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Green Beauty Smoothie: Detox & Cleanse

Green Beauty Smoothie: Detox & Cleanse

Green smoothies are a refreshing and delicious way to detoxify the liver and cleanse the body while still enjoying a delicious treat. A cleaned-up liver can process nasty toxins more efficiently which leads to clear, radiant and younger-looking skin. Blending fruits and vegetables in a smoothie versus juicing, boosts the absorption of all the beneficial vitamins and nutrients by keeping the fiber in the mix. This aids in cleansing and gets the body back into balance resulting in more energy and a natural glow.

Remember to choose organic when possible to avoid heavily pesticide-sprayed produce. Pesticides are toxic to the body, far from beautiful and defeat the purpose of detoxification.

Filled to the brim with purifying ingredients, this revitalizing smoothie is best enjoyed soaking up the spring sunshine!

Green Beauty Smoothie Ingredients:

8 oz coconut water – Contains enzymes that help to detoxify and repair the body
½ lemon peeled – Detoxifies the liver and helps convert toxins into water-soluble form that can be easily eliminated from the body
Small handful of parsley leaves – Loaded with vitamins A, C, K along with folate and iron which all benefit healthy skin
½ granny smith apple – Quercetin found in the apple skin tackles free radicals that cause damage and wrinkles
½ cucumber peeled & cut – Made of 95% water, keeps the body hydrated while helping it eliminate toxins
1 tbsp chia seeds – Filled with omega-3’s that boost collagen production and fiber to aid in cleansing
Handful of spinach – Chlorophyll in greens oxygenates and alkalizes the blood leading to less inflammation and glowing skin
¼ avocado – The good fats, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated, which help control the skin’s moisture level
Stevia to sweeten – Natural sweetener to satisfy a sweet tooth made from a plant with no sugar and impact on blood sugar levels
3-4 ice cubes
Blend ingredients until smooth and enjoy your organic Green Beauty Smoothie.

{from my article in the Coco Eco Magazine EARTH ROCKS Spring/Summer 2014 issue on p. 50-51}

This and more found at http://organicbeautytalk.com/green-beauty-smoothie-detox-cleanse/

At My Hair Trip, The Organic Salon Denver, we love finding great green beauty and organic living tips like this one. Stay tuned to get all sorts of little organic treats like this one from our blog.

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    The Bitter Side of Salon & Spa Suites

    Suites and suite franchises are promising a whole lot that they can’t deliver.

    Suites are twisting a lot of facts and data with one intent … to get leases signed.

    Suites use the terms “Revenue,” “Profit” and “Income” to say the same thing. These terms are NOT the same thing. Suites say, “You can keep 100% of the profit,” but they never define “profit.” Profit is what’s left after all expenses are paid. For an independent suite tenant, that’s called “Net Income.” The suites never explain that profit can be negative and that a suite tenant can keep all of that negative profit.
    Suites blur the term “Income.” Are they talking “Gross Revenue” or “Net Income”? A claim that “income” went up 40% to 60% is easy to make when that “Income” really means “Gross Revenue” from service and retail sales – not net personal income.
    One suite franchise spotlights one hairstylist that said he wasn’t looking to be self-employed, but when his salon owner presented him with a 150-mile radius non-compete, it left him no option. REALLY? A 150-mile non-compete for a stylist is a ridiculous statement. 15-mile? Yes. 150-mile radius? No. It would never hold up in court. It’s another bashing of a very common practice at employee-based salons.
    Another suite franchise spotlights a stylist that went right from cosmetology school into a suite. She says, “Last year I made just over $100,000.” My rent is about $12,000 a year.” Wow! Sounds like a no brainer. But, “I made just over $100,000” means Gross Revenue … not Net Income. Factor in all of the other costs of doing business and self-employment taxes … and that $100,000 looks more like Net Income of $30,000 to $40,000 after taxes. Without a following, or one hell of a gift for networking and social media, making a living in a suite is a tough and lonely career path.
    The suite companies and franchises are doing everything they can to roll out the red carpet to secure tenants. From custom-designed suite decor, business software and apps … to months of free rent so tenants can take a “vacation” … suites are going after established salons’ employees.
    For an independent service provider, signing a multi-year lease is risky when the entire business depends on one pair of hands.
    For suite owners and franchises … those multi-year leases are only as good as the ability to pay by the people that sign them. Leasing to a half-booked stylist with little to no business experience is seriously risky.

    A prediction on Suites

    Many predict that the suites’ promises of gold and “build your own business – not someone else’s” is going to peak and then recede. The signs are already there. Suite stylists are going to see working for a salon as the best career and income security move.

    Here’s our challenge to todays Salon/Spa Owners … It’s time to rethink everything about your business. The days of building a salon/spa one column at a time are over. Today, you must grow a company … and a unique brand.

    Employee-based salons/spas must become everything booth rental and suites are not. Team service must replace “I/me/mine” service. Career paths must be real and deliverable … not “some day promises.” True employee benefits like paid vacations, paid holidays, company paid advanced education, team bonus plans and more, must fill the benefit void that has existed too long.

    Salon/spa compensation must evolve beyond commission, sliding scales, service charges and product-cost deductions … all of which feed independent booth rental and suite thinking and behavior.
    It’s time to play a very different and more sophisticated game than the traditional salon/spa model. It’s definitely time to play a better game than the suites are playing. It’s time.

    At My Hair Trip, The #1 rated organic salon in Denver we too have had our share of stylists who have had their appointment books filled by us only to try to take our clients and leave to rent suites on their own because of all of these promises the suite industry has made to them. Luckily, because of our world class service and genuine care for our clients typically not many choose to leave and it is unfortunate for the stylists who do leave. We root for our stylists while they are members of our team and we continue to root for them if they leave.

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      The Bright side: Dog saves injured Michigan man from freezing to death in the snow

      The Brightside: I’m not here to make sense of the noise and chaos of the outside world, but what I can do is make sense of myself. Somewhat. Let me be true to my soul. Be genuine. Be faithful. Be strong in my beliefs. So strong that it moves me to action. In a world that confuses my inner most, simplistic essence, I feel resolved to share the light and love of the bright side.

      What was supposed to be a night of celebrations quickly turned into a nightmare for a northern Michigan man as he lay helpless in the snow for nearly 20 hours on New Year’s Eve.

      About an hour before the big countdown, Bob ran out of his house in pajamas and slippers to grab another log for his fireplace when he slipped and fell, breaking his neck.

      He tried to scream for help, but the only one who heard his cry was his Golden Retriever, Kelsey.

      “I was screaming for help but my nearest neighbor is about a quarter mile away and it was 10:30 p.m., but my Kelsey came,” explained Bob, according to a statement sent to CBS News by McLaren Northern Michigan hospital. “By morning my voice was gone and I couldn’t yell for help, but Kelsey didn’t stop barking.”

      The temperature dipped to 24 degrees as Bob lay paralyzed in the snow, Kelsey still barking by his side. The dog prevented Bob from falling victim to hypothermia by lying on top of him and licking his face and hands to keep him awake.

      “She kept barking for help but never left my side,” Bob said. “She kept me warm and alert. I knew I had to persevere through this and that it was my choice to stay alive.”

      Eventually, he lost consciousness. But the silence didn’t stop Kelsey from barking, and eventually the dog’s efforts paid off.

      The next day, Bob’s neighbor found him and called 911.

      By the time he arrived at the McLaren Northern Michigan Emergency Department in Petoskey, Michigan, he was hypothermic — with a core body temperature under 70 degrees Fahrenheit, the hospital told CBS News.

      “I was surprised to find out that I didn’t have any frostbite,” Bob said. “I am sure it was because of Kelsey’s determination.”

      Chaim Colen, a neurosurgeon at McLaren Northern Michigan, immediately performed spinal decompression surgery on Bob, which was a complete success. Bob still has a long road of recovery, and hours of physical therapy, ahead of him, but thanks to his dog and doctor, he knows he’ll be just fine.

      “I’m so thankful for my two heroes,” Bob said. “Kelsey kept me warm, alert and never stopped barking for help. Dr. Colen saved my life and ability to move. They are truly heroes and I will be eternally grateful.”

      This Bright Side Story found at http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dog-keeps-injured-owner-from-freezing-to-death-in-the-snow/

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        My Hair Trip, The #1 Rated Organic Salon in Denver: Member of the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program

        We are so unbelievably honored to be one of hundreds of businesses in Colorado to be members of The ELP and to be the only salon represented in the organization.

        The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is our statewide environmental recognition and reward program which offers benefits and incentives to members that voluntarily go beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and are committed to continual environmental improvement.

        The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is a voluntary program that encourages and rewards su- perior environmental performers that go beyond the requirements of environmental regulations and move toward the goal of sustainability. The program is open to all Colorado businesses, industries, offices, educational institutions, municipalities, government agencies, community, not-for-profit and other organizations. Currently, the program consists of three tiers, Bronze, Silver and Gold.
        The purpose of this document, The Colorado Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Handbook, is to provide a central reference for policies and procedures associated with Colorado’s ELP. The Hand- book summarizes information on current aspects of program implementation, including eligibility re- quirements and member incentives. To further clarify and interpret program criteria, guidance infor- mation is also provided and clearly marked as “guidance”. The Handbook is a perennial “working document” that will be maintained primarily in electronic form so that program updates can be incor- porated into it quickly and frequently.

        My Hair Trip Salon : The #1 rated organic salon in Denver is a Silver Partner
        Silver Partner:
        An entity applying to the Silver Tier of the ELP must commit to develop and implement an environmental management system (EMS) within an agreed upon timeframe, not to exceed three years, in addition to meeting the requirements for “beyond-compliance” activities and programs.
        Certain milestones (at a minimum) must be met to remain in the program, however, an entity has the opportunity to apply to the Gold Tier sooner if they meet the following requirements:
        (NOTE: Not all requirements may apply and will be determined on a case-by-case basis).
         By the end of year one the entity must, at a minimum, demonstrate “in process”
        EMS implementation steps beyond that of the time of applying to the program.
         By the end of year two, the entity must, at a minimum, have in process additional
        portions of an EMS beyond that of the first year.
         By the end of year three, the entity must have a fully functional EMS, conducted a
        third party audit and comply with all the requirements listed in Appendix A. At such time, an entity may apply directly to the Gold Tier.

        Continual environmental improvement goals should promote the following: (1) the elimination or reduction of waste at the source of generation; (2) redirection of waste streams for reuse or for substitution of commercial products; (3) environ- mentally sound on-site and off-site recycling programs; and, (4) beyond compliance activities and programs. Other goals may include attending or sponsoring environ- mental workshops, developing case studies, establishing pollution prevention net- works with suppliers or providing the department with pollution prevention infor- mation for possible publication or dissemination. Aspects are chosen by the facil- ity. Commitment for improvement should relate to the significant environmental aspects identified in the EMS and should take into account local environmental pri- orities and pollution prevention opportunities.
        Optional activities or programs that qualify for continual environmental im- provement can include participating in mentoring opportunities with other compa- nies or organizations such as providing technical assistance and exchanging innova- tive technologies, attending or sponsoring workshops and developing case studies.

        My Hair Trip Organic Salon Denver – is proud to be a member of the Environmental Leadership Program and to be certified as green business by the Certifiably Green Denver Program and to be Colorado’s #1 customer-rated organic salon.

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          The #1 rated Organic Salon in Denver

          My Hair Trip Salon: The #1 rated organic salon in Denver.

          When My Hair Trip Salon Denver LLC was created, Colorado didn’t have an Organic salon or an all eco-friendly salon. My Hair Trip is and has been the organic salon in Denver for the last several years since it’s inception.

          Since it’s inception My Hair Trip has been at the forefront of the industry in Denver. Other “Organic stylists” and “Organic salons” are starting to pop up now around Denver and it’s fantastic!
          Hopefully, eventually, the whole industry will transition to be cleaner and more focused on health as well as beauty! Our industry and the world will certainly be better for it.

          There are some advantages you should be aware of, to choosing My Hair Trip over some of the “newer” Organic and/or eco-friendly salons or stylists popping up now around town. My Hair Trip is the #1 organic salon in Denver. My Hair Trip has been doing it longer than anyone. While newer salons and stylists are figuring things out and finding their way, My Hair Trip has already done all of that. Everyday My Hair Trip refines what they are doing and how they can provide even more for their loyal as well as their new clients. That’s why My Hair Trip Organic Salon Denver has more 5 star customer ratings and reviews than any other Organic or eco-friendly salon in the state of Colorado.

          My Hair Trip, the #1 customer rated organic salon in Denver, doesn’t rest on the fact that they are at the forefront of their industry. My Hair Trip is proud of and boasts about being the only salon to be a silver partner of the Colorado Environmental Leadership program. My Hair Trip has also improved their energy and waste usage and distribution to be re-certified by the Certifiably Green Denver office every year since they opened. They are also among a handful of conscious salons to have partnered with Green Circle Salons. These guys will not rest, they know they can always get better and it’s important for them to be the best Organic Salon they can be for their clients and for their team.

          My Hair Trip Salon, The #1 rated organic salon in Denver, is the only full service salon in Colorado to carry and use Organic Colour Systems. There are several independent solo stylists who carry the line as well but there are also huge advantages to being served by a team at a salon rather than trying to have your needs met by just one person. When a guest comes to visit My Hair Trip Salon from the first moment they contact the salon, through their visit and even to when and how their hair is maintained at home, the whole team is dedicated to serving these clients. All of the team members at My Hair Trip are trained and certified to offer services with the My Hair Trip standard, so guests never have to worry about their stylists availability which is always a terrible hassle with independent solo stylists. Typically independent stylists working on their own are not able to have a lot of availability because of all of the other things they have to juggle to run their own business and do their clients Hair as well. It just makes more sense to let a whole salon and an entire team serve you, so you can feel confident that you will always be the #1 priority and you can always get in when it works for you, and not around someone’s schedule who doesn’t have enough time to handle everything they need to, to sustain their business. That is why 90% of stylists who leave a salon to go on their own as independent stylists return to a salon or change careers within 2 years of leaving.

          My Hair Trip Salon, the highest rated organic salon in Denver, was built for a purpose, to help to make the world a better place. The My Hair Trip Organic Salon Denver slogan is Look Good. Feel Good. Be Good. When clients leave My Hair Trip, they look good and have been treated well, so they feel Good, and when they look good and feel good, then it is easier for them to be good in their interactions in the world around them. It is My Hair Trip Salon’s belief that this causes a ripple effect of positivity through the community and through our world. It is the mission of My Hair Trip, The top-rated organic salon in Denver to increase these ripples and help to make the world a better place.

          My Hair Trip used to be your only choice for an Organic salon in Denver, well it’s not your only choice any more but it surely is your best choice, that’s why it has more positive reviews and 5-star ratings than anyone else and why it is still considered to be the organic salon in Denver.

          My Hair Trip, The best organic Salon in Denver’s mission statement does a good job of describing who they are and what they do.

          Mission:
          To excite and inspire;
          To create and design;
          To share and to love;
          Through the service we give;
          Everyday.

          My Hair Trip is thankful for the love they continue to receive from their city and gives that love back everyday.

          From My Hair Trip Salon Denver: Thank you Denver! We love you!

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            We are a Green Circle Salon. Why? What does that mean?

            Working together to keep people AND our planet beautiful!

            The Green Circle Salons Mission

            We are a new company with a mission to make the North American salon industry sustainable by 2020. We are doing this in a way that is affordable and achievable and most importantly, impactful. We believe that over time – and with the help of guests and employees – small steps to transform each salon will make green conversion possible and sustainable.

            Greenest in the Industry
            Green Circle Salons brings together some of the best brands from across the salon and spa industry as a way to offer you and your family, responsible, greener choices when it comes to looking and feeling beautiful. If you are looking to strike a greener balance and reduce your environmental impact in the pursuit to look and feel beautiful, take a look at our salon directory to find a Certified Green Circle Salon in your neighborhood.

            Green Salon Directory

            Our Directory offers a simple way to connect consumers with like-minded salons in their neighborhood.

            Quickly access important details that will save you time and effort. Look for the green banner and get informed about specific promotions and savings opportunities – as a new client you can receive special incentives and promotions at participating salons! Find links to salon websites and social media pages to stay up to date on the latest news!
            It’s not only about looking good and feeling good-it’s also about doing good!

            Our Philosophy

            Green Circle Salons sets very clear standards, and is an open, relationship‐focused company.

            We believe in clear expectations, ethical business dealings, transparency, accountability, and inclusiveness. Fairness, honesty and integrity is our compass. We are a movement for positive green change that has substance but also style, learning, and creativity. By working together to understand the links between our actions and their consequences on the planet, we will prove the value in sourcing locally and increasing efficiency, while redirecting, recycling, and repurposing materials once destined for landfill.

            We are committed to giving back 5% of our pre-tax profits to work with local and international organizations to support programs that create positive social and environmental change.
            Imagine if we all just believe and act on the things we know. If we’re honest about how our actions have consequences on people and the planet. Imagine then, the differences we can make together. Today, undoubtedly, climate change is the challenge of our time. We recognize that environmental issues are not just a series of isolated events like deforestation, the landfill crises or air pollution. We are beginning to understand that environmental problems affect our economics, our social structure, and the health and wellbeing of humanity as a whole.

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