Several buzzwords such as "all natural," "fair trade," and "organic" have been used to describe everything from coffee to fruit. These labels are meant to project healthier products and services for a healthier self and a better world. So, how on earth do these words and phrases apply to hair salons, where many products are usually chemical-based? Here is how.

All Natural

When a salon refers to products and services as "all natural," they are referring to the ingredients. While a hair relaxant may still have a chemical base, it is less harsh and involves several ingredients that are taken from nature.

For example, the other ingredients involved could include:

  • Jojoba
  • Argan oil
  • Avocado
  • Tea Tree oil
  • Rose water
  • Essential oils
  • Pure natural spices for scent 
  • Coconut milk or water
  • Chamomile
  • Citrus extracts to clean naturally
  • Etc., etc.


Fair Trade

Fair trade refers to products and services that use products that were purchased from developing countries that do not use slave labor for harvests. In return, the products and services you purchase with the "fair trade" label returns a percentage of the profits to the people and countries who helped harvest ingredients and make the products. Your purchases contribute to a better life for others in another country (i.e., a "fair trade" for what you buy).


Organic means that the salon only buys and sells products that are both all natural and lack any and all contact with chemicals. So, that lovely apple-scented hand cream you love is made with beeswax, milk, and apple extract. The bees are never bothered or hindered by poisons in the process of producing wax, the milk has no growth hormones or antibiotics in it, and the apples from which the extract comes were never sprayed with insecticides. If there is a single ingredient in anything you use that is NOT organic, your salon either boycotts it or makes sure that the non-organic ingredients are listed and labeled on the affected products.

Salons That Heavily Support and Push for a Greener, Better World

If this all sounds like something that appeals to you, you should know that there are many salon franchises that heavily support and push for a greener, more equal, and better world. Anytime you want to know more about what they do, how they do it, and what they sell, you can ask. If the stylists do not know, there is a toll-free consumer number you can call.

Work with a salon, like Riva Salon, for more help.