In this video we learn how to color your hair with organic products.
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Jaszy McAllister: Hey! This is Jaszy with modernhippiemag.com, your online source for hip, healthy living. Male Speaker: The greengirls.com. Jaszy McAllister: This afternoon we are visiting BD Michaels Salon. Recently we had the pleasure of meeting owners, Erin and Michael Konrath, over at Sarasota Naturally. What impressed me the most is that they use organic and eco-friendly haircare systems in their salon. More importantly, that they use an all natural organic hair color system. I wanted to see if it was really going to be as good as what they said it was. So with the help of one of our really good friends, Lauren Chase, we put them to the test. Lauren Chase: I am excited to go green. Erin Konrath: Our brand is Organic Salon Systems. Again, it is free of ammonia and has organic ingredients, certified organic ingredients. I have been doing hair for 12 years. I get allergic reactions to lauryl sodium sulfate, which is in just about every shampoo and body wash and anything like that, that is out there. They use it in gyms to decrease and garage floors to clean them up. So yeah, it's pretty harsh. Jaszy McAllister: No, I really don't want that in my toothpaste, I don't want that in my soap, I don't want that in my shampoo. Erin Konrath: They say that once you put on your skin, it gets soaked in. So if you can do something better instead of harsh chemicals and ammonias and things like that, I think you have done yourself a favor. There is actually quite a few bad things, but ammonia is probably the worst. Because it's not only you putting that in your skin, but you are sitting there smelling it and breathing it in as well, which is not nice for your lungs. Lot of times I had to walk away from my client, because I was like, I couldn't breathe from the chemicals, and I just never thought of it. Okay, that's how it is. Lauren Chase: No. I don't smell, I don't see, I am not squinting, talking, yeah, it looks great. I can almost smell like the coconut in it very deeply. But you can tell that it's a lot healthier than any other chemical hair dye. Erin Konrath: Yup, I am seven months pregnant, and I don't have any reactions or not breathing in any harsh fumes. Jaszy McAllister: These are products that any salon has access to, correct? Erin Konrath: Uh-huh. Jaszy McAllister: So if I went into a salon, say I have been going to the salon for 10, 20 years and asked my stylist, hey, I have heard about these eco-friendly hair coloring, can you get them for me, that wouldn't be a problem, then? Erin Konrath: It shouldn't be. Unless they for whatever reason don't want to. Jaszy McAllister: Or you go to your stylist and you walk in and she says, so what I can do you? You can say, well, I can tell you what I don't want you to do. I don't want you to give me parabens, I don't want you to give me SLS, I don't want you to give me propylene glycol. Can you do that today please. Thank you. Erin Konrath: Other hairdressers will say, well, that can't work or they doubt it, and everything that we do, we are connected. Jaszy McAllister: It's definitely your prerogative to decide whether or not you are going to use a product that is eco-friendly or not. That's fine. But please understand also that, that same product that you are washing down the drain, it is affecting me, because it's going into my soil. Lauren Chase: It's just weird, because these are the things that we do, not on a daily basis, but these are the things we do monthly. People don't even realize or don't even care to take the time to ask or to assume or anything, especially of course being a female, you want your hair done, your makeup done, your nails done. Jaszy McAllister: That's just being a woman. Lauren Chase: Exactly. Jaszy McAllister: Yeah, that's what we are trying to make a little bit more prominent in Modern Hippie Mag is that, it's not necessarily about being green, because people have different criteria to what being green means. I mean, you can't be a purist. I don't