Hair dye is a necessary evil for many women, but with most people being aware of the effects chemicals have on their health, it's good to know of a few top salons that use healthy hair dye. These are but a few of the salons in Manhattan that offer organic products and natural dyes, which are especially important for pregnant women, who should not use chemical dyes but can feel free to touch up their roots with no harm to health or baby.
Should you find yourself strolling along in the charming East Village on a bad hair day, Grace Heaven at 226 E. 3rd Street offers a totally natural experience to die for. So what can you expect at this salon, whose shingle notes it is an organic salon? First of all, you'll find a peaceful coexistence, as the salon puts it, of cut and color, "with the best in natural hair care." Owner Jane Webb has an impressive resume of having worked as a hair and makeup stylist in the city for 22 years, having been trained by celebrity stylist Andre Martheleur at Cinandre. She is committed to chemical-free dyes without harsh ammonia. The salon is also free of petrochemicals and synthetic fragrances. Webb uses long-lasting herbal colors that are just as effective as their chemical counterparts in covering up grays and leaving hair shiny. The salon is small, however, with only two chairs, which allows she and hairstylist Yuki Ushiki to give clients undivided attention.
Le Cachet Spa at 39 E. 30th Street is a holistic body and skin-care day spa voted by Time Out New York Magazine as one of the Best New York Day Spas in the city. Its elevator pitch: a day spa that gives you total harmony of body, mind and soul. The spa offers services for both men and women. Its full-service hair salon uses organic hair products. The salon offers a variety of packages, including facials, massages, and skin and hair services using only natural products. You can visit the salon's Web site at lecachetspa dot com if a salon using products that only come from natural sources is what you seek. Some of the hair products used at Le Cachet Spa include shampoos made of cucumber, artichoke and watercress, and olive oil and vinegar, appropriately called Mixed Greens Shampoo. Basil Mint Shampoo, a shampoo designed specifically for infants, is made of Pear Puree and Aloe.
Wellington Hair Spa at 119 West 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood also takes a natural stance when it comes to what it uses to color your hair. Wellington's emphasis is on healthy, natural hair with a limited use of chemicals. The spa caters to all hair types, but specializes in African-American hair. Owner Patrick Wellington is founder and senior stylist. His color services include natural rinses, highlights and lowlights.
If you'd like to save yourself a few bucks and get natural hair coloring at the same time, try the Aveda Institute at 233 Spring Street. It's a teaching center but also offers discounted cuts and ammonia-free color. There is also a location at 456 West Broadway between Prince and Houston Streets that is only a salon, and not a teaching center, if you’d prefer a more professional touch.