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Frederick County Sustainability Commission Presents Sustainability Award to Natural Fusion Hair Studio

May 20, 2016 / / News

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

Sustainability Awards

  • 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.

Join Us at the Boonsboro Green Fest

April 17, 2016 / / Events

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.

 

Frederick Salon is Maryland’s First to Join Eco Initiative to Keep the Planet More Beautiful

April 5, 2016 / / News

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.

Key Questions:

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

We are Expanding and Looking for Experienced Stylists to Join Our Team!

March 31, 2016 / / News

Do you love working with hair?  Are you interested in helping the environment?  Do you have a fun-loving nature and enjoy delivering top notch customer service?  Natural Fusion Hair Studio is the perfect place for you!  We are very excited that our successful salon is expanding and we are adding members to our team!

We are seeking experienced hair stylists.  Full and Part time positions are available.

Our salon works hard to provide top quality professional hair services, while protecting the client, stylist and the environment from harsh chemicals.  We are looking for stylists who are experienced and confident in providing all levels of hair care services from haircuts to color to smoothing systems.  You and your clientele will experience a fun, upbeat and established salon.

Our benefits include:

  • Regular educational events, including product knowledge and hair cutting classes
  • Paid Time Off
  • Disability Insurance
  • Baseline Wage Guarantee
  • Signing Bonus Based on Experience

To be considered, please drop off a resume to Earl Pindar in person at 246 E. Sixth Street in Frederick, Maryland.  No calls.  You must have a valid Maryland Cosmetology License.

www.naturalfusionhairstudio.com

Local Salon Officially Commits to Supporting Locks of Love Donors After Touching Encounter

March 28, 2016 / / News

November 19, 2015 — Natural Fusion Hair Studio (www.naturalfusionhairstudio.com), a high-end, boutique salon located downtown, has committed to support well-known Locks of Love (www.locksoflove.org) by providing donors with complimentary haircuts to help prepare their hair donations for delivery to the non-profit. Long-time supporters of the organization and co-owners of Natural Fusion Hair Studio (Natural Fusion), Earl Pindar and wife Kelly Chapin, have made it official – anyone seeking to donate their hair to Locks of Love is invited to come to their salon to have their tresses cut for free.

For years Natural Fusion has helped prepare hair donations for Locks of Love, but after meeting new client Seung Yi and hearing the story behind his contribution, they decided it was time to commit. During the haircut, Yi shared that his mother had passed away and her hair loss during chemo was the inspiration behind making the donation. “I saw how much hair can affect a person’s being and feeling of normalcy,” he said.

It took him three years to grow his hair out to meet the donation criteria and on selecting a salon to make the cut Yi said, “We want to be as chemical free as possible in all aspects of our lives and we know Natural Fusion can help us with that while delivering salon style and service,” thus, Natural Fusion made the cut.

“It’s my pleasure and privilege to serve people like Seung and to take part in something as important as Locks of Love,” said industry veteran Pindar, “I’m excited to meet more great people [donors] like Seung and help them with their donations,” he added.