Sustainable Development: Good Patrices for Hair Salons


It’s impossible to ignore the fact that sustainable development is gaining popularity. Adopting a sustainable development approach is an excellent way to reduce your costs, improve your brand image, build customer loyalty and stand out in the market. For a company, these innovative practices will definitely reinforce your business strategy.

Here are a few tips to guide you towards more sustainable practices if you are a hair salon!


Saving energy while making customers feel comfortable: It is possible!

  • Install electronic thermostats and save up to 10% on your annual heating costs.
  • Changing your traditional lighting to LED technology can amount to 85% in savings.
  • Be aware of available financial incentives.
  • Get an efficient water heater.

Residual Waste

Throwing away less, is profitable because it is a customer expectation!

  • Learn about Green Circle, a comprehensive recycling program that ensures that hair, highlighting paper, hair colour tubes, paper, plastics, and chemicals are diverted from waterways and landfills.
  • Rethink the way you do business, in order to reduce your environmental footprint, and thereby increase your operational efficiency, enhance your brand image, demonstrate leadership and attract new customers.


Educate your customers

  • Install low-flow faucets.
  • Install water-saving shower heads where possible.
  • Use phosphate-free products.


Values that are also good for your image

Offer your customers the option of refilling their shampoo bottles in the salon to help reduce the consumption of plastic bottles, while offering a discount or some form of advantage to your customers to demonstrate the extent to which you are committed to sustainable development.


Employee participation in good practices

  • Involve employees in your eco-responsible approach.
  • Show flexibility in schedules (work/family/study balance)
  • Conduct team meetings on a regular basis.
  • Carry out staff evaluations.

How to value employees?

  • Encourage your employees to stay in shape (reimburse a part of a gym membership.)
  • Make sure that you have a quality air circulation system for the health of your employees.
  • Use a line of hair colouring products with 20% less ammonia (sulphate, paraben, PABA free and have not been tested on animals.)

Consumption of materials and local purchasing

Become a partner with your local economy

  • Educate yourself on colouring products that have less of an impact on the environment and that have not been not tested on animals.
  • Set up a display of local artisans’ work.

The SADC Papineau-Collines can accompany you towards a sustainable development approach. You can benefit from the services of an expert who will help you develop a personalized action plan to guide you towards new responsible and sustainable business practices.

For more information, contact :

Moez Jouini
Sustainable Development Advisor
819 986-1747 ext. 205

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