National Association of Eco-Friendly Salons & Spas
Featured Salon/Spa of the Month – Nurture Salon
Located in Portland, Oregon, Nurture Salon strives to build awareness in the community about supporting local business that employ green business strategies.By supporting local businesses the consumer feeds the local economy while reducing their carbon footprint.
Nurture Salon’s green business practices promote the beauty and health of its community as well as the world. Long before the current oil spill disaster in the Gulf, Nurture Salon was donating its hair clipping to Matter of Trust, a company who uses the material to make mats that absorb oil, and they continue to do so today.
One of the biggest investments made by the Owner, Alan Mandarano, was the purchase of Freestylist Free-Floating Dryer Support System with SpectraLights. The energy efficient dryer uses less energy and has a prolonged life decreasing the amount of dryers that end up in landfills.The lighting uses full spectrum LED technology which simulates natural sunlight, allowing the stylist to correctly read their clients color.The system is expensive but gives a great ROI by using 85% less energy than traditional lighting.SpectraLights last 20 years and are 100% recyclable.
Other green practices include:
·CFL lighting in all other fixtures
·Exclusive use of Ammonia Free Hair Color
·Composts and Recycles
·Live and work in the community, walk to work
·Support local artists, featuring their work in the salon
·Serve shade grown, organic coffee to guests
·Use all eco-friendly cleaning products
Healing Our Environment ~ One Salon and Spa at a Time
National Association of Eco-Friendly Salons & Spas P.O. Box 360, Lansing, IL 60438 USA
Nurture Salon: Portland’s Greenest Salon
Salon’s new green dryer is a worthy mention for all those people that
get their hair cut and enjoy the green side of life.
Nurture Salon, located at 7311 SE Milwaukie Ave has the only and greenest hair dryer system on the market.
The Freestylist Free-Floating Dryer Support System with SpectraLights
is a long and fancy name. This beauty can be describes as a
weightless, cordless blow-drying system that eliminates dryer cord
gymnastics and dries hair faster using less electricity.
“To be honest, I wanted it because of the cool factor, and bought it
for its green technology and utility,” says Alan Mandarano, owner of
Nurture Salon, the only salon in the Portland area with the system!
Another genius move Mandarano made was partnering with Matter of Trust
– an organization that recycles hair into mats that naturally collect
oil spills from the oceans. So, every client that has their hair cut
at Nurture is helping to save precious sea life around the world. Not
to mention, helping to decrease landfill.
Mandarano is a family man who recently had a son and works with is
wife, Natalie. Alan is a member of the National Association of
Eco-Friendly Salons & Spas, Sustainable Business Network, Local
First campaign, and not to mention, but I will, Nurture Salon is on GreenPosting as well.
From serving shade grown, organic coffee to clients, supporting local
artists by featuring photography, art and jewelry in their salon,
composting, recycling, and supporting their community, Nurture Salon
nurtures clients, community, and the world with green practices.
Consumers interested in supporting local Portland merchants and
reinvesting in their community can make an appointment for inspired
hair design at Nurture: 503-224-4150
Evelyn Ngugi | February 8th, 2010
We’re a month into the new year—how have you held up with those resolutions? Still striving to flaunt your curls? Reduce your carbon footprint? Both?
Alan and Natalie Mandarano of Nurture Salon in Portland, Oregon, are an example of a successful resolution to better the world we live in and leave you feeling beautiful in the process. Since 2003, this couple and the team have done just that. Customers are offered tea and a heated neck wrap as soon as they walk through the door. Soothing aromatherapy adds to relaxing atmosphere, and the facility leaves small carbon footprint.
“Nurture has a strong intention to heal and to be part of the solution on our planet and people feel good about supporting that,” Alan said. “It’s about more than outer beauty; it’s an inner feeling of bliss and dare we say, love, that we are going for as well. One more person feeling good about themselves has a positive ripple effect on our entire planet, yes?” The salon engages in numerous “green” practices like recycling, composting, using environmentally friendly cleaning products, energy efficient lighting and shopping locally when possible. “As time goes on, we have gotten better and better at ‘greening’ up our salon,” Alan said. “We save our hair clippings for Matter of Trust—an oil spill cleanup organization.” The hair is recycled into special mats that naturally attract the spilled oil. Nurture is involved in other organizations that promote the environment as well as charity. Used makeup and hair products are donated to the Sunshine Pantry, a food pantry in their area. And the hair dye used—Only Ammonia-free offerings. On the high-tech side, the salon has one ultra cool Freestylist Free-Floating Dryer. It hangs from the ceiling, uses less electricity than other dryers, but dries the hair faster. It also last longer, so you don’t have to toss numerous dryers in the trash. The lights in Nurture are also special—SpectraLights—LED lights that last for more than 20 years and are completely recyclable.
While Nurture was created to be “green”, the birth of the Mandarano’s son, Guy, sparked them to step up their game. “We bought the Prius as soon as we found out we were pregnant and we switched to Ammonia Free Hair Color right after he was born,” Alan said.
During Natalie’s pregnancy, she wore gloves and tried not to breathe in the ammonia of hair dyes. “It became a bit of an obsession to do our part to ensure that there is a planet for him that can sustain his health and well being,” Alan said. “We wanted to make sure he has clean air and nature to enjoy for his lifetime and for his children’s children’s lifetimes.” And as far as styling naturally curly hair goes, Alan and the whole team follow the same guidelines to ensure a healthy but beautiful cut.
“For curls, it’s VERY important to cut WITH the curl and not against it, Alan said. “Remember that curl is ROUND and you want to cut in a way that honors that.” Nurture uses the Alan Benfield Bush technique—it takes into account the your personal growth patterns, head shape, hair texture (fine, medium, coarse), facial shape and desired style shape. “We don’t as a rule recommend razoring or using texture shears,” Alan said.
And while Alan, Natalie and the whole Nurture team are certainly excellent and passionate about what they do, they are in no way an exception. All stylists can find small ways to make their salons eco-friendly.
They’re even available for consulting if you need help!
• contacting your city to get information on recycling programs. • Become a member of groups like Matter of Trust. • Change all of your light bulbs to longer-lasting energy efficient bulbs-that’s an easy one! • Shop local, walk instead of drive whenever possible and take public transportation, even occasionally. • Compost. Remember: reduce, reuse and recycle!
The Mandaranos strive to be environmentally responsible even in their home. “We enjoy raising our son with love and careful guidance and want him to grow up with a sense of responsibility for not only himself but for his planet as well.” And that’s what Nurture Salon is all about. Taking care of yourself, but also your world in the process. It’s never too late to make good on that New Year’s resolution.
“The best thing we can do is to be well ourselves and choose wisely in any given moment,” Alan said. “No one is perfect, but we can strive for excellence.”
Nurtures Clients, Community and World with Green Practices
Nurture Salon (Portland, OR) is devoted to being green. So much so, that every client contributes to saving sea life…and they don’t even know it!
Alan Mandarano, owner of Nurture, is a member of the National Association of Eco-Friendly Salons & Spas, Sustainable Business Network of Portland and Local First, and is acclaimed for his green business practices that not only promote the beauty and health of the Portland community, but the world.
After the birth of his son, Mandarano wanted to double his efforts in looking for more sustainable options for the salon. After seeing the Freestylist Free-Floating Dryer Support System with SpectraLights on “Extreme Makeover Home Edition,” he became interested, and an advertisement in a trade magazine highlighting the sustainability factors of the system prompted him to investigate further.
“To be honest, I wanted it because of the cool factor, and bought it for its green technology and utility,” says Mandarano. This weightless blow-drying system eliminates dryer cord gymnastics and addresses cord hang-ups and dropped dryers. The dryer turns on automatically when pulled down, giving you an extra hand. It dries hair faster, with less electricity and prolongs the life of the dryer, decreasing landfill. Nurture is the only salon in the Portland area with the system!
“The SpectraLights use full spectrum LED technology and give a true color epresentation, they are not blue in hue, which could make for some interesting client experiences once they see their hair in sunlight or any traditional halogen light with a warm hue. The SpectraLights last for over 20 years, reduce electrical consumption by 85%, 100% recyclable, do not contain mercury and do not emit radiant heat, which reduces cooling costs,” states Mandarano.
Another genius move Mandarano made was partnering with Matter of Trust – an organization that recycles hair into mats that naturally collect oil spills from the oceans. So, every client that has their hair cut at Nurture is helping to save precious sea life around the world. Not to mention, helping to decrease landfill.
Other Green Practices
• Owners (Mandarano and his wife Natalie) use Ammonia Free Hair Color exclusively
• Use compact fluorescent lighting in all other fixtures
• Compost all organic materials
• Support Dress for Success, representative hair salon for local conferences
• Carry only professional non-diverted hair care product with a mission of sustainability and responsibility
• Small footprint: designed by local architect Firm 151
• Live and work in community, walk to work and own a 2010 Prius
• Compost and recycle
• Support local artists featuring photography, art and jewelry in salon
• Use all eco-friendly cleaning products and laundry detergents
• Serve shade grown, organic coffee to clients
• Collect used products (hair and makeup) for the Share program (Sunshine Pantry)
Consumers interested in supporting local Portland merchants and reinvesting in their community can make an appointment for inspired hair design at Nurture: 503-224-4150.
Life of A Cosmetologist
September 25, 2009
Entrepreneurial leaders do not have a mindset that adapts to failure.
Things go wrong, of course, but entrepreneurs don´t call them
"failures" they call them "glitches, mistakes, bungles, setbacks" – but
When one such entrepreneur was asked about the hardest decision he ever
had to make, he answered that he didn´t know what a hard decision was.
An entrepreneur will approach decision-making with the idea that
there´s a strong likelihood that he/she will be wrong. This doesn´t
dissuade them – to the contrary they just do the best they can and
worry about handling obstacles as they arise.
Here's a few entrepreneurs:
Hair Salon Portland Oregon Sustainable Eco Friendly Toxin-Free Cruelty-Free
Nurture Inspired Hair Design recently featured in national magazine
"Launch Pad" in their Eco-Gorgeous issue for green hair salons in
Portland Oregon. We recycle every bit of packaging and retail zero
impact organic toxin free products to our clients. Alan & Natalie Mandarano owners of Nurture Inspired Hair Design use a certified
organic hair color line that is ammonia free sulfate free toxin free
that leaves the hair undamaged in the hair coloring process. Nurture
also employ's compact fluorescent light bulbs and donates its hair
clippings to a hazardous waste clean up company that produces oil
absorbent mats out of them. Nurture is always looking to the green
community to see how it may improve its effort in becoming more
sustainable and environmentally responsible. Most recently they
installed the Freestyle System with Spectra Lights, the 1st in Portland
to employ this Green Technology.
Alan Mandarano Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 971.533.5359 tel. 931.233.5359 fax.