Enough’s owner and founder Lisa Nguyen wanted to change salons for the better and be more
conscious about caring for the world we live in. After years of suffering chemical irritations and
dermatitis as a hairdresser, she decided to remove toxins from her work and life, respecting her
health, the health of her clients and the environment.
How does Enough contribute to sustainability?
Here is something that will make you cringe, Australians are one of the top producers of waste in the world! Shameful right? We now produce about 50 million tonnes of waste each year, averaging over two tonnes per person and growing. We don’t know about you, but that makes us feel sick, literally. The hairdressing industry is traditionally known as huge consumers of water and energy, an environment full of toxic chemicals and excess waste. Not only is the bad for the environment, but think about what it’s doing to our bodies?
At Enough we have paired up with Sustainable Salons Australia in their quest to better the environment through a complete sustainability program. They come to our door and collect up to 95% of the salon waste, distribute it for recycling and repurposing and sends the profits back into the community to help feed the hungry via OzHarvest. Pretty great huh? We think the people at Sustainable Salons Australia are absolute legends and we’re so proud to be apart of their initiative.
Not only that, but our space has been decorated with plants and trees which help in removing harmful chemicals such as ammonia from the air. Energy efficient light globes have been added to the studio's light filled space, reducing the amount of generated light to keep the inside bright. We use eco-friendly biodegradable towels made from renewable sources and recycled and recyclable salon foil. And in terms of the products we use, we love OWAY for their natural and organic ingredients and fair trade, cruelty free ethos.
We won't stop there though, this is just the start of our sustainability quest and we will continue to come up with new ways to lower our carbon footprint.
What are some of the harmful chemicals found in hair products?
I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that everyday salon products have major affects on your health and wellbeing. Our skin is our biggest organ and absorbs chemicals into the bloodstream, which are then processed by our body. This means that everything that gets put on your head gets absorbed directly into your body, causing sometimes irreversible damage. You know the saying “you are what you eat”, well the same applies to hair.
Not only do we want to eliminate these nasties, but we also want to educate people on why they’re bad for us. It’s no good telling you to stay away from something without giving you a reason why, so we’ve put together a little glossary of chemical no no’s so you have all the facts.
An inexpensive detergent to make products foam. Easily absorbed by the body and builds up in major organs like heart, liver and brain. So all your major organs are potentially damage for a bit of foam? Doesn’t seem right does it?
A chemical traditionally used as a permanent hair dye. Known as a possible carcinogen. Allergies to PPD are reactions including dermatitis, reddening and swelling of the face and scalp. Severe allergies can cause eyelids to close and result in hives or even anaphylaxis. Not fun or pretty!
Used as a colouring agent and suspected to be an endocrine toxicity hazard, affecting the human immune system. It's also toxic to wildlife and the environment. In other words, bad for you and the environment.
A chemical that swells the hair cuticle so colour can be absorbed all the way through the hair. It’s the stuff that smells awful, you know the one! Many people become allergic because of overexposure - it can cause itchy scalp and watery/red eyes while people are getting their hair coloured. Not so much of a relaxing salon experience.
You’ve probably heard this term thrown around the most! Paraben’s are a toxin used as a preservative and absorbed into the body. This bad guy disrupts hormonal system and is linked to hormone related diseases. Obviously this is bad for everyone, but for women especially.
So what can you do to change your health and the health of the environment?
It’s really not that hard, all we need to do is start making conscious decisions in our everyday life. Here are some things we at Enough try to take into consideration everyday.
Minimise synthetic and chemical ingredients wherever we can - be conscious about what you’re putting in and onto your body.
Maximise more biodegradable and ethically harvested ingredients.
Eat seasonal produce that is locally grown and preferably organic. Meat and dairy production have a greater environmental footprint than production of plant-based products. Buy less, choose well and make it last. Make good choices and not just consume without thought.
Recycle or reuse wherever possible - about 80% of what we throw away is recyclable.
Be conscious of your carbon footprint - can you ride or walk to work? You’d be surprised at just how much you could improve your health and the health of the environment by finding alternate means of transport.
Conserve water wherever possible.
By making conscious, simple and little efforts everyday, we can build sustainable living habits
that can make a real difference in our lives and the health of the planet. It's up to all of us!
Have you had enough of nasties? Us too. Let's create change together – book in today to
experience a holistic hair experience that's good for you and the planet.