Nearly every industry has been struck by the pandemic this year. However, one thing that will certainly be in high demand when restrictions are lifted is haircuts. If you’re thinking of opening up a salon soon, there are lots of things you’ll have to think about and plan. One of which is how environmentally-friendly it will be. The pandemic has caused people to look at their lifestyle choices and more people are choosing to live more sustainably than ever.
As a salon owner, you always want to make sure you’ve got the best possible tools at your disposal. You want to ensure you’re offering your clients a quality service, while also doing your bit for the planet. You’ve got a few different options to achieve this. You could use bamboo brushes instead of plastic. Or if you do opt for a plastic hairdressing comb, make sure it’s recyclable. You need to try to recycle as much as you can.
Alongside the equipment you’re using, your products will also play a vital role in your environmentally-friendly salon. You need to make sure you’re using cruelty-free brands. This means the products haven’t been tested on animals. It’s worth noting here that there is a difference between this and vegan products. Vegan companies don’t use any parts of animals in the ingredients, such as beeswax. Most lines which are cruelty-free also offer vegan options.
So you’re feeling confident you’ve got your equipment and product options ready. Well, now it’s time to start thinking about the physical space. There’s so much you can do to make your salon energy-efficient. It can be as simple as picking the right kind of light bulb to checking your faucets to avoid leaks and save water. Or you go the extra mile. You could install water recycling systems or upcycle old salon furniture rather than buying new pieces. No matter what size action you take, it can make a big impact on the environment.
Alongside all the above suggestions, you could look for salons that are currently up and running for inspiration. All across the UK salon owners are doing their bit to reduce their carbon footprint. Natural products, offering refills, clever interior designs – there’s so much you can do to create an eco-friendly salon. Not only are you helping the planet, but it can also help you retain customers as sustainability is becoming an increasingly important issue for people.
Whether you want to start small with your product selection, or you want to revamp your whole space to be as environmentally-friendly as possible, it’s fantastic you want to create a salon with an eco-conscious. Can you think of anything else which would make a salon sustainable?