5 Tips to Go Green in Your Salon

By Colleen Browdy, Designer at Takara Belmont USA

Let’s talk trends – sustainable ones! Sustainable designs, reducing your carbon footprint and helping the environment is not only a big trend, it can also trim down on your operating budget. A few simple steps and some careful planning can turn your space into a lean, mean, environment-saving friendly machine.

1. Bright, Energy Efficient Light: Lighting is a must in any salon. Combine natural lighting with well-positioned styling station mirrors to brighten up your space and to lower your energy consumption. You can also switch from dated incandescent bulbs to CFLs or LEDs. An average user can save $36 or more by switching out a bulb – the environmental impact of replacing one bulb would be equivalent to taking one million cars off the road.

2. Hot, Hot, Hot: Summer – it’s blisteringly hot. Salons can turn into an inferno with all hair dryers running, not to mention the summer heat. But before you crank up the AC, consider installing ceiling fans to help circulate air. It will dramatically decrease your utilities and help create a cool and calming environment. Drop in a multi-processor that speeds up treatments by up to 50% and you have a strategy to fend off that heat wave.

3. Breathe Easy: Plants, flowers and elements of nature can create a calming atmosphere and it’s an excellent way to naturally purify the air – plus, a girl loves her flowers. With all of the chemicals that are present in a salon, nature’s air filters are not only visually appealing, but it will help add to a cleaner, greener, and healthier salon environment. Just… don’t forget to water them!

4. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Recycle that CFL bulb, reuse materials to DIY an artistic design accessory, recycling empty product containers and the magazines in your reception area, and reduce your carbon footprint with eco-friendly salon furniture. Look for styling chairs that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and crafted from well-managed forests such as the Curved-Art styling chair.

5. Eco-Friendly Products: Painting? If you’re planning to revamp your space or add a splash of color for a new fresh look, shop low or zero volatile organic compound pants. It’s better for the environment and they often have lower chemical odors. You can also consider bringing reliable products or equipment that can stand the test of time – it’ll result in a more sustainable furniture life cycle, reduce your long term equipment costs, and lessen the landfill pile up.