Go Green – the new age mantra for salons

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Green or sustainable Salons are the way forward. Professional Beauty speaks with Dr Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies, to get a detailed account about green salons for our sustainability series.

In continuation of our ‘Series on Sustainable Salons’, let’s get you acquainted with the key elements that contribute to the eco-efficiency and sustainable development of salons.

The Indian beauty and hair sector has been steadily gaining more power in recent years, which has prompted the mushrooming of dozens of salons on every lane of the country. However, the fact that these salons create significant amounts of waste while fulfilling services like colouration, styling, facials and cleanups, becomes a cause for concern. The most notable among environmental issues of salons are — the usage of chemical products like dyes, bleaches, and peels; air pollution; water and energy usage, solid waste via paper towels, product containers, foiling and so on. As a result, sustainability has become the need of the hour for the salon industry.

The concept of going ‘green’ involves a lot more than housing green plants and saving energy resources. Here’s how we can lead the way…

Sustainable efforts

The concept of the green salon has established a strong foothold in the countries like Australia and is slowing making its way down to India, as well. Salons have also been trying to create awareness about the issue by adopting the concept of sustainable beauty. Agreeing to this Dr Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies, says, “Green salons are an easy way to work towards the future science that preserves our environment and contributes in keeping the salon business up top always. Thus, to keep the skin in its ethical way with the treatment that is holistic and natural in every aspect; green salons are the best solution.”

Here’s an expert take by Dr Kochhar…

The Salon Design: “Our Green Salons are created as reliable solutions based on green science — a rare synergy of aromatherapy and terra therapy for everyone with exceptional performance, delivering meaningful, effective and honest results. Its structure and its interior are designed keeping our brand’s ethos in mind. Complimenting the energy-efficient equipment, salon practices smarter lighting in creating a right balance of artificial and natural light.”

Products: “Beauty is a way to define your inner self. Today, we find a lot of chemical ingredients being added to the cosmetic products, making them for to the skin. At Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic, we have always stood for the fact that beauty has to be holistic and products used should be in relevance to the lifestyle, complimenting a natural way of life. Our green salon is basically a sacred and holistic space, where people can experience the goodness of nature from all around.”

The natural way: “Regular application of chemicals on your skin can not only cause permanent damage but can also seep through the skin tissues and cells, causing chronic diseases such as cancer. Thus for the skincare treatments, it is recommended to use all natural and chemical-free products, created with the most organic ingredients, which are free from parabens, artificial colors, and fragrances and not tested on animals.”

The infrastructure unit: “The walls of the salon aren’t artificial, but natural green walls and the packaging of our products are recyclable. The light bulbs are energy saving and long-lasting.”

Images courtesy Dr Blossom Kochhar

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