Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Hairdesser with green tinge thanks to empty shampoo bottle on beach

Hairdesser with green tinge thanks to empty shampoo bottle on beach

A HAIRDRESSER who was honoured for her eco-friendly business at last year’s Henley Heroes awards says it has encouraged her to do even more for the environment.

Nicole Hewitt, owner of the Chi hair salon in Reading Road, Henley, won the business environment award at the inaugural ceremony in May.

She was nominated by green campaigner Julia Carey for using only environmentally-friendly products and avoiding the use of plastics where possible while encouraging other traders to follow her example.

Mrs Hewitt has always tried to be a responsible consumer but embraced greener business practices after seeing a washed-up shampoo bottle on a beach in Jamaica and realising it was a brand she stocked.

The ceremony fell on her 48th birthday so she was presented with a cake and candles while the audience sang her Happy Birthday. Mrs Hewitt says the award has helped spawn more eco-friendly measures at the salon. She said: “It was a real privilege and an honour to be awarded the green business award because we were just doing what we believe is right. To get recognised for that was an honour.

“We are constantly striving to improve our eco-footprint and become greener. Since the awards we have implemented more measures and it’s something that is part of our core values. Getting that award made us endeavour to do better.”

Earlier this month, the Henley Standard reported that the salon was bringing in biodegradable towels in an effort to reduce the impact of the business on the environment.

The salon has also introduced new eco-friendly hair foils which use less aluminium and degrade in eight months. It plans to use them several times before turning them in to notepads. It is also researching biodegradable gloves.

Mrs Hewitt has encouraged others to get involved with this year’s awards, which take place in May.

She said: “You meet like-minded people who are community focused and it’s really informative to see what people are doing. It’s a really good, uplifting event.”

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