Versailles salon goes green
If you recently stepped away from a barber's chair and wondered what would become of all that hair you didn't need, the answer might be different from what you'd expect. Moxie Style Studio is one of a growing number of hair salons around the country no longer filling landfills with hair, hair color and other tools of the trade. "You wonder where all the waste goes, because we do a typical haircut, and it looks like a small guinea pig on the floor by the time we're done," said Moxie owner and stylist Holly Kruse. "We get rid of several trash bags of waste a day, especially on a busy Friday or Saturday," added Moxie stylist Vanessa Seitz (whose London Marathon run to raise money for a British cancer charity was profiled in The Sun last May). "You start looking at all this and think, 'There has to be a better solution,'" said Kruse. There was, but Kruse had to sift through some old notes to discover it. Two years ago, she was at a training program in Texas and heard a presentation from a Canadian company that repurposes and recycles hair, foils, color tubes and excess color. Green Circle Salon officials say each year, U.S. barber shops and salons produce 421,206 pounds of hair, color, foil and color tubes, and papers and plastic. Now, they say, some of those chemicals in color are used to drive turbines, while the hair can be used to fill pet beds and soak up oil spills. Last month, Kruse was reviewing some old files and came upon the notes she'd taken during the Green Circle Salon presentation. She contacted the company and signed up for the program, and on March 23, Moxie went green. Kruse put the company's cardboard boxes for hair, plastics, paper and metals inside the salon at 110 North Main Street. The boxes hold 30-gallon bags, and when they become full, she will contact Green Circle Salon, which will send somebody to pick them up. "It made me realize we can be a part of something and make a difference every day, and help educate our clients on it as well," Kruse said, adding that she'd become a better recycler at home, too. Of course, Green Circle Salon clients must pay the company to pick up the formerly land-fill bound materials, and while Kruse wanted to get green, she had to be aware of another sort of green, too. "To cover the cost of this, we're adding $2 to cuts and colors in the salon, which allows our clients to become part of the movement, too," Kruse said, adding that if they object, she'll reduce the prices to the "pre-green" rate. There's another, unexpected bonus for signing up. The company weighs what their clients send them, so for the first time, Kruse, Seitz and company will have the answer to a different question, this one posed by the people behind the chair: "Just how much hair did I cut last year?"