Beauty products are an unregulated industry. With no oversight, many dangerous chemicals and suspected and known carcinogens are used. Going organic and natural for your hair and nails may cost a little more, but will be well worth your health in the end. DC offers many places to let your beauty shine while staying sustainable.

BellaWest, an Eco-Friendly Salon
1433 Powhatan St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 608-8971

BellaWest offers sustainable hair care in Northern Virginia. With organic hair color that uses natural ingredients like fruits and chamomile, the hair maintains its natural shine, luster and oils during the process, which is blissfully done without harmful fumes. The hair care products used are eco-friendly, not tested on animals and made without parabens—a chemical that has been found to mimic estrogen in the body, which can lead to an increase in certain types of breast cancer. These organic hair and skin care products are available for purchase.

Patou Salon & Spa
709 D St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-7643

In the Capitol Hill area of DC, Patou Salon and Spa has offered organic and natural hair care for more than 35 years. Owner Patou Castay’s products include organic hair coloring, which takes the fumes out of traditional chemical-based hair color. Specializing in all hair types, natural relaxers and texturizers are important for curly hair, especially African American hair, which can be harmed when using traditional relaxers. Patou takes time with each of her clients in the Victorian townhouse, so be sure to make an appointment.

Simply Bliss Salon
4000 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 462-0093

Simply Bliss Salon believes that looking your best means feeling your best. Part of feeling your best includes the salon’s commitment to using an organic color system, which does not damage the hair. Organic treatments are perfect for those with allergic reactions or irritation to traditional hair color. With no ammonia, you’ll be sure to leave without smelling like a chemical bath. It also offers Brazilian Keratin treatments, which do contain formaldehyde. The salon’s particular treatment is one of the lowest levels on the market with .02 percent levels.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture
Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at


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