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Chemicals not in the mix at Botanica Organic Salon

July 3rd, 2007, by Katie Khoury | Staff Writer | The Medina Gazette

Botanica Organic Salon, which opened in March at 4099 Medina Road, Medina Township, is “as chemical-free as a salon can be.”

Phyllis DiSalvo, an owner and stylist at the salon, said she only carries 99 percent certified organic products, which contain antioxidants and fewer unnecessary chemicals.

“Organic is a huge, huge draw,” she said. “It’s absolutely non-odorous. … It’s very gentle on the hair and scalp,” and clients never have a chemical reaction to the product.

A press release states, “There are no petrol chemicals, sodium laureth sulfate or (propylene) glycol, which have been linked to health problems, asthma or allergies.”

DiSalvo related organic color works the same as other coloring products. “The end result is like any other hair coloring,” she said, adding processing time is only 15 minutes and clients’ color won’t fade or lose its shine. In addition, the highlighting product she uses “smells like almonds.”

Nancy Bruening, who owns Hair Designing by Nancy at Botanica Organic Salon, said although she doesn’t use organic products exclusively, if that’s what her clients want, she can do it.

“I just love doing hair,” she said. “I have a lot of clients who like how I highlight.”

Bruening said in addition to highlighting, coloring and cutting, she also enjoys doing “sophisticated upstyles.”

“I like doing updos,” she said. “I like doing the ‘fancy schmancy.’ ”

DiSalvo’s and Bruening’s services aren’t the only ones offered at Botanica Organic Salon, though. It also offers a “private and soothing” experience, the press release states.

“A stone fireplace and wood ceiling are the focal points, with rich wood accents and calming artwork.”

The salon is “surrounded by nature” and has lots of windows for “natural lighting, which is important for doing hair,” DiSalvo said.

Also, she related no phone calls are answered while she or Bruening are with clients.“Being in the industry as long as we have, and being mature hairdressers, (we) appreciate serenity and privacy,” DiSalvo said, “which our clients will get.”

Botanica Organic Salon is closed Sunday and Monday. Every other day of the week, DiSalvo and Bruening have “hours to accommodate.”

For information or to make an appointment, call DiSalvo at 330-722-7072 or Bruening at 330-441-1954.

©2007 The Medina Gazette