April is Earth Month, but there's never a wrong time to be eco-conscious. Many salons and spas have ditched the hard chemicals and adopted a green business model, which has attracted eco-friendly customers and helped the wellness of the beauty professionals working there.
For Roya Adjory of Nori's Eco Salon in Los Angeles, caring about the planet and keeping a close watch on her products' ingredient lists is nothing new.
"Out of more than 1,200 ingredients used routinely in personal-care products, only a handful have been tested for safety, " Adjory said in an email. "As a result we have store shelves filled with products not only for the stylist but also the public that have serious health effects. So my quest in turning my already-existing salon to a green establishment was a personal journey trying to help various health conditions from which my family suffered."
She continued, "In my search, I uncovered truths that were never told. I also found out so some women are allergic to chemicals, so they could have issues when going to a hair salon or getting their hair colored. So we only deal with companies that have shown the same commitment not only to the stylists but also to the environment."
Carol Zubrin, who owns Purity Organic Spa, also talked about her deep commitment to the environment.
"I have always been an environmentalist," she said in an email. "Growing up in Lake Tahoe had a lot to do with my appreciation for nature and our planet, to keep it beautiful. When I started Purity Organic Spa over 15 years ago, I made a commitment to myself and to my clients that I would only work with products that shared my beliefs. No animal testing, pure, natural and organic ingredients that were never harmful to my clients. I also hand pour one of my most popular cleansers and encourage my clients to bring it back to be refilled. It encourages minimal waste and recycling."
She added that even though being organic hasn't always been trendy, she's been committed to natural products from the beginning.
"I think many people are finally realizing that what you eat and what you put on your skin is vitally important. You can't ignore the fact that pesticides and chemicals tax your immune system. People are drawn to my spa because we are like minded. I was one of the only places in Los Angeles that you could get an organic facial many years ago when every other spa was joining the med spa craze. It wasn't cool and hip then like it is now to be organic but I didn't care. I knew there were other people out there like me who truly believed that being organic and natural mattered."
Click through the slideshow below to see into Nori's Eco Salon, Purity Organic Spa, and other eco-friendly establishments in Los Angeles.
[Images courtesy of Nori's Eco Salon, Purity Organic Spa, Kat Rudu Salon, Côte, and Felicia Howe]