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My Hair Trip – Hair Salon in Denver

Nicole has been planning this for a very long time and in a way Paul has too. Nicole Zamora, owner at My Hair Trip Salon Denver, has used “My Hair Trip” as the name of her business for a very long time, as she rented her chair as a sole-propriator at several top salons between Milwaukee, WI and Denver, CO. My Hair Trip has been the name of her business as a hair stylist.

When the Zamora’s found the spot for their new hair salon at the intersection of 8th and Santa Fe in Denver, CO their dream started to take shape into reality. Since that day the “idea” of their hair salon was becoming more and more tangible. The thought of a new hair salon in Denver was becoming a new hair salon in Denver.

They worked with their good friend Bilal Daher, to come up with a design for the salon. Bill is a promising architectural designer on the rise in Denver. Bilal and the Zamora’s wanted to build a salon that wasn’t like any of the other hair salons in the city of Denver, or in the state of Colorado, maybe anywhere for that matter.

They worked their way from concept to design and began their communicating with the city of Denver, which was quite an adventure in itself. Through months of submitting, editing, and resubmitting of plans finally a plan for the salon was approved.

The Zamora’s good friend Roni Szigeti, offered the services of his company, Orion Environmental, to do the contracting work for the buildout of the salon. The team to build a brand new hair salon in Denver was assembled. And it made perfect sense that an environmentally conscious contractor would do the build for this eco-friendly hair salon in Denver.

Paul and Nicole did as much hard labor and creative design around the salon as they could, themselves. This salon has truly been a labor of love for the Zamora family. They demolished and removed a massive wall dividing the entire space. They worked with Bill and Jon Riley to add a custom-built display wall in the front of the hair salon. They built a custom garment rack out of pallet wood and galvanized pipe. They Designed and fabricated a custom gold ceiling for the boutique area in the salon. They painted the whole place inside and out. The rest they left up to the big boys.

The Zamoras wanted to build a hair salon in Denver that was new and fresh and felt good to be in. They wanted to build a unique place that was a great hair salon in Denver, but was a piece of art in itself, as well. Simple, but beautiful and comfortable. That’s how they think a great hair salon should be. As much as they could, they used reclaimed, repurposed materials throughout the buildout of the salon.

With the salon construction complete and the inspections passed, a new phase of creating a great salon begins. To the Zamora’s, this business, the same as any other, is about its people. The MHT salon team is built out of great hair stylists, but thats not why they were asked to join the salon’s team. This hair salon in Denver, hires great hair stylists who are great people as well.

At this salon in Denver, CO, The Zamoras want to be known as a hair salon that listens to its staff, it’s renters, and its clients and customers. A hair salon that really, really listens and tries to help to make people’s lives’ better. My Hair Trip Salon Denver is full of joy to be able to help people be happy. By giving great haircuts, by getting people the hairstyles that they want, by listening to our clients, by creating an environment of peace and positivity, by offering organic hair care and chemical free products and services. This is the modern hair salon in Denver.

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    How Composting Works

    “Composting Biology
    Composting creates the ideal conditions for the natural decay or rotting processes that occur in nature. Composting requires the following:

    Organic waste – newspaper, leaves, grass, kitchen waste (fruits, vegetables), woody materials
    Soil – source of microorganisms
    Water
    Air – source of oxygen

    The compost process
    During composting, microorganisms from the soil eat the organic (carbon containing) waste and break it down into its simplest parts. This produces a fiber-rich, carbon-containing humus with inorganic nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The microorganisms break the material down through aerobic respiration, and require oxygen that they get from the air you introduce when you turn the material in the compost bin. The microorganisms also require water to live and multiply. Through the respiration process, the microorganisms give off carbon dioxide and heat — temperatures within compost piles can rise as high as 100 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit (38 to 66 C). If the compost pile or bin is actively managed by turning and watering it regularly, the process of decomposing into finished compost can happen in as little as two to three weeks (otherwise, it may take months).

    The compost conditions must be balanced for efficient decomposition. There must be:

    Plenty of air – mixture should be turned daily or every other day
    Adequate water – mixture should be moist, but not soaking wet
    Proper mix of carbon to nitrogen – ratio should be about 30:1 (see Elements of Composting: C:N ratio and Virtual Pile for details)
    Small particle size – big pieces should be broken up, as smaller particles break down more rapidly
    Adequate amount of soil – should provide enough microorganisms for the process
    Why Compost?
    The major goal of composting is to reduce the amount of solid waste you generate. If you reduce solid waste, you will save space in municipal landfills, which will ultimately save you tax money. Finished compost has the advantage of being a useful natural fertilizer that is more environmentally friendly than synthetic fertilizers.
    The compost pile actually has a complex organization of living organisms — a foodweb. Bacteria and fungi primarily break down the organic matter in the trash. Single-celled organisms (protozoa), small worms (nematodes), and mites feed on the bacteria and fungi. Predatory nematodes, predatory mites and other invertebrates (sowbugs, millipedes, beetles) feed on the protozoa, mites and nematodes. All of these organisms work to balance the population of organisms within the compost, which increases the efficiency of the entire process.”

    We found this article at http://home.howstuffworks.com/composting1.htm

    We compost in our salon and at our home. If everyone started composting we could change the world. We could heal our planet. We are trying to do our part and building towards a waste-free life

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      Top 5 Benefits to Using Eco Friendly Beauty Products

      “Whether it’s being done to follow a fad or in the true spirit of conservation; many beauty companies are now developing and marketing eco friendly products. This is adding a new dimension to the market in beauty. Although many eco friendly products share varying degrees of actual ‘greenness’ you can be assured of the following benefits:

      1. Eco friendly beauty products typically utilize organic formulas. Chemical free! Many mainstream beauty products use ingredients that in small doses don’t affect us in the short term. In the long-run, however, some of these ingredients can have the reverse effect on our bodies as initially intended. For example: many facial cleansers contain alcohol-based ingredients that end up drying up your skin. It is also important to note that people react differently to different chemicals. Knowing your products are chemical free can ease worries of allergic and chemical reactions.

      2. Believe it or not, eco friendly beauty products are cost effective. You get what you pay for in product; not in packaging. Eco friendly products are often distributed with very little marketing or packaging cost. Other products fight for attention with fancy packaging and advertisements. That money is passed on to consumers. With eco friendly products these excess costs are often brought down to the bare minimum.

      3. Eco friendly products help make our air cleaner and our land livable. Eco friendly products are labeled as such partly because of the manufacturing process. With cleaner ingredients comes cleaner manufacturing. This means that there are less toxins and pollutants being spewed into the air during the manufacturing process. Although, as some companies continue to switch over to eco friendly products, the carbon footprint of the plants still vary. Some are utilizing alternative energies to power the plants; others aren’t even using energy efficient light bulbs. If you want the most eco friendly product from head to toe you’ll need to do your research a bit further beyond the eco friendly label.

      4. Eco friendly packaging is primarily biodegradable – meaning your purchase won’t leave a lasting imprint on our planet. Plastics and other harmful packaging are used almost rarely (and even then in very small doses) in eco friendly beauty products. One of the biggest movements in the entire beauty industry is developing better green technology for packaging. Some of the ways manufacturers have already gone beyond even the typical use of recycled materials by embedding seeds in wrappers (to plant) and printing in soy ink!

      5. Avoid conflicting interests with personal morals. Eco friendly products cover the entire gambit when it comes to respecting our environment. That means these products are free of animal testing and animal byproducts. The greater environmental issues dealing with poor manufacturing standards also helps to make eco friendly products put your personal ethics at ease. Note: Some products are made by larger corporations. The singular product may fall within eco friendly guidelines, but the company may still have sketchy ethics. If this is a top benefit for you, do your research on available products and make sure their parent companies aren’t participating in activities that go against your good conscious! Just because a company has developed a ‘green’ line doesn’t mean they employ company-wide eco friendly practices.
      No matter your ultimate reason for choosing an eco friendly product just remember that our society is based on capitalist exchange. If we are to fight through centuries of status quo in how we treat our environment we need to do it through our pocketbooks. By purchasing eco friendly products you make a bigger choice than what powder matches your skin tone better; you choose to share responsibility for the future your planet.”

      by THEECODIVA on JULY 28, 2010

      Kyle Simpson writes for Medical Billing Certification where you can find more information about a career in medical billing and coding.

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        “Why The Beauty Industry Needs A Green Makeover”

        “Demand for natural products is rising as consumer awareness grows,” writes Aly Rahimtoola, MD of Harmony Commodities.

        “There is a lot of ugliness in the beauty industry and cosmetics companies everywhere, big and small, need to address the ethical, cultural, financial and environmental consequences their products have in the world, and take responsibility for it.

        Going green is the only path to sustainability, and it should not be seen as a bane, but as a path filled with opportunities and advantages. The development of new products and processes with environmental concern in mind can spur more innovation.

        Sourcing ingredients from certified providers can spur greener product development while supporting smaller communities. Using recycled and biodegradable material in packaging can help cut waste.

        All this means that our efforts to become green are making a significant, positive impact on how the industry is moving forward, and that is great news. Going green is a convincing argument.

        But a big part of this argument started with consumers who helped – to a great extent – shape the green beauty landscape we see today.

        Over the last decade, consumers have gained a better knowledge and understanding of the ingredients used and the processes involved in the manufacturing of beauty products. They voiced their opinions and they made their concerns heard.

        Subsequently, today, with the growing awareness of the potential side effects of many artificial substances used in personal care items, such as parabens, petrochemicals and toxins, many consumers are turning towards green products. They are looking for products that do not harm their skin, nor the environment or society.

        The demand for natural and organic skincare products is high, increasingly gaining momentum in the beauty and personal care market, penetrating not only the premium but also the mass market.

        The beauty industry is changing – there’s no doubt about it. What used to be considered a niche market a decade ago has all the signs to become mainstream in the decade ahead.

        There’s a keen and increased interest in organic and all-natural positioned products and brands that have already carved a name for themselves among consumers. Big beauty industry conglomerates are certainly paying attention to this space: Shiseido’s acquired Bare Essentials, LVMH’s took over Nude Skincare and Ole Henriksen, and Clarins bought French organic brand Kibio.

        But the change goes beyond securing product lines for decades ahead. The change is happening now. In order to meet consumers’ greener expectations, manufacturers are integrating an environmental dimension into their strategy. For example, by creating sustainable partnerships with local producers or by growing their own ingredients, companies like Sanaflore, Natura, Yves Rocher and Herbline Essentials can guarantee consumers the origin and the quality of their raw materials.

        But this strategy needs to be all encompassing and should aim to reduce the use of energy and resources, reduce waste, eliminate animal cruelty, produce safer products and improve competition in the marketplace.

        This means getting rid of chemicals and toxins and using materials and natural resources in an economic fashion; designing for energy efficiency and incorporating renewable materials; and planning for the end of product life by using recyclable or biodegradable materials.

        Even more importantly, the wider change taking place in the beauty and personal care market in its effort to become green is transparency. The green approach needs to be based on a genuine respect for the environment and biodiversity, and by a real commitment to sustainability.

        We see the sustainability challenge as one of protecting biodiversity and preserving an eco-system that is now under attack by global climate change, water pollution, loss of species and habitat destruction, air pollution, toxins in the environment, and incessant waste.

        It’s easy to give lip service to sustainability and quite another to take actual action to beautifying our market. But bit by bit, the beauty industry is getting a green makeover.”

        By Aly Rahimtoola August 10, 2013

        We found this great article at: http://gulfbusiness.com/2013/08/why-the-beauty-industry-needs-a-green-makeover/#.UwkpePRdVU0

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          How to Be Eco Friendly

          “How to Be Eco Friendly
          You see it on the news all the time, talk about it and have probably read about it too. Saving the planet and being more eco friendly are issues that everyone could make an effort to contribute to, and with this simple yet effective guide, you can find out how.

          1. Find out a bit more about the environment and the Earth’s natural systems, so that you know just what is going on around you. Books and the internet are good places to find information, and they can provide loads of good tips too. Be sure to look for sound and factual material, not opinionated rants.

          2. Change little things you do in your everyday life. Small things can make a huge difference. Of course, you don’t have to give up everything that you like and are used to. Read up on things that you can substitute that won’t use as much energy or resources as the things you’re currently using; doing this can lower your impact without causing you to lower your lifestyle.

          3. Be eco-friendly in the bathroom:Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth. Have quick, refreshing showers instead of water wasting baths. Just think of all that water going down the drain when it could use as much water as 3 showers in 1 bath! Showers are just as good as baths.

          4. Think energy savings:Turn off the light whenever you leave the room, even if you are going to go back in a couple of minutes. It saves energy and saves fossil fuels, which are irreplaceable. Fluorescent or LED lighting is more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs.
          Don’t have unnecessary energy running when you won’t use or need it. Switch off that CD player, and limit your TV to only about 2 hours a day (maximum!). Turn off the computer when not in use.
          Keep radiators off when it’s not terribly cold. If it’s cold, wear extra clothing.

          5. Think about what you throw away and what you could use more than once. Be careful too. Scraps of wrapping paper and material would be ideal, unique additions to a scrapbook. Grab a piece of scrap paper to scribble down a note. And implement the 3 R’s! Reduce, reuse, and recycle:

          6. Reduce the amount of waste that is being produced, use things more than once, and give things to others that you don’t want any more. Don’t go shopping every weekend or when you get the chance to (you can reduce the amount of waste in packaging by not shopping more than 2 times a month).
          Reuse things that can be used more then once, instead of chucking them away after one use. Take plastic bags, an organic cotton bag or a big bag of your own to the store. Giving things you don’t want any more to the charity shops and using materials like postcards, old Christmas cards and notes for craft all count.
          Recycle more. Paper, cardboard and cards can be made into something new. Put them into your recycling bin and make sure the contents are collected when full. Who knows, those old, scruffy notes could be turned into a new notebook next fortnight! Think of new things being made out of new materials and you get the idea.
          Compost organic waste in your garden instead of sending it to a landfill or incinerator. You would be giving back to the environment and having a compost pile will improve you soil for things like a garden.”

          We found these awesome eco-friendly tips at: WikiHow http://m.wikihow.com/Be-Eco-Friendly

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            Eco-friendly hair salons: not just for California anymore

            We saw this article at cobizmag.com : http://www.cobizmag.com/articles/eco-friendly-hair-salons-not-just-for-california-anymore

            Dear EarthTalk: As I understand it, hair salons are pretty toxic enterprises on many counts. Are there any efforts underway to green up that industry?
            — Paula Howe, San Francisco, CA

            “Hair salons have long been criticized for the pollution they generate. Traditional hair dyes and many shampoos contain harmful synthetic chemicals that are routinely used on customers’ scalps-and then washed down the drain where they can accumulate in waterways, soils and even our bloodstreams.

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            While there doesn’t appear to be an industry-wide, coordinated effort to green up these operations, green-friendly salons are popping up all across the country, leading the charge by taking matters into their own hands. A simple Google search for “green hair salons” followed by your two-letter state abbreviation may well turn up one or several within driving distance.

            Not surprisingly, Southern California seems to be ground zero for the green hair salon movement. For example, Beverly Hills’ Shades Hair Studio prides itself on its chemical-free atmosphere. Spurred on by her own health problems related to working with conventional hair dyes, owner Susan Henry-so-called “colorist to the stars”-first created her own line of natural hair colors that contain no harmful ammonia, and then transformed her Shades salon into a model for environmentally friendly hair care.

            Across town, Nori’s EcoSalon in Encino is making waves in the industry for its non-toxic permanent hair color treatments and 100 percent botanical henna using home-grown formulations. To boot, Nori’s interior features energy efficient lighting, recycled denim insulation, low-VOC paints on the walls and sustainably sourced bamboo on the floors, along with a number of other green touches to keep indoor air quality high. And up the coast, San Francisco’s Descend Salon goes to similar lengths, and then steps it up a notch by recycling its hair clippings for use in absorbent mats used in oil spill clean-up efforts.

            Not just for California anymore, eco-friendly hair salons occupy just about every major North American city, many operating in the same spirit as Shades, Nori’s and Descend in making use of non-toxic and/or organic ingredients while greening indoor surroundings for an overall healthy experience. Then there’s the granddaddy of them all, Aveda, which in addition to operating some 200 of its own spas, supplies natural hair care and personal care products to 7,000 professional hair salons and spas in 29 countries.”

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              What does it mean to be an eco-friendly salon?

              My Hair Trip is Denver’s newest eco-friendly hair salon. We are proud to only do business with other companies that practice environmentally safe manufacturing, production, and distribution methods. This is on top of our stringent criteria that we adhere to when deciding what products we will carry.

              We choose products made by companies that, like us, are conscious about what effects they are having on our planet. It used to be a lot harder to find quality salon products that were organic or chemical free but the beauty industry is catching up now. It is an exciting time for the beauty industry as almost everyone is jumping on the eco-friendly bandwagon, as they should, the more the merrier.

              A lot of salon‘s out there are claiming that their products and/or services are chemical free but they are not we have discovered. If it is something that matters to you, make sure you know what products are being used on your skin and hair, its your health, its your body.

              We are so proud to be a truly eco-friendly salon in Denver, CO. Colorado is at the forefront of the organic movement and its really awesome to be a part of it. We love offering all chemical free salon products and services. We specialize in chemical-free products and services. It used to be that you couldn’t get the effect and quality you wanted without using chemicals. Now you can get the same if not better products and services at your salon and all chemical free!

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