Natural Fusion Hair Studio Helps Recycle Hair Clippings Into Furniture Through Green Circle Salons & Werres Corporation Recycles Forklifts
Recently, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardener and Business Recycling Program Analyst for Frederick County Donna Corbus Present Annual Business Waste Recycling and Reduction Awards. Among them was Natural Fusion Hair Studio (naturalfusionhairstudio.com).
Business Waste Recycling and Reduction Award Winners
- Natural Fusion Hair Studio
- MOM’s Organic Market – Frederick
- Werres Corporation
<<Frederick County Government has announced the winners of its annual Business Waste Reduction and Recycling Award. The County has an established goal of diverting 60% of its waste from landfill
disposal by 2025 and the Department of Solid Waste Management actively promotes a philosophy of “Recycle More. Waste Less.” Since businesses account for roughly half of the waste generated, this award program provides public recognition for local organizations that have demonstrated leadership in their efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.>> <<from Frederick County Department of Solid Waste NR>>
“Recycling waste in general is common sense, right? But through Green Circle Salons (GCS) we get to do some really cool – and unexpected – stuff! All of the products at the shop are already eco-friendly, but through GCS water is extracted from used product through a centrifuge process and then added back into reservoirs. Not to mention this one guy who actually recycles hair (typically used to sop up oil spills and fertilize soil – both super cool) into granite-like furniture! Crazy cool, right?!,” said Earl Pindar, owner and master stylist at Natural Fusion. “We’re so happy to keep making strides toward protecting and preserving our environment and hope others will continue to do so, too. And we’re grateful to DSWM for all the work they do to keep sustainability in the spotlight!” he added.
<<“Waste reduction can be as easy as rethinking the way you’ve always done things and making a few simple changes. The choices these businesses have made inspire their employees as well as their customers to “think green” and conserve resources,” said Donna Corbus, Business Recycling Program Analyst for Frederick County.>><<from Frederick County Department of Solid Waste NR>>
Why did you choose to plant roots at Natural Fusion Hair Studio?
There are a lot of reasons why I wanted to work at Natural Fusion. I really like that we only use organic and natural products. When I was in cosmetology school the products we used would always give me hives…I’ve had none since working here. The atmosphere is great – we offer premium services in a relaxed environment where we can each be ourselves – I love it! Also, I love that we can care for hair and the environment at the same time!
What are your go-to products?
Philip Pelusi’s Tela Healer and P2 Decrease. Absolutely. Tela Healer is a leave-in conditioner for wet hair that’s also a cream, which provides great cuticle penetration. Especially with humidity, it reduces frizz with a quick wash-and-go. P2 Decrease is a spray that’s great for reducing drying time, which is great if you have thicker hair.
How does Natural Fusion’s commitment to the environment align with your personal practices?
So…I used to love long showers. Like, LOVE them. Since working here and seeing all the ways we practice sustainability, I’ve realized that I can be saving so much water by taking more reasonable showers. I miss my long showers, which seem like such a small thing, but I feel good about skipping them since it’s better for the environment.
If you could give people one hair care tip what would it be?
Use both a heat protectant AND a leave-in conditioner when heat-styling – it’s the best way to protect your hair.
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Out of all the salons in Frederick, how did you land at Natural Fusion?
Earl was my teacher in school here in Frederick and we got along really well; I liked his personality and he became like a big brother to me. So, one day I told him that when he was ready I would love to work for him as an assistant. I liked that he was laid back and that he wasn’t stuck on one style of cutting. He understands that everyone sees how things get accomplished, but find their own ways of getting there.
How do the Natural Fusion eco-friendly salon practices align with your personal “mission” for care of your clients?
I hate calling out from work. I have shown up and Earl has sent me home because he could tell I didn’t feel well. I try to keep myself as healthy as possible so I can always be there for my clients. Using the products that we do, keeps me healthier in the long run. Until I really started working in a hair salon I didn’t realize how much the products affect you on a day to day basis. I want my clients to be as happy and healthy as possible and knowing they are using these products makes me happy.
What is your personal favorite eco-friendly practice at home?
Homemade baby food! When my daughter was starting to eat solids I made everything for her. I would lay her down for a nap and then steamed, baked and pureed for hours. Then, I would spend the next two days filling and refilling ice cube trays of pureed food until it was all frozen and put in proper storage containers. This not only ensured my daughter was only eating whole, healthy foods, but it also saved us money and cut down on so much container waste.
Also, I’m adamant about getting the absolute last drop of product out of the bottle – to the point where I’ll cut it open so I can use my fingers to scoop out that last drop. I’ll admit that not many people have actually witnessed me doing this!
How about some professional hair care advice. What one thing would you recommend that could benefit anyone?
Well… Want silky smooth hair? Tired of having to wash, blow dry and flat iron all in the morning before work? My advice is to wash your hair at night and let it air dry while you sleep. Then, you can touch it up in the morning with the smoothing iron. Less heat on the hair, less energy wasted [for you and your electric bill], and most importantly – more time to sleep! And for extra shine, give your hair a couple of pumps of BrilliantHair before using the smoothing iron.
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How did you land at Natural Fusion and what keeps you there?
I met Earl while I was in cosmetology school and used to stop by the shop all the time to say hi. I was always drawn to the atmosphere – it’s cozy, relaxed, comfortable, and not “hoity-toity.” I enjoy being able to deliver high-end services to my clients in an environment that appreciates and encourages individuality. Every day I come in and do my best work as myself without having to curb who I am – it makes me feel like I’m at home, working with my family, and serving my friends – I love it.
Have you always been an environmental enthusiast?
Me working here wasn’t because of the environmental focus, but after being here for a while and learning more about the impact salon chemicals have not only on the environment, but also us stylists I definitely appreciate it and advocate for it.
How does the Natural Fusion concept support your personal mission in terms of care for your clients?
Working here I’m able to provide a comfortable while pampering and professional experience for my clients. I have a lot of opportunity to educate them on sustainable hair salon practices both for in-shop services and at-home care. I consider myself a lifelong learner and get excited when I can share new concepts and insights with my clients – or anyone else willing to learn!
What’s your personal, favorite sustainable practice?
You know those plastic, 6-pack plastic holders? For as long as I can remember, probably since I was in grade school, I have been adamant about cutting those things into tiny pieces to avoid any chance of getting wrapped around some animal’s neck or body to a point where it hurts or even kills them. I saw it once and being the animal-lover that I am, ever since that day I’ve been almost-neurotic about making sure they’re cut before they get thrown away.
Steve’s #1 tip for hair care
Man, there are so many pearls of wisdom I tend to share, but if I had to choose one it would be to use a finishing product with SPF. Doing so will help your color from fading and last longer, and it will protect your hair and scalp from UV rays, thus even adding a bit of an anti-aging element to your hair care routine.
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