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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Yesterday, County Executive Jan Gardener announced the winners of the Recycling in Frederick T-shirt Design Contest and the Frederick County Sustainability Commission announced yesterday the recipients of awards and recognition for this year’s Sustainability Awards. Among them was the Organization Award winner, Natural Fusion Hair Studio (naturalfusionhairstudio.com).
In addition to the Sustainability Awards, awards for the Recycling in Frederick T-shirt Design Contest were also presented. A full list of all the winners:
Recycling in Frederick T-shirt design contest winners
- John Wyson – Grand Prize
- Austin Mogollon – Elementary Grades Honor
- Jordan Best – Secondary Grades Honor
- Zoe Dombo – Community Choice
- Natural Fusion Hair Studio – Organization Award
- Rich Maranto – Individual Award
- Frederick Community Action Agency – Nonprofit Organization Award
- Matthew Witmer – County Employee Award
- AstraZeneca Frederick Manufacturing – Organization Recognition
- Ginny Brace – Individual Recognition
<<The Natural Fusion Hair Studio, located in the City of Frederick, has gone above and beyond in operating a sustainable shop. They are the first salon in the state to recycle salon waste and are now Maryland’s Green Circle Salon. The owners have achieved a 95% reduction in their salon waste through the program. As a Green Circle Salon, they recycle hair and other salon waste such as hair products. This recycling service costs the owners $400 per month—a cost which is not passes on to customers as the usual “environmental fee.” The owners are encouraging other salons in Frederick to join the Green Circle Salon partnership. They also are using sustainable products in their shop. In addition, they have instituted a number of sustainable practices throughout the site such as implementing LED and natural lighting, reuse of materials for furniture, and a native plant garden.>> <<from Frederick County Sustainability Commission NR>>
“We have worked really hard to achieve the highest level of sustainability possible – and we’re nowhere near done, yet! We would have been doing it anyway because we are passionate about the environment. So to be formally recognized is a real honor,” said Earl Pindar, owner and master stylist at Natural Fusion.
<<”We are proud to recognize these outstanding champions of sustainability who have provided leadership to the rest of us on how to create a bright future for Frederick County,” said FCSC Chair, Tom Anderson.>><<from Frederick County Sustainability Commission NR>>
About Frederick County Sustainability Commission
The Frederick County Sustainability Commission (https://frederickcountymd.gov/3553/Frederick-County-Sustainability-Commissi) represents the natural environment’s critical relevance in making community decisions that will sustain for all time a healthy, abundant, affordable and inspiring place to live and work.
We’re happy to announce that we will once again have a booth at the Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year we are offering free product demonstrations by appointment (spaces are limited). Choose from one of four organic, dry-hair treatments we’ll be pampering booth guests with:
Whether you’re onsite getting a treatment or just stopping by to learn about eco-friendly hair care and what it means for you, we’ll send you home with a personalized hair regimen “prescription” and some fabulous samples. Call Susan today to book your appointment: 301-662-1766.
For more details about the festival visit www.boonsborogreenfest.org.
As the first and only Maryland member of Green Circle Salons, Natural Fusion Hair Studio is beginning a comprehensive recycling / reuse program that will help us to significantly reduce our environmental impact on the planet. The program helps us to redirect out of water streams and landfills everything once considered as garbage: hair (in 2010 Green Circle Salons sent more than 1,000 pounds of hair to the Gulf of Mexico to help clean the BP oil spill), foils, color tubes, paper, plastics, and liquid chemical waste (most salons today simply rinse all leftover liquid chemicals into the sink and down the drain).
With today’s age of GREEN & ECO-RESPONSIBILTY, the new buzz words in business are changing us for the better! We are very excited to take our industry in a new direction with exceptional standards of environmental accountability. The beauty industry poses many challenges to the environment, from sourcing of ingredients to disposal of packaging and products. Through our alignment with Green Circle Salons, we hope to ameliorate our ecological footprint by implementing simple green changes that will make both our salon, and our industry, more sustainable. We are proud of this new partnership and knowing that Green Circle Salons is 100% traceable and fully accountable for how they handle the materials we give them.
What does this mean for our customers?
- Easily and quickly identify North America’s green salon leaders through an online GCS Directory & smartphone app.
- Today, consumers vote with their dollars. People make the choices for change. With the Green Circle platform, we empower green consumers with choices that support both environmental and social progress. We can now improve the beauty of our clients and the planet at the same time.
- Peace of mind knowing that their salon has taken meaningful steps to keep our communities healthy
- By supporting our salon, they contribute to local and international community development, as well as environmental research and innovation.
“We are stoked about this new relationship with Green Circle Salons – not just because it brings us one huge step closer to being a 100% sustainable shop, but because the initiative itself is wicked cool! They take product containers, packaging, even HAIR, and turn each into something that gives back to the planet – you can’t get more eco-friendly than that!” said Earl Pindar, co-owner and master stylist at Natural Fusion Hair Studio.
Natural Fusion Hair Studio already uses products safe for the environment. This change, though, enables their salon to eliminate 95% of their salon waste such as product containers and packaging – taking their goal to be fully sustainable to the next level. “What we are most excited about is to bring this offering to the Frederick community where not just us, but all salons can take the step toward preserving our environment by ensuring their salon waste recycled and disposed of properly. We can’t wait to spread the news and get others on board!” said Kelly Chapin, co-owner at Natural Fusion Hair Studio.
Did you know that currently all aluminum foils and color tubes are not being recycled and are sent to landfill?
Recycling aluminum uses roughly 5% of the energy required to create virgin aluminum from bauxite. Ninety- five percent of all aluminum can be recycled over and over again, including the foils and color tubes that are used in salons across North America. From now, GCS Member Salons will take an environmentally responsible stand and ensure that all metals are properly recycled. This will help to reduce the need for more landfill space, reduce our dependence on non-renewable resources, and decrease the amount of toxins going into our landfill sites.
Did you know hair when placed in garbage bags will mummify, continue to fill our landfill, and give off methane gas?
GCS Member Salons will now be diverting all hair out of landfill and into other more sustainable projects. GCS, in connection with various partners, is looking at ways that hair can play an important role in a number of commercial applications. It’s exciting to know that hair can be used on our oceans to help in oil spill clean up and recovery projects.
Did you know that all excess chemicals including color, perm solutions and ammonia get rinsed down the sink into our water stream?
This is the ugly truth of the industry. Our solution will be to send all excess color waste to a hazardous waste facility where they will be incinerated to produce clean energy!
About Green Circle Salons
Green Circle Salons is a company that provides a simple but powerful green strategy to help salons reduce their environmental footprint and get noticed by consumers looking for genuine green options. We offer a proven pathway for salons to achieve success in the short term and be sustainable into the future. We believe that small steps to transform each salon, with the help of customers and employees, over time, will make that green conversion possible and sustainable. We offer an eco‐systems approach that looks at recycling, energy, lighting, water, cleaning products and the re‐purposing of hair‐ all parts of the salon experience. To do this, we have our own branded services, but also work with best‐of‐class green product and service suppliers.
We are also committed to giving back up to 5% of pre‐tax profits to work with local and international organizations to develop and support programs that make creative environmental impact and lessons for positive change.
Visit www.greencirclesalons.com for more information