Many of us are looking at how we can make eco-friendly swaps in our daily lives to benefit the planet. We’ve changed to re-usable shopping bags, ditched the makeup wipes and cut down our single use plastics. But have we considered how our salon trips impact the environment? Quay Street Collective is a new hair salon in Woodbridge that offers its clients the luxury of a high-end salon but with the knowledge that the products being used are supporting sustainable values.
The salon opened at the beginning of August to much excitement. The Quay Street Collective team put many hours of research into sourcing the right products and furniture to ensure an exclusive salon environment that adhered to the sustainable ethos of the brand. Reclaimed wood was used during the salon refit and single-use plastic has been minimised at every opportunity.
Owners Janene and Sophie kindly invited me along to have a hair transformation, which was majorly needed after lockdown!
My hairstylist, Beth, showed me through to the colour section of the salon and then we discussed my colour requirements (balayage) and style (a trim to get rid of the quarantine split ends).
Hair stylists at Quay Street Collective provide detailed, personalised consultations for every client – covering colour, cut and bespoke hair treatments. The salon offers a full range of hair treatments and satisfies the increasing requests for innovative products, techniques and styles.
Beth was absolutely lovely, and we chatted away about lockdown, our mutual love of dogs and her plans to complete her training now that college had reopened.
The hair colour and products used were by Davines. The team chose the brand due to its ‘Sustainable Beauty Manifesto’. The Davines product formulations favour natural ingredients and are generated with renewable electric energy. The packaging has been chosen to minimise the environmental impact and Davines puts diversity, inclusion, gender equality and professional growth at its forefront.
After my colour was rinsed out, I headed over to the beautiful marble work station where hairstyling takes place. The salon has been decorated in soothing, earthy tones with stunning abstract art on the walls by Boo Compton. Marble and wood are key materials used around the salon, with pretty flower pots filled with succulents.
Working with local businesses has been very important to the Quay Street Collective team. The company has worked with Lilac Thyme, Three Sixty Property Solutions Ltd, Smith & Saunders, Archway Carpets, Woodbridge Kitchen Shop, NB Interiors UK, Leiston Press and Bloom Content Creation to bring the innovative ideas to life.
The salon also plans to team up with The Table, which is just across the road, to offer lunches when COVID regulations allow.
The final reveal
Beth finished my new look with beautiful curls, and I was over the moon with the colour. She had cleverly blended from the root so that the colour gradually became a brilliant blonde. I finally felt like myself again. Thank you, Beth!
Currently Quay Street Collective is sending each new client home with a goodie bag with mini products, healthy snacks and hand sanitiser. A very thoughtful finishing touch.
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