Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Environmentally sustainable work practices for Hair and Beauty salons

The Virtual Salon

Ecohair and beauty have developed their Virtual Salon. You can log on and enter the virtual salon to learn about sustainable hair care in a fun and engaging way. Once finished you can get the Sustainable stylist certificate. Why not get all staff to work through the salon and be eligible for the Sustainable Salon Certificate.

Find out more ands sign up for your free access to the virtual salon.

Ecohair and Beauty: Virtual Salon

Energy use

You can reduce your energy consumption by making some simple changes to everyday tasks. Once these become accepted as the new norm, you will begin to achieve significant cost savings too.

The starting point is to monitor your energy use, checking bills and working out where energy is used in your salon. You can then record the benefits of taking steps to reduce energy consumption.

You can encourage staff to:

  • Switch off lights as they exit rooms or storage areas, (alternatively fit PIR to lights)
  • Switch off equipment immediately when not in use and between treatments, eg straightners. Avoid leaving any equipment on “stand by” mode.
  • Use water at a slightly lower temperature for hair washing or rinsing
  • Reducing blow drying and blow dry efficiently

Eco Hair and Beauty have videos that demonstrate a number of techniques that will reduce energy consumption.

Eco Hair and Beauty: Videos

Water use

see our page on Reducing water consumption in Hair and Beauty sector

Reducing waste

See our page on Reducing waste in the Hair and Beauty sector

Preventing air pollution

See our page on Air quality in the Hair and Beauty sector

Further information

Any business that wants to reduce its waste should contact:

In Scotland - Resource Efficient Scotland

In Northern Ireland – WRAP Northern Ireland

Eco Hair and Beauty have a wide range of resources and information aimed at helping to make the hair and beauty sector more sustainable and more efficient.

Eco Hair and Beauty – Building sustainability with hair and beauty

SEE ALSO: Reduce, reuse, recycle your business waste, Water efficiency, Energy efficiency

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