Editor's note: The article was originally published on Patch in 2011.
Not the color green, but "green" as in an environmentally safe, no-chemical, 100 percent organic certified hair color.
ReCreations Salon, on Livingston Ave, is the only NJ salon in this area to use the new product, called Organic Color Systems, salon owner Steve said.
For the last 60 plus years, going into a hair salon has meant being exposed to certain chemical smells. People associate that smell with hair salons. Walking down the street you could sense there was a hair salon close, by the smell.
Ammonia has been used in hair products for a long time and hairdressers have had to put up with being exposed to it. Clients have had to put up with it for equally as long of course. I use the term “put up with it” because I would place a substantial amount of money on the premise, that no one actually enjoys being exposed to, or having
to breath in ammonia. (Unless you are unconscious and need smelling salts to be brought awake again.)
As a hairdresser for many years, I myself had made the statement numerous times, when people would complain about being exposed to the chemical smell or being
in contact with the actual product on their head. “Is this suppose to itch burn or sting like it is doing on my head?”
My response would be something along the lines of; “You don’t have a choice, there are no other options”. Just remember no pain no gain.
All the time in the back of my head I had this nagging desire to be free of having to subject my clients to this level of discomfort and exposure. After all I was in the process of making the client look and feel more beautiful and better about themselves. Having to have something unpleasant happen during the process took the edge off the experience in my mind.
Steve Stoupas ReCreations Salon