1. What is a sustainable hair salon?
Salons are where people go to have their hair cut and styled. They can do so sustainably. Increasingly, many hair care products are being developed that are organic and made from all natural ingredients, as opposed to the conventional dyes, shampoos and conditioners which are filled with questionable ingredients, often derived from petrochemicals. The hair clippings, themselves are also capable of a second life that is nothing short of incredible. In the past, when oil spills like the Exxon Valdez or the Cusco Busan took place, the spilled oil was treated with other petrochemicals that would help neutralize it but also create a lasting toxic legacy in our oceans. Phil McCrory, a hairstylist from Alabama, thought there was a better way and demonstrated that hair clippings soak up oil as well as any chemical treatment can neutralize it, perhaps far better. Now, many salons contribute hair clippings to Matter of Trust, a non-profit organization that weaves these clippings into oil-soaking mats that are then used whenever disaster strikes.
2. What required knowledge or skills are necessary?
Training as a stylist/esthetician will help you establish this company and your own credibility with other stylists.
3. How much money is required to start?
$$ (on a scale of $ to $$$$$)
4. What is the income potential?
$$$ (on a scale of $ to $$$$$)
5. What is the best location for a sustainable hair salon?
Urban (best), semi-urban (very good), suburbs (very good), rural (fair/poor).
6. Three best questions to ask yourself to find out if this business is right for you (if you can answer yes to these, this business might be for you):
Do you enjoy helping people look their best?
Do you have a good eye/feel for style?
Do you like people and enjoy conversations while you work?
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