A cut above the rest

An article on "Green Salons"

By S. Gupta


As people are growing more and more conscious about the adverse effects of chemicals on health, chemical-free body care products and cosmetics are gaining in popularity, over conventional products with chemical ingredients. To cash in on this emerging trend, green salons are setting up shops in street corners of urban areas the world over, claiming to use absolutely natural hair care and manicure products.

These green salons, like normal salons, are places where people can get their hair cut and styled. The only difference from the normal ones being that these green salons make use of organic shampoos, dyes and conditioners composed of natural ingredients.

Proprietors of green salons know certain that there is a category of people who would rather settle for hundred percent natural hair care products bearing not-so-common brand names than go for chemical-based products from popular multi national corporates with dubious ingredients - often obtained from petrochemicals.

One problem most green salons face is that of procuring the appropriate "organic" substitutes of the products they wish to use - because the organic versions of some of the necessary products are either not easily available or are fairly expensive. Water-based nail polishes, for one, are something the green salons providing manicure services would love to use. But then, of date, such nail polishes are not so widely distributed so that green salons located anywhere in the world would have access to them.

The more diversified green salons, that double as beauty parlours as well, employ natural methods for facials and hair removal alonwith their usual service of hair styling and manicure. Such green salons may use sugaring or threading processes for hair removal; peppermint and eucalyptus for facial steaming; and most importantly mineral make-ups - that are completely natural and not treated on animals.

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