Air Quality Awareness Week: 5 Salon Solutions for Clean Indoor Air
As salon owners and hairstylists, we work with chemicals all the time and without proper ventilation and indoor air quality control, these chemicals can cause various illnesses.
This Air Quality Awareness Week, create a healthy environment for your colleagues and clients with these salon solutions for managing indoor air quality.
How to Improve Your Salon’s Indoor Air Quality
Avoid products with high Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
Volatile Organic Compounds are gases produced by a variety of chemicals. Two of the best-known VOCs are formaldehyde and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, studies have found that levels of VOCs average at about 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors. When consistently exposed to high levels of VOCs, they can cause adverse health effects in humans such as throat irritation, breathing issues, damage to the central nervous system and possible carcinogenic effects
Use ammonia-free salon products.
Like VOCs, ammonia in salon products can also cause detrimental effects not just on the hair, but also on our health and environment. This caustic substance emits a pungent, irritating odor and long-term exposure to the fumes can cause a host of health issues such as obesity, skin complications, allergies, and many more.
Once you remove salon products with high concentrations of VOCs and ammonia, you’ll be surprised at how easily you and clients can breathe and enjoy your time together.
Detoxify your salon with air-purifying plants.
Adding plants in the salon is the most eco-friendly and cost-effective way to purify the air. According to research, house plants like Peace Lily and Weeping Fig are effective at removing VOCs from the air. Dracaena and spider plants are also known to be exceptionally good at eliminating harsh fumes in the air. Check out this chart for a list of aesthetically pleasing plants that help eliminate common air pollutants.
Minimize leaks or spills.
As salon professionals who work with liquids, leaks and spills are common occurrences. But because salon products contain chemicals, compounds from these chemicals evaporate and remain in the air for a long time.
To prevent air pollution inside your business, make sure hair products are sealed tight and spills are cleaned and handled properly. Do you have a spill kit in the salon? This kit can come in handy in times like this.
Invest in an exhaust system and HVAC with multi-stage filtration system.
The best way to combat indoor air pollution is to have top-notch ventilation. HVACs with multi-stage filtration system contain layers of filters which include a pre-filter to remove large particles; then a HEPA (high efficiency particle arrestor) filter which extracts particles from the air equivalent to 1/100th the diameter of human hair; and finally an activated carbon filter which help trap respirable particles and gases.
Dealing with chemicals is part of our profession. But that does not mean there’s nothing we can do to lessen our toxin exposure. Thankfully, there are holistic salon brands like Oway and Original & Mineral that are working hard to eliminate harsh chemicals such as ammonia and formaldehyde in their products. Because of these brands, hair stylists can now create beautiful hair without having to inhale toxic fumes.