The Key Issues
Ranging from high-end luxury day spas to small, independently owned locations, beauty salons and spas are known to use a wide range of potentially toxic chemicals. These chemicals can include: shampoos and dyes that contain tar derivatives, shampoos that contain formaldehyde and perm solutions that contain triethanolamine (TEA), diethanolamine (DEA), and monoethanolamine (MEA). Products that are more eco-friendly include: enzyme-based shampoos and hair products; henna or vegetable dyes or semi- or demi-permanent, non-ammoniated colors.
Nail salons also expose workers and clients to chemicals through the use of traditional nail polishes, which contain many toxic chemicals including formaldehyde, toulene, and dibutyl-pthalate (DBP) – chemicals linked to cancer and reproductive harm.- . Fortunately, there are products that have become available on the market to help salons go green without sacrificing the quality of service that they provide.
Water consumption is extremely high in salons due to practices such as the constant washing of hair and towels and the use of pedicure chairs in nail salons. The easiest and most cost effective way to save water includes installing water savings devices, such as low faucet aerators to minimize water use.
Due to the use of equipment, such as washing machines, blow dryers, pedicure chairs, and other types of equipment, salons and spas consume lots of energy on a daily basis. There are very simple green friendly practices, from using CFL blubs to installing a programmable thermostat that can be implemented to lower energy consumption.
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