegar-based glass and mirror cleaners.
A popular saying goes “good things come in small packages”. But for an eco-friendly salon, good things are those that come in recyclable packaging.
Animals are an integral part of a healthy eco-system. If you want to keep it that way, you would want to stay away from products that were tested on animals.
Choose salon products endorsed by PETA(People for ethical treatment of animals). These are cruelty-free vegan-friendly beauty products that you can proudly use or endorse.
Your customers too will appreciate your efforts towards creating a humane society along with creating an eco-friendly hair salon.
5. Create an Eco-friendly Hair Salon Space
Your salon ambience speaks volumes about your business motto. To drive home your environment-friendly motto, furnish your salon with decor and furniture that is from recycled sources.
Avoid aerosols. Instead, keep your salon clean and fresh with organic products for cleaning.
Be creative, think out of the box, get your hands on the second hand, upcycled and goods from thrift stores.
6. Water is Priceless-Save it
It is a known fact that water is needed in abundance in any salon, but there are plenty of ways the use of water can be reduced. For instance, while water is being used with shampoo or conditioner, the tap need not be kept open. A flow reducer that works like a nozzle helps reduce water flow by mixing with air and breaking into tiny particles. This can cut water bills by up to 50%.
Some salons even invest in installing water recycling systems to reduce wastage.
Remember to check and fix any leaking faucets or pipes.
Water is a priceless treasure, and you must take all steps to conserve it. Washing machines to wash towels must be energy and water efficient.
An eco-friendly washing machine may be a bit pricey, but the pay-off’s in the future in terms of electricity and water bills is huge. Natural detergents can also have a huge impact on creating a healthier environment.
Follow the above methods as a guide to building a holistic, green, clean and pure eco-friendly hair salon ambience for your staff and clients. The money saved in the long run is, of course, a bonus.
By adopting energy efficient techniques and eco-friendly practices, you can try and reduce the carbon footprint you leave for Mother Nature.