The Best Eco Hairdressers In The UK
When it comes to sustainability, the small changes that you make in your everyday life can add up to one big change to the world we live in. You know that the most sustainable outfit we own is the one already hanging in our wardrobe, you recycle as much as you can and you try to eliminate all skincare and household products that are harmful to the environment and marine life.
But one area that may be overlooked is the monthly (or weekly) trip to the hairdresser. By default, the business model for a hair salon is not the most sustainable. They consume large amounts of water and energy and let’s not forget the chemicals in hair dyes, perming solutions and relaxers.
However, with all this said, few hair salons are making great strides to become ‘greener.’ From recycling initiatives to using cleaner products, we’ve selected eight salons across the country that are doing it right…
In The North
Rosser Hairdressing Cressington, Liverpool
Founded in 2016, this Liverpool salon only works with sustainable brands that match their ethos.
All of their care, styling and colour ranges contain ingredients that are naturally derived and cruelty-free; while their hair extensions are ethically sourced.
The perfect place for a positive impact and a little me time.
Find them at 568 Aigburth Road, Cressington, Liverpool, L19 3QG
Shade City Centre, Manchester
Not one to follow the crowd or lead them either, Shade is very much about individuality and every person walking their own path.
Shade is one of many members of the Green Salon Collective, an organisation set up to reduce the impacts of the hairdressing industry. You’ll only find vegan products and beverages here and carefully selected brands that align with the salons’ values.
Discover your individuality at 86 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6NG
Leaf Hairdressing, South Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Leaf hairdressing may have been around since the early 90s but it was a refit back in 2007 that prompted this Newcastle-based salon to rethink their impact on the environment and become a little greener.
The salon’s electricity comes from a company that only works with renewable energy, their main supplier is AVEDA meaning most of their products are cruelty-free and 97% free from chemicals. They recycle their plastic bottles and no longer use washing machines and tumble dryers for their towels as they’re now biodegradable.
Make Leaf Hairdressing a part of your sustainability journey at 200A Heaton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE6 5HP
In The Midlands
Blacc + Blond Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Balance, positivity and individuality is the core ethos of this unisex slow hair space.
They tore up the rule book when it came to the traditional ‘salon’ aesthetic, opting for a more stripped-back and neutral look.
When it comes to sustainability, this Brummie salon doesn’t mess around. They use refillable cleaning products, biodegradable PPE (gowns and towels), and eco-friendly shower heads to reduce water wastage and even their complimentary refreshments help to reduce food waste by using wonky fruit.
Blacc + Blond caters to all hair types.
So, if stripped back, neutral decor, mindfulness and inclusivity are your vibe then visit Blacc+Blond at: 17 Lionel St, Birmingham B3 1AQ
Salon Hår, Nuneaton
A childhood dream come true for a hair salon owner who is passionate about the environment.
Salon Hår may only be 3 years old, but they’re already making great strides to lessen their impact on the environment.
They’re a part of The Green Salon Collective and Salon Sustainability, opting to use natural and affordable products that advocate for environmental and social sustainability.
Discover them at 186 Weddington Road, Nuneaton, CV10 0EJ
In The South
The Glasshouse Hackney, London
Along with sustainability, holistic hair, beauty and wellbeing are at the heart of this aesthetically pleasing East London salon.
The salon uses cruelty-free products with the vast majority being suitable for vegans. But that’s not all, they also have a selection of low and zero-waste products in-store and online. To help reduce the waste from packaging they offer customers refills with a 10% discount on selected services.
The salon space itself was designed with sustainability in mind. From table surfaces crafted from recycled plastic to furniture sourced from vintage dealers.
The Glasshouse is a sustainable, well-being oasis just waiting to be tried out. ]
Go ahead and treat yourself at Netil House, 1 Westgate St. London, E8 3RL
This Bristol-based salon is a certified B Corp ( meaning they meet a high standard of verified performance, accountability, and transparency)
They use the sustainable brand Davines on their clients, Davines believe in ‘being the best for the world, creators of good life for all, through beauty, ethics and sustainability.’
They also have a number of sustainably minded initiatives from choosing gas and electric suppliers who are committed to using renewable energy sources to using Scrummi towels (biodegradable and disposable towels for spas and salons)
If that doesn’t quite sway to go for a visit then the locally sourced teas and coffees and stunning courtyard might.
Discover them at 22 Alma Vale Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2HY
Cognito Hair Wandsworth, London
At Cognito Hair, they want their customers “to feel confident they’re making a positive difference to our planet with every visit.”
The salon works hard to create a positive impact on the environment by using a green electricity provider, biodegradable towels and offering their customers affordable product refills at their refill station.
They’re also a part of the Green Salon Collective, an organisation set up to help reduce the environmental impacts of hairdressing and encourage more eco-friendly practices in the industry.
Want to know about sustainable hair care practices? Then the salon is on hand to advise and educate.
Cognito Hair caters to all hair types.
Up your sustainable hair care game at 581 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, London, SW18 4ST
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